Sunday, April 6, 2014
Semi 1: 13 Portugal
You can't hold it against people that they vote for a genre they like and understand. Swedish audiences will heat up for schlager while many Portuguese will love a good pimba. Or any pimba at hand.
Suzy - Quero ser tua (Portugal 2014)
For people not familiar with pimba, this entry could seem a bit cheap at first. That isn't really a problem, as it is part of the genre. Cheap and fun, and this is fun enough. Suzy is a likeable performer, who could perhaps be mistaken for Kati Wolf's Portuguese sister.
The bigger problem is the general execution of the song. The wobbly backing vocals. The dreadful off-beat drumming that can be heard over the backing track. These are things that need to be fixed.
Portugal managed to make slick entries out of national final disasters before - Flor-de-Lis comes to mind - but the question is if it will be enough. Does this song have enough bite to make it to the final?
Qualifier: No, most probably not. This will be the kind of song that is pleasant for as long as it goes on but that few will feel passionately enough about to vote for.
My grade: 2/5