Saturday, February 23, 2008

I'll promise you the world

I've been meaning to write about Ireland's national selection for ages now; I've got pre-hearing and post-hearing the song posts sitting as drafts at the moment--in the latter one, I tried to acknowledge everything Dustin the Turkey's song does right and that I can totally see it appealing to certain types of taste...before saying that I absolutely can't stand it. Forget that trying to be understanding, though--I know Dustin's ridiculously favored to win to the extent that we can say he's virtually unstoppable (Dustin's odds are 2/9; the candidate with the next best odds is at 5/1), but I still can't help featuring--and hoping against hope that Ireland votes for it--Donal Skehan's song "Double Cross My Heart."

Donal's a known and unabashed fan of Melodifestivalen (as well as Eurovision itself), and yes, you can really hear that in his entry (which also has two Swedish co-writers, in addition to an American co-writer), and yes, I'm a known fan of that sound so I have an automatic increased likelihood of liking "Double Cross My Heart," but it really is fantastic. It could be argued that it's generic, by numbers, or not that good, but I'd disagree--I think the rhythm of the last two lines of the chorus ("Double cross me/Double cross my heart") gives it a unique punch and makes it really catchy.

Plus, doesn't he seem like the sort of person you want to go stalk Swedish popstars with? Look, he's already met and/or interviewed a bunch of them!







What really matters is the song, though, and "Double Cross My Heart" is fantastic, a catchy uptempo pop song with a little bit of a dance beat running underneath (though no more so than, say, "Brother Oh Brother" does) and (with performances unseen) easily my favorite in Ireland's selection tonight.

7 comments:

madforsadler said...

no I can't believe he lost! Ireland stands no chance in the final now...

Bollinger Bolshevik said...

Exactly in what capacity did he meet Linda Lena and the one who looks like a scarecrow? Because I want that job!

EuropeCrazy said...

I just realise now why I liked it... it reminded me of lovely Måns. But no, they picked a turkey. Enough said.

D'luv said...

Hey, Donal, you can come peel my Irish potatoe any day, mate.

Poster Girl said...

I have no idea how Dustin's going to do--it is mad and catchy and loud enough that I can see why some people are expecting it to do incredibly well. I just wish we could take Dustin out of it, or swap him for a talky guy from any '90's dance track, because I think I'd like the song then!

I KNOW, right? And that's only a few of the people he interviewed! I think Lena was just being in Sweden and meeting her, but I'm totally baffled as to what job he has that allows him to go to Sweden to interview Swedish celebrities--I know he does work for a local news show, but it can't be for that, can it? I mean, I can only imagine what would happen if I tried to pitch that segment to my local news...

Sigh...I expected it. Oh well. At least we got a great song to listen to out of the whole process.

D'luv, you know, he does have pictures from visiting Los Angeles posted...

Anonymous said...

Hey,

Thought I would post a message here, I am a regular reader of your blog, so I'm really honoured to have been mentioned!!! :)

Thanks for the support!

Donal :)

Poster Girl said...

Really?! Oh, that's fantastic to hear! No, it was nothing--you had by FAR my favorite song in the final (one of my favorite songs of the year so far, to be honest)...it's such a shame that you and Dustin had to be in the same year (though I still think you should have beaten him...). And though of course it's the song that's most important, it would have been great to have someone competing in Belgrade who's such an obvious fan of the contest (especially in comparison to who's going now). Sigh...some things aren't meant to be, I guess! Loads of people loved your song, though--you should definitely know that!

Good luck in the future--I really hope we get to hear more from you!

Oh, and thanks for reading as well :D