Monty’s Eurovision Countdown 2023 Part 10 – Denmark

Breaking My Heart by Reiley.

Reiley is a Faroese K-Pop star. Don’t let anyone ever tell you Eurovision’s not eclectic. He’s also a fairly big deal on TikTok with almost 11 million followers. The UK can tell you a thing or two about entering a singer with that big a direct reach.

He brings a cute pop song about the point in a relationship where things have got a little sticky and you’re scared of getting hurt. Mature words from an artist who looks far younger than his 25 years.

This is fun, despite the sometimes sombre lyrics. And Reiley looks every inch the popstar. There’s a lovely aesthetic going on that will be read as queer by many LGBTQ+ viewers. I’m not going to speculate on Reiley’s identity, which I don’t believe he’s talked about publicly, but it matters not. He looks so comfortable in his skin.

If I’ve any criticism, it’s on two minor points. In the live performance a few camera angles were off the mark, but this is nothing rehearsal can’t fix. But the filtered vocal in the chorus is a little over played. It’s better on the studio version, but live it just needs pulling in to stop him sounding like Metal Mickey. Otherwise this is the best Danish song in years, and should get a decent result.

My marks: 7 points

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