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ESCFAN Reviews: Committee Vs. Members Day 2

Your Jury of elected officials has spoken! Read the reviews of the ESCFAN Committee, and then give your thoughts on each of the songs in our ESCFAN Reviews leading up to the 2017 Contest.

Over the next week, your elected officials from the ESCFAN Committee will give you their take on each of the 2017 songs with short reviews and scores out of 10.  These will then be combined to give an average score out of 10.
We then turn to you – our members – to give your take on each song.  Be creative, and give us your thoughts and scores below in the comments before 9pm TONIGHT (based on Sydney AEST) to make them count towards an overall total – your ESCFAN Jury & Member vote!

FINLAND

Jordan: With its haunting vocal and lyrics, I desperately want to love this song but it is ultimately disappointing. It goes nowhere and it lacks a satisfying conclusion. Its old-fashioned style will count against it, and although a likely qualifier, I cannot see this entry challenging the top end of the leader board. 6/10

Sharleen: From high energy kitsch pop to a far more serious and brooding tune, Norma John have promised to keep it very simple with the lighting and staging and let the song speak for itself.  With this semi running order, I feel with have a similar effect to how it ran on the night of the Finnish national final – it stood out by a country mile with a really high vocal quality, tinged with that Adele-‘wow factor’-appeal, plus Leenas’ ability to connect deeply and emotionally with an audience.  No-one saw it coming in its home contest, and I get the feeling, its gonna surprise a lot of people at Eurovision too. 8/10

Troy: Norma John has a ‘Blackbird’ watching her and I think that it might be enough to get her through. Her haunting vocal talents, just with her and the piano on stage will be good (reminds a little of an Adele performance). Now the issue that she will face, is enough votes to get her through, with so many similar ballads. 7/10

Ali: 6/10 

Bente: 3/10 

Renee: 4/10

John: 2/10

AVERAGE SCORE: 5/10 

AZERBAIJAN

Jordan: One of the more experimental songs in this year’s contest. There’s something quite addictive about its electronic beat and staccato vocals. My only concern with this song is that it could get lost. A likely qualifier which has the potential to make it to the top 5. 8/10

Sharleen: I have to admit, this is by far my favourite-ever Azeri entry into the contest.  There is something haunting about it that it draws me in and makes me want to listen again and again, peeling back its layers and unveiling more of its mystery. Subsequently, it also feels far more genuine than many of entries the country has produced in the past.  However I really do believe the country no longer has the hunger to win, and Dihaj, in all her indie-electro-goth glory, is likely to be staged and costumed to scare viewers away from voting (think Charlotte ‘argh! she looks like an alien’ Perrelli in 2008). 8/10

Troy: I wonder if Dihaj has any ‘Skeletons’ in the closet – one of the underrated songs I feel. With an experimental sound, this will either be your kind of song or not! Her style is unique to herself and will be something different, even though ballad-esque. 8/10

Ali: 5/10

Bente: 2/10

Renee: 8/10

John: 6/10

AVERAGE SCORE: 6/10

PORTUGAL

Jordan: I admire Salvador’s struggle with illness and hope he overcomes everything. However, this song is a dirge. There are very few, if any, merits to the song: no rhythm, no melody and no real structure. I think it is fantastic that he is singing in his native language, something that is not done enough at Eurovision these days. But, this song sounds like it is half finished and it will be a travesty if it qualifies. 3/10

Sharleen: I get the hype around this song – it encompasses that magical feel one has when you perhaps listen to ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ from Wizard of Oz; a moment of innocence, beauty, and colour that is easy to be swept into.  It’s a piece of nostalgia that a certain group of Eurofans love to grab hold of and just wish with all their might could conquer all and bring back THEIR Eurovision.  But, it’s not MY Eurovision truth.  I like my songs to reflect modernity, a song that feels right to have chart potential to lead the contest forward – not backward.  Of course, I want to see Portugal eventually gain success at the contest, but I really hope it’s not with this and I especially hope that the country knows better than to play on peoples’ emotions with Salvadors heath concerns. 3/10

Troy: Salvador is showing what he wants to express ‘Amar Pelos Dios (To Love God)’. The style is not my cuppa tea; this song would be more suited a 50’s lounge/ piano bar with a glass of cognac or cocktail. Unfortunately, I don’t feel anything for this song. It just is not what I like. 2/10

Ali: 10/10

Bente: 2/10

Renee: 4/10

John: 2/10

AVERAGE SCORE: 4/10

GREECE

Jordan: An interesting song which starts out as a ballad and turns into a dance track. It has a great melody and great vocals. I like the lyric change Greece recently made and the song stands a good chance at making it into the top 10 in the final. 7/10

Sharleen: My heart says, this is one very generic pop song that feels about 8 years out of date (thinking Cascada’s ‘Evacuate the Dancefloor’ as a reference point).  Honestly though, all the signs of a surprise high result are also there. Demi is a well-known artist with a large Greek diaspora all likely to vote big, and her songwriting and staging team are responsible for some massive Eurovision scorers in the past (see Sakis Rouvas, Farid Mammadov, Sergey Lazarev, Ani Lorak).  So, the head says, a surprise top 3 result for the semi-final and straight into the top 10 on the big night. 7/10

Troy: ‘This Is Love’ starts slow but builds up to a nice little dance number. I can see that this will be one of the remix songs that will used a lot in the clubs. Demy has brightened up the stage with a nice change of pace and style as this year, the ballad is king but Demy is one of the Princesses of the Stage. I like it! 7/10

Ali: 5/10

Bente: 1/10

Renee: 6/10

John: 8/10

AVERAGE SCORE: 6/10

POLAND

Jordan: A completely uninspiring song. It has a horrible drawn out introduction, a weak chorus and Kasia even looks bored throughout the official music video. Probably one of the worst songs this year and unlikely to replicate Poland’s 2016 success. 2/10

Sharleen: Kasia Mos has an amazing voice and a beauty to look at, but this song is just struggle – desire, higher, fire?  Its making me want to expire!  Nevertheless, I can not discount this song with many thanks to passionate Polish diaspora.  I fully expect to see it going through to the finals and getting a higher televote than it really deserves.  I just wish the song was more deserving and not left with an angry feeling that its taking up space in this hotly contested semi. 3/10

Troy: Kasia has the ‘Flashlight’ showing in your eyes and unfortunately, will not live up to the Polish expectations. The black and white video is dramatic with Kasia naked throughout the video with images projected onto her body. The lyrics and song is very general not something that sicks in the mind and will be easily forgotten in a couple of weeks. 3/10

Ali: 3/10 

Bente: 2/10

Renee: 6/10

John: 3/10

AVERAGE SCORE: 3/10

MOLDOVA

Jordan: Juvenile and repetitive, there’s very little charm in this song. Nowhere near as good as their previous effort. What this song is lacking is a solid female vocal to balance out the insipid vocals of the lead singer. Borderline qualifier. 2/10

Sharleen: Title holders of ‘Party Animals of 2010’ are back with their Epic Sax Guy ™ for another crack at Eurovision fame (or YouTube viral clip/meme of the year, take your pick).  It lacks the presence and oomph of ‘Runaway’ with Olia Tira, but it’s still a cheeky little number that should see it gather a bit of pace amongst those viewers who want some colour and fun in their contest.  The energy really isn’t there as a song, and hoping these boys aren’t thinking that past recognition from contest means more than it does. Personally, expect it just scraping through for a 10th place qualification or falling just short. 5/10

Troy: ‘Hey Mamma’ brings back a crowd favourite – the Saxophone man. This group will make for a bubbly stage presence especially if their National performance is anything to go by. A song that will brighten up this part of the night. 7/10

Ali: 7/10

Bente: 3/10

Renee: 5/10

John: 2/10

AVERAGE SCORE: 4/10

6 thoughts on “ESCFAN Reviews: Committee Vs. Members Day 2

  1. Finland – I find this dark, gloomy and depressing with little redeeming qualities – 1/10

    Azerbaijan – I’m not overly enthusiastic about this song, but I don’t hate it. Its just one of those songs that doesn’t command much attention or comment. Its ok. 5/10

    Portugal – one of the most polarising songs this year, it has an old sound to it, like something you might find hidden away in a dusty old record collection. Again, I defer to Jordan’s comments – its has no structure, no melody or rhythm. It feels like he is making it up as he goes along. Not for me – 2/10

    Greece – Reminds me of 90’s dance music. Average – 4/10

    Poland – For me, Poland have many more misses than hits, and this is another miss – 1/10

    Moldova – Not as good as their previous Euro song, but the Epic Sax guy delivers on this one!! 5/10

  2. Again I’m almost in total sync with Jordan. Finland doesn’t do enough for me, Azerbaijan is superb and one that could really blow up the stage, Portugal is whatever (appreciate it, otherwise not my thing), Greece is so under-valued this year and expect Greece to turn it on as they often do, Poland is too much vocal gymnastics than song and Moldova is fun, not much more.
    Scores: Fin 6, Aze 8, Por 3, Gre 8, Pol 4, Mol 5.

  3. Troy, it’s actually “Amar Pelos Dois” which means “Love (enough) for both of us”! Personally I give it a 10, but then I’m an old softie! Also Finland 9, Azerbaijan 2, Greece 6, Poland 1, Moldova 3

    1. Thanks for that Ruth…
      I just put it into Google Translate…
      But unfortunately it is still not my cuppa of tea…
      here’s hoping that he has a good amount of love coming to him…

  4. Finland – Yawn. Such a dull entry, although I do love the piano solo. That gets 2 points…but the rest of the song 0. 2/10

    Azerbaijan – Nothing special, a filler song. Well below their usual quality. 5/10

    Portugal – A class above everything else in this Semi. It sounds like an Italian song from the 60’s, and with all the rubbish in this years contest, it stands out as being much better. The other possible winner for me (other than Belgium), and it would be justice if it does. 9/10 (btw Troy, dois means two…Love enough for two)

    Greece – One of the few songs with a beat this year, however once again the Greek lyrics are very poor. Could be much better, but reminds me of Only Love Survives. While it may do a bit better in the final, that is only due to the weaker contest it is against. 7/10

    Poland – Worst song of this contest. Goes nowhere. 0/10

    Moldova – What Eurovision is all about. Has a beat, is a lot of fun, they’re entertaining performers. Deserves to make the final and do very well, will probably be underrated. 9/10

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