Eurovision 2018: The Reviews – LATVIA

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Funny Girl (Laura Rizzotto)

BACKGROUND
Rizzotto was born Brazil. It’s her grandmother who is Latvian, hence her record company decidinmg the Latvian national selection was their best shot at getting her to Eurovision (and millions of new fans). I don’t know whether that second sentence is true, the bit about her record company being the reason she’s there – the Latvian grandmother is on Wikipedia so you know it’s legit. There’s nothing wrong with using Eurovision to bolster your career. Eurovision has made international superstars of dozens two acts*. Rizzotto wrote the song.

OFFICIAL VIDEO
That choreography looks…stilted.

EUROTRASHTIC LYRICS

I tore down my walls
And wrecked the ceiling
Ready to bare it all

If you tore down the walls, that would essentially wreck the ceiling for you. And bring it down upon you.

REVIEW
Rizzotto sounds a lot like American Idol Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee. Which is my way of saying that she sounds pretty great. She’s been a little stiff in live performances – and all those arm movements that looked stilted in the music video, look even more awkward in real life. I really like the song, love Rizzotto’s voice, but a quiet song like this needs to be delivered perfectly, and I’m not seeing she can do that. Also, I made it through without one Barbra Streisand comparison or risotto joke.

RATING
B+

* ABBA and Celine Dion. Don’t argue with me, I’ve thought about this a lot. They are the only two acts where Eurovision is directly responsible for their international superstardom.

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