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WHAT'S UP, DENMARK?
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WHAT'S UP, DENMARK?
Matheus Gomes tells what waits for us in the country that tried so hard to win the contest, now that it actually did
ANDREJ BABIC Â´
The Croatian composer tells us about his experiences in national selections around Europe, and also about his work as a backing vocalist
The mentor behind the Irish entry this year, Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith, reveals her visions about the 2014 contest, and more
EMMELIE DE FOREST
The artist responsible for giving Denmark the chance to host the competition for the third time shares her winning experience
2014: ALL ENTRIES IN REVIEW Here they are: the 37 songs competing this year, with their strong points, their flaws, and everything in between!
THOUGHT FOR SONG
Our editor Fernanda Cabrera has been observing the latest entries and concluded: Eurovision is going mainstream
Filipe Lima read the social media comments, and met some hipsters over there. He tells us what he thinks about what those hipsters have to say
AN EUROFAN'S CHRONICLE
Did you realized how seriously the Big 5 countries are turning when it comes to their ESC entries? Fernanda Barreto shows some successful cases
BIG FIVE: FROM JESC TO ESC We listed the top 5 artists from the Junior Eurovision that should totally fly their countries' flag in the adult competition
THE EDITORS' LETTER
T W E LVE
2014: The year of downtempo
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While Copenhagen is adjust-
One of the specialties of Eurovi-
ing the last details for this year’s
sion has always been the variety
Eurovision, and the B&W Hallerne
of styles. Now, we are seeing such
is nearly ready for the shows
a flow of downtempo there, that
(hopefully, as our diva Lynda
they don’t seem that special any-
Woodruff would say), the waiting
more – as they sounded some
is no longer needed for TWELVE:
years ago. They are so many, that
we are quicker than the organiza-
now they are just common, repeti-
tion, and our fourth issue is al-
tive. Some countries, on ESC, have
ready done for you!
a tendency to follow trends from
It’s undeniable that the style of
previous editions. And, when they
songs we will watch this year dur-
enter the repetition, they never
ing the festival is slightly different
win. Even so, they keep trying. It
from the usual – and no, we are
was like this with frikis, then with
not talking about Greece’s not
rock – and we hope we don’t start
having a slutty girl another time.
seeing flutes everywhere.
Fans of explosive choruses, mark-
Some years ago, sending down-
ing pop melodies and uptempo
tempo was almost revolutionary.
beats are very likely feeling al-
You would be the nation that chose
most alone in 2014.
a deep and beautiful song over a
If, in 2013, Eurovision seemed
dancy “disposable” pop. Molitva,
to have a special theme “Send
for example, was only unique be-
your own elderly and get some
cause it was performed in a year
Azerbaijan’s 12s”, 2014 is the year
filled with Shake It Up Shekerims,
of downtempo. Of course, there
Work Your Magics and Yassou Ma-
are many people (including some
rias. In 2014, Molitva would be just
of our editors) who are huge fans
one more song in the crowd of
of slower songs. But, in spite of
that, come on, broadcasters! Some
TWELVE is for variety. We love
songs are so dull, so dull, we feel
downtempo, uptempo. Rock, pop,
like wearing pajamas to listen to
indie. We love everything. But too
them and getting ready for a long
much, as the expression says, is
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25 y.o., architecture and urbanism student. Lives in BelĂŠm, but dreams of going somewhere colder. Prays for an Icelandic victory on ESC and for September and Laura to perform on ESC someday (it'd be beautiful *-*). facebook.com/netuuh | twitter.com/netuuh_
Fernanda Cabrera (Nanda)
A 25 y.o. who will be a graduated journalist a only few days after this TWELVE is published. Loves traveling, her Kindle, cooking, Spain and Disney. Now that Ruth Lorenzo is in Eurovision, she wants Chenoa there next. facebook.com/NandaICabrera | twitter.com/nandacabrera
Fernanda Barreto (Fefe) 25 y.o. bank employee that still dreams about going to Eurovision, visit San Francisco and her new addiction: the San Francisco 49ers. facebook.com/missfnb | twitter.com/misssfnb
28 y.o. who will finally be able to watch Eurovision in the venue in 2014. He is ready to root for Emma with all his strength, and scream for Catarina when Suzy enters stage (but hoping she won't even reach final). facebook.com/filipe.lm | twitter.com/limafilipe 8
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Guilherme Luz (Gui)
29 y.o., geographer and lawyer, lives in Brasília. Likes traveling, enjoys a good time with friends and family. Believes that ESC is among the biggest TV events currently, and roots for fair victories and the growth ofthe contest. facebook.com/guilherme.l.pereira | twitter.com/chapbr
Leonardo Vaz (Leo)
The 23 y.o. dude from São Paulo is a Graphic Designer working at a PR agency. Just as much as he loves to make this magazine, he lives to see Urban Symphony back to Eurovision (winning it, obviously). facebook.com/leonardovcpereira | twitter.com/leo_vaz
Marcos Paulo Pereira
27 y.o., Physical Education bachelor from São Paulo, hates to work, loves schlager divas, coreographies, wind machines, hair-whipping and flame-throwers on stage. Might represent Kosovo next century. facebook.com/justmarkos | twitter.com/justmarkos
29 y.o., lawyer, lives in Amazonia. He loves friendly competitions between Nations, like ESC, the Olympic Games and even Miss Universe! Ukraine is clearly his favourite country in the Eurovision. facebook.com/matheusrbr | 14 may ' 14
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NEWS& & GOSSIP
the latest Eurovision related stories!
She is back! Martina Majerle is back – and you'll surely recognize her face. She's already been a backing vocalist in Eurovision five times. In 2009, alongside the group Quartissimo, she was the front lady. Representing Slovenia, they didn't make to the finals. This year, Martina will be a backing vocalist to Montenegro's Sergej Cetkovic. And we are happy she is back! But Martina might have found some back vocalist competition! Mey Green, from Spain, is going to Eurovision for the third time. In a row. Like Valentina Monetta!
Eurovision Love 1
Eurovision Love 2
A while ago, Dima Bilan talked about a girl who
This one is for real. Copenhagen announced a se-
“had his heart”. Kristina Pelakova, who repre-
ries of mass open air weddings for the Eurovi-
sented Slovakia in Eurovision 2010, shared this
sion week. Couples, both gay and straight, are invited
on her Facebook page, starting rumors that she
get married there. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of
would be the one. Two days later, again on Facebook,
the first ever same-sex legal union, held in Denmark,
Kristina wrote: “I can not explain with words
first country to allow it. “We would like to strike a blow
how much I love him”. It included a picture of Dima
for the diversity and openness we have in Denmark. We
and a tag to his page.
are looking forward to marry all the happy couples, and I’m convinced we’ll be very busy”, said Flemming Otto,
Euro-love? Not so fast. Turns out Kristina's page was
Eurovision 2014 office manager. The first celebration,
fake. Oh well, it was a funny rumour.
on May 7th, will include three Russian gay couples.
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H2O = drama Eurovision is a show full of fire. Literally. There are
tween stage and audience, so no major space would
all kinds of special effects involved in this contest. But
end up wet. The Danes said no. Apparently they told
this year, it's the opposite nature element that has
that “not even Emmelie De Forest will have rain”.
been on everybody's minds: water.
Emmelie will perform the Eurovision 2014 anthem
It all started when Ruth Lorenzo, the Spanish rep-
alongside the 26 finalists. The title of the song? Rain-
resentative with the song Dancing In The Rain, said
maker. The story gets more interesting when DR calls
that she would love to have water on her staging for
this year's stage “one big waterfall”, with a lot of water.
Eurovision. But it looks like the rain, mentioned in
A video posted on YouTube shows that the gap
her song, will not make it to Copenhagen. In some
between stage and audience, where usually the
interviews Ruth gave, she said her team asked DR (the
special effects are hidden, is filled with water. Ruth Lorenzo confirmed that there will be no rain,
different ideas to make “la lluvia caer”. The sug-
however water will, somehow, be involved in her
gestions went from her being in some sort of a box and
performance. Fans have been theorizing about it, but
only raining inside of it, to rain on the catwalk or be-
only on May 10th this water-gate will be solved.
Danish broadcaster) many times about it, proposing
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What's up, Denmark? The Danes host this year's Eurovision. So, we will tell you what they are all about
ALL PhotoS: INTERNET RESOURCES
PhotoS: LEONARDO VAZ
Written by Matheus Gomes
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Similar to what we did with Azerbaijan and Swe-
preserved. People there, though, did not seem open to
den, we prepared a special post about the Eurovision
visual differences: women seemed to have taken a dress-
host, so we can know a little more about local curiosi-
code which would only allow black pieces, men are chro-
ties and its relationship with the festival. As Emmelie
matically bolder than women, contrary to what I was
de Forest overcame the competition in Malmö with
used to see in Brazil. Crossing the border with Sweden,
her drum-filled Only Teardrops, Denmark won the
just a few miles away, I was able to note the difference in
right to host the event in 2014, so it’s the country to
the personality of the people. Malmö’s people are gener-
be unveiled for us in this special article.
ally more cheerful, colourful and welcoming.
Kingdom of Denmark lays right there, in Scandinavia.
A Canadian friend, who accompanied me, already
It has a population of nearly 6 million lucky people who
a habituée to the city, told me that Danish people re-
live in the country with the lowest level of social inequal-
spect the others and never invade your space. The
ity in the world. Denmark was considered the happiest
birth rate must be high - there are many couples, with
place to live in the world and also the least corrupt. It is
less than 20 years old, already with babies in arms!
also the second non-officially English speaking country
In the Danish capital, nothing is cheap. I remem-
with the best fluency the language (perfect for tourists!).
ber that a single subway ride (with a weekly-saving
The Danish cultural scene is very rich, eclectic,
pass) costs the equivalent of R$ 7.00 (€ 2.25), a price
and you most certainly have been a victim of this
too high to the average South American standards.
wonderful influence! Who doesn’t know the beautiful
The food followed the same pattern. It was inter-
story of The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid,
esting to see how the culture of organic food is well
written by Hans Christian Andersen? Which of you
rooted there: all the restaurants had organic dishes.
have never played with Lego, devised by a Danish?
The healthy lifestyle is complemented by the widely
Who never sang Barbie Girl, the epic 90s classic of
spread use of the bicycles – the city infrastructure is
Aqua? Guys, the Danes are everywhere.
very prepared for them.
Last year, Leonardo Vaz , one of our editors, personal-
The architectural planning of the city, for me, was
ly followed the Eurovision in Sweden, but chose to settle
one of the highlights. With the old center kept immacu-
in Copenhagen and will tell us about his experience:
late, Copenhagen grew to more peripheral areas, with
"Copenhagen is a city that works: public transporta-
cleanly-lined, contemporary designed buildings. "
tion to everywhere, the streets are clean, the city is well
At the opposite page, buildings in downtown Copenhagen, and below, a contemporary designed students' housing, in Ørestad. At the left, an accidentally parked truck outside last year's arena, after the final show.
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AN DR E J
He's been one of the most prolific names in the composers' hall of fame at the Eurovision stages, composing audience and fans' favourites for a number of different countries. We've talked to him, right after his attempt to conquer the Portuguese national selection for the fourth time. 14
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[TWELVE] You've had songs on ESC for many dif-
ing it, and one of the reasons was the rough
ferent countries. How is the process to adapt
cut's instrumentation. But she also said that
your compositions to each one? How do you
she loves the lyrics, referring to it actually as
make sure a song will work in a specific country?
a poem. Can you tell us a bit more about the
[Andrej] So far I have entered selections for four dif-
process of creating this song, and then trans-
ferent countries (Serbia, Georgia, Belarus and Switzer-
forming it in what we know today? By the way:
land). Bosnia and Slovenia are our neighbours, so we
she also suggested that she would love to work
kind of share same market on the territory of former
again with you.
Yugoslavia. When we talk about Portugal, my friend
I didn’t know she had doubts, hehehe! Well, I had that
and colleague, Carlos Coelho does that part. I only pres-
song in my demo's folder for two years before it was
ent him my demos, and then he makes the decision,
performed in FdC 2008. The song was different from
which song are we going to work on.
everything that was happening in Eurovision, and some could say it sounded like a song from a musical.
You were also a backing singer in the perfor-
When Carlos heard it, he said: "that’s the one we need
mance of Claudia Beni’s Više Nisam Tvoja, back in
for the Festival." Portuguese people have very spe-
2003. Which part felt bet-
cific taste when it comes to
ter for you: performing or
songs in the ESC. Not to men-
composing the song?
tion, that RTP always wanted
I was backing singer also in 2007, for Alenka Gotar. I often sing back vocals here in the Balkans, for big regional stars as Doris Dragovic (Croatia 1999), Nuša Derenda (Slovenia 2001) and Novi Fosili (Yugoslavia 1986). I love performing.
" Of course I'd love to write for Croatia again. I send my songs in every year."
to keep national influences in the songs. Vânia is one of the best singers I have ever worked with, and not because it was my song, but I really think that Senhora do Mar should've been higher ranked on ESC 2008. If there would
But I'm not interested in being
be a song for her, I would very
a solo artist. Being a backing
much love to collaborate with
vocal is just what I need.
You're Croatian, and your country withdrew
You’ve been very involved with Portugal in the
this year's ESC. What do you think of this?
past few years. Can you tell us how is your rela-
I find it very bad, the Croatian broadcaster should have
tion with this country?
brought Dora back. Of course I'd love to write for Croatia
Among many links that connect Portugal to me, the
again. I send my songs in every year. I was very sad,
biggest one is Carlos Coelho. He's a friend, and he has
when my last song, made for Klapa (in 2013) wasn’t se-
such good skills – I do all about the record, music, back-
lected, because I think I made one of the most beauti-
ing vocals, mixing, mastering, and he does beautiful
ful songs of my career. Later it was released by one of
lyrics, and all the rest to make it look professional on
the most famous klapa groups in Croatia, Klapa Cambi.
the stage. During the past few years, I fell in love with that beautiful country with a very nice people. Also,
We interviewed Vânia Fernandes two years
with Carlos, being recognized by audience, and marked
ago. She told us that the first time she listened
as the team, who managed to bring some enthusiasm
to Senhora do Mar, she felt unsure about sing-
to FdC again, feels very nice.
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This year’s Festival da Canção was full of con-
to take a chance and conquer the trophy to Lis-
troversy, with some contestants willing to
bon in the coming years?
withdraw before the final, the eurofans com-
I thought: maybe the problem was in the songs, com-
munities uprising on the internet accusing the
posers, singers, etc. But now, I can say, each country
portuguese broadcaster of voting fraud, and
that has no good results in ESC it’s not because of the
the audience leaving the venue during the win-
artists, but of the national broadcaster. About Portugal,
ner’s reprise performance. What’s your view on
I think it is impossible for me to return there. I have said
what’s happened, and your feelings as a com-
what I had on my mind, and I am very angry at RTP.
poser of a song that was competing?
There should be one hell of a deal, if I would be back
Where to start? I'm very sad for all that happened.
there as a composer. And, also… what for? Portuguese
I have to admit that I was the one pushing Carlos
people love our songs. It’s enough for a couple of lives.
to withdraw. The reason was that I found very bad having unlimited calls for the voting week. Also, we all faced
If you could suggest EBU to change or create
comments from “the winning team”, how this will NOT be
any rule on Eurovision, what would it be?
place where the best one win, but the one with the most
Bigger control of a national selections; one phone num-
money. And that’s how it was.
ber, one vote. And also, allow-
And I am very, very sad, that
ing commercial TV stations to
RTP did nothing to prevent that,
take over the ESC from public
although Carlos asked Mr. Poiares to reconsider it. RTP allowed people behind the winning song to have LEGAL FRAUD. Some could say, it was in the rules, so it’s legal and not a fraud – but then I have a big problem, if no one else thinks having 80%,
" About Portugal, I think it's impossible for me to return there"
broadcasters. Our team at TWELVE is from Brazil. What do you know about our country? Not so much, except from the telenovelas that are airing on television. I am sure, in next few
or 90% votes for the win-
months, as the World Cup is ap-
ning song coming from a single
proaching, there will be more
phone number. It’s one telephone
information about your country.
against a whole nation. We informed people in EBU, and they
Croatia’s national team will be there, and their first match
were actually very interested in the story, but also said, that
will be against Brazil. May the best one win. At least, we
they don’t have authority to react, unless we bring them
know that the winner will not be decided by a trainer dial-
court decisions. RTP made it look legal, so there are actually
ing numbers for his team, like on Festival da Canção 2014.
no elements for pressing charges, and in EBU it stays legal. BUT, people from EBU also mentioned, that they are very
Leave a special message to the eurofans.
concerned about this attempts of manipulation, because it
I would love to THANK all of you, who supported
brings a bad image for the whole concept of ESC. Now, all
Catarina Pereira and whole team, and felt betrayed by
delegations know that Portugal is actually represented by a
RTP for allowing this to happen. Specially to Portu-
song that was voted for itself, not a song representing the
guese fans, who actually spent their own money on
portuguese. Only RTP, and maybe themselves.
voting for Mea Culpa, and it was all for nothing. But, if it's any sort of consolation, you will always stay writ-
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ten in our hearts… Hugs to all from Croatia!
PhotoS: DAVOR ZUNIC
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KANESWAR A N She won't be on the Copenhagen big stage, but she plays a huge role in one of the most interesting entries this year. Hazel Kaneswaran is the mentor of Can-linn feat. Kasey Smith, the act representing Ireland this year. Will they be able to keep irish good track on making it to the finals? 18
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[TWELVE] The fact the Kasey was part of Won-
to make our music. We have the fiddle which is a bit
derland, caused some tension during Eurosong
like a violin and also the bodhrán (a Celtic style drum)
this, because Louis Walsh was a manager for the
which is held on one arm. Then we have the irish-style
band, and also acted as a judge. Can you com-
dancing, that really adds to the performance.
ment on this situation? [Hazel] That is not entirely true. Louis Walsh was not a
You have to go through semifinals. How do you
judge. He did appear on the Late Late Show Eurosong
feel about it?
Special as one of four panellists – all on whom were irish
Not everyone might agree, but I think having to compete
music industry experts. They were there to give their
in a semifinal could give us something of an advantage. It
opinions of the five acts on the night, but had no say as
means we get the additional practice/experience of per-
to who won the competition. The winner was decided
forming our song in front of the Copenhagen crowd. You
based on a combination of independent regional jury
might say that we are getting to do two Eurovision per-
vote (not connected to the live show’s panel) and public
formances for the price of one! That is, assuming we do
voting. Louis Walsh didn’t pick the Eurosong winner, the
a good job of our semifinal performance and get enough
people of Ireland did.
votes to qualify. decided
Even though Ireland is the
to take part in the 2014
biggest Eurovision winner,
Eurosong – and then Eurovision? RTE got in touch with me in relation to putting an act together with a view to compete in this year’s Eurosong contest. I was happy to accept their offer, as I had been considering
" I think having to compete in a semifinal could give us something of an advantage"
it has been a good while since the Irish took home the prize. How do you guys see the past few results of your country in Eurovision? Well, obviously everyone was disappointed when Ryan Dolan finished in last place at last
getting back into the music
year’s competition. Only Love
business properly after taking
Survives was a good song
a career break to raise my kids.
which was a top ten hit in many
I had an idea in my head about the kind of song that I
European countries, so when it got so few votes we were
wanted to do, so I put the word out looking for people to
genuinely surprised and confused. Maybe it simply wasn’t
collaborate with. Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren and
irish enough in relation to the lyrics? Who knows?
PhotoS: internet resources, HAZEL PERSONAL ARCHIVE
Patrizia Helander all got in touch with their various ideas. Once we got going, everything just sort of clicked and
Talking about this year's songs: have you heard oth-
pretty soon we had the song we wanted.
er’s counties songs? What do you think about them? I have been keeping an ear out for the other country’s
What makes a great Eurovision song?
songs as they come in and there are some great ones. The
I think it’s important that as many nations as possible
UK, Spain and Denmark are among the standout songs
include something in their Eurovision act that reminds
this year. Overall though, the quality is exceptionally
people which country it is that they are represent-
high. It should be a great show!
ing. If you don’t do that, it kind of defeats the purpose of representing a particular nation – it’s your identity. In Can-linn we use traditional Irish instruments may ' 1 4
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EM E M I L E She brought the contest to Denmark, only a few miles away from the arena in Sweden where she took the trophy. After that, her winning song be-
came a hit around Europe, and even in South America. In the next pages, this young artist tells us about
her impressions after her triumph in Eurovision ďƒ˘
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[TWELVE] The audience reac-
Do you have plans of making
tion during the first whistle
concerts in South America?
of the flout said a lot about
I hope to release my new single in
your favoritism. Tell us a little
Brazil and play some concerts
bit about your whole Eurovi-
there. I have never been to South
America before. So that would be
[Emmelie] It's a moment I'll never
very exciting for me. In this fall I'm
forget. An experience of a lifetime!
going on tour in Germany and Den-
I met really wonderful people on
mark. But maybe next year...
my Eurovision journey, and got the chance to sing my song in front of
You used to sing alongside a
the entire Europe.
Scottish folk musician, Fraser Neill. How much of your time
You seemed very calm and col-
with him has influenced on
lected while walking from the
Only Teardrops production,
green room to the stage, right
since the song has some of
after your victory. How did
those celtic sounds?
you cope with the pressure of
The years I've been touring with
being a fan favourite? What
Fraser Neill has influenced me a lot!
was going through your head?
I've always had a soft spot for folk
I was calm, but also extremely hap-
music, and that inspires my sing-
py, of course :) To be honest, I tried
ing. And I think that's very clear in
not to think too much about being
a favourite. Sometimes it could make me nervous, but instead I
What about other artists or
tried to see the positive side, that
musicians? Who inspires you?
Europe and the Eurovision fans re-
I'm a huge fan of Kate Bush! I abso-
ceived my song so well.
lutely love her voice, her way of performing and her songwriting.
Only Teardrops is already a hit even in brazilian radio sta-
Your song, Ireland's (Ryan
tions like Antena 1. Did you
Dolan's Only Love Survives)
expect to get that far? What
was your reaction when you
saw the news?
had strong drum sounds. In
I've always been making music and
any moment did you feel that
dreamt of making a living of it. I
these three songs could over-
was very surprised and excited
shadow each other?
when I heard my song was popular
I've never thought about that.
in Brazil, and played on brazilian ra-
There was a lot of drums going on,
but I think all three songs were
strong and different and with their
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We've spotted you hanging
Our Headquarters are located
out with a lot of other Eurovi-
in Brazil... What comes to your
sion contestants, including
mind when you think about
2012 winner Loreen and irish
our country? Do you have any
experience or story to tell us?
How is the backstage vibe be-
I think of Samba, Brazilian Carnival,
tween the contestants? Do
Copacabana Beach and Cristo Re-
you still have contact with
dentor :) Last year, my brother trav-
any of them?
eled three and a half months
There's a good atmosphere at the
through South America. He started
backstage. All artists are in the
out in Brazil! And told me many sto-
same boat, we're going through the
ries and showed me beautiful pic-
same things and are all nervous for
tures from your country.
the competition. It was great meeting all the other singers, and we ac-
It has been a pleasure to talk
tually talked about that we did not
to you, Emmelie. Thank you
feel like competitors. I have met Lo-
so much. Now can you please
reen and Robin Stjernberg a couple
leave a message to all our
of times over the summer when I
readers, and your fans in Bra-
was performing in Sweden. Both
zil and South America?
are so nice...
I want to say THANK YOU to all my brazilian and South American fans!
Robin Stjernberg posted a
Your support means so much to me!
photo of him with you, Zara
And I hope i soon will get the oppor-
Larsson and Darin Zanyar on
tunity to visit your beautiful coun-
Instagram, on Victoriadagen
try. All the best <3
festivities. Tell us about this experience â€“ how does it feel to be performing to such a royal audience? I'm always extra nervous when I'm performing at a crown princess's birthday. You really want to make a great perfomance! But everything went well and the swedish crown princess and her family came afterwards to say hi and congratulate me.
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the revie TWO semifinals. ONE grand final. THIRTY-SEVEN entries. We got them all reviewed.
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This year, 37 countries will have their delegations in
Copenhagen, showcasing the
best of their musical talent in the Eurovision Song Contest stage. Here's the TWELVE guide for you to follow this
year's Eurovision, with all
the songs reviewed by our expert editors.
HOW TO READ THIS ARTICLE:
The reviews are shown in the performing
order of each semifinal, and in random order in the final.
In the end of each text, you will find two
WHAT'S HOT shows the strong points
of the entry.
WHAT'S NOT is about the weak points
of that particular entry.
For the countries that held a selection
process (National Final, or NF), there is a
text box called ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN, in which you can read about a song that didn't win the selection, but was also good enough. may ' 1 4
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01. ARMENIA 02. LATVIA 03. ESTONIA 04. SWEDEN 05. ICELAND 06. ALBANIA 07. RUSSIA 08. AZERBAIJAN
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09. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
UKRAINE BELGIUM MOLDOVA SAN MARINO PORTUGAL THE NETHERLANDS MONTENEGRO HUNGARY also voting in this semifinal: SPAIN | FRANCE | DENMARK may ' 1 4
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Aram mp3 | Not Alone Armenia's entry got us all surprised, with an artist that was not very trusted. But, as we finally listened to Not Alone, it was love at first "listen". It seems that Europe agrees: Armenia's song is the hot favorite according to betting odds and bookmarks. But it guarantees anything? No, but the chances are big. Not Alone is a song that starts slowly, with solid vocals by Aram. And then a dubstep beat comes towards the end, giving it an edge. But maybe this major change comes too late on the song. Will Europe endure the ballad from the beginning until its best part, or will they give up on it before?
ď ƒ WHAT'S HOT: this song is some-
thing very fresh to eurofan's ears, and the betting odds are pointing it as the winner
ď „ WHAT'S NOT: it takes a lot of time to 'engage' the audience, and it is the first song of the first semifinal
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Aarzemnieki | Cake To Bake The year has changed, we are no longer in Sweden, but opinions
the country wasn’t privileged in
a clumsy and amateurish presen-
the running order.
tation, which can be improved but
about Latvia’s to please the eurovi-
The message that Cake To Bake
is unlikely to provide the highlight
sion fans and make a good choice
conveys is very positive: enjoy life
need for a classification to the fi-
remains… That makes us think
without fear of making mistakes.
nal, especially with so many other
that the cake recipe is wrong.
However, this friendly impression
Aarzemnieki was a hit last year
isn’t developed enough to really
with their song Paldies Latinam
bring something new to the fes-
in Latvia, but their entry this year
tival and even something attrac-
surely won’t strike that hard, ex-
tive to the voting audience. The
pectations aren’t the best ones and
voice-and-guitar formula refers to
WHAT'S HOT: joke entries, occasionally, are successful in Eurovision
WHAT'S NOT: the quality of the song, the weak staging and the doomed running order
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: - - - Vestule, Pedeja a simple but touching pop ballad sung by Dons, would be a better option to Latvia.
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TANJA | Amazing From Broadway to Eurovision.
ten, among the best this year. The
voice gets pitchy sometimes and
This is Tanja's musical road. Studying
arrangements, though, give you an
she loses some notes, but for the
dance since she was four years old,
“I've heard that before” feeling, but
the Russian-born artist has been
this doen't take off the magic ofthis
Tanja deserves a spot in the final.
in Estonian productions of musical
song. It does work. Amazing...
classics such as Chicago, Fame and The Phanton Of The Opera.
nia's entry is the show-factor. Tanja
It has to be said: Tanja's song is
jumps, dances, falls down and gets
Amazing. Pun intended. The lyrics
up in a very hard choreography to
are very effective and well writ-
do, especially while singing. Her
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Our choice here couldn't have been any different. Sandra Nurmsalu, the singer of Urban Symphony (2009), came back with Kui Tuuled Pöörduvad – a happy-smiley song that deserved better.
But the best feature of Esto-
WHAT'S HOT: Tanja is Eurovision's
version of Pink: singing and crazy dancing at the same time
WHAT'S NOT: people have been calling it an Euphoria rip-off. Rumours can cause some damage
SANNA NIELSEN | Undo Sanna is among the most respected singers in her country for a
very long time – she had a chart-topping hit at the age of 11, and kept going strong on the business, entering the national selection Melodifestivalen for seven times. Now, she finally conquered the ticket to Eurovision, with a strong tune called Undo – a diva-ish epic ballad with a keychange near the end, sung with a killer voice, in a stage filled with hanging crystals and dramatic lighting. The song itself is penned by some well-known names, such as Fredrik Kempe (collector of five ESC entries now) and David Kreuger (who co-wrote worldwide hits for Britney Spears and Westlife in their heydays). But it's just her on the stage. Well, she's pretty and cameras work well, but the presentation is just too basic. Eurovision is now about matching what you see with what you listen to. Loreen can teach you that, Sanna.
HOT: the experienced
singer and the song, that can be a common denominator between jury and viewers, East and West
WHAT'S NOT: the stage presentation lacks in visual appeal, and divas
singing ballads can't be called innovation in the Eurovision stages
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: In Melodifestivalen, pretty much all the songs are worth the listen – so, even masterpieces get lost in the semifinals. EKO's Red was the most valuable in 2014. may ' 1 4
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PollapÖNK | No Prejudice After collecting 26 attempts in
verge of being repetitive), some child-
is not much appreciated in the ESC
the contest, it's time for Iceland to
ish solfeggios, and a strong beat led by
stages. It remains to be seen if more
take a chance with an innovative mu-
charismatic drums and horns. The co-
traditionalistic countries will stand for
sic genre: the kids' punk. Pöllaponk is
lourful outfits and some comedy ges-
these lyrics, too.
an ensemble of musicians and pre-
tures on the stage seem to aim on the
school teachers, with the purpose of
children audience – it's actually pretty
making joyful songs with lyrics of ac-
hard to see an entry as directed to a
ceptance and equality, that would ap-
certain kind of viewers as Pollapönk's.
peal to both adults and children.
The question here is if Europe as
WHAT'S HOT: it's a catchy track, and the message of the song is aligned to
a big part of the ESC-fans community
WHAT'S NOT: punk genre is not fa-
miliar to the average viewer of the
No Prejudice is a song meant for
a whole will be keen to vote for such
contest, and the running order (right
the kids: it has a catchy hook (on the
a pure punk song – something that
after Sweden) doesn't help
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN:
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Ásdis María sung Amor, a song that would be the ultimate exotic indie jem for this year.
Hersi | One Night's Anger Being a country of great musical quality, Albania never won the Eurovision Song Contest yet, but they always give us nice and different music. This time, the alternative Hersi and her One Night 's Anger are going to raise the Albanian flag at the contest. The song is folk with rock elements, an interesting, irregular and beautiful melody! The deal falls apart because Albania doesn’t know how to make a great visual performance, which is sad! Hersi began her music career at the age of eight, and since then took part in a lot of festivals. Besides Albanian, also speaks English, Spanish and Italian. The song is about anger – which in the words of Hersi, is the worst of human feelings.
WHAT'S HOT: the hippie Albania has a good number of supporters! WHAT'S NOT: the Albanian stagework is usually awful – except for Kejsi Tola’s
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: The duo Lindi Islami & Venera Lumani had a song called Natë E Pare – a ballad that makes good use of their unique voices, and evolves through a crescendo. A beautiful and likeable effort. may ' 1 4
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TOLMACHEVY SISTERS | Shine You may not recognize their fac-
…Or, at least, they should have
going on a million directions. The re-
es, but the name Tolmachevy Sisters
chosen a better song. We could call
vamped arrangement softened this
probably sound familiar. These Rus-
Shine outdated, which would not
issue with guitars and drums. If only
sian twins are Eurovision history.
be a lie at all. However, to be called
this song allowed the girls to show
Maria and Anastasia are the first
outdated, it should remind you of
the vocal talent we know they have...
JESC winners to make the transition
another time. Shine does not. In any
to the adult contest. They won back
era it would have sounded modern.
in 2006, with Vesenniy Jazz. And
One of TWELVE's editors refers to it
they probably should have kept their
as “timelessly bad”.
Eurovision history where it was...
Shine's melody sounds like it's
WHAT'S HOT: Rui Andrade. The Portuguese heartthrob will be a back vocalist for the twins
WHAT'S NOT: the girls look stiff, robotic. Zero charisma
DILARA KAZIMOVA | Start A Fire We have a lot of ballads this year. Plenty of them. Anyway, Dilara's entry is another swedish composition, with armenian sounds in it, isn't it ironic? Start A Fire is not a bad song, it has its qualities but it lacks something. This thing might be the performance it will bring. And that is what the other competitors are afraid of: Azerbaijan's performances are always memorable and are song improvers, just like in the past couple of years (2012 for example). Now, Azerbaijan has to do something very memorable, since Sweden and Spain have a lot more to offer for the ballad lovers.
HOT: Azerbaijan is a
master of stage performances and they have plenty of block voters
WHAT'S NOT: There are another
female ballads with more instant appeal than this
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MARIYA YAREMCHUK | TICK-TOCK
Considering the last 10 years, Ukraine is the country with the best results in the Eurovision. Let's take a look at what Ukraine has to offer in 2014! On December 21st, Mariya Yaremchuk won the National Final with the song Tick-Tock. The performance, too much sexy to be aired on a Saturday morning, was praised by local artists and audience, since scooped not only the jury, but also the televoting! To be fair, Tick-Tock was not the best option for Ukraine, that’s why the song went through several changes until arriving at its final version, now modern and danceable, less dated, made to rock the stage! Mariya was born on March 2nd, 1993, in the city of Chernivtsi, Ukraine. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English, German and Italian. Her father, Nazar Yaremchuk, was a famous actor, who sadly died when she was only two years old. We know that Ukraine has never missed an Eurovision final, however, it’s not fighting for the title this time.
WHAT'S HOT: Mariya fulfills the re-
quirements of a true Eurovision star!
NOT: people still com WHAT'S plain about the Tick-Tock’s quality
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Stas Shurins was, maybe, the best option for Ukraine in 2014. His song Why is amazing!
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AXEL HIRSOUX | Mother With a team of famous Eurovision
gentle and refined voice, that married
its appeal and the singer brings lots of
composers, Rafael Artesero and Ash-
to a striking interpretation can reach to
emotion, but compared to other bal-
ley Hicklin, together with Axel, one of
hearts and gain a significant amount
lads of this year, more modern and rep-
the greatest revelations of the current
of votes, as happened in the Belgian’s
resentative, something is missing here.
Belgian music scene, the country in-
tends to appear for the second year in a row in the finals.
The song reminds us that motherly love, that supports us and gives us
Mother is a strong and emotive
strength to move forward in difficult
ballad that fits perfectly with Axel’s
moments of our lives. The track has
WHAT'S HOT: the favourable betting odds and friendly votes!
WHAT'S NOT: the presence of other male ballads, more interesting musically, in this year’s competition
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN:
Bandits, with One, the runner-up boyband in the Belgian national selection, would bring something more fresh.
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CRISTINA SCARLAT | Wild Soul Moldova is represented by Cris-
moment. And you wait. And wait.
years old Eurovision history, was
tina Scarlet, a 33 years old mother
But nothing happens. It stays
also bad on the national final. The
of two, family oriented singer: her
flat for three minutes. There is
samurai thing is all over the place.
entry Wild Soul, for example, was
a slightly keychange at the end,
Can we already ask to Pasha to
written by her niece Cristina. This
but it is not enough to wow you.
was her third attempt to represent
Cristina, who is the lead singer of
her country in Eurovision.
Moldova's Presidential Orchestra,
Wild Soul is a huge promise. It starts really well, with sort of
needs to open up her voice and let it go.
a mystery-movie vibe, and you
The performance, one of Mol-
keep on waiting for the explosion
dova's strongest points on its 10
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Placed 3rd, Lucia's Frozen was our traditonal pop-dance Eurovision much needed craving. The song would have been a better option for Moldova. 42
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come back next year?
WHAT'S HOT: A slight last minute
revamp can make Wild Soul sound amazing
WHAT'S NOT: It looks like the samurais from the national final will also be in Copenhagen
Valentina Monetta | Maybe (Forse) TWELVE is in its 4th edition, and
Her song is classy, but sounds outdat-
song, which lacks personality and
this is the 3rd time we talk about
ed and does not work for nowadays.
uniqueness. Maybe it will happen.
Valentina representing San Marino.
Maybe if we were on Copenhagen
Honestly, we hope for that.
Therefore, no need to introduce the
1964. But this is 2014, sweetie.
one who seems to be the only singer in San Marino.
Monetta's effort to finally get San Marino to the final is remarkable and
After Facebooking and becoming
maybe she will finally get recognized
a butterfly in front our eyes, Valentina
by that. If it happens, it will be be-
now wonders: Maybe...? Maybe not.
cause of her and not because of the
WHAT'S HOT: it's freaking Valen-
tina Monetta, Europe. This should be more than enough
WHAT'S NOT: if Crisalide, as a striking song, didn't get her through, this outdated effort won't do
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Suzy | Quero Ser Tua Let's be honest: this song is among the three worst songs this year. If it's not the worst. This is just bad. It's also pretty impossible to like a song that you know won its national final, Portugal's traditional Festival da Canção on is 50th anniversary, buying votes. Can you get any lower than this? In Portugal they call Quero Ser Tua 's genre “pimba”, a music style known for its poor harmonies, tacky lyrics and bad sex metaphors. Let's check: the lyrics are extremely poor. The melody has a party vibe, but it
is very badly constructed. The (out
of rhythm) percussion sound leaking on the microphone is annoying and oozes unprofessionalism. Suzy's voice... is that even a singing voice? Do I need to say anything more? Quero Ser Tua sounds extremely outdated. And it actually would have sounded outdated 15 years ago. So I ask: Why, Portugal? Why?
WHAT'S HOT: Does the Portuguese audience on FdC booing and leaving the auditorium count?
hard. Just re-read this review
and you will see. What's not? Everything
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Festival Da Canção was pretty poor this year. But we had a clear stand-out: Mea Culpa. Catarina Pereira was the one to take Portugal back to the finals. 44
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THE COMMON LINNETS | Calm After The Storm Ilse DeLange and Waylon, both
a a country/folk ballad, the guitar-
Waylon almost to close the first semi-
established soloists, joined forces
driven melody recalls The Police's
final., between Portugal 80's lambada
and created the duo The Common
Every Breath You Take.
and Montenegro's balkanic ballad.
Linnets. Unlike many acts through-
In a year full of folk, mellow songs,
out the years, the duo wasn't formed
the Dutch entry might get lost in the
HOT: the duo is very ex WHAT'S perienced, so huge responsibility
especially to the ESC. Eurovision was
middle of the crowd, even though
to qualify for the final two years in
just a plus in their start toghether.
they have a solid song. But they do
a row should't affect them
This song follow its title: it is
have an edge: the running order made
calm, maybe a bit too much. Being
them great favor, by making Ilse and
WHAT'S NOT: the lot of folk songs competing might ruin their chances
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| Moj Svijet SERGEJ CETKOVIC Montenegro was among the first countries to select its artist this year. And the selection was very on tar is one of the bigget: Sergej Cetkovic gest and most traditional names in Montenegrin music. Moj Svijet is that kind of charming, refined-in-the-proper-amount Balkan song which has its own audience in Eurovision. It starts calm, with great control of a beautiful voice over a timid Balkan background rhythm. Suddenly, the instruments go in a crescendo, becoming even more regional. The combination of the song, the very good vocal performance and Sergej’s ability to add emotions precisely results in an excellent bid. In a year without some of the biggest countries of the region (Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina), Montenegro is the offer of traditional Balkan sounds. It is the biggest chance the country has ever had to make it to the final.
WHAT'S HOT: The only Balkan ballad...
WHAT'S NOT: … in a year with too
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András KállaySaunders | Running
After the surprising tenth place last year, Hungary goes for an American-born to be their voice in Copenhagen. András Kalláy-Saunders was the winner of A Dal, the Hungarian National Final, being the first place of both the jury and the public voting. The song, Running, is everything most eurofans want. It has a wellsung, engaging and emotional intro, a beautiful rhythmic construction and a strong, marking chorus. This last point is the key one about this entry: in a year with not many convincing choruses, this song stands out as a great exception. It is a very respectable song, having its three minutes very well explored: “mood swings” in the lyrics and also in the melody (perfectly complemented with Saunders’ voice), and a very modern sound (which, this year, is something quite unique) make Hungary one of the candidates for a great result...
HOT: marking chorus,
WHAT'S NOT: many Soviets in this
semifinal. Their block voting may put the Hungarian qualification in risk
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: The Hungarians chose well: Running was the best song in A Dal. But Viktor Király’s Running Out Of Time was also quite good (except for the random rap). may ' 1 4
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01. MALTA 02. ISRAEL 03. NORWAY 04. GEORGIA 05. POLAND 06. AUSTRIA 07. LITHUANIA 08. FINLAND
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09. IRELAND 10. BELARUS 11. F.Y.R. Macedonia 12. SWITZERLAND 13. GREECE 14. SLOVENIA 15. ROMANIA
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Firelight | Coming Home Malta has important outcomes in
ers Richard Edward and Michelle
as the topic to be defended in Eu-
the curriculum vitae, the country hit
Mifsud. Going by the Texan vibe
rovision, the song is weak – not be-
the crossbar on two occasions, 2002
that has invaded the festival often,
cause it's bad, but incompatible with
and 2005, and scooped the bronze
the Maltese band realized that their
what the audience the festival has
in 1992 and 1998. In 2014, Firelight
work had the requirements of an
valued the most, lately.
was chosen to represent Malta in
Coming Home is that old and tra-
The folk band was formed in
ditional American country song. The
2013 (doesn’t have many stories to
lyrics are beautiful, may reach the
tell yet) and is headed by the broth-
listener in different ways , however,
WHAT'S HOT: Maltese good moment in the festival
NOT: country music open WHAT'S ing an Eurovision semifinal, that’s cruel!
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Daniel Testa – One Last Ride. The singer seems not ready for ESC, but his song is pretty good! Let’s keep our eyes on him! 50
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MEI FINEGOLD | Same Heart That was quite a surprise. Israeli's delegation made the right
decision picking up Mei Finegold as its representative, since she's an amazing and very professional performer and Same Heart is a song that stands out in the sea of ballads of this year. It has a catchy chorus and a keychange, that mark the song as very Eurovision-ish. It's worthy to remind that, when IBA chose the artist internally and made a Kdam to pick only the song, Israel managed to go through the final - something that doesn't happen since 2010 (when Harel Skaat went to the finals with Milim). But there's a problem: Same Heart will be sung too early, at the doomed position number two, and this is something to get concerned with.
WHAT'S HOT: Mei's voice is incred-
ible and the song has a lot of eurovisive elements
WHAT'S NOT: Israel is singing too early in its semifinal
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Be Proud would be a very strong tune for Eurovision as well, with powerful lyrics, and an even catchier chorus.
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CARL ESPEN | Silent Storm It is not easy to follow the steps
don-based singer-songwriter Jose-
doing good if they have to sing in
of the amazing Margaret Berger and
fin Winther, is a bit bipolar. It is hard
the 5th place? Nobody does, be-
this is what Carl Espen, a former mil-
to find someone who feels “meh”
cause nobody will remember it.
itary who served in Kosovo, have to
about it, you either love it or hate it.
Pump up that volume, Norway!
do. He started well: as a completely
Silent Storm has a well built,
unknown singer, he won Melodi
heart-warming melody and this is
Grand Prix, beating performers who
its strongest point, alongside with
had previous media exposure.
Carl Espen's voice. On the other
voice, raspy and sweet. This won't go unnoticed
Norway's entry to this year's
side, the performance is way too
NOT: They need a per WHAT'S formance revamp, but Norway
Eurovision is Silent Storm. The
simple, even dull. Can you imagine
doesn't usually change much from
song, written by Carl's cousin, Lon-
this song, with that performance,
their national final
WHAT'S HOT: Carl has an unique
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ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: A few songs on MGP could be here, but Knut Kippersund Nesdal's Taste Of You is the one. This 80's revival song is a great non-guilty guilty pleasure.
GEORGIA THE SHIN & MARIKO | Three Minutes To Earth The Shin is a Georgian band
honestly, the Earth deserved much
Every edition has its own “Let’s
which is currently based in Germa-
more! The track is an absurd mess
give our hands and save the world
ny. They’ve gathered with Mariko
of sounds, an orchestra of dyssyn-
by singing a lullaby for three min-
Ebralidze for recording Three Min-
chrony and non-harmonious noise.
utes”. But never before has a song
utes To Earth, an entry which
It sounds like an agglomeration of
with this proposal sounded so
could be much more than it is. You
several songs in only one, and you
much like Because I’ve Got High...
can notice both the group and the
cannot tell when any of them ends
singer had the quality to make
and the others begin. They seemed
something much better, but…
to try to embrace many ideas, and
If this song has the title it does,
ended up with nothing.
HOT: If there is any WHAT'S thing, it is the image of being a unique proposal
WHAT'S NOT: All may ' 1 4
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DONATAN & CLEO | My Słowianie – We Are Slavic The daily life of a Polish woman from the country doesn't seem very exciting. Home tasks, home clothing, a life focused on her husband. Does it get any sexier than that? Well, Cleo and Donatan look through another prism to this oldfashioned way of life. Donatan is a well-known music producer, and Cleo is a singer that took part in the local X-Factor, but is debuting on the showbiz with this song, which is already a big hit in Poland – mainly because of its music video, full of close-up shots of women wearing tradional Slavic costumes, mixed up with some appearances from Donatan and his gangsta looks. What the duo brings is a formula usually repelled of ESC stages: the female singer with the male rapper/DJ. The predominance of Polish in the lyrics may leave everyone the doubt: what are they singing about? Is it some kind of joke?
WHAT'S HOT: the song portraits a bigger area than only Poland. It's a
fresh and cheerful song, that went viral in its country very fast
WHAT'S NOT: it's a rap song – it'll do poorly in the voting. The English
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Conchita Wurst | Rise Like A Phoenix Conchita Wurst is the artistic/drag queen name of Thomas Neuwirth. In case you haven't noticed that the beard is real. In 2007, Thomas took part in a sing competition as a guy. Then he stayed out of the media for a while and came back as his female alter ago. Conchita almost represented Austria in Eurovision 2012, but she lost the national final by a 2% margin. Rise Like a Phoenix fits Conchita's image: classy and strong. A total diva! The whole package, both her and the song, feel like a slap in the face, especially after some homophobic controversies. Miss Wurst shows up strong and above it all. Announcing
singer in September and keeping the song secret until last minute, generated huge expectation and it paid it off. Austria's song is very powerful, James Bond-like, completetly timeless. We can for sure expect lots of glamourous perfection on the stage.
WHAT'S HOT: the song is pow-
erful and glamourous, full of glitz, splendor and seduction
we know some
votes that Conchita surely won't get, and the simplicity of the song
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ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Mia's version of Attention was way better than Vilija's. Although the music style remains the same, at least Mia is a better performer.
Vilija MataCiUnaitE ˇ ¯ ˙ | Attention
There's no way to start this re-
composer of it. There are senseless
finals? It will not be a surprise if
view with this yell at the begin-
lines in the lyrics, no rhythm, and it
Europe gives attention to this song.
ning. OMG Lithuania, with such
lacks refinement in the production.
a long-lasting national final, you
The stage performance makes
pick this song with this woman
us miss Donny Montell. But why
that yells instead of sing? There's
bother with a good song, if there
more: the song sounds weird in
are good neighbours that keep vot-
Vilija's voice, even though she's the
ing for Lithuania to get into the
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WHAT'S HOT: block voting and
momentum are working for Lithuania these last years
WHAT'S NOT: such a time waste
of a national final to end up picking a trashy song
SOFTENGINE | Something Better Not even Krista Siegfrids' kiss on her female backing singer was
between hardrock and electro, with
about an old man's reminiscences of
some pop thrown into it.
better times he lived when his wife
able to take Finland out of the
That's what Something Better is
doom of 25 years since they last
all about: a fresh rock song, with lots
reached a top-10 result (except for
of energy coming from the lead sing-
Lordi's victory in 2006). The hard
er (pretty viscerally, at times) and
task of overcoming all this will lay
the rest of the band acting as back-
performance and has a good stage
over Softengine, a band used to do
ing vocalists. Some very anthemic
presence. Norwegian block voting
funky songs – but that is dedicated
parts are found there too, all mak-
can come for help, too
to a more hardrock sound now. It ac-
ing it an ideal song for a big arena.
tually sits somewhere in the middle
The lyrics are somewhat depressive,
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Finland had a great national selection, full of interesting songs – and Lauri Mikkola's Going Down was among the best of the bunch. It's an R&B ballad, a little gospel-like, focused on his outstanding vocal performance.
was alive. The high production level of the track is also remarkable.
WHAT'S HOT: The song is arenaoriented, the band delivers a solid
WHAT'S NOT: Rock is a risky choice in Eurovision
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Can-Linn (feat. Kasey Smith) | Heartbeat Even though the act is called
on the singer. Kasey had some se-
Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith, the of-
The Irish arrangements and mel-
rious pitch problems and a wrong
ficial video makes it clear: the singer
ody are dense, exotic and well pro-
wardrobe choice on the national fi-
is the star of this song. Kasey Smith
duced. The positive lyrics (about being
nal. If it does not change for Eurovi-
was part of the Irish band Won-
brave and fighting on crisis times) are
sion, Ireland might have problems.
derland, but in 2010 she moved to
cliché, yet effective. It is something
Nashville to pursue a solo career.
that Europe wants to hear right now.
Unlucky, she went back to Ireland
The live show is promising. The
and took part in the national selec-
traditional Irish dance is entertaining
tion last year. She lost it, but came
and the focus should be on that, not
back this year to win it all.
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WHAT'S HOT: it looks like Ireland
is going to have (again) half-naked dancers. We love it!
WHAT'S NOT: it looks way too much like what they had last year
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Eoghan Quigg's The Movie Song, a sweet pop One Direction kind of ballad, would be a good contender to Denmark's Cliché Love Song to get teenager votes.
TEO | Cheesecake Does anybody here have a sweet tooth? Because Teo is bringing everybody some cheesecake.
And he really has something to celebrate. Teo was on the winning team of the Belarrussian national final three times: 2010, 2012 and 2013. All three songs ended up being replaced. And when they actually should've made the change... Belarus song is about guy breaking up with a girl who called him “sweet cheesecake”. Wait... what? The lyrics are silly, in a very childish way. Honestly, Cheesecake might have been suitable to Eurovision Junior, not for the “grown up” festival. The juries will probably cease any chance that this song could have of getting to the final. Not even performing in the second half of the second semifinal (between way better songs: Ireland and F.Y.R of Macedonia) should be able to save Teo, who will be watching the show from home. Eating a cheesecake.
WHAT'S HOT: cheesecakes are re-
ally yummy! There are some great recipes on the internet
WHAT'S NOT: childish lyrics and
lame staging. And the song isn't the dish the juries usually like
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Now You're Gone, by Max Lorens & DiDyuLya, won the public voting on the NF. The song, a ballad with folk elements, is better then Cheesecake, which is not hard. may ' 1 4
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Tijana | TO THE SKY
F.Y.R. of MACEDONIA
F.Y.R. of Macedonia is going strong in the group of countries that don't know how to behave at the contest. Never gave us a breathtaking performance – ok, maybe in 2006, with Elena Risteka. In 2014, the name to fight for them is Tijana. She was born on February 3rd, 1976, in Skopje. Owner of an androgynous look, Tijana became involved with music when she was only five years old. She also has presented programs on radio and TV. To The Sky will be the track defended by Tijana in Copenhagen. The song has nothing that stands out, but it’s full of modern elements and nice beats. The promotional video is very well produced and perhaps the sexiest of the season. Tijana is very confident about her participation in the Eurovision and her work is different from the styles that Macedonia has brought lately.
WHAT'S HOT: dance music in a sea
of love (and sleepy) songs. It seems like an advantage!
past of staging work in ESC
SEBALTER | Hunter Of Stars As a kid, Sebalter learned to play the violin, instrument that followed him through his whole life and that he will take to the stage in Copenhagen, to perform a song that took him one year to write: Hunter Of Stars. Now close your eyes and imagine if Alexander Rybak and Doctor Gianluca from Malta had a baby. That's Sebalter. From Alexander, he brings the energy and the violin, from Gianluca, the cuteness and “can't take my eyes off the singer” effect. Literally. You just keep on waiting for the next crazy face. But Sebalter has to be careful. He sometimes opens up his eyes so widely that he looks kinda creepy. Hunter Of Stars has beautiful lyrics, one of the best this year. However, the arrangement takes a bit of it, making it sound way too quirky. His success in Eurovision will depend on Europe's vision of his whistle: will they find it adorable, or freak-ish? Let's hope for the first one.
WHAT'S HOT: Those lyrics are very beautiful
WHAT'S NOT: His whistles might be seen as a mock, not quirkiness
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: None of the other songs were as good as Sebalter's. But Christian Tschanz's raspy voice is worth listening. His song was called Au Paradis. may ' 1 4
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Freaky Fortune feat. RiskyKidd | Rise Up Eurovision fans seems to be pas-
a song without traditionally Greek
the perfect interaction of singers. So,
sionate by the greek rhythms pre-
elements, but directly related with
most probably Rise Up won’t please
sented over the past few years: from
dance music and modern rap, in an
everyone. Haters gonna hate.
rap to folk, pop to ska, ballad to rock…
exciting upbeat sound.
sometimes all of them mixed up. The country’s identity at the
needs to be improved, but the Greek
contest is associated with upbeat
delegation always make good im-
songs, positive lyrics, outstanding
provements in the production and
vocal abilities of the performers and
performances and a good blend of
performances that contributes to
the rejection of the musical genre
local rhythms. This year, Greece sent
the growth of the song on stage and
by the Eurovision audience
Certainly, the live performance
WHAT'S HOT: Greece is almost always a fans' favourite WHAT'S NOT: countries that usu-
ally vote for Greece are absent, the
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Kostas Martakis, with Kanenas De Me Stamata, would also be a good choice to Greece.
TINKARA KOVAC ˇ | Round And Round Slovenia’s trajectory in the ESC has been marked by bad results and a few
country is never remembered in the
tations – maybe a more appealing
voting, even by its neighbours.
stage presentation can lead this to
highlights: even when expectations
The Slovenian song this year is
were high, the results disappointed.
a well-articulated pop, with an easy
Perhaps unwise choices, outdated
chorus and a very nice pace, that
and/or confusing presentations and
along with the regularity of Tin-
bad vocal performances have contrib-
kara’s vocals, her good rapport with
uted to all the negative results, but
the backing vocals and the instru-
and the difficulty of the country
the main barrier in Slovenian entries
mental elements, delivers a high
to be remembered by the viewers/
seems to be the lack of votes, as the
quality entry and raise the expec-
jury at the voting time
WHAT'S HOT: the entry has a good potential to make it to the final WHAT'S NOT: the absence of most neighbours in the contest this year,
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Muff, with Let Me Be, would also be a risky but good choice to Slovenia. may ' 1 4
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PAULA SELING & OVI | Miracle It's a miracle! Everybody's favourite powerhouse duo Paula Seling & Ovi is back to Eurovision. They represented Romania back in 2010, with the amazing Playing With Fire, fire spitting and dueling pianos included. They reached third place in that year. This year they bring us Miracle. The new song is not bad at all. It's just not in the same level of quality that we were expecting. It's impossible not to compare both songs, and Playing With Fire knocks the newcomer out. Miracle is a sticky melody electro-pop. It's impossible not to sing-along – and this is the best feature of this song. This, and Paula's incredible voice. She shines through the 3 minutes, while Ovi sounds more like a backing vocalist. Miracle is like an individual duo. But... welcome home guys. You were missed.
WHAT'S HOT: they are Eurofans' favorite duo, which creates buzz, free press and votes WHAT'S NOT: people will compare both of their entries, and the new one loses the battle
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ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Joanna's Ma Liberté was a good, but safe bet. Even though it had nothing remarkable about it.
Twin Twin | Moustache Moustache is a song that inspires
WHAT'S HOT: the french Head of
different opinions. It's definately a
is lame, it looks like the mess that
daring and funny entry, that can be
LMFAO does on stage. And the aver-
called "out of the box", just like France
age Eurovision audience may even
knows how to do. It's not the first
call it a freak entry. Since it's a big 5
time that this country goes a little
entry, this one has real chances on
derstood and compared with some
hipster: remember Sébastien Tellier?
getting the last place.
freak performances of the past
Delegation knows how to bet on different, hipster entries
WHAT'S NOT: their performance is
lame, and they can easily be misun-
ELAIZA | Is It Right The German delegation truly
woke up for the Eurovision! After an era of pure darkness, Lena’s victory in 2010 brought back the good results. In 2014, after a very disputed selective, Elaiza was chosen to represent Germany in Copenhagen. Elaiza group entered the national final as a wildcard, to reach it, the band had to defeat 2.240 acts! In the NF, another victory, over super names of German showbiz, as Oceana, MarieMarie and Unheilig. Elaiza is composed by the Ukrainian Elzbieta Steinmetz (vocals), and the German girls Yvonne Grünwald (accordion) and Natalie Plöger (bass). The folk band was formed in early 2013. Is It Right is a pop folk, its good elements are remarkable, the melody is beautiful and the song in general, well produced. Unfortunately the chorus is a lil’ bit repetitive.
WHAT'S HOT: Germany is rocking the contest!
WHAT'S NOT: the staging shown in the National Final is very boring
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: Oceana and her song Thank You would be, certainly, a huge Eurovision hit! may ' 1 4
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RUTH LORENZO | Dancing In The Rain Our friends in Ireland and UK will surely recognize Ruth Lorenzo. She was in the 2008 Season of the hit show X-Factor, where she placed 5th. Her Purple Rain rendition was epic. Six years later she was invited to represent the UK on Eurovision, but declined the offer; Ruth wanted to represent her homeland, Spain. Well, she will. Now, let's face it: Dancing In The Rain is the best song representing Spain in ages. They actually can win! It's modern, yet classic. Simple in the beginning, epic in the end. The final arrangement, with 80 string instruments, brings it up to a new level, where melody and voice are equally amazing. And talk about a voice! Ruth has the best one this year. Period. Spain's success, however, lays on the performance. We already know DR hasn't allowed Ruth to make it rain on the stage, so we will have to wait and see.
WHAT'S HOT: Ruth Lorenzo. Her
voice and interpretation skills make this song what it is
WHAT'S NOT: Spain will need a strong visual performance to win. Can they actually make it rain?
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EMMA | La Mia Città Emma Marrone is, currently, the biggest name of the Italian music industry. Anything she sings goes directly to the top positions of the national charts. Emma was second place in the traditional Sanremo Festival in 2011, and then won it in 2012. She was chosen internally by RAI to go to this year’s Eurovision.
❡ XX. ITALY
Since its return to the festival in 2011, Italy has always sent great entries to Eurovision – and, as a result, never ended out of the ALSOhas WORTH THE LISTEN: topThe ten. The Italian song was for 2014 right choice to Spain follows the same rule:was Laalso Mia Città made. However, there
another songand worth is excellent, it’s listening: performed by a
Atrévete . The band mixes theircounvery important artist of the celtic-pop sound with a country vibe.
try, which is always something to be praised.
The song has everything to allow Italians to dream with another top ten (or, maybe, even more). The main question around it is whether its being more leaning towards rock than the previous songs can have a worse feedback from the audience.
WHAT'S HOT: great instrumentals,
strong chorus and amazing vocal performance
WHAT'S NOT: the risk of not having the more rock-styled melody well-accepted
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: RAI chose internally. If they chose through Sanremo, the winner Controvento would be a cool option, following better the style of recent years’ entries. may ' 1 4
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United Kingdom Molly | Children Of The Universe Under all the eurofans' spotlights, there she is. The former indepent singer-songwriter has been secretly nominated the representative of the UK for 2014 (not even her friends and parents knew about that until the official announcement), and now that's it's all clear, everyone seems to be delighted. Why? Decade's first for them, they are having the chance to be represented by a newcomer artist that brings a song that sounds current and is highly appealing. Molly's voice, resembling a bit the Alphabeat's vocalist Stine Bramsen (this is a compliment), is unique and delivers the song (composed along Anders Hansson, a Swede responsible for producing ESC gems like It Hurts, from Sweden 2004, and a few other songs from the Swedish national selection) flawlessly. She needs only to evolve her eyecontact with the cameras, to explore the arena-filler potential of her entry. HOT: a windmachine of ď ƒ WHAT'S fresh air for the UK, this entry is anthemic and ideal for big arenas NOT: the singer needs to ď „ WHAT'S connect more with the cameras to reach for voters better
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Basim | Cliché Love Song Basim will have the responsibility to fly the flag for Denmark... in Denmark. His rising to fame happened on the first season of the Danish X-Factor, where he finished 4th. Since then, he released two albuns and took part on the national selection for Eurovision 2014, which he won. About Cliché Love Song: it really doesn't get any more cliché than that. How many times have we heard the story about the guy who falls in love with a random girl who is different of him? Basim brings a silly little pop track with a pseudo-retro flair. We won't even go cliché and compare him to Bruno Mars. Oh, wait! This is not a bad song at all. It is as catchy as an Eurovision hit has to be; even if Basim had to open an Eurovision show, we would remember him in the end. But this is just way too "teenager" to the contest standards. We expected more from the current winner.
WHAT'S HOT: teenagers will love it, which will get him lots of votes and relevant social media exposure
NOT: there are way too
many clichés in only one song. It's overwhelming!
ALSO WORTH THE LISTEN: With so many folk songs this year, why not one more? Rebekka Thornbech's Your Lies is a pop-country that Kellie Pickler or Carrie Underwood could easily record.
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THOUGHT FOR SONG
Is Eurovision flirting with the mainstream? Written by Fernanda Cabrera*
Over the top. Unreal. Cheesy. Old fashioned. These are only a few of the many critics that Eurovision gets from people who doesn't like the show. But yes, I (maybe) can agree with the “over the top” one.
new song. Except that it's not his... On their own particular styles, other songs that I could easily hear on radios are Armenia, Hungary, Es-
Anyway.... People might call Eurovision unreal, but
tonia, Israel, Poland (forget the Slavic sound, focus on
it seems to me that 2014 might end up being known as
the sexy – bad – singer and rapper duet), Austria (and
the most “down to earth” ESC in a long time. Because
its Skyfall vibe), Finland, Lithuania, Macedonia, Belarus
of the songs. A good amount of them could be a hit in
(hello, Robin Thicke), Greece (c'mon, it sounds like any
radios anywhere in the world. Not discussing quality
other ordinary club song) and Italy.
here, only how relatable they are to “real world” charts.
If this “mainstream takeover” is good? Or is it bad?
Let's take a look to some of the tracks. First, we have
None, in my opinion. Is just a natural flow of the contest,
the fact that Eurovision 2014 was invaded by folk mu-
that distanced itself from the “real world” in the past few
sic. Because it was. Latvia, Netherlands, Malta, Germany
years. When Euphoria made both worlds collide in 2012,
and Switzerland, all in different levels, bring this to the
it was legen – wait for it – dary. (A shout out to my fellow
table. From this group, I think only Sebalter (curiously,
HIMYM fans!). Anyway... I still want my insane perfor-
my personal favorite in the bunch) and Germany might
mances, my fake duet chemistry, my big Disney-esque
sound weird to people. Latvia would be the quirky coun-
ballads, my schlager and my windmachine fix. But I also
try, Malta sounds like something Lady Antebellum could
like the feeling that I might hear a few Eurovision songs
record and Netherlands, a Carrie Underwood and Blake
on my local radio station.
Shelton duo. Maybe not a hit in Brazil, but definitely in
Due a terrible weather, the plane I would take to Rio
the USA. (Yes, I know Georgia also brings folk this year,
never left the ground. So I ended up going to my fellow
but that one is so bad that no one would play it).
TWELVE editor Filipe's house to watch it with among
If “hipster” music is a worldwide thing, we have to pay
friends. Pre show karaoke session included. About my
attention here. Children Of The Universe might not be as
final college essway, that I also wrote about... It's due on
hipster as Kedvesem was last year, but still has that in-
May 6th. First semifinal day. Could it be any different?.
die festival flair. Lollapalooza or Coachella, anyone? Also,
*Fernanda Cabrera, 25, wishes people would
I can really see the UK song being sung many times by
stop calling Quero Ser Tua more Brazilian
those Lorde-like girls on X-Factor and The Voice versions
then Portuguese. She just doesn't want any
around the world. Like Royals was. (Oh, and BTW... Molly
kind of relation with that “song”.
is way, way better then ByeBoringAlex). We also have Bruno Mars... I mean, Basim's Cliche Love Song. If any radio or TV show plays that one, people 74
would run to Twitter to say how much they love Bruno's
Eurovision: in a radio near you! (If you are lucky enough.)
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The Eurovision hipsters Written by Filipe Lima* Being a huge fan of Eurovision, you end up spending
it over. The hipsters are better than everyone, and only
a lot of time discussing it with friends you share this love
when the Almighty Hipster God comes and kills all
with. And sometimes, not even this seems enough to
regular eurofans, things will be OK. Eurovision will only
fulfill our need to talk about the festival. That’s when we
be good when, in few words, it’s not itself any longer.
end up going to sites and forums, and we start reading
It’s hard to avoid a very obvious question: if everything
not only the articles, but also the comments from other
which is good from Eurovision is not Eurovision-like,
fans. And, let’s admit, the space for comments about ESC
what is wrong in the equation? Is it Eurovision, or the
on the Internet is a prolific place for people saying a lot
hipsters? In this math, isn’t it easier for the hipsters to
give up of Eurovision, and find another festival which
There is a very specific group of people who lives in the underworld of comments: the Eurovision hipsters.
changing the entire contest just to please them?
They are that kind of people who believe they have a
If they say Eurovision can only “be saved” if almost
much more refined taste than regular Eurovision fans.
everything is changed, isn’t it better to remove them out
They must truly believe entertainment is worth zero
of this equation, and keep things as they are? We won’t
in music – that’s the only explanation I can imagine for
miss them, they won’t waste their so-precious time
someone to have the guts to affirm “this year’s Belgian
whining about the pop tracks we enjoy, and everyone
entry is much better than what Paparizou and all the
can be happy on their own habitat!
unfairly worshipped names of ESC can usually offer”.
There is a saying in Brazil which states something
This year, I’ve been reading many of these hipsters
like “If you are so bothered, why don’t you leave?”. That
praising some of the dullest songs of the year. Their
would be my suggestion for the Eurovision hipsters. No
argument is that these entries (Malta, for example) are
one forced you to watch the festival. No one asks you to
good because they don’t sound like what you usually
keep watching it. So, if you don’t like what it has to offer
see in Eurovision, and that they may attract a new
you, find your own place. And leave us alone.
audience for the festival – in their opinion, the contest is
*Filipe Lima, 28 years old, thinks the
indeed needing new audiences.
hipsters should get the songs they love and
Let’s “translate” this speech? The Eurovision songs which are good are the ones which don’t sound to be from it. Eurovision will only be considered a good festival when the songs are not Eurovision-like anymore, and when the current audience gives it up, and a new audience, of people who like other styles of music, takes
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put in a very special place of their body.
Photo: internet Photo: resources EBU
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Chronicles of a brazilian eurofan
Putting the Big into the Big 5 Written by Fernanda Barreto*
Hello, dear readers of TWELVE!
By the way, the German victory was so remarkable
My life has been as messy as Scooch’s performance.
that it has convinced another country to return, some-
That’s the reason why I have not written anything…
how: Italy. And they got a great result: Madness of Love,
But TWELVE is always so special to me and for all of us,
by Raphael Gualazzi, was the runner-up of Eurovision
editors, that I needed to find some space in between the
2011, won by Azerbaijan – not mentioning Germany’s
mess to write something here.
So, I wanted to bring a really special subject: The Big
In Baku 2012, we had three Big 5 countries in the top
5. They are big. So, when I started to follow ESC back in
10: Germany, Italy and Spain. And if it was only for the
2004, Big 4 (there was no Italy yet!) was quite a mess. No
juries, Spain and Italy would have reached top 5 instead.
interesting songs, lack of good performances and shame-
The 2013 edition was another good year for Italy, that
ful positions. And, of course, always a lot of complains,
reached 7th place and never left the top 10 of Eurovision
about block voting, no one votes for us because we are at
since its return.
the finals, and blah blah blah.
In 2014 we have great Big 5 countries with real
It was 2007; that ESC in Helsinki, Finland was the start
chances of winning. Italy, Spain and United Kingdom are
of a new era of Eurovision voting. The big amount of block
among the hot favourites alongside Sweden and Arme-
voting and no western country into the finals made the
nia, all according to the eurofans. In my humble opinion,
producers try something new for the next year – so we
they couldn’t reach greater results before, because they
had lot of changes in the rules. In 2008, even though we
always treated Eurovision as something that was not
had good changes, there wasn’t good songs for the Big 4
really important. All of their music scenarios are incred-
as well, none of them has ended above top 15 positions
ible and they can do better. But, luckily for us, things
and the best one was Spain with the Chiki-Chiki dude.
have changed. And the audiences are giving their ap-
The tableturn started for the Big 4 in 2009, when finally they have awakened. Jury has returned with 50%
So, who’s your favorite Big 5 of 2014?
of the votes, and it has changed the image of the ESC for
I am #TeamMolly. Power to the People!
these countries, that only got in the finals because of their
*Fernanda Barreto, 25 years old, her favorite
financial support. Their efforts were rewarded this time:
band is from United Kingdom, Muse, and sup-
with the amazing results of United Kingdom, a 5 place
ports Liverpool FC as well. She wants UK win-
with Jade’s It’s My Time, and France’s 8th place, everything
ning so she can visit Anfield Road at her vaca-
turned. The efforts of sending well produced songs in-
tions and realize both of her dreams: going to
stead of mocks or frikis, were rewarded with a victory of
Eurovision and watching a LFC game.
Germany in 2010, with Lena’s Satellite. Since 2009, at least one Big 5 country scored a top 10 in the contest. 78
preciation with their votes.
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BIG FIVE â€“ THE ULTIMATE FIVE-PIECE EUROVISION RANKINGS
(this list was obviously written before the Tolmachevy Sisters were chosen to represent Russia in Eurovision 2014. They did not make our cut. They didn't even make the top 10 version of this list. Ouch.)
Erik RAPP | Sweden 2011 In Euro Junior, Erik sang Faller, one of the few JESC songs that could easily be sung on the regular Eurovision. He actually deserverd so much better than his 9th place. Recently Erik was on the spotlight again, after he came out, but also, and most important, because he was in Swedish Idol 2013. His performance of When I Was Your Man is better then the original. He also performed Euphoria, in a very unique way and he actually didn't mess it up like some people (yes, we are talking about you Nevena Bozovic).
Lerika | Moldova 2011 and Russia 2012 Yep. She actually was sassy enough to sing for two countries. Lerika, born in Czech Republic, was living in Moldova in 2011, that's why she sang for the Parfenyland. Shortly after, the family moved to Russia and... well, she represented Russia. If in 2011 Lerika looked overgrown and had a bad song, in 2012 she looked like an overgrown child. From 2015, she can go to the adults' Eurovision. Hopefully with a better song then her fellow Russian JESC stars, the Tolmachevy Sisters. Sara markoska | F.Y.R of Macedonia 2009 Blame it on our editor Filipe that Sara is in this list. He showed us her current work, and it's kinda great: it's a kind of R&B-pop that could easily translate into worldwide charts. She is now into some sexy dancing that wouldn't fit JESC. Believe us. When she hit Eurovision Junior stages, she already looked too mature to be there. Her electropop tune was good, but her performance wasn't up to it. She was nervous and pitchy. We're glad she got better. Otherwise, she wouldn't have made this list.
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Dino Jesulic | Croatia 2003 The biggest Eurovision curse is to sing in the slot number two. In the first ever JESC Dino overcame that, winning with a performance that included a piano and an impressive voice for a 11 y.o. kid. Now, another 11 years later, he's all grown up. And he did that VERY well, if you know what we mean (if you don't, just look for videos of him nowadays). He passed his teenage voice change greatly, turning to a more rocker voice. Plus, he stated that he would like to go to Eurovision. Let's make this double comeback happen in 2015, Croatia?
Maria isabel | Spain 2004 For those who do not watch JESC, let's put it like this: Antes Muerta Que Sencilla, Maria Isabel's amazing song, smashed in Junior as Euphoria or Fairytale did in Eurovision. She got there with the victory in her hands and took the trophy home. She got half of all the 12 points sets. After Junior Eurovision, she recorded a few albums and hosted a TV show, before she quitted public life to finish school. Now she says she is ready to be back to music and was rumoured to be a contender in Spain's Nation Final this year. She was not there. Hopefully next year. Please...? may ' 1 4
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