Reviewing '16: Denmark, Ukraine, Norway, Georgia, Albania, and Belgium
Welcome to part six of our 2016 Eurovision Song Contest review series!
Today, our jury will review the remaining songs of the second semi-final and hand out points from one to five.
Lighthouse X – “Soldiers of Love”
Alvaro: Denmark did not make it to the finals last year, yet they are trying to make it with another boyband. Lighthouse X’s song is outdated and the lyrics are unoriginal.
Emma: I like this song. I don’t love this song. I feel like the vocals are weak and honestly, for a while I had completely forgotten Denmark were even in the contest this year.
George: What a combination! Their voices are perfect and I love their staging. The song might sound like it’s been done already, but I love it.
Eric: Probably the most generic song in the entire contest this year. It combines boyband with mediocre vocals.Very 2001-ish.
Jamala – “1944”
Alvaro: I love the lyrics of the Ukrainian representative.They have sentiment. However, Jamala’s vocal technique is not good. It feels like she lacks air at some parts of her performance and the instrumentals are over-sentimental.
Emma: While Ukraine were in the midst of their selection process, every Eurovision fan I knew absolutely loved 1944. I liked the song on my first listen but I couldn’t understand all the hype about the song. Now that I know a bit more about the backstory of the song, I do like it a lot more.
George: I can’t feel it. She definitely has a strong voice and the music is amazing, but I just can’t feel it.
Eric: Jamala sings amazingly. She has such a unique voice and the song is a good blend of emotion and ethnic elements.
Agnete – “Icebreaker”
Alvaro: Icebreaker reminds me of Norway in 2013 with I Feed You My Love, in a good way. The chorus is powerful and Agnete’s vocals are good. Nevertheless, the melody composition is confusing with a chorus that sounds disconnected from the verses.
Emma: I feel like Icebreaker belongs in 2008 not 2016. That being said, I do like the song. I think a lyric change could drastically improve Icebreaker. The lyrics are so repetitive, something I hate in a song.
George: This is a tsunami, not an icebreaker! A tsunami of energy and power. Unique and great.
Eric: I would give this top points, but the difference between the verses and chorus is not a smooth transition. Sounds like two different songs. Otherwise, it is good
Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz – “Midnight Gold”
Alvaro: I personally like this act. The band sound reminds me of the work of the Artic Monkeys and they sound different to the rest of the entries. However, that is also their biggest problem. It will be very difficult for them to connect with the fans that are used to other music styles.
Emma: I’ve listened to this song over and over but I just can’t get into it. I don’t know any of the words, I couldn’t even hum the tune of it. It’s really forgettable to me and I don’t think it will stand out enough for Europe to vote for it.
George: This is a mess.
Eric: WHAT ON EARTH IS THIS!? Is this 80s, 90s, or future? Is this a song? I want the last three minutes of my life back.
Eneda Tarifa – “Fairytale”
Alvaro: Eneda’s song lost a lot of potential with the English version. The lyrics are too simple and repetitive and they lack of conviction. The melody is not impressive either.
Emma: I liked this song when it won Festival I Kengës and then they went and ruined it. The new lyrics are odd and the new music is weird. I’m kind of embarrassed by this song now. I do really like Eneda though, and that saves this entry for me.
George: The revamp has just destroyed everything. It sounds so flat. Although her voice is amazing, this is boring.
Eric: This is just odd and I don’t know what to think of it. It seems somewhat dated.
Laura Tesoro – “What’s the Pressure”
Alvaro: After an impressive result with Loïc last year, Laura Tesoro is not as impressive. However, I cannot deny that she looks cool in her performance and her disco song is way better than San Marino.
Emma: Initially, I was disappointed with Belgium’s choice of artist. Only recently has the song begun to stick in my head. I do like the song now, but the fact that it took several months for it to grow on me is a problem.
George: At first, it was an average song. Now, it feels too childish to me. Nothing interesting.
Eric: Personally, this is not my favorite. I don’t get it at all. It’s a fun beat and singer, but it’s not for me.
Combined scoring after part 6
Following today’s scoring, our least favorite San Marino got joined by another two countries: Albania and Georgia. Maybe tomorrow’s Big 5 and host country Sweden will have better luck?
1: Russia: 4,75
2: Czech Republic: 4,5
3: Bulgaria: 4,25
3: Estonia: 4,25
5: Australia: 4
5: Cyprus: 4
5: Hungary: 4
5: Latvia: 4
5: Lithuania: 4
5: Malta: 4
5: Serbia: 4
12: Croatia: 3,75
12: Iceland: 3,75
12: Norway: 3,75
15: Armenia: 3,5
15: Azerbaijan: 3,5
17: Austria: 3,25
18: Moldova: 3
18: Ukraine: 3
20: Bosnia & Herzegovina: 2,75
20: Finland: 2,75
22: Israel: 2,5
22: The Netherlands: 2,5
24: Denmark: 2,25
24: Slovenia: 2,25
26: Belgium: 2
26: Switzerland: 2
28: Greece: 1,75
28: Ireland: 1,75
28: Macedonia: 1,75
31: Belarus: 1,5
31: Montenegro: 1,5
31: Poland: 1,5
34: Albania: 1
34: Georgia: 1
34: San Marino: 1