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Ever since it was first announced that Europoppers Cascada would compete in the German final one camp of fans squealed they were the perfect Eurovision choice. Indeed their style is probably that most stereotypically associated with the Contest and a genre that has either made fans the diehard breed they are, or given the whole shebang a bad name, depending on your bent (and most of the bent ones are in the former camp). It’s certainly the song that wins the “sounds-most-like-last-year’s-winner” award hands down. In fact, some claimed it sounds so much like last year’s winner that it was a copy and cried foul. Others meanwhile claimed it sounded like a copy of any one of several others songs, neatly illustrating the point that it was, in fact, merely very generic. The storm was of truly teacup-sized proportions – dance song in sounds-like-dance-music-shocker! – and quickly resolved, permitting the tune to bask in its own marginally-original gloriousness. (Anyway, isn’t the point of Cascada to sound a bit like lots of other songs in the first place?). It does sound a bit similar to Euphoria and may indeed be judged against it, in which case it’s going to be found wanting. Singer Natalie can’t help looking, well, a bit cheap in comparison, to be brutally frank, but Loreen’s pull wasn’t just her song, but also its staging, and Natalie just doesn’t have the gravitas to match. It’s not bad by any means, and it will have us all jumping in the dancehalls, but I think it’s going to be lucky to scrape the top 10 unless it has a serious presentational makeover.
My score: 7 points