Eurovision 2015 – Denmark

If you like ’60s music, overnight success stories, and boy bands that play their own instruments, you are going to love Denmark’s 2015 Eurovision entry. Anti Social Media won the national selection with their song, The Way You Are.

These Beatles-loving lads had been together as a band for only three month before Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, which makes their win all the more amazing. Are they worthy of this success? Let’s check them out.

I do have a weakness for ’60s British Invasion bands. I love the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, etc. Anti Social Media have a Merseybeat sound that I find very appealing. They’re cheerful, up-tempo, stylish and fun. In the midst of a sea of ballads, The Way You Are could come as a refreshing change of pace during the competition.

However, they might come across as too retro and the competition does favor soloists and duets over bands. Because of this, I’m not feeling confident they’ll even make it to the final, though I hope otherwise. All they need is love!

Love to you, Anti Social Media, from across the pond.

Find out more about Anti Social Media here.

Eurovision – Denmark and Finland

I’m finishing up with the Nordic entries here. In the interest of full disclosure, I lived in Denmark for a short while, so I have an inclination to wave the Danish flag, especially since I have one sitting (standing?) on my dresser. However, I’m going to watch all the entries before I make my final choices, regardless of emotional attachments.

That being said, the entry from Denmark is pretty good!

Soluna Samay has a great indie rock vibe along with an irresistibly fresh face. She’s also the only performer I’ve seen so far to play an instrument while she sings. The song is catchy and I found myself humming the tune after the video finished. I would say this song is fairly typical of the genre, but nothing wrong with that. Also, the hat was okay, but she needs to lose the epaulets.

Finland’s entry is particularly interesting because it is sung in Swedish, Finland’s second language.

This is a lovely ballad and Pernilla Karlsson is a lovely performer. The song has a bit of a Celtic sound and I always like that. I give her high marks for not singing in English. Since I’m new to the competition, I’m not sure how this affects the voting. I do like hearing people sing in their own language. I’m not so crazy about the woodland theme of the performance, i.e., I hope she wears a different dress for the competition.

Done with the Nordics! These are all strong entries. I would love having all these songs on my iPod. If I had to choose the one I liked the best, it would be Sweden’s Loreen and “Euphoria”.

How about you? Any favorites so far among the Nordics?

These videos are from the list of Eurovison 2012 contestants on YouTube.