I agree with everything Mr. Becks said about Switzerland so no need for me to repeat it all again. I've always had a weak spot for bombastic Italian ballads and if only Paolo ditches the dancers then this could be a turning point for the country of living vampires.
Next off to Cyprus then...
They had their final last weekend and courtesy of my friend Eurofivestar with a satellite dish I could follow this impressive show live on TV. (You'll understand my sense of irony once you get to know me...) The stage looked like a producer's nightmare from the mid-80s, the singers sounded like rejects from the local Idol audition and the songs turned to the kind of nonsense that didn't even make it to British Song For Europe in the 90s. Am I being too harsh? Well, if you had seen the programme you wouldn't judge me!
The winner wasn't the worst of the lot though but there were at least 2-3 other songs that would have been a slightly better choice. "Femme Fatale" is like a Kinder Egg with three songs smashed into one, or in another way of speaking - a bit schizophrenic. I do like Greek music, much thanks to the goddess Anna Vissi, and in a way I can see why the voters went for the traditional sound and the only entry sung in their native language. But. This will get nowhere in Belgrade.
Cyprus 2008 - Evdokia Kadi - "Femme Fatale"
To think that the same country sent the modern electropop-esque "Comme ci comme ca" with star Evridiki only last year... Shame on you Cypriot song writers!
As a bonus for all of you who didn't get a chance to see the show here is a short re-cap of the 10 entries. Have your say in the comment box!