Iceland sort of did it in 2005 and nobody else has come even close to doing so until this year’s entry from FYR Macedonia.
With Eurovision having a strict three-minute max rule on the songs, one thing I’ve always been fascinated about is the concept of a country trying to do the Contest equivalent of Bohemian Rhapsody. That is, steer a composition through as many different genres as possible, retain its melodic integrity without ever sounding contrived and – thanks to the rulebook – doing all that in around half the time it took Freddie and friends.
Eye Cue’s Lost and Found is about the closest I’ve ever heard and it’s enjoyable enough, switching from off-the-peg pop to something with a hint of reggae and then something else a little rockier. I really like this and it stays just the right side of contrived. I’d also love to see it do well but there’s a concern about the way this meanders from one style to the next.
It knows it’s going to get there but there’s no sense of urgency in doing so. If the transitions were a little slicker and played around with a few more genres (imagine this going full-on popera at the end) then it would be a full-on contender for the title. Let me be clear, this is still a boss pop song but the listener deserves to hear the chorus at least one more time before those three minutes are up.
One thing we don’t have to worry about is Eye Cue’s ability to pull this out of the bag live. Reports from the first public performance of Lost and Found had thumbs up all round and they’re a tight outfit (even tighter than the pink thing worn in the video) so there’s still potential for the live chops to impress in Lisbon.
The only other note of concern relates to FYR Macedonia from last year. Dance Alone was such an irresistible package when laid in the table before us in the form of a promo and studio version. Come Kyiv, seeming budgetary restrictions from FYROM telly saw it performed in the most basic way possible which did nothing for the tongue-in-cheek style of the song.
This song deserves the sort of staging that shows off its gradual gear changes. It doesn’t have to cost the earth to achieve that either. Eye Cue deserve to do well – not to be left lost and foundering.