Nadir Rüstəmli – Fade to black
Well stop me backwards – if it isn’t a non-woman singing for Azerbaijan. Chingiz Can’t was the last one, and he only ended up in eighth place!
They waited until the last possible moment in order to let Europe listen to this, and Nadir is from the now-traditional background of being a winner of The Voice of Azerbaijan which should, in theory, mean he can carry a tune!
He’s decided, or more accurately his songwriters have, to listen to ‘Arcade’ and repackage it for the home audience, with this song about the end of his love and how it makes him feel – literally real men do cry.
It does, as an upside, have the second recorded use of the word “reverie” in a Eurovision song after this:
Remember kiddies, the contest is older than you are, but back to the modern day.
This song is supposed to move me and it doesn’t. I mean Nadir sings it nicely in the video, and is all expressive and the like. I just think it’s another in an ever-growing list of ballads swimming in the same barrel, and something about one or more of them needs to stand out. This doesn’t have a hook to hang on, and if it doesn’t have that then I don’t know what is going to differentiate it from everything else fighting to get out of its semi-final.
Nice it may be but, as we know, nice doesn’t get you very far.
Phil’s Score – 4 Points