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Sean
18th March 2018, 14:04
Hello everybody!

We will once again be doing the infamous "Expert" Panel on the main website this year, with our editors and writing staff picking apart the 43 songs for Lisbon. But of course, the website would be nothing without #YOU - so this is your chance to make your opinion heard on a much wider platform!

After we have been able to take apart the songs, we will turn it over to #YOU! The public 'televote' will be added to our scores to give an overall ESC United rating of the songs this year, but if you fancy praising or criticizing the songs yourself you can do so in this very thread! The best short reviews from both social media and this forum will be featured on the main website for thousands of Eurovision fans to see, so make sure to be as creatively opinionated on the songs as possible!

We begin tomorrow with a fan favourite - Spain - before continuing on through the 43 songs in random order. Which song will come out on top between the staff and the public? Stay tuned to find out!

ESC UNITED "EXPERT" PANEL REVIEWS
01. ::es SPAIN - Alfred & Amaia - Tu canción (19/03 - LINK (http://escunited.com/2018/03/19/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-spain/))
02. ::az AZERBAIJAN - Aisel - X My Heart (20/03 - LINK (http://escunited.com/2018/03/20/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-azerbaijan/))
03. ::cy CYPRUS - Eleni Foureira - Fuego (21/03 - LINK (http://escunited.com/2018/03/21/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-cyprus/))
04. ::mk (FYR) MACEDONIA - Eye Cue - Lost and Found (22/03 - LINK (http://escunited.com/2018/03/22/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-fyr-macedonia/))
05. ::al ALBANIA - Eugent Bushpepa - Mall (23/03 - LINK (http://escunited.com/2018/03/23/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-albania/))
06. ::cz CZECH REPUBLIC - Mikolas Josef - Lie to Me (24/03 - LINK (http://escunited.com/2018/03/24/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-czech-republic/))
07. ::mt MALTA - Christabelle - Taboo (25/03 - LINK)
08. ::hr CROATIA - Franka - Crazy (26/03)
09. ::uk UNITED KINGDOM - SuRie - Storm (27/03)
10. ::fi FINLAND - Saara Aalto - Monsters (28/03)
11. ::ch SWITZERLAND - Zibbz - Stones (29/03)
12. ::fr FRANCE - Madame Monsieur - Mercy (30/03)
13. ::pt PORTUGAL - Cláudia Pascoal - O jardim (31/03)
14. ::md MOLDOVA - DoReDos - My Lucky Day (01/04)
15. ::ro ROMANIA - The Humans - Goodbye (02/04)
16. ::bg BULGARIA - Equinox - Bones (03/04)
17. ::il ISRAEL - Netta - Toy (04/04)
18. ::de GERMANY - Michael Schulte - You Let Me Walk Alone (05/04)
19. ::lt LITHUANIA - Ieva Zasimauskaitė - When We're Old (06/04)
20. ::rs SERBIA - Sanja Ilić & Balkanika - Nova deca (07/04)
21. ::nl NETHERLANDS - Waylon - Outlaw in 'Em (08/04)
22. ::hu HUNGARY - AWS - Viszlát nyár (09/04)
23. ::sm SAN MARINO - Jessika ft. Jenifer Brening - Who We Are (10/04)
24. ::no NORWAY - Alexander Rybak - That's How You Write a Song (11/04)
25. (12/04)
26. (13/04)
27. (14/04)
28. (15/04)
29. (16/04)
30. (17/04)
31. (18/04)
32. (19/04)
33. (20/04)
34. (21/04)
35. (22/04)
36. (23/04)
37. (24/04)
38. (25/04)
39. (26/04)
40. (27/04)
41. (28/04)
42. (29/04)
43. (30/04)

revallsay
18th March 2018, 17:02
Sean do we have to tell our opinion about every songs, I mean, take part everyday?

Sean
18th March 2018, 17:12
Sean do we have to tell our opinion about every songs, I mean, take part everyday?

No, it requires no full commitment from anybody other than us at ESC United, but if you have a song you want to submit a short review for to try and get featured on the website it is highly encouraged!

Ringdalen
18th March 2018, 17:49
Can we post our reviews for the song's we want to review whenever or do we have to wait till it's next in line? :D

Sean
18th March 2018, 23:31
Can we post our reviews for the song's we want to review whenever or do we have to wait till it's next in line? :D

You can post whenever if you wish but I'd rather you did it on the day of posting to make it easier :mrgreen:

Matt
19th March 2018, 01:53
Also, some of your comments will be featured in our upcoming video series as well so make sure to participate when possible.

Sean
19th March 2018, 21:44
01. SPAIN - Alfred & Amaia - Tu canción

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/19/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-spain/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Spain? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Spanish entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

Bibha
20th March 2018, 08:18
I feel that while their chemistry may be real, it is so 'in your face' that it seems forced to me. Also the song is very slow and the build-up amounts to nothing.The male singer's voice is too nasal for a romantic song and doesn't help build up the mood.This will do better than last year's Spanish entry but the Spanish fans overhyping their entry is not helping.The revamp made the song a little more appreciable though. A 5/10 for me.

Antho
20th March 2018, 15:26
I didn’t like the song at all when it first came out. I found it way too cheesy, way too slow and didn't like that much both of Alfred's and Amaia's voice. Surprisingly, I started to appreciate it after the revamp, it gives the song some punch and makes it less boring. I got used to their voices, and now I think they're cute. Well, it's still the song that I hated at the beginning so I'm obviously not the biggest fan of it, but honestly I think it's a nice little love song. 7/10

ayzelto
20th March 2018, 17:50
As a Spaniard, I find their love story so real and unique, but obviously that is something only people who have watched the show can ‘understand’.
Regarding the song, I loved it since the first time I listened to it, so 10/10

hawadharma
20th March 2018, 18:12
Hi there from your Asian brother!

'Tu Cancion' - As a first impression, I don't like the song. I find the music arrangement too generic and the vocals too amateur to secure any points from me.
However, after 2-3 times of listening, I began to appreciate the heart and soul being put in making this song one of (if not) the most quietly romantic song of this season.

I give this song 2 points for the originality and the soulfulness, but not something I would vote as my Top 10 in real ESC.

Note: Spain seems determined to maintain their reputation to stay at the bottom of the final scoreboard, (almost) every year, since 2005. :lol:

Nicfedy
20th March 2018, 19:44
1pt. Expect Spain to do a dogs dinner of a presentation.

AliceEsc
20th March 2018, 22:04
Although i like the melody.. the lyrics and the way they express their feelings on stage is too in your face. I feel like they force me to believe they 're in love.. 5 points because they are cute and the song is not that bad..!

Sean
20th March 2018, 22:36
02. AZERBAIJAN - Aisel - X My Heart

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/20/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-azerbaijan/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Azerbaijan? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Azeri entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

Bibha
20th March 2018, 23:50
While X my heart is definitely not revolutionary, it's a good pop tune and the revamp made it even groovier. I think most people are underrating the song and the vocal abilities of Aisel. Also we know her team will be bringing great staging. A 8/10 for me. Also Aisel's name means moon so Aisel, moon me up.

Himan
21st March 2018, 13:24
It's just a normal song, but thats not.enough in Eurovision. You need to have someething special or you will not get enough televotes. It will probably just qualify for the final. 6/10

BernadetteCydonia
21st March 2018, 22:20
::az

I guess I'm the only one who thinks this is a poor man's "Monsters", considerably because Swedish songwriters worked on both of these. Same key, similar bpm, both solo female vocalists... except that "Monsters" has a better feel to be a gay club anthem for quite a bit if it wants to while "X My Heart" is pretty much the musical equivalent of that girl in its music video who would be a typical garden party attendee and that is way too young for nightclubs. "X My Heart" is innocent (and kids like saying nonsense at their small age xD that might as well explain why is it a lyrical mess?) while "Monsters" is fierce. For an Azeri attempt, it's way weaker than usual and by all the makings of it, it should seem like a nonqualifier but what wouldn't Azerbaijan do to keep seeing themselves in the scoreboard year after year...

6/10 or 7/10... that is the question... I'm assuming I'll be generous enough to give it a halfway score. 6.5/10

late one but

::es

The revamp made it undeniably stronger. The instrumentation is prettier. But there's too much sugar and the only spice that comes out is the possibly 'forced' chemistry of the two... maybe that kinda saves from this becoming the musical equivalent of diabetes? I dunno. So it's a sweet ballad about love, right? Not bad.

7/10

Sean
21st March 2018, 22:38
03. CYPRUS - Eleni Foureira - Fuego

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/21/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-cyprus/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Cyprus? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Cypriot entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

BernadetteCydonia
22nd March 2018, 14:42
::cy

It has quite everything to certify this as a summer hit. Infectious beats? Check. Memorable chorus? Check. Delivering drop? Check, perhaps. Something on the road you could be singing all summer long. Aye aye aye, fue-go! However, I gotta worry about all the rumours that Eleni is a flop vocalist live... but eh, it's Eleni, and the Eurovision fandom who get around all those online music contests will instantly recognize her name and expect something upbeat enough they can dance their asses off to - and since they will get it, they will upvote her massively as well, abiding the live impossibilities... if that didn't ruin Demy's qualification, jury won't either. Also my fave part of the video is when she said "Fuego" in the first chorus when the camera was slowly panning to the right and she felt like a human statue that forgot to stay quiet. As well as the random Perfectil product placement. Never thought it's still a popular product nowadays.

7/10

Sean
22nd March 2018, 22:15
04. (FYR) MACEDONIA - Eye Cue - Lost and Found

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/22/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-fyr-macedonia/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on (FYR) Macedonia? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Macedonian entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

r3gg13
23rd March 2018, 04:37
::mk this year sounds like a demo disc for all the possible versions of the song. Although well polished and nicely finished, it feels like a cop out when you try multiple genres in the same song. It's like they couldn't think of which version to send, so they mashed them all together. (because why not, it's Eurovision). In my opinion, mixing multiple genres rarely adds value to songs- this song is no exception.

4/10 (4 for how well finished the song is, it would have 8+, had they stuck to just 1 genre).

BernadetteCydonia
23rd March 2018, 07:04
Feels odd to not see any reviews for ::cy but just mine. Where were all the fellow summer pop enthusiasts?? :( (well there's MatiMati but not in this thread... plus mine got featured but trimmed yaaay xheya)

Sean
23rd March 2018, 21:54
05. ALBANIA - Eugent Bushpepa - Mall

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/23/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-albania/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Albania? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Albanian entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

BernadetteCydonia
24th March 2018, 09:47
::mk

To me it's not 3 but rather 2 genres in one. Fresh commercial summer advertisement pop for youth tourism and... summer reggae, of all of them. Offsetting connection but whatever floats their boat with composition I guess. Nice semi-blend, I like it. To flop or not to flop now... will possible discourage MKRTV from going modern completely or not?

7.5

::al

It takes time to buildup but once the power strikes, it's impactful and fills you up with joy and happiness. Though this type of 'folk' rock barely ever qualified that much and I fear the same will happen this time for Albania, no matter the semi difficulty, I'll keep my fingers crossed for Albania to succeed anyway.

10/10

Sean
24th March 2018, 22:17
06. CZECH REPUBLIC - Mikolas Josef - Lie to Me

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/24/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-czech-republic/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Czech Republic? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Czech entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

BernadetteCydonia
25th March 2018, 00:24
::cz

Blonde nerdy schoolboy tries to get girls for himself that won't cheat with another by writing a "Talk Dirty" ripoff and shaming one girl he met, he liked and that indeed went for another man. And those lyrics, too. Camels, spaghetti and wood all night long. Compressing all this it comes out as a decent product to be played on the radio these days.

6.7/10

QwaarJet
25th March 2018, 08:59
Czech Republic -

Very catchy, but also very slimy. Mikolas comes across as arrogant and creepy, and even in the new family friendly version, the lyrics are borderline offensive and sexist. The tune is a little too simple, but does have somewhat of an earworm quality about it.

2/10

Sean
25th March 2018, 20:53
07. MALTA - Christabelle - Taboo

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/25/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-malta/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Malta? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Maltese entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

BernadetteCydonia
25th March 2018, 22:47
tfw I'm only one writing reviews in here (this thread) and they're not getting picked up anyway...

::mt

For once an entry this year that's just there. It attracts some people because Christabelle's vocals or the lyrics (that are incredibly by-the-numbers imo, at least in the chorus), but for me the whole song is just there and nothing more, nothing less. Not even dubstep saves it anyhow. Though I indeed like her vocal decency and the key of the chorus, it separates itself from the bland verses.

Sean
25th March 2018, 23:22
tfw I'm only one writing reviews in here (this thread) and they're not getting picked up anyway...

I have to try and vary it a bit but at this rate you'll get your turn again very soon ;)

Nicfedy
25th March 2018, 23:36
For some reason I can't vote on the page there is no option. Maybe I was too late. Anyway I would have given Czech 4 and Malta 9.

Kevan1994
26th March 2018, 09:29
It's a difficult challenge to try to craft an intelligent pop song centred around mental health that. I definitely applaud the effort and some of the lyrics in the verses are actually quite powerful in telling a story (e.g. I know that I am not alone; Let all our thoughts and ghosts unfold; In the darkness I’ve found home; But what is next is still unknown). Unfortunately, the styling of the song doesn't allow the listener to fully focus on the message in a meaningful way. Also, the clichéd use of "sticks and stones" and the repeating of words in the chorus (i.e. "animals, animals", "criminals, criminals", "miracles, miracles") makes the song feel instantly cheapened. Overall, I'd give Taboo a 6/10 and have it ranked #28 in my top 43.

BernadetteCydonia
26th March 2018, 14:29
I have to try and vary it a bit but at this rate you'll get your turn again very soon ;)

Seems fair enough then, thanks :D

Sean
26th March 2018, 22:41
08. CROATIA - Franka - Crazy

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/26/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-croatia/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Croatia? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Croatian entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

BernadetteCydonia
27th March 2018, 00:48
::hr

"Zemer ku je" meets "Fly with Me" meets Lady Gaga meets Alicia Keys meets The Great Gatsby..? Eh? The video is well-directed I guess, and the song... soundtracks the late night passion with a remarkably strong third chorus and the pronouncing alterations between "krej-ze-ah" and "krej-zy". Decent but just perhaps not enough.

(even if most of them won't make it I hope to post a review for (almost) every day)

Sean
27th March 2018, 22:21
09. UNITED KINGDOM - SuRie - Storm

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/27/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-united-kingdom/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on the United Kingdom? What's your opinion? Share your review of the British entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

QwaarJet
28th March 2018, 15:09
A solid, anthemic pop song with a likeable, charismatic and powerful performer. I would say it's the best UK entry since 2014, but Molly was poor on the night. I think many fans will be surprised at how well this does...as long as they don't mess up the staging.

Sean
28th March 2018, 22:31
10. FINLAND - Saara Aalto - Monsters

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/28/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-finland/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Finland? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Finnish entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

QwaarJet
28th March 2018, 23:27
The kind of song I don't like to hear at Eurovision. A typical, tuneless radio song. It's all sizzle and no steak. I really hate the current trend of having almost non-existent choruses, and this song continues that. This feels more like a JESC song, and the staging will likely be completely over the top. Beyond the fan bubble, I don't see much support for this.

Himan
29th March 2018, 04:12
I am trying to like the song, but I just can't. Especially live at the big notes I really dislike it. Her voice doesn't fit with this kind of song. Though she probably likes this the best. The good news is that this contest hasn't have much songs like this one, so it can still qualify.

BernadetteCydonia
29th March 2018, 07:00
::uk

Vanilla but electrocuted and decorated by neon lights and just all kinds of noble gas save for argon. Electro production in revamp that made this song not that less powerful but more easy to get into if one tolerates and even doesn't mind vanilla. I'm a sucker but not on this one. Also the lyrics remind me of Avicii's "Hey Brother". They just do.

::fi

This soars through a feeling of neon club sign. Dark sounds, great beat, alright music video (wtf is that glittery beard dude tho??) and satisfying vocal delivery. There's something to love in this for at least one detail... it's not like everything Saara touches is instant hate.

wow are we negative

Sean
29th March 2018, 22:30
11. SWITZERLAND - Zibbz - Stones

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/29/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-switzerland/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Switzerland? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Swiss entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

BernadetteCydonia
29th March 2018, 22:55
::ch

Solid pop rock, the revamp added some misty atmosphere to it as well, like it was some sort of arena rock thing, and I like Corinne's high note abilities. The lyrics are nice too. Sadly will struggle, but if the myths about 5 qualifiers from each half is true then it's likely it has a chance to 'scape through.

Himan
30th March 2018, 03:41
I like the song, I like the staging, but it is a quite generic pop song , so after 19 songs I've totally forgotten about Switzerland. Though Zibbs are in the second half of the show, so if Switzerland ends it, they may have a chance surviving this tough first semi final.

KingDriverFC
30th March 2018, 13:34
My favourite Swiss entry since 2014. It's a good song, with a nice message. The lyrics are good, but I fear its chances due to it being in the first semi-final. But I think if it's near the end of the running order, it stands a decent chance.

Sean
30th March 2018, 19:12
12. FRANCE - Madame Monsieur - Mercy

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/30/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-france/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on France? What's your opinion? Share your review of the French entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

BernadetteCydonia
31st March 2018, 00:31
::fr

That typical kind of song you could drink coffee too on a bench while watching the sun down into a lake. So autumnish, cool, and the lyrics are alright too if we abided the controversy for once. Actually bonds well with me now. Overall a completely current package in this day and age and pleasant to listen to. Top 10 I guess.

QwaarJet
31st March 2018, 16:53
One of the stand out songs of the year, and possibly the best French entry since 1977. I never knew the message behind it when I first heard it, so all I had was the music. It's catchy, but has melodic depth. It's an emotional, almost anthemic piece of music that stirs the soul and may well propel France to victory.

Bibha
1st April 2018, 04:56
Regarding Portugal,
Definitely the best song Portugal has sent this decade ane miles better than the dull entry they sent last year.It has its touch of modernity while showcasing their tradition and a really stirring perfomer in the form of Claudia. Will it do as well as the dullness of last year? Probably not cause it's the host entry and Claudia doesn't seem to be having seizures on stage.

Sean
1st April 2018, 10:39
Couldn't post on the forum yesterday, sorry!

13. PORTUGAL - Cláudia Pascoal - O jardim

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/03/31/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-portugal/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Portugal? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Portuguese entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

Soul
1st April 2018, 11:36
O Jardim became one of my all-time-favourites the moment I first heard it and that hasn't changed since then even though I tend to get tired of songs very fast (Hey there, Netta!). It's a calm, heartfelt ballad with an ethereal, modern feel and Cláudia really knows how to deliver the needed emotion (these last few seconds...wow!). I don't think it will win, but it will definitely rank higher than the bookies say atm. I'm hoping for a Top 5 result - it would be highly deserved.

Ringdalen
1st April 2018, 13:26
There is no question that this is the best song I have heard from Portugal in Eurovision. It tells a very deep and powerful story in a language most viewers don´t understand. This have the feeling that UK gave me last year, but this song has not been ruined by a awful show-off revamp that sucked out the soul of the whole track. This song is as real as it gets and it´s so awesome to see how Eurovision evolves. I think Portugal is secured a Top 10 spot and I would not be surprised to see them take home the throphy once again.

BernadetteCydonia
1st April 2018, 13:45
::pt

Watercoloured wonderland with simplistic setup and minor buildup. Isaura's addition livens this song up quite literally because during her part there's some percussion happening.

Kevan1994
1st April 2018, 14:21
Incredibly genuine and easily in my top 10. Yet again, Portugal puts forth a magical entry that transcends language barriers. I have a feeling that France's success will correlate strongly with Portugal's.

Sean
2nd April 2018, 12:15
14. MOLDOVA - DoReDos - My Lucky Day

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/04/01/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-moldova/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Moldova? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Moldovan entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

Sean
2nd April 2018, 22:06
15. ROMANIA - The Humans - Goodbye

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/04/02/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-romania/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Romania? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Romanian entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

QwaarJet
3rd April 2018, 14:45
A real throwback entry from Romania. Strong 80's vibes, and yet it doesn't feel dated. I'm worried it takes too long to get going, but when it does it really is a fantastic, anthemic number. I'm happy that for a change Romania made a good choice in their selection. Hope to see them in the final!

vicki
3rd April 2018, 16:02
I'll be honest, I'm more of a Ani Lorak/Kalomira/Helena Paparizou kind of fan (I love uptempo dance songs in ESC). When I first heard this song I put it in my top 5 (in the NF) and it climbed in my top because in that time I lost a person close to me and hearing the song and lyrics always brought tears to my eyes.
But I'll be objective: it doesn't stand out unless you are receptive to it. Good instrumental, deep lyrics, great voice but overall an outdated song. But I guess music is ageless in the end so I find this a powerful song when I'm the mood to hear it.
It won't reach any top, it's not a hit but unlike that dreadful outdated song from 2011 (hotel tm-change) this is 1000 times better.

Sean
3rd April 2018, 22:12
16. BULGARIA - Equinox - Bones

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Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here! (http://escunited.com/2018/04/03/the-esc-united-expert-panel-2018-bulgaria/)

Do #YOU agree with our views on Bulgaria? What's your opinion? Share your review of the Bulgarian entry below and we'll feature the best across the main site!

Sean
4th April 2018, 21:53
17. ISRAEL - Netta - Toy

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QwaarJet
5th April 2018, 16:34
A dreadful, tuneless mess. I understand why people like it, but it sounds like a joke entry to me, regardless of the lyrical meaning. I feel like this song winning would seriously hurt the reputation of the contest.

lolita
5th April 2018, 17:03
A dreadful, tuneless mess. I understand why people like it, but it sounds like a joke entry to me, regardless of the lyrical meaning. I feel like this song winning would seriously hurt the reputation of the contest.

Same here! It is overall annoying, I always skip it on my playlist, I could barely listen to the whole song. For me, this it THE MOST overrated entry in the contest, EVER, even though I understand its meaning, it is really nothing special to me. OVERRATED!

Rowenna
5th April 2018, 19:15
I agree - (Lolita, Qwaar) mostly- There is a message for women but it is loss in the silliness that surrounds it. The chorus is catchy and her performance great;
but the song itself is blah! If males agree with the message and like it then maybe there is hope for some change.

mauve
5th April 2018, 19:17
Definitely not my cup of tea. Even though this song might be the idea of creating a modern ESC-song and has ist own style, it's not getting through to me at all. Unlike other people I have nothing against an ESC-song including humorous elements, but in this case it just doesn't work. Absolutely completely overrated.

lolita
5th April 2018, 19:22
I don't remember any song that was overrated like this, even not Italy last year, and on the contrary, Italian song was at least really good and quality, I can listen to it even today and enjoy, but this annoying entry I can't stand. It is painful to listen and to watch its video ( chicken arrogant face expresions and movements). Like someone in Panel has said, I will be sad if this will win, but I really think it will, so I am already preparing myself for dissapointment. :p

Soul
5th April 2018, 21:11
A rather bland dance track meets chicken sounds and the weirdness of a highly entertaining and talented singer. Not too bad but I grew tired of it very fast and don't really want to see it winning even if it's still somewhere in my personal Top 10. After all it's a song contest and the song - while it's definitely great fun and a breath of fresh air - sadly isn't all that great.

Sean
6th April 2018, 00:00
18. GERMANY - Michael Schulte - You Let Me Walk Alone

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mauve
6th April 2018, 16:04
Michael's song is at least far better than our last entries; it may be a song heard many times before, but he still does a decent job. For some people it is a meaningless song, for some it is a heart-breaking song that goes straight to your heart, especially when you can relate to the lyrics about losing someone that is close to you, tears included.

Sean
6th April 2018, 23:22
19. LITHUANIA - Ieva Zasimauskaitė - When We're Old

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94ayd
6th April 2018, 23:55
19. LITHUANIA - Ieva Zasimauskaitė - When We're Old

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Um, the full ranking and ::de's place in it seems to be missing from the article...

BernadetteCydonia
7th April 2018, 02:32
::lt

Seems like a breath of fresh air from us after several years of relying on fast musical tempo, and now we decided to send a sweet ballad about sticking with your loved one until the end of time. Unfortunately it comes across as just too harmless to stand out, especially with the draw its got, but maybe that's its charm? I don't know. It's pleasant and lovely but it kinda lacks something to possibly leave any impact on millions of others.

Sean
7th April 2018, 12:56
Um, the full ranking and ::de's place in it seems to be missing from the article...

Was in a bit of a rush and forgot to add it, my apologies, it's in there now

Sean
7th April 2018, 12:57
Um, the full ranking and ::de's place in it seems to be missing from the article...

Was in a bit of a rush and forgot to add it, my apologies, it's in there now

mauve
7th April 2018, 12:58
This song is kinda hard to rank actually. It's a sweet song on the one side, but also not striking enough when considering the theme of the song. The depth is missing. But I still hope that the song will make ist way to the finals!

Sean
8th April 2018, 15:07
20. SERBIA - Sanja Ilic & Balkanika - Nova deca

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Sean
8th April 2018, 22:58
21. NETHERLANDS - Waylon - Outlaw in 'Em

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mauve
9th April 2018, 08:49
This song is just powerful, amazing, outstanding! And this statement comes from someone who actually doesn't like Country music in general. But this song has more rocking elements than an usual Country song. A big part - of course - plays Waylon who just gives you this impression how much he enjoys to perform this song. It reminds me of the good rock bands of the 80's like Aerosmith. Wonderful!

Sean
9th April 2018, 22:02
22. HUNGARY - AWS - Viszlát nyár

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BernadetteCydonia
10th April 2018, 01:04
I've been waiting to be hopefully featured on this song's review, heheh:

::hu

This is where the typical "oh but it's not for Eurovision" argument shatters into billions of pieces of glass. This is loud, passionate, the band knows what they're doing when performing this and the emotions flow well throughout the song because one can express their loss of a relative through hatred towards something that made one lose the relative too. Well done for bringing the post-hardcore genre with screamos onto Eurovision, Hungary! Keep being diverse for years to come!

Sean
12th April 2018, 00:08
Sorry it's late, no featured reviews from here :oops:

23. SAN MARINO - Jessika ft. Jenifer B - Who We Are

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Sean
12th April 2018, 00:09
24. NORWAY - Alexander Rybak - That's How You Write a Song

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mauve
12th April 2018, 08:55
This song is really controversy. I myself can't really range it clearly. On the one hand it is just a bad song. On the other hand Alexander's charisma is obvious, you can't deny that he has much fun entertaining. And it is a good thing that the ESC have a song that reflects humour sense. It makes me smile watching at the song whereas I actually don't like it. The song is not good, not bad, not even mediocre. Does it make any sense? In the end, who cares?

BernadetteCydonia
13th April 2018, 10:52
So what kind of review would have been today? http://www.escforum.net/img/Smileys/ISC_Flags/rip.gif

Sean
13th April 2018, 19:40
So what kind of review would have been today? http://www.escforum.net/img/Smileys/ISC_Flags/rip.gif

Sorry had a really busy week :oops: Belarus is on the main website (a review will ALWAYS be on there each day) and I'll post another in a few hours

Sean
13th April 2018, 19:41
25. BELARUS - Alekseev - Forever

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Sean
13th April 2018, 21:54
26. LATVIA - Laura Rizzotto - Funny Girl

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Sean
15th April 2018, 00:32
27. ICELAND - Ari Ólafsson - Our Choice

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Sean
16th April 2018, 10:42
28. SWEDEN - Benjamin Ingrosso - Dance You Off

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Sean
16th April 2018, 22:16
29. ARMENIA - Sevak Khanagyan - Qami

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Sean
17th April 2018, 22:34
30. AUSTRIA - Cesár Sampson - Nobody But You

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Soul
18th April 2018, 11:50
I'll keep this short: I LOVE our entry - I really do. Not because I'm Austrian (this aspect just adds pride :D ), but because the song is sooo much better than I would have ever expected after "Running On Air". Indeed it's the first time since Conchita, that I really, really want people to hear our song and react to it. Zoe and Nathan were likeable performers, but Cesár isn't just nice as a person, he also has a fantastic, modern, radio-friendly song. If there's one thing I would change it's the chorus, as it lacks some energy, but the middle 8 ("don't make me tear my heart out, ...") certainly makes up for it. Can't wait to see it being performed (hopefully) in the grand final.

Sean
18th April 2018, 22:04
31. ITALY - Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro - Non mi avete fatto niente

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32. GEORGIA - Iriao - For You

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Kevan1994
18th April 2018, 22:32
4 countries all tied for second now :o

Sean
21st April 2018, 02:14
33. ESTONIA - Elina Nechayeva - La Forza

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Soul
21st April 2018, 18:26
As a huge fan of Nightwish and especially Tarja Turunen, I love this entry. It's very dramatic, somewhat dark and Elina has a fantastic voice to deliver it almost perfectly - almost because I still find it a bit hard to connect to her as a person. I've listened to the song about 40 to 50 times already and just don't get tired of it. Kudos!

Sean
22nd April 2018, 12:44
34. RUSSIA - Yulia Samoylova - I Won't Break

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Sean
22nd April 2018, 23:12
35. AUSTRALIA - Jessica Mauboy - We Got Love

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94ayd
23rd April 2018, 12:47
Sean

Are you planning to actually add the "televoting" score to ::ee's final one?

Sean
23rd April 2018, 19:23
Sean

Are you planning to actually add the "televoting" score to ::ee's final one?

Yes when I'm home I'll change it, has already been pointed out to me. The position is correct

Sean
25th April 2018, 00:15
36. SLOVENIA - Lea Sirk - Hvala, ne!

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Sean
26th April 2018, 00:04
37. IRELAND - Ryan O'Shaughnessy - Together

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Sean
26th April 2018, 23:59
38. POLAND - Gromee ft. Lukas Meijer - Light Me Up

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Sean
27th April 2018, 21:18
39. BELGIUM - Sennek - A Matter of Time

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Sean
28th April 2018, 23:47
40. MONTENEGRO - Vanja Radovanovic - Inje

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Sean
29th April 2018, 19:48
41. GREECE - Yianna Terzi - Oniro MOu

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Sean
30th April 2018, 20:06
42. DENMARK - Rasmussen - Higher Ground

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Sean
1st May 2018, 20:51
43. UKRAINE - Mélovin - Under the Ladder

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