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Montenegro’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

April 21, 2016



If Montenegro win Eurovision with this, then everything we think we know about Eurovision is wrong.

(Incidentally, everything we think we know about Eurovision is not wrong.)

Here’s the video…


I think it’s pretty axiomatic that angry garage bands do not win Eurovision.  The only way an angry garage band fronted by a sulky young man in a hoodie could possibly win Eurovision is with a hefty dose of irony.  They would have to be somehow saying “look at us, we’re so funny, wouldn’t it be funny if an angry garage band won Eurovision.”  But they’re not being ironic at all.  They seem deadly serious and do a passable impression of a group that is so “real” that they really don’t look as though they care whether they win Eurovision or not.  Which is probably just as well.

The one anomalous aspect of this defiant statement of Balkan indifference to Eurovision norms is the dancer in the video.  She looks as though she’s a bit of an afterthought – something imposed on the video by whatever Powers That Be control the media in Montenegro.  The idea of interpretive dance being applied to a song like this seems absurd.  That said, she dances in as angry a way as possible.  It’s not her fault.  Someone said to her – “… these boys are a bit grumpy looking and we need to have something nicer to look at, but we still sort of want to pretend that you’re part of the overall performance thingy.”

These boys are too cool for school and too cool for Eurovision.  And I hope I see their faces when they fail.  Moody broody insouciance itself I hope and pray.

Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan

More chillingly, here is Estonia

But here, by way of some (but not much) relief is Cyprus

On a lighter note, see the Czech Republic’s offering…

And Russia…

San Marino – folks…

Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…

And Croatia

And Hungary

And Moldova

And Greece

Greece’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

And Finland

Finland’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Austria by the way…

Austria’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Armenia

Armenia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry


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