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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 7 (MALTA)

    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.

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

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    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
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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 1 (SPAIN)

    08. CROATIA - Franka - Crazy



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

    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!


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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 8 (CROATIA)



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

    09. UNITED KINGDOM - SuRie - Storm



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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 9 (UNITED KINGDOM)

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

    10. FINLAND - Saara Aalto - Monsters



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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 10 (FINLAND)

    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.
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    Re: The ESC United "Expert Panel" 2018 - DAY 10 (FINLAND)

    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.
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