Thursday, 10 May 2012

Slovakia - 2012

The Slovakians hope to end their poor run of form with Max Jason Mai and "Don't close your eyes".

As a pop/rock fan, this definitely enters the boundaries into true rock. It is a personal favourite, but I'm aware that it isn't doing great in the polls and can see why. It's not very Eurovision, MJM isn't at all well known in Europe, and rock songs aren't always a fan favourite (of course Rock Hard Hallelujah is an exception, but Lordi are completely different - one that was metal, and two, their performance and staging was so extraordinary that of course voters were going to be intrigued and impressed). But at the end of the day, you can't deny that this song is really well written and composed, and after experiencing a live reality show, MJM has the background to show off in Baku.
However, we really need to be realistic. Slovakia have an extremely poor reputation and history in Europe. Since their return, they are yet to be anywhere near qualification, and even in their performances in the 90s, they did very, very poor. They will perform late on in the second semi final this year, but does that give them any hope? Probably not. It's different to what is around them, but I really can see this song not qualifying. If Slovakia were not the country MJM was representing, then this song would no doubt do better and probably qualify. So this is a real Good Luck to Max Jason Mai! It is a good song and deserves qualification, so I'm hoping this year Slovakia's bad run of form changes. Let's be doesn't look like they are going anywhere so we need to start supporting them!

Song Rating: 7/10
Liklihood to win: 1/10

Current odds: 100-1           ( (on average)

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