Making Your Mind Up – our verdict

Posted: 4/3/2006 in:

The show’s over, and the UK’s 2006 Eurovision representative is due to be revealed very soon – but while we’re waiting for the result, here’s Team Eurovision’s verdict on the show:

Goran Kay – Play Your Game
OK, so we haven’t rated this one up to now, but it wasn’t a bad start to the show, to be honest, even if Goran did display that slightly terrified ‘rabbit caught in headlights’ look for much of the performance. Still don’t think the song is strong enough to see him through to Athens – but it worked a lot better on stage than off it, thanks to a few nifty visuals.

Kym Marsh – Whisper To Me
Despite all our protestations that we should send a ballad to Athens, we haven’t exactly been championing this one – but there’s no denying Kym gave a classy performance, one which could be enough for her to see off the competition and grab that all-important spot for le Royaume-Uni. Trouble is, we’re still not convinced by the song – if other countries were to enter better ballads, it could just get lost among the pack no matter how well she sings on the night. And a word of advice, Kym – if you do decide to wear a full-length evening gown, cover your tattoos up first love.

Daz Sampson – Teenage Life
Oh gosh, where to start? We had expected something a little bit different from DJ Daz, being one of the more offbeat contenders – and we certainly got it, in the shape of backing singers dressed in school uniform sat behind desks. Strictly speaking, this song is a load of old rubbish (the fact that Daz appears to be about 45 years old doesn’t really help matters either) – but we have to admit this performance stuck in our minds more than any of the others tonight. It would be a very bold move, but on the strength of what we’ve seen we can’t help thinking that this could see off the competition.

City Chix – All About You
Daz was always going to be a hard act to follow, but given this was our pre-show favourite we were hoping the Chix would be able to pull it off – and sadly we were a tad disappointed. The song is solid enough, but given how small and lost the pair looked on the BBC stage, we shudder to think how they might look in front of a huge auditorium full of people in Athens – and not sure, singing-wise, they’d be strong enough to stand out. Possibly not as much of a contender as we first thought, although the Scottish vote is guaranteed.

Four Story – Hand On My Heart
‘Unimpressive’ is probably a polite way of summing this one up. We don’t doubt that the quartet can sing, we’re just a little sceptical of their ability to sing when placed next to each other on a stage. Add to that their rather dull suits, which made them look more like a bunch of bank clerks on loan from their day job, than a proper boy band, and you’re looking at the dullest effort of the night. We would be very surprised if this one took top honours.

Antony Costa – It’s A Beautiful Thing
This has been the hot favourite all week. And we like it. Really, we do. Yet we can’t help thinking it was a tad ruined by Antony’s performance. Not only are we unconvinced by his singing abilities, but there was something so not right about his shiny grey suit and white shoes. They might have looked nice on a member of Duran Duran in 1984 but seemed curiously out of place in a 2006 Eurovision song contest bid – and if he was making an attempt to camp things up a bit, it didn’t work. We still think he might sneak a victory simply because he’s a known name and the song isn’t half bad, but if he does take the title he’s going to have to do a bit better than that in Athens.

In short? Hard to predict a winner on this one although taken purely on what we saw tonight, a battle between Daz and Kym wouldn’t be out of the question. And we’re not ruling out Antony’s chances either. Whatever happens, we’ll know very soon.

Oh, and memo to the member of Team Eurovision who tried to vote for Helena Paparizou following her performance at the show: you can’t….

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  1. Daz is actually 30 - though he does look older.

    Comment by Chloe — 5/3/2006 @ 2:23 am

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