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Sweden’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

May 13, 2016


Anyone remember Mike Skinner and The Streets?  They were considered a big deal not so long ago, and I was fond of them.  This guy, from a performance point of view, seems rather MikeSkinnerish.  He’s rather gawky and vulnerable, and he may just be the best actor in the competition.  Indeed, his singing style is closer to speech than song, a stumbling, halting delivery driven by uncertain emotion rather than by the actual tune (such as it is).

Like Mike Skinner, Frans offers the kind of Sprechgesang hip hop delivery that often has a troubled and tangential relationship with the basic rhythm of the song – more of a commentary on a melody than singing along to it.

And here’s a melancholy video…

Arguably, Sweden’s contribution to cinema is not the jolliest.

In essence the success or failure of this entry depends pretty much entirely on how much you empathise with Frans.  If you find his performance, his narrative, his chaotic cadencing of the words at all empathetic you’ll be tempted to throw some votes in his direction.  If you find his character jejune, adolescent, self absorbed, tedious, or tiresome, then you won’t.

It’s a lot of responsibility.  Love Frans.  Love Sweden.  Or not.

Poor kid.  The weight of the world on his scrawny shoulders.

Amir, from France, seems rather more confident.

On the other hand, there’s Spain…

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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