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Eurovision 2014, the first semi-final, review

If extraterrestrials were to abduct your favourite singers and replace them with slightly unconvincing doppelgängers the experience would surely be akin to watching the Eurovision Song Contest in its 21st-century incarnation. The competition's days of high kitsch apparently behind it, modern Eurovision entrants are endlessly slick and manicured so that they seem like plastic variations of actual pop stars.

This can make for faintly uncanny viewing: the performers remind you of someone better known, with just enough difference for it to feel creepy. That's certainly been the response of a few to UK hopeful Molly Smitten-Downes, a pleasant warbler who nonetheless suggests a laboratory experiment in which elements of Kate Bush, Florence and the Machine and Adele are blended in a petri dish.

The Telegraph

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