So when we asked y’all whether Israel’s Moran Mazor had the best ballad of the year so far, a lot of readers snapped back, saying that the title belongs to Cyprus’ Despina Olympiou.

What do you think? Does Despina have an edge with “An Me Thimase”? Or do you think Moran will steal the show with “Rak Bishvilo”? In this head to head, who do you want to see come out on top? Let us know below by voting in our poll!

Despina:

Moran:

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Shirley Green
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Shirley Green

None.

Salvatorre
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Salvatorre

Cyprus has a quiet song – hardly a ballad. it also didn’t seem to catch the attention of this site editor or made an impression.

Israel song is way better, though they will never win – no neighboring countries to vote to one another like Turkey/Greece/Cyprus or all blakan and scandinavian countries/ it will still be a great value to the show and will bring a special taste and color to the ECS

Nathalie
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The Skrillex looking Celine Dion…Meaning Israel,
but both are shit.

Inge
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Inge

Both do not make an impression on me. And given the fact that I can’t understand both, it is hard to choose which is the best of the two. But I heard that there will be an English version of An me thimase soon, so I”ll give my vote to Cyprus.

John
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John

Well, the two are very different songs in my opinion – Cyprus is a simple, restrained and straight-forward ballad, whereas Israel is more powerful and melodramatic.

I like both, but if I had to choose one I would go for Cyprus.

Alex B
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Alex B

Cyprus may lose the battle (this poll), but it will win the war (performance at Eurovision) Let’s revisit this poll in about 9 weeks. “An Me Thimase” has been released in Greek, in Spanish, and soon in English. The Spanish version released today is just as good as the Greek version. The entry for Israel is great too but after 2 minutes it becomes overproduced with the backing vocalists, and an exercise in hitting high notes. Sure, Moran hits the higher notes but which of these conveys the pain of lost love more, which is in effect what both these… Read more »

Zolan
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Zolan

I’ve been thinking of “An Me Thimase” as this year’s “Korake Ti Znam.”
So I suppose I could say “Rak Bishvilo” is this year’s “Verjamem.”

But people make different assumptions about what “ballad” means, too.
What about “Eg a Lif”, “What If”, or “Et Uus Saaks Alguse”?
Why not “Gravity”, “Waterfall”, or even “Mizerja” for that matter?
Are they not considered ballads? or are they just not as good? 🙂

Fikri
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Fikri

israel by a mile!