William: There’s something for 80s glam about the opening of this. The stage is totally black except for a spotlight on lead singer Dodo, who sits at the piano as a camera pans around him. We see his guitarist in all-white and his drummer slowly, slowly, slowly beating on the drums. For the first time in a long time Dodo actually seemed to have a pulse: Toward the end he stands up and bounces and really belts this out, bringing some major power to what has felt like a sleepy song until now. During the bridge the LED floor turns into a cauldron of red and orange and yellow fire. It’s appropriate: The Makemakes really brought the heat today! For me this is one of the biggest growers yet.
Austria: The Makemakes’ first rehearsal
Padraig: The title of this review is somewhat of a misnomer. Dodo stood up. And that’s where the “energy” ended. Westlife would be proud. Along with Poland and Cyprus, this has to be one of the most dreary songs of the year. It goes nowhere and leaves no lasting impression. It’ll probably do mysteriously well – like Armenia 2013 and Romania 2011 – but I’d rather the song took like its creator’s namesake and became extinct.
The Makemakes: Reviews and reaction
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Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)