The countdown to Eurovision 2012 is well and truly underway, with just a month and a half before this year’s competition touches down in the Azerbaijani capital Baku. Once again two semi-finals will see the bulk of the countries battle it out in the hope of progressing through to the Grand Final on Saturday May 26, where waiting will be the big six of the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and host nation Azerbaijan. We’re continuing our daily look at the entries in the lead-up to Eurovision 2012.
VALENTINA MONETTA : The Social Network Song (Oh Oh – Uh – Oh Oh)
After trying unsuccessfully to represent her country in the Eurovision Song Contest four years ago, 37 year old performer Valentina Monetta is back in 2012, this time winning through to Baku after winning her country’s national selection.
The song itself (‘The Social Network Song’) almost didn’t make it to Eurovision after the organisation deemed the original version (entitled ‘Facebook (Uh Oh Oh)’) to contravene the rules of the competition for being too commercial.
The other hurdle the track has to overcome is the public’s reaction. One look at the statistics for the official video suggest that while the track is a topical commentary on the advent of online social networking, it’s certainly pushing all the wrong buttons for most of its viewers, with almost 75% of all respondents giving it the thumbs down.
To be honest, we can see (and hear) why. The lyrics feel a little laboured, perhaps even lazy. And it’s hard to imagine San Marino winning through to the Grand Final after doing their best in the first semi-final on Tuesday May 22.