This is a mystery I will never get my head around - why do people go to Eurovision with a song they are unable to perform properly?
Max Jason Mai - Don't Close Your Eyes (Slovakia 2012)
I really thought Slovakia had done the right thing this time and sent in an entry that would stand out by a mile and gather all the rock votes. The preview version sounded very promising, combining the heardest piece of rock heard at Eurovision since Kabát entered the stage in 2007 with a most melodious chorus.
Maybe not entirely my cup of tea but a sure qualifyer, I thought.
Then the rehearsals started and long turned my face as the long-haired Slovak proved totally unable to deliver the notes required. At first I thought it was a case of bad nerves, but no improvement came along during the week and the live performance sounded just as unconvincing as the rehearsals. And a pretty edgy rock entry was scattered to pieces and left in ruins.
I still hope Slovakia won't take this defeat personally and withdraw from the competition. This failure was nobody's fault but their own.
My grade: 1/5