Croatia: Albina – Tick-Tock
Shi: If there’s a time during the year for a current Eurovision song earworm, it is between the beginning of the national final season and the final “Te Deum” in May, and yet I was quite surprised a couple of weeks ago when I woke up one morning and all I could sing was “Tick-Tock I’ll take you dancing” on repeat. Why surprising, you might ask? Because I only listened to the song once or twice, and not even in the days leading up to this – and yet.
In a semi like this one, where’s there’s so much to remember, that’s definitely good news for Croatia – it’s elbows and punches between all the contestants for that coveted position of being the song viewers actually remember by the end of the show, and knowing that this is also the bit that will be chosen for the recaps definitely helps as well.
What also helps? Albina’s star quality and stage presence. She sells this well and seems comfortable in the role she is playing for this song as well as being sympathetic and likable, so much so that she can convince you you like this song more than you actually do.
Martin: I’m fairly devoid of inspiration when it comes to this one, to be honest. Dora was a fun evening as always, Albina was a logical winner of it, the song and the singer are a pretty strong package, and yet I can see this falling through the cracks at ESC because it’s a bit… “just there”.
Felix: What Martin said. It’s one of the few uptempo pop numbers I actually like this year, but I think it’s as volatile as it is instant. But in Eurovision, it’s mostly just about the first impression. And we won’t hear this for a third time in Rotterdam.
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