Strap in, Eurovision aficionados and music lovers alike, for an exhilarating ride with Austria’s latest sensation!

Teya & Salena, the dynamic duo from the land of mountains and music, have taken the Eurovision stage by storm with their catchy and enigmatic anthem, “Who the Hell Is Edgar?”

This isn’t just any entry; it’s a rollercoaster of infectious rhythms, witty lyrics, and a chorus that’s impossible to resist.

In this article, we’ll embark on a musical odyssey, dissecting the genius behind the “Poe poe poe” that’s had us all singing along, and exploring the layers of satire hidden beneath the surface of this seemingly lighthearted track.

Get ready for an analysis of the song, a dive into my personal reflections on the duo’s performance, and, for the die-hard fans, a complete transcript of the lyrics.

Prepare to be entertained, enlightened, and perhaps even a little bewitched by the tale of Teya, Salena, and the mysterious Edgar.

It’s time to uncover the secrets behind Austria’s captivating contribution to Eurovision 2023, and maybe—just maybe—figure out who the hell Edgar really is.

Who (the Hell) are Teya & Salena?

Teya & Salena are a dynamic Austrian duo who burst onto the music scene with a flair for the dramatic and a passion for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Their journey together began on the stage of the Austrian talent show Starmania 21, where their shared love for Eurovision and undeniable chemistry as performers led them to join forces.

Their selection to represent Austria at Eurovision 2023 with their song “Who the Hell Is Edgar?” was a moment of triumph for the pair, marking them as the first female duo to carry the nation’s hopes in the contest.

The decision to internally select Teya & Salena was a move that aimed to bring a fresh and exciting edge to Austria’s Eurovision legacy.

Their song comes with a compelling feminist message, which is both timely and resonant. The Austrian duo are known for their captivating stage presence and ability to connect with audiences, making them a standout act in the competition.

Austria has certainly placed its hopes in two rising stars who are ready to shine at Eurovision 2023!

Song Analysis – “Who the Hell Is Edgar?”

“Who the Hell Is Edgar?” by Teya & Salena, Austria’s 2023 Eurovision entry, is a high-spirited and satirical song that cleverly addresses gender stereotypes in the music industry, using the legendary figure of Edgar Allan Poe as a humorous metaphor.

The track begins with a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment of the duo’s songwriting talent, playfully attributing their skills to the spirit of Poe. This sets a sardonic tone, challenging the misconception that women require a man’s influence to excel creatively.

The chorus is an earworm, repeating “Poe, Poe, Poe,” in a way that’s as catchy as it is haunting, mirroring the lasting impact of Poe’s literary works.

It’s as though Teya & Salena are invoking Poe’s essence to add a gothic flair to their song, while also mocking the notion that they need the endorsement of a man’s ‘spiritual’ guidance to achieve success.

Beyond its humorous take on Poe’s possession, the song is also a biting commentary on the music industry’s economic aspects.

The specific mention of “zero dot zero zero three” is a witty but pointed critique of the paltry earnings artists often receive from streaming services, reflecting the financial challenges musicians face. The song also jests about the concept of ghostwriters, adding depth to its satirical narrative.

References to “gas station champagne” and the line “Edgar cannot pay rent for me” further the commentary on the financial struggles within the industry, underscoring the reality that even a spectral collaboration with Poe won’t pay the bills.

Additionally, the Italian phrase “Oh, mio padre,” which translates to “Oh, my father,” is likely a playful jab at seeking approval from patriarchal figures, whether they are literal, literary, or industry-based.

Overall, Teya & Salena’s “Who the Hell Is Edgar?” is a vibrant and energetic track that not only gets listeners dancing but also thinking critically about the music industry’s gender biases.

By wrapping a significant message in a catchy tune with clever Poe-etic puns, the song stands out as a memorable Eurovision contribution that entertains and resonates with audiences all over the world.

Overall Impression

From the very first listen, “Who the Hell Is Edgar?” is an undeniable earworm that invites, no, demands, you to join in on the “Poe poe poe” chorus.

This catchy hook is the heart of an incredibly fun singalong performance that’s as infectious as it is delightful. It’s the kind of tune that has you humming along before you know it, and it’s no surprise that audiences across Europe found themselves swept up in the rhythm.

But don’t let the catchy chorus fool you—this song is far from a simple novelty act.

Teya & Salena’s offering is a masterclass in satire, brilliantly weaving a critique of the music industry’s quirks and foibles into its lyrics and performance. The way it lampoons industry clichés while still delivering a bop is nothing short of genius.

It’s heartening to see that “Who the Hell Is Edgar?” scored reasonably well in the competition, a testament to its appeal and the duo’s talent. However, I can’t help but feel a twinge of disappointment that the staging and camerawork didn’t quite live up to the song’s potential.

The performance was undeniably good, but with more dynamic and engaging visuals, it could have been catapulted into the realm of greatness—perhaps even securing a spot in the coveted Top 10.

Despite these hiccups, the song remains a beloved staple in my playlist, and the music video is a guilty pleasure I revisit more times than I’m willing to count.

Teya & Salena’s “Who the Hell Is Edgar?” stands as a shining example of how Eurovision can be the perfect platform for both infectious pop anthems and sharp social commentary.

It’s a song that not only entertains but also makes you think, and that’s a rare combination to find in any music competition.

Teya & Salena – “Who the Hell is Edgar?” – Lyrics

Oh my God, you’re such a good writer
Oh, it’s not me, it’s Edgar
Who the hell is Edgar?

There’s a ghost in my body and he is a lyricist
It is Edgar Allan Poe, and I think he can’t resist
Yeah, his brain is in my hand, and it’s moving really fast
Mhm

Don’t know how he possessed me, but I’m happy that he did
‘Cause this song is feeling special, and is gonna make me rich
Yeah, the words are spilling out, what the heck is this about?
Mhm

Oh, mio padre, there’s a ghost in my body
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Edgar Allan, Edgar Allan

Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Edgar Allan Poe

Maybe I should call a doctor or an exorcist
Maybe someone out there knows where Shakespeare is so I can get a taste
What’s your IPI? Where’s the A&R?
Girl, call Universal, you’re about to be a star

Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Edgar Allan, Edgar Allan

Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe
Edgar Allan
(Who the hell is Edgar?)

Oh, mio padre
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
There’s a ghost in my body
(Edgar Allan, Edgar Allan)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)

Oh, mio padre
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
There’s a ghost in my body
(Edgar Allan Poe)

Zero dot zero zero three
Give me two years and your dinner will be free
Gas station champagne is on me
Edgar cannot pay rent for me

Zero dot zero zero
Zero dot zero zero
Zero dot zero zero three
At least it pays to be funny

Ugh!

Oh, mio padre (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
There’s a ghost in my body (Edgar Allan, Edgar Allan)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)

Oh, mio padre (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
There’s a ghost in my body (Edgar Allan, Edgar Allan)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)

Oh, mio padre (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
There’s a ghost in my body (Edgar Allan, Edgar Allan)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)

Oh, mio padre (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
(Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe)
There’s a ghost in my body (Edgar Allan, Edgar Allan)

Oh, mio padre, there’s a ghost in my body
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Who the hell is Edgar?

Final Thoughts – “Who the Hell is Edgar?”

As we wrap up our deep dive into Austria’s “Who the Hell Is Edgar?” it’s clear that Teya & Salena have crafted a track that’s both a lyrical labyrinth and a melodic delight.

This song has soared beyond the confines of the Eurovision stage, taking flight on the wings of Poe’s raven, and landing firmly in the hearts of fans across the globe.

But now we turn the spotlight over to you!

Do you think “Who the Hell Is Edgar?” was the Poe-fect blend of humor and critique? Could it have been the ‘Poe-et’ of the scoreboard with just a bit more theatrical flair? Share your thoughts, your praises, and even your poetic justice in the comments below.

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