Deban: If I wanted folklore, I’d buy Nelly Furtado’s album. If I wanted drumming, I’d book a ticket to see STOMP. If I wanted to combine to two, I’d subscribe to the Songlines compilation series. The combination of these options is still a sharp drop in flavour when compared to Bulgaria’s three minute appearance. As bizarre
Vebooboo: I’ve never been a fan of this song. In fact, I think it has some of the worst vocals in the whole competition. However, I was really impressed by Elitsa & Stoyan’s stage presence at Eurovision in Concert. They commanded the stage and displayed so much passion and energy…which leaves me a bit baffled as I watched the mini 10-second clip of their first rehearsal. Yes, they move around the stage a la Dana International 2011, but there’s none of that crazy chemistry between the two of them. Instead, they rest on the cultural appeal of using folk masks from the western part of their country. That’s cute and honourable, but it doesn’t make for a good show in and of itself…especially when the song is as atrocious as it is.
Wiwi: Wait, did that really just happen? Elitsa and Stoyan unleashed a big can of crazy on stage and I LOVED IT. They honour Bulgarian folk and myth while also giving it their own twist. Elista works it Eurovision’s Next Top Model-style as she turns to the camera and walks, turns to the camera and walks. That’s what I’m talking about! The percussion involved in this number is seriously impressive. You don’t get the full flavour in this video, but in the Arena (and in the bits they don’t show) you can feel it deep inside yoself. I know some members of the Wiwi Jury hated on this, but a few of us really loved it! Fingers crossed Bulgaria can delight Europe with their brand of crazy on May 18!
Photo Credit: Dennis Statchel (EBU)