Reviewing '16: Ireland, Macedonia, Lithuania, Australia, Slovenia, and Bulgaria
Welcome to part five of our 2016 Eurovision Song Contest review series!
In this part, our jury of four will rate another six countries from the second semi-final, handing out points from one to five.
Nicky Byrne – “Sunlight”
Alvaro: Although I first got impressed with the idea of having an ex-Westlife member representing Ireland, I am not sure if Nicky can make it to the finals. The melody is catchy but the song itself is not distinctive.
Emma: I was excited when I heard Nicky Byrne was chosen to represent Ireland. I’ve seen Westlife in concert twice and they were amazing. When the song was chosen I loved it but I quickly realized it was just because it was the excitement of having a Eurovision 2016 song released. Compared to the other songs this year, this one falls near the bottom of the pile. It’s an average song.
George: I feel like it was released too early. I like the song but.. Something’s missing.
Eric: I think Ireland should have taken more time to choose an entry. This sounds like the first song that was submitted to the Irish selection.
Kaliopi – “Dona”
Alvaro: Kaliopi’s vocals are very good, without a doubt. The song, however, is outdated and the chorus is repetitive. The main problem is that Macedonia has good singer with a bad song. It will get the votes of the nostalgic fans.
Emma: Kaliopi returns to Eurovision but unfortunately, Dona is nowhere near as good as Crno I Belo.Still, Kaliopi is a veteran performer and Eurovision fans will support her regardless of the song.
George: Where is the rock Kaliopi? It’s an average song coming from the 80s, but Kaliopi can really sing!
Eric: Kaliopi has great vocals as usual, but this song sounds like it’s from the 80s. It could’ve been better.
Donny Montell – “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”
Alvaro: Although Donny’s song this year is better than his last participation, it still sounds like a generic soundtrack. His performances make him look he is trying hard to impress the public. Maybe he is trying too much that he does not look natural.
Emma: Thankfully, Donny has a much better song this time around. I despised Love is Blind, so I was not expecting much from this entry, but Donny has completely changed his style for the better. How he performs in Stockholm will have a lot to do with how the song is received in Europe.
George: Love love love! This is so energetic and powerful. Much better than 2012 . Awesome!
Eric: This is so much better than Donny’s song in 2012. I personally love this one so much and can’t wait to see it live.
Dami Im – “Sound of Silence”
Alvaro: The Australian song is impressive but I think the country loses the surprise factor from their first participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. The vocals of Dami are really good and she can do well.
Emma: Technically an amazing song but for some reason, it’s just not one of my favourites. I can see the song doing very well at Eurovision and I’m sure Dami will deliver some of the best vocals of Eurovision 2016.
George: This is so American. However, it gives me goosebumps! I love its lyrics and I think the Aussies will be in the top 10 again.
Eric: Amazing voice, lyrics, and music. Everything about this song is professional and great. Potential winner.
ManuElla – “Blue and Red”
Alvaro: ManuElla looks like she is trying, but the problem with this song is that it sounds like a generic version of a Taylor Swift song. And we also have the lyrics that are too simple and cheesy.
Emma: This song is so irritating! It’s like a bad version of Taylor Swift and I can’t listen to it too often because it just really annoys me. Also, the costume change belongs in the early 2000s.
George: Well.. No. This is so devastating.
Eric: I really like this and I think it will be a surprise in the placing. I love that there is a true country song in this contest.
Poli Genova – “If Love Was a Crime”
Alvaro: I feel that Bulgaria’s entry is overrated by the fans. Poli Genova’s last attempt in the contest was better than this song that is rather generic. She could even risk to fail to make it to the final.
Emma: Poli’s song this year is quite a different style to her last song. It’s very fun and it’s something that could do very well in European music charts. She is also a great performer with great personality, as we saw at JESC last year. Bulgaria will get their best ever placing this year.
George: Gosh! This is so powerful! This song makes me go crazy. It’s amazing and I love that Bulgarian lyric.
Eric: What a great return for Poli! Great singing, lyrics, and beat! I love this one so much!
Combined scoring after part 5
Following today’s voting, Bulgaria manages to break into the top three and join Estonia! Australia landed just behind with Lithuania, while Ireland and Macedonia weren’t so lucky, scoring an average below two.
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
14: Armenia: 3,5
14: Azerbaijan: 3,5
16: Austria: 3,25
17: Moldova: 3
18: Bosnia & Herzegovina: 2,75
18: Finland: 2,75
20: Israel: 2,5
20: The Netherlands: 2,5
22: Slovenia: 2,25
23: Switzerland: 2
24: Greece: 1,75
24: Ireland: 1,75
24: Macedonia: 1,75
27: Belarus: 1,5
27: Montenegro: 1,5
27: Poland: 1,5
30: San Marino: 1
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s voting, where we will give points to the last six songs of semi-final 2: Denmark, Ukraine, Norway, Georgia, Albania, and Belgium!