quote:Of all these recent selections, I think The Netherlands have the strongest after Waylon chose ‘Outlaw In ‘Em‘. It’s admittedly derivative in its genre, with hints of Bon Jovi and of ‘Paradise City’. But it’ll be distinctive in the contest, and have its demographic, as the Dutch have shown before with well-performed country songs.
Based on nothing but pure instinct, I’m calling it now for the Dutch. They’ve been playing the long game for a few years now and I think this is finally going to be the year it pays off for them. Not only do we have way too many ballads, but frankly it’s about time another massive rock anthem won. I think Lisbon with the whole “focus on music” attitude would be the perfect setting.
Netherlands have a banger and is, IMO, nailed on Top 10, and in a year like this, perhaps better. After two 11th place finishes for them it’ll be nice to actually them bet this year.
I enjoyed Waylon’s Outlaw in ‘Em very much. It’s one of my favourite songs now. However, I don’t think Europe has a like for country music. Rock yes, but country is stranger to many people. Juries will find it too American also. It can finish with a good record but winning, no in my opinion.
The ‘song-with-a-story-wins’ theory doesn’t hold up every year. Heroes, Euphoria and Only Teardrops didn’t have significant stories. They just had excellent presentation and were just ‘sold’ perfectly to the tv audience.And I find that Outlaw in ‘Em has that same character. This song (and probably performance too) just screams: ‘Cool’. That is its selling point and Waylon as a performer has that same charisma. The song matches the performer and that will convey its selling point to the tv audience.
In previous winners, The winner was able to create a connection with spectators. Conchita won with phenomenon appearance and personality. Jamala won because her song touched the heart of people. People felt the drama in song. In Salvador’s success, his sympathic character played a major role. If somebody else performed his song, that song couldnt win. Neither of these wins were country songs. Okay, rock can win in Esc but country is a different genre. I love country music but most people look me like alien when I listen country. It’s american folk music after all. How it will be faced by ex-soviet countries? Its a great song and likely to have a place im Top10 (and Top3 in my personal playlist! His vocal reminds me Axl Rose im some parts) but winning very unlikely.
Waylon’s song is more of a rock/country hybrid – more of a ‘Paradise City’ Guns n Roses vibe/Bon Jovie vibe with a touch of the songs shown on the likes of TV programme Nashville thrown in too. Talking specifically Country music: it is very popular and easy on the ear and could easily get votes – think of Dolly Parton etc. As I say respectfully it’s not the genre it’s the song, singer and staging. For me he will do hugely well with juries and also will win over the public. Top 3/5 is nailed on.
Hahaha, dat ie drie keer herhaalt I'M SO HAPPYYYYY en in z'n handjes klapt Leuk.quote:
quote:Well, this is a professional musician, a professional production and a proper arrangement. And I can accept everything he is doing with the song. Nevertheless I feel pretty uncomfortable with it. - It's obviously going this way: There's an adept artist and Motown man from Europe, consequently and distinctly fostering his new world affinity, heading for Eurovision and finally even there trying to sound as American as possible. Up to now I thought that such is only possible in Germany, but the need seems to expand. I for one am no West Coast music, no Southern Rock and no Eagles devotee. But if I were, I probably would prefer the original. To devote oneself that rigorously to a specific musical form of expression confines the individual means of expression. At the extreme, a sort of self-denial could be the result. What in classical music is programmatic (which is easy - because the reproducing artist earns his merits by accurately executing music on the highest compositional level, which is extremely demanding and should be extremely satisfying) means in pop music that you are at risk to disregard your own creative resources. I don't know about Mr. Waylon's artistic self-concept. But one thing is very clear to me: I hear in this music too much of America and almost nothing of Mr. Waylon.
Die gaat zichzelf straks even zwáár zitten schamen als ie "Harry De Hengst" hoort!!!quote: