Tim: Sweden owes this lady an apology, because they voted both Victor & Samir and a less good Victor & Samir through in heat one, but shamefully cast this one aside.
Tom: That’s because the verses are basically the verses from “Jolene”. I’ll grant you the chorus is a bit more original, though. Why do you like it so much?
Tim: Because oh, this song deserved to go so, so far, and I would happily have put money on that actually going directly to the final. Maybe hoedown isn’t the biggest genre in the world right now, but dammit it’s still a whole lot of fun, and mixing that big chorus with the slightly gentler pop vocals in the verses for me just works very well indeed.
Tom: It does — and that middle eight and key change are just wonderful.
Tim: Maybe it’s the fact that she’s a new artist – first EP’s not released for another month or so, and incidentally was recorded in Nashville.
Tom: Maybe? But I’ve got a different theory. We’ve seen this before: it’s what Texas Lightning did ten years ago. That is to say, catchy, country, key change: but not remotely a vote-winner.
Tim: True, perhaps, but first round exit? Just harsh.
Tom: Incidentally, how good was 2006’s Eurovision? Lordi. The mad Lithuanians with “We Are The Winners”. And the bizarre British entry of which we do not speak. Let’s hope it’s that good this year.
Tim: We do not speak? Mate, Daz was GLORIOUS. You’re thinking of 2008. In any case, you’re forgetting the best of all: the incredible Charlotte Perrelli performing Invincible with Those Trousers and That Dress.