Ukraine went a little too deep into Eurovision-ness with the their 2009 entry “Be My Valentine (Anti-Crisis Girl)” by Svetlana Loboda. Background Song Title: “Be My Valentine (Anti-Crisis Girl!)” Artist: Svetlana Loboda Semi-Final: 6th place in the second semi-final Grand Final: 12th out of 24 countries Last year’s entry: “Shady Lady” by Ani Lorak (2nd place) After back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Eurovision Song Contest, it makes sense that Ukraine would double down on what had been working for them. The previous two entries featured aggressive pop tracks performed by strong female characters. Also, the 2009 Contest was taking place in Moscow, which means the rivalry between Ukraine and Russia would be reaching a new high. Enter Svetlana Loboda’s song “Be My Valentine (Anti-Crisis Girl)” and the Hell Machine: This may be one of the most over-the-top Eurovision performances of the last ten years. The Hell Machine–the name for the gears and ladders setpiece–is one of the most elaborate setpieces even before you add in pyrotechnics. Metallic backup singers on stilts join Svetlana Loboda and her army of centurion dancers. Also, a drum kit? The camera work is frantic, partly because of direction to add even more energy to the performance, but also because […]
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