Daniel Digas is no stranger to the stage, having played Zack in the Spanish tour of High School Musical. His ability to hold an audience during a song is not in question. Spain are perhaps a touch unlucky to be running so early in the contest, but this circus inspired waltz is a playful piece of cabaret that contrasts well with some of the more… worthy songs later in the running order.
Mila Stankovic might look like Serbia’s leading David Bowie waxwork, but there’s no denying that Ovo je Balkan has that certain something that makes for a memorable Eurovision song. With very few of the Balkan countries qualifying, the diaspora vote could swing completely behind this repetitive crowd-pleaser making it a strong contender for a top five placing. And in such a busy field, any country that is capable of a top five finish is in with a shout of winning.
Starting like a reworking of the Doctor Who theme, and wearing an outfit bearing a resemblance to Avon’s outfit in the last season of Blake’s 7, Albania’s Juliana Pasha takes this electronic infused pop number and sculpts a memorable stage show that strikes a balance between too many flashing lights (unlike Turkey) and bringing out the energy of the music. And if you squint, she does look a bit like Lulu.
Brave Josh, plucked from obscurity and handed a generic pop standard from Pete Waterman and Mike Stock, is going to be compared to Jade Ewen’s fifth place in the competition last year. If we’re honest there’s little hope of a repeat performance. In a field that’s crowded with potential winners, the biggest challenge for Dubovie might not be to do well at Eurovision, but to do well enough that he can carry on his music career after the results on Saturday night.
No matter the actual results, the perception will be that Denmark stole the last qualifying spot in the final from Sweden, and then proceeded to draw the previously plumb spot of 25th to be the last song performing. Now voting lines are open from the start of the show closing the show isn’t as big an advantage as it used to be, but I still think that this placing will have a positive effect for the Danes. It might be overblown in terms of production, but Copenhagen is lovely in spring…
- Eurovision Song Contest 2010: The Grand Final, BBC 1, Saturday 8pm