If bookmakers and eurovision fans were always right, we could save ourselves some time, money and effort by cancelling this year's final and just deem Denmark the winner already now. But they're not always right, are they?
Emmelie de Forrest - Only Teardrops (Denmark 2013)
Ever since her 1995 classic "Fra Mols til Skagen", I have been a big fan of Lise Cabble and her songwriting. She provided plenty of quirky and jaunty pop numbers for the Danish finals through the years and I admit to being a bit disappointed when she finally won again in 2011. A Friend In London were fine but not my cup of tea. And Lise Cabble had surely written better songs than that.
This year's entry is stronger, a lot stronger. Emmelie is a good performer with a personable voice and the stage element with the tin whistle stays in your mind.
Yet, I can't shake the feeling that this is a typical fan favourite song that flirts with the good old days of Eurovision. It is good, but it is the song that will crush all competition and get a runaway victory like Rybak or Loreen?
It doesn't feel like a winner, somehow. Maybe it will come Saturday night, but at this stage I don't think this is the one.Especially I don't think this eurosong-by-the-numbers would have a successful life outside the ESC, which I think a perfect winner should.
Yes, without the shadow of a doubt.
My grade: 4/5