Eurovision Songs Contest of 2011 brought out the best in many newer artists. Many of them were able to better define their country’s cultures and traditions. Others were able to set the record by singing in languages rarely sung before. The backdrop, zoom and imagery in each of the following Top 10 Eurovision Contest Videos of 2011 were astounding and deserve recognition.
Description: Singing in Corsican language, Amaury Vassili did an excellent job singing to the tune. The video zoomed in on Vassili exceptionally well when his voice pitched and as different musicians were playing. The scenery and the visual effects were stunning and made one dream the lyrics Vassili sung.
Description: The setting complimented the song and lyrics as the ancient ruins are seen against the blue light. Cameras were able to zoom in on Loukas Giorkas as he sang in traditional Greek style music. Stereo Mike did an excellent job in preparing viewers for Giorkas in this video in modern hip hop style.
Description: The song was originally named “I am Belarussian.” but was changed to the current title because it was sung in public in the summer of 2010. The video mostly shows Vinnikova singing solo, who puts on moves that are well in tuned with the music. The video adds traditional dancers to define Belarus.
Although Eurovision Songs Contest brought out some of the best songs, it included songs which had no meaning or place at Eurovision. As such here are the Top 10 Inappropriate/Underachieving Eurovision songs of 2011.
1. Austria: “The Secret of Love”
Although her video and performance is stunning, the lyrics to Nadine Beiler’s song “The Secret of Love” is not. It is more appropriate for a Disney song or movie. The message also lacks meaning and purpose.
2. Estonia: “Rockefeller Street”
Getter Jaani does an excellent job performing the song in Eurovision Songs Contest of 2011. The song, however, sings about New York and the fictional Rockefeller Street. New York as we all know it is not in Europe and lacks belonging inside a European contest.
3. Georgia: “One More Day”
In the song, Eldrine lacks vocals and dance moves. She mostly resorts to screaming and the voice is not in tune with the music. When singing rock style she would sing in one tone, even though the beat changes.
4. Armenia: “Boom Boom”
Although Emmy put on a satisfactory performance, the song lacked adult vulgar language. The Boom Boom song sounded as if it was for children, using childish language, such as “Chacalaca.” It should also be noted that Emmy was singing a basic song which was not in tuned with the music in the background.
5. Germany: “Taken by Stranger”
This song lacked meaningful purpose. It still is not clear why Lena was wondering mysteriously as she was singing the song or how the music reflected the words. The beat was also dull and one should note the lack of energy there was to the performance. One thing clear is that she got into the finals because she was representing a country that was part of the “Big 4”.
Let us have a look at top 10 winning songs performed on one of the most popular annual competitions in the world, Eurovision 2009. Watch top 10 finalists performing in Moscow, Russia.
1. Alexander Rybak
A 23 year old singer, actor, violinists and composer. Rybak represented Norway under the draw number 20, where he performed the self written and composed song called “Fairytale”, receiving a new record breaking 387 points, making it the highest score in the history of the competition.
A 19 year old Icelandic singer, represented Iceland under the draw number 7, qualified for the Eurovision final after winning first place in the first semi-final, performed “Is it true” received 218 points.
20 year old Azerbaijani R&B and pop singer and Arash, 32 year old Iranian-Swedish dancer, singer, entertainer and producer. Together they have represented Azerbaijan under the draw number 11, performed “Always “received 207 points.
24 year old Belgian-Turkish R&B singer, songwriter. Born in Mol, Belgium she became the first singer not born in Turkey to represent the country at the contest. Hadise performed under the draw number 18, her song “Düm Tek Tek”, the sound generated by a drum, typically known as known as “Darbuka” in Turkey, received 177 points.
5. Jade Ewan
21 year old British singer and actress, represented United Kingdom under the draw number 23, performed “It’s my time” received 173 points. By finishing 5th Jade became the highest place UK Eurovision Act since 2002.