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Spain’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

May 13, 2016


Get up and dance.  Dancing in the street will save us all.  I think this is the message of the song, perceived in its totality.

I was pondering which city this video was shot in, and I now discover – lots.

In the video, Barei (and others) dance about various cities in a life-affirming fashion.  At one point there’s a fall though.  Everything stops.  Calamity.  But of course she gets up again, stronger and more determined than ever.

If she’s smart, she’ll try and replicate this fall in live performance.  Everyone will love someone who falls and has the courage to get up again.  It’ll look even better if it doesn’t seem too choreographed and if not too many people read smart-alecky killjoys like me who point out that the fall was rehearsed and she did it in the video.

The title of this song puzzles me.  “Say-Yay”.  Is “Yay” a word that you say?  (Is it a word at all?)  Or are we looking at one word – “Sa- a-ay” – an exercise in melisma?  And is this a rather American interrogative “Say?…” that you’d use to initiate a question?  Or is it an imperative “Say!” a demand that you say something, presumably – anything.

If on the other hand “Say- Yay” is actually two words – and that the song is an imperative demand that we all say “Yay!”, then the rhyme is somewhat forced since “Yay” is not something you “say” but something you shout or exclaim.  You can say yes, or you can shout yay, you can’t really say yay….

Sorry if all this sounds a bit pedantic.

Actually, I think the real point of all this “Yayness” is one more reinforcement of the wicked lie that if you only believe in yourself and never give up you will certainly succeed – meritocratic gibberish that helps keep the world Wrong and Disgusting.

Ho hum.

Italy offers a bit more solemnity…

Here’s Germany.

Now Belgium is not particularly silly.  Just linguistically clumsy

For a more sinister “fairy tale” unheimlich – go Albania

You may (indeed should) prefer Georgia.

If you want something very mainstream – go Norway…

Or, if you favour a keening wail of historical pain and suffering – here’s Ukraine…

Most people will want something a bit more optimistic.  Like Denmark’s effort – see below…

Bulgaria could learn a lot about positive thinking from Søren.

If you’re keen on Balkan Country and Western Music, then you’ll like Slovenia’s entry…

Australia, bizarrely, are back…

If, in the meantime,  you want to watch an implausible love story involving a sex worker from Vilnius – try Lithuania’s entry…

Here, by the way – is Macedonia’s offering…

Meanwhile, Ireland’s entry – Nicky Byrne out of Westlife – is sort of all growed up.

Here’s Serbia, in case you were wondering…

Then again there’s Ivan from Belarus, who may or may not be dancing naked with wolves…

In the meantime, here is Israel:

You might prefer this GameofThronesy offering from Switzerland

Here, on the other hand, is Poland.

And here’s cheery Latvia,

Someone else who doesn’t look cross 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…

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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