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Am I supposed to take you seriously just because you’re naked? Pompous nudity and Poland’s 2017 Eurovision video.

April 10, 2017


Oh look she’s naked in the promotional video.  But it’s a rather pompous, un-erotic and irritating nudity.  Her arms folded over her chest, forest scenery is broadcast against her pale body. You can’t help wanting to shout out – “hang on, you won’t be able to do this on stage in Kiev – what else have you got?”  I find the stultification of nudity a more compelling and yet depressing topic than anything else provoked by this remarkably unprovocative video.   It’s a reminder of how late capitalism invests an astonishing amount of time and money trying to make sex dull.

There is little to be said about the song itself.  It’s a ponderous powerballad with very little intrinsic interest.  The lyrics to “Flashlight” give the impression that Kasia Mos is in a relationship that is persecuted for some unexplained reason and that some power or powers that be have set the dogs on the pair of them.  The song itself is insufficiently nuanced to make me really care.

There is no subtlety to the orchestra or the vocal performance.  It’s all just “big”. Somehow there’s a humourlessness self importance bereft of any element of real surprise on show here that I find deeply annoying.   Having seen this a few times I find myself more and more convinced that I don’t want to like it.

I need to walk away from it now.  If, following the semi-final, I find I can watch it with fresh, unjaundiced and appreciative eyes, I will compose a contrite coda to this blog.

In the meantime though… here are a bunch of other entries:

Equally sexualised is the Moldovan entry:

Latvia offers a more techno-trance version of minimalism:

Iceland’s entry isn’t really a Eurovision song either:

Georgia’s offering is undoubtedly a bigger if not bolder initiative:

Frankly, I prefer Finland:

I’ll be sorely vexed if Finland doesn’t do better than Cyprus

Frankly I’d rather the Czech Republic won – though they won’t…

Belgium looks like a better bet:

But if it isn’t, maybe it will go to Azerbaijan with this…

Armenia’s Entry is nowhere near as scary:

In the meantime here are my thoughts on the Australian entry:

And here’s Albania…


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