30 Days of Eurovision Challenge- Day 25

Prompt: A song you prefer live over studio

I’m choosing the Common Linnets’ “Calm After the Storm”, and it’s not just because angry birds are going to attack me if I don’t.

When the song first debuted in its acoustic form, I wasn’t the only person who simply thought, “What?” Compared to all the other upbeat entries or ballads, “Calm After the Storm” sounded like it didn’t have very much power. And if Anouk could only get 9th place the year before, were the Common Linnets even going to qualify?

This continued until the semifinals, when they combined the story in the song with visuals, so that the emotion was still there even if the sound was turned off. The odds shortened from bottom 5 to top 5. And they eventually got 1st in their semi and 2nd overall in the contest.

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