Reviewing '16: Armenia, San Marino, Russia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, and Austria
Welcome to part two of our 2016 Eurovision Song Contest review series!
Today our jury of four takes a look at the next six songs of the first semi-final, giving out points from one to five.
Iveta Mukuchyan – “LoveWave”
Alvaro: Iveta’s vocals are distinctive and she looks powerful. The song structure is repetitive however, and it is very similar to Georgia’s 2015 Warrior.
Emma: I had really high expectations for the song when Iveta was announced as the artist, so when I heard it at first I didn’t think it was great. Now, it has really grown on me. I find it really hard to figure out what Iveta is singing though.
George: This is pure art! Iveta has a wide vocal range and her song has everything to become hit. I love the traditional music element, which fits perfectly
Eric: Very modern and interesting. I think this will be a top 5 placer at least. Very well done.
Serhat – “I Didn’t Know”
Alvaro: The final version of San Marino’s song is better than the first version of the song, but it is still that bad. It is basically one of the songs the fans will love to hate. The performance looks ridiculous.
Emma: This is a joke right? I think this is a joke. It must be. It’s terrible. The music video is like something from my nightmares. I feel like this was done on purpose for some reason. So many people collaborated on the song and worked so hard on it, yet it’s the worst song I’ve ever heard. The disco version is just slightly better.
George: I didn’t know. I wish I didn’t know about this song.
Eric: Just when I thought this was bad, they decided to resubmit it in a disco version. Why, oh why?
Sergey Lazarev – “You Are The Only One”
Alvaro: Russia has the classic pop formula that was huge 10 years ago. It is probably not the most original song in this contest but it will easily get the votes of the fans with the right performance and Sergey is an amazing performer.
Emma: I love this song! On my first listen I had Russia down as the winner for a long time. It’s now moved into my second place. Sergey is a great artist and he is so professional. I expect a great show from Russia in Stockholm.
George: Well… WOW! Thank you Russia for this masterpiece. This could be a great winning song.
Eric: Great energy and upbeat song. Sergey is a true professional. I think this song could be lost in a distracting performance though.
Gabriela Gunčíková – “I Stand”
Alvaro: Czech Republic has one of the most beautiful power ballads of this contest. It is time for Czech Republic to make it to the finals and also to have a good result. The vocals, the lyrics, and the emotional melody is perfect.
Emma: After her acapella version of I Stand on Maltese tv, I have no doubt that Gabriela is the best vocalist in this year’s contest. I Stand is the best power ballad of the year. It is the best entry from the Czech Republic since they began entering Eurovision.
George: Hope never dies indeed! I Stand is an amazing song and Gabriela can really sing! First time to the final? I think so!
Eric: Wonderful vocals for this ballad. This will surely be great live and Gabriela’s vocals will definitely impress.
Minus One – “Alter Ego”
Alvaro: Cyprus has a good song with lots of energy. Nevertheless, their performance live is not as impressive as the studio version of the song and rock songs usually do not do well in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Emma: It’s so great to see a rock band who isn’t snobby enough for Eurovision. Minus One seem truly grateful for their Eurovision experience. Alter Ego will get at least one set of twelve points in the final and they totally deserve it. They are going to give us a great show.
George: Yay! One of the best rock songs in Eurovision ever. François has the most powerful male voice this year.
Eric: I like that there is a decent rock song in Eurovision this year. This will do well and I look forward to see it live.
Zoë – “Loin d’ici”
Alvaro: The song is beautiful and Zoë’s performance fits perfectly with the stage in Stockholm. However, it will be difficult for Zoë to impress her audience singing in French, but it is always good to see the artists taking risks.
Emma: I loved Zoë at Austria’s national final last year, however, her song wasn’t great. This year though, she has a great song. Although I don’t think this song will appeal to people just tuning in on the night of Eurovision, it has the feel of a 90’s Eurovision winner which I think appeals to the fans.
George: At first it was an average song. Now, it feels too childish. Nothing interesting.
Eric: This won’t qualify. It’s not bad, just childlike sounding and corny.
Combined scoring after part 2
1: Russia: 4,75
2: Czech Republic: 4,5
3: Cyprus: 4
3: Hungary: 4
5: Croatia: 3,75
6: Armenia: 3,5
7: Austria: 3,25
8: Moldova: 3
9: Finland: 2,75
10: The Netherlands: 2,5
11: Greece: 1,75
12: San Marino: 1
Tomorrow we will take a look at the last six songs of semi-final 1: Estonia, Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Iceland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Malta!