Serbia: Hurricane – Loco Loco
Martin: Serbia haven’t qualified convincingly since Željko’s second attempt in 2012, and if “Loco Loco” does make it through to the grand final in 2021, it’ll surely do so in that “9th-10th” kind of territory that has become so familiar for a country that was briefly a Eurovision powerhouse.
Let’s look at the evidence: A song in national language with a lot of words, the potential for some car crash choreography (and styling), and no shortage of competition in the relevant genres. If you want sexy ladies you’ve got Moldovan sugar, if you want unashamed pop you’ve got Stefania or Senhit – heck, even if all you want is for someone to shout at you in Balkan for three minutes, stick around and Albania will be with you presently.
Serbia is also separated from a decent number of its voting friends in this semi, one of the pillars it ordinarily relies on for those narrow qualifications.
All of this analysis misses one thing, of course: “Loco Loco” is a pretty good song, or at least I think it is. And we know Sanja Vučić is capable of dragging a difficult song through to the final by sheer force alone. Maybe 9th-10th already has her name on it again.
Shi: As it happens, this is actually my personal favorite out of all the uptempo pop tracks this year. But prediction-wise, I think Martin is spot on with this one, especially in a year that has such strong competition for catchy tracks with a girl power flavor.
Felix: No. Absolutely no. What a mess. Maybe I’m the wrong audience for the right song here, but I can’t cope. Too much stress. Too many words. Too much attention seeking. Georgia coming after Serbia will be a cure.
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