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Our Friends review the Entries – Part 3

As fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, you’ve probably heard the entries more than once by now. Every year, some songs get called growers, but what is the reaction of people who don’t watch the songs before the contest? How do they react when they see the songs for the first time? We’re looking for the true showers here.
That is why the escXtra Team has decided to ask five of our friends, who are not into Eurovision at all, to review a part of the songs of this year’s Eurovision. The third in these series is my friend Annemarie. Annemarie and I study together, she mostly listens to pop and rock music!
MaltaMalta: Firelight – Coming Home
At the start of the song, I thought it was a cheap rip-off of Mumford & Sons. It’s kind of funny, this. I’m starting to like it less as we go along, especially as the female singer really doesn’t fit in at all. I think it’s cute though.
IsraelIsrael: Mei Finegold – Same Heart
The way this singer is acting is absolutely disgusting. That a very very cheap copy of Beyoncé’s Single Ladies in the official video. I think this tune and music could be really catchy, but the lyrics and especially the singer make this rather annoying for me.
NorwayNorway: Carl Espen – Silent Storm
He really has a nice voice, I like that. I feel sorry for this guy, I guess that means he really does convince me. You just keep thinking “Awh, sweetheart, come here, it’ll be alright!” I think it’s a really pretty song. The second verse doesn’t quite do it for me, but it really picks up with the bridge and chorus.
GeorgiaGeorgia: The Shin & Mariko – Three Minutes to Earth
Can this female singer please take another singing lesson? She keeps on missing the notes all the time. I don’t really understand what the lyrics of this song are trying to say? I’m guessing these people never sing in English, but mostly in their native language. It’s a no from me, just… no.
PolandPoland: Donatan & Cleo – My Słowianie – We Are Slavic
No way… That tune is quite funny, but I really don’t like the screamy singing. And pardon me, but are these ladies with enormous boobs compensating for the bag of bones that is the lead singer? That girl really doesn’t have the right to sing ‘shake what your mamma gave ya’…
AustriaAustria: Conchita Wurst – Rise Like A Phoenix
Is this about transgenders, with the transforming and reborning? Anyway, one thing is clear: Conchita is a great singer. It’s a bit Broadway-like. I must admit it’s a little freaky, it’s giving me shivers. People who say Tokio Hotel looked odd have to see this, this really does it… I guess he’d be a beautiful woman without the beard though!
LithuaniaLithuania: Vilija – Attention
Here comes the screamy singing again… I really don’t mind superficially written music, but there is a limit. And this is over the limit… ‘we’re all pretty’ – yeah right. The male dancer next to her looks freaky.
Girl, be proud of that, that just did not work at all. A very high level of Shalalie – if you get what I mean: way too simple. We can’t make full sentences in English, can we?
FinlandFinland: Softengine – Something Better
This starts off nicely. It’s a little One Direction, with all these guys standing there. Yep, I really like this! It’s just nice and accessible, nothing all too pretentious in quality, but just enjoyable. I really like this, this really does have hit potential. I don’t think the singer needs to do the screaming near the end as that just doesn’t fit, but this was good! I’d play this myself and I think a crowd would definitely love this.
Annemarie’s top 5:
Annemarie has also decided to do a top five of the contest this year. These are the fives entries she liked best:

  1. Finland: Softengine – Something Better
  2. Hungary: András Kállay-Saunders – Running
  3. Denmark: Basim – Cliche Love Song
  4. The Netherlands: The Common Linnets – Calm After The Storm
  5. Greece: Freaky Fortune ft. RiskyKidd – Rise Up

We would just like thank Annemarie for sharing her opinions and furthermore, to state that these opinions are that of Annemarie herself, and not of everyone at escXtra. Feel free to give your own opinion in the comments below!

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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