Gliwice-Silesia 2019

Junior Eurovision 2019: Our Top 10 (#2 & #1)

The team at ESCXTRA review the Junior Eurovision 2019 entries

#1 – 🇫🇷 France – Carla – Bim Bam Toi

Score: 9.38

Ryan: 10

I can’t imagine a more perfect song for a Junior Eurovision audience than “Bim Bam Toi”. It’s very on trend and faithful to French pop music with the Caravan Palace influences whilst keeping to a first love theme lyrically that is fully suitable for 14-year-old Carla. It’s youthful and fun for its young audience whilst still being exceptionally produced and professional for an older year. France should be aiming for the podium yet again in Gliwice!

Tom O: 9.0

This does so many things right, it’s no surprise it is the favourite of many people. It’s colourful, it’s youthful, it’s wonderfully French in style. Watching the video I was reminded of Netta’s ‘Toy’ and how the personality of her video did a lot to make it the strong favourite, and winner, of Eurovision 2018. The challenge will be translating all the good of the video into a stage performance – but I have faith France can do it in Gliwice. The competition is strong this year so nothing can be for certain.

Costa: 8.0

For the second year in a row now, France are challenging the claims that Junior Eurovision is only for Eastern countries. Bim Bam Toi straddles the line between being well-written and polished and still being youthful and age-appropriate. This would make a strong entry for France at the main contest in its own right, which is a testament to just how good it is. That said, it doesn’t feel out of place at all in the line-up.

Aline: 9.0

First of all I am very happy to hear a bit more French at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Before the return of France, the last French-language entry dates back to 2005. Lindsay from Belgium then sang Mes Rêves for the host country at the time. France made a very strong comeback and I was confident that they could sustain that. After the cute Angélina, they are sending Carla this year. The song Bim Bam Toi has a very catchy tune. It is modern and at the same time you hear a touch of France in it. Seeing the video clip, Carla radiates a lot of charisma, which is certainly welcome for songs like this. The French are also good at staging. I actually have no big worries for Carla. If she sings well and the picture is completely correct, I see her winning. She is already one of the biggest contenders, and in terms of genre, Bim Bam Toi does not really have a direct competitor. I would sincerely grant France a victory!

Nathan P: 10

I love that one of my favourite French bands Caravan Palace has been represented in this Electro-Swing piece of brilliance. It’s whimsical yet full of energy. I love that the song has light and shade too with slower Pop segments and bright and vibrant Swing sections to create a brilliantly well rounded song. It’s almost the perfect antidote for the very adult and darker sounding Poland (a song I equally love). Vive la France 🇫🇷!

That’s it, thanks for checking out our top 10. Congratulations France! What do you think? Do you agree with our rankings? Let us know in the comments or on social media @ESCXTRA

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Tom O'Donoghue

Music photographer based in Somerset, United Kingdom. Photographer for London Eurovision Party.

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