Saturday, 5 March 2016

Russia 2016 - Sergei Lazarev - You Are The Only One

So Russia has sneaked out ahead of its planned release. How careless of them. That is if it actually IS this song. But the chances are pretty good. Why otherwise would one of their nation's biggest stars perform a song so Swedish that if you close you eyes you can swear you can see little Måns singing it? People have already commented that we won't be going to Sochi next year. I suspect that may be a closer call than they expect, as this song was designed in a factory to win Eurovision.

Swedish chord progressions, occasional minor keys, and insistent choral hook, and a good looking man looking straight down the pipe at your mum, your sister and nice Uncle Jeff. Some of the lyric lines are pretty ropy though. Rhyming 'lightning' with 'exciting' feels like a stab in the eye with a pencil every time I hear it. Yep, we're in that kind of territory.

What's even more concerning is that the one-room video looks very much like one of this "Can this be out stage show please, Mr Sand?" And if it is, well blimey, we're in trouble. Eurovision by numbers damn nearly paid off for them last year, so could this be the one that finally drags us back to the Motherland?

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