You couldn’t get two more polar opposite acts than Euroband and Greta and Jonsí if you tried. One duet is high camp, dance and pink. The other is dark, ominous and, with a bit of a stretch, has more than a passing resemblance to an all-conquering global Vampire franchise. As Eurovision duets go they’re both strong showings. However, in tackling the dangerous art of the Eurovision duet, Régina’s stark pink highlights and Greta with her classical string playing are clearly taking different approaches for victory.
“This Is My Life,” is about the fun-vote. You want to be dancing to it across Europe, getting carried away with the giddy melody and giving yourself over to the general high camp that it carries of. “Never Forget,” is about the proper music vote. It should appeal to the juries best of all. Here’s a genuinely serious effort, a real buzzword when it comes to jury success at the Contest. Appealing to the televoters is tougher for it. It isn’t instantly fun and catchy like ‘This Is My Life’, and despite the tension and elevated drama of the piece, ‘Never Forget’ is going to struggle to connect with viewers. The dreamy backdrop while gorgeous also makes everything a lot more severe on that stage. Suddenly Greta’s a victim and Jonsí’s the faintly terrifying Vampire come to slaughter her and those silhouette backing dancers.
On the whole both give a decent vocal showing. Euroband actually, despite the thumping, stronger Eurodance backing track emerge as the stronger vocalists as a duo. Friðrik and Régina offer much better harmonies and nail their solo sections. Friðrik especially delivers a killer vocal, and elevates this from being dangerously close to cruise ship territory to one of the best dance-songs we’ve seen at Eurovision in the 2000s. It might not be as classy as ‘Euphoria’ but it’s undeniably fun. Jonsí and Greta unfortunately both come across as nervous and breathy in their solo sections. They lack the polish that such a serious entry should demonstrate, and despite improving in their harmony section their let down by seriously dull staging. Admittedly there’s intensity to the piece that I dig, and the chemistry is at least there, but Greta’s intense violin playing just doesn’t match up to the barrels of energy Euroband threw at Belgrade in 2008.
It’s close peeps, but Euroband edge it out. Greta and Jonsí might have had a blunt instrument to bring to bear in the duel, but superior dance moves and vocals helped Euroband take the crown.
What do you all think? Did Euroband’s synchronized run in the bridge make them the stronger duo? Did Greta and Jonsí wipe the floor with Euroband as a classier entry? Vote in our poll below and then let us know what you think in the comments box!