This year's Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Azerbaijan, which is also being slated by protesters for its human rights record. Politics apart, there are a few good songs in this year's contest, and most of them seem to veer towards the slow, soulful ballads, in line with the UK's entry by Engelbert Humperdinck. I have listened to all of them and my top 5 are as follows:
The definite winner for me is Serbia because the song, Nije Ljubav Stvar, is a lovely one, rendered beautifully by eye candy singer, Zeljko Joksimovic. He really does it justice. Of course, my top 5 reflect my own taste in music, so someone who likes the more way out songs would completely disagree!
I do have a soft spot for Engelbert's song,Love Will Set You Free, and hope it places at least in the top 5. But I think it lacks something though I'm not sure what it is. He does sing it with feeling and it should please many older listeners.
Having said all that, I think this could be the year of the 'seniors' because a neat little infectious song from Russia, called Party For Everybody, could just steal the prize when no one is looking. It is the kind of song that has you open mouthed at the beginning asking 'what the heck?', judging by some of the audience's faces when the performers began, then leaves you completely enamoured with it by the end. I wouldn't be surprised if it is the winning song, especially because of its inclusive nature and the feel-good way it is delivered by the group of happy older ladies.
I wait with fascination to see whose turn it is this year to be crowned the winner and wish them all luck!!