Azerbaijan, Aisel, 1

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we turn to Azerbaijan where Aisel has “X My Heart”. Did the song make us cross? Read on to find out!

Aisel – “X My Heart”

“X My Heart” reviews

Bernardo: Generic yet addictive. While “X My Heart” doesn’t bring anything new to the table but Aisel’s vocals are compelling and ready to tear down that wall. And so am I. Empowering in its essence, I can see Azerbaijan clearly changed the pace this year to something more mainstream after last years so-so result. I don’t know if it will pay off but I’m sure Aisel will bring her A-game to Lisbon.

Score: 8/10

Bogdan: Australia, Finland and Azerbaijan sent kind of the same entry: an uplifting, empowering and flawlessly produced song performed by a great female singer. While all these are qualities, the fact that these songs are so interchangeable is a problem. While I struggle to find flaws while I listen to it, I also don’t find myself wishing to download or listen to “X My Heart”, and I’m pretty sure I won’t miss it once the Eurovision 2018 winner is crowned.

Score: 7/10

Jordi: Aisel’s “X My Heart” is current and feels positive while radiating uplifting vibes from start to finish. I can see this doing well among ballads with its proper electronic sound and its very radio friendly appeal. However, it is also true that is not offering anything different we heard before in Eurovision. While the song – the more you listen, the catchier it gets – provides an easy uplifting experience, I’m still missing the hook. In the stage though, it could be a grower!

Score: 6.5/10

Luis: After the bomb that was “Skeletons” and given Aisel’s jazz background, a generic EDM-pop song was the last thing I expected from Azerbaijan. And yet, here it is. “X My Heart” is barely different from the tracks of Australia, Finland or even the UK. The song is reminiscent of the mid-2010s, when this kind of music filled the radio stations and the heats of Melodifestivalen. Overall, it’s a decent package with nothing extraordinary. And in the end, Azerbaijan has proven many times before that they can do better than this.

Score: 6.5/10

Renske: Whereas the first version felt like a Melfest reject from 2012, the actual version made a big upgrade and sounds more like a song that could chart nowadays. I never expected Aisel to sing such kind of song and given her capacities, I expect her to slay with this. Another thing which is an advantage is that these types of songs are really easy to stage and deliver because you can stage as much show (think pyro and dancers) or as little as you want.

Score: 8/10

William: Cross your heart — and say thank you for the fierce electronic production! With a few simple tweaks to the original, Aisel and her team have given us one of the few earworms of the year. The melody is simple, inoffensive and on its own perhaps a bit too beige. But with the revamped electro finish it’s electrifying in a subtle way, getting under your skin without being too in-your-face. The lyrics, while not poetry of the first order, are sufficiently inspirational and feel good to have me hitting replay. Given Aisel’s sultry vocals and Azerbaijan’s consistently high-impact staging, Baku is on to something very good indeed.

Score: 8/10

In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Angus: 8/10

Anthony: 8.5/10

Antranig: 9/10

Chris: 7.5/10

Cinan: 6.5/10

Deban: 6.5/10

Jonathan: 7/10

Jovana: 7/10

Kristin: 6/10

Padraig: 7.5/10

Robyn: 6/10

Ron: 7/10

Sebastian: 8.5/10

Steinunn: 6/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 6 and a high of 9.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.22/10

What do you think of this song? Share your own score and review below!

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LCH

It’s good, I like it a lot despite the awful lyrics. It’s just not quite as good as Australia and Finland who are doing the same thing. And I guess Cyprus to an extent. Just scraped into my top 10.

live they need to up their game from what I’ve seen… but they always do anyway so she’ll probably do fine.

AngieP
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AngieP

There’s not much difference from the original, but the revamp worked in this case. It’s more interesting. It’s radio friendly and very current. I’ve listened much better entries from Azerbaijan.
6/10

L'oiseau
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If you want to serve fast food, then make sure it’s warm and up to date of what people want to eat right now. But after last year’s sumptuous and delicious meal, Azerbaijan is serving us fast food that has passed it’s expery date. The result is food poisoning or in this case risk of not qualifying. Of course the song is decent, yes she is a good singer, of course the production value are of high caliber and of course they will put up a show in Lisbon. But all this cannot disguise that it is a very generic… Read more »

L'oiseau
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4,5/10

laurentse
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laurentse

BAD SWEDISH POP SONG ! NO FINAL

Digital Style
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Digital Style

It’s not a bad song by any means, but I have a hard time appreciating it because it is quite cheesy and unoriginal. I understand where ‘luna moon me up’ comes from, but it still makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, like most of the other lyrics. I think good staging and a killer live performance will rescue this song, but to be honest I have a feeling this will flop.

Jocelyn
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Jocelyn

This is so bad lmao. Azerbaijan CAN do BETTER! 2/10

Zebb
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Zebb

Aisel owns a cool voice. This xis my heartis don’t stands out of similar songs, but some effort in arrange was put to make it sound relatively breezy. Song pretends to be addictive but generic melody keeps nailing back potential here. Heck, it knocks back even singer. She’ll probably need to bring lots of charisma on stage.
5.5/10

Timmy
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Timmy

I cannot understand why they are rating the videos from 1 to 10, not to 12 and why they make rating as decimal. There are no decimals in real ESC. Also, what is the point to rate videos instead of live performances? In ESC people vote for live performances, not the videos… Sorry…

Tris
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Tris

I just don’t understand why people are so butt-hurt about the lyrics. It is not the Eurovision Lyrics Contest. And people saying this is dated? Then I guess 50% of the current songs that are dominating the charts are dated. I would say this is a very well-produced track melodically. I can get people writing off this is generic and non-surprising. But people need to remember, not every entry needs to be revolutionary or fresh. There is room for every kind of music and I am happy that Azerbaijan decided to send in an earworm like this. People can hate… Read more »

Darren
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Darren

“I just don’t understand why people are so butt-hurt about the lyrics. It is not the Eurovision Lyrics Contest.”

….wow.
No wonder Eurovision had the reputation it has with an attitude like that.

Margaret
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Margaret

Right, why people even bother about good lyrics? It’s only a song contest after all!

Darren
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Darren

Can’t help but think if this wasn’t Azerbaijan but some other country like FYROM or Switzerland that a bigger deal would be made about “Luna Moon Me Up” being nonsense.

Pat
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Pat

Who the hell cares about lyrics anyway. I personally love this song, it makes me feel happy and I am sure a lot of people think the same. If the staging will be as good as I expect, they’ll have my vote in the semifinal.

Darren
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Darren

As I have already said.
It’s that opinion that gives Eurovision the reputation that it has and quite frankly im starting to think it’s deserved. How can you take it a shame a serious music competition when the lyrics are so bad and fans love it because hey, “who the hell cares about lyrics anyway”.

Margaret
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Margaret

People who defend LUNA MOON ME UP by saying that it’s a play on her name meaning, ARE YOU SERIOUS?! How in the world can it be a good choice and a smart move? I actually can speak some Turkish and I’ve known the meaning of Aisel for years but it never occured to me that lunamoonmeup is about her name. Like, for example if Alexander Rybak randomly started singing “defender defender”, you’d be legimately shocked and no one would say “Wait, Alexander means “defender” in Greek! Oh, he’s referring to his own name! That’s pure genius!”. But when it… Read more »

JessND
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JessND

Well, she said it herself that the line was written especially for her name. I don’t understand why you get angry over it. LOL. You probably don’t like the song and you’re looking for some excuses like that. I personally like it, it’s nothing original or different, but is very effective and catchy. I am sure the performance will be very good as well.

Darren
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Darren

“I don’t understand why you get so angry over it. LOL”

Maybe because it makes no lyrical sense and therefor not creative at all. LOL

Yaa
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Yaa

It makes sense, but it’ s obscene for english speakers. It’s a gaffe.

Amez
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Agree, it just sounds stupid. It’s not catchy. It’ll become a meme, just wait.

someone
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someone

I actually tought it’s a Sailor Moon reference 😀

Darren
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Darren

Well said Margaret!

Even though Rybak’s “Defender” would make sense as the word means something.

“Luna Moon Me Up” is nonsense and sounds like some a child would say.

Mari(o)Vision
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Mari(o)Vision

Nice song & thats it…
It doesn’t really stand out though…
7/10

Alex
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Alex

I’m not exactly rooting for this one to qualify. It’s soooo generic and Semi 1 has better songs.

EmilyG
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EmilyG

After the so-so result last year I understand why the wanted a mainstream pop song. And they have a very good one.
If this doesn’t bring Azerbaijan back to top 10 then I don’t know what will

Darren
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Darren

Wow…really inflated jury results there for Azerbaijan there. Really does not deserve a high place on this ranking with nonsensical lyrics such a shame “Luna Moon Me Up”….if this was Ireland’s entry, I think it should safe to say the ranking would be much lower. One positive about this song is Aisel, what a stunning woman with a beautiful smokey jazz voice. But that’s where the positives end. For me this song is a lyrical disaster and if lyrics actually counted in the ranking (obviously not) we would get a much lower result. It actually enfuriates me to see this… Read more »

EmilyG
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EmilyG

“Luna moon me up” is very creative if you read the story behind it

Darren
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Darren

I did read the story behind but it’s still no time creative. Sorry.

“Creative” would mean it was smart and out there, but still made sense. This doesn’t.

Darren
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Darren

*not creative*

Not time 😀 damn predictive text

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

What if “luna moon me up” were actually a predictive text error? 😀
I like it. It’s cute. Keep it in.

Darren
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Darren

It may as well be @PurpleMask

up!
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up!

So just to get it straight: Azerbaijan by now is your #1 while Lithuania holds your last place… interesting…

Colin
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Colin

I know… makes me sad too… 🙁

Curve
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Curve

I’m going to say this again:
If Demy’s This Is Love qualified to the grand final in 2017, why can’t X My Heart be?

Jerusalem 2019
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Jerusalem 2019

and this is much better than This is Love. And the performance was very weak. I am sure Azerbaijan will do well.

Kk
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Kk

There is no comparison between the two songs. Demy’s song was so 2013 this is very current and the melody is much stronger

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Current for 2013’s standards indeed. Demy’s song is more like a Cascada demo from 2005.

EmilyG
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EmilyG

No it’s current for 2018 standards. Very current.
You need to listen some music outside ESC urgently.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

All the countries that usually vote for Azerbaijan (read: that Azerbaijan allegedly buys votes from) are in the other semi, so…

Amez YT
Guest

This is Love was in a weaker semi in a weaker year (2017 was super strong but 2018 is on another level). This is going to take the spot of a far better song like Forever, Lost and Found, Nobody but You or Qami.

Comi
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Comi

How this got higher average score than Croatia is really beyond me..

Jerusalem 2019
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Jerusalem 2019

Lol. Croatian song is boring. I actually think that they’ll fight for last place in semi.

Azerbaijan is good. It’s just TOO catchy. I actually think that she will be in Top 10.

Charles
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Charles

I think that it will do very well with both televoting and juries. Somehow this song attracts non eurovision fans more it seems. But obviously it’s not so supported with Eurovision fandom, so Azerbaijan’s final result will most likely surprise us all. She’s vocally strong so we can also expect a good performance from the singer in Lisbon.

Tibor
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Tibor

That is a very strange thing to say. At the moment, she holds first place with Wiwijury voting – and it doesn’t get any more “Eurovision fandom”, I guess.

Pablo Nava
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Lyrics are the obvious weakness of this song and they know it, changing it to a more club-like tone. If you ignore them, it’s a decent pop tune. Not groundbreaking, but listenable. Evident how it got the approval rate it had, but this is a bit 50/50. Has the potential to end high by a faction but low by others.

6/10

eleonor
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eleonor

I think that Australia, Finland and Azerbaijan compete in the same category, and only one will achieve the top 10, being Australia the best positioned for that honour. It’s my opinion

Bob1
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Bob1

I asked 10 colleagues at work to rate 15 songs and this was the only one that everyone liked. No one was thrilled but they all enjoyed.

Reply
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Reply

Very very very weak song. Not this year Azerbaijan. Bye bye.

Lou
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Lou

I am seriously annoyed by some pretentious pop music haters here. Is this some kind of Sobral effect on eurovision fans? This is a very well produced mainstream pop song and is a very nice radio-friendly tune. I’m having a bad time understanding some of the lyrics, but it’s still very enjoyable for me. It’ll definitely appeal to a lot of non-eurovision fans in May, while the Italian song you compare to this song won’t do as good as some of you think. That song has a very strong message indeed. But apart from that it’s just two men shouting… Read more »

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Look, I don’t hate Pop Music in General. In fact, I don’t care about the genre… In my top 10 I have: one metal song, one Country rock song, one Pop opera song, the rest is technically Pop. But I hate generic, bland and uninspired pop without any substance or anything Special. And Azerbaijan is exactly this. I like Czechia, Macedonia, Cyprus… These are some good Pop Songs. Or at least they’re any Special. Azerbaijan is a big pile of Meh!

Bob1
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Bob1

Cyprus is a GOOD POP SONG????? We must be listening to a different song. This is the one that is really DATED

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I don’t really hear the ”dated” in this song, and it’s not even in my top 10 or anything but it has something Special. The kinda ethnic drop is quite remarkable and that let’s it stand out. What does Azerbaijan have?

Bob1
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Bob1

A strong catchy melody? An interesting voice? A good current production? Everything that makes a song GOOD, since when a dated overused ethnic production makes a song good?

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

”strong catchy melody” is exactly what Azerbaijan is lacking, but you do you. Shall I tell you what Azerbaijan has? A boring, soulless, lazy song with crappy lyrics, sung by a good singer with a Special voice, who probably hates her own song since she’s actually a jazz singer. Selling your Musical Soul to sing such a bland song must be great.

Kk
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Kk

The song has a very strong melody and a very good production

EricGangsta
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EricGangsta

Cypriot song is like those old pop-folk Eurovision songs. It’s not bad, but is dated. Macedonian song is like three good songs, but when you put them together like that it’s bad. Czech song is good, I gotta agree with that. 😀

EricGangsta
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EricGangsta

I listened all the songs together with my friends and it was one of the few songs we all liked a lot. I don’t get the negative comments by eurofans here. Maybe they expected jazzy song, i don’t know.

Kyna
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Kyna

There are many subgenres in pop, this one I’d say it’s a typical electronic dance pop music. I don’t hate pop, there are really good pop songs, but this one SCREAMS GENERIC. I never liked nor download such songs since it’s soulless. For me it’s sad that this type of songs are so mainstream. I feel like it’s easy nowadays to use a computer, make a catchy tune and perhaps have luck to have it liked by majority. Then slap some words to it, do some adjustments and boom, you have a song. The beat is unoriginal, lyrics doesn’t make… Read more »

Glenn
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Glenn

I like it a lot! 9.5/10

Bartw1991
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Bartw1991

How past results, flash and ‘big names’ can influence the Wiwi jury’s score is embarressing! This song is SO GENERIC! The melody is boring, the lyrics are laughable and her voice is not making the difference either… And the way you guys speak about the revamp is so over the top. It isn’t like the revamp made it into a masterpiece. A little nuance would be great! It’s like you guys are pressured or black mailed to speak positive about this song.

Vic
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Vic

They wouldnt be so kind if this song was from countries like Ireland or San Marino.

Rob 1989
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Rob 1989

I don’t like the song since it’s not the style of songs that I am listening but having said that I must add that some fans and some wiwibloggs editors need URGENTLY to enrich their vocabulary: this kind of songs are called all over the world “MAINSTREAM POP SONGS” so please stop using the word “generic” because it annoys even me that I don’t listen this kind of songs.

SeanO
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SeanO

This is a banger, I will definitely vote for it. If they chose her as an opening act she must have prepared something interesting. I am sure the performance will be amazing.

George
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George

I actually wanna see Azerbaijan, Sweden, Australia, Finland, and Cyprus all make into the final because I seriously can’t stand those people who keep bashing pop songs every year. Eurovision has turned into a pretentious entries contest, where many eurofans love the so-called unique sounds. Let’s see how it all turns out in May.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

It’s tragically dated, awfully generic and laughably uninspired. And yet, it’s a major bop–but 7.22 is a tad high!

Kelly
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Kelly

Dated????????! This is the most current song of the year! You URGENTLY need to stop listening Eurovision songs and download an application called “Spotify”

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I think you and many others Need to learn that Spotify is not a genre or a platform that Features only 2018 songs…

Kelly
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Kelly

download the application > browse > charts > global top 50
This will help you understand what current is.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Yeah, I know! And I agree that Azerbaijan has a current song indeed. It’s just about the General Argument that fans always come up with… ”Spotify”, which really annoys me. And Polegend is definitly wrong about ”dated” but it’s still not good.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

How is this not dated? I know that your country’s music industry is a world of its own, but come on, I haven’t heard stuff like this on the radio in years.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Uhm…. Well, our Music industry is just like everyone elses. In fact, we have like over 80% american Music in our Charts and the German Music that actually makes it, is mainly rap Music. We don’t have Schlager or ”Volksmusik” in our Charts, wtf are you thinking? But anyways, many have noticed, that this sounds a lot like ”What about us” by Pink, which was a huge hit last year… So dated isn’t exactly the right word.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

It would sound current if we were in 2010. It’s literally a demo from Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream album.

Rob 1989
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Rob 1989

I don’t like the song but it’s definetly not dated and it has nothing to do with 2010.
Your example is silly. Sorryz

Kyna
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Kyna

*flashbacks to songs in 2010-2015*
I kinda get why you say it’s dated. This type of generic ass songs has been mainstream for so many years (and so so sick of it) that it can apply to whatever years I mentioned. I do think it’s current, but since it’s nothing special at all and doesn’t bring anything new to the table, so it may fall into that time period. Since the words ARE SO BAD, my focus shifts to the melody and oh my god it’s so unoriginal. It really reminds me of many other songs that has this particular structure.

mad-professor
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mad-professor

This is definitely not the most current song of the year! Let me guess: you also think Moldova’s entry is current?

This is dated, and subpar compared to other songs from 2010/11.

coca_cola
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coca_cola

You can say many things about this song but it’s definitely not dated.
Also I don’t understand why when it comes to Eurovision mainstream pop songs are “generic”.
Rita Ora , Pink , Sia , Dua Lipa they all hate hits this year with mainstream songs.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

This song has totally uninspired lyrics, a tired melody, and a generic production. Don’t compare this cheap mess to Dua Lipa or Sia, lmao.

Rob 1989
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Rob 1989

This is not cheap sorry, it’s very well produced.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I bet you come from a third-world country where $100 is a fortune–coincidentally, that’s also the amount of money put on this Melodifestivalen reject’s production.

Linnel
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Linnel

I noticed that you always either love or just hate a song. There’s no middle ground for you. I don’t know if that’s a good thing.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

It’s a good thing to have strong opinions, not just on songs but on everything. 🙂

mad-professor
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mad-professor

It’s nothing to do with being mainstream – Pink, as an example, is mainstream but her music is far from generic.

Hada
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Hada

As if Sia would touch this song with a 10-feet pole.

Poodles rock
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Poodles rock

7,22? Really??? I hate this song! It is very generic and boring for me. I’m truly sorry, but Azerbaijan is my last place in semi 1

Tibor
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Tibor

Okay, what did they do to this poor woman – apparently a jazz singer – to convince her to sing a song like this? I mean, I’ll give you this, it is now better than the first version I heard with the Microsoft Paint video or whatever the hell that was. But it still is pretty appalling. Songs like this are the reason why people look at me bizarrely when I tell them, that I actually watch Eurovision for the music. It’s upbeat and I wouldn’t want to rip my ears off, when it was on in a lift in… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

well most probably people around you are not into pop music but this is a very current catchy song and I can see it scoring high

Tibor
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Tibor

Oh, come on, don’t take this the wrong way. I’ll give you that the above was a bit of a half humorous hissy-fit not to be taken too seriously. But I honestly find nothing about this song, that could hold my attention and that I’d thus call “addictive”. Honestly, I skip this. She may be a good singer, but the song doesn’t showcase it. The production now is much better than in the first version, but it’s still basically the same tune and it’s not very impressive. And on a totally different note: I think almost everything in Eurovision is… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

About “nearly everything in music is pop music.” Interestingly pop didn’t appear at Eurovision until 1965. So the first NINE contests had no pop entries at all! Astonishing.
As for 2018, we have influences from rock, metal, jazz, K-Pop, folk, rap, EDM, Dubstep, classical ballads, funk, opera… so Pop does indeed dominate, but for how long? Personally I’m hoping for a Eurovision Opera Contest in 2019. 😀

Tibor
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Tibor

I think that is just a problem with words. I really don’t know, when the term “pop music” has been coined, but I am under the impression, that today it is used in a rather unspecific sense – perhaps that was different in the 70s, but is pop really a distinct genre in its own right nowadays? I call everything “pop” that I consider mainstream, that hits the charts (or sounds like it could) and that I can’t subsume under a more specific genre. “Influences” on the other hand are a totally different kettle of fish, I’ll grant you that.… Read more »

Marcelo
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Marcelo

I’m a lover of generic pop and EDM, but I also like something innovative and refreshing to listen (like Belgium’s “City Lights”). Having said that, I believe “X My Heart” is one of the best songs out of the “generic cousins” this year. It’s modern, it’s catchy as hell, it uplifts you and fills you with energy, it’s one of those songs you’ll keep on repeat on your Spotify playlist. It’s such a great opener for the first Semi-Final. But then the lyrics strike. If I addressed Malta’s lyrics that harshly, I think I’m gonna have to do the same… Read more »

EmilyG
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EmilyG

this Is the song that all my friend that are not fans like the most.

The Scorpio
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The Scorpio

Misty moon, I’m your looney tune, let’s rock the geriatric station.
Composing songs ain’t the forte of this Greek dude. Luckily, he finds just the right collaborators who deliver abysmal lyrics to his abysmal work. At least it’s not as bad as last year’s Greek tragedy The new production makes it tolerable and I am sure the beacon of democracy that is Azerbaijan has bought enough votes to sail through to the final.

Coca_cola
Guest
Coca_cola

One of the most succeful Eurovision composers ever!
Shady Lady , Hold me 2nd place
You are the only one , 3rd place
Work your magic 6th place
You entitled to your opinion of course but the results show that composing music IS his talent! 🙂

The Scorpio
Guest
The Scorpio

Erm yeah, that was actually the Russian dude. You only got “Hold me” right. And every one of those relied on heavy staging to mask its musical shortcomings, so…

Ron
Guest
Ron

Actually Shady Lady, Work Your Magic along with Never Let You Go (Russia 2006) and Apricot Stone (Armenia 2010) were all written by Karen Kavaleryan whose Russian/Armenian.

The Scorpio
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The Scorpio

The lyrics. The music was grand ole’ Phil.

The Scorpio
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The Scorpio

And don’t get me started on those lyrics lol
Apricot stone, hidden in my mouth, I will spit it out…

Ron
Guest
Ron

It was actually apricot stone hidden in my hand and if you knew what it symbolized you wouldn’t speak like that, or maybe you would if you’re an idiot

Rob 1989
Guest
Rob 1989

He is the composer of “you are the only one” also

Andrea
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Andrea

Honestly, I found it a very weak song compared to last year’s.

Ed
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Ed

UK: Cheesy rhymes in lyrics good production, catchy 6/10
Azerbaijan: Nonsensical lyrics in places* with good production, catchy 8/10
Makes sense yeah… Tiring double standards

*No English person ever (maybe ask the Americans) will have been quoted saying Luna Moon Me Up

EmilyG
Guest
EmilyG

She has explained in an interview that “Luna moon me up” is a game of words that the lyricist did with her name that in Azerbaijani means the road to the moon.
In music you need to be creative.

Ed
Guest
Ed

The rhymes are still ott and there’s still misty moon I’m your loon, firewall and whatever she rhymes with that.

Cray
Guest
Cray

The song is really good, sometimes I wake up with this song in my head tbh lol. I am sure the live performance will be strong as well. 8/10 for now.

KK
Guest
KK

The best uptempo pop song of the year
9/10

Guille
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Guille

I love Azerbaijan this year. The song is so catchy and it gets stuck in your head. I also think that it’ll do well in the final. They can pull out Russia 2014 result-wise.

Lourdes
Guest
Lourdes

Overrated!No way this is higher than Italy!
Very cheesy lyrics, basic melody, and boring generic song! 5/10

KK
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KK

It’s 10 times better than Italy
If the song of Italy was representing Albania it would not even qualify

Lourdes
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Lourdes

That’s your opinion. Italy’s song is a gem! Albania’s song is a gem too. Azerbaijan is light years away in terms of quality!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

And why do people rate the upcoming staging too? Rate the song for what it is, not for what it will be, since the rehearsals haven’t started yet. Classic example of voting for the country’s name and its record qualification rate and not for the song itself.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

When we know what the staging will be, I tend to take notice about that in my ratings. For example, it will influence how I’ll rate Sweden, as it influenced when I reviewed Denmark, since I try to see them as Eurovision acts, more than songs. I don’t think those countries will change much on their performances, so I can use that already. And there are a few other examples, like Estonia and Latvia, that also seem to have a full package ready. Packages that may not work the same way when adapted to a huge stage. But most countries… Read more »

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Yes, I absolutely agree. Of course staging is important and it needs to be included in the rating system and it makes sense when you do it for countries that you have seen perform live and have an idea how the staging will be ( Sweden, Denmark, Malta etc). But in other cases, when all we’ve been offered is a music video, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s fun to always be on the same page Sabrina 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

By the way, I wonder if some countries will try to capture the essence of their videos. Mikolas already mentioned he’ll do that. I hope Netta, Sennek, Sevak and Saara also can get some inspiration from their videos.

Colin
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Colin

It is always challenging to rate a song in a whole, especially since performances might vary and change. Personally, I tend to include the impact the performance made, definitely the vocal quality and the passion / connectability the artist makes with the audience. However, I don’t include wardrobe, lighting, camera angles and props in my reviews right now. Any of these can be a key element to the qualification, though, but: a) they are not strictly connected to the song itself, b) they are definitely not a locked deal for ESC, even though I agree that many of countries will… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I try to do the same Colin. My focus is on the song, but I also use everything we know so far about each act, especially those things that can make them grow on Eurovision. Sometimes I write about things that maybe can happen in Lisbon, but when I do that, I don’t include them on the rating.

Colin
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Colin

AZERBAIJAN – It’s an uptempo from a usually successful country… and I guess that is all that is needed for it to receive high scores. The song is very basic and has a serious lack of identity. It’s very cheesy and yet, also kind of predictable. Sure, Moldova is even cheesier than this, but the key difference is – they know they are and play to that card. Azeri writers probably wanted to make a deep, heartfelt song which can achieve miracles. There is *nothing* particulary innovative in this. It’s not deep enough to make any sort of emotional impact,… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Hi Colin. I’m not sure that the songwriters set out to write something particularly deep. Maybe it’s a little personal, but mostly it’s just cute, catchy and cheerful. The music video is pleasantly shot; everyone is happy. The music backing track even does an octave-fifth slide, which reminds me of a theremin. A theremin is an instrument that was often used in early sci-fi movies, so it’s a cheeky callback to films about humans on the moon… it’s not deep, but it’s silly, cute and clever. I hope that males sense. You are right about Aisel though – a beautiful… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

makes* sense

Colin
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Colin

Aww 🙂 You disarm me with the ‘cute’ comment. It’s somewhat underwhelming for me, but I might like it better later on. Aisel is great and the video is very good too.

Tess9a
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Tess9a

Azerbaijan higher than Italy?
Let me laugh. I don’t have anything to say more.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Yes, it makes me cringe too.

NickC
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NickC

While I am not big fan of lyrics such as ‘Luna moon me up’, I think this is one of the more decent songs of 2017. I expect it to sail through the final and then sneak to the left hand side of the scoreboard with the help from dream team.

8/10

mad-professor
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mad-professor

That’s good and all, but we’re in 2018 where there are much better songs than this.

Jordan
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Jordan

Why when it comes to Eurovision only Nordic countries or Australia are allowed to send mainstream pop songs?
This is actually very GOOD pop, much better than Sweden and much more current than Australia , which for the last 3 years send 90s songs

Swaggg
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Swaggg

Last three years send 90s songs?? You should check your spotify lists of what you have been listening to because they’re probably not so current! Sweden and Australia are the only two countries keep sending standard pop songs every year and they got so much hate almost every year. You said they’re the only countries allowed to send pop songs? Don’t be ridiculous! Azerbaijan should at least use their composers to make a pop song for God’s sake! Stop buying songs from Sweden! You’re not Sweden 2.0! People get pissed with Azer because they don’t even try to use their… Read more »

VlaD
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VlaD

The melody is very catchy 10/10
The productions is very current 10/10
The temper of her voice is very interesting 10/10
The lyrics are not the best they could be that I like the fact that they are not ordinary pop lyrics and I find the line “luna moon me up” very creative. 8/10

Pandaman
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Pandaman

I love when in the most reviews it’s stated that the song is a generic nothing, and it still gets an average score of above 7… …this said, it actually makes sense. Generic, inoffensive songs are less likely to be loved or hated, so for majority of people they will stand somewhere close to the middle. There are lower chances for a very low score, since it’s not “bad”, it’s just “generic”. And yeah. I don’t like the song. It’s, wait for it, generic. I have a feeling Azerbaijan and Finland will cancel each other out this year, since they… Read more »

Coca_cola
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Coca_cola

I really like this song a lot.
And I don’t understand why when it comes to Eurovision we describe a mainstream pop song as “generic” , “not different”.
Why should it be different? This is the biggest advantage of pop music: it’s not different that is why it appeals to everyone.

Pandaman
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Pandaman

It’s good to have some diversity, though. Some people can listen to one song for the whole day. After 3-4 listens of one song I’m already bored, no matter how much I love it. And there are more people who like to have different genres and styles in the competition, as well as songs different from what you can hear on the radio, for example.

Coca_cola
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Coca_cola

“What about us” was the song that was streamed the most in 2017 and it has nothing “different”.

Pandaman
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Pandaman

That’s exactly what I’m saying.
In other words: not everyone enjoys pop music, that’s why these people want something that’s different. That’s pretty understandable.

Fotty
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Fotty

They want something different so they keep bashing pop songs? I don’t like country, rock, and jazz but I won’t attack them for being boring and generic in their own genre. It’s a matter of taste! Sick of these people hating pop songs! It’s like their music taste is better or what? Unfortunately, most of the people in the world love pop songs and that’s money!

Pandaman
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Pandaman

So… even if they “hate” a song, what’s wrong with that? They have full right to do it, just like you have the right to love it. It’s not like attacking a song or genre is attacking an artist or anyone’s opinion. I’m not very keen on most pop songs (though, obviously, there are some I like) but it doesn’t automatically translate into me disliking pop in general, or people listening to pop (the latter being completely ridiculous).

So, hating songs =/= hating opinions or people.

Kelly
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Kelly

@Luis “the song reminds you mid 2012”?????????? When was the last time you listened to the Spotify charts or anything else than Eurovision songs?
You can say many things about this song but is for sure is that it’s very current. It’s like all those songs that were released last winter. Rita Ora, Sia , Pink they all released very melodic pop songs. This is the trend in music now days

VlaD
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VlaD

I thought EXACTLY the same thing when I read this comment. This song is nowhere near 2012 music and for sure it’s not EDM!
LOL
@wiwibloggs you need to check your reviews before you publish them 🙂

Esgalnor
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Esgalnor

You gotta be kidding me, who are those people? Imo this is the worst song of the year, annoying, boring, monotonous AND ENORMLY GENERIC. Like wtf? This seems like it’s written and sung by a robot. If this qualifies, I’m done.