Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Semi 1: 09 Ukraine
Given Ukraine's track record of changing their entries following dramatic political changes, it is a bit of a surprise to see the winner of the national final held back in December to still stand. Even if it has gone through a most radical facelift since.
Maria Yaremchuk - Tick Tock (Ukraine 2014)
Who can blame the Ukranians if they had other things to tend to instead of masterminding their ESC participation? Their country has been shaken by the biggest political turbulence since independence was declared, something that must make this song contest look pretty insignificant in comparison.
Somebody has been paying some attention however, since the selected entry has gone through a renovation of the bigger kind. A bit like tearing the old house down and build something completely new in the same place.
It works - the new arrangement is slick and effective and Maria's new look and approach gives the whole thing a fresh and energetic feel. Just too bad that it is the same - rather weak - song that has just been polished.
Qualifier: Yes, easily. But once in the final, the audience could possibly start seeing through the elegant surface and realise there is not a great deal to be found beneath.
My grade: 3/5