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“When Eurovision comes, the voters should stop thinking in the category ‘Is this suitable for Eurovision?’ and start thinking in the category ‘Is this good music?’” So say the members of PeR, a Latvian beatbox and vocal combo. Well, quite; the latter is the very question that was on my mind too, and I have to admit I was also just wondering whether this song is suitable for Eurovision as I watched the video. PeR have a bit of interest to them; a couple of years ago they performed the slightly creepy Like A Mouse in the Latvian final in which the boy from next door appears to break into his pretty neighbour’s home and sit and stare at her whilst remaining as quiet as the titular rodent. Strangely, it wasn’t a bad little song, and they even had a second (and more striking) song in this year’s selection which makes this as their Eurovision entry the more disappointing for being so, well, ordinary. It’s a rather plain pop song with some rapping that’s not that well executed and with some especially trite lyrics as a chorus. It’s not bad, but doesn’t seem to fit with the band’s pedigree. I can’t really see it gaining any special support in Malmö, there’s just not really anything to get behind.
My score: 4 points