Some things have their rightful place in Eurovision. Sometimes, subtlety is just not one of them. Still, despite how hard they tried, Teapacks really pushed my buttons.
I have always admired Israel in this competition. They give it their all, and in all honesty I have never disliked their entries. Nevertheless, in lieu of the "no politics" rule, they still manage to crawl under the fence and send something in that is so politically charged it can power the arena. Push The Button tops this list. Don't get me wrong, I know that Israel isn't in the happiest of positions, but 2007 was the year they decided enough was enough, and they protested in the only way Europe knows how: an up-tempo and slightly psychotic entry into the Eurovision Song Contest. This song was a riot in Israel, storming their national selection, and considering Teapacks' popularity, it was set to storm Helsinki, but maybe the only button that Europe wanted to press was the Mute button, staying put in the semi final. But still, on a scale from Dana International to Stephane and 3G, this was one was interesting indeed.
So was this an explosive entry, or did Teapacks just bomb? 12points sets it straight!
As "rap" songs go, this one is not too shabby. It beats putting a cap into someone's backside and sitting with your bitches, no matter how much fun that sounds. Rap doesn't really belong in Eurovision, Daz Simpson being a prime example, but this one seems a little more refined and thought out, and I know that politics shouldn't belong in Eurovision (no one mention the voting, that's for another day), I don't really care. The lyrics are so obviously political, which does lose marks, but they are still relevant and striking, and they are catchy to boot. However, this entry was full of terror when someone made an error, and that was the politics being so in your face. The chorus might as well have been "Iran is gonna push the button and nuke us" (I think it has a ring to it), and although they deny it, the song has an obvious motive. Also the accordion was very irritating, but as 2007 was the year of the accordion, what else can you do apart from aim missiles at the accordion factory. I am close to pushing that button.
You might as well have made the stage a trampoline there was so much jumping, doesn't matter what country you go in, cliche boyband moves are pretty much standard throughout the world. They gave it some, and it seemed seemless on the lead singers part. Although I cant help but think he was channeling Sherlock Holmes when deciding on his outfit, in the curious mystery of why people want to bomb Israel perhaps? On the subject, it did look like they had a tumble in a British vintage shop. But all of that aside, I think that using Simon Pegg as the lead singer of this song was a stroke of genius.
Choreography (Including Hair-ography and Arm-ography): 7/12
I don't care how passionate he is about human rights, it is no call for him to start attacking the camera man like that. It was like a stepped into a remedial judo class that had to be merged with the teenage rap group. Its not a mix that went down well on stage.
Like the boyband jumping, despite where you go you will always find the typical hand signs of a rap song. Peace being a very operative word in this song, although peaceFUL it is not. Near the end of the song, I seriously felt for their safety and was about to call an ambulance, before I realized they were dancing and not having a stroke. There really was no dancing in this song. I also think it would be rude to comment on hairography considering his unfortunate predicament.
Key Change Effectiveness: 6/12
I do love a good multi-lingual song, but yet again I see no key change. Then again, one of the requirements for a key change is to be able to sing, so I guess two things aren't happening. I admire him for singing in two languages and rapping in a third, but sometimes experiments go wrong. Some go wrong in a small way and needs a little bit of cleaning, but some go so wrong and there is a giant explosion. How ironic.
Camp Factor: 6/12
The song isn't really camp. I feel like I am on drugs watching it, but camp it is not. The tune during the middle 8 belongs in a gay bar, but camp it is not. The costume, a years work for a fashion designer, but not camp!
Total: 37/60: I think Teapacks had their hearts in this song, but they also had idiocy and too much time on their hands looking at early noughties rap and boyband videos on YouTube. Musical politics doesn't succeed, especially in Eurovision, and not everyone can be a modern day pussy riot (although Teapacks should be locked up purely on their choreography and costume). They tried to be edgy and it just didn't pay off, and the only button I wanted to press was the fast forward button. Maybe give Dana international another call.
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