Welcome to the ESCXTRA Top 10 of Junior Eurovision 2019! The team here have scored all 19 entries out of ten and we’ll be counting down our top 10 along with a selection of reviews. Has your favourite made the top ten? Let’s find out!
In the first part we revealed our #10 to #7. In this second part we count down our #6 to #3!
|10||🇮🇪 Ireland: Anna Kearney – Banshee||7.17 / 10|
|09||🇧🇾 Belarus: Liza Misnikova – Pepelny (Ashen)||7.25 / 10|
|08||🇲🇹 Malta: Eliana Gomez Blanco – We Are More||7.83 / 10|
|07||🇰🇿 Kazakhstan: Yerzhan Maxim – Armanyńnan Qalma||7.96 / 10|
#6 – 🇪🇸 Spain – Melani Garcia – Marte
Welcome back Spain, and what a comeback song! A certain sector of the fandom typically overhype Spain’s chances for success, but in this instance I think its fully warranted. Melani has one of the strongest female voices this year – certainly with the biggest range. Songs like this are a risk, as opera/whistle tones can slip into a hot mess for the nervous or inexperienced. However, given Melani’s experience in La Voz Kids I hope and expect she will bring the song to a whole new level live!
Originally I wasn’t a big fan of this song but I grew to like it more and more. I think I prefer the softer beginning to the stronger, fiercer conclusion. But I’m still impressed by Melani’s vocal capacity, and I really hope she will shine on the Polish stage. I’m not sure how much of a contender it is (since fans really love it and I’ve seen it top many personnal rankings), but it’s a good piece of music regardless.
Yay! Finally Spain is back, one of my favourite countries in this competition, despite only having 4 entries so far. Unfortunatly Spain is not among my favourites this year, that is because I’m not a real fan of opera voices. Personally, I don’t think that Spain will win, but they will for sure finish high. Melani’s voice is outstanding!
#5 – 🇷🇸 Serbia – Darija Vračević – Raise Your Voice
This really is the best song Serbia has sent to Junior Eurovision in a while. It’s not slow, it’s not messy, and Darija is gonna do great live. While there are 739292 other songs this year about environmentalism, this is one of the best. My favorite part is when they cut off the end of the final chorus early, that little bit of symbolism is so clever and I love it.
Ok so I usually never really like the sort of thing that Serbia sends to either adult Eurovision or Junior Eurovision, but this manages to perfectly mix the typical Balkan influence that we’ve come to expect from Serbia with a modern twist, with a really worthy message. With a dramatic stage performance with wind and fire, this could be something to really watch out for – and I so so hope that this does well in Gliwice-Silesia!
Tom R: 8.0
Serbia have pulled it out of the bag! Their best ever Junior Eurovision entry and it is so fitting to the Extinction Rebillion protests that children across Europe have been part of during the last year. The song crosses boundaries of delivering a strong message as well as a very strong pop song. People really shouldn’t rule this out as a winner – this keeps growing on me, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find it in my top 3 by the time the contest comes around. “We don’t have a planet B” – but we can put a change to our planet A.
#4 – 🇦🇲 Armenia – Karina Ignatyan – Colours Of Your Dream
Oh Armenia, my sweetheart of the Eurovision world. Have to say when I first heard the song I wasn’t fully sold, but when I watched Depi Mankakan Evratesil (the only final I actually followed this year, sadly) this song immediately stood out and from the very first note: put some traditional instrumentation from Armenia and I am likely sold already. I hope she works on her performance to make it a bit more dynamics but this has solid potential to give Armenia a return to the top 3. I thought that Armenia would yet again be my favourite at a Eurovision event, until Poland “Superhero” came and snatched my personal winner title. Still Karina is my comfortably unchallenged silver medalist. Bring it on, Hayastan!
Tom O: 9.5
This song ticks the boxes of what you want in a song representing Armenia. The big vocals, the colour, the instrumentation, the staging. Fitting to Junior Eurovision too Karina shows great personality and I like the memorable moves in the catchy chorus. We already have strong clues in the live and official video of what to expect – I have high hopes for this in Gliwice.
Armenia is always something that brings their A game when it comes to Junior Eurovision. Karina already proved that she is able to perform this song on stage, I can’t wait to see how she will perform it in Gliwice.
#3 – 🇵🇱 Poland – Viki Gabor – Superhero
Viktoria Gabor is a born popstar! When I watched the Polish NF I immediatly had her as my favourite, because she had the total package. The song is good, very catchy. It is childfriendly and will stay in minds. I think this song will give Poland another good finish, and maybe even a second win!
We had to lock in our ratings a little while ago. If I was re-scoring this now, Poland would be my top-rated entry and a 10/10! This is certainly perfect for a teenage and young adult audience with a pop sound that is reminiscent of Dua Lipa. Fantastic use of the “na na na” refrain to make Superhero as accessible as possible, even during the Polish language parts. This has already hit the Polish music charts and with Viki’s substantial fanbase and a song that is even better than last year’s strong winning Polish entry in my opinion, she really could give Poland a second win in a row!
I have to admit – this song has warmed on me. Poland really have nailed the dual-language pop song. That said, I don’t feel as if the chorus as a powerful hook as Roksana’s making the track veer slightly towards the generic. There are suggestions this could win – possibly yes – but I’m reluctant to fully accept that conclusion. ‘Superhero’ sort of reminds me of Janet Leon’s highly hyped melfest entry ‘Heartstrings’ that did not resonate on the night… much to the shock of the fandom. The music video shows promise for what we can expect visually!
Look out for the final part when we will be revealing our top 2! What do you think of our Top 10 so far? Let us know in the comments or on social media @ESCXTRA