Reviewing '16: Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and United Kingdom
Welcome to the seventh and final part of our 2016 Eurovision Song Contest review series!
After two semi-finals, our jury of four will now review the Big 5 and host country Sweden and make up the final ranking of this year’s songs.
Frans – “If I Were Sorry”
Alvaro: When Frans was asked by Eurovision.tv to define his song in one word, he chose “simple.” That is the main problem with his song. Moreover, his vocals are expressionless and he is a bad rapper. Probably one of the worst songs Sweden has delivered.
Emma: I was not happy when Frans won Melodifestivalen. I really wanted Wiktoria or Oscar Zia to win and I couldn’t understand why such a simple song won the contest. After a few listens though, the song has definitely grown on me and it has become one of the entries I listen to most.
George: It should have been anyone else in Melodifestivalen than him. This is so bad.
Eric: This song was the worst of Melodifestivalen, and now Eurovision 2016. Frans should be sorry for sending this for Sweden. Horrible “singing.”
Amir – “J’ai cherché”
Alvaro: This is probably the most serious attempt by France to win the contest in years. The song has received a lot of hype from the hardcore fans. Now, it is up to France to keep this feeling and to prove his act can get the votes from the regular viewers.
Emma: My winner this year. On my first listen, I had this song stuck in my head. After seeing Amir’s personality shine through at Eurovision in Concert and various interviews, he became my winner. He is definitely the kind of person who deserves to be a Eurovision winner. He is humble and just grateful for the experience of ESC. Hopefully, he places in the top 5 in Stockholm.
George: Massive chances for a top 10 result. I love this music and Amir has a great voice. Vive la France!
Eric: I like that France is doing a bilingual song and it makes it even better. The beat is really good and it deserves to get high.
Jamie-Lee – “Ghost”
Alvaro: Jamie Lee’s performance gives this song the mysterious halo that it needs. The song is not bad. In fact, this could be the best result for Germany since 2010. However, I am not sure if the audience will connect with the introspective atmosphere of the song.
Emma: Jamie-Lee is one of the artists I will follow after Eurovision is over. Her unique style and voice stand out from every other contestant this year. I know everyone won’t agree with this, but please keep your national final outfit Jamie-Lee!
George: Well, this is a good song, but Jamie-Lee can’t actually sing. I can’t say I dislike the studio version though.
Eric: I’m not a fan. This song never really starts. I wish Germany sent better, but it seems like they just don’t care anymore.
Francesca Michielin – “No Degree of Separation”
Alvaro: Francesca Michielin’s voice and music style reminds me Laura Pausini. The Italian song is a good ballad, but definitely not as impressive as Il Volo last year. It has the potential to be in the left side of the board, but it is not a “winning formula.”
Emma: Another nice but boring Italian song. I don’t have much to say about it. It’s okay. Hopefully a great live performance from Francesca will give the song whatever it’s missing.
George: Italy never disappoints me! This is quality. Go Francesca!
Eric: This is one of the better Italian entries in recent years. This has potential to do very well or fall flat. Let’s wait for the live performance.
Barei – “Say Yay!”
Alvaro: I am positively surprised that Spain has decided to leave the beautiful power ballads from the last three years and decide to try another music style. This will also be the first year that Spain is going to sing fully in English. Barei’s performance is very good, but the lyrics are poor.
Emma: Spain was my early favourite this year. I listened to the song so many times since it was chosen but I haven’t gotten sick of it yet. I love Barei. She is amazing. I can definitely see Europe learning the dance to Say Yay!
George: My ultimate winner. I love this melody, these dance moves. This is a masterpiece
Eric: Best song from Spain in recent history. Fingers crossed for a win.
Joe and Jake – “You’re Not Alone”
Alvaro: Joe & Jake are with no doubt better than last year’s UK attempt. The problem with the X Factor boys is that their song is repetitive and the lyrics are predictable.
Emma: This song has all the ingredients to be great but I find it so boring. I thought maybe it would grow on me but after several listens I still haven’t learned the words and I just don’t really care about it. Maybe it would fit better in 2011.
George: A sweet song. Nothing else. Nothing amazing.
Eric: Very cheap-sounding and generic. I have heard better voices in high school talent shows. Maybe that’s where these two were found.
Combined and final scoring after part 7
With the last countries reviewed, we end up with three jury favorites for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, two of them from the Big 5!
1: France: 4,75
1: Russia: 4,75
1: Spain: 4,75
4: Czech Republic: 4,5
5: Bulgaria: 4,25
5: Estonia: 4,25
7: Australia: 4
7: Cyprus: 4
7: Hungary: 4
7: Latvia: 4
7: Lithuania: 4
7: Malta: 4
7: Serbia: 4
14: Croatia: 3,75
14: Iceland: 3,75
14: Norway: 3,75
17: Armenia: 3,5
17: Azerbaijan: 3,5
17: Italy: 3,5
20: Austria: 3,25
20: Germany: 3,25
22: Moldova: 3
22: Ukraine: 3
24: Bosnia & Herzegovina: 2,75
24: Finland: 2,75
26: Israel: 2,5
26: The Netherlands: 2,5
28: Denmark: 2,25
28: Slovenia: 2,25
30: Belgium: 2
30: Switzerland: 2
32: Greece: 1,75
32: Ireland: 1,75
32: Macedonia: 1,75
32: Sweden: 1,75
32: United Kingdom: 1,75
37: Belarus: 1,5
37: Montenegro: 1,5
37: Poland: 1,5
40: Albania: 1
40: Georgia: 1
40: San Marino: 1
We are now ready for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and will have the first rehearsal videos up live when the open rehearsals start this Friday, May 6. Stay tuned!