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    The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - We have a winner!

    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. SPAIN - Alfred & Amaia - Tu canción (19/03 - LINK)
    02. AZERBAIJAN - Aisel - X My Heart (20/03 - LINK)
    03. CYPRUS - Eleni Foureira - Fuego (21/03 - LINK)
    04. (FYR) MACEDONIA - Eye Cue - Lost and Found (22/03 - LINK)
    05. ALBANIA - Eugent Bushpepa - Mall (23/03 - LINK)
    06. CZECH REPUBLIC - Mikolas Josef - Lie to Me (24/03 - LINK)
    07. MALTA - Christabelle - Taboo (25/03 - LINK)
    08. CROATIA - Franka - Crazy (26/03)
    09. UNITED KINGDOM - SuRie - Storm (27/03)
    10. FINLAND - Saara Aalto - Monsters (28/03)
    11. SWITZERLAND - Zibbz - Stones (29/03)
    12. FRANCE - Madame Monsieur - Mercy (30/03)
    13. PORTUGAL - Cláudia Pascoal - O jardim (31/03)
    14. MOLDOVA - DoReDos - My Lucky Day (01/04)
    15. ROMANIA - The Humans - Goodbye (02/04)
    16. BULGARIA - Equinox - Bones (03/04)
    17. ISRAEL - Netta - Toy (04/04)
    18. GERMANY - Michael Schulte - You Let Me Walk Alone (05/04)
    19. LITHUANIA - Ieva Zasimauskaitė - When We're Old (06/04)
    20. SERBIA - Sanja Ilić & Balkanika - Nova deca (07/04)
    21. NETHERLANDS - Waylon - Outlaw in 'Em (08/04)
    22. HUNGARY - AWS - Viszlát nyár (09/04)
    23. SAN MARINO - Jessika ft. Jenifer Brening - Who We Are (10/04)
    24. NORWAY - Alexander Rybak - That's How You Write a Song (11/04)
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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 4 (FYR MACEDONIA)

    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).

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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 4 (FYR MACEDONIA)

    Feels odd to not see any reviews for 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 )
    ~ shut up and enjoy the music xx ~

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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 1 (SPAIN)

    05. ALBANIA - Eugent Bushpepa - Mall



    Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here!

    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!



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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 5 (ALBANIA)





    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
    ~ shut up and enjoy the music xx ~

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    06. CZECH REPUBLIC - Mikolas Josef - Lie to Me



    Read the "Expert" Panel reviews and vote in the poll here!

    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!



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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 6 (CZECH REPUBLIC)



    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
    ~ shut up and enjoy the music xx ~

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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 6 (CZECH REPUBLIC)

    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
    Current 2019 ranking (23rd February) 12. Australia, 10. Estonia, 8. Albania, 7. Spain, 6. Czech Republic, 5. Latvia, 4. Italy, 3. Romania, 2. Germany, 1. Slovenia

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    07. MALTA - Christabelle - Taboo



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    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!



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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 7 (MALTA)

    tfw I'm only one writing reviews in here (this thread) and they're not getting picked up anyway...



    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.
    ~ shut up and enjoy the music xx ~

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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 7 (MALTA)

    Quote Originally Posted by BernadetteCydonia View Post
    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



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