I held off from commenting on this for a while because Lithuania’s choice of song for Eurovision made me so sad, but also because I was fighting with my boss to create a new “crime” section specifically for the story.
Lithuania’s new song by Evelina Sasenko “C’est Ma Vie” is boring and weird and doesn’t capture the spirit of Lithuanian people. Lets face it, this ethnic-Polish Lithuanian has sung a very strange and unnerving melody with a song name in French and words in English.
Something I love about this country is that it is just so quirky: the locals love to play with people with their unusual humour that takes a little time to understand for outsiders.
But this eclectic mix of ethnicities and words doesn’t make it quirky and fun: do you see any DJ pumping this boring ballad out while young dancers cut some rug? I don’t.
I think all Europeans love the Lithuanian quirk actually. If we take a statistical view on the Lithuania’s performance in Eurovision, the best ever finishing place was 6th for LT United with “We are the winners,” a completely nonsense song. It was funny though and everyone picked up on that.
Last year’s song Eastern European Funk by InCulto was another good entry, which inexplicably did not make it to the final. It was however a good representation of the country’s lively spirit.
I’ve had a quick look at the other songs that will be entered in Europe’s most prestigious music event and they are all pretty bad. Germany’s entry is terrible and Lena, the same contestant as last year, is like a broken record: nothing new here.
Sweden’s song “Popular” by Eric Saade, who came out with a song called “Man boy” last year, is vomit inducing: pure pop crap and not a hot girl in sight.
Lithuania should take a look at recent history. This year’s song is strikingly similar to Jeronimas Milius’ “Nomads in the night,” from 2008 which was a total failure. It was slow, boring and also had a ridiculous melody.
Lithuanian judges should take a broader look at the use of the competition. It’s clear that in a competition that is largely political Lithuania will never win because people in the eastern neighbourhood don’t really care for the place.
Instead the competition should be used to advertise the country so people get interested in the place and look it up.
Lets face it, some people (as I’ve said time and time again) still don’t know what the hell Lithuania is.