EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2010 -  O s l o , N o r w a y

SECHUK JURY 2010 (right click and 'refresh' to ensure you are viewing the latest details)

 

Comments and Scoring by Country

 

Two juries have been established to assess the Eurovision songs of 2010 - one with an International flavour and one with a UK basis. Some interesting comparisons are expected. Each jury member awards each song a score out of 10 (from 1 to 10 - no zero scores and no abstentions). Maximum 100 points per song from each jury - maximum 200 points overall.

NB - These comments and scores are the FIRST AND PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS of jury members

COMPLETE (28/03/10)

UKRAINE

Sweet People

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Martin

Am I the only one seeing a resemblance with Pink here? If so, that can only be a good thing. Thoroughly modern song, meaningful lyrics and really good vocals (in studio at least).With the right presentation this can go all the way. We need more songs like this in ESC!

9

David A

This is ‘interesting’ if rather drudge like. Much better than the original entry [which wouldn’t be hard] and maybe with dramatic staging, think Russia 2009, coupled with Diaspora voting, it could get through to the final. However I believe it is too repetitive to appeal to the casual voters who make up a lot of the viewers in the final and overall too simplistic to appeal broadly to the juries so I doubt it would get far.  I like the opening 30 seconds which remind me of a Patti Smith song, but I doubt many Patti fans watch Eurovision.

5

Douwe

To begin with we had an internal selection that was deemed to have been unfair and therefore the winning song and initially chosen artist was made to take part in a hastily organised 'open' selection which gave us Alyosha as winner but with a song that didn't adhere to the rules of the contest. Here we are then finally with Sweet people that is actually an internally selected song ... back to square one ? This isn't bad and I prefer it to the other two 'entries' - nowhere near as strong or as instant as 'Shady Lady' for example but Alyosha has a strong and distinctive voice and this rock influenced song carries a powerful message.

6

Monty

Was it all worth the wait, the hassle, and the fine? In a word, no. This is dreadful. Ukraine has managed to simultaneously annoy fans the continent over whilst ending up with one of this year’s poorest entries. A mess from start to finish in both selection and result. Utter tripe!

1

Elias

I start with 1 point for «I love you», I went to a 4 for «To be free» and now to a 5 for «Sweet People».  If they continue changing their decision I can even give them at some point a 10.  I will be very sad if a good song stay out from the final from the 2nd semifinal because of this.  Alyosha’s singing and also her song is a little bit out of the Eurovision atmosphere and I think the juries will ignore it.

5

Dean

Was it worth all the palaver Ukraine went through to get to this song? No.  Alyosha can certainly sing, but this isn't a song I want to listen to.  Can't see this getting through to the final at all.  A real disappointment from Ukraine.

2

Paul

Ukraine finally selected its ESC entry. It is better than the original title from Vasyl, which would have been just another ballad. Alyosha's entry sounds a bit like a Natasha Bedingfield song: just slower and less catchy. The intention of presenting a " peace " song is good, musically it might not really be ESC material. Without knowing the live performance, it is almost impossible to predict its result. A risky entry like the Estonian one. I like it cause it is different, but it is not one of my top faves.

8

Gary S

I cannot get past the way that this has ended up in Eurovision – a farce of a process ending with a song that was not one of 25 contenders in 2 national finals and which leaves me luke warm – an unnecessary rushed and contrived whine, by an unremarkable singer, who has basically tricked her way into the Contest! Bring back Shady Lady!

2

Samuel

Third time listening to a Ukrainian entry this year... and I am not sure which of the 3 one is worse... not your year Ukraine..

3

Gary P

well they finally decided and I am afraid it was not worth the wait. It doesn't sound very sweet to me!

 

3

Pia

Ok she’s a good singer but the song is quite similar their second choice and I didn’t like that either .....

6

David B

After a couple of weeks of utter farce and nonsense, we are finally presented with an ordinary, if somewhat depressing, song. No doubt it will amble into the final but given that the second semi-final is the stronger of the two, maybe it won't!

4

Mark

Ukraine - Was it worth waiting for? Well in a word NO. I suppose it is OK but I certainly wouldn't bother picking up my phone to vote for it! Sounds a bit like a poor man's Bjork

6

Martin

Takes too long to get started, good voice but song is very heavy going to be a winner with Russia but no one else powerful performance but lacks body to it

5

Roberto

A good song overall, no doubt. Too many American influences, indeed. She tries to be a star, but she might be presumptuous. Listening to the song can become tedious. I will consider this entry without comparison with the previous: the result can be good, but good for national transmission, unpretentious, which can be appreciated only by local audience. Very very contrived

4

Nico

It's dark, moody and morose and yet I like it.  No where near in the league of Poland 1996 for classiness (or depressiveness), but it's better than their last two options. Still hope it doesn't make the final, but i do like it.

6

Sascha

Definitely the best of the three Ukrainian entries this year.  The artist has a good voice and the song is pretty good.  It reminds me a bit of Fergie.  Hopefully she can pull off the vocals live and the song should do well.

8

Eddie

This takes far too long to get going. It just doesn't build and when the beat comes in you expect something totally different. I do like the rock riff - reminds me of Evanescence. Don't see this being in the final, maybe they should have a 4th song or ask Ani if she is busy in May!

5

Axel

I like the intro. But the song doesn't work for me. And I don't like Alyosha.

3

Danny

Well Ukraine certainly gave us the drama of the pre-selections, and they have definitely gone for some drama with their chosen song. A dramatic rock ballad which is VERY modern but is a tad shouty in parts, especially towards the end. This is a borderline qualifier, but will probably get through just because it's Ukraine... 

6

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

58

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

39

TOTAL RATING (All) - 97

 

FRANCE

Allez! Ola! Olé!

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Martin

Whether this is finally the official World Cup song then they have definitely got more than a bit of inspiration from Ricky Martin. Totally unoriginal and unbearably repetitive it might do better than it deserves as it will stand out amid all the ballads. Add a bit of visually impacting performance and you could have an Azerbaijan 2009 kind of effect, ie totally substandard and repetitive song achieving a good placing. Hang on a second, do football fans watch ESC?

2

David A

I think this is truly awful and I don’t know why they are bothering even to turn up. It’s like some Agado type carnage which drunken holiday makers sing on beaches with hand actions.  Or, as in the case of the alleged target market for this offering, inebriated and incoherent football supporters staggering around the beer strewn cities of Europe.  It’s not even a song just a collection of shouts and grunts. I hope it gets no points and comes last which with my prediction qualities probably means it will win.

1

Douwe

Put this among a number of the ballads selected for Oslo and it will really stand out - upbeat and plenty of punch however it really is incredibly repetitive. How this song fares will depend a lot on the live performance - it has the makings of a real crowd pleaser but it could just as easily be a mess on stage ... As a football chant though it will definitely serve it's purpose.

6

Monty

I love this! It’s fun, upbeat and sung by easily the hottest singer this year to boot! This will be great to dance around to and is a nice change of style for ESC. My favourite by a mile!

10

Elias

It’s a football anthem but at least it’s up beat.  One of the very few dancing moments of this years competition.  Very repetitive with relatively very few lyrics.  They can deliver a much better music arrangement.  I hope they present something very lively on stage.

7

Dean

This doesn't really seem to go anywhere, with the verses and choruses just merging into one another.  A lively stage performance will help, but I suspect France won't do as well as they did in 2009.

4

Paul

Cheap and trashy African pop song from the 90s. Horrible!

2

Gary S

Undoubtedly catchy with a somewhat familiar sound. Will certainly get some of Europe going I’m sure, but am not convinced if this will catch on in the east. I can enjoy it for what it is, but I doubt they can get as high as Ms Kaas last year.

7

Samuel

Boring, repetitive and bad… Please Patricia Kaas… come again and save France!

2

Gary P

I really don’t like the beat to the song - far too painful for the ears. What a shame that last year's entry has been followed by this.

1

Pia

like a carnival song, and a happy song, made me feel good .....

8

David B

A great deal will hang on the stage presentation of this song. Undeniably catchy but also irritatingly repetitive and the orchestration is shallow in parts. The big summer hit of 2010? Probably not.

5

Mark

I don't really get it! Why do they write a song for the world cup in South Africa and then send it to Eurovision? I think it is probably more likely to be sung in the terraces that in Oslo

5

Martin

Nice bouncy song should do well for France western Europe will like it but not eastern Europe - hope the guy has as much energy as the song

6

Roberto

France gave to the ESC real “music pearls”. French ballads have an undeniable charm, full of romance and sophistication. After megastar Patricia Kaas, everything seems very difficult. There are a lot of emerging artists in France and in the French region of Québec in Canada, a very good sap for “la Francophonie”. But the result is a décalé with strong African colours and rhythms, dynamic, bright, compelling, but very little French, in its way. It’s a risk, anyway, but it could be a surprise.

7

Nico

Great stuff and the perfect summer football song. Something uplifting to dance to in the Euroclub!

8

Sascha

Not bad, but just don't think the football theme has a place in ESC.  I would have liked the song to have more of an into and closing.  It feels like the beginning and end have been cut off.

6

Eddie

Great song from France. This reminds me of DJ Bobo’s entry. The recorded version of the song sounds great; very party like, easy to sing along to and I can imagine a great performance. But will the actual performance lack the vocal quality the recorded version gives us. Will 6 people on stage give us the same song? I do hope so!

7

Axel

A good song. I feel like dance when I hear this song.

8

Danny

France this year go for a World Cup song and it obviously has African rhythms in it. It's quite catchy but it's all a bit messy and there is too much going on. It's hard to judge this without a live performance, but I don't think it will work out well live on stage. Last time France went African they were almost last, and I don't think they will do well this year either...

3

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

53

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

52

TOTAL RATING (All) - 105

 

BELARUS

Butterflies

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Martin

With so many ballads this year, this being a group might just give them the edge they need to qualify. Once in the final I can’t see this doing well unless they get a good draw. Wise decision to change the song at the last minute though.

7

David A

Well it is a bit better than the previous entry but that’s not saying much. It is pleasant enough in a sort of background music way but at every listen it reminds me of Hungary 2008 which bombed totally.  I can’t see that it’s going to set Europe ablaze or get anyone fired up enough to vote for it.

5

Douwe

Infinitely better than the original song 'selected' ! Very classy performance in the clip - Now if they can just sort out the English accents Belarus now stands a chance of scraping into the final.

 

6

Monty

Funnily enough my original review hoped for a late substitution, and here it is! Another ballad is questionable but this has the potential to do so much better than the original song. Not totally to my taste, but I can see this working well on stage.

5

Elias

I think it will be Minsk in 2011.  This new song have a greater appeal and if the voices are so powerful alive like in the studio version it will score very high.  The only problem is there English pronunciation but they can work on that until May.  The best they can do is copy there stage presence, dress code and atmosphere from there video clip for there presentation in Oslo.  Nothing needs change. The only problem i see is that there song is very similar to Norway’s song and this may divide points. 

8

Dean

This reminds me a little of Six For One's song for Switzerland in 2006.  After a slow start, the song actually builds well, but it doesn't have that emotional pull a really good ballad needs.  Not likely to stand out.

4

Paul

Much better than before. May be just another ballad but a very good produced one and the draw works in its favour. This is a likely qualifier now. Might do well at the final too.

8

Gary S

Well a big improvement on FAR AWAY, although very American Idol. If they can sing it well live and improve some of the pronunciation and include the key change butterfly explosion on stage (now that would be a vote winner!). this could go far. I do actually like it rather a lot though – very calming, if a little cheesy. Needs a bigger ending though too. AND someone please tell them how to pronounce IMAGINE – its not IMAYGIN!

8

Samuel

A bit better than the first option, but I still find something missing in the entry… they can make it to the final, but not a winner

6

Gary P

Has Andrew Lloyd Webber gone off to Belarus to write their entry as the UK didn't ask him this time. I really like this song and if they can do this live I think it might do rather well.

8

Pia

Wow !! I hope they can keep the tone live on stage, this was really something  !!!!

9

David B

We still don't know how this will sound live but in a year dominated by ballads, this one might just have the edge. It's perhaps overly sentimental, in the same way that the Monaco entry was in 2005 but it's a major improvement on the original Belarus entry. From no-hoper, the country has now become a contender.

8

Mark

I really like this second effort from Belarus, and like the Video but will they be able to sing like that in Oslo? We will see. The whole butterfly theme is a bit sugary sweet for me.

7

Martin

Beautiful song nice voices builds nicely and good strong coordination has a nice final burst to it a very good contender would like to have heard a stronger final few notes.

10

Roberto

The new song is very very good. Harmonious, airy, undoubtedly catchy, symphonic. Interesting intersection of voices with pleasant music trends, which suggests an anthem or a theme from a musical. The result is remarkable. However, it will need a very useful presentation. I hope that Belarus will not lose this opportunity, at least for the final.

 

9

Nico

Well anything would have been an improvement, but this is a vast improvement. Another ballad, but at least we don't have to be subjected to three minutes of their other song ever again. Actually, that's as good a reason as any to like this. I hope they can sing it live. It reminds me of something S-Club 7 might have sung for some reason. Not a stunner, but very pleasant. It's a six and half from me, but I had to round it up. 

7

Sascha

Good vocals and harmonies.  Nice simple staging.  Look forward to the live performance.

8

Eddie

Good decision to change songs. Very anthemic and powerful. So much better. A very understated performance, very good vocals. I have a funny feeling about this song. A little old fashioned? Maybe. A winner’s song from an X factor type show? Oh yes. A possible winner? Top 5, for sure!

9

Axel

Wow this is SO amazing. I Like this a lot. And for me this is the winner.

10

Danny

This could almost be a triplet of the Norwegian and Irish songs, as it sounds SO similar in parts. I actually preferred the other song Far Away, as this is really just a sea of nothingness, and I really do not like both male singers accents or voices. They really should have let the girls sing a solo part. 

3

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

78

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

67

TOTAL RATING (All) - 145

 

AZERBAIJAN

Drip Drop

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Martin

Seriously sleek and modern song from Azerbaijan and a lot more genuine than last year’s. Having said that I’m not sure Safura has the stage presence or the voice to put her country in the top 3 again. We will have to wait and see.

9

David A

Well it was a long long time coming but I believe this to be the classy outstanding song of the 2010 contest. It is rare for the best song to win and I have no illusions but in a year full of diverse entries this transcends both the ballad and rock genres so may sneak up the middle to victory.  She sings well and very confidently without over playing things or resorting to the old too familiar screaming which passes for passion these days. I can easily hear some famous songstress singing this by the end of the summer. It will have to be edited down for Oslo and I hope against hope they don’t try and overplay the stage presentation. Next year in Baku, just think what an amazing time that will be.

9

Douwe

Strong song - very memorable and well performed - this is sailing into the final with no problems at all - probably not another Top 3 finish this year but very appealing.

7

Monty

I’m surprised they have kept this, I was optimistic for a new song. Clearly it will be made-over before Oslo but I’m not sure it will hide the fact that it’s really rather plain. 

5

Elias

Probably the worst woman voice in this year's contest,  Safura voice alive is very weak, on the studio version she sings much better.  She look good especially if she is dressed not like a dolly, but she lucks of stage charisma.  I think she will be in the final though if she don’t sing good it will be unfair.  

7

Dean

If Safura can pull this off live, it could mean another Top 3 position for Azerbaijan.  It's catchy and contemporary, and is really beginning to grow on me.  One of the best ballads on offer this year.  A potential winner.

7

Paul

Modern, radio friendly pop song in the typical Rihanna syle. Azerbaijan will do everything to win this year, so I expect a good PR campaign for this too. Possible winner

10

Gary S

Drip Drop, Drip Drop– a shame there seems to be nobody in Azerbaijan to write their own song.. On first listen I find this a little uninspiring, plus her voice needs some work. The national final was not an easy live feed online, but Milk & Kisses seemed very popular. This may be a grower and with some work, who knows...

2

Samuel

Good song, great singer in a year that quality is missing. I find that Azerbaijan has one of the strongest songs of 2010, so they could make it!

10

Gary P

Drip drop!  mmm, I dont think this is very inspiring.

2

Pia

good singer good voice, but not so good english. I think that people will remember  :drip-drop ....

7

David B

Amazingly this bland piece of r'n'b-lite is favourite to win in Oslo! There is nothing particularly special or even memorable about this song. Presumably what we are hearing now isn't the finished product but based on this version, I don't see the Azeris challenging for victory on May 29th.

5

Mark

Can someone please tell me why this song is second favourite with the bookies? am I missing something? I loathe this song it is hideous! sorry but if I could give 0 points I would

1

Martin

Nice strong voice could have handled a stronger song keeps threatening to get it going but just holds back. Drip Drop goes this song out of my head but strong stage presence for a 17 year old.

4

Roberto

The song had a very good start: an exceptional voice, beautiful words, passion, feelings. I feel confused with the chorus. Sometimes it seems not to be part of the song : it moves as two separate songs, assembled for the worst. I do not like those “robot-dolls” movements. However, she is a remarkable singer.

6

Nico

I would really have preferred to reserve judgement on this til I heard the  re-recorded version as I think this song has the potential to win the whole contest, The melody of the chorus is really strong and contemporary, but the whole song is crying out to for an upbeat Lady Gaga style remix. As it stands I'm giving it an extra mark for what I'm hoping it will become.

7

Sascha

I feel the song needs to be brought down in key slightly.  It currently doesn't work well with the singer's voice.  Staging needs a bit of work too.  It seems okay first time round, but once you've seen it, the novelty goes and becomes somewhat dull.  This is obviously not good with both a semi and a finals performance.

4

Eddie

Great song, nice driving rhythm, pretty girl and really delivered with emotions and feelings. Things I would change – her dress and the dancers. It’s a ballad and they do add something to the song but I feel they are moving too much, taking away from her performance. Qualify? Yes! Top 10, should do!

7

Axel

A beautiful one. I can hear that Anders Bagge has wrote it.

8

Danny

Azerbaijan send what is probably the most contemporary song this year with a song that wouldn't be out of place on Leona Lewis' album. Since the national final, they have made some tweaks to the song which makes it sound even better, but I'm not sure how confident I am with Safura's live capabilities. If she pulls it off, this is a definite top 5 place...

9

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

69

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

57

TOTAL RATING (All) - 126

 

ESTONIA

Siren

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Martin

This is an interesting song from Estonia which seems to be choosing quality of late which is very commendable (God forbid we ever get another Leto Svet!). Having said that I’m not sure how this is going to be presented on stage in a way that the average voter can find appealing enough.

7

David A

A poor National Final I thought and this it seems won on personality rather than substance. It is I suppose trying to be quirky and cute but then so many countries are trying the same this year and apart from last years win neither things have a history of doing well.  It just doesn’t work for me and I can’t see it coming through although they are in what is I think the weaker semi so you never know.

3

Douwe

A haunting, minimalist sound for Estonia's song for Oslo which sounds quite depressing. This just doesn't do it for me and I find it hard to imagine this qualifying. Bring back the days of Ines, Sahlene or Urban Symphony ...

2

Monty

I’m not really sure what I make of this yet. I’m largely unmoved whilst I watch/hear it, yet it sticks with me in a way most of this year’s songs don’t. The overall impact is probably not strong enough and the slightly left-of-centre performance will probably scupper its chance for many viewers.

5

Elias

Weird contemporary song.  It grows on me from the many hearings but viewers will not have this advantage.  Something is odd in its stage presentation too.  I feel an emptiness between its backing vocalists but maybe it was the empty theatre in the video-clip.  Malcolm is not the singer that you will feel a bond with. I have to say that Baltic countries overall give it a good try this year.

6

Dean

Well I didn't see this song coming at all. Very different indeed.  It may appeal to juries who have the chance of repeat listens, but televoters might find it hard to grasp the song's very individualistic appeal. 

4

Paul

A very experimental entry, sounds  interesting to me. It is of course not as strong as last years Estonian ESC entry and the singer is kinda irritating at best but he can really sing. Probably no ESC material but it is good having such songs at the ESC.

8

Gary S

Not the obvious choice for Estonia and this won’t match the highs of 2009 for them. A modern sound, for sure, but a little ‘out there’ for Eurovision. Having said that, head and shoulders above the home of pop music – the UK!

6

Samuel

At the beginning it is supposed to be something new and good.. but after 3 minutes of song, you have the sensation that something is missing..

5

Gary P

Sorry Malcolm, this is really not my type of music and all I wanted to do was to hit the end button really quickly!

2

Pia

just weird.....reminds me a little bit of the 60:s , I DON`T LIKE

6

David B

The verse has an almost searing, torch song quality which is quite unusual. This is an eerie song and strikes a chord of originality this year. It will probably bomb in Oslo but I like it!

8

Mark

What is this? Is it a song! If so it could have fooled me! I absolutely hate it. Nothing more to say really

1

Martin

very week song with no hook for far too long marc almond who i love gets to Eurovision at last but not sure his style will go down to well cannon fodder for the semi final

4

Roberto

Often, attempts to offer something original, distinctive and particular can go in the opposite direction. What is this? A song like comedy? The way of singing is not bad, but the song is really boring, quite irritating at times, with a chorus and a melody that is not convincing. I hardly can see it in the final. Sorry.

 

4

Nico

I really want to be cool and trendy, but anyone that knows me will attest to the fact that's simply not possible, so I can't pretend to get this song. It's vaguely entertaining in a spirited high jinx way, other than that it just seems to be trying hard to be cool and trendy and failing as miserably as I do. No doubt many fans out there will still want to be its best friend, just in case...

3

Sascha

A rather bizarre entry this year.  I find it very difficult to listen to it all the way through.  I think the way it is staged will play a big role (it will need to be something interesting to keep you watching rather than taking loo break)

2

Eddie

I had to listen to this 2 times as I just kept tuning out. It’s not trash but it’s not a finalist!

2

Axel

I like the intro of the song. But then it is getting worse and worse.

4

Danny

Somewhat of a surprise victory for this song, which will definitely bring something different to the Eurovision stage. It's very contemporary, but I don't think this is the kind of song that will convince televoters to vote for it, and I think Estonia could have trouble qualifying with this song, which kinda passed me by.

4

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

45

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

41

TOTAL RATING (All) - 86

 

GERMANY

Satellite

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Martin

I think this is actually a very good song but I have a problem with the lack of charisma of Lena. In this case the song is better than the singer, which is a shame. I’m hoping Lena can get her act together and surprise me.

8

David A

I find this possibly the most annoying song this year so far and can’t understand how it won against a very much stronger song in the National. The song doesn’t suit the singer or her voice at all and she seems to be almost spitting out the words. It is very different from the usual but this year is filled with diverse songs so, hopefully, this will just get lost. Also a total restyling of singer and presentation is required. 

2

Douwe

Lena is a real cutie and "Satellite" a contemporary number - this is one of Germany's strongest entries for years !

7

Monty

I really like this! There’s something instantly engaging about her as a performer, and though many seem to be criticising her pronunciation for me this is adding to the song’s charm. This could bring Germany their best result in years.

9

Elias

Another kid from the block with no stage charisma.  On top of that is a song that is not going anywhere and it makes you want to put the voice of your tv down.  Uninspired, plain, tasteless.  From a country of more than 80 million people there was nothing better than this?

4

Dean

This really does benefit from repeat listening.  When I first heard it, I was left bewildered, but it's growing on me.  Contemporary, quirky and quite unlike anything else in the contest.  Deserves to do well.

6

Paul

Irritating, inexperienced singer trying to copy Lily Allen, acceptable pop song. I can't say much about it, I simply expected more after the media hype. It is neither real bad nor real good. Difficult to say how this does at the ESC, better than last year though.

5

Gary S

A little on the strange side – she seems a little disinterested in her performance and lacks a lot of stage presence. Needs greater impact and good styling – it sounds like there is the potential of a fresh sounding contemporary song in there, but she just makes it feel drab.

5

Samuel

Not the best singer, not the best song... sorry Germany, but again... no your time..

3

Gary P

I am not at all sure the singer was in tune - could of course be my old hearing. I cant find anything nice to say about this entry - so silence is best

2

Pia

I could hear it now, but I didn`t like it. It`s boring. But the singer was good and it had rhythm

6

David B

Has she swallowed her tongue? This is too weird for words, a decent enough tune which is mangled beyond recognition. Is an Azeri housewife going to pick up a phone and vote for this? Err..no.

2

Mark

Sort of catchy but I don't think on one listening that it is going to encourage viewers all over Europe to pick up the phone and vote

4

Martin

poor voice and poor song not sure what germany were doing the weakness of the song highlights her voice and not in a good way she seems to fight the song all the way

3

Roberto

There’s something special about the young Lena and her song, that makes it special: a fresh, charming and captivating sound, very 60's, something enjoyable and immediate. She's really talented and she could bring up the German flag this year. I only hope in an appropriate stage performance, nor essential, nor excessive. She only needs to show us her flashing smile.

6

Nico

I can't put my finger on it, but this has a certain Germanic edge to it that made me really like it. It started and I thought I won't like this at all, but the song just grew on me as it went along. I'm sure this will do well with juries.

7

Sascha

Sounds like it has potential with a bit of work although it is a bit too similar to all the entries from Germany over the past few years.  I find in many parts the performer sounds like she's talking rather than singer which is rather annoying.  

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Eddie

I can see this being big.. It’s a great modern pop song – sounds very Lily Allen. She is bizarre in a good way and gives the song a different edge. I’m very surprised by this – I really hope it does well.

8

Axel

Also an Ok song. But this is not the best song.

5

Danny

Hmmm...I'm not sure what to make of this song. On one hand I think it is very catchy and memorable, but what drags it down is Lena's TERRIBLE English pronunciation which is even worse than the Russian song! She seems to think she's Cockney but it is really irritating. Shame as I think this is a pretty credible entry.

6

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

53

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

50

TOTAL RATING (All) - 103

 

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Munja I Grom

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Martin

We clearly have been spoiled by B&H in the last few years and this just doesn’t live up to expectations. The live performance is not that strong either and I just can’t see this making the final, even allowing for the Balkan factor. Disappointing really.  

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David A

A lacklustre song to complete a predominantly lacklustre first semi. This just isn't accessible I feel. It’s almost as if he is singing against the beat or something. The guitar solo is laughable and dated beyond belief. It interestingly did sound a trifle better in English and the overall performance was improved when he was alone on stage but I can't see this going very far even when tidied up for Oslo.

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Douwe

Bosnia-Herzegovina have supplied us with a fantastic variety of songs and styles over the last 6 years - from disco to Schlager to beautiful ballads to Laka ... and have generally been rewarded for their efforts. This year though I fear will bring one of their lowest placings as there just isn't any hook to the rock ballad that is 'Munja i grom' - Not a likely qualifier.

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Monty

This doesn’t go anywhere for me, or strand out at all within an already overcrowded field

3

Elias

After four amazing songs, three of them full of ethnic elements and one funny gimmick song, Bosnia selects this year to be represented by a rock ballad with a wider appeal. Vukasin for me is a charismatic performer with nice looks who gives his soul when performing a song.  I definitely prefer the English version of the song, its suits it better.  Also the rock feeling of the song, differentiate it from all the other ballads in this years competition.  Vukasin performance reminds me strongly at parts of Eros Ramazoti and i will love to hear this song in Italian also.

8

Dean

Bosnia has given us some real gems recently, but this doesn't look set to continue their successful streak.  The performer is good, but the song doesn't go anywhere.  Unmemorable.

2

Paul

Mediocre Balkan rock song, good singer though. Usually I would call it nothing special but it might stand out this year.

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Gary S

I so wanted to be wowed by this (I share a birthday with this guy) but the first listen left me cold, which is not a good sign. There doesn’t seem to be a hook or an obvious tune to this entry – just a little Balkan soft rock – a real shame, but I hope it will grown on me.

4

Samuel

I find it a good song., but not catchy enough to be a contender… however, I guess quality will win the contest

6

Gary P

I had to play this again just to try to remember what the song sounded like - not good!

3

Pia

sings in own language, that`s good, has a good singer but no melody ....

6

David B

Maybe not Bosnia's best effort but it's a sturdy piece of rock with nice orchestration. Borderline qualifier.

6

Mark

Yuk Yuk Yuk! absolutely nothing positive I can think of to say about this song! Sorry

1

Martin

slow start and eastern rock does not move me good feeling to the song but never picks me up to run with it.

6

Roberto

Bosnia has enthralled us with poignant, historical and traditional songs, along with pop entries with a vaguely Nordic taste. In the latest editions, their music seems to veer toward a more powerful entries, like rock anthems. The whole idea is not bad, but the result seems to be lower this year from last year, especially in the quality of performance. They could dare a little more, they could.

6

Nico

Oh this is sadly exactly the type of song I predicted they would send and it's just boring. I mean, I'm REALLY bored now. I may be being harsh, but I think they deserve it for making us wait so long, when they've been sitting on this dull fest of  a song for months. Still, at least the show was nice (and Niamh came across much better.)

2

Sascha

I find the backing vocals a bit loud in this.  If they held back a bit and let the main performer take centre stage it would work a lot better.  

6

Eddie

I had to listen to this a few times as I just couldn’t get an interest in it. The guys seems a good singer but the song is so nothing. May qualify but I don’t see us heading to Bosnia next year.

3

Axel

Also a beautiful one - not the best this year but not the worse either.

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Danny

Bosnia this year go for a fairly non descript rock song which I totally forgot after the first listen. I think the Bosnian delegation can safely book their early flight home. It's not a bad song but it goes absolutely nowhere, and sounds like it would come 8th in a Montenegran Semi Final!

1

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

53

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

33

TOTAL RATING (All) - 86

 

ISRAEL

Millim

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Martin

Lovely classic ballad from Israel this year. Harel’s voice suits the song very well and he comes across very confident on stage and this should appeal the judges if not the televote so much. I just hope they don’t add some corny English words in the middle of it.

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David A

This starts out sounding like a classic French song. I don’t like the big ending and would have preferred it to remain subdued and tender. I’m not sure how instantly accessible it will be as it has some awkward cord changes and it does become rather repetitive in an almost sing-a-long way. Some dramatic staging will help it along but it is in the stronger semi so may struggle to survive into the final.

5

Douwe

Have Israel come up with the winning song this year ? It's not at all out the question ... A truly beautiful ballad , passionately performed - this is going to score a LOT of points in Oslo.

9

Monty

In a field heavy with middling ballads this oozes class for me, although whether it will carry enough impact on the night remains to be seen. I hope it does.

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Elias

Masterpiece!!!  My one and only 10 for now.  I adore dramatic ballads like the French song from last year. ¨Millim¨ is a song full of passion, emotions, sentiments and feelings.  Harel looks really good and he is an amazing performer with a very powerful voice.  After Boaz another big voice from Israel.  I hope they add to the song some English or some French.  It could easily be a big hit in French performed by Lara Fabian.  Bravo Harel you did an excellent choice

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Dean

I expect this to do well, although it's a little too earnest for me.  Cleverly constructed and 'show stopping' but the melody doesn't affect my emotions in the way I want it to.  It tries too hard.

5

Paul

Finally one more ballad, but a good one. Unlike similar songs from Norway, this one is presented by a singer with stage presence and charisma. Might work very well, even though I expect all these ballad taking away pts from another, which means one of the few up tempo songs will win

9

Gary S

Very good singer, but this feels like one big whine and quite a dirge. It’s a little too drab for my liking and seems longer than 3 minutes. Sorry, but this just isn’t for me. Too contrived and trying to be something its not.

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Samuel

Again, they don’t defraud. One more year with a great song that can do very well in the final … Thank you Israel.

9

Gary P

Yet another ballad is all I hear and I don’t see why this would be rated any better than any others.

3

Pia

hm hm , I think this is a very difficult song to sing, kind of melancolic, but it has a melody ....

7

David B

One of the better ballads this year and here's hoping it stays in the original Hebrew. It may be a case of Harel's excellent vocals saving an average song.

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Mark

The best song this weekend by a mile. That boy can really sing this song could possibly go all the way. Top 5 for sure

9

Martin

Weak voice and not a good ballad singer tries hard but just does not have it and no Eurovision appeal.

2

Roberto

A “full” song. A song about emotions; strong and deep emotions, emotions about the meaning and the difficulties of life. Israeli songs do have something special, sometimes melodramatic, sometimes powerful. This singer has great interpretive skills and the song is very good; but it can be a “difficult” song, because it is not so immediate. You must listen it with the heart, first. I liked every song from the final, especially “Closer”. But this is fine too.

8

Nico

I didn't want to like this, because it's yet another male sung ballad and quite frankly it's about time Israel sent something a little jollier again.  Despite myself though, I really do like this, a lot.  Yes there is a passing resemblance in style to Jacques Brel's Ne Me Quitte Pas, but I love that, so it doesn't bother me.

8

Sascha

Love it.  Good performer, good song, good vocal, good staging.  

9

Eddie

Harel – wow! Israel – wow! I love everything about this song. The way it builds, it’s simple melody and a great performance from Harel – very understated but yet he delivers the emotion and really sells the song without much effort. Top 3 for sure!

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Axel

A beautiful song. And I like the rhythm.

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Danny

Yet ANOTHER male ballad, of which there seems to be an overload of in this year's ESC. To Harel's credit, he is a very accomplished performer, and the song is okay, but he's no Boaz, and definitely no Shiri. Should qualify easily but will probably get lost on the final night.

5

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

86

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

54

TOTAL RATING (All) - 140

 

SWEDEN

This Is My Life

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Martin

Good lyrics, lovely melody and charming singer. It will have a massive support in Oslo and it will appeal to all publics. It has all the ingredients to go all the way.

10

David A

This was easily the best song in the National and I was really pleased to see it win. She sings well and with confidence and hopefully this will be a big hit on the night. It is the best Swedish entry for many a long year and good of them to join the evolving movement away from the screaming euro-disco pop of recent years. It may be a trifle simplistic, and I’m not sure about the guitar prop, but hopefully once through the semis and with a good draw it will do well.

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Douwe

The 2010 edition of the Melodifestivalen wasn't a vintage one - The eventual winner is a great song though and what a lovely, distinctive voice Anna has ... Really love the feel of this and the lyrics that are not full of clichés - just one question - what happens to her guitar ?

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Monty

I feel the Swedes voted more for (some of) the artists and less for the songs this year. This is perfunctory, but a bit meandering, and Anna has no history for the international audience to latch onto. Could we see Sweden’s first non-qualification? I wouldn’t be surprised.

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Elias

A chance for a big dance hit in Eurovision 2010 has just disappear.  I’m so sad that both ¨Manboy¨ and ¨Timoteij¨ didn’t make it.  They were both awesome especially Eric’s stage presentation was exceptional.  With one of those two songs I really believe that Sweden will hold with one hand the trophy, waiting for the 29th of May.  Anna’s song is not at all bad, and her voice is really amazing but I don’t know if she can really stand out from a bunch of slow ballads this year. 

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Dean

A good, although not brilliant, ballad. When I first heard this I wondered if I'd missed the chorus, which is never a good thing.  Its appeal grows, but it's a shame that Sweden chose this year of all years to send a ballad when what's likely to stand out is a pop song.  Could this be the first year Sweden doesn't make the final?

7

Paul

And just another ballad... predictable from the start till the end. The singer doesn't impress me either, fake blonde faking emotions. The deserved winner of a weak MF final.

3

Gary S

Sweden may have something special here. The signature line is repeated a little too often, but her stand-out voice and calm presentation  certainly has something to attract the voters. Good to hear a move away from the usual MF style – good luck Sverige! (Please someone tell her though, you don’t pronounce the ‘r in iron).

8

Samuel

There were better songs in Melodifestivalen, but still a good option. She has X-factor and could do well, but not my choice..

6

Gary P

Gosh there were so many good entries in Melodifestivalen and we have ended up with yet another ballad. I just think this gets lost amongst all the others

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Pia

maybe I´m a patriot when it comes to the Nordic lands, but I like this and I like the singer, I hear the song several times a day BUT, I liked the song that came on the second place even better so it had been my first 10 points if he had won .....

9

David B

Not really my kind of ballad but full marks to Sweden for choosing a song that is truly representative of what is popular in the country at the moment. A safe, ordinary entry which will probably give Sweden their best result for many years.

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Mark

There is something bizarre about this woman's voice that I don't like. Kind of catchy song though. I am not a massive fan though

6

Martin

nice and pleasant song and a very country voice she seems to feel for the song and knows how to handle it well she has much passion will go far but not a winner. very Nicole

6

Roberto

Sweden has chosen a classic sound, lean and focused. Anna's song reminds enough the American singer / songwriter Jewel, with a remarkable level of passions and emotions. Simple and effective, it tries to send something : a story, an episode, a lived experience. Immersive.

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Nico

I don't absolutely love it, but as probably one of only two gay men on the planet that thought Hero was just an average pop song on the first twenty listens, I think this is Sweden's best and most original entry for quite some time. Kinda Dido-esque. Didn't need yet another ballad, but at least it's female sung and different.

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Sascha

Unfortunately I feel this is a grower.  I hated it on first listening, but didn't mind it the second.  I'm not sure if the singer just isn't performing well in the version I watched, or if all the vibrato is intentional.  If it is, I find that very distracting.  I would love to hear her holding the note sometime.

7

Eddie

For me, the best national final always produces one of my faves. I really like the song but her voice gets on my nerves. The presentation of the song is really simple and Anna does give a really good show. The song builds really nicely and is very memorable. For me, it’s just lacks the little magic to make it a winner.

7

Axel

I Love this song. Not because I am from Sweden. But I really, really love Anna and her song is so beautiful.

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Danny

Sweden this year send a ballad for the first time since 1998, and Anna beat off stiff competition from the likes of Peter Jöback and Darin to win the ticket to Oslo. This is a lovely, sweet ballad that builds nicely towards the end without being too OTT, and Anna is a charming girl. I'm not sure it will stand out enough in Oslo but it's definitely one of the best ballads in the contest.

9

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

75

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

67

TOTAL RATING (All) - 142

 

SERBIA

Ovo Je Balkan

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Martin

Boring turbo folk song, full of clichés, personally I don’t like the voice or the look of Milan and I’m not sure whether shouting “Beograd, Beograd” would appeal to their neighbours which is where they could draw the majority of points from.

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David A

So “This is Balkan” is it, as if we wouldn't have known immediately. I can’t decide whether this is supposed to be funny or not. Certainly the comic dancers seem to err on the amusing side. Regardless of what it is purporting to be it is just a mess both in content and performance. Hopefully it will be on first in the first semi and we’ll never hear from it again.

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Douwe

This will certainly get the audience going particularly if it has the good fortune of being drawn among several ballads ! Good voice - fun performance of a very Balkan song - not too keen on the look though ...

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Monty

As a Balkan stomper this is disappointing: I’d have liked this to be more in the Moja Stickla slightly bonkers camp. As it is I think it will have limited appeal.

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Elias

I’m disappointed.  I was expecting something more powerful, I even find ¨Hora din Moldova¨ which was a copy of Bregovic songs better than ¨Ovo je Balkan¨.  Milan was the best choice from the three participants.  He have a very strong voice and he is confident on stage.  Though it wasn’t bad, all the dance routine needs rethinking.  Because its folk, mid-tempo and choreography suits it and because its written by such a famous composer this will definitely be in Finale.  After that I think a Top10 spot will be a little bit difficult.

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Dean

Good grief - what is this? I thought Serbia was trying a new national final format so they could make sure they picked a good song? I don't think the fun and games of this song are going to travel well, certainly not outside of the Balkan area anyway.  A far cry from the genius of Molitva.

2

Paul

And yet another highly irritating singer. It seems like Serbia doesn't wanna win this year too, everything reminds me at last years " joke " entry combined with the madness of the Bosnian song from 2008.

4

Gary S

Good to finally hear a happy sound from Serbia (not to mention a smiling singer!), but I expected more than a little stage jig which reminds me of Cliff Richard’s peasant hay romp in “Summer Holiday”. A little on the repetitive side (and far too much like the ‘gas mask’ song from the Belgrade interval), but nonetheless catchy and a good little performer.

7

Samuel

I expected more of them with such a great composer... Not Belgrade 2011, unfortunately..

3

Gary P

I dont know what to make of the Serbian entry this year but I quite like it - sorry but I have no reasoning it just sounds OK.

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Pia

ok it has rhythm but no melody, and it reminds me of Moja Stickla Africa Paprica ....no no no

6

David B

Something tells me that I shouldn't like this Balkan oompah song but I love the brass, the beat and the fact that it appears to be sung by Mireille Mathieu's hair . . .

7

Mark

I had to watch this a few times as I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. Somehow I didn't expect that voice coming out of a man that looks like a girl!

3

Martin

nice voice and fairly pleasant song found it heavy going at times but serbia will struggle to get out of the semi.

6

Roberto

We are very very far from rare and immortal beauty that has characterized some Serbian entries in the past. When we’re talking about traditional songs, it doesn’t seem necessary plugging goliardic or humorous aspects. This could create misunderstandings or underestimates. Courage or risk ? I can not answer this question.

2

Nico

What a disappointment! Could maybe have upped the score a little, but I guess I set my hopes too high. Three identikit songs in their NF really didn't give the public much of a choice. Is Europe really so recession hit that no-one wants to win this year? On the plus side it's at least jolly.... and it's not a bad package....

4

Sascha

Unfortunately I am not a big fan of Bregovic to start with, and this entry couldn't have been written by anyone else. The performance is good (I like the backing dancers) but it just doesn't do it for me this year.

4

Eddie

From the photo, he looks a little female. Typical upbeat Balkan entry.  A nice entry but again it doesn’t set the world on fire. Stripping as well, oh dear god. He looks like Deen from Bosnia, only a few years older.

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Axel

This sounds like a song that I not should like. But somehow I like it though. A pretty good song.

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Danny

Oh dear. This is another entry which will be hampered by the singer's looks and I think this could be to his detriment. The song is a typical Balkan style song which will definitely pick up points in that region, but I'm not so sure it will translate well elsewhere. The song finishing 2nd was MUCH better...

4

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

46

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

46

TOTAL RATING (All) - 92

 

UNITED KINGDOM

That Sounds Good To Me

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Martin

I can’t help but being a bit disappointed by Mr Waterman. This is no better than a B side from Steps and however much they want to persuade us that Mike Stock is going to come up with a super dupa revamped version I fear this could do another Jemini. Not that the song is as bad as to deserve a big bagel but what country can possibly have it in their top 10?

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David A

Well the best singer won and he manages to make a mediocre song sound at least tuneful. Wonder if by Oslo he will surprisingly merge with the backing singers to become the pseudo-group the song obviously has been written with in mind. It is bouncy but too full of glee for me. It also sounds frightening like the theme to some situation comedy show or something but also resembles another song from somewhere. Maybe that is the plan to garner votes. It will depend on the draw I think if it hits the top ten.

4

Douwe

Throwaway pop song - not likely to do as well as Jade did last year but pleasant nonetheless and Josh's version was by far the best imho. Having said that I don't think the contest in 2011 will be organised by the BBC.

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Monty

Oh my! What a mess of a final, and an enormous let-down of a song. Let’s hope the much lauded re-vamp works, because as it stands this is really dire. It has potential: I only hope it realises it.

4

Elias

Before some years it was this silly flying pilots and stewardess with a similar pop rubbish song. Is not disgrace for England music industry to send this?  What the two composers were thinking?  It will be much wiser for them to stay with their hits from the 80s and 90s and don’t pretend that they still have it.  They really don’t.   Worst of all is Josh voice and stage presentation.  It s like we watch a school choir and the music teacher selects randomly one boy to stand in the front and perform one song.  Awful.

3

Dean

It's very hard to judge this knowing that it's going to be substantially changed.  Of the final 3 singers in the UK final, Josh was really the only choice.  There's 2 months to loosen the routine up, and to work on making the song the very best it can be.  Currently I really like the verse, but the chorus lacks a killer hook.  I'm hoping that the new version is going to surprise everyone.  My fingers are crossed.

6

Paul

Don't know the rumoured new version but I think the singer himself is one of the most important problems: mediocre vocal skills and no real stage presence. The song as I know it is a typical Waterman song without any soul, sounds like an CD filler or rejected track from the late 80s/early 90s.

4

Gary S

Just add the laughter, its happy ever after?!? Eugh! So much potential down the drain. This is something that would come 10th in an Albanian final! Certainly the best singer on the night, but why do we continue the theme of sending lambs to the slaughter? No experience, no arena trials, no chance of bringing this limp song a hope of getting viewers in Europe to vote for it. The credibility from 2009 is totally wiped out by this dire attempt at euro-pop. The intro is promising, but it then goes nowhere. Mr. Waterman should have tried Eurovision in the 80s – this Summertime Special song is not for 2010. Add to this that the English language lyrical content of most other songs in the contest is so much better than this (and its OUR language!), what chance do we have of staying off the bottom?! Bring back ALW! (Fingers crossed for the revamp though!)

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Samuel

I thought UK was on the good way with last year choice... but they did it again... more than worse...

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Gary P

I know there is a lot of work to be done, but the singer can at least sing and I like the old fashioned songs (well my favourite song of all time is by a woman in a red dress from 1989, so you can see I am behind the times!)

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Pia

just because it isn`t a ballad, and it seems like a happy song

8

David B

Probably unfair to judge the song in its raw state and no doubt it will be improved upon. However nothing detracts from the trite lyrics and cheap quality of the music. I hope I'm proved wrong on the big night though!

4

Mark

I am devastated! With songwriters like stock and waterman how did they come up with a mess like this? I like Josh's voice but the song is total rubbish. It is going to really struggle and rightly so.`

2

Martin

promises much with the opening but then it stalls and never kicks in it has stuck in my head the singer needs to believe in the song and himself and perform his socks off.

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Roberto

The introduction reminds me the beginning of "Better the Devil You Know" by Kylie Minogue. I wanted to hear this song many times, but later I wondered: where is the song? When you say "Stock Aitken and Waterman", you must expect something, especially if you grew up with that music, those songs, that sound. The feeling is that something is missing in it, that the song is not "powerful". Our expectations can also mislead, but the result goes quickly away.

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Nico

Yes the show was poorly organised and produced and they really should have given the contestants more time to prepare. That said, I enjoyed the trip down memory lane of SAW songs and thought all the contestants could have had merit given half the chance of some proper experience. I think Josh is fine and won't melt in the headlights in Oslo. I also think the song has great potential once properly remixed and put in the right key for Josh's voice. He won't get the grooming that Jade did, but neither does he need to make as nice a silk purse as Jade had to of a sow's ear, given this year's field.... My real complaint about the UK final was they never mentioned SAW's previous Eurovision involvement with Milas Poli for Cyprus !!! (Can't imagine why, LOL)

7

Sascha

It starts off well.  I like the electric sound at the beginning and Josh's voice sounds decent enough. Unfortunately from there it all turns a little too much like the theme song for a 80's sitcom. The song needs some major updating and hopefully now that the singer is chosen, Stock & Waterman can fix what needs fixing (key change essential & a more distinctive chorus for starters).  Either that, or make it even more 80's and go for retro with shocking pinks, legwarmers, Rubik’s cubes and big hair.

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Eddie

Does this sounds good to me? Yes and no. I expected big things from Mr Waterman. The song sounds like it was composed and produced the night before the show. Josh can sing but can’t dance. The lyrics are pure golden cheese but I have found myself singing the chorus for no reason. Maybe it is a catchy song? Let’s wait and see. Am very glad the song will be reproduced  - maybe the best is yet to come!

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Axel

Yeah! This is good. Not the best song. But not the worst either. I like the rhythm and the singer.

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Danny

The only award this song is going to win is the Most Ironic Title Of The Year. I was so looking forward to the UK song, but it's turned out to be like a Jason Donovan track which wasn't even good enough as a B-Side. Twee, cheap and just downright embarrassing, Josh tries his best but he's way to inexperienced for this show, and I think we could be looking at last place.

3

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

49

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

51

TOTAL RATING (All) - 100

 

GREECE

Opa

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Martin

All these years waiting and praying Greece would send a song in Greek and here it is. Careful what you wish for! This is a cheap and lacklustre song of the type we’ve heard a thousand times before. It doesn’t contribute anything to ESC nor to the Greek music scene. A missed opportunity really but then again they may well be trying to ensure they don’t need to organise the thing any time soon. Who knows? Maybe even Cyprus will take pity on them and won’t give them the eternal 12.

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David A

Well I like that it is in Greek. Apart from that it just seems a tad tedious. They don’t have Cyprus or the UK to vote for them in the semi so could this be the first year that Greece doesn’t make it through? It is very ethnic which can be entertaining at times but there is good ethnic and poor ethnic and this languishes around the middle. Perhaps if they get a good draw and avoid some of the other up-tempo songs it may scrape into the final. And the dancing boys might help.

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Douwe

Out of a somewhat depleted Greek final - (didn't we start off with 10 songs ?) it wasn't a surprise that this won out of the 7 entries that actually made it to the televised show . Thoroughly Greek (some national flavour is always a plus point in my eyes) and a lot of fun !

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Monty

With almost all the entries chosen it’s taken until this song to really engage me this year. This has all the impact of many of Greece’s recent excellent results, but with far more authenticity than the generic ethno-pop we’ve so far seen. Easily my favourite of the year so far.

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Elias

Bravo Greece….  At last some oriental dance on this years Eurovision Stage.  The most appropriate song won with the most professional stage presentation.  Dance routine and costumes were strongly suited for this up tempo full of life ¨OPA¨ song.  Giorgos voice was weak and this points out that he needs one strong backing vocalist.  My suggestion to Giorgos is to bring with him to Oslo Karadimos who sang his ¨Polemao¨ perfectly.

9

Dean

This is one of those songs that always worries me.  I don't like it and I don't want it to win, but - and you've got to hand to the Greeks - I can see why it might.  That said, a lot of the song is rather monotonous, and I hope the dodgy leather outfits from the national final get ditched.

3

Paul

A very typical and predictable greek entry, probably more greek than previous greek ESC entries but I am not sure whether its an advantage or not. Don't like the singer, the performance was ok and the song might stand out this year. Will qualify but not win

7

Gary S

Do I hear some rhythm? Do I feel some power? Do I sense some fun? Go Greece! This is what Eurovision 2010 has been screaming out for. Something to get everyone going – easy to join in with and an overall enjoyable experience. A winner?

8

Samuel

It tries to be catchy, fun & a winner... but in my point of view it has nothing of those 3 things...

4

Gary P

I really cant make up my mind about this entry and given people may only hear this once my fear for Greece is the same will apply to the listeners and viewers in Oslo.

5

Pia

you can hear this is from Greece, fine rhythm, sings in own language, but not so good singer ....

8

David B

Well, it's not going to win any awards for originality. It sounds like something from an advert for a 1980s package holiday. However, it is a fun song and in this abysmal Eurovision year, actually manages to stand out from the pack.

8

Mark

I cant put my finger on this one but I like it for some strange reason. Have to say I wouldn't go overboard with my praise for it though

6

Martin

it is a love it or hate it song a nice driving beat lots of testosterone and no middle ground. nice beat nice presence and will be loved by all of south and eastern europe greece meets ruslana.. i love it.

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Roberto

When you say “Greek touch”, you say it all. Great song, great performance. Powerful, direct, it makes you jumping and prancing. I also liked other finalists (first of all Karadimos), but what is striking, besides the fact of singing in their native language, which is laudable, is the strong attention to their roots, with a careful eye to modernity. A nice song. Some people might remember their greatest moment with Paparizou, but the result is and remains pleasant.

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Nico

Strong performance with a very Greek song, marking a significant change of direction for Greece in style of song  and language, combined with their usual slick staging. Maybe they sent it cause they thought they'd like to do well but NOT win. Unfortunately for them, in this field, they may just end up victorious after all. Now that would be ironic.

8

Sascha

As usual, Greece does backing dancers really well. Unfortunately it looks like the singer only met them for the first time just before the show and doesn't really know the routine. As for the song, I quite like it, but not sure if it is well suited for the performer.

7

Eddie

Typical Greek. It’s nothing special and I did expect more from them.  The song does have a nice feel. The four men in leather do seem to be dancing to a different song. It may reach the final but don’t think it will be that high up in the final.

4

Axel

A pretty good song. Not what I thought Greece would send. But I like it.

8

Danny

Well this is unmistakably Greek. A lot more ethnic than their previous entries, this is a fairly jolly up tempo number. It reminds me a little of Dschingis Khan with the Ooh! Ahh! bit's. However it's not really anything special and I think this could be hampered by the juries. Will probably be top 10 as usual for them though...

5

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

70

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

66

TOTAL RATING (All) - 130

 

CROATIA

Lako Je Sve

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Martin

Clearly Feminnem are not just three pretty faces. They have proved they can sing and they performed this gorgeous ballad beautifully at the Dora. IMHO this is the best ballad this year (so far) and therefore should easily be in the top 10 and possibly higher. I hope they keep it in Croatian, though I imagine they’re recording it in 5 or 6 languages as we speak! It’s nice to be excited about Croatia after such a long draught!

9

David A

More ballad to compete in the second half of the second semi. The difference with this and the other lounge music in the contest is that it is head and shoulders above the rest. The vocal performance is strong and it builds and weaves like all good Balkan songs do. It is very typically Balkan and won’t appeal to all but it is also the best of its type. The girls lost out on points in their last outing due in part to a poor performance on the night. Hopefully they will hold their nerve, ditch the choreography they had in the nationals, get some frocks with a bit of colour and simply deliver this straight. They could have done with a couple more ‘friends’ in their semi to see them through but hopefully the juries will see the quality here and push it into the deserved final.

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Douwe

Could this be any more different to "Call me" ? Powerful, dramatic performance by the 3 ladies in outfits last seen in 1986 on Frizzle Sizzle ... even down to the bare feet. This builds very nicely without going ott and hopefully Croatia will be in the final again with this fine piece of music.

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Monty

I’m not a fan of Call Me, but this Balkan ballad endears me more to Feminnem. It doesn’t quite tick all the boxes though, and the costumes need a serious makeover! With a tighter presentation this could scrub up well.

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Elias

When I hear first time «Lako Je Sve» I loved it.  It became immediately one of my hot favorites for 2010 trophy in Oslo.  But now that I’ve seen their stage presentation I’m completely disappointed.  What’s this strange heavy dance routine that does not match at all with the passion and sensitivity of the songs melody.  Their voices are very nice alive but there styling wants complete renovation.  The song needs a very simple dress code, nothing loud. Please don’t ruin it.

8

Dean

Feminnem had a fantastic song in last year's DORA, but, as is often the case, they are representing their country with a weaker entry.  But to be fair it's not bad, and I do like the use of strings, especially towards the end of the song.  It also slightly reminds me of Dima Bilan's Believe.  

6

Paul

Finally a real good song from Croatia again: a dramatic Balkan ballad with lots of drama, emotions and a little touch of Marija Serifovic! This will make it to the final and be very successful there:

9

Gary S

Dramatic. Balkan. Hmmmm. I’m not really getting this one though and can’t see it internationally appealing. The strange dancing in the middle doesn’t really add to it either.  I want something I can sing along to or that touches a chord inside – this just leaves me a little cold and sounds a bit desperate.

3

Samuel

I love ballads in this language... but DORA presented all over the years, tens of great ballads better than this one. Feminnem will have points from Slovenia, Bosnia, Serbia and FYROM... but not enough..

3

Gary P

This is OK - must have a squeak of getting to the final

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Pia

no no no, this was absolutely "nada"

6

David B

This is a safe ballad, well performed and despite its ordinariness, it’s a welcome change from recent Croatian entries. The problem is that in a year dominated by slower songs, this one may just get overlooked.

7

Mark

Like this! interesting lesbian undertones to the dance routine should pull in some extra votes. Will do very well.

8

Martin

Takes a long time for the song to get going. They need to realise they are a group and not 3 soloists. It is very Balkan in feel and will go down well with them.

7

Roberto

Passion, sweetness, simplicity, beauty, power of interpretation ... This song has everything in order to get high this year. What should we ask more? Very very good. We're a far from 2005. Better that way. I like it.

8

Nico

Lovely Balkan ballad nicely presented. What a far cry from the rubbish they sang when they represented Bosnia-H. If this wasn't such a ballad laden year I may have even rated it higher.

8

Sascha

I really like this.  The girls have great stage presence, although the third singer needs to watch her vocals.  If they all get it right on the night it could be a favourite.

8

Eddie

Well it’s definitely not the follow up single to Call Me! They have gone very Girls Aloud – love the song and it’s production. Really haunting in places and great harmonies. The girls don’t over play things and really sell the song. Top 10? Should be!

8

Axel

No, No, No. This is not good. Maybe this could be good in Eurovision but I don't like it.

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Danny

Well this couldn't be ANY more different from Feminnem’s Bosnian entry in 2005. A sort of r'n'b ballad with a Balkan twist sung very well by the three girls, and I think this one could be one to watch. Despite being one of many ballads this year, this one should do very well, especially in Eastern Europe. It will easily outscore Call Me, whatever happens...

9

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

69

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

66

TOTAL RATING (All) - 135

 

ROMANIA

Playing With Fire

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Martin

This is seriously cool stuff from Romania. This is very contemporary and should do well on any charts (if it wasn’t for the Eurovision stigma!). The performance is original, the song is catchy and it really has all the ingredients to be a potential winner. An early favourite for me at this point.

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David A

I don’t like this. I can’t see any redeeming features in it at all - either in the song or the performance. It sounds like something from a second rate musical. The double pianos with them shouting at each other just looks silly and when she started the screeching in the middle I honestly thought she’d forgotten the words. Total restyling may help, it can’t hurt. They may pick up some votes given that they may be lucky to be surrounded by ballads in their semi but I’d rather it didn’t.

1

Douwe

Modern sound this year from Romania and Ms Seling looks like a fun lady in her shiny black cat suit. Excellent vocals particularly from Paula but this is not a big favourite of mine - maybe because they have crammed so many clichés into 3 minutes.

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Monty

I think I’m in the minority but I’m not really getting this latterday Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran. The start seems just too fierce. It builds into a strong chorus but I’m not sure voters will still be paying attention. It seems to be begging for lashings of pyrotechnics, but the temptation to overcook it might just prove too much.

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Elias

Girl, girl, girl what a shame….boy, boy, boy it’s so bad.  A song without any character, a silly discussion of a boy and a girl about nothing.  On stage the cat woman with the casual street boy and the four bride mates moving behind.  All this accompanied by a double piano which don’t have any reason of existence.  In the orchestration of the song there is not so much piano and Paula & Ovi don’t even pretend that they are playing it.

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Dean

At last!  I song I am going to love.  It's great to see 2 pianos on stage again (it worked for the UK in 1977 although wasn't as successful for Germany in 1988!).  In a contest stuffed with ballads, this is going to stand out.  A strong, well produced song, and with some imaginative staging, this should be Top 5 in Oslo.  Hooray!

9

Paul

Very catchy pop song, nice singers and a good performance. Best Romanian entry since ages: should qualify as it clearly stands out.

9

Gary S

Am liking the ‘Rock Bottom’ piano set-up – although the song could not be more different. After the ‘too light’ “Balkan Girls” last year, Romania is back on track with this punchy, upbeat track which has a lot of potential to get everybody going in Oslo. Go Romania!

8

Samuel

Great song, great singers and superb act in live. This is what we need: a song that makes us stay all 3 minutes watching the screen. It can be your year Romania!!

9

Gary P

I really cant see this doing very well. I was so hoping Romania would pull out all the stops and send a really great song - they haven't.

3

Pia

a little bit different than the others, good singers , fine melody ....

8

David B

This sounds as though it is trying to be contemporary whilst still retaining a Eurovision flavour. Catchy and fun. I think Romania has recovered well from the horror of last year’s entry and might just be top ten in Oslo with this.

8

Mark

I really dislike this song! Why did they put the singers at the piano they clearly weren't playing. His scary stare made it impossible to watch! Catchy but awful.

2

Martin

When they moved away from the pianos they seemed more relaxed and able to pull a number together. They seemed over relaxed before that but I guess they were trying to act and it did not happen. Strange song but not too bad on the ears.

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Roberto

A duet that contains a conversation between a man and a woman. In the past, we were delighted by Danish duo Kenny and Lotte, with a song as much as nice and powerful (Alt Det Som Ingen Ser - 1992). Fast uptempo, full of verve and sympathy, beautiful voices and a significant effort to create a common trend. Good.

7

Nico

Another like but not love song. Will no doubt continue their 100% qualification record, although with Portugal and Spain both voting in the first semi, they'll have to really earn it and it's not really that strong. The staging is interesting , but will need to be better in Oslo.

6

Sascha

Positive:  The harmonies work well.  Negatives:  the solo parts don't really work well and many parts feel like shouting rather than singing.  If they keep 'that note' in it will have to be in key.

4

Eddie

“Rock Bottom” for 2010.Great pop song, love the energy and the chemistry between both singers.  The bass rift is very memorable and makes it an instant hit. Oh, and lose the red jeans!

8

Axel

A ok song not the best but not the worst either.

4

Danny

After trying to represent Romania for what seems like 15 times, Paula Seling finally gets the Romanian ticket with this song, written by Ovi himself. For once, it's not a ballad, but an uptempo catchy number complete with some operatic vocals from Paula, who surely will be one of the most stunning girls in Oslo. This probably will sail to the final and could go top 10!

8

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

59

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

59

TOTAL RATING (All) - 118

 

RUSSIA

Lost And Forgotten

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Martin

If somebody knows what this is about please enlighten me. As it is I struggle to call this a song and cannot really comment much more.

1

David A

What to make of this? At first I wondered if it was a spoof. I’m actually rather taken with it in a strange way but I have no idea what the juries or the public will think. It is so bizarre it may even prove successful. Again a brave and different song which I think could grow on people but more likely alienate most initial listeners. You know, I don't want it to win but I think I like it.

7

Douwe

This has to be one of Russia's weakest entries so far in the contest and the only conclusion I can reach as to why this won the ticket to Oslo is because they don't want to host another contest so soon again. Painful sounding voice, awful English accent and a terribly dull song.

1

Monty

First impression – appalling. Second listen – there’s actually something here, and the chorus has echoes of a rousing anthem that will stir some Russian soul. Last year I went from dismissing Mama to it being one of my favourite songs… This could do MUCH better than most people think.

7

Elias

Something unfair happened in this election.  This is the worst song of the year, a complete disaster.  Horrible group with awful voices and styling.  If Russia is not out of the Final the unfairness will continue. 

 

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Dean

What a shocker!  I thought Russia was going to win the Contest again by sending the Grannies, and then they select this.  Very old-fashioned, and the bit when one of the backing singers says "What are you doing man?" is unintentionally quite hysterical.  It's like something from the 1950s.  A bizarre choice.

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Paul

A very unusual winner from Russia. It is not really bad but also nothing special not very catchy or emotional. I do see it in the final though.

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Gary S

Mumy Troll meets Israel 1974? A big surprise winner and difficult to tell how or why they got their 20.9 points! A flower power feel and could it be any less Russian, unless there is a style I’m not aware of? Having said that I think it is going to grow on me, but they could find it hard to qualify for the final this year.

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Samuel

Where is the Russia I used to love? Where did your good taste go? You don't wanna win again?

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Gary P

Really sorry but I simply don’t understand what this is about. There were so many better songs to chose from!

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Pia

bittersweet melody that I like, but the language ??? I didn’t understood so much of his words. He was even worse than I am in English ...hehee

7

David B

"Lord have mercy" sings Peter. That prayer obviously went unanswered as this plague of a song has rained down on us. A clear case of "the curse of last year's host country", Russia obviously doesn't want another victory and I'm delighted to say that they won't be getting one. Truly awful.

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Mark

The worst so far - cheesy, rubbish. If I could have given Nil Points I would have. Russia must really be determined not to win

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Martin

Very different, have heard singing like this before usually on a rugby players night out. Sounds more like a story than a song, needs some punch to it and a bit more stage presence.

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Roberto

Not so easy to understand. An attempt to revival? A recovery of the folk tradition? A melancholy ballad? Or all these things together? The public is asked a lot. To enjoy this song we need a lot of attention and we need to know a bit of Russian Popular music. A very special ballad ... yes, too particular. Too much.

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Nico

Oh my, Lord of mercy indeed! This is like a Greek dirge from the 70s that even my mama would have switched off.

If this wasn't Russia I would swear this wouldn't qualify. If it does, over better songs, I think there will be problems... This is dire!

 

1

Sascha

I quite like this but I don't know why.  Normally I would hate it but it seems to work.  I don't like the spoken bits though.

6

Eddie

Come back Dima, all is forgiven. Give us your White Knights. It’s a whole lot of wrong. God help us if this qualifies. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

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Axel

A really bad song. I don’t like it at all.

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Danny

Oh dear. The Russian final itself wasn't exactly filled with masterpieces, but somehow the worst song in the line up managed to win! A total dirge of a song wailed by a group of middle aged men, and I think Russia could be in danger of not qualifying for the first time ever. RTR obviously don't want to host again anytime soon. the title of the song couldn't be any more apt...

1

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

30

 

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TOTAL RATING (All) - 62

 

BELGIUM

Me And My Guitar

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Martin

Nothing wrong with going for simple but there’s a fine line between simple and interesting and simple and boring. I’m not sure Tom Dice has got what it takes to be on the right side of simple. I’m prepared to change my mind though.

5

David A

A very brave entry which I hope pays off with a place in the final and lots of votes. I’d love to see something like this do really well at Eurovision and it could bring about a move away from the disco/throbbing/shouting euro-pop that can prevail at times. He sings well, his voice is interesting and hopefully it will come across well on stage. Good the draw put them in the opposite semi to Cyprus so hopefully we will see two refreshing pieces in the final. One small but perhaps significant criticism is I don’t like the title which makes it sound like some very earnest folk song and could cause just initial mirth.

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Douwe

Tom has one of the most distinctive voices in this years contest - something which I really enjoyed during his performances on the Belgian X-Factor. The first minute and a half of 'Me and my guitar' makes me want to wind things up a bit - I much prefer the second half of the song - nicely understated performance with no gimmicks or tricks necessary and there is something endearing about it but it took me 3 listens to appreciate it - not sure if the rest of Europe will be that patient.  For me this isn't a finalist but I'm the worst when judging Belgium's Eurosongs - every time I think they will score well they bomb big time and vice versa ...

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Monty

A little too laidback for me, but this is one of the most contemporary songs this year. It’s difficult to predict, but I think this could be top 10. I want the burgeoning energy of the beginning of the second verse to kick in though, but it’s gone almost before it arrives.

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Elias

Very sensitive and beautiful melody.  Lyrics like «Me and my guitar» make it more sweet and touching to viewers, similar to «Ι’m in love with a fairytale».  It’s  acoustic and contemporary in a James Blind style.  It has similarities with my country’s (Cyprus) song and I’m glad that they are in different semi-finals because I believe this two songs will do very good with the juries.  For me this should qualify with ease.

8

Dean

I like this, and it's a song that gets better every time I hear it.  It's a bit like "Walking In Memphis" but feels fresh and far less contrived than most of the ballads so far selected.  This should do very well with the juries. I'm hoping Belgium makes it to the final this year - they deserve to.

7

Paul

A very emotional song by Tom Dice without any big, irritating show. The juries will love it and maybe a few televoters - the fans of James Blunt - might love it too. Belgium finally has a chance of making it to the final

8

Gary S

Not the strongest voice, but a nice sounding one and a pleasant and serious song. It has an appeal though and could either do a Max (Germany 2004) or a Grand Soir…  I hope it qualifies though as it certainly has credibility.

8

Samuel

Good try, something different... but not sure this is the best for ESC...

6

Gary P

a better than average ballad in the year of the ballads.....am I really going to Oslo????

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Pia

another sleepy entrance, blaaaah

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David B

No doubt comparisons will be made with the Cypriot entry but this seems to be in a different league. OK, it may be a little Blunt-esque but it builds nicely and should appeal to a wide audience. At this stage, a definite finalist for me.

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Mark

Without a doubt my favourite so far. I had to check the name twice as I could have sworn I was listening to Damian Rice! Love it Love it Love it!

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Martin

Come on Belgium you have so much talent and so much depth of music to call on. This is a street musician a bit out of his depth. Second half of the song is more folksy and lifts it a lot - needed that more from the start. Will get better with practice but we may lose him on the stage on the semi and that is as far as this will go.

1

Roberto

Great song. Very good singer. I really like this country-like sound. I could see him so well in the Canadian or Australian charts. A little less in the Eurovision contest, I’d say. Very good entry for Belgium, finally. I’m hoping for the final, at least.

7

Nico

A real fish out of water, totally not Eurovision, totally not Belgium. Definitely gets bonus points from me for effort. No idea how it will do, I don't love it, but it's a quality song. Such a shame it's in a contest with so many ballads

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Sascha

Quite good although the vocals seem a little too American sounding.  Tom's voice was a bit shaky too. Hopefully he can get that under control for the night.

8

Eddie

Cute guy and a nice song. It reminds me of loads of other songs but in a good way. I do hope it qualifies. He really sells the song and there is some magic in the song. I hope it works well on a bigger stage.

6

Axel

Yes! I like this a lot. Maybe better than Norway. I will give it the Score: 10

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Danny

Is it just me or can anyone else hear "Walking In Memphis" in this song? This is fairly passable by Belgian standards and builds a little nearer the end, but Tom himself isn't the most charismatic of people, however, I think Belgium could qualify from the semi final for the first time ever, even if they won't set the scoreboard alight on the Saturday night.

6

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

73

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

61

TOTAL RATING (All) - 134

 

TURKEY

We Could Be The Same

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Martin

We had been accustomed to powerful entries from Turkey in the last few years and I’m afraid this does not live up to expectations. Quite an ordinary song really, pleasant but nothing special.

5

David A

Well more retro pop rock, what has got into everyone this year? To me this is all bluster and nothing. If you strip away the clashing guitars it is just a simplistic and formalistic repetitive song. It sounds as though it was written for a female soloist. Turkey however could put anything on the stage these days and crawl through due to Diaspora voting but I would say this is a year they don't deserve to be in the final.

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Douwe

Turkey send one of their most contemporary entries to Oslo this year. Whether this will score as well as recent Turkish songs remains to be seen but this is very enjoyable and TRT should be commended for coming up with something new and exciting each year.

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Monty

Another thumbs-up from me. I like it when Turkey deviates from their pop pro-forma, and this resonates well with the memories of Mor Ve Otesi and Athena, although it’s not quite as impressive as either two.

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Elias

From 2002 and onwards Turkey is following two different recipes for it’s participation.  The first is rock songs with ethnic elements performed by male groups and the second is ethnic pop songs with strong dance routines.  This year is following Athena’s success with the unforgettable ¨For Real¨ and the amazing ¨Deli¨ from 2008 but without the excepted ethnic elements.  It’s a nice song but nothing more and I was waiting a brand new proposal from them, contemporary and electronic.

6

Dean

A successful fusion of pop/rock with a distinct Turkish feel, this is a good, fairly contemporary sounding entry. That said, it's not a song I'm going to want to listen to repeatedly in the lead up to the Contest.  A qualifier, but probably not destined to do as well as their 2009 entry.

6

Paul

Great, catchy  soft rock song, experienced performance: welcome to the final! Will be one of the entries to stand out in such a ballad dominated year and do very well in Oslo. It is not one of maNga's strongest songs though

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Gary S

Not totally instant in its current format, but after a few listens, this gets in your head. Solid sound, forward thinking of TRT and on the whole an impressive number in the Athena/Mor ve Atesi style. When all is said and done, I think this will be a big fave for most. Would benefit from a little Turkish spin I think, but good luck Turkey!

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Samuel

In previous years, Turkey has proved that they have found the way. As usual, the bring a new fresh song that I am sure will do well in Oslo. Congratulations for such a big quality!

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Gary P

I can see its a quality song, but it is just not my sort of music and I wouldn't vote for it in a million years.....sorry Turkey

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Pia

usually Turkey has really good singers, fine melodies and rhythm, but this one is not one of my favourites, the refrain is ok. but the rest .....no

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David B

After the horror of Hadise last year, something much more substantial from Turkey. It's not the rap-fest I'd been expecting and in a year of dreary and weak entries, this one really stands out from the crowd. I don't suppose it will win but I can live in hope!

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Mark

I love it! This is a great song that could be a hit all over Europe. This song has to be top 5 possibly even the winner!

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Martin

Nice start but it is not really rap not rock a gentle song that still has a eastern Mediterranean feel to it. well pulled together a nice chance for Turkey

6

Roberto

This is not my kind of music. I must say that the intro had intrigued me, but the song remains as boring. An empty tune, with obvious and forgettable lyrics, that does not arouse emotions; a poor stage performance that lacks originality. Not for me. A chance for the final? The story so far told us that every Turkish entry goes to the final. 

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Nico

Totally loved this from first listen. Instantly wonderful. The is the winner so far for me.

9

Sascha

Not bad.  A little better than your average song, but I do love the sound of sung Turkish and think this song would be infinitely better in Turkish.

6

Eddie

I fell in love with the intro to this song. It feels like it’s building to something great; a good rock-pop mix. However, the verse is weak and I couldn’t tell when the chorus started as there isn’t enough difference between them. It may have the same fate as Switzerland last year but this is a weaker year so they have a chance.

6

Axel

a good song I like the intro very much.

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Danny

Turkey send one of their biggest acts to Oslo, and it's certainly one of the more modern entries this year. It reminds me a little of For Real and Deli, and I think this may do fairly well for them, even though it's not to my taste. However, I'm not sure that this is really a jury type of song so they might not do as well as expected...

5

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

66

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

64

TOTAL RATING (All) - 130

  

LITHUANIA

East European Funk

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Martin

Is this really true? Another full Monty from Lithuania? Clearly they got far too many points the first time around. Tragic.

3

David A

I saw a preview video of this and really liked it then I saw it on stage and hated it with more passion than I’ve hated anything this year. Maybe if they could sort out a different stage setup it may improve but I doubt they will given their storming victory in the nationals. It is an appalling hybrid of Latvia 06 and Belgium 07 and we know how well they both did. I hope this sinks without trace.

1

Douwe

They certainly are having plenty of fun on stage and the shiny shorts are a must for any ESC party this year ! Some of the lyrics give us something to think about and are deeper than the performance of the song might suggest. A qualifier ? Yes probably - Will this better Lithuania's best result so far (6th place in 2006) ? Unlikely.

6

Monty

Despite myself I actually quite like this. It’s not an awful joke entry like LT United and I think this may do surprisingly well. The trouser-trick works!

6

Elias

Bravo Lithuania … your best participation ever.  ¨Eastern European Funk¨ was the first song I hear from Lithuania this year.  Immediately I became InCulto’s big fan.  Funky at it’s best.  I maybe prefer them to appear on stage more like a funky band with real instruments but I’m equally enthusiastic with their choice of a more impactful presentation bringing a little bit of fun on stage. Real Funky + Clever & Funny = Success

9

Dean

Looks like we have another "We are the winners" on our hands.  Although I think the lyrics are making some sort of political comment (it will be interesting if Lithuania is asked to make any changes on this score), this will be a real crowd pleaser in Oslo, and could well secure a high placing in the final.

5

Paul

Weird, crazy, catchy and entertaining - a perfect LT United deja vu. Even if it is a classical " love it or hate it  " song, it will surely stand out and will most probably qualify for the final!

8

Gary S

I’m seeing ‘U Got Style’ again – well meaning, an attempt to be humorous, but still sounding empty for me. Maybe an anthem for Lithuanian football fans, but not really what we need at Eurovision.  I said something similar about ‘We Are The Winners’  though and look what happened there! They like their guys with attitude in Vilnius, eh!

3

Samuel

Is it a joke? Is it a song? If you don't want to win, just leave the contest.

1

Gary P

I have been to Vilnius and I am so pleased they didn't have any Eastern European Funk or I would have got right back on the plane. Sorry I really cant see this getting out of the semi final.

1

Pia

Is this some kind of a joke ?? Really really bad

5

David B

I was initially going to give this just one point but, in all fairness, the tune is quite catchy. Overall though, three minutes of this is just annoying but I have the horrible feeling that this might just make it to the final!

3

Mark

Oh my word! I am not sure about this one. I thought it was awful but then realised I was tapping my foot to it! However I wouldn't pick up the phone and vote for it!

3

Martin

The guys can sing and their voices go well together this entry could have had something but instead had me screaming for the off switch.

1

Roberto

Sometimes it is difficult to determine an exact boundary between boredom and amusement, between genius and superficiality. Lithuania has amazed us in the past with sophisticated songs and humorous moments. I'd call this song as smart. For better or for worse, it draws attention. There is no middle ground. A dip into the past (a look at British groups of the early 80's is apparent), with the aim to be visible. Someone will like it ... maybe.

5

Nico

A far classier performance than Welcome To Lithuania, though I don't like the song quite as much, it's ok and could grow on me.

6

Sascha

I don't think I've ever taken a more instant dislike to an act before.  Unfortunately it didn't improve.  Maybe it's a grower, but unfortunately I just don't have anything I could add as a suggested improvement.

1

Eddie

Are these the younger brothers of LT United? Anyway, it’s got a very memorable performance and although they repeat the title many, many times it is catchy. A bit of novelty never hurt anyone but does it have that magic something? I think not!

6

Axel

A strange song. It is a ok song. But not more than that.

4

Danny

Lithuania send a bunch of guys who probably subject us to some of the worst dancing ever seen on a Eurovision stage. The song itself is catchy enough, however the lyrics could be seen to be a bit political. If it wasn't for the Bucks Fizz style ripping off of their trousers it would probably not have won, but I can see drunk televoters going for this..

4

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

45

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

36

TOTAL RATING (All) - 141

 

IRELAND

Its For You

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Martin

Typical Irish ballad. The time might just be right for Ireland to go back to what they do best. Having said that, this song pales in comparison to the 1993 entry and it’s not up there with the Chiara’s, Shiri’s and Johanna’s of this world. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the live performance either but one must assume Niamh should come up with something better on the Oslo stage. I really do hope so.

7

David A

We stay in retro-land for Ireland but a retro of a different kind. This could have been any of the Irish winners of the 90s and the juries will fall over themselves to love it. It does bear a resemblance to the dreadful Cyndi song that was runner up in the UK national final in 2007 and then went on to do really well in Second Chance. I didn’t like that and I didn’t like any of the Irish winners of the 90s and I don’t like this, but Europe obviously did tehn and European juries obviously will now, whether the public vote will go its way I can’t decide but I recognize it is a strong entry. She will sail through the semi on the back of the juries, but remember it was songs like this winning that brought about the death of juries in the first place and I honestly despair. If she doesn't do well, Ireland will probably withdraw next year. Just hope she buys a decent frock that improves the look. Low score, but knowing full well it could probably win.

2

Douwe

So much to say here so bear with me - Niamh still has the strong, warm voice she had back in 1993. Ireland back at doing what it does so well - a big rousing ballad - no frills or gimmicks here - just a straightforward delivery - what you see is what you get and I love the Irish feel to 'Its for you' ... This will hopefully bring the Emerald Isle back to the final and score many points ... BUT some things need to be looked at - Niamh's styling for starters and the backing singers need to sing in tune and realise that they are there to support the lead vocal and not try and take over - Iron out these minor issues and this will do very well.

9

Monty

Hhm… This was such an obvious winner we may as well have skipped the show. It may bring a return to the final for Ireland, but it won’t be a second victory for Niamh and I sense that many people, like me, find the song wanting. And uncannily familiar!

4

Elias

I didn’t like Niamh song from 1993 I also don’t like her song now.  ¨Its for you¨ belongs to an old fashioned cliché ballad recipe tailor made for Eurovision.  Also Niamh’s poor taste of fashion remains the same after 17 years.  Definitely not my cup of tea….or coffee.

 

4

Dean

In Niamh's capable hands, Ireland deserves to be back in the final (although semi 2 is shaping up to be the much stronger of the 2 qualifying rounds).  This is a bit like the Norwegian entry, and a bit like the song the UK should have sent in 2007, Cyndi's "I'll Leave My Heart".  It builds well, and is definitely Ireland's best song since Dawn Martin's "Is Always Over Now?" 

7

Paul

Predictable song right from the Titanic-soundtrack. A fan hype for sure and I have to admit that its the best Irish entry since many years. I don't see it winning the ESC though, as there are many similar songs this year, especially the Norwegian entry will take away some points from Niamh's comeback song.

6

Gary S

I like the song, I like the singer. With a few changes, this could have the impact it really needs. It flows well and she performs it with gusto, but I can’t help thinking that there could be more. Niamh needs a better ‘look’ too. Long hair on women of a certain age and all that… It has a danger of getting lost (think Glennis Grace), but hopefully it will qualify – as it deserves to.

8

Samuel

Big ballad Ireland has returned to the ESC!! Those brilliant Irish songs from 1992 to 1998 are here again!! And with the great Niamh... thank you Ireland.. here we have again EIREVISION again!!! 8th time winner?? Who knows!!!

9

Gary P

A good song with a very good singer. However there are so many ballads, will this one stand out in the crowd?

8

Pia

Finally !! Ireland is back !!! Yeeees !! It reminded me a little bit of "Titanic, my heart will go on " But you can hear that this is Irish music and it’s GOOOOOOOOD

9

David B

After several years of twee tin whistles, puppets and faux rock, Ireland, at long last, returns to its Eurovision roots. A haunting ballad from (in my opinion) their best ever winning singer which should see them safely through the semi-final and hopefully into the top ten. Make that top three!

10

Mark

I hope I am not being biased here but I really do think we have a chance this year with this song and singer. Need to get the backing singers sorted out though! Go Niamh!

9

Martin

Lovely ballad and very Irish of old. she has a lovely voice and a nice stage presence all the backing voices blend so nicely with hers.

9

Roberto

How nice to see Niamh back on stage! A classic, beautiful song, a wonderful voice, an enjoyable performance, although it may be instinctive to expect something like the excellent winning song of 1993. A fabulous interpretation. Niamh is THE European star of Oslo. Brava !

9

Nico

I wanted to like this more, but ultimately it's just a pleasant song lifted very much by Niamh singing it. It's just lacking something. Still I really hope Ireland qualifies.

6

Sascha

I was a little disappointed, but the song is actually quite good.  The performance is lacking though and the backing singers don't work with the Niamh's voice making her sound flat through most of the song.  With some effort this could be a good year for Ireland.

8

Eddie

Ireland, welcome back to final. One of the best singers ever to win is back and has a very good song. I don’t think it’s a winner but it’s got all the magic elements; key change, Irish instrumentation, good set of lungs. Well done Eire, good choice!

8

Axel

A beautiful song. And I think it is almost as good as Norway’s song.

9

Danny

Wait a minute...isn't this Norway's entry crossed with The Rose? It sure sounds very similar to said entry, although it doesn't seem as cheesy. Niamh obviously performs this well, but she didn’t look her best in the national final and will need a makeover to stand any chance of getting anywhere. Overall, it is an okay song, but she better hope she isn't drawn near Didrik in the final!

6

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

79

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

68

TOTAL RATING (All) - 147

 

MOLDOVA

Run Away

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Martin

A catchy house/dance number from Moldova this year. Very 90’s in a good way. Love the image and that trumpet is just great! If we can get consistently good songs from Moldova I guess most countries should be able to do the same. This is a compliment by the way. Well done again. I hope they do well.

8

David A

I thought this was the Maltese entry at first due to the number of grinning people throwing themselves about the stage. This is a typical generic entry of the shouty, disco-rock type that has prevailed over the past few years and could have come from any country east of the Danube. There are big problems with her vocals and I don’t particularly like this sort of thing - this is a mediocre example of type.

2

Douwe

Brash, very repetitive and at times it's very hard to understand the lyrics - love the saxophone intermezzos. The question begs what is she wearing ? Maybe if we just had Olia singing it might make it all seems less frantic. Don't see this reaching the final.

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Monty

It’s refreshing to finally have some blatant Europop in the show this year, although I think this fares better as an audio track. Some major work on the presentation, vocals and the diction are needed, but we’ll be dancing at least. Probably a non-qualifier though.

5

Elias

An 80s pop dance song performed a little bit harsh alive from both singers. Very repetitive and plain.  Their stage appearance from dancing to clothing is completely out dated and in few words a big mess of nothing.

4

Dean

For me this is quite a bland entry without any obvious hook.  The best bits are when the saxophone is heard, but that's not saying much.  Unmemorable.

2

Paul

Not the best choice out of a strong and interesting national final: the song isn't bad at all, the live performance is. I predict a Bulgaria 2008 result

5

Gary S

A fairly standard sound for Eurovision these days, but good to finally hear something upbeat again after so many slower songs. May just stand out because of that. No obvious hook though, so it may need something more to make it stand out. Love the beat, the sax and the violin tho….

7

Samuel

It could have done well in the 90s but not a ESC song for 2010.. we are looking for something new, and this is more of the same...

2

Gary P

Sorry but this doesn't have much going for it - just sounds like so many of the other entries this year -definitely the middle of the pack

4

Pia

weird, dull, no....I don’t like it ......

6

David B

My first reaction was that the song sounds like a million other bland dance tunes blaring out in gyms all over Europe. It works well on that level but, much like Lithuania, the relentless repetitive beat soon becomes dull. Borderline qualifier.

6

Mark

Will probably make the final but I honestly can't see it doing anything great when it gets there. Very average hence the score

5

Martin

well looks like the 80s have reach Moldova - a very well put together act but needs a bit more co-ordination for the big night, his voice tends to show her weakness

6

Roberto

A dance entry with traditional parts. The result is in part repetitive, basically boring, not convincing at all. It seems to be missing something. A commercial hit who wants to be original and, after more plays, a bit obvious. I do not know if it will get the final.

5

Nico

Loved the Sun Stone Project's No Crime last year, this is not as good, but at least it's lively.

6

Sascha

A song that Eastern Europe should like although they need to practice those vocals.

4

Eddie

A great dance style track with a fab 80s sax rift. Bizarre stage performance with a wardrobe which was clearly from a bargain bucket. It doesn’t go anywhere and you are waiting for a lift or something different which doesn’t arrive. Still love it though!

7

Axel

A pretty good song. And this could go through til the final.

6

Danny

FINALLY! We get something we can dance to in Euroclub. This is a fairly good uptempo dance number of which there are painfully few this year. The performance is a little messy though and in previous years this wouldn't have qualified, but this year it MIGHT just do it...

7

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

50

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

52

TOTAL RATING (All) - 102

 

PORTUGAL

Ha Dias Assim

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Martin

A very sweet ballad from Portugal this year. Slightly old fashioned but very enjoyable if you take it for what it is. Filipa has some work to do with her vocal but the potential is there. Lovely lyrics too, songs in English can only wish they could compare but then again who can understand Portuguese? It’s really quite irritating to think that the Ukraine can do better with a song that doesn’t say much more than “I love you”.  I thought the role of the newly introduced jury would be to look at this kind of thing. Fat chance!

7

David A

I don’t get why this won the National Final at all. So we have another ballad which this time sounds like a rehash of Rita Guerra without the class or singing ability. It promises much but never really takes off and would probably benefit from having the middle section sung in English if only to wake up the audience. Also the singer sounds and behaves like an X Factor contestant mangling her way through a show tune. She doesn’t look emotive as suggested - sorry I usually love all things Portuguese but this is terribly poor.

2

Douwe

So Portugal send the song that won the original online vote but that only came 4th in the public televote during the grand final. A fairly standard ballad with nothing to make it really stand out apart from the pianist getting up and leaving the stage half way through the song ! Filipa's voice at times sounds very strained -some support from a couple of backing vocalists might not be a bad idea for Oslo - there and I didn't mention the fantastic, fun song that came second just one point behind 'Ha dias assim'. We've had a Portuguese entry in the final the last two years but something tells me it won't make it 3 years in succession.

6

Monty

I was in the hall in Lisbon for this but I agreed with the audience, not the jury. It’s slight, derivative and doesn’t have anything to stand out. Shame, the show was nice!

3

Elias

Sweet and sensitive song. Not a masterpiece but a nice ballad suited perfectly by the Portuguese language.  With so many ballads this year I will love to see Portugal send Catarina to Eurovision with her more happy up tempo song and with her Kalomoira girlish attitude.   I think she will easily bring a Top10 place to Portugal.  Telling this does not mean that I will not love to see cute Filipa to this year Eurovision Final.

7

Dean

Another ballad-by-numbers, although it does benefit from repeat listens.  Not bad, but it's always a shame when a song gets through without being the public's choice (this came 4th in the public vote).  Not likely to be the fan favourite that the last 2 Portuguese entries have been.

4

Paul

Yet another ballad, beautiful singer, beautiful language but very boring and predictable. Only the jury vote can save this and helping it to qualify for the final - but it will be difficult for Portugal this year.

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Gary S

Not sure her voice is strong enough to carry this off. Would benefit from Rita Guerra I think. It’s a nice enough plodding melody, but needs work before Oslo – has some high points which could wow the audience – if she can hit them. Not moved on a lot since “Chamar a Musica” though really…

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Samuel

The idea is good, and she gives her best. But we expect from Portugal traditional songs, that cavaquinho that makes us smile. But good try, though..

5

Gary P

I think this sounds better than many of the others which have similar songs. I don't have much more to add given there are so many similar songs, but this seems well sung and I think may do better that many of the other entries

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Pia

yes this is quite good, I think Portugal finally is on the right way .....

8

David B

Filipa already seems to be the negative figure of some ‘fans’ who are wringing their hands in disbelief that a ballad could triumph over a piece of derivative Europop. The 2010 entry is made of familiar stuff too but, for me, a more palatable ballad amongst the many on offer this year. It’s not going to win in Oslo but maybe a place in the final isn’t impossible.

7

Mark

What has happened to Portugal? they used to send rubbish every year but the last few years have been excellent. I love this song

9

Martin

Weak voice and it showed badly at the beginning. Nice flow to the song but she is trying just a bit to hard. Relax love and let the song come to you it is there it just needs the chance to come out.

5

Roberto

Another ballad, another great song. Simply but direct, great sound, convincing from the first listen. It makes no effort to attract the attention. Very little Portuguese, much closer to Mariah Carey’s style.  Her voice is satisfying : it must follow a not so easy and articulate melody, a melody that requires (and gives) passions, feelings, emotions. Overall good.

8

Nico

Maybe it's because I was at the final, maybe it's my soft spot for Portugal, but I like this. Of course they should have sent Caterina Pereira, which although too formulaic for my liking, at least would have added a bit of life to this year's contest

7

Sascha

Portugal is continuing to improve, although the performer lacks last year's personality.  If she hits all the notes on the night it could score well.

7

Eddie

A real step back for Portugal. Reminds me of there songs from the 90s, which weren’t of a good standard. Bland and the big voice is too much for most of the song. Also has a very sharp and quick ending.

4

Axel

I like this song and is one of my favorites.

7

Danny

A bit of a controversial choice in Portugal, as the public favourite Canta Por Mim only came second to this Mariah Carey style ballad that could only finish fourth with the televoting public. It kinda sounds like something Portugal would have sent in the mid 90-s. Filipa is a little shouty and there are too many vocal acrobatics but if she tones it down a little it might sound better. Not one of the best, but nowhere near the bottom of the pile.

7

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

69

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

50

TOTAL RATING (All) - 119

 

GEORGIA

Shine

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Martin

Not particularly original but a well constructed ballad, the best of the year so far. Sopho's vocals were a bit shaky on the night but I'm sure she has the potential to improve that aspect. I would expect it to qualify for the final.  

7

David A

I find this simplistic and rather forgetful. They will need to up the power impact for the contest or it will be a natural toilet break. They have been lucky in their semi draw both with getting the second half and having plenty of countries who will look favourably on them. So I won’t be too surprised to see this in the final although I don’t think it deserves to be.

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Douwe

No surprises really that this was the winner (big contrast with the Dutch 'Shine' from last year ) but what a shame that no Georgian's are responsible for this composition. Possibly the best vocalist in this years contest ... Can see this qualifying for the final with ease.

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Monty

There’s an alright song in here, although I’m not sure Sopho is best placed to find it. I fear she’ll struggle to nail these vocals, and it doesn’t engage me that much at all.

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Elias

From the six songs Sopho sang in the final this was by far the best.  Her voice is very nice and suits the songs music atmosphere.  The song has a massive appeal.  It’s an ordinary sound for all Europe reminding Aguilera’s performances.  I hope nothing we see on stage in Georgia’s final will come to Oslo. 

7

Dean

I like this, and I think the juries will too.  A well constructed entry,
although it doesn't quite 'hit' me as much as I want it to.  Something, I'm not sure what, is missing.

6

Paul

good singer, nice looking girl - old fashioned 80s ballad which doesn't really touch me.

6

Gary S

I am not a fan of the same song writers pitching up at every national final, so the fact this is not written by Georgians loses it points for me. It’s a decent enough song and Sopho has a strong voice. All told (quality wise) I would like to see it qualify.

6

Samuel

It is supposed to be a super-ballad.. but it is just an intention. They tried to make a good choice but... something is missing.. after 3 minutes you have the sensation that this is NOT a winner.

4

Gary P

Yes I think this shines (sorry) - what a nice voice Sofia has and when up against some of the other entries this sounds like some quality

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Pia

Didn’t say me anything, blaaaah

6

David B

Initial thoughts of “oh no not another dull ballad” soon disappeared. This is a classy entry and well performed. I’ll stick my neck out and say that Georgia will make the final and once there will score well. Possibly . . .

8

Mark

I always love Georgia's entry and this year is no exception. Not sure about the dancers though. Sopho should be out there on her own giving it what for

8

Martin

Nice pleasant voice soft gentle song but needs a bit of a kick but builds nicely.

7

Roberto

A classic ballad always works, when it hits the heart and the senses, makes you dreaming, reminding and suggesting, stimulates our most private parts. Shine succeeds in this, but not entirely. The song overall is good and we should appreciate the attempt of Georgia to get back on stage.

6

Nico

I feel I should like this more than I do. It needs to have someone like Shiri Maimon singing it to make it something special, but it doesn't and it isn't. I can't help thinking it deserves to sink without a trace, I've listened to it three times now and it's still rather dull.

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Sascha

Good to see Georgia back.  They tend to enter some of my favourites every year.  As for this year, I wish it would be just that little bit
faster to keep me interested and possibly even in a slightly lower key.  The singer should also work on those high notes before the
night.

4

Eddie

Wow, this girl has a good set of lungs.  A really simple ballad (quite similar to Iceland 09) with a slight country and western feel. I really love the song, so simple; it really doesn’t need 5 waiters in top and tales prancing round her.

8

Axel

This song is beautiful but that’s all. it gives me nothing.

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Danny

Georgia decided to play it safe this year and went with Sofia, whose ballad is written by Hanne Sorvaag, who also has a hand in the Norwegian song. This is similar in style to "Is It True" (but not as good) from last year, and Sofia performs the song well. She needs to lose the backing dancers though, as they distract from the song.

8

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

59

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

61

TOTAL RATING (All) - 120

 

LATVIA

What For

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Martin

This song leaves me quite cold. Aisha is a good performer but the choreography is really quite strange and I don't quite understand the message of the song, if it has any, that is. Can't see this making it to the final.

4

David A

I can’t make my mind up about this. It appears neither one thing nor another. What is clear is that she cannot sing in tune or hit a note and that will be a major problem on the night. Hope they ditch the washing gimmick as it is just ridiculous but the song and performance both need a major makeover before any hope of leaving the semis.

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Douwe

Very shrieky vocals that are often far from spot on and at times Aisha pulls some very odd faces during the performance of her accordion influenced song. Don't think we'll be heading to Riga in 2011 and why are those women doing the washing ?

3

Monty

There’s something here which piques the interest, although it may be a little downbeat for the Eurovision stage. Her concept works nicely but she needs to tweak the clunky English to make the lyric scan more smoothly.

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Elias

The song can become a perfect radio hit.  The stage presentation though ruins every charm of its melody and rhythm.  They try to pass the message of the lyrics through a theatrical presentation and this is succeeded but at the same time this minimise the charm of the song as a whole.  Aisha’s live performance is very weak, her insecurity brings out weird face expressions and trembling and out of tune voice.

7

Dean

I was amazed this won the Latvian final, and it doesn't appeal to me at all.
The tune plods along mournfully.

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Paul

mediocre song, weird performance - reminds a bit at Bosnia 2008. Not sure about this bizarre act.

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Gary S

A good contemporary sound, with a cool feel to it, but the staging needs a makeover for it to pull in big scores. A good try though and always nice to see something different and away from the predictable schlager, pop and standard ballads. If they can polish this up, this could do what Estonia did in 2009.

8

Samuel

You can tell me weird.. but I like that kind of songs that are different, they are what you don't expect from ESC... those songs that you find crazy and out of place... are great for me.. Latvia, I love you..

7

Gary P

sorry not my sort of tune.....I am sure others will like this, but this is a tea break song for me

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Pia

I liked the melody, but I thought the singer sang false

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David B

Interesting beat and tune even if the lyrics are a bit on the bizarre side. In the sea of dullness that is Eurovision 2010, this song stands out and must stand a good chance of qualifying for the final.

7

Mark

I think it is a really good song but why did they pick Aisha to sing it? She absolutely killed it! 4 points lost for the singer otherwise it would have been in my top three

6

Martin

Weak song but at least her voice matches the song weak And needs to ditch the washer women.

3

Roberto

Latvia has often provided ironic and funny songs. This song sounds like a hymn, like narrating a story, a craving, a desire to awakening. A song a bit difficult but very interesting, partly traditional. A different choreography would have helped much the song and the good singer.

6

Nico

It wouldn't be saying much to say this is one of the best Latvian entries in recent years, Questa Notte being the other one. The one real criticism  being lyrics are terribly clunky, but it is still one of the better efforts for this year's contest.

7

Sascha

Normally young girl singing ballad would be a favourite.
Unfortunately the singer looks petrified on stage which could be due to the staging.  The songwriters seem to have used a little too much poetic license with the English language with the "What for, are we .....?"  rather than "What are we .... for?"  This gets a little annoying.  Perhaps another candidate for singing in their native
language?

3

Eddie

A really subtle anthemic ballad which really grows and grows. Aisha has a lovely voice and you do find yourself humming along to the melody.  I guess the production team wanted to appeal to women all over Europe showing that you can still be in a Eurovision entry even if you are washing clothes.

7

Axel

A really boring song, Even worse than Georgia’s Song.

2

Danny

Latvia seem to have lost their way a little over the past few years. Their entry this year is an interesting one. The lyrics don't seem to make any sense and the singer doesn't really have a very good voice, but for some reason I seem to quite like it. Not sure why the backing singers are washing clothes though. Interestingly, Aisha is the first solo female to represent Latvia since 2002...

7

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

50

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

54

TOTAL RATING (All) - 104

 

SLOVAKIA

Horehroní

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Martin

A really fresh song from Slovakia this year. OK, we've seen Carpathian folk music before but it's a nice tune and it's catchy. Kristina has some work to do with her performance though. Slovakia hasn't got the neighbourly factor in its favour so she does need to up her game to stand a chance to qualify. She looked a bit too static on stage and with a bad draw this performance could easily be forgotten. I hope it isn't though!

8

David A

This is pleasant enough but for all its supposed raunchiness is actually rather insipid. The staging and costumes in the NF were awful and the singer and dancers looked bored and just going through the motions. They will have to inject some energy for Oslo alongside doing something with the wailing woman in the middle or they may languish yet again.

5

Douwe

Lovely national folksy flavour and a very pretty girl. With a sharper choreography this must surely give Slovakia a chance of reaching the final and their best result so far stands to be bettered.

8

Monty

I like this! It has an unusual quality to make it stand out, and is nicely, though fairly simply, presented. Enough to hold the interest and set it apart from some very mediocre competition.

8

Elias

A song full of emotions and feelings.  A story telling structure and a very sweet and adorable singer.  Though it reminds greatly 'Oj devojce' an old Fyrom song, its melody is so beautiful and inspired.  For all these reasons this is the best Slovak entry ever but I’m so disappointed by their presentation that copy’s Ruslana from 2004.  If Kristina wear something elegant and romantic and be accompanied by some percussion musicians the result will be more magical.

7

Dean

A quality entry that is going to stand out from the crowd.  It has an entrancing, hypnotic quality that draws you in.  It reminds me slightly of last year's Estonian song, and we all know how well that did.

7

Paul

unique song, eye catching singer and a typical ESC performance: a little bit of Ruslana, a little bit of Helena and costumes from Batman's Poison Ivy - this simply hast to work pretty well. My fave so far

10

Gary S

Although I prefer the song that came joint 1st (a theme develops), this is one of Slovakia’s best entries from a solid final. Having said that, it does have a style that is not so new to ESC (watered down Ruslana?), but it should scrape the final.

5

Samuel

When it starts you think you have the winner... BRATISLAVA 2011!!! But after the intro, it is gone... Coco dance 2010... No way!! You could have used better this great starting!! BUT... you are on the way, SLOVAKIA!

6

Gary P

a nice beat and something very different to many of the other entries - does a final place beckon?

7

Pia

Good rhythm, false in the beginning, but but but...I just didn’t like it

6

David B

Just the right side of twee but this is pleasant and memorable. Kristina’s performance is patchy in places though. Slovakia seem to have a decent chance of qualification this year.

6

Mark

Another one where the song is better than the singer! Dancers good though. Will probably make the final

7

Martin

Very nice stage presence shades of Ruslana only not as talented. nice ethnic sound but maybe too ethnic

6

Roberto

The best Slovakian entry so far. By impact, it seems a cross between Nox, Ruslana, Neiokoso, Sarek and so on... but ethnic music is always accepted and pending on Eurovision. The result is pleasing and may not fear comparisons. Very good. I like it.

 

8

Nico

This should definitely give Slovakia their best  result,  though that wouldn't be too difficult. It's a strong song with a solid  performance, but it could just do with that little bit of tweaking that Everyway That I Can got between the previews and the final to give it that extra oomph if they want it to go any distance up the leader board. 

8

Sascha

Love the song and staging.  Should be enjoyable to watch although the
singer needs a little passion in her performance.

8

Eddie

A pretty girl with a really good cross-ethnic song. The beat is really enchanting but it doesn’t develop and you do get a bit bored waiting for something new to happen. I just wonder if the backing dancers are trying to play cat’s cradle with her during the bridge?

6

Axel

This song is very difficult. And I can't decide if it is good or bad.

5

Danny

This one has "fan favourite" written all over it. Reminding me a bit of Qele Qele, Slovakia have stepped up their game this year after last years abomination. I think this is a safe qualifier and could do quite well on the night. Not sure what to make of the dancing trees though..

8

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

73

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

66

TOTAL RATING (All) - 139

 

BULGARIA

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Martin

A blend of europop and turbofolk from Bulgaria this year with a splash of the 80's thrown in for good measure! Not exactly original but not quite as contrived as Iceland's. It is very catchy and Miro does own the stage. It is sailing through to the final and quite possibly a top 10 overall. I just hope they don't spoil it with ridiculous English lyrics!

8

David A

This was actually much much better in the pre-show stripped back version. Wonder if it will be translated into English for Oslo? Whatever they do they will have to get rid of the ridiculous overlong ooooooooooooooooooo middle section which as we all know is just la la la la la la la la la in another language. The cut-dead ending also jars. It does have a certain naïve charm, or maybe that’s just him, but it is rather run of the mill

4

Douwe

One of Bulgaria's best and a huge improvement on last years entry. Hopefully a great stage performance in Oslo will bring this to the final as at the moment it's a bit messy and distracting - maybe keeping the microphone in one position for longer than 10 seconds might help. As it stands it's very good but there is work to be done to make it something really special. No doubt though that Miro has a fantastic voice.

7

Monty

I like this! Miro confidently delivers a song which comes across strongly and I hope will do well. It’s a much needed boost this year. It does however need to work on a more emphatic ending, rather than just coming to a halt.

8

Elias

Miro is a «Show off» singer and literally for me he set the show on the OFF mode when he is on stage.  With his «look at me» attitude, the strange poses, the kitsch dress code and the so uninspired dance routine he don’t let you give any attention to the melody of his song or to his voice.  

3

Dean

Are we sure this isn't the Greek or Cypriot entry?  It reminds me of "Tha 'Ne Erotas" from 1999.  Miro's a confident performer and this has an instant appeal, but a lot of the song sounds like those long parts of remixes you hear in clubs. The last minute or so doesn't really go anywhere.

5

Paul

Finally a real decent Bulgarian ESC song after the scream fest from Moscow. Good singer, acceptable performance, nothing really outstanding though but should get a place in the final IMO.

8

Gary S

Its great when a ‘slavic’ song isn’t dreary or melancholy – and this one is fantastic! A neat package with a rousing simple sing-a-long chorus that really gets in your head. Miro has a strong powerful voice and this song just leaves you wanting more – am already seeking an extended remix! Good solid production and the clever thing is that everyone can join in the first time they hear it. Has to be a contender for the top 5. He just needs to remember to keep the microphone near to his mouth!

9

Samuel

Bulgaria has lots of things to improve yet... but they are on the way. A lot of work has to be done... but I trust on you!

8

Gary P

This is OK - but so many oh ohs.......

 

5

Pia

Really good singer, but too little text, kind of 90:s.....

7

David B

Definitely a case of “I love me” here. Somehow I think we may have stumbled across this year’s primadonna. As for the song, it’s a bit repetitive and the stage routine is full of Eurovision clichés but overall it’s an appealing entry. A possibility for the final.

7

Mark

This song does absolutely nothing for me at all. Boring Boring Boring!! There is nothing else to say really

2

Martin

builds nicely and a confident performance but the song lacks an identity. Sakis on a bad night think it will make the final but only just.

7

Roberto

A powerful pop song, it sounds very European, very suitable for the ESC and for a wider audience. Could be a good hit for next summer. Smooth, simple but effective, airy but direct, it could remember "Tornerò", but the result is excellent.

8

Nico

It's very jolly and danceable, but again nothing much to it other than Miro's strong performance. I can't see it troubling juries or public too much.

6

Sascha

This could be one of my favourites.  I like the song.  I think the staging has potential (why are the female dancers wearing flowing white dresses for a dance number?).  If Bulgaria get the staging right they could do very well.  I would suggest using the full stage quota
of 6 people to help give impact to the dance and  go for an all male dance crew so that all the dancers are dancing the same choreography all the time and with a very tightly synchronised routine.  If the
singer then does a few more moves with them, then all the better.

9

Eddie

A great dance track which I am sure will be fan fave. A very handsome chap who is just the right amount of cheesy. I particularly like his top. It’s not an over the top performance and the dancers make a good back up to Miro. It’s just missing a killer hook.

7

Axel

I think this song is really ood, Almost as good as Norway and Denmark.

8

Danny

Hmmm...On paper I should like this one - it's uptempo and trashy and sung by a good looking guy, but it just falls a bit flat, the production sounds cheap and it's not even that catchy. By the end of the song it's even annoying, sounding like a song which would finish last in the Greek final. I think this could get lost in the field...

3

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

68

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

61

TOTAL RATING (All) - 129

 

SPAIN

Algo Pequeñito

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Martin

Something fresh and different from Spain this year. This might well get lost in translation and it remains to be seen whether it can have the wide appeal necessary to achieve a good position. Having said that Daniel exudes confidence, has a great voice and knows how to work the cameras. Spain have given themselves a very good chance indeed.

9

David A

This has a sing-a-long appeal that with decent staging [get him out of that suit and lose the dancers] could have some instant appeal on the night. It sounds as though it comes from a musical and coupled with its retro feel, obviously the theme for this year from many countries, it may stagger to mid table.

5

Douwe

Of the songs chosen so far this is the most likely winner. A lovely Waltz down Memory Lane and Spain's strongest for years and years and Daniel not only has a wonderful voice but also a very natural charm. Great visuals on stage that compliment the song very well - rather like finding a long forgotten box of favourite toys in a dusty attic.

9

Monty

I don’t mind this, but it has to lose the idiots prancing around behind him. With a simple, classy performance this could do alright. It’s certainly in a genre of its own.

5

Elias

Bravo Spain you make an amazing choice.  From a Final full of bad, amateurish circus presentations the quality of a real nice and original song stand out.  The song had a presentation full of circus but it was really suited to its melody and atmosphere.  Special congratulations to Daniel Diges who had the perfect attitude towards the song and his singing was flawless.  Spain it was time for you to be again one of the favourites for the trophy.

 

9

Dean

I loved Coral’s song and thought it was a potential Eurovision winner, but I was won over by Daniel’s performance of this well-crafted entry.  Yes it’s quite old-fashioned, but it is memorable and excellently performed.  Probably their best entry since 1995.

8

Paul

Surprisingly the big hype failed and the best song won, sounds a bit like the Dutch ESC entry....only in good! Should do well at the ESC, at least better than screaming wannabe divas.

3

Gary S

This is what Eurovision is all about for me – an unexpected 3 minute masterpiece – fun, easy to grab on to, audience pleasing and a great little number. The ‘Fairytale’ of 2010?

10

Samuel

My favourite was Coral, but if Spain had chosen her, it would be another great ballad, one more in ESC history. But this is new, fresh, interesting and FUN! Spain will do top5 or bottom 5.. you love it or you hate it... but you know they are there! Good song, good voice, and good live!! Well done, Spain

9

Gary P

How nice to hear an old ballad in a year of ballads....anyway it is better than most of the others!

7

Pia

Finally yees !!! It’s 15 years since they had a good song like this. I don’t understand a word, but I love the melody  !!!!

9

David B

There's no denying that this is a very old fashioned entry and would probably have sat happily in the 1978 contest. However the performance is good and the song is catchy so maybe, just maybe, Spain will find itself in the top ten again this year.

6

Mark

Sugary sweet but kind of catchy. I would dearly love to see Spain win but unfortunately they haven't a chance this year with this song

5

Martin

Will Young with a perm - builds along nicely good hook to it, he is enjoying the song and the finish shows he has some power to his voice.

7

Roberto

Europe is living a celebration… but Spain is losing a chance. After the withdrawal of Andorra, the entry should be more focused and more “European”. Certainly Coral or Lorena could worthily represent Spain, a "big" in search of a good place since 2004. "Something tiny" (the translation of the title) is ... something tiny . That do not impress me much, though I have to say that the singer has a very good voice. Another song from the fair ? No, thanks !

5

Nico

What a real shame for Spain, this should have been one of their entries in the 70s, would have been great then, but for now, it's just a pleasant old fashioned song that's very well performed. Not unlike the Netherlands. Just can't see who will pick up the phone for this. There were other songs in the final with far more potential.

6

Sascha

Not my favourite from the Spanish National Final, but it is one of those songs that annoyingly sticks in your mind and you end up singing it over and over all night.  Obviously good for Eurovision night.  The
performer needs to sex up his performance though - ditch the wedding
suit in favour of a more modern cut (preferably darker) with just a
vest under jacket and tame the hair (which is distracting from the song).  Also, if they can do something the the "Whoa whoa whoa" bit of
the lyrics.  Maybe have the backing singers sing that instead?  It just doesn't sound right, and if it wasn't for that my score would be
9.

8

Eddie

Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata meets Playgroup. He has a very good voice and stage presence. Sounds like it has been lifted straight from a musical. Love the key changes. Could do very well for Spain but need to sort out backing dancers. Should have gone with Coral!

8

Axel

A really good song I think the best of this weekend’s songs.

7

Danny

This is the song that the fanbois are sure to hate, as it beat big favourite Coral to win the chance to represent Spain in Oslo, and hopefully halt the run of disastrous results they have had recently. This is a Spanish waltz sung by a ginger Leo Sayer, which is nice in it's way, but suffers from dreadful staging featuring backing dancers dressed up as kids toys. If they sort that out it might do better than some of their recent entries.

6

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

73

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

68

TOTAL RATING (All) - 141

   

SLOVENIA

Narodnozabavni Rock

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Martin

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any sillier than the Netherlands here comes Slovenia to top it! Ja sam za ples? Ja sam perplex more like!

2

David A

What to say? I remember sitting through endless songs like this in Yugoslavian National Finals of the 1980s. I kept expecting Daniel Popovic to pop up with the Barudzija Sisters and at one point I really did think it was Vlado Janevski and Music Box when the man started singing.  They don’t have many friends in their semi so I doubt this will not get anywhere, nor does it deserve to.

1

Douwe

Another ex-Yugoslav republic going down the rocky road ... but this time with some alpine influences to give it a more national flavour - a good idea and commendable but it all sounds too disjointed to make any real impact - rather like two songs that have hastily been fused together.

4

Monty

Quite possibly the worst thing I will ever have to witness on a Eurovision stage. The minimum one point I am forced to give this is most certainly not of my own volition.

1

Elias

Ohhh nooo…..  What a pity, there were so many other better songs in Slovenia’s final.  It seems Slovenia felt that there neighbour Austria is not participating anymore and they wanted to please them by sending one song that reminded them.  By mistake though … in the song they mix, folk elements with 80s rock rhythms and the final result became one big noise.  At least its original.  

4

Dean

It’s like going back to the Yugoslavian entries of the 1980s! This song is a natural successor to the likes of Ja Sam Za Plas, Mangup and Rock Me.  I know the mixture of rock and folk is probably a bit cheesy, but I can’t help liking it. 

7

Paul

Polka meets fake 80s hair rok: annoying song, annoying performance. Worse than Austria 2005 and probably the worst slovenian ESC entry since 2004. 3 pts because they are brave enough to present this in public.

3

Gary S

This is more like it – a little fun, a little sing-along, a little national pride – this makes me smile. Unexpected, but catchy and enjoyable – and good to see a country move away from the cliché’d formula songs and try something original, well ok, retro.

8

Samuel

I think they tried to do something different, and.. yes, they did... but for Europe this is a... well, let's keep calling it DIFFERENT.

3

Gary P

I assume the point of this song is to have every different form of music so that when the viewing public tunes in for about 10 seconds they will think "oh, I like that". Sorry   Ljubljana  - they won't!

1

Pia

quite funny, but too much retro , good singers 

7

David B

Well done Slovenia! You've made the Dutch entry look like a class act. Whatever possessed the good folk of Slovenia to opt for this faux Tyrolean nonsense is anyone's guess. It's horribly dated and reminds me of the kind of song that finished nowhere in the 1980s Yugoslav finals. This song is (hopefully) doomed!

1

Mark

I am totally confused! I liked bits of the song but hated other bits. It just feels like there were two songs in there and they didn't fit comfortably together. How did it win the national selection by such a huge margin???

3

Martin

Tooooo many styles and jumps along Bon Jovi meets schlager generally some good bits in each style but not a good mix.

5

Roberto

Is this Slovenia? or Tyrol? Please, someone help me .... What kind of music is this ? Experimentation could be a risk itself, but contamination could be even worse. Rock guitars, pop background, ethnic rhythms, accordions, Austrian-type vocals ... it’s too much ! I can’t go on after the first minute of listening. Sorry, Slovenia.

4

Nico

Absolutely awful and they had plenty of decent songs to choose from. It never ceases to amaze me how Slovenia manage to get it so badly wrong year after year. If it weren't so sad it would be hilarious. I have to admit though I'm overjoyed, I was sure they would qualify with Manca Spik, now I don't think they have a prayer. That's one less in the competition to get out of the second semi ;-)

1

Sascha

When the song started, I thought "Oh dear!", but as the song progressed it actually grew on me.  I think the staging needs a bit of work.  There should be more of a divide between the 2 song genres.
When the traditional music is on you need to be able to hear those instruments more and when the "rock" come in, there needs to be a obvious shift to more modern sounding instruments.  At the moment both are too blended.  The "rocker" also need to update his look to emphasise the contrast of modern and traditional.

6

Eddie

Netherlands goes back to the 70s and Slovenia to the 80s. I like the ethnic sounds and it does have a nice melody but his power rock jacket and hair put me right off. It will probably qualify, oh dear oh dear.

4

Axel

A good Pop/Rock song. But I think this song is a bit boring.

4

Danny

This is a bit of a ??? moment! A mash-up between rock and traditional Slovenian music might sound like a total disaster, but it's not quite. However it IS a bit of a mess, but it's still quite catchy, although I'm not sure what the European voters will think of it, especially if it stays in Slovenian. Nice try though...

5

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

40

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

34

TOTAL RATING (All) - 74

   

FYR MACEDONIA

Jas Ja Imam Silata 

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Martin

Very much in the style of Tose Proeski but with none of the charisma. Gjoko sings well enough and this song can be pleasant to Eastern ears. However none of these redeeming factors will see the Republic of Macedonia through to the final. Thumbs down this time.

5

David A

They were unlucky the past two years not to go through due to the idiotic jury rule with what were 2 rather decent songs. This is all over the place and without a major reworking won’t be picking up many votes.

3

Douwe

Despite the fact that a rocky sound didn't get them into the final last year it seems that they are willing to try again ... although there is some rap thrown in for good measure. Personally I cannot see this setting the scoreboard on fire in Oslo . Nothing that would really make me want to pick up the phone and vote for it - instantly forgettable.

2

Monty

An attempt to sound contemporary by slapping some rap onto any old identikit Yugoslav rock track. It shouldn’t work, yet there is a tune here that could be dressed up moderately well by May.

5

Elias

I hate it when countries don’t respect their people’s vote (televoting) when it comes to equal votes between two songs and they select to send the song that got most points from the jury.  Especially in a jury like that in Fyrom.  The two songs from two different Vlatko’s which won the two semi-finals were million times better than the song selected.  Gjoko’s song is so average and boring. 

 

3

Dean

Well performed for sure, but this is really not my type of music.  Will struggle to qualify.

2

Paul

I can only make it short this time - is this a song at all? Very, very weak and disappointing

1

Gary S

A tea-break for Europe! With 12 songs chosen at this stage, I am hoping that the early finals are selecting this year’s batch of lower quality entries. They’ve missed a trick to send something fresh, fun and upbeat (Sreka) – instead sending the preference of the 6 (frankly miserable looking) jury members. A no-hoper.

3

Samuel

Why Macedonia keeps trying with these songs that you can't even remember how it sounds? This is not the way, friends.

1

Gary P

I am sure I have heard this somewhere before - cant place it but it sounds like so many other really rather poor entries over the years....sorry Macedonia

4

Pia

well, not my style, I don’t now, It wasn’t good in my ears ....

6

David B

It's another slice of predictable, bland but sturdy Dad-rock from the Balkans. The performance is safe and the overall sound is not displeasing but is it enough to make an Icelandic housewife pick up the phone and vote? probably not . . .

5

Mark

I thought I was going to hate this song but I surprised myself and really quite liked it. Guitar instrumental was FAB not so sure about the rapper though!

7

Martin

Quite a strong song and powerful voice the rap break spoils it totally for me just could not see the point.

6

Roberto

Not so bad, catchy enough, but not exactly original. A decent singer,  but the rapper is completely out. I can’t understand his role. It goes on with some kind of passion and strength; however, it could be, in a long run, a bit repetitive. An attempt to create a anthemic song ?

6

Nico

Interesting choice, was actually my favorite ,  but the guy is really not very telegenic.... Can't see this being a hit with the fandom at large though and if they were in the second semi I'd say this wouldn't stand a prayer, but you can never discount FYRoM, especially with Serbia and Bosnia in their heat.

 

6

Sascha

I think this has potential.  The song itself sounds good, although the
vocals seem a bit forced.  I think the performer needs work on it
sounding more like singing and less like shouting.  My main problem though is the music.  It may have been the recording, but the music was lacking.  The backing track for the main performance will need work with more instruments to give it a richer sound.

5

Eddie

He looks like someone that has got up to do a bit of karaoke. The rapper is even funnier pacing the back of the stage and I can feel air guitar moment coming. As for the song, it’s not painful but it just does nothing.

4

Axel

This is a OK song.  But it is not the best so far.

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Danny

Macedonia this year go for a rocky style song complete with guitar solo which is sure to be popular in the Balkan countries. it's not really my cup of tea though, and I don't think it's as strong as their last 2 entries which both finished an agonizing 10th in the semi-final. However, with 10 spaces up for grabs this year, Macedonia could make the final for the first time since 2007...

5

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

41

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

43

TOTAL RATING (All) - 84

  

MALTA

My Dream

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Martin

Thea can certainly hold a tune and there is no shortage of good singers in Malta but what is happening to those song writers? A marked lack of talent in the last few years is plaguing the islands. Completely and utterly boring. It will get nowhere.

5

David A

Many will say this is the usual dated boring ballad but then dated boring ballads did reasonably well last year, think Jade. She sings well and with the birdman will have instant appeal on the night if they sort out the rather insipid ending and don't fall into the usual Maltese trap of throwing too much on the stage.

7

Douwe

Nothing new or daring here - just another big ballad - not a million miles from Jade's 'It's my time'. A formula song from Malta ... but I love it ... especially the way the chorus breaks open. Warm and powerful voice for a 17 year old (almost operatic at times) and I'm probably the only person that enjoys the seagull imagery. Watch this 'fly' into the final.

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Monty

Is it a bird? Is it a frock? No, it’s just a minor distraction from a very plain ballad. We’ve heard both this song and this sentiment a thousand times before.

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Elias

It doesn’t mean that if ¨Ιs it true¨ did so good last year, that any ballad will have the same destiny this year.  Iceland’s 2009 song was exceptional, inspired, a simple masterpiece.  All the recipe of ¨This is my dream¨ is not original, with music, lyrics and interpretation that we hear one million times before.  If I have to find something that I like is the guy with the wings and feathers, at least he is an interesting element.

3

Dean

Malta chose the best song in its national final.   It’s a safe ballad, written by the composers who gave us The One That I Love, and although it’s not as good as that song, it’s certainly Malta’s best entry since 2005.

6

Paul

Chiara like sugary Disney ballad, business as usual from Malta. Not sure if the formula still works but the jury will probably like it a lot. ( PS: Get rid of that irritating " bird man " or whatever this white thing shall be!! )

7

Gary S

I am getting a bit tired of unimaginative insipid ballads that really have little originality. Good voice, it must be said, but a weak song choice. Malta desperately needs the youth element. Zzzzzz

2

Samuel

Again a ballad? Where is Chiara?... again, if she didn't make it.. you won't either. Now the point is.. will Malta get to the final?

3

Gary P

Ordinarily this song would be very mediocre (and I love Maltese entries usually) but in the crop so far this doesn't sound half so bad.

5

Pia

good performance, good singer, but there’s something missing ...????

8

David B

To paraphrase one Hollywood critic years ago, this song exhibits a flowering dullness, a boredom in rowdy bloom. It's without soul and makes last year's mediocre effort from Chiara sound like a Carole King classic. However within the context of the 2010 contest, Malta might qualify for the final with little trouble.

6

Mark

This song is dreary and nothing special, but I am giving an extra point for the dancer with the wings he was good!!

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Martin

Very nervous opening and might find the big night overpowers her builds nicely and gives hints of a good voice hidden in there

7

Roberto

In a time of ethnic productions, Malta has decided to return to tradition. The result is certainly pleasant : nice song, nice voice, perhaps a bit ordinary and predictable, but it’s okay. A chance for the final.

7

Nico

Malta goes back to it's early 90's roots. It's not quite a nightmare, but it doesn't really do what it says on the tin for me. Still it's pleasant enough and Malta are very fortunately in the first and far less predictable semi-final. She'd have to get over the rainbow to pull this dream off though.

 

3

Sascha

Very "It's My Time" from the UK last year.  The song is not too bad but the performance needs a lot of practice.  The key change needs to be much more spectacular...it had the build-up but no delivery.  It has the potential to reach the final if the performance is improved.

7

Eddie

I was wondering how long it would be before someone copied Jade and it’s my time. A much better entry from Malta. The song builds really nicely and Thea has a good voice. But someone get me a gun for that bird. Should qualify.

7

Axel

A good ballad but not as good as the ballads in Sweden.

5

Danny

Malta this year have gone for another ballad, this time sung by 17 year old Thea Garrett, who has an unfortunate haircut which makes her look 10 years older. Despite that, she does perform the song well, which isn't really anything special but is given an interesting staging featuring a birdman coming from behind her!

7

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

56

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

52

TOTAL RATING (All) - 108

  

POLAND

Legenda

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Martin

This is like having two completely different songs. I don’t believe the two things blend at all and I’m not particularly taken by either. The chorus is somehow catchy so it might be a grower but I’m not getting it just now.

5

David A

Is it just me or does this have absolutely no tune whatsoever? A combination, or should I say, a mishmash of disparate rhythms and styles which jar in the extreme.  Why anyone thought this was remotely good defeats me. It will probably win!

1

Douwe

A car crash waiting to happen - With one notable exception it's safe to say there wasn't a great deal for the Polish voters to choose from and the fact that they went for this isn't really a big surprise ... attractive singer ... starts off reminiscent of 'Hora din Moldova' but then rapidly slides down the shrieky, messy, throw everything into 3 minutes slippery slope. Such a shame Poland overlooked the modern sound of 'Love me' - As it stands this will have one heck of a job getting out of it's semi final.

1

Monty

Something’s not quite right here, yet I do quite like it. I fear it will leave the viewing public baffled, and there’s something a little sinister running through this tale of thwarted valour.

 

5

Elias

The song reminds strongly in parts No Name’s participation for Serbia&Montenegro in 2005.  Marcin performance is too harsh, without the expected emotion for such a song.  At some parts he is screaming and generally his stage appearance needs a lot of work.  The two ¨ballet¨ dancers doesn’t add anything and the two things that will make the song stand out, is to bring the girl with the second voice and the ethnic woman dancers more in front.

7

Dean

Poor Poland. They've been in the Eurovision doldrums for so long, and I'm not sure this is going to rescue them, although I can see the Balkan countries quite liking this.  It's growing on me slightly, but it's not really my cup of tea. 

3

Paul

 The best song out of a weak national final. It is a typical " love or hate " entry though: musical meets ethno with some childish lyrics about a princess or something. Might do better than expected, might toally fail.

7

Gary S

I am convinced there is a tune in there somewhere, but it just comes across as a complete mess - shouting, wailing, dreadful - has to be Poland's worst entry - but they have time to save it with a COMPLETE rework! Am reminded of "Nuku Pommiin".

2

Samuel

Poland hasn't found its place yet in the contest.. ballads? pop? divas? ethnic? ... Once again, they bring something original, but not enough for a massive number of votes from Europe.

6

Gary P

I don't get this song and I am not sure it will appeal to anyone in Europe. I don't think the beat and the slow bits go well together. My bottom place so far.

2

Pia

well, what can I say, I just don´t like it,  but he´s a good singer 

6

David B

Words fail me. Well, actually they don't. This is a hideous mix of styles and ideas. It's not 'brave' or 'inspired', just awful.

1

Mark

I think my ears have started to bleed! That was painful. If this is the best that Poland can send to Eurovision I would hate to hear the songs that it beat in the national final

1

Martin

Very disjointed start and struggles to get going as a song after a long time spent in Poland it is I must say very polish and the polish will love it just not sure what the rest of Europe will make of it

4

Roberto

This song leaves me a little disoriented. I am not sure if it's a traditional song in a strict sense. A song that can be interesting, as well as confused. A good voice but the song seems to go hardly forward, and remains a bit “suspended”. It would need another type of chorus, probably, and a different look for the performance.  

5

Nico

It's pleasant enough, I preferred the song that came second. The idea behind Legenda is nice enough, but it doesn't quite go anywhere for me. Perhaps someone thought a legend would follow a fairy tale rather well, but unfortunately I think it's just a myth.

5

Sascha

Probably one of the better Polish entries for years.  It will rely on good staging and performance.  Marcin should perform the song as many
times as possible before the night and hopefully it will take Poland into the finals

7

Eddie

Great voice and powerful stage presence. I like the driving rhythm in the song but it keeps stopping and loses momentum. It feels like he is just shouting at the end. Are the dancers hearing the same song we hear?  I really can’t decide if I love it or hate it!

5

Axel

A very strange song and i don't like it. And I think I don't like the singer.

2

Danny

Oh dear. This is just wrong. The song is sung well but sounds like 35 songs in one and ends up being one total mess. I'm not sure what is supposed to be going on, I'm not even sure that the writers do either. Definitely the worst song chosen so far. Not even Marcin's good looks can save this song from being a non-qualifier. 

2

 

TOTAL RATING (INT)

47

 

TOTAL RATING (UK)

30

TOTAL RATING (All) - 77

 

ARMENIA

Apricot Stone

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Martin

I can see what they were trying to achieve here. It’s a case of a good idea badly executed. I’m afraid it comes across as contrived. For once we can see Armenia struggling to make the final.

4

David A

Now I have a problem with this, despite being very professionally produced and with a wide ranging approachable rhythm, I just find the actual song lyrics so stupid and infantile, but then infantile worked for Norway last year.  Would it sound better in Armenian? However it will have cross border appeal and should do well.

6

Douwe

There is work to be done before this is performed in Oslo particularly on Eva's vocals but already 'Apricot Stone' has plenty of merits - wonderful feel to the song - beautiful girl and an interesting idea behind the lyric - at very least I now know that one of the colours in Armenia's flag is not Orange but Apricot.

7

Monty

One of my favourites so far this is bursting with musical potential but the lyrics really do jar! I’m sure they’re a call to arms to vote for Armenians from Belgium to erm, the Netherlands, which will probably prove successful!

8

Elias

Eva is a goddess and she can easily also participate in the Miss World.  She has voice too, she lucks only from an inspired stage presentation but I think this will be the easiest think to be fixed for Oslo.  If Armenia was in the Top10 in all its four first participations with less impressive songs, this year will definitely follow the same line.

8

Dean

A good song from Armenia that is sure to do well in Oslo.  I like the way it manages to be a catch