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Judging 2015 #3: Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Albania, Romania

Judging 2015 #3: Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Albania, Romania
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  • On April 17, 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 3: Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Albania, Romania

We now continue with the third part of the voting and the next five songs of the first semi-final.

 

11. Belarus – Uzari & Maimuna – “Time”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Nice melody with nice violin touch. Voice trying a little too hard.
    Score: 3
  • Kemal
    Interesting duet. Unfortunately though, I am not a fan of it.
    Score: 2
  • Erdi
    Great revamped version, it gets better and better!
    Score: 4
  • Helin
    Song is okay. At least its not a ballad.
    Score: 2
  • Maral
    I love it!
    Score: 4
  • Emma
    The best I’ve ever seen from Belarus!
    Score: 4
  • Tolgahan
    I like this song! Definitely not boring and will make it to the final with a good show.
    Score: 3
  • Iain
    Another catchy song from Belarus this year – it will get feet tapping and votes coming in.
    Score: 4

= Total score: 26

 


 

 

12. Russia – Polina Gagarina – “A Million Voices”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    This song is beneath Polina. Her voice is too good for such a generic song for peace, from a country that doesn’t know what the word “peace” means.
    Score: 2
  • Kemal
    One of the beautiful ballads this year.
    Score: 4
  • Erdi
    I adore Polina and her song is amazing too!
    Score: 5
  • Helin
    Very strong and catchy. I’m pretty sure that she will be in top 5.
    Score: 4
  • Maral
    Beautiful song and beautiful singer.
    Score: 3
  • Emma
    I love Polina but was hoping for an uptempo song from her.
    Score: 4
  • Tolgahan
    “A Million Voices” is a song that gives a message of peace! I like this song!
    Score: 4
  • Iain
    A very strong voice and great message – hopefully the irony doesn’t stop the voting…
    Score: 4

= Total score: 30

 


 

13. Denmark – Anti Social Media – “The Way You Are”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Highly generic, no distinction, voice is mediocre at best, and highly dated.
    Score: 0
  • Kemal
    One of the nice upbeat songs of this year, but a cliché.
    Score: 3
  • Erdi
    Denmark… No no no. Only the chorus is good.
    Score: 1
  • Helin
    I don’t know why people don’t like this song. It’s fun. I really enjoy listening to it. They will be in the final, but not sure if they can make the top 10.
    Score: 4
  • Maral
    Nice guys and what a nice song, isnt it?
    Score: 3
  • Emma
    This year’s funnest song, I love it!
    Score: 4
  • Tolgahan
    Gives me positive energy! But just fun.
    Score: 2
  • Iain
    A very bland entry from Denmark this year, but will it qualify? Who knows.
    Score: 2

= Total score: 19

 


 

 

14. Albania – Elhaida Dani – “I’m Alive”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Great voice, great build-up, and great song overall. Good change, Albania!
    Score: 4
  • Kemal
    She is so talented and the new song is much better than the old one. Love it too.
    Score: 4
  • Erdi
    That’s what I want from Albania… Ehaida will rock Eurovision stage, I AM SURE!
    Score: 5
  • Helin
    I really don’t understand why all euro fans like this song. What’s so special about it?
    Score: 1
  • Maral
    Great voice and classic style.
    Score: 3
  • Emma
    I much prefer it to Albania’s original song.
    Score: 4
  • Tolgahan
    Definitely better than “Diell”. A perfect song to relax! Rhythm and sounds are quite nice.
    Score: 3
  • Iain
    A standard song with below average diction – might do alright if this improves.
    Score: 2

= Total score: 26

 


 

 

15. Romania – Voltaj – “De la capăt”

> Artist profile

 

 

  • Eric
    Odd voices, forgettable melody, and nothing special.
    Score: 1
  • Kemal
    Just no!
    Score: 0
  • Erdi
    At first I didn’t like the song, but now I really love it!
    Score: 4
  • Helin
    Nice song, awful voices. I’m sorry, but they will not qualify this year.
    Score: 2
  • Maral
    This song is really good, but i was sad when I heard they will sing it in English.
    Score: 3
  • Emma
    Love the English version!
    Score: 3
  • Tolgahan
    Not too bad, but I don’t like it.
    Score: 1
  • Iain
    A good, solid buildup and memorable chorus. Should qualify and do will amidst this year’s entries.
    Score: 4

= Total score: 18

 


 

 

Following the third round of voting, the top 3 remains unchanged, with Albania and Belarus tied in the top 5. In the lower end, Macedonia and Hungary were joined by Denmark and Romania.

Check back soon for the fourth part of Judging 2015, where we will look at Georgia and break into the second semi-final with Lithuania, Ireland, San Marino, and Montenegro!

 

Cumulative ranking:

1: Estonia – 37
2: Belgium – 34
3: The Netherlands – 30
3: Russia – 30
5: Albania – 26

5: Belarus – 26 
7: Moldova – 24
8: Armenia – 22
9: Serbia – 21
10: Greece – 20
10: Macedonia – 20
12: Denmark – 19
13: Romania – 18

14: Hungary – 17
15: Finland – 3

 

< Check out part 2 of the voting

(Greece, Estonia, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary)

Check out part 4 of the voting >

(Georgia, Lithuania, Ireland, San Marino, Montenegro)

 

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