🇫🇮 Finland vs. Italy 🇮🇹 Eurovision 2020

🇫🇮 Finland vs. Italy 🇮🇹 Eurovision 2020


Hello Europe and welcome back to Chev’s
Choice. I hope you’re all doing okay in this strange
time. At the time of recording this there is still
no clarity about wether or not Eurovision is happening as planned, so I just keep on
going with my song reviews. As explained in the first video, I’m paring
up all the entries in pairs of two or in one case three and decide which one I like better
and/or has better chances in the contest. I’m making a playlist of all the battles,
so the first between Switzerland and Georgia can be seen by clicking up here. But now let’s focus on battle #2: The battle of unclosed doors: Finland vs.
Italy I know, it’s a confusing category title. But life is difficult, and time moving in
only one direction doesn’t make it easier. And there are at least two songs competing
in Eurovision 2020 that deal with the issue of longing for something that has been and
being unable to move on because they haven’t closed the door to the past and wishing to
be able to change it. So this battle is between Italy and Finland. Both quite different musically. But which one is better? I’m starting with Finland
Now, I know a lot of you wished for a different outcome of UMK 2020 and were hoping to see
cicciolina being performed in Rotterdam instead of „looking back“ by Aksel. And yes, it probably would have been more
interesting and memorable. But to be honest, I’m not sure that it would
have been that much of a success as well. Anyway. Aksel is obviously singing about regret and
not living in the moment enough, about not seeing the true value of something until it’s
gone. And that’s something most of us can probably
relate to. But by the act of regretfully looking back
he’s actually still not able to live in the moment, so without closing the door and
accepting the fact that the past is gone and can’t be changed, then nothing will change. I know, I know, I’m forcing it a little
bit to squeeze it into this battle’s theme, but when I made the battle pairings I put
these two countries together under the topic of break up songs, and only later realized
that this is not about a break up 🙂 Anyway, despite the relatable lyrics the song
itself doesn’t sound equally interesting, and it doesn’t feel as if Aksel really connects
to it. His performance in the national final to me
felt a bit like an X-Factor performance of a Coldplay song that gets eliminated in the
quarter final. It’s just lacking the connection to the
audience. Aksel has to work on his stage presence if
he wants to reach the final. Italy on the other hand oozes emotion, as
it is probably in their blood. I have to say Sanremo consistently has one
of if not THE highest concentration of musical talent of all the national selections. The majority of the songs are quite distinct
and well composed and produced. And Fai Rumore by Diodato is no exception. What I also like about Italy is that from
all the big 5 country it is the most confident in its identity. You would probably recognize this as being
the Italian entry even if it were sung in English. Fai Rumore also fits the theme of painfully
longing for something that is no more perfectly. When you spend basically every free hour with
someone in a relationship and it ends, the sudden silence can be unbearable. There’s a vacuum where the other person
was that is sucking in all sound and light like a black hole. I don’t see why this shouldn’t become
another top 10 result in Rotterdam. Diodato compared to Aksel has no problem in
connecting with the song and the emotions and therefore with the audience. So for me Italy is the obvious winner in this
battle. I think it isn’t impossible but it will
be very difficult for Finland to even qualify, despite that I like it better than the previous
few years. The only thing standing in the way for Italy
is the corona situation of course. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Italy had
to step out of the competition this year with all that’s going on. But if they do compete, I just hope that they
give Diodato some rest and that they don’t squeeze him of his energy before the contest
is here, because in the past few years the Italian artists seemed really exhausted by
the time of the contest. So that’s what I think about these two entries. But what do you think? Is there someone that prefers Finland over
Italy? Tell me in the comments below. For now thank you so much for watching and
I see you soon. Bye 🙂