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 fourth in these series is my friend, Ameena. She lives in the UK and has a strong interest in music, particularly in the Asian/Korean music scene!
Ireland: Can-Linn ft. Kasey Smith – Heartbeat
This one has a promising start which builds, although possibly too slowly. I like how they have included their traditional roots into this. It has a catchy memorable chorus. Could do pleasantly well. 8/10
Ok I already cannot stand this. Im very close to turning this off after 30 seconds. It’s cheeky but not the sort of cheeky that I can tolerate. It won’t do well at all, its the perfect time for a toilet & or tea break. 2/10
FYR Macedonia: Tijana – To The Sky
Ohhh goody, this one actually sounds quite interesting! Its a simple pop track but shines in its own light which I like, its caught my attention within the first minute. It has a good beat with great production values. 8/10
Swizerland: Sebalter – Hunter of Stars
This is ok, It’s not brilliant – but not terrible either. Its one of those songs that can lift your mood but at the same time can also irritate you on a bad day. I can listen to it with a smile, but I wouldn’t play it by choice. Like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. 6/10
Greece: Freaky Fortune ft. RiskyKidd – Rise Up
Wait a minute, did I hear an english accent? The song itself is not bad, reminds me very much of a song you would expect to hear on a radio station here in the UK. Doesn’t have any greek elements in it though from what I can hear, but thats the only drawback. 6/10
Slovenia: Tinkara Kovač – Round and Round
Oh this is good, I’m liking this one a lot. I like the instrumentation – especially the flutes and guitars. I especially like how it all sounds very natural with no real effects or alterations to the vocals. This could definately do well, a good example of simple being effective. 8/10
Romania: Paula Seling & Ovi – Miracle
I like the sound of this, Immediately I want to turn up the volume on my speakers. The slow start transitioning into a big fast motion chorus works really well. I particularly like the slight dupstep/trance section in this. I expect this to do really well. 8/10
We would just like thank Ameena for sharing her opinions and furthermore, to state that these opinions are that of Ameena herself, and not of everyone at escXtra. Feel free to give your own opinion in the comments below!