She did it again, didn't she? For the second year running, I have Lena as my number one. But she's not quite the same, is she?
Lena - Taken By A Stranger (Germany 2011)
When Germany announced that Lena would have another go at the title, I thought it was a really bad idea. So many things could go wrong there. So easy to ruin the good impression she created when winning in Oslo.
But instead Team Lena did everything just right.
Selecting such a different and daring entry was complete genius. Such a minimalistic and suggestive piece of music had never been heard in Eurovision before. Who cares if the masses don't understand?
The elegant dance routine in the background, the acting skills of Lena (watch out for those crazy eyes!) and the play with mirrors in the background create an almost Hitchcook-esque feeling to this entry.
Just like Bosnia, this is more a piece of art than a eurovision entry.
Lena holds the whole thing together fabulously and it is easy to forget how young she is, and that she was discovered only a year ago.
Also, with more than a hint of something dark and disturbing, this song brings something fresh and modern into the competition. Congratulations Germany on being the best for the second year running.
The televoters and juries may not have understood, but that's just a detail.
My grade: 5 / 5