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The Freshest Face of All. Bulgaria’s 2017 Eurovision Entry.

May 9, 2017


At the risk of repeating myself and others (a risk that I’ve long since learned to live with), 2017 is (as John Brennan announced a few weeks ago) the Eurovision year of the fresh-faced unthreatening boy.  And in a field that includes Ireland, Austria and Australia, Bulgaria’s face is the freshest and unthreateningest of them all.

Again, like many other Eurovision entries this year (Malta, Finland etc.) … there is reference to drowning.

When the colours turn grey and the lights all fade to black again

Water so deep how do we breathe how do we climb?

So we stay in this mess this beautiful mess tonight.


Do you like really really pretentious videos, full of poorly co-ordinated images with no sense of overall justification or explanation?  I can’t get enough of ’em, and so I love this. It’s a bit like a socialist-realist Lloyds Bank commercial, if you can imagine such a thing.  The sudden splash of powdered colour reminds me of the constant redecoration of sombre war memorials in Sofia.

This video came out rather later than the other videos on the official Eurovision site – and initially, the “official” video was blank.  Of course, the video will have nothing to do with whether or not the song progresses in Kiev, which will all be down to Kristian himself.  I’m confident that he will.  The word on the street (which I managed to get wind of at that conference I was telling you about), is that Kristian is charming everybody. Even that awkward gap between his teeth gives him a delicate imperfection that mitigates his otherwise slightly frightening beauty.

And the voice soars.  It floats above Kristian – sort of belonging to him and yet swooping above him at one and the same time.  Kristian will not win the drunk vote (that will all go to Romania), and perhaps he won’t win the votes of the Eurovision obsessives who play ever  song over and over again in advance.  But he will win in that middle constituency – those who watch Eurovision relatively sober but with comparatively little preparation will love little Kristian and wish all the very best for him.

Bless.  Bless oh Bless.  He’s only seventeen you know – as you’ll be told often.

But if you prefer something jolly and sinister at the same time – you’ll prefer Belarus:

There’s something a bit too tasteful about Switzerland’s entry:

For something superficially a bit “edgy” – try Norway:

Croatia, on the other hand,  offers two voices for the price of one:

Here’s Ma and Pa in San Marino:

For youthful angst – Ireland:

Ireland’s entry is, I think, more emotionally involving than Denmark’s:

Right now I prefer cultural nationalism when it isn’t Hungarian:

The Netherlands offers something altogether safer:

Utterly (winningly?) different is Romania:

Less immediately exciting is Malta:

So you might prefer Macedonia:

Or you can “Climb Every Mountain” with Nathan from Austria:

Serbia offers a big ballad about rising and falling and falling and rising:

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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