Eurovision 2018 Review: Latvia – Laura Rizzotto – Funny Girl

Latvia tries luck with classy entry by Laura Rizzotto
Latvia missed the final of the Eurovision Song Contest six years in a row from 2009 to 2014, but came back swinging in 2015 when Aminata reached the top 10 with ‘Love Injected’. She composed next year’s ‘Heartbeat’ and again Latvia made the final. Last year however entry ‘Line’ by Triana Park ended up dead last in its semi final. Time for Latvia to step up their game again. Half Brazilian half Latvian singer Laura Rizzotto won the national final with her track ‘Funny Girl’ and will fly the flag in Lisbon in May.

Rizzotto composed her track herself and she did a more than decent job at that! Lyrically the song is all about dealing with unrequited love. She has to watch how her dream lover only has attention for another lady while she remains the ‘funny girl’ to him. The story is told in a vivacious composition with some proper drama in the chorus, with some subtle James Bond soundtrack instrumentation added. Unfortunately for the Latvians the Belgian entry this year sounds similar, but makes more of a lasting impression on first listen. Laura is a proper diva on stage though and she owns the track vocally. I predict that ‘Funny Girl’ will depend more on jury votes than the televoting public. Let us hope that will be enough for a decent place on the scoreboard of the final, because this classy entry deserves some appreciation!



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