Reviewing '16: Finland, Greece, Moldova, Hungary, Croatia, and The Netherlands
Welcome to our 2016 Eurovision Song Contest review series!
The first semi-final is just two weeks away and today our small jury of four will take a look at the first six songs that compete on May 10, giving points between 1 and 5.
Sandhja – “Sing It Away”
Alvaro: The best and worst part about Finland’s song is that it is probably the closest entry to a schlager this year. It is catchy but is probably outdated. Sandhja’s performance has a lot of energy and her vocals are very good.
Emma: This fun song will be a good start to semi final one. Sandhja has a great energy when she performs and the crowd at Stockholm should go crazy for Sing It Away. The song is reminiscent of a song that would be in the UK top 40.
George: Just no. It has nothing. Bad voice, bad song and a boring sound.
Eric: Fun song and definitely an uplifting song. I really like the energy with this song and I hope it proves to be great live.
Argo – “Utopian Land”
Alvaro: Greece has a song with a message. But apart from that, I have to say that it is probably one of the worst songs Greece has sent in a decade. The chorus is too simple and the rapping is generic.
Emma: The only reason this song is so low in my top 43 is simply because there are better songs this year. I do really like the song. I think it’s very unique and I love the Greek sound. I would love to see Greece qualify but it doesn’t seem likely.
George: This is so fresh and ethnic. The lyrics make me so emotional and are powerful.
Eric: This is the weakest Greek entry that I can remember. This has a risk of going unqualified.
Lidia Isac – “Falling Stars”
Alvaro: The Moldovan song is not bad, but the main problem with this song is that it is an entry that it could have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 10 years ago with no difference. It is just another predictable song.
Emma: A good song ruined by terrible vocals! The studio version of Falling Stars is significantly better than the live version. Lidia’s vocals hurt my ears. Hopefully she will improve or she has no chance of getting to the final.
George: The ultimate europop song! Lidia is so lovely and the song awesome.
Eric: I’m glad there is an upbeat dance song and Lidia delivers it with so much energy. I hope she manages to qualify.
Freddie – “Pioneer”
Alvaro: Freddie has an impressive, raspy voice. The lyrics are also well elaborated and the stage performance is impressive. Freddie has potential if he impress his audience in the Semi-finals. It has some reminiscence to Armenia’s Aram Mp3 though.
Emma: If there’s anything I like a Eurovision song to be, it’s an anthem. Hungary is just that this year. Freddie’s voice is unusual and something different and interesting to listen to.
George: This voice is just WOW. The song might be average but this voice is an eargasm!
Eric: The song is pretty good and has a good melody. The voice is super sexy though. I hope this does well.
Nina Kraljić – “Lighthouse”
Alvaro: Nina’s voice is beautiful and the lyrics are fine. The problem, however, is that the melody is forgettable and she will depend on her performance in the contest to attract the audience attention among all the other entries.
Emma: I love Nina! She reminds me a lot of Sia. Her vocals are always on point and her outfits are fabulous! As well as that, her song is perfectly balanced with the right amount of pop and ethnicity. She’s pretty much guaranteed a spot in the final.
George: Incredible comeback! Nina has a really calm voice and her song is so relaxing. The music is unique.
Eric: Excellent comeback for Croatia. Really strong voice and melody. This one may surprise us and get a very high placing.
Douwe Bob – “Slow Down”
Alvaro: Similarly to their entry in 2014, I think that the Netherlands can be a good surprise this year. Douwe Bob reminds me both of The Common Linnets and Tom Dice. The chorus of this country song is catchy and could easily captivate the public.
Emma: The Netherlands love their country music. Unfortunately, a country song from them will always be compared to the incredible Calm After the Storm and Slow Down just doesn’t come close. Douwe Bob is great though. I feel like he’s just happy to take part, which is always nice.
George: I wanna turn off the sound every time I listen to it.
Eric: This is a change from the rest of the songs. It’s calming and a genuinely positive song. I like this a lot.
Combined votes after part 1
- Hungary: 4
- Croatia: 3,75
- Moldova: 3
- Finland: 2,75
- The Netherlands: 2,5
- Greece: 1,75
Coming up in part 2: Armenia, San Marino, Russia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, and Austria!