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Judging 2015 #2: Greece, Estonia, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary

Judging 2015 #2: Greece, Estonia, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary
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  • On April 10, 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. With eight people voting, a song can gather a maximum of 40 points.

 

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 2: Greece, Estonia, Macedonia, Serbia, and Hungary

Today we continue with the next five songs from the first semi-final, in their performed order. Last week, we looked at the first five countries.

 

6. Greece – Maria Elena Kyriakou – “One Last Breath”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Cookie-cutter ballad with nothing to really set it apart from previous Eurovision years.
    Score: 1
  • Kemal
    Nice ballad from this year. Nice job Greece! We had missed to hear some ballads from Greece.
    Score: 3
  • Erdi
    A nice ballad from Greece… I have missed the ballads from Greece.
    Score: 4
  • Helin
    I’m disappointed because it’s ballad but the song is okay. She needs to fix her accent. I think they will make final very easily.
    Score: 3
  • Maral
    I love that woman and her song.
    Score: 3
  • Emma
    One of the best ballads from this year.
    Score: 3
  • Tolgahan
    Greece and this song! Why Greece? “Ela” was a perfect song in the national final show for Eurovision. Not bad, but boring.
    Score: 1
  • Iain
    The build up lasts too long and doesn’t seem to lead anywhere – very anticlimatic.
    Score: 2

= Total score: 20

 


 

 

7. Estonia – Elina Born & Stig Rästa – “Goodbye to Yesterday”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Lots of charisma, interesting instrumentals, and contrasting voices. Sexy song.
    Score: 5
  • Kemal
    It’s actually a simple song. However, compared to this year’s songs, it stands out.
    Score: 4
  • Erdi
    Pop copy of The Netherlands from last year, but I LIKE IT!
    Score: 5
  • Helin
    I have supported them since they were in the national final. The song and their voices are simple and pure. They may make it to the top 5!
    Score: 5
  • Maral
    Simply beautiful.
    Score: 5
  • Emma
    I think this will translate well on a big stage.
    Score: 4
  • Tolgahan
    I love this song! A candidate to win.
    Score: 5
  • Iain
    Catchy and quirky – if it is staged like the video it will do very well.
    Score: 4

= Total score: 37

 


 

 

8. Macedonia – Daniel Kajmakoski – “Autumn Leaves”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Good voice, but that’s the best part. Kinda forgettable.
    Score: 2
  • Kemal
    Uh-uh.
    Score: 0
  • Erdi
    The music sounds very different and original, but I would like it to be a bit more traditional.
    Score: 3
  • Helin
    After the English version was released I started to like the song, but it’s so average there is nothing special about it. I think they will make the final this year though.
    Score: 3
  • Maral
    The Macedonian version sounded better, but musically this version is soooo much better.
    Score: 3
  • Emma
    It reminds me of Justin Timberlake.
    Score: 3
  • Tolgahan
    Pretty cool, but boring. Maybe they will make the final with an interesting show.
    Score: 2
  • Iain
    Beautiful and simple song. If they can incorporate the video into the staging it will be a success.
    Score: 4

= Total score: 20

 


 

 

9. Serbia – Bojana Stamenov – “Beauty Never Lies”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Corny lyrics, but good beat. Probably a good stage presence.
    Score: 3
  • Kemal
    Serbian version was much better, but I actually like it.
    Score: 3
  • Erdi
    Bojana is amazing… But I really like the Serbian version more than the English.
    Score: 2
  • Helin
    Thank God it’s in English now. I like the song.
    Score: 3
  • Maral
    OMG, is this for real or is she trolling? These lyrics are terrible. Please, tell me this is a joke.
    Score: 1
  • Emma
    Good song, but it was much better in Serbian.
    Score: 3
  • Tolgahan
    I love this song! Bojana’s voice is really strong and beautiful. I hope the best for Serbia in Eurovision 2015!
    Score: 4
  • Iain
    A very cliched song with a relatively weak vocal. Will be surprised to see it qualify for the final.
    Score: 2

= Total score: 21

 


 

 

10. Hungary – Boggie – “Wars For Nothing”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    An ambiguous anti-war anthem with a missing melody.
    Score: 0
  • Kemal
    I find this song very interesting actually. I think it could be a secret favorite.
    Score: 2
  • Erdi
    Boggie is a great artist, but the song is very boring and I am tired of these messages in Eurovision.
    Score: 1
  • Helin
    I love the message of the song. Her voice is so pure, I hope she can make the final.
    Score: 3
  • Maral
    Having an important message can make it a very good song.
    Score: 4
  • Emma
    It has really grown on me.
    Score: 2
  • Tolgahan
    A song that gives a message of peace. It’s a nice idea, but unfortunately it’s really boring.
    Score: 1
  • Iain
    A great folk-y feel to this entry – I think this will encourage a lot of people to vote in this year’s contest.
    Score: 4

= Total score: 17

 


 

After this round of voting, a new country takes the lead! Estonia ended up just three points away from the maximum 40 points, pushing Belgium to second place. On the other end, Finland remains our least-favorite entry this year.

Join us again soon for part 3 of Judging 2015, where we will look at Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Albania, and Romania!

 

Cumulative ranking:

1: Estonia – 37
2: Belgium – 34
3: The Netherlands – 30
4: Moldova – 24
5: Armenia – 22
6: Serbia – 21
7: Greece – 20
7: Macedonia – 20
9: Hungary – 17
10: Finland – 3

 

< Check out part 1 of the voting!

(Armenia, Belgium, Finland, Moldova, The Netherlands)

Check out part 3 of the voting! >

(Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Albania, Romania)

 

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