wiwibloggs has had his fingers crossed for weeks that Romania’s Elena Gheorghe, the half-Macedonian daughter of a priest, would deliver a Eurovision performance as exciting and surprising as her standout tune The Balkan Girls. Sadly, her rehearsal this afternoon was a total letdown.
First, the LCD screen features a tree that changes color, which seems completely irrelevant to a song about girls from the Balkans spending their night out dancing. Maybe they got thrown out of the discotheque? I’d expect to see more streetlife if that were the case. (Note: Wiwi has been informed that the tree is part of a famous Romanian legend called Iele, so maybe it does make sense after all).
Second, there is a tall blond backup vocalist who is REALLY distracting. She’s got a big pony tail that catches the light and distracts attention away from Elena. They need to cut the Amazonian’s hair pronto!
Third, the segments where they all hold hands and swing is a bit too wholesome and childish for Eurovision. They should really be rubbing themselves with chocolate sauce (think Ukraine’s Svetlana Lobodova) or thrusting their pelvises (think Greece’s Sakis Rouvas). The feel-good folksy air may resonate with European peasants, but sadly they don’t have mobile phones to text in their votes. Wiwi really hopes they don skanktastic outfitsâ€”think Cheeky Girls with a Balkan twist!
In any case, this song is still AMAZING and one of the best of the year. Wiwi is confident that Elena will get votes from all over Europeâ€”the song is so catchyâ€”and do well in the final.
If they don’t improve by the semi-finals, they could always bring on one of these singers to help their cause:
Turkish Man, whose white backdrop is more interesting than the one Romania chose for their performance:
This girl is way less distracting than that blond Amazon woman: