Wiwi’s Jury—a panel of music unprofessionals—had the misfortune of listening to Latvia’s Eurovision 2012 entry “Beautiful Song” this morning. Brace yourself, Anmary! This isn’t gonna be pretty.


Wiwi: Anmary is magic: She can make three minutes feel like a lifetime. Unfortunately, that’s not going to get her to the grand final of Eurovision. This act is dull. This song is dull. The only part of the performance that I can relate to is the brief bit at the beginning when the two back-up girls roll their eyes at Anmary. To her credit, Anmary has chosen an interesting outfit (at the beginning, anyway). It’s how I imagine a farmer’s daughter would dress if she were a whore.

Score: 1.5/10

Vebooboo: Anmary sings about a beautiful song that everyone knows and everyone loves. Um, is she talking about one of the other entries in the competition?  Girl must be, because it sure as hell ain’t hers.  Probably the most repetitive song to date, with the most cliche staging. What the hell are they wearing?  Why do Anmary’s eyes constantly bulge out of their sockets? So many questions, so much sadness.

Score: 2/10

Meows: Borrrringgg!! This was a waste of my 3 minutes and honestly I’m kind of offended by it! The words are dull, the keyboard sounds and costumes are dated, and I half expected her to yodel when she started singing wearing that straw hat. I would’ve picked ‘Music Thief’ over this. At least that was funny.

Score: 2/10

Deban: Looking like a milkmaid who’s high on crack, Anmary gives us a show that’s reminiscent of Laka’s Pokusaj. Her song starts off with ESC-royalty name dropping-(Jonny Logan). In the next few verses, she becomes more autobiographical. Sadly, some of it comes off as fiction, and what doesn’t, who cares?? Yes, it may be a beautiful song, but it has a silly yoddle-esque melody, crap lyrics, poor stage production, outdated wardrobe, pathetic choreography with a dozy pacing and delivery. It is clear that Latvia hasn’t learnt from previous failures of previous years. I’m almost beginning to wonder if there is a secret Eurovision Razzies’ that I’m not aware of.

Score: 2.5/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 2/10

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Christian
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I will have to look into a dictionary for the meaning of the word “beautiful song”

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francisco
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francisco

There are songs which are so bad that they’re good, but this one is not one of those, this song is so bad that it is bad, just bad, it’s not even awful, it’s just bad, sadly, painfully bad…sigh

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Zolan
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Zolan

Nice melody. Perhaps someone should write a song for it.

Christian
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Well they did their best and should have let last year’s Musikk have another shot
I am sure they would get a better position.I will listen to them and look at them with freah ears and eyes and see if they have working magic left or any suprises.

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Neil
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Neil

Putting aside some of the jury’s attempts of entertaining us with their wit, I would say that some of the comments are valid – poor stage production and choreography being some of the weaknesses of this song.

stephen
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stephen

This is the worst three minute of my life it a horrible song it a pain listening to it , I don’t see this Latvia In the final. Sorry

H-G-H
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H-G-H

Hmmm.. Sad, that latvians have that really bad attitude themselves. It is like everybody loved finalists from previous years, but when they didn’t get in final, they were humiliated all over the intrnet by all these little-crap-heads who are now making protests and other s*it. Beautiful Song is like lot of other songs-somebody will love it and haters.. just gona hate.

Nathan
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Nathan

Yes, totally agree with Remi, harrrrrsh delivery of opinions. All of you guys are loving it… shredding these crack whores apart!

Why cant you jury be a bit kinder…. by saying less. Havent you ever heard that “less is more”?

So learn from me…. this would be my jury comment:

Crack whore fatter Paris Hilton look-a-like… as Paris would say, TTYN …6/10
(N=never)

Deban Aderemi
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Nirgal, I just need to remind you that Silvia Knight came last in 2006, and failed to make the final.
That’s hardly a position worth emulating!

MoMo
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MoMo

This redefines bad. From looking at least a decade older but singing “I was born in the distant 1980s” to the awful wanna-yodel. And what is up with her eyes?? Freaky! For those of you going to Baku, it’s a good song for a toilet break. Even if you don’t need the loo, just leave if/when it comes on. Please. You’ll thank me later.
Ps: what do you get when you cross a failed country singer with a member of a dodgy Abba tribute band? Anmary.

Julian
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Lol 2,5/10 that’s a beautiful song she’ll be happy i’m sure 🙂

Nirgal
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The problem with both Beautiful Song and Music Thief is that they’re too obvious as trolls. They’re all “Mwahaha, Eurovision is so stupid and I’m at your stage trollin'” that they lose all the fun. (Like Dustin the Turkey did)

If you want some clever trolling, try Silvia Night. Or Verka Serduchka. Or even the Pirates. The best trolling is when you can’t be sure if they’re trolling.

That said, please let this sink and send “I want you back”. Or “My world”.

Regeta
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Regeta

Hey, it’s a scandal in Latvia. Oooh. How interesting. Be sure to update, Wiwi. Important people are being accused. That’s always interesting. This isn’t quite fair, see for yourself- the Mad Show Boys won the semi-final even though their leader was sick and had a 40 degrees temperature, and now, in the finals, when the leader’s fine and everything sounds better, they place third? Pfft. The voting- they were the first the last time the results were shown. And then they’re -BAM- placing third. Jury liked them before, in the semi-finals, and gave them just a few points in finals?… Read more »

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J-Kwon
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J-Kwon

Remi: Even Latvians are laughing at the jury’s decision here. This song is just BAD. There is plenty of good cheese at Eurovision 🙂 This is stinky!!

H.K. Dick
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I started off by hating it – not because of the song but because she thinks 1980 is so long ago. I suddenly felt ancient – what would she think of us 70’s children…! My first reaction was to laugh, her eyes, the performance and awful lyrics made it cringeworthy but then I gave it another listen and suddenly a decent melody popped out at me – especially the chorus though I hate songs that reference other artists and people (so glad The Moniker didn’t do well this year for the same reason). Yet I know in Baku, I will… Read more »

Regeta
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Regeta

@ janko: wow, cool. Think they might actually achieve something? (Doubt that, though)

I can’t even listen to Anmary’s song. *shivers* We’ll have to do this the old fashioned way- while she’s singing, turn off the sound and go do something else for 3 minutes. I advise everyone watching Eurovision to do the same.

janko
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janko

It appears, that before voting jury was warned about possible copyright issues and penalties to organizers in case of win by “Music Thief”. So, that might be the reason of surprisingly low votes by jury and therefore outcome. 🙁
Official protest (in Latvian): http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=276428272430382&id=220435508029659

Remi
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Remi

Again, harsh delivery of opinions…….it’s not like you guys are judging Grammy Award Winners or Global Chart Toppers. This is Eurovision, where cheesy lyrics, dated costumes, comical performances, lack of originality and tactical voting is so the order of the day (PS: my viewpoint as an outsider).

Why then lose sleep over her offering? Not that she isn’t pushing herself outside of that Eurovision box by sounding slightly folkish. That said, her regional supporters may even shock you with the results.