Norway: TIX – Fallen Angel
Shi: Have you ever watched a broadcast while it was muted and were surprised to find it being very different than what you thought it’d be once you unmuted it? This is what I feel about Norway’s “Fallen Angel”.
While the staging definitely reflects the title of the song, looking at TIX posing as a hipster archangel and his band of cherubim, I still can’t connect it to the sound of a 2002 Eurovision ballad that jumps at me once I unmute. I might have been more forgiving if it at least was a good 2002 ballad, but it’s not even that. It’s not bad, either, just not a composition or production that I see good reason for existing in 2021.
However, as disconnected as the song and the performance feel, I also suspect that a more tasteful and less over-the-top performance would make those three minutes go entirely unnoticed – which certainly can’t be said for this celestial pastiche.
Still, if I do have to find one reason to be glad to have this song in this year’s lineup, it’s that it allowed the running order gods a reason to exercise their power and place this angelic contribution right after the Cypriot devil.
Martin: There’s definitely a disconnect between the performance and the song here. That said, I’m not sure what you really could do with this performer to make him actively likeable. So why not angel wings and chains, I guess.
Felix: I really like the song. And that should be enough. I totally get the bitterness in parts of the fan world, because KEiiNO’s entry (indeed a good one) was defeated by this, and I get why people have issues with the staging, but me? I like “Fallen Angel” a lot.
video and title image source: eurovision.tv