The TWiiNS (Slovakia) reveal "I’m Still Alive"
This weekend, the representatives from Slovakia, TWiiNS, finally revealed their entry. And, surprisingly, it’s not half bad!
Unlike the tarted-up pop numbers that we had seen from the Nízlová sisters in their earlier singles, “I’m Still Alive” is a pleasant, harmony-laden, and (dare I say) pretty tune that surpassed my expectations. (Granted, in all fairness, my expectations were somewhat low, considering that the TWiiNS were an internal selection from a country that may or may not have wanted to participate in Eurovision this year in the first place…minor details!) This will be Slovakia’s first ESC entry sung in English, and Veronika and Daniela seem to have no trouble with the language. However, after a few listens, the song does become a bit repetitive, and tends to blend into the background pretty easily. Furthermore, the only time we’ve seen the song performed, it was lip-synched during the Miss Slovakia pageant, so I have no idea how the sisters actually sound live.
So, in our TWiiNS vs. Jedward battle, who takes the crown at this point?
Entertainment: The Slovaks have a nice tune, but it’s just that. Nice. The Irish, however, have taken two ferrets, dressed them in red suits, and injected them with Speed. Advantage: Ireland
Physical Appeal: Not taking gender into consideration, if you’re under fourteen, Jedward takes it. Post-puberty, you’ve got to hand it to the Nízlovás. Then again, considering the propensity for tweens to power-dial for their favorites… Advantage: Ireland
Annoyance Factor: Slovakia’s song can get a bit repetitive, but Jedward’s Jedward. ‘Nuff said. Advantage: Slovakia
So, will the simply pleasant win out over the love-it-or-hate it? It’s a close one, but my money’s on Jedward for the qualification, with Slovakia on the fence, depending on how their live performance stacks up. What are your thoughts?