FYR Macedonia is 3/4 of a good song. It’s got a lovely, lilting vocal, some wonderful soaring bits, a danceable chorus, and then a sudden dip into – reggae?
First of all, let’s just note that if you’re not going to send Stop The War U2 by Riga Reggae to the contest, reggae does not belong here.
The sudden shift from genre to genre is jarring and almost as bad as the tempo issues with Agnete’s Icebreaker a few years back.
I’ve had so much trouble listening to this song that the Better Half recut a version especially for me, which cut out all the reggae bits. It’s only 2 minutes long, but it’s a much better song.
Finally, a shoutout to the drummer for Eye Cue (I know, that name). He is singlehandedly the best thing about the performance, sitting there in his Ramones shirt, blissfully drumming away without really paying attention to what’s going on around him. I would like to move that he appear on stage as the drummer for ALL the Eurovision entries this year. Someone with photoshop – please make this happen.
UPDATE:So I saw this song performed live during semifinal 1, and feel even more strongly about the fact that 3/4 of this experience is amazing. Because 3/4 of the lead singer’s outfit is amazing (a hot pink blazer with glittery collar worn the wrong way round) and then she does the old chestnut of ripping it off midway through the performance to show a singlet with weird hot pink highlights across the torso. It’s like she’s a mannequin in a doctor’s office highlighting the regions where you should do a self-breast exam.
TWITTER JOKES YOU SHOULDN’T BOTHER MAKING BECAUSE THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN DONE BETTER BY THE EUROFANDOM: Have at it – there’s just so much wrong here. In a way, the fact that a portion of it is good makes the bad stuff seem so much worse than just a regular all bad song
SHOULD YOU TAKE A PEE BREAK DURING THIS PERFORMANCE: Oh, no. It’s the only stupid costume change we have this year so far!