For the first time since 1994, Turkey missed the ESC final. Quite right, if you ask me.
Yüksek Sadakat - Live It Up (Turkey 2011)
It isn't really a bad song, the Turkish offering. It is refreshing that Turkey has not stuck with the easy formula. I'm grateful that they give us some rock and experimental songs instead of just hammering out the oriental-flavoured beach party hit year after year.
But all the elements that made me like it in the previews are gone. In the clip, there was fun and movement and an atmosphere of something youthful and progressive.
On stage we find ourselves with a very static rock band in ugly clothing featuring a woman in a cage. Progressive, huh?
With this complete lack of appealing stage elements, the air slowly goes out of the balloon and the song never takes off. It just goes on and on until it finally ends.
But just like the Armenians, the Turks should be happy that the system works. If they find themselves relegated once in a blue moon, less people will whine about them being "guaranteed a place in the final" every year.
My grade: 2 / 5