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Judging 2015 #1: Armenia, Belgium, Finland, Moldova, The Netherlands

Judging 2015 #1: Armenia, Belgium, Finland, Moldova, The Netherlands
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  • On April 3, 2015

With the official slogan of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 being “Building Bridges,” we decided to build a Eurovision bridge of our own!

Leading all the way to Turkey, we are collaborating with our friends at the Eurovision news website, ESCin5.com!

 


 

Our Eurovision jury teams

Four members of the ESC Reporter team join four members of ESCin5 to rate all the songs of Eurovision 2015. The songs will be rated on a scale from 0 to 5, with cumulative results being added for each post to form a total ranking.

 

Representing ESCReporter.com:

  • Eric Nocito
  • Erdi Tejeci
  • Emma Kiernan
  • Iain Cameron

Representing ESCin5.com:

  • Kemal Can Arat
  • Helin Ege Tok
  • Maral Toprak
  • Tolgahan Targit


 

The voting, part 1: Armenia, Belgium, Finland, Moldova, The Netherlands

Let’s get to it! Today we begin with the first five songs from Semi-Final 1 in its actual running order.

 

1. Moldova – Eduard Romanyuta – “I Want Your Love”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Uptempo, catchy, and just fun.
    Score: 4
  • Kemal
    If this song came from Greece, Sweden, or another popular ESC country, fans would go crazy like “Athens 2016 etc.” Since it is from Moldova, I don’t know how this song will stand up. I generally like it.
    Score: 4
  • Erdi
    Just a OK song nothing good.
    Score: 1
  • Helin
    I don’t understand why people don’t like this song. It’s fun. If one of the Scandinavian countries would send this, everyone would love it.
    Score: 4
  • Maral
    Can’t wait to see his performance onstage.
    Score: 4
  • Emma
    Fun Song.
    Score: 2
  • Tolgahan
    Not bad, but an ordinary pop song.
    Score: 2
  • Iain
    A fun song with a strong bass. Should qualify for the final if performed well in the semi-final.
    Score: 3

= Total score: 24

 


 

2. Armenia – GenealogyFace The Shadow

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Broadway and/or Disney song-sounding, reminiscent of Switzerland 2006.
    Score: 2
  • Kemal
    Apart from the political message of the song, I don’t think that this song can get through all the ballads of this year.
    Score: 2
  • Erdi
    I was waiting for more from Genealogy. I only like last part of song.
    Score: 3
  • Maral
    I don’t like. So many deny’s. Makes me irritated.
    Score: 2
  • Helin
    I really don’t like people who use Eurovision for their politic intentions. That’s why I do not support their song, but I like the music and singers’ voices. It reminds me of musical performances.
    Score: 3
  • Emma
    Powerful song with a lovely meaning.
    Score: 4
  • Tolgahan
    I waited for something different from Armenia…
    Score: 2
  • Iain
    An interesting combination of voices – should qualify if staged well.
    Score: 4

= Total score: 22

 


 

3. Belgium – Loïc NottetRhythm Inside

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Fresh, contemporary, and begs for a second listening.
    Score: 4
  • Kemal
    LOVE, one of the best of this year.
    Score: 5
  • Erdi
    Lorde’s song??? No it is Loïc…I like it. It’s kinda good.
    Score: 3
  • Helin
    Before I heard the song I knew that Loïc would save the contest. I think he has the best song! Its different and that is what makes it perfect.
    Score: 5
  • Maral
    It’s fresh, catchy and it stands out amongst the other entries. Oh Belgium, this’ll do very well in Vienna. I can assure you.
    Score: 5
  • Emma
    Something Eurovision has never seen before, reminds me of Lorde.
    Score: 5
  • Tolgahan
    An interesting song. I like Belgium this year!
    Score: 4
  • Iain
    An interesting track but is very similar to Lorde’s “Royals.”
    Score: 3

= Total score: 34

 


 

4. The Netherlands – Trijntje OosterhuisWalk Along

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Great voice and has an addictive chorus. Love it.
    Score: 5
  • Kemal
    Sweet.
    Score: 4
  • Erdi
    This song is pretty good, but now it sounds like old song to me.
    Score: 3
  • Helin
    Her voice, music, and the lyrics… Just perfect. Every person can find something from themselves in this song. I hope Europe will take her to the final.
    Score: 5
  • Maral
    She has a lovely voice and this is a sweet song.
    Score: 3
  • Emma
    Great singer and a catchy song.
    Score: 3
  • Tolgahan
    Really nice song!
    Score: 4
  • Iain
    A bit too screechy, but I imagine it will stand out if performed well live.
    Score: 3

= Total score: 30

 


 

5. Finland – Pertti Kurikan NimipäivätAina mun pitää

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Dated song, too short, and confusing entry altogether.
    Score: 1
  • Kemal
    Again a big NO. I understand Finnish people may think that they are raising awareness on such a disease, but this is not the place.
    Score: 0
  • Erdi
    I think Finland is using them just to get ATTENTION.
    Score: 0
  • Helin
    Thanks god it’s only two minutes. They can make to the final because of their state of health (which is not okay).
    Score: 0
  • Maral
    This is the worst song in the Eurovision Song Contest. You would be top 10 if you sent Satin Circus.
    Score: 0
  • Emma
    I don’t think it’s for Eurovision.
    Score: 1
  • Tolgahan
    Nice idea to create awareness, but this song is unfortunately not nice..
    Score: 0
  • Iain
    The track is short and loud, my only hope is they don’t do well off the back of their conditions.
    Score: 1

= Total score: 3

 


 

Cumulative ranking

  1. Belgium – 34
  2. The Netherlands – 30
  3. Moldova – 24
  4. Armenia – 22
  5. Finland – 3

 

Following the first set of point giving, Belgium ends up on top and pretty close to the maximum 40 points! But – we have only just begun.

Stay tuned for the next installment of Judging 2015, where we will be voting on another five entries from Semi-Final 1 of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015; Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, and Serbia!

 

Check out part 2 of the voting >

(Greece, Estonia, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary)

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