COSTA RICA V ENGLAND
Guest referee: Mikey Robinson — DJ and former Popjustice news editor
BuddyGtr — 'Himno Nacional de Costa Rica'
“In the clip — reminiscent of those horrific kidnapping videos from films starring Mel Gibson and real life — it appears that Buddy ‘Guitar’ Tetrault, has been taken up a dewy valley (behave) and forced to perform the Costa Rican national anthem against his will. Ever the nuanced entertainer, Buddy draws us into his private hillside performance, hypnotically rocking back and forth, teasing us with the expectation of some lyrics, or at least the sound of a disgruntled farmer’s gun. As the clip wears on, it becomes clear that once likeable Buddy is party to something much more sinister than a ransom video, or even a Mel Gibson movie. What we have here is an instrumental acoustic guitar solo and there’s no honourable pop patriotism to be gleaned from that. You’re no buddy of mine, Buddy."
Leona Lewis — 'God Save The Queen'
“Having auditioned for The X Factor (and done quite well) in 2006, celebrity vegetarian Leona Lewis knows a thing or two about taking a single verse and chorus and making a big impression. Here, Leona Lewis feat. The Band Of The Welsh Guards delivers an abridged version of the 1744 hit 'God Save The Queen'. Much like England’s actual non-pop based World Cup campaign, the whole thing is over as quickly as it began. In fact, there’s not a whole lot to go on here so let’s look at the detail in a slo-mo recap. As commentator John Motson points out, Islington-born Leona is a keen and devoted 'Arsenal fan’, though instead of her trademark red and white Gunners jersey, she’s opted for a more neutral black and white cape garb. Neutral in attire, conservative in performance, Lewis foregoes the vocal dribbles and oral athletics of her peers Carey, Coyle and J, for an altogether more 4–4‑2 rendition. The watching panel of suited gents including Prince William (here in the Paula Abdul role that is arguably his true birthright) look on slightly underwhelmed. A classic take on 'God Save The Queen’ this may be, but it’s no ‘Forgive Me’."
Mikey's full time score:
Costa Rica 00 — England 02
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