Latvia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry
This guy, who resembles a young David Tennant, seems to be wearing a leather jacket of a colour that should never be used for jackets but should instead be reserved for covering a sofa that’s being used for a very faithful staging of Abigail’s Party.
I should be paying attention to stuff other than his jacket, but in all honesty, there’s not a lot else to talk about. His name is “Justs”. Just “Justs”. I’m assuming something longer appears on his birth certificate but just “Justs” is all we’re given.
Here he is in a performance video
Clearly, moody 1980s electro pop has finally reached the Baltic states. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I like this, but it does nod at a memory of things I used to sort of like. Perhaps they are grooving to ABC and Soft Cell in Riga right now. I’d like to be grooving to ABC and Soft Cell, in Riga or anywhere else, but the song itself, I mean, this song, this “Heartbeat” malarkey, is kind of dull. I zone out and imagine I’m listening to ABC and Soft Cell.
I mean the sound of it does. No self respecting moody electro pop star would act like this guy. You’re supposed to stand behind a keyboard and look sullen.
I rather liked the Latvian song from a couple of years back, featuring a bunch of Latvians outdoors in a Latvian landscape, wearing warm, sensible clothing and singing a nice song about baking a cake. Somehow it communicated to me an idea of a song that could sing a plausible idea of “Latvia” at the rest of Europe. I was, however, the only person in Europe who liked this song, which failed to make the finals.
“Justs” on the other hand, appears to have raided a pick n’ mix bag of western pop cliches and served them up with a goofy grin.
Someone else who doesn’t look sullen at all is Malta’s representative –
Meanwhile, I found Bosnia and Herzegovina somewhat intriguing this year – see below…
More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow
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…
San Marino – folks…
Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…
Here’s Austria by the way…