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Forget Phil Collins – Tijana Bogićević is “In Too Deep”. Serbia’s 2017 Eurovision Entry

April 17, 2017


Naming your song after an old Phil Collins era Genesis hit may not be the best way to win the hearts of everyone in Europe.  If it is the best way – then may the Lord have mercy on us miserable sinners.

She’s falling from a very great height.  This song is very much about vertical movement, from the highest barely breathable stratosphere to the deepest ocean trench.

The melody itself reminds me a bit of “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry – only slower, less funky and with a far less amusing video.

Here’s the chorus, which looks a bit more expressive and desperate and subaquatic expressed as a prose poem paragraph rather than conventionally lineated:

Won’t somebody save me tonight Feels like I’ve been sentenced to life I’m falling so deep I’m in too deep I’m falling so deep No escape, in over my head Struck by every word that you said I’m falling so deep I’m in too deep I’m falling so deep Ohohoho Ohohooo Ohooooo I’m falling so deep.

I believe it’s the Iron Islanders of Westeros who maintain that “what is dead may never die”, with particular reference to drowning.  Perhaps the global zeitgeist favours a kind of hunkering down underwater, a Captain Nemo-ish abandonment of the hopeless politics and economics of land-dwellers.  It’s not so much that Europeans want to die – we just want to breath something other than air for a while.

We’re just going to hold our breaths and stay down there until we think it’s safe to surface again.

So here is the video – featuring Tijana swinging on a giant manacle – like a Lilliputian crashing a Brobdingnagian sex party:

A bare-chested male dancer performs with a bare-legged female dancer in a fairly restrained routine, while the video itself restates a drowning motif that seems very prevalent this year.  There are a great many bodies under the water this year.  Think Finland.  Think Malta.

Half way through the dance they take a break to put the wet laundry on the line to dry – but since they seem to all be underwater anyway, I’m not sure what effect this is meant to have.  It’s a bit like watching Spongebob and Patrick go to that beach they have at the bottom of the sea – with the sea that laps against the beach  at the bottom of the sea that fish can actually drown in if they don’t know how to swim in it.

In short, “In too Deep” is the sort of song that reminds me of songs that tend to surprise me each year with their popularity.   I feel so distant from it, that I’m confident it will probably do very well.


Meanwhile, here is Sweden:

Here, meanwhile, is Omar belting it out for Slovenia:

Portugal offers something just a bit more special:

Anyhow, Portugal’s offering is infinitely more palatable than Poland’s:

A man who needs a deal of personal space is this guy from Montenegro:

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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