The Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—has now reviewed all 37 Eurovision 2014 songs. It wasn’t always easy. But the jury, which consists of 19 jurors from Albania, Austria, Australia, Britain, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States, took our painkillers and pressed on!

Each juror assessed each song independently, and then awarded it a score from 0 to 10. The highest and lowest scores were then dropped before calculating the average. Jurors range in age from 14 to 38, so we cut across generatons, y’all! Please note: The jury did not rate songs based on who they think will win, but rather who they want to win. This reflects our taste, and isn’t neccessarily a “Eurovision prediction”.

Hungary’s András Kállay-Saunders came out on top with an average score of 8.56. One juror said this “stirring number gives trauma rhythm and reminds victims of abuse that there is a way out, even when those closest to you don’t seem to care. Another was quick to add that he skillfully avoids “the temptation to scaremonger or preach,” resulting in powerful music with an accessible message.

Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen finished a close second with an average score of 8.35. She secured four perfect 10s, one more than Hungary. One juror nearly fainted when he heard this. “The moment Sanna gets to that first ‘uh-uh-uh-undo’ you know this one’s got it going on,” he writes. “Sanna’s strong vocals, the simple staging, and the pumping electro-chords give this entry some major oomph, and the heart beats in the bridge still give me chills.”

Ireland’s Can-linn featuring Kasey Smith finished in joint third with Romania’s Paula Seling & Ovi. Both acts earned an average of 8.06, but Ireland won the tie break on preferential votes. “With its anthemic quality and dramatic instrumentals, it is hard not to get swept up in the whole thing,” writes one juror. “The traditional Irish music and modern pop blend perfectly, avoiding both Ryan Dolan’s gimmickry and the diddly-eye (read: hot-mess) sound of Dervish. I could nit-pick and criticise the lack of lyrical depth, but to be honest why bother? I’ll be too busy holding onto my heartbeat.

You can read each of our reviews by clicking on the song title’s below. You can also read the lyrics to each of the songs by visiting our contestants page. Who tops YOUR Eurovision 2014 list?

Eurovision 2014 Previews and Reviews

  1. Hungary: András Kállay-Saunders with “Running” (8.56)
  2. Sweden: Sanna Nielsen with ”Undo” (8.35)
  3. Ireland: Can-linn feat Kasey Smith with “Heartbeat” (8.06) ** (9 vs. 7 vs. 3 )
  4. Romania: Paula Seling & Ovi with “Miracle”(8.06)
  5. Armenia: Aram Mp3 with “Not Alone” (8.05)
  6. United Kingdom: Molly Smitten-Downes with “Children of the Universe” (8.03)
  7. Spain: Ruth Lorenzo with “Dancing in the Rain” (7.86)
  8. Norway: Carl Espen with “Silent Storm” (7.72)
  9. Israel: Mei Finegold with “Same Heart” (7.66)
  10. Ukraine: Maria Yaremchuk with “Tick-Tock” (7.59)
  11. Italy: Emma Marrone with “La Mia Citta” (7.51)
  12. France: Twin Twin with “Moustache” (7.48)
  13. Austria: Conchita Wurst with “Rise like a Phoenix” (7.31)
  14. San Marino: Valentina Monetta with “Maybe” (6.86)
  15. Azerbaijan: Dilara with “Start a Fire” (6.76)
  16. Greece: Freaky Fortune feat. Riskykidd with “Rise Up” (6.62)
  17.  FYR Macedonia: Tijana Dapcevic with “To the Sky” (6.5)
  18. Estonia: Tanja with “Amazing” (6.45)
  19. Denmark: Basim with “Cliché Love Song” (6.36)
  20. Moldova: Cristina Scarlat with “Wild Soul” (6.35)
  21. Montenegro: Sergej Cetkovic with “Moj svijet” (My World) (6.25)
  22. Slovenia: Tinkara Kovach with “Spet/Round and Round” (6.21)
  23. Finland: Softengine with “Something Better” (6.19)
  24. Germany: Elaiza with “Is it Right” (5.56)
  25. Albania: Hersiana Matmuja with “One Night’s Anger” (5.46)
  26. Poland: Cleo & Donatan with “We Are Slavs” (5.45)
  27. Belgium: Axel Hirsoux with “Mother” (5.15)
  28. Switzerland: Sebalter with “Hunter of Stars” (5.12)
  29. Portugal: Suzy with “Quero Ser Tua” (4.8)
  30. Netherlands: The Common Linnets with “Calm After the Storm” (4.44)
  31. Russia: The Tolmachevy Twins with “Shine” (4.43)
  32. Malta: Firelight with “Coming Home” (4.02)
  33. Belarus: Teo with “Cheesecake” (3.6)
  34. Latvia: Aarzemnieki with ‘Cake To Bake‘ (3.03)
  35. Lithuania: Vilija Mataciunaite with “Attention” (2.91)
  36. Iceland: Pollapönk with “No prejudice” (2.85)
  37. Georgia: The Shin with “Three Minutes to Earth” (1.79)

** Ties are broken by preferential vote. For instance, although the averages are the same for Ireland and Romania, nine jurors rated Ireland higher, seven rated Romania higher, and three scored them evenly. Ireland wins the tiebreak.

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Beaulah
Beaulah
7 years ago

Portugal is [email protected]!!

Luis
Luis
7 years ago

I do not understand at all … Sweden is sooo Celine Dion ten years ago … but with a much worse voice … let Sweden can not win with this only two gourmet dessert after Euphoria.

Armenia ,, not alone,, the best !

Luis
Luis
7 years ago

aram aram aram! crazy about the songs from the performance! insanely talented guy! day and night listening to his song!! is a celebration of music, forget all about politics and enjoy the songs! Aram!

Seymur
Seymur
7 years ago

Hot Top 5

Andras,
Dilara,
Mei,
Sanna,
Carl.

adriana_gabriela
adriana_gabriela
7 years ago

The down side of Eurovision is that they never apreciate the best voices ,i know its a song competition wich is good ,but even better will be if it would be a song/voice competition not just a song competition and only then you will see the real good ones.For example Paula Selling great voice ,weak song ,Aram mp3 Great song averrage voice,Molly Smitten great voice averrage song .Sana Nielsen great voice averrage song.Andras from hungary great song ,nothing special his voice its just like an Hungary got talent ..Its reallity and we should not judge singers just because of their… Read more »

rob
rob
7 years ago

My top 5

1)hungary
2)armenia
3)greece
4)uk
5) sweden

Timselvision
Timselvision
7 years ago

@Adriana: totaly agree, I love With Love 🙁 @Deven: true, but the performance and vocals from the 3Js was seriously terrible xD Same with Joan the next year, and they both had good songs. No winning song, but a song that should have been in the final (at least for the last place). Ireland has some very good songs last few years, especially this year. I also liked Ireland 2013, but the vocals were TOO BAD. It was just terrible, but the song itself is very good. I don´t get how Jedward made it up so high while you were… Read more »

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

@Timselvision I know. How Belgium and the Netherlands failed to qualify for Dusseldorf 2011 is a f**king travesty. Your country, represented by the 3J’s, had a brilliant song that could have beaten Anouk’s result last year. That kind of music flies in Germany. Belgium NEARLY qualified, but that is the same as saying they didn’t. They should have been one of the 10 songs in the final. It is just such a shame how both Belgium and The Netherlands both try so hard and this is how Europe repays them. By almost never letting them into the final.To give you… Read more »

adriana_gabriela
adriana_gabriela
7 years ago

Timselvision: Just so you know good voices will never win Eurovision ,good songs with crap voices yes and it shows again this year at Eurovision. 🙂

Timselvision
Timselvision
7 years ago

@Deven: Belgium with Witloof Bay was also a good song, but didn´t even managed to go to the final while they only had human voices 😉

This is my opinion
This is my opinion
7 years ago

After watching second rhearsals, and finally here is my top 5 prediction

1. SWEDEN
2. IRELAND
3. ARMENIA
4. AZERBAIJAN
5. UKRAINE

😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

I know I am going to get a backlash for saying this. But you know, Hungary would have definitely won with Fool Moon’s ”It can’t be over”. I love the originality behind this song. There is no instrumentation in the song. It is done by people. Not instruments. It is a class tune. It sounds like one of those older American boy bands. It is a song that not even MELODIFESTIVALEN in Sweden has had yet. I do like Kallay Saunders Andras and his song. But I don’t think he will win. 🙁

adriana_gabriela
adriana_gabriela
7 years ago

Shame is not a voice competition ,otherwise most countrys wont qualify in the final…Some good songs this year but their voices are tottaly crap..If i was a jury ,as much as i would like a song i will never vote for it if the voice is crap.ever.

Denialil
Denialil
7 years ago

The 4,44 for The Netherlands is way too low, the 8.06 for Irland is way too high.

Vlad
Vlad
7 years ago

Please watch my top 10 with comments 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QynAlLZOnpU

Timselvision
Timselvision
7 years ago

I still don´t get the low score from the Netherlands… anyways, good top ^^

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

And so I hope it wins … against all the soap-opera around Conchita, Armenia and all those songs gaining fame and mediastism for no reason and no merit. Being good does not mean being the best .. and Hungary (together with another entry I chose not to mention) are the best songs (this is a song contest .. not a personality, not a Country vs. Country fight, not a LGBT contest, none of that even if we have damaged the contest with all those elements). With Hungary winning a nice slap in a lot of people’s faces would come in… Read more »

GVFLONDON
GVFLONDON
7 years ago

If you like his song, pick up that phone and vote for him ! I hope he wins, he deserves it !

Pastora Soler haha
Pastora Soler haha
7 years ago

I said days ago that he could win, HE’S an amazing artist

In my jury’s house he also won the contest xD

MY HOUSE & FRIENDS VOTING (after rehearsals):

1º HUNGARY
——————
2º UK
3º Austria
4º Sweden
5º Armenia

6º Greece
7º Spain
8º Azerbaiyan
9º Ukraine
10º The Netherlands

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

I’m glad that Hungary, Sweden and Ireland placed in the top 3. Kallay’s song tells a very important, powerful and accessible message and that is ‘If you are being abused, don’t give up.’ and the music in which the message is conveyed through is very radio friendly. Well, in Western Europe anyway. Sanna’s song screams one thing, QUALITY, the staging is kept simple and even though the song is quite powerful. However, I notice that certain lines in the song don’t make sense. For Example, ”Undo my sad” Like, explain that to me? Ireland’s song is a great mix between… Read more »

Fatima
Fatima
7 years ago

Though I think it a victory by Hungary and András would be great for the contest, I can’t help but feel awkward about the subject of the song. I wish I had never seen the video.

Rogesc
Rogesc
7 years ago

Hungary would be a perfect winner for me

NARE
7 years ago

The winner will be Armenia this year.

Marcelo N
7 years ago

Wait… this does not look that crazy after all.
Scratching head.

sagead
sagead
7 years ago

ESC 2015 Bucharest vote for the miracle

Armond
Armond
7 years ago

I love Hungary but not my winner (I totally won’t mind if the actually won). Spain is my absolute favorite. Armenia, Sweden, Austria & Israel round up my top 5.

Paige
Paige
7 years ago

I’m not the biggest fan of Hungary’s song, it’s ranked 27th in my list :p But the rest of the songs in your top 10 are songs I enjoy!

Renske
Renske
7 years ago

I really like the reviews, they were of good quality. If Hungary will win, I think I’m not that disappointed, because it’s an amazing song. But still my favourite is Romania 🙂

Tim
Tim
7 years ago

@Eugene/Margaret: I’ve read the Armenian review today. It is stated in the comment that they forget the include the points of 1 juror. They did that now and it brought down the score of Armenia to 8.05

This is my opinion
This is my opinion
7 years ago

Hungary entry is story telling about child abuse, which would make audience feel sad so unrelated eurovision song contest, child abuse and then uptempo running running running, singing about that, is there need for that!!!!!

T
T
7 years ago

The problem with Hungary this year is that it’s more of a radio song than something for Eurovision. I think we all can agree that it’s a good song, it really is, but it just not perfect for Eurovision.

Ppatrik
Ppatrik
7 years ago

Well, let’s hope you were right:D bet wishes to Andris

Rashad
Rashad
7 years ago

Hopefully András will take the trophy to Budapest. Hungary have never won the contest since their debut. So I guess it’s time for a well-deserved victory. Good luck Hungary!

Margaret
Margaret
7 years ago

As far i know there was 8.24 for Armenia… Or maybe i’m blind?

dilara
7 years ago

the best for me Azerbaijan Dilara but winner wil be United Kingdom