In her official preview video, Kristina Pelakova fooled us into thinking that she could sing—and that she had the nerve to do so in front of millions. But when this Slovak beauty took the stage at Eurovision 2010 she seemed to lose her voice. Nerves led to pitch problems. Not even the troop of male back-up dancers and a lady shrieking “Hallelujah!” could save her. She finished 16th out of 17 acts in the first semi-final.
Months before Eurovision she took on the role of a sexy wood nymph. Her song “Horehronie” was an environmental anthem meant to inspire conservation efforts in the Slovak forests. Activists loved it and bookies did too: They consistently ranked it as one of the three favourites to win the first semi-final. Here’s the video that sparked all the hype.
Along the way Kristina faced a major scandal. Albanian music enthusiasts leveled accusations of plagiarism. When they heard “Horehronie” it sounded like Valle Kosovare’s “Shpat Kasapi”. Then the team from wiwibloggs.com had the audacity to suggest she was copying Ruslana’s choreography.
On the night of her semi-final Kristina performed fourth in the running order. Estonia’s Max Lincoln went third and Finland’s Kuunkuiskaajat and Latvia’s Aisha followed Kristina. None of them made it through. Was Europe in the bathroom during this segment or what?!
Here is Kristina’s live performance which does not feature any digital re-mastering. Even when you take the vocal component out of this, something just feels flat. Young Kristina wasn’t just competing against 16 other acts. She was competing against herself. Bless her.
So what do you think? Did Kristina deserve to finish next-to-last in her semi-final? Was performing fourth in the running order her downfall? Or was the song just bad? Let us know in the comments box below!