Friday, April 20, 2012

Jukebox Friday: Iris - Would You



The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 will be held on 22, 24 and 26 May at the Baku Crystal Hall in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The contest was brought to Azerbaijan by last year's winners Eldar & Nigar, the first mixed-gender duo to win the ESC since 1963.

While Belgium has traditionally chosen their ESC contestant by popular vote, this time the public Flemish broadcaster VRT has made the decision internally. This could be motivated by the good results achieved by Tom Dice ("Me And My Guitar"), who was chosen internally as well in 2010.

This year's Belgian contestant is Iris, a 17-year-old girl from the province of Antwerp. The song, "Would You", was selected by popular vote.

It is a love song in English, describing a difficult turning point in a relationship. Iris' voice is fragile but sincere, and she manages to travel through the vocal realms of Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, and every Idol and X-Factor winner in history without entirely losing her individuality. This already sets her apart from a great deal of ESC contestants.

But is that enough to win?

Sadly, I don't think so. Belgium's last win at the ESC was in 1986 (read more about that here), and I don't think that will change this year. To have any chance against the tsunami of exotic dances, drums, costumes and primeval energy, a love ballad must be brutally well-written and terrifically well-sung. "Would You" may make a ton of money upon release, but it won't do anything for those party-hungry, fiercely political Europeans.

Anyway, it's only entertainment. Good luck in Baku, Iris!


Lyrics:

Come and find me, I’ve been hiding from you
Come and get me, running from you
It’s been easy, easy for you to believe me
When I say I love you

But what would you do when my house was empty?
My life in a bag and away from you
You took my love for granted, would you really miss me?
Any other guy would do, but would you?

It’s a secret and a question for you
Where are they now? What are you gonna do?
If you run here and wait for me now, are we done here?
Or starting somehow?

But what would you do when my house was empty?
My life in a bag and away from you
You took my love for granted, would you really miss me?
Any other guy would do, but would you? Would you?

It’s a two-way street
And I know that
But don’t look back
Still I wonder, still I wonder

But what would you do when my house was empty?
My life in a bag just to be with you
But when I’m at your door will you say you miss me?
Any other guy would do
Yeah, other guy would do, but would you?

But would you?
Oh would you?
I love you


BONUS: My hot tip for this year's winner. (Go Nordics!)

1 comment:

  1. Oh yeah, that song is already much better than the Belgian one!

    Iris has a good voice though, but since Eurosong is all about the show, she doesn't really stand a chance...

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