Eurolaul 2008

Posted: January 29th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: eurovision, music | No Comments »

So I saw the contestants for the Estonian final of the Eurovision Song Contest on TV today. I have to commend ETV for coming up with a decent stage design (the big LED screen is great).

1. Leto Svet – Kreisiraadio. I am a longtime fan of Kreisiraadio from their Kuku radio show, but I have no idea how they would work in an European stage. Nevertheless, it is a fun, decent song and in my opinion the best chance we have. So my recommendation is to vote for this song.
2. Real Big Money – SKA Factor. I have never heard of this band, but I really like the laid-back and more poppy style of some of the new Estonian songs. Unfortunately this is a bit too bland for my taste.
3. One on one – Rolf junior. This is a song that I was most proud of and positively surprised about as there has not been a gayer song on Estonian ESC. It’s okay to be gay! Shame that the song itself is not so good and that Rolf junior could not carry it.
4. Question Man – Taavi Peterson. A Bowie-esque song and performance. Nice try, but not suitable for Eurovision. Started to get boring at the end. But Taavi Peterson and Rein Rannap seem to be able to have a good working relationship. Still my favorite Rannap Eurovision song was Opera on Fire from ages ago, which I thought was robbed victory.
5. Üksinduses – Kristjan Kasearu & Paradise Crew. I am not sure if it is the prison military service, which has taken its toll on Kristjan Kasearu or is it the blandness of the song, but this did not impact me at all. I guess the rebellious rock thing sounds a bit tired now as well. An extra point for singing in Estonian though.
6. 365 Days – Birgit Õigemeel. I am no really into the Superstaar thing, so I do not know the appeal or capability of Birgit Õigemeel. The song was nothing special, a good pop vehicle for her I guess, but nothing special. This is not music, it is product, so I feel really indifferent towards the song.
7. It’s Never Too Late – Luisa Värk & Traffic. Nice pop ballad. I liked it but not enough. Imre Sooäär should continue with songwriting.
8. Stefani – Supernova. Not my cup of tea, similar to Latvian Brainstorm or Ruffus. I kind of like the vocal but the song seems to be missing something, it is a bit lifeless for even a light rock song.
9. Ice Cold Story – Iris Vesik. Iris seems really special and the people on the stage are interesting, but agains, the song is not really anything to write home about. Perhaps it is a grower, but in Eurovision it does not matter.
10. God Inside Your Soul – Luisa Värk & Margus Vaher. Although I did not like Margus Vaher especially in Kaks Takti Ette contest which he won, he does have a good voice. But this is just a prizewinning song and not anything special. Boring.

In general I am happy there was a variety in songs and fewer bland female artists and product-songs. I think Kreisiraadio should win, it would be an interesting choice. Let’s see what the public decides on Saturday.

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