It’s a little over three weeks ’til the 59th Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in Denmark. Of course, we’re off to the capital Copenhagen this year as a result of Emmelie de Forest’s win with ‘Only Teardrops’ in Malmö, Sweden last year. The semi finals this year take place on May 06 and May 08, with voting from across Europe to decide which ten countries from each will make it through to the all-important Grand Final on Saturday May 10, where they’ll come up against the perennial “big five” of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, along with the host nation Denmark.
Here at auspOp, we’re continuing our coverage of Eurovision 2014 by taking a look at each of the entries in the run-up to this year’s contest.
TOMALCHEVY SISTERS : Shine
Eurovision has a proud history of uncovering amazing, quirky pop songs. And while votes will undoubtedly fly because of Russia’s entry ‘Shine’, it’s the recent annexation of Crimea, the current military tension on the eastern border of Ukraine, the marginalisation of the country’s gay community and the ensuing political voting that may end Russia’s hopes of getting anywhere near the Grand Final this year. The Tomalchevy Sisters – aged just 17 – will potentially be thrown to the wolves in the first of the semi finals and we can only assume that the audience will be less than welcoming. Awkwardly, they’re on stage just two spots before the Ukrainians, who might be worried by the lyrics of ‘Shine’; “Now maybe there’s a place, maybe there’s a time, maybe there’s a day you’ll be mine.” On its merits, ‘Shine’ isn’t a bad song. But we can’t help but think that most of Europe won’t give a toss and will vote with their hearts.