Natalia Kelly mustn’t be blamed for failing to advance to the finals in Malmö this year. She made the best of a weak song. Plus it was always going to be tough as Austria’s representative, and as the first artist to appear on the stage in her semi-final. That said, I’m pleased to see her release a second single ‘Face The Day’, and a self-titled, full-length album.
‘Face The Day’ is an inspiring song and is meant to provide insight into Kelly’s personal struggles leading up to her big day at the Eurovision Song Contest. Lyrically Kelly asserts that despite feeling intimidated by ESC she was able to find her inner strength and embrace the obstacles that came her way. Although not half as memorable as “Shine”, it takes on a similar tone of soldering on and channeling self-belief.
These are very powerful messages coming from an 18-year-old and Natalia delivers them with conviction. The images in the official music video showcase her journey from “The Voice” to Malmö with many familiar faces making cameo appearances. The treatment this song receives in its video format is celebratory. This is a perfect angle, and serves as yet another reminder that the song contest is the coming together of nations to celebrate diversity through melody.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)