2015 season is well under way. By now every fan in Europe has pretty much decided whether to love, shag or kill every song in the contest, and it is our turn to tell you what we (or at least some of us) think of each and every one of the songs. We start off with Moldova and Lithuania.
Simon: It’s not 1994, so why pretend? It was not worth going back for.
Nick: Eduard shows there’s not a thing money can’t buy. Except a good song… Not impressive, outdated and visually unbelievably uncomfortable.
Peter: This sounds less like a throwback to the era of 90s boybands and more like a rejected song left over from that time. It also sounds remarkably cheap considering how much money is being thrown at this.
Ryan: Very 90s but fun enough. Can’t help but think this isn’t really the kind of song that works well live, so I think the performance could be a bit of a car crash in Vienna. Would be happy to be surprised though.
Dan: Hearing this definitely feels like I’ve stepped back into 1998, with its cheesy lines and low scale background beat. Although I hate to admit it – the chorus is quite catchy due to its repetitiveness.
Rinor: Although some people like this 90s throwback, I find it way too outdated. I think a lot of countries this year have tried to bring more contemporary tunes, which makes the contest way more diverse and exciting. However, the word contemporary and this song seem to be just too far from each other.
Rodrigo: Backstreet’s back? Not sure that going back 20 years in time is the best idea for opening the contest. It also makes me uneasy that while he’s singing “I want your love” it seems like he’s about to rape or murder the backup dancer. One of the weakest efforts of the year.
Simon: It’s cheery, it’s decent enough, but there’s something missing to make it catchy.
Nick: Simple, nothing too pretentious, just three minutes of fun. Nothing to get too excited about, but should make the final.
Dan: One of many duos this year, however this one stands on its own as it comes across as both cheerful and charming. They haven’t tried too hard which I find a good thing – not too screechy or forced, just an all round good pop song. A good effort.
Peter: It’s really just a basic version of Malta’s entry from last year, but it’s a cute, chirpy and catchy false dawn to kick-start a rather dull semi-final.
Ryan: I think everyone was a bit drunk on the high of choosing Vaidas and forgot to realise that this is an incredibly repetitive and dated sounding song. It’s the kind of thing that can only exist in Eurovision, and I don’t mean that in a good way.
Rinor: The only thing I like about this song is the fact it’s uptempo. I don’t really see anything original about it, as we’ve seen these cute, loving, fun duo acts so many times. I find the song very repetitive and annoying at times.
Rodrigo: Pop meets country is a combination that I should definitely like. And yet I can’t really come to like this one. The song would benefit from being sung exclusively by him. And it sounds dated. And it gets repetitive. Overall it’s just too tedious.