Another Look and Listen
My Finnish friend, Markku, who got me interested in (obsessed with?) Eurovision, send me a couple of different videos of the Swedish and Norwegian competitors. I have to say, I like these versions better than the versions in the official list.
This is Loreen, the Swedish singer, performing on the TV show, Voice of Finland. I love this version of “Euphoria”. I can’t hear it enough. Her voice is so strong and the toned-down theatrics allow the song to shine.
This is Tooji, the Norwegian singer, performing a studio version of “Stay”. I was surprised at how much better I liked it. It sounds like a great dance tune that I’d love to hear on the radio or in a club. I don’t know if it helped or not that it’s just the song and not a live performance. Sometimes, theatrics can really be distracting.
I’m still waving a Swedish flag at this point, but Norway is definitely strong competition.