Wow. This is the most overtly homoerotic Eurovision entry I’ve seen in quite some time. And I think that’s saying something. Russia’s entry – “Take it off” by the obviously talented Sergey Lazarev – makes Top Gun look like a subtle and under-stated treatise on heterosexual bonding.
There are Liberace tribute acts in Vegas wondering if Russia has gone a bit overboard this year. Obviously, this being a Russian entry, where “that kind of thing” is frowned upon (to put it mildly), this video features quite a few women too.
But, come one. The focus here is clearly male abs, ass and crotch. And then some more abs. Sergey’s abs, to be clear. But in all the flashing lights and movement, it’s hard to tell who the abs belong to at times. Thankfully, the camera regularly focuses back on Sergey, in case there was any doubt whose abs and face we should be looking at.
And the sheer volume of pink here is like Russia is playing some kind of twisted double-bluff game with us gays of Europe. “On the one hand, we’ll forbid your gay pride marches and attack you in the streets. On the other hand… look at this man wearing pink. Pink! Can you believe it?! Please vote for us.”
Yes, he’ll definitely get some votes on the night from admirers of buffness and oiled up dancers. And pink. Possibly. I wonder if the stage act will be toned down – I can’t imagine all that topless action getting the green light from the EBU guys at the top. But you never know, it’s Eurovision after all.
Anything else here?
Oh yes, the song. The song is truly terrible. A repetitive dirge, where he pleads with some (imaginary) woman to take off her clothes. Or he’ll do it for her. So very 2016, right?
It’s awful. Truly awful. You don’t go to the Eurovision for deep and meaningful lyrics (La, la, la, la… Boom Bang-a-Bang etc etc) but these are pretty awful. In a pretty creepy way.
So he’ll obviously get bucket-loads of votes, as I last correctly predicted a Eurovision winner in about 1867.
All the same, I think I’ll check out the video one more time. For research purposes.