#tbt: Anti-Crisis Girl Svetlana Loboda Asks Russia to “Be My Valentine”

October 27, 2016 0

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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#tbt: “Shady Lady” Ani Lorak Takes Ukraine to Belgrade

October 20, 2016 0

Ukraine’s Ani Lorak took the stage in Serbia in 2008 with “Shady Lady,” which might be the prime example of a perfect Eurovision entry. Background Song Title: “Shady Lady” Artist: Ani Lorak Semi-Final: Performed fourth in the second semi-final, finishing in 1st Place. Grand Final: Performed 18th in the Final, finishing in 2nd place behind Russia. Last year’s entry: “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” – Verka Serduchka Back in 2010, a blog I followed at the time did a post about Ukraine’s 2007 Junior Eurovision entry. I was ever so vaguely aware of the existence of Eurovision, but this sent me down a fascinating YouTube rabbit hole. The next video to load up was Ani Lorak’s performance of “Shady Lady” at the 2008 Contest. As gateway drugs go, this is top quality. First, it opens with a loving, lingering shot of European stage technology, which America only sorta got a taste of when The X Factor debuted in 2011. The pulsing beat and pop-strings-of-severe-importance kicks in immediately, forcing the audience to pay attention. Ani Lorak starts to sing in front of a screen, which is actually booths containing backup dancers. “Shady Lady” is Lip Sync for Your Life dragtastic, and we are only 20 seconds into the […]

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