Eurovision 2016 Entry: Denmark — Lighthouse X — “Soldiers of Love”

Do Lighthouse X have what it takes to fight for the Eurovision final with "Soldiers of Love"?

Country: Denmark
Song Title: “Soldiers of Love”
Artist: Lighthouse X
Second Semi-Final: Position #14
Last year’s entry: “The Way You Are” – Anti Social Media (DNQ – 13th Place, SF1)

Denmark’s been pretty good about mixing Eurovision-cheese with pop songwriting acumen to regularly produce great Eurovision entries.  Which is why their last few entries feel like a disappointment:

Nothing against Denmark or Lighthouse X, but this gets more dated every time I listen to it.  After last year’s “boy band with a cheesy pop song” entry failed to qualify, I’m surprised the Danes chose this as their representative.  I love a good cheesy pop song, but this is just sort of middle-of-the-road, Backstreet Boys reunion level stuff.

If I had any suggestions on how to improve this, I’d want Denmark to lean all in with the “Soldiers of Love” thing.  Military-esque outfits for Lighthouse X, etc.  Give it the full “YVAN EHT NIAJ” treatment.  Given the lineup of the second semi-final, Lighthouse X stands out simply by not being a female solo singer, but I’m not sure that’s enough to carry them this time around.  This one seems like an easy “just misses the Eurovision final” pick for me.

Eurovision Song Contest Second Semi-Final
May 12, 2016

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  • Right?! When I first heard this song I was expecting / hoping for something very different in terms of genre and presentation. There are so many ways you can use a military reference to create a unique entry — either campy or sincere. Denmark is doing NONE of those things, and it’s disappointing as all hell.

  • Also, am I the only one who thinks these guys look like Hugh Jackman, Ryan Gosling, and Alexey Vorobyov knockoffs?