A song is always a good way to ask questions – preferably momentous and existential questions. Those kinds of questions that can’t be answered easily or at all. The following is an attempt to find some solutions to the big problems some of this year’s Eurovision candidates seem to have.
Slovenia wants to know it all
Someone who has a whole lot of questions is the Slovene singer Tinkara Kovač in her entry “Spet/ Round And Round”. Is it love, is it hate? What are we changing? What are we doing? Can you feel it inside, feel the roses feel the pride? Can you believe it? Is a moment just a circle, just a song you play on repeat? If we can’t change how we’re living isn’t life just a lie that we feed? So many questions and no answers anywhere near them… We can call ourselves lucky that the song is partly in Slovene so we don’t understand ALL the questions raised. Otherwise, we might go crazy by all the things we do not know.
Do you really think we can’t hear you?!
Here’s an easy one: Tanja from Estonia asks Do you hear me screaming? – Yes, Tanja, we can hear you screaming! Amazingly loud and clear! As Tanja seems to be dreaming in her song, the question raised by Aram MP3 appears to be legitimate: Why do dreams make people scream? I wish we knew why, because then we might be able to destroy the reason and make Tanja stop screaming… Another one who is not sure whether she’s being heard or not is Mariya Yaremchuk from Ukraine. Can you hear me go tick tock? Oh, we wish we didn’t!
Do you want it all?
Aram MP3 poses another question that seems to be a little absurd. What if it’s all in one kiss? What’s there to think about? It’s great! Go and kiss! Kiss and never stop kissing! Kiss your ass off and you’ve got it all. Maybe Aram has the same doubts as Paula Seling and OVI, who just can’t believe that this is what it’s like – it’s magical and a miracle. But sometimes miracles do happen. And what more could you possibly want? At least, if you’re not one of the French twins. They ask themselves all the time: Quelque chose me manques, mais quois? The answer to what they are missing is pretty obvious, the song’s title already gives it away: It’s the moustache they’re missing. If you go a little deeper into symbolism of the song you might also say that actually they are not missing anything. That’s what the song is about – consumption overload. You have so much stuff that you don’t know how much you have anymore. You forget what’s really important and worth wanting so you start to want things that actually no one really needs – like a moustache.
Also Tijana from Macedonia already answers her question Where do we go now? To the sky, is where they’re going. And that’s that. Just like Freaky Fortune and Risky Kidd who want to rise up and don’t really care about falling down Am I down or am I up?, they ask but also pose the rhetorical question Why stop?. For them, there’s no reason to stop. This is opposed to Carl Espen’s feelings. He wants to know Will I fall? and What comes next? As opposed to Tijana, Freaky Fortune and Risky Kidd, he is not as willing to take a risk and not as comfortable up there (where and whatever there is…). He may also not accept the things and his personal situation as they are. Instead, he questions his future which shows the depth of the Norwegian entry.
True or false?
Some essential uncertainties are also pointed out in the Finnish and the German entry. They deal with truth. Softengine can’t seem to get why they’re buying all these words. So, they probably already know that they are not told the truth which is also confirmed by the Irish song: Don’t you know how the world is not always true?, Can-linn and Kasey Smith wonder. They could also ask this the girls from Elaiza who can’t find the answer to Is it right or is it wrong? – over and over and over again. They seem to be a bit lost. Just as Cristina Scarlat who even has to ask herself (or us, or anyone): What am I? Am I human? What am I? An emotion? Well, from the way she sings she might not be human at all. Rather, some wild animal. Emotion? Probably, a lot of them, bad ones that she kept inside of her for too long and now she has to let them out all at once. That hurts! Maybe she should listen to Molly from United Kingdom: No matter what you are, we’re all Children of the universe, don’t you know? Maybe, if Cristina Scarlat knew that, her soul wouldn’t be so damn wild.
There’s one answer to all the questions!
Probably, one of the most important questions is the one from Latvia that we should all ask our mothers: How to bake a cake? The answer is obvious: Make some dough, add some love, let it bake, wait for it! It’s as simple as that. So, what are you waiting for? Get into the kitchen and start baking! Cause in the end, there’s one thing that can always answer most of our questions and solve our problems – a delicious piece of cake! (Maybe no cheesecake for Teo, but everything else should work)