It’s time for another set of reviews from our team here at escXtra. Today we’re looking at one of the first songs to be chosen for this year’s contest, and arguably one of the year’s most talked about – Malta and Finland. Can either of them unseat Belgium at the top of our scoreboard?

FINLAND
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät – Aina Mun Pitää

Peter: Look, I’m sure this is fine for what it is, but I will have to take fans of this kind of music at their word on that one. The fact is it’s just not something that 99% of the viewers want to hear, and I’d definitely be amongst that group.
Score: 3/10

Rinor: I haven’t listened to the 3-minute version of the Finnish entry to properly judge it, but I understand why the people chose it. It’s good that it won in Finland, but it’s definitely not a song to be presented to the world, in terms of quality or performance. However, they will definitely qualify and might achieve a good place in the final, due to the down-syndrome awareness.
Score: 4.5/10

Dan: I almost don’t want to even waste two sentences on this, considering the song is only 1:50 so I’m going to try and pretend this song simply doesn’t exist and hope Finland return with a proper
song next year.
Score: 0/10

PKN_Pekka_Elomaa

Nick: What’s left to say about this? Good on them for going, but it’s not my type of music, I don’t enjoy listening to this and I think it’s Finland’s all time worst.
Score: 1/10

Simon: It’s metal, so I want to like it, but I can’t. Just not good enough. I have no idea what its fortune will be, however.
Score: 4/10

Rodrigo: 3 minutes of… Oh wait, they didn’t even bother. When you have the strongest line-up in a national final you shouldn’t send this pile of crap.
Score: 0.5/10

MALTA
Amber – Warrior

Peter: Well the Maltese certainly aren’t going for a less-is-more approach this year are they! The revamp of this song is almost a parody of just how overblown the production of a record can be. Sadly the song behind it is just OK, and I think the voters will see through it.
Score: 5/10

Rinor: I liked the Maltese song at first, but the new version has made it quite cheaper. I don’t get the hype about it, because in my opinion, Malta might actually struggle to qualify for the final this year. The second semi final is quite strong, so it should all depend on her vocal performance.
Score: 6/10

Dan: Loved this when it was chosen last November but I have to admit, I’m not keen on the re-work. I feel it has lost a lot of its magic and turned into some sort of Disney-esque song.
Score: 6/10

malta

Nick: Turning this into a ballad? No, thanks. Hearing this girl sing live? No, thanks. This song? No, thanks. Malta have completely missed the boat this year.
Score: 3/10

Simon: Can someone please give this girl some singing lessons. The song itself isn’t bad, but even on the recorded version I find her dragged rise to the high notes excruciating to listen to.
Score: 3/10

Rodrigo: Seems to me like something that could have been great but ended up half-baked. Not disastrous in any way, though not very memorable.
Score: 6/10

The story so far…

So what have these results done to change things? Unsurprisingly, Finland’s terrible scores have seem them enter the scoreboard right at the bottom, whilst Malta’s fairly middling scores all around have put them in the middle of our chart. Belgium still far ahead, as you can see:

  1. Belgium – 8.50/10
  2. Austria – 6.08/10
  3. Germany – 6.00/10
  4. Latvia – 5.83/10
  5. Ireland – 5.64/10
  6. Serbia – 5.43/10
  7. Czech Republic – 5.14/10
  8. Hungary – 5.08/10
  9. Malta – 4.83/10
  10. Lithuania – 4.79/10
  11. Israel – 4.64/10
  12. FYR Macedonia – 4.14/10
  13. Armenia – 3.71/10
  14. San Marino – 3.08/10
  15. Moldova – 2.79/10
  16. Finland – 2.17/10

Tomorrow we’ll be looking at Belarus and Azerbaijan. Can either of those come close to unseating Belgium at the top?

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