Hungary’s 2016 Eurovision Entry
Hungary has fallen in love with Freddie. And they’re really hoping the rest of Europe will as well. And in all honesty, Freddie is kind of dreamy.
Here’s his video – which is just a performance video of Freddie singing. In the background there are some dancers/backing whistlers and a whopping great drum basher. Their faces are obscured so that we can focus on Freddie’s face. They are armed with truncated light labres that resemble those things that airport ground crews used to direct planes to their assigned gates. In the context of this performance, they are used to ensure that lines of sight are geometrically focused on Freddie and his wonderful hair and rueful smile and humble charm.
Freddie, says the website blurb, is “humble”. He is dressed in a humble sort of way. This immediately makes me suspicious. These days, everyone is officially “humbled” by their own achievements. Everybody (with the possible exceptions of Donald Trump and Kevin Pietersen) has to express “humility”, but only within a kind of vacant liturgical formula.
Actually, now that I look at him, Freddie reminds me a lot of a young Daniel Day Lewis, perhaps Young Daniel Day Lewis’ Humbler brother. He wears a coarse shirt that denotes a pastoral upbringing. He might be Florizel.
Anyway, to misquote another famous Freddie –
“He’s just a poor boy – everybody loves him.”
The success or failure of this entry depends on whether or not the most beautiful man in Hungary is also the most beautiful man in Europe. I’m more intrigued by the possibility that while in Stockholm, Freddie will fall in love with Zoe from Austria – a liaison that will not only result in the restoration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but also a race of new perfect humans who will hunt down and exterminate the rest of us as mutants.
In the meantime, here’s Moldova
Here’s Austria by the way…