Slovenia should work better. It has some of the elements of a much better, more cotemporary song. She sings and performs it very well. And yet…
There’s much here that’s lifted directly from, or in the same vein as, the national final. The main change is a ‘Barei’ moment; a planned mistake, like when the Spanish singer in 2016 dropped to the floor making it look as though she’d fallen. Here Lea and her troop of dancers take to the front catwalk before the music cuts and she pretends to panic and asks the audience to carry her before it – wonder of wonder! – comes back bang on cue.
I can’t work out whether it’s a help or a hindrance; it could make a memorable moment for a song that needs something more to stand out, or it could just look desperate. I’m veering towards the latter. It’s still thanks, but no thanks for me.
Image Credits: Andres Putting.