Reviewing '16: Estonia, Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Iceland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Malta
Welcome to the third part of our 2016 Eurovision Song Contest review series!
Today our jury of four will be giving points to the last six countries of the first semi-final, ranking from one to five.
Jüri Pootsmann – “Play”
Alvaro: The lyrics have an interesting introspective tone and Jüri looks both elegant and classy on the stage. The melody however does not have the same “wow factor” as last year. Actually, the chorus sounds powerless.
Emma: I wasn’t sure about this song when it was selected. Now, it’s become one of my big favourites and it’s one of my most played Eurovision 2016 songs. The song was written by Stig Rästa, one of last year’s fan favourites. I can see Jüri surprising everyone and getting an even better placing than Goodbye to Yesterday.
George: The most mysterious entry of the year. Great song. However, I think Jüri’s voice is kinda weak.
Eric: Extremely sexy voice and beat. Estonia is once again sending a powerful and charismatic song.
Samra – “Miracle”
Alvaro: In my opinion, this is one of the best entries ever from Azerbaijan. It will definitely be in the finals. The main problem Samra has is to distinguish herself from the other songs with a similar sound, so it will probably receive an average result.
Emma: You can tell this song was made for Melodifestivalen. It sounds very Swedish and Samra is an amazing vocalist. Azerbaijan always does well at Eurovision and I expect a top 10 placing for this song.
George: Finally Azerbaijan has chosen a dance song. Although this is like a Swedish song, Samra has a nice voice and she delivers a good result
Eric: Professional sounding song. Great voice as well. Nothing really sets it apart from other songs in its genre. Still odd to hear Swedish productions from a south-eastern country like Azerbaijan.
Highway – “The Real Thing”
Alvaro: After two successful years, Montenegro tries to participate with a completely different concept. Highway’s performance is in fact powerful. The problem is that the lyrics are obscure and the audience is not used to connect with this type of song.
Emma: I like this song but it’s not a Eurovision song. I feel like Montenegro don’t really understand how to enter Eurovision. Maybe the live performance will help this song stand out but it doesn’t seem very likely.
George: A good rock song. It has something nice, but the chorus messes it all up.
Eric: Pretty generic song that I forgot very quickly.
Greta Salóme – “Hear Them Calling”
Alvaro: Although I don’t consider it a copy from Måns’ performance, the interaction of Greta with the screen during her performance could make the public raise an eyebrow. Also, Hear Them Calling is not as impressive as Greta’s performance in 2012.
Emma: My 2012 winner returns with another amazing song. I love Greta’s signature sound. She should not change anything about her performance for Eurovision as its already incredible. I’m hoping for a top 10 placing for Iceland.
George: Its music is great, but the rest is boring. Such repetitive lyrics and a weak voice.
Eric: The performance is great for this and so is the song. I like the darkness with this song. Let’s hope Greta can win for Iceland!
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala – “Ljubav Je”
Alvaro: Bosnia & Herzegovina’s song is inconsistent. It has an impressive introduction but as the song progresses, it becomes boring. The rap part does not fit with the song as a whole and it is confusing.
Emma: Deen was a hero to me when I was 10 years old but I wasn’t expecting this. This song is beautiful! This is the most underrated entry of the year. There’s always one song that isn’t in English that I listen to so much I learn the words and this year, this is that song.
George: This is the ultimate Balkan ballad! Their voices fit amazingly well and Jala delivers some great rap! Fabulous.
Eric: Really odd and random combination with generic Balkan ballad and rap. They could’ve sent better for their return.
Ira Losco – “Walk on Water”
Alvaro: Ira Losco is a good performer and Walk on Water is a better option than Chameleon. However, the song is forgettable and it is not as good as her previous entry in the contest. It could do well with the fans though.
Emma: Ira Losco can do no wrong. Chameleon was a great song. Walk on Water is even better. I’m very curious to see how she performs the song live. I have no idea what way she is going to go with it. I’m hoping for another hooded outfit! She wins the award for best national final outfit hands down!
George: Well, I miss Chameleon but this is so Swedish and great! I can feel Molly Pettersson Hammar everywhere. Great job!
Eric: I love Molly Pettersson Hammar and she is great in this song. Wait, this is Ira Losco. Well, she is good too!
Combined scoring after part 3
Today’s field of six spreads evenly across our list of already rated songs, with Estonia landing in third and Montenegro ending up in second-to-last place so far.
1: Russia: 4,75
2: Czech Republic: 4,5
3: Estonia: 4,25
4: Cyprus: 4
4: Hungary: 4
4: Malta: 4
7: Croatia: 3,75
7: Iceland: 3,75
9: Armenia: 3,5
9: Azerbaijan: 3,5
11: Austria: 3,25
12: Moldova: 3
13: Bosnia & Herzegovina: 2,75
13: Finland: 2,75
15: The Netherlands: 2,5
16: Greece: 1,75
17: Montenegro: 1,5
18: San Marino: 1
Stay tuned for tomorrows edition, where we will look at the first six songs of the second semi-final: Latvia, Poland, Switzerland, Israel, Belarus, and Serbia!