Friday, 20 April 2012

Estonia - 2012

And for Estonia this year, ballad Kuula by a man called Ott Lepland.

As mentioned, Kuula is a ballad, and will be performed in Estonian. Ott Lepland has fame in Estonia, winning a Reality Talent Show and having released albums as a child, and so he seems perfect for Eurovision; young, yet experienced. His recognition in Estonia should rub off on Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia, and could gain him some vital points if necessary. The song, when translated to English, has almost bland lyrics, but fortunately, they do not appear in any way boring when performed. Ott Lepland has a raspy, almost husky voice, which adds great vocal talent to Kuula. The ballad is sung with great passion and emotion, making it a really good song. Perhaps if the song went on longer, it could get boring, but 3 minutes is sufficient for providing something powerful and moving. Estonia have been unfortunate in recent years (Urban Symphony providing an anomlie to that of course, just pure brilliance that song!) but Ott will perform 14th in Semi Final 2. It differs greatly from the songs around it and so there is no doubt Kuula will stand out. With the experience Ott has, Kuula will be performed with power and grace, resulting in final placings surely for Estonia. Will it win? Unlikely to, but then it depends on the draw. I'm sure Ott is praying not to perform anywhere near the start, but could Ott compete with Roman Lob of Germany even if he does get a late draw? We'll have to wait and see.

Song rating: 6/10
Liklihood to win: 4/10

Current odds: 33-1         (

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