Artist: Roko Blazevic
Song: The Dream
Betting Odds: 251/1
There is no doubt that Roko is a talented young man. Unfortunately his song for Eurovision 2019 ‘The Dream’ has been written by Roko’s mentor and former Eurovision representative for Croatia Jacques Houdek. Houdek’s involvement means that Roko does not have a contemporary sounding song to work with.
In fact there are a lot of similarities that can be drawn between ‘The Dream’ and ‘My Friend’. Both of the songs feature at their core operatic vocals. The staging for both encompasses a gimmicky costumes, while Jacques had his Jekyll and Hyde leather/dinner jacket combo, Roko dons angel wings which add little to the performance and which dates the overall package further. The difference is that Jacques is a 38 year old crooner, Roko is a 19 year old youngster fresh on the scene. The result is an attempt that can be summed up in one word: cringe.
‘The Dream’ has a sickeningly repetitive chorus that sounds like someone learning verb conjugation in a new language ‘I dream of love…You dream of love…’ He/She/One dreams of love…
While I am not a huge fan of the performance, I must reiterate that I do like Roko’s voice and just feel it’s a shame he wasn’t given a better song. If given something more contemporary I could see him in the final. I don’t see that happening with this song. It’s time to put ‘The Dream’ to bed!