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Eurovision 2021 Review

Going in to this on a whim, blind and a plentiful supply of wine (as is tradition), this year's Eurovision was a pleasant evolution from the usual bloated B-rate Europop-fest of recent editions. A trimmed schedule helped, with the 26 finalists skipping by at a pace and the salvation during the jury vote reveal that was only the gold-medal 12-pointer being announced by the pondering pothead announcing the votes for Iceland or Lithuanian Jedward. I still think it's kinda arbitrary they announce the jury votes drip by drip before splashing the viewer votes which, let's face it, are the juicier ones anyway. Anyhoo, this year seemed a battle between your scantily clad Slavic Lady Gaga and your melodramatic goth/rock/rap rock/Edith Piaf, with the dark side coming out on top. Don't get me wrong, I always love a glittery Moldovan or Greek girl, but the swerve in style was a hit. Frankly, this year was a good year, with a lot of strong songwriting on all sides. Many songs that you'd think would do well were to be sidelined by the end. Also interesting to note a number of songs sang in native languages, including all of the eventual top 3, and after the drab editions of recent years it was nice to see a lot of the performers going all out and just being themselves instead of conforming to the dry formula (get fucked Azerbaijan). List is digs (except #1) and commentary is chronological highlights cos idgaf.
Hidden Stories

Belgium. This was my first big clue this Eurovision was gonna be a lil different, and going into this blind I had no idea they were playing, nor that they were Belgian. What the hell Hooverphonic? That's kinda cheating using a band I already listen to, but their moody trip hop track is an adequate entry for this edition of Eurovision and a good song in its own right. Despite a respectable outing with the jury it was probably a tad too sedate a song in the end with only a meagre 3 points from the public.

UK. This uncharacteristically un-flippant entry from the UK didn't deserve 0 points.
3Devil Sold His Soul

Switzerland. Probably should've won tbh.
4Boards of Canada
Music Has the Right to Children

Iceland. This is the kind of shit I've missed from Eurovision. The best of this year's pisstakers for sure (honourable mention to Lithuania), and it's actually a damn good song, AND this dude can sing. Plucky Iceland etc.
Sound Awake

Finland. Yeah ok we get it Finland. Not that I can blame you, 2006 was a legendary win, and this song is a serviceable Hollywood Undead B-side with Huu-esque Mongolian gang vocals...and synths...anyway a strong score from the public 25 years too late couldn't make this top of Europe.
621 Savage
Savage Mode II

Lithuania. I lied, this should've won. From the stupid yellow jackets and the silly camp dance, to the bumping dance chorus, I really dig it.
7Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia

Ukraine. Another weirdo banger. I like it too. It has a Eurovision meets witchhouse vibe to it, and that flute bops. The singing witch from dragon age origins rocks too.
8Robert Rich
Echo Of Small Things

France. I'm biased but this should've won just for how much better it is than France's usual entries. I know the tense ballad is in vogue since Ukraine won it but this is actually another very good song (and performance) in the style of classic Edith Piaf.

Italy. Definitely stands out with its groovy garage rock feel and their 80s goth/glam look, and they're even singing in Italian which is cool. What a gnarly voice has too. After relistening to this I'm more accepting of its victory but I think Switzerland's is still my favourite.
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