We are now in to the month of Eurovision 2015 (and Big Brother)! Are you as excited as we are? Let’s continue our countdown of all 40 entries from worst to best with numbers 35 to 31.
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Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, also known as PKN, are a Finnish punk rock band made up of four middle-aged, mentally handicapped guys. PKN state they have entered Eurovision in order to raise awareness for Down’s Syndrome.
The band have achieved a cult status already and have performed to crowds across Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Canada and The Netherlands.
In 2012 the band had an award-winning documentary made about them called Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome). PKN have previously performed in a charity concert with Finnish 2006 Eurovision winners Lordi.
The problem is that if you take away the back story, the song itself is a mess that sounds like something even a high school band could beat on the song-writing stakes. Aina mun pitää never really goes anywhere and just feels like one minute and forty seconds of some guy with a throat problem having a bit of a whinge.
We think the track could actually do quite well, and despite putting it very low in our listings we want it to qualify for the final, if only for a break from the endless monotony of ballads this year which could be this entries saving grace.
WATCH – Finland – Aina mun pitää – Number 35
Ireland’s entry this year comes from seventeen year old Molly Sterling who claims she taught herself to play the piano at the age of 11. She’s also the owner of a 50-year-old donkey called Mick.. Her age means she is the youngest ever entry for Ireland.
Molly is quite honest with her reasons for doing Eurovision, she says that she wants to open doors to her as an artist and hopes that people who hear her on the contest will look in to her other music as well.
‘Playing With Numbers’ is a pleasant track that would be nice to have on in the background when doing some nondescript activity. Unfortunately, that’s about where it goes. Vocally, Molly sounds very impressive and controlled on the track although she will have to hope that her live singing voice holds up on May 21st.
Molly has freely admitted that the track wasn’t written for Eurovision, it was actually written as a track for her upcoming album. Perhaps this is where ‘Playing With Numbers’ falls down, as it does sound like a track that would fade in to the background of most artists albums.
WATCH – Ireland – Playing With Numbers – Number 34
Cyprus’ entry is 20-year-old John Karayiannis with the ballad ‘One Thing I Should Have Done’. He boasts he is a massive gamer and had a team on World of Warcraft that was “58th in the world”.
John states that his music tastes when he was a child were Eminem and Linkin Park. Unfortunately you can’t hear these influences in this entry. It is yet another slushy, slow and forgettable ballad that will quickly fade in to the background when pitted against many of the stronger entries.
Ed Sheeran and John Mayer are listed as his current musical influences, although this track does feel like all the weakest parts of Sheeran and Mayer’s songs rolled in to one.
Karayiannis is moving to London in September to continue his music studies, so perhaps we should give him a few points to make him feel welcome? As long as Cyprus return the favour of course.
WATCH – Cyprus – One Thing I Should Have Done – Number 33
Country: Czech Republic
Artists: Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta
Song: Hope Never Dies
Status: Performing 8th – Semi-Final Night 2
Previous Best: Never qualified for a final (2007, 2008, 2009)
Think of Evernescence. Then take away all of the rock, power and passion, and you have the Czech Republic’s ESC entry for 2015.
Marta is a well-known name in Germany after being in a rock band called Die Happy, leading her to play at over 1,000 concerts, giving her some invaluable experience for Eurovision. She then went on to preside over the German version of Popstars.
Václav on the other hand is prodominantly a composer who has worked with many leading Czech musicians in the past. He has also been an actor on a number of occasions.
‘Hope Never Dies’ is a standard sounding Eurovision ballad with, admittedly, a fairly unique voice courtesy of Václav on the track. The chorus sounds pretty impressive but the song is let down by it all sounding a bit lacklustre.
This will be the fourth time that the Czech Republic have entered the competition and they are hoping to qualify for their first final, but I am not too hopeful for them with this entry.
WATCH – Czech Republic – Hope Never Dies – Number 32
If you’re anything like me you probably saw the name of the band and thought this might be another punk type entry. In reality, it is completely the opposite.
Anti-Social Media are a band who they are inspired by 60s music and want to revive the spirit of simple and happy bands such as The Beatles.
The band themselves are actually pretty new and this entry marks their first single release which, at the time of writing, has peaked at number 38 in the Denmark charts.
‘The Way You Are’ sounds like the type of song that children listen to and think they are listening to rock. In fact, Anti-Social Media have written a song that sounds like One Direction on a bad day. We also have some concerns about how the vocalist will sound live on the night, he will need to improve from the performance in the video below to stand a chance.
It’s a pleasant, positive and upbeat track that might make it stand out in a sea of ballads, but it lacks any real pazazz to give it any genuine chance of making a stamp on the competition.
WATCH – Denmark – The Way You Are – Number 31
That’s it for another countdown. Take a look at the previous posts and the future posts in the countdown below:
Eurovision 2015 Top 40 Countdown: 40-36 – Posted Monday 27th April 2015
Eurovision 2015 Top 40 Countdown: 35-31 – Posted Friday 1st May 2015
Eurovision 2015 Top 40 Countdown: 30-26 – Posted Monday 4th May 2015
Eurovision 2015 Top 40 Countdown: 25-21 –Posted Friday 8th May 2015
Eurovision 2015 Top 40 Countdown: 20-16 – Posted Monday 11th May 2015
Eurovision 2015 Top 40 Countdown: 15-11 – Posted Thursday 14th May 2015
Eurovision 2015 Top 40 Countdown 10-6 – Posted Sunday 17th May 2015
Eurovision 2015 Top 40 Countdown 5-1 – Posted Tuesday 19th May 2015
Take a peep at all the entries for this years Eurovision by clicking here for the Official Eurovision Youtube page.
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