- September 28, 2009
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but before everyone gets too excited, remember how the juries completely screwed over Portugal in 2019, when they had a great, unique and forward-thinking entry?
I hope the broadcaster and the public has gotten over it by now and will dare to send something exciting again and not something super conservative like the 2020 entry, but such mistreatments in ESC can unfortunately stick in mind and discourage for future picks.
the thing with experimental entries is that sometimes they'll work and sometimes they won't.. I do think there needs to something commercial about them, Conan was just to avantgarde, I do think he should qualify, but I can also see why he didn't. O jardim also deserved much better. But sometimes risky entries do work (Estonia 2009, Portugal 2017, Ukraine 2016, Latvia 2015, Belgium 2015...) it depends... I think what's crucial is that there has to be some appeal, even tho if it's really subtle.
Well they didn't really get screwed over in 2019 as the televote had it 12th, not in the qualifier zone. Tbh that entry screamed DNQ from the start, it had a very niche supporter base. What some may call artistic and pushing the boundaries others may call pure sh*t. It depends on your take. just because its different and out there doesn't make it good, but i can see why some people were into it.