As you’ll no doubt be aware by now, the time is fast ticking away ’til the eyes of Europe turn to Denmark for the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. There’s guaranteed glitz, glamour, dud notes, key changes, amazing outfits, quirky staging and some of the best European/English accents and dodgy jokes you’re likely to hear all year. Copenhagen is set to turn it all on and more across the two semi finals (May 06 and May 08) and the all-important Grand Final on May 10. Naturally, here in Australia we’ll be seeing each of the concerts on SBS, with the Grand Final screened on Sunday May 11 from 7:30pm on the East Coast.
SANNA NIELSEN : Undo
The Swedes no doubt feel an immense amount of pressure at the Eurovision Song Contest. They’ve walked away with Eurovision glory five times since first competing in 1958 and have a reputation for producing some of the finest pop music not only on the continent, but globally. Their hopes this year rest on the shoulders of 29 year old Sanna Nielsen. Like many other competitors in this year’s ESC, Sanna is no stranger to her national selection process, having competed at the Melodifestivalen an amazing seven times. Seven’s her lucky number, obviously. And ‘Undo’ is spectacular.
A rousing piano pop ballad with big production, dramatic chorus and an intricate vocal line that would be extraordinarily challenging to pull off. But Sanna does it here beautifully. Sweden is among the favourites to lift this year’s trophy – and it’s not hard to see (and hear) why. Exceptional.