Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Semi 1: 16 Hungary
Usually there are one or perhaps two countries in the contest that just radiates confidence, giving the impression they are about to win as soon as they get all the components right. Hungary is most definitely such a country at the moment. All they need now is a bullseye. Is this the one?
Kállay-Saunders - Running (Hungary 2014)
There are many things pointing in that direction. Running feels modern, edgy and interesting without scaring anyone off. It is melodic, catchy and well-sung, and Kállay-Saunders himself has an intriguing persona that will make viewers remember him.
But then again while the chorus is efficient and easily graspable, the verse seems to keep the tempo down a little too much for a little bit too long. And just like the Belgian entry, there is a problem with the lyrics.
Child abuse is a difficult matter to handle in a pop song. There is a thin line between being compassionate and being calculating. I think this one lands on the right side of the border but not everyone will agree. And then it doesn't matter much how honest the lyrics really are.
Then again - this is a very open year with no obvious winner in sight. With a bit of luck, a good starting position in final and enough vocal energy to overcome the slower parts of the build-up, then Hungary could go very far.
Qualifier: Without a doubt, yes.
My grade: 4/5