So here we have them, the 15 songs that will fight over the right to fly the Finnish flag in Oslo 2010. The first hearing left me a bit disappointed as there is very little "Eurovision friendly" songs there. Half the songs are in Finnish and propably will stay so if they win with the exception of Amadeus and Maria Lund I suspect. Most of the songs also seem to have not been written Eurovision in mind but are just radio friendly future hits to their performers and that in the end is not a bad thing! Here are the songs from the first semifinal:
AMADEUS - Anastacia
I think we will hear the winner first. If Jari Sillanpää managed to win with similar but much more mediocre Takes two 2 tango Amadeus shouldn't worry. He is also more popular than Sillanpää was back then so the televotes will be flying. The song falls though to the usual Finnish use of rather bland arrangements. Someone remix the song, please and we have a killer! He will bring his sisters along, one as backing vocalist and the other playing the gipsy violin so it's the clan thing. But how come the ending of the song is so boring? We need to go out with a bang! A sure qualifier.
NINA LASSANDER - Cider hill
First this sounds like some cembalo driver country pop but soon her sweet charm takes over and she sure has a good voice. But like Amadeus's song this lacks a bit of the oopmh factor to make it stand out. I hope this qualifies.
BÄÄBS - We don't know tomorrow
The song's got a more powerful sound now and it's a fine song. I'm curiously waiting for the stage show as this is going to be a feast for the eyes and the ears alike. This should continue it's succesful way to the final stage if you ask me!
BOB - America (I think I love you)
Sorry guys, the title itself is a turn off. The song isn't any better. I know many people like this kind of stuff but for me it's just noisy and irritating.
PENTTI HIETANEN - Il mondo é qui (The world is here)
The song in Italian I was so looking forward turns out to be a total boredom. Pentti can sing, no doubt about that but a song that Albano or Massimo Ranieri could have taken to Sanremo a zillion times and come second to last, banal lyrics and in all a very old fashioned and polished, in a bad way. I hope this won't make the final. Mi dispiace ma é cosi.
So for me the qualifiers from this first semi are Amadeus, Bääbs and Nina Lassander.