Five live…

With little more than 24 hours to go until we’re all done and dusted for another year, here are the final five songs that we need to thow into the final line-up for Saturday night. It’s the ‘big 4’, plus host country Norway…

NORWAY

This does sound rather like You Raise Me Up, which in turn sounded a lot like How Great Thou Art. Norwegian group Secret Garden recorded the original of YRMU many years before Westlife did one of their lifeless cover versions. If you haven’t heard it then be sure to, as Brian Kennedy does a great job on lead vocals. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that the Norwegian song this year is very anthemic and sounds rather like YRMU! I have already highlighted this week how good the presentation of the song is on television, and so, with an early spot in the final I’d be really surprised if it flops… and not totally surprised if Norway won again…

GERMANY

What is with the accent, I hear you cry…

Apparently (geek fact alert!), this is the most searched for song of the ESC this year, according to Google. It’s also the firm second favourite. Best thing they have sent in years, but will it take the title back to Germany for the first time since 1982?

FRANCE

The Cup Of Life was a song that Ricky Martin did for the World Cup many years ago. This year France have sent their song for the World Cup as their entry for ESC2010, and I think it sounds very much like the Ricky Martin track. If everyone is going football crazy at the moment it might capture the zeitgeist ahead of the kick-off in South Africa next month…

SPAIN

Spain lost the Eurovision plot many years ago, and they have struggled to get it back. The toys are very much back in town, for what is a rather bizarre song…

UNITED KINGDOM

There’s NO WAY that the UK are going to win, but Josh has equipped himself well this week here in Olso, and I haven’t heard anyone say a bad word about him. The same cannot be said for the song, but we’ll not worry about that now. Be sure to cheer him on as – fair play to all those involved – Josh has actualy managed to make lemonade from what was a pile of old lemons back in March.