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  • User AvatarMr Wolf { Really great and admirable article. One of the rare cases when you feel envy you haven't written this byself. One thing I would argue is that "Occidentali's Karma" (and "Hard Rock Hallelujah") aren't mainly about fun. Yes, surely on surface they are fun and the "fun factor" gives them a boost in the sense of attractivity. But when we analyze melody and the song's perceived emotive impact, then there's a lot more going on. The "fun part" is always mixed in successful (Eurovision) songs with some deeper and more impactful emotions. Ofc among crucial factors for Eurovision success are media narrative, the message of the song and the factor how much people can identify with it and so on. But from emotive perspective the most crucial nuance is the "awe" emotion. It's everywhere in arts, but in Eurovision especially, since there's competiton among acts for an "alpha act" (the one who seems the greatest) title (who wins the trophy). As you said very pointedly people are expecting religious experience and we have increasingly cinematic perception. If we analyze past winners (and other TOP acts) in near past then we see mostly see acts who arouse the greatest "awe" emotion, deal with our existential identity and have the "larger than life" impression. "Heroes" and "Sound of Silence" were both songs that touched in large part ideas about our identities on this time moment we're living in and used much of "awe" emotion to communicate these ideas. "1944" and "Grande Amore" were... } – 27 April 2017 at 10:07 pm
  • User AvatarMontell { Thanks, niko. Your fresh opinion is very valuable. I write down my own first impressions so that I could always remember what I was thinking when I heard the songs for the first time. Being in the fan/betting bubble, reading other people's opinions can really influence your own thinking. } – 27 April 2017 at 7:23 pm
  • User Avatarmarkdowd1959 { Would love it to win. Odds on Bet 365 went out to 16-1 when news of his possible staging was known.....but he has a great top three chance I'd say. } – 27 April 2017 at 6:00 pm
  • User Avatarniko { I also liked your top 13, looks like we have a lot of the same opinions (although I'm not seeing Romania place that high...) } – 27 April 2017 at 5:48 pm
  • User Avatarniko { Yeah, I remembered wrong, sorry. But that just makes my point even stronger 😉 } – 27 April 2017 at 5:45 pm
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