Dust off your sequined capes, and pump up the volume- Eurovision 2011 has arrived.
Now in its 56th year, the competition is one of Europe’s oldest (and best) traditions. We can think of nothing better than having a chuckle at the outrageously over-the-top, sometimes heartfelt and always unpredictable acts. Here are our top 5 contenders to take out the title:
Blue – I Can (United Kingdom)
All Rise! It’s….Blue? If your heart broke when they split in 2005 never fear closet fans, they are alive and well at Eurovision 2011. Those puffy jackets, the epic boy-band formations, sigh. They get our nostalgia vote.
Loucas Yiorkas feat. Stereo Mike – Watch My Dance (Greece)
Itâ€™s hard to pin-point whatâ€™s better about this collaboration; the slow-paced rap or the passionate Greek chorus. With more strobe lights than a bowling alley, and the serious conviction to match, Loucas Yiorkas feat. Stereo Mike are the dark horse in this race.
Zdob si Zdub – So Lucky (Moldova)
Usually we’re not partial to topless men playing the clarinet in rock bands, but c’mon- it’s Eurovision. Hailing from Moldova some people might think these guys are ‘Lucky’ to have made the final, but we see the Cat Empire-esque potential. Go Zdob si Zdub!
Lucia Perez – Que Me Quiten Lo Bailo (Spain)
Don’t mistake this for an extended Zumba commercial-it’s better. Lucia Perez hits us with feathers and fanfare, so rightly declaring “Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao!” (they can’t take the fun away from me.) This Spanish powerhouse gets points for energy alone.
Amaury Vassili – Sognu (France)
Hot French guy singing opera? Yes please! Amaury Vassili cruises in convertibles, sings to the ocean and gazes longingly into a mysterious cabin in the woods. Tres magnifique!
Watch the final: Saturday 14th May, 7:30pm SBS