Variety is the spice of Eurovision. If everyone is trying to be Celine Dion or (ugh) Justin Bieber, it becomes a numbing musical blur. That’s why we have to celebrate those countries that Keep Eurovision Weird by doing something surprising, cheesy, or (in this case) featuring a sword dance. Is it a good song? What is this “good” you speak of? There’s only “interesting” and “uninteresting,” and Romania’s entry has this to such a degree that we award it with our inaugural Kane Clap Award for Semi-Ironic Achievement in the Field of Awesomeness.
Meanwhile, Lithuania plays it safe by nominating a past Eurovision contender with a new Bieber haircut and sending him to the Swedes for a slick song and slick video to match. It’s not bad, but Romania is 100 times more authentic.