BRAZIL V MEXICO
Guest referee: Colin Roberts — @Crablin off Twitter
Before we get to Colin's musings, an announcement. The organisers of this World Cup malarky, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to schedule Brazil's second match ahead of the Russia and South Korea one, despite Russia and South Korea not having played once yet. :(
So, while so far we've been trying to pick the biggest current homegrown hit for each country, this is the first game to include the theme for the second round of matches, which is TV talent show winners unless the country in question doesn't have a TV talent show in which case we'll just have to find something else.
But once Brazil's second appearance is out of the way the entry after this will revert back to the original theme of popular songs by artists from those countries, before we then settle back to the TV talent show ones. Simple, right? RIGHT.
Sam Alves — ‘Hallelujah’ (The Voice)
“Flair and colour, a party attitude famed across the world: Brazil is often linked inextricably with all of these. Sam Alves however, Brazil’s winner of The Voice and a man who could pass for Mika’s illegitimate Latin American son, has opted to buck his country’s stereotypes and deliver a version of ‘Hallelujah’ so predictable that in gambling terms the bookies would have stopped taking bets on the use of that choir six weeks before it occurred. That’s not to say Alves is without merit; like his fellow countryman Neymar, he’s young, handsome and can absolutely belt it when he needs to. Unlike the Brazilian forward, however, he’s doing so without creativity or magic. The curly haired balladeer could do worse than look toward Brazilian The Voice judge Carlinhos Brown whose varied and interesting career has included blending traditional Brazilian rhythms with reggae and running around a stage in a traditional head-dress banging a tambourine. Brilliant.”
Marcos Razo — ‘Mucho Corazon’ (The Voice)
“Marcos Razo, Mexico’s 42 year old winner of La Voz (I’m sure you can work that one out) is a crooner. His rags-to-riqueza, heart-tug talent show backstory appears to show a construction worker ascending from laying concrete and spending a good deal of time wearing a poncho to the besuited artist we find serenading us today. Delivering ‘Mucho Corazón’ — once a hit for Mexican legend Luis Miguel — faultlessly in terms of vocal, Razo unfortunately suffers the same fate as his Brazilian counterpart: he’s just not that interesting. One does in fact begin to ponder that Central & South America is painted as colourful so often that they seek peaceful refuge in their talent shows by making them as grey and pale as possible. The comments under the video seem very divided and offer no help in finding the spark I’m missing here. Perhaps I should leave it to ‘angel jesus’ of YouTube to offer the final comment here. “Siempre fuiste mi gallo.” Which according to the site’s translation engine is, simply, “you were always my cock.”"
Colin's full time score:
Brazil 0 — Mexico 0
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Next up: Russia vs South Korea