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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Eurovision: "Rise like a phoenix" by Conchita Wurst

It is now about 3am on Saturday 10/5. The Eurovision final will be on Saturday evening.
After 3 years of forgetfulness, I watch Eurovision again this year and so far my favourite (a strong favourite) is "Rise like a phoenix", performed by Conchita Wurst, who represents Austria. Some other countries such as the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Norway*... have some pretty good songs, but Austria deserves to win more than any other country. I'm quite afraid that people may be too conservative to vote for her, even though I honestly think a gender-neutral singer has a greater chance in Europe than any other continent on the planet.
Good music, meaningful lyrics, performed beautifully, with emotions. What more does one need in a music performance?  








Lyrics: 
Waking in the rubble
Walking over glass
Neighbors say we’re trouble
Well that time has passed

Peering from the mirror
No, that isn’t me
Stranger getting nearer
Who can this person be

You wouldnt know me at all today
From the fading light I fly

Rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I'm transformed
Once I’m reborn
You know I will rise like a phoenix
But you're my flame

Go about your business
Act as if you’re free
Noone could have witnessed
What you did to me

Cause you wouldn’t know me today
And you have got to see
To believe
From the fading light I fly

Rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I'm transformed
Once I’m reborn

I rise up to the sky
You threw me down but
I'm gonna fly

And rise like a phoenix
Out of the ashes
Seeking rather than vengeance
Retribution
You were warned
Once I'm transformed
Once I’m reborn
You know I will rise like a phoenix
But you’re my flame

  

The controversy I find predictable and understandable. I would be amazed if there were not such reactions. But on the brighter side, as far as I see, all or at least most of the negative comments point to the fact that Conchita Wurst dresses and wears makeups like a woman and at the same time keeps the beard, not the song, not the voice, not the performance.
I hope "Rise like a phoenix" will win. 
Wait for updates! 


*: Norway's represented by Carl Espen, with "Silent storm". The song improves when listened to the 3rd or 4th time, but I think it creates too weak an impression. A total opposite of Alexander Rybak's "Fairytale". 






Update after midnight: 
CONCHITA WON WITH 290 POINTS! WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!  AUSTRIA!

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