Eurovision – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Checking out the Baltic states now. I don’t know much about these countries, aside from what I’ve read in the web comic, Scandinavia and the World and seen in the anime, Hetalia: Axis Powers.

Kidding! But not really… Typical American. Anyway, onto the songs.

Ott Lepland represents Estonia with the ballad, Kuula.

So nice. Lepland has a strong voice and sings with the power and emotion such a ballad demands. Again, I like it when the contestants sing in their own language. It gives the competition more of an international feel. I looked up “kuula” using Google Translate. It came up with “listen” in English. I do have to add a comment from¬†adlitham on YouTube, which made me giggle. “love this song! even though i don’t understand a thing.. and in norwegian it sort of sounds like a declaration of love to Cola (as in Coca Cola), which makes me like it even more^^”

Anmary represents Latvia with the pop song, Beautiful Song.

I think I would have liked this better if it were in Latvian. The lyrics, about singing a beautiful song, fell flat with me. The tune is catchy and her voice is nice. Maybe I’ll like her live performance better than this contrived video setting. I was a bit disappointed that Mick Jagger didn’t show up.

Donny Montell represents Lithuania with the pop ballad, Love is Blind

Hated the blindfold. Hated it. But I loved his handstand. And the song seemed to pick up energy after that. He’s got a good voice and I can easily see this being remixed as a dance song. For the Eurovision performance, I really hope he forgets the blindfold and gives this song that handstand energy from beginning to end.

Of the Baltics, I’d say Estonia is my favorite. How about you? Any favorites so far?

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

Eurovision – Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

Now that I’m done with the Nordics, I’m focusing on the contestants from eastern Europe. I’m not real familiar with many of these countries, which makes me all the more interested to see what they have to offer by way of music.

I’ll start with a nation that I am more familiar with. After all, I read my fair share of Russian authors back in my school days. Most of that stuff (did I just call Tolstoy “stuff”?) was written in the 19th century. Let’s see what 21st century Russia has to offer.

Okay, so, 19th century it is. This could be considered a novelty act, but don’t underestimate these ladies. They have the highest number of views of all the videos on the Eurovision YouTube playlist. Over 1.5 million when last I checked. That being said, I think the song itself is fun and charming, but I don’t know that it holds it’s charm without the adorable live antics of the Babushki. If this came on the radio, I don’t think I’d keep listening. BTW, what is that thing rotating in the background?

Belarus’ Litesound offers up this rock anthem.

Good-looking guys. Good, standard rock song. It didn’t wow me. Maybe I need to see a less theatrical live or studio version. I was really not liking the whole motorcycle theme. The microphones were a WTF moment. I wish I could think of more to say, but it was so generic. Sorry, Belarus. Maybe your performance in the semi-finals will wow me more.

Representing Ukraine is the gorgeous Gaitana.

Love it. It’s a great dance song with great energy. Definitely want it on my iPod. My only criticism is that this is a music video and not a live performance. I’m not impressed the way I was with Loreen from Sweden. Maybe Gaitana’s live performance in the semi-finals will impress me more.

How about you? Any favorites so far?

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