Forty-one acts will compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, but there can only be one winner. To help you make an informed decision about where to cast your vote, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has previewed and reviewed each of this year’s acts. It’s hard work being honest, but somebody has to do it.

Our jury consists of 29 jurors who hail from Australia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the UK, the United States and Venezuela. We are truly international, y’all!

Each juror assesses each song independently and then awards each song a score from 0 to 10. The highest and lowest scores are then dropped to determine the Wiwi Jury average.

Reviews were made in March 2019 and are based on available versions of the songs at that time. As always, Wiwi Jury reviews will not be changed to reflect new information from pre-party performances or the Eurovision rehearsals.

Eurovision 2019 reviews and rankings

  1. Netherlands: Duncan Laurence – “Arcade” (9.15)
  2. Italy: Mahmood – “Soldi” (8.8)
  3. Malta: Michela Pace – “Chameleon” (8.2)
  4. Switzerland: Luca Hänni – “She Got Me” (8.11)
  5. Cyprus: Tamta – “Replay” (7.78)
  6. Spain: Miki – “La venda” (7.7) *
  7. Norway: KEiiNO – “Spirit in the Sky” (7.7) *
  8. Sweden: John Lundvik – “Too Late for Love” (7.61)
  9. Iceland: Hatari – “Hatrið mun sigra” (7.46) *
  10. Azerbaijan: Chingiz – “Truth” (7.46) *
  11. Greece: Katerine Duska – “Better Love” (7.41)
  12. Russia: Sergey Lazarev – “Scream” (7.33)
  13. Armenia: Srbuk – “Walking Out” (7.26)
  14. Albania: Jonida Maliqi – “Ktheju tokës” (7.17)
  15. Romania: Ester Peony – “On a Sunday” (7.04)
  16. Belgium: Eliot – “Wake Up” (6.96)
  17. Czech Republic: Lake Malawi – “Friend of a Friend” (6.85)
  18. France: Bilal Hassani – “Roi” (6.83)
  19. Portugal: Conan Osíris – “Telemóveis” (6.72)
  20. Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – “Sebi” (6.61)
  21. North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska – “Proud” (6.44)
  22. Estonia: Victor Crone – “Storm” (6.41)
  23. Hungary: Joci Pápai – “Az én apám” (6.28) *
  24. Denmark: Leonora – “Love Is Forever” (6.28) *
  25. San Marino: Serhat – “Say Na Na Na” (6.22)
  26. Serbia: Nevena Božović – “Kruna” (6.09) *
  27. Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke – “Zero Gravity” (6.09) *
  28. Poland: Tulia – “Fire of Love (Pali się)” (5.91)
  29. Ireland: Sarah McTernan – “22” (5.83) *
  30. United Kingdom: Michael Rice – “Bigger Than Us” (5.83) *
  31. Israel: Kobi Marimi – “Home” (5.78) *
  32. Finland: Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – “Look Away” (5.78) *
  33. Belarus: Zena – “Like It” (5.59)
  34. Austria: Paenda – “Limits” (5.52)
  35. Latvia: Carousel – “That Night” (5.5)
  36. Germany: S!sters – “Sister” (5.17)
  37. Lithuania: Jurijus – “Run with the Lions” (4.83)
  38. Moldova: Anna Odobescu – “Stay” (4.78)
  39. Croatia: Roko – “The Dream” (4.26)
  40. Montenegro: D-moll – “Heaven” (3.96)
  41. Georgia: Oto Nemsadze – “Keep on Going” (3.76)

* Ties are broken by preferential vote.

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Sabrina
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Sabrina

Hope I’m not too late to the party! Here’s my final ranking. The format is: final position (position during Wiwijury) original rating and final rating, if changed. Later I’ll add some thoughts to explain the changes between the original ranking and the final one. Excelent: 1 (1) NED 9.5 2 (2) ITA 9.5 3 (8) AUS 8.5 -> 9.25 Great: * 4 (3) POR 9.5 -> 9 5 (5) ALB 9 6 (10) ICE 8.5 -> 9 7 (6) GRE 9 8 (7) MAL 9 9 (4) SLO 9.25 -> 8.5 Very good: 10 (16) SER 7.25 -> 8 11… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Thanks for posting, Sabrina! Some of our ratings and now closer and some further apart. We still have the same winner, though! 🙂 I am glad Czech Republic has grown on you. Your places 1-6 are all in my top 10, while places 7-10 are not, but Greece and Slovenia are still on my playlist. I grew on Malta. Interestingly, you warmed up to Serbia, while I grew more distant towards it. It’s still a decent song. Also, Croatia grew a bit to both of us after his live, even though it’s still your dead last and still in my… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I was surprised to read that Serbia lost 2 points from you, Colin. Even more since it was a grower to me (I’ll explain my reasons soon). I guess our biggest overall disagreement was Estonia, since it lost a little bit more from me.

Colin
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Colin

Yeah, I really love Estonia’s song. I know it’s not technically perfect, but I do love it nonetheless. I am bit surprised Estonia and UK have the same rating to you as Belarus now, but it’s okay. As for my reasons Serbia lost some points, I wrote it below in a really long comment. It’s really subjective, I guess. In short, it didn’t transmit the feeling it aimed for. It felt a bit cold.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Well, just explained my reasons to upgrade Serbia’s rating and ranking. I’ll get there about Belarus!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

About Estonia, Colin: don’t you think the performance in Eesti Laul was more interesting? There was a strong connection between Victor and the camera there that never showed up in Tel Aviv (maybe because they had problems during the rehearsals, maybe because camerawork was a general problem in Eurovision). Also, his vocals were uneven and he was the first to admit it. By the way, I loved how he was always very sincere about it.

Colin
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Colin

Personally, I found both performances just as interesting in a bit different way, It was sincere and heartfelt, with a visual effect adding a WOW level on it. His voice sounded pretty fine to me. Sure, not as outstanding as some others, but it didn’t bother me at all. It went very well with the song. Camera angles were not perfect with most songs, but it was still a huge upgrade from what I was expecting from the rehearsals clips.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Victor was so relieved when he finished the semifinal performance, I bet those were stressful days for him and the whole team. Well, I’m glad that you liked the visual effects, but I must say they haven’t wowed me (though only Australia has wowed me with effects). I liked Eesti Laul’s performance better, because I think there was an extra level of intimacy between audience and singer. The same could be said about Latvia, probably the biggest victim of the lack of better camerawork.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Now, some comments, starting with the top 10, which just had one new member from the previous reviews. Netherlands and Italy: it’s almost a tie to me. My favorite songs and performers of the year along with Conan. Both stagings were criticized but worked perfectly for their songs, sharing a live concert vibe. I loved the moments when Duncan opened his arms and Mahmood faced his dancers. Both are very powerful and memorable to me. Australia: always liked the song and defended that the staging in the national final only needed some sophistication. All my dreams about it came true!… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Ok, now I get it. I agree that all of them are good. I agree that Nevena’s vocal performance was amazing and that visuals were good.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Norway: the stars and northern lights alligned and this entry finally reached all its potential. Perfect vocals, beautiful graphics, well thought gameplan and the most entertaining 3 minutes of the night. Poland: I’m actually very satisfied with the final product here, but I confess I was expecting something more impactful. Romania: Ester only got better and better each time she performed this song, but I believe they’ve overplayed the concept. The dancers were particularly distractive. Sweden: I liked Melfest’s performance a little more, but the final product was solid, effective and warm as expected. North Macedonia: One of the biggest… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I haven’t changed my mind about most of my bottom 20 entries and I guess most of you already know how I feel about them, so to finish this I’ll only address those who had big rating changes. Armenia: I had very high expectations about Srbuk in Eurovision, but they kept being downsized. First because the song was good, but not as good as her previous music. Second because her vocals were unstable during the pre-parties. And finally because they never got it right with the staging. Switzerland: I still don’t like the song, but Luca did a great job.… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

It’s interesting that you liked the performance of the Swiss entry, but not the song. I, on the other hand, rather enjoyed the song but couldn’t stand this rather plastic performer singing these nonsensical lyrics. So I guess, Switzerland was overall not a winning package.
A last remark about Belarus: I’m not a big fan of the song, but it is vocally challenging , something you wouldn’t perhaps presume at first listen. And I have to give her that: Her vocal rendition in the semi was if not flawless, then at least very good.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I liked Luca’s approach. The whole thing was a reheated Sacha Jean-Baptiste production, but he transmited me some fun. And in opposite of the video, it wasn’t testosterone showing off. He was smiling, not making “I’m sexy” expressions. But yeah, those lyrics are terrible. I’m happy for Switzerland, but I think 4th place was too much.

And I agree, “Like it” it’s much more challenging to sing than it seems at a first listen. Everybody was paying attention to Tamta and Luca, but Zena was hands down the MVP of the trio in my opinion.

Tibor
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Tibor

I never really got the hate towards the Australian staging. When I saw it first at Australia decides, I thought the depiction of depression as a dark looming figure behind the singer was genius, for me personally that was one of the most emotional moments of this year’s Eurovison. The staging at Eurovision was perhaps more impressive on an individual level (Kate also getting up on that stick), but conceptually the highlighting of the zero gravity theme didn’t make as much sense to me as the original version. And it’s interesting, that you have Serbia in your top 10 and… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

My biggest problem with the original Australian staging was about the aesthetics. Her dress was terrible and in my opinion the background was fighting with the concept (remember the backing vocals’ big heads coming out of nowhere?). The idea itself I always thought it was brilliant. But the juries would probably kill it and label as a circus act (like many fans did) if they haven’t perfected all the elements. I would never think of putting Kate up on a pole, but I think it was genious, because made her vocals even more impressive. If you ask me who gave… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

Okay, but you have Macedonia and Serbia rather close together (like myself), whereas the juries placed them very far apart from each other, which even after Colin’s explanations still seems a little bit curious to me.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It doesn’t make sense to me either. I could see why televoters would like one more than the other (after all, you vote for your favorites, you don’t rank all the entries), but they got basically the same result with the audience (58 x 54).

By the way, I’ve just noticed how the juries harmed songs that weren’t in English. Italy was the exception (4th). Iceland was 14th, Slovenia 16th, Albania 17th, Serbia 19th and Spain last place.

Colin
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Colin

Unfortunately, juries almost regularly destroy chances of non-English entries, at least compared to their televoting scores. In national finals, it follows the same pattern, with international juries almost always killing non-English songs in Melodifestivalen, MGP, Selectia nationala and such. I think it’s because juries are (presumably) not contractually obligated to read the lyrics, which is something they definitely should be.

As for Serbia, it did decline on me, but I do have to recognize Nevena’s vocals and staging, so I might change it to 7. I’ll see…

Sabrina
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Sabrina

True. We’ve seen how Morland’s song was harmed by the international juries this year. At least in that case, Norway got very well represented anyway.

Colin
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Colin

My list – Part 2 (20th – 41st spot):

20. MALTA – 7/10
21. SWEDEN – 7/10
22. DENMARK – 7/10
23. CYPRUS – 7/10
24. BELGIUM – 7/10
25. SWITZERLAND – 7/10 (+1)
26. FRANCE – 6/10 (+1 pt)
27. SERBIA – 6/10 (-2 pt)
28. HUNGARY – 6/10
29. GERMANY – 6/10 (-1 pt)
30. GEORGIA – 5/10
31. SAN MARINO – 5/10 (-2 pt)
32. AZERBAIJAN – 5/10
33. ARMENIA – 5/10 (-1 pt)
34. LITHUANIA – 5/10
35. LATVIA – 5/10 (+1 pt)
36. IRELAND – 4/10 (-1 pt)
37. CROATIA – 4/10 (+1 pt)
38. MOLDOVA – 4/10
39. BELARUS – 3/10
40. FINLAND – 3/10 (-1 pt)
41. MONTENEGRO – 2/10 (-1 pt)

Colin
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Colin

To explain differences from the pre-contest list: a) SERBIA (fell 16 places on my list) – There are multiple reasons for that. I liked the song when Beovizija entries came out. To be fair, it still is firmly in the top 10 of that selection. Serbian review came out among the first ones and I didn’t want to back out on my choice. I stuck with my 8/10 review. Nevena was vocally outstanding and I had her among my qualifiers. However, when the show came, first sign was when my family member said she seemed bleak and cold on stage… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Serbia actually fell only 11 places, not 16. North Macedonia went 13 places up. They are my biggest differences.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

My biggest differences: Germany (14 places down), Czechia (12 up), Switzerland (11 up), Austria (9 down), North Macedonia (8 up), Belarus (8 up), Armenia (8 down), Norway and Azerbaijan (7 up).

The Netherlands, Italy, Albania, the UK, Denmark and Croatia haven’t gone anywhere. Which was a good news for the first 3, but not for the other 3!

Tibor
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Tibor

As you perhaps remember, I don’t really connected with anything in Beovizija, so I always was a bit sceptical regarding the enthusiasm around this one. Now, after the contest, I find it really strange that Tamara Todevska did so well and Nevena Bozovic so poorly. I agree that Tamara’s delivery came across as more heartfelt, the message of “Proud” was more impactful than the plain simplicity of “Kruna”. But I’m nevertheless puzzled, that one ended up at the top of the jury vote whereas the other one finished more or less at the bottom.

Colin
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Colin

I used to like Serbia’s song way more than the Macedonian, but now it reversed due to an emotional impact mostly. Serbia felt cold and staged, while Macedonia felt sincere and heartbreaking. Also, when I go back to it, Proud has somewhat better song structure, since Kruna has some ”empty space” in the middle of the song. It didn’t bother me before, but when I re-analysed it, I assumed that’s the reason I didn’t listen to it as much. Personally, I’d say 18th out of 41 is still pretty good, but she wouldn’t agree, so,,,

Sabrina
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Sabrina

For me, the explanation is that North Macedonia had some sort of “underdog factor”. In many ways, Serbia delivered what expected (beautiful woman singing very well a solid ballad), while many people doubted that Tamara could deliver it and I guess everybody was expecting North Macedonia to ruin their staging as they normally do. They took everybody by surprise. But I wasn’t expecting that the juries would love it so much. They’re usually mean to oldfashioned (and I don’t mean it as a criticism) songs like “Proud”.

Rimig
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Rimig

Hi everyone! Thanks, Colin, for bringing us here together for our post-ESC impressions. It’s gonna be a long time til we meet again next year. I will only make a list of the 26 finalists. However, from SF1, I would have liked to see Hungary, Belgium and Georgia in the Final, instead of Slovenia, Serbia and Belarus. From SF2, I would have qualified Romania instead of Denmark. This is my final post-ESC list of the finalists. After the country’s name, the first number is how I had them placed in my full 41-song pre-ESC list, based on the studio versions… Read more »

Rimig
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Rimig

11. RUS 8 7 -4 12. ITA 13 10 -2 13. GRE 2 2 -11 14. MAL 24 18 +4 15. NOR 22 16 +1 16. FRA 15 12 -4 17. SMR 23 19 +2 18. SPA 26 20 +2 19. DEN 21 15 -4 20. CYP 19 14 -6 21. UK 30 23 +2 22. SLO 23 17 -5 23. ISR 34 25 +2 24. GER 35 26 +2 25. SER 31 24 -1 26. BLR 29 22 -4

Rimig
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Rimig

This is actually horrible to read. I wrote it as a list, just as above. Don’t understand why it is displayed like this….
Anyway, my biggest dissapointments was Greece (-11 positions) and my biggest grower, the Czech Republic (+12 positions), followed by N. Macedonia, Australia and Albania (+5 each)

Rimig
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Rimig

NLD: I was worried during the rehearsals, but I liked the final concept of the staging (though not Duncan’s clothes nor the fact you could see the LED strips on the lightball). He sung wonderfuly, though, and I believe it was a deserved winner. For me, one of the best ESC songs ever. SWE: It wasn’t John’s best performance, but he is so likeable and the song is so full of joy. Still, it should last a little longer than 3 minutes. Loved the staging. MKD: Tamara also sounded better during the rehearsals than in the final, but still very… Read more »

Rimig
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Rimig

AUS: This is a strange case. I looooved the staging and Kate totally nailed it. But still, it’s a song I won’t download. Still, I think a top 5 would have been deserved. EST: Victor is not the best singer in the world, but I enjoyed the song and the performance. He tried hard to impress. CZE: I am not a huge fan of the song (was my 28th overal), but the performance was very good, and they came over as very likeable. They were my biggest grower. SWI: Was my number 7, but I was a bit dissapointed by… Read more »

Rimig
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Rimig

ITA: I wasn’t a great fan from the beginning (was my nr. 13) and the performance did not make me change my mind. However, I am sure Italy will get that crystal microphone before 2025. GRE: My biggest loser. I loved the studio version (was my nr. 2), but Katerine sounded disconnected from the music during her performance and her voice a bit forced. NOR: My biggest surprise! I never liked it. OK, it can be fun with some alcohol in your blood, but it’s too happy-cheesy-Eurovision for me and I really dislike the joiking part. I have to admit… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Thank you, Rimig! I am glad you shared your list. 🙂
We have the same winner!

Rimig
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Rimig

Hahaha. That was one of the few things I already knew, Colin! 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I guess it says a lot about “Arcade” how many people disagree on many things, but converge about this one. I remember that the reactions when the song was released were mostly positive, which changed a little bit when the song became the frontrunner.

Tibor
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Tibor

True, but I always had the feeling that this was mostly a matter of principle – people want to find that something is at fault with such a clear favourite. But it just wasn’t a divisive entry.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

There are always that group of people who tries to harm the frontrunner because it’s not their personal favorite. But even they hadn’t found much of an excuse to hate it (calling a song “boring” tells more about who’s writing about it than about the song itself). It’s possibly the most overall respected winner since Euphoria. Of course not everybody will love it, but most reasonable people know that Duncan is a good vocalist and that the song is well written and produced. When my favorite fails, I want something with these qualities to succeed. That’s why I was fine… Read more »

Una
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Una

Hi Riming!!! Good to see your reviews. Yes, a bit difficult to understand all those numbers but you explained nicely some of the reviews. I also have Greece as my biggest disappointment. I think my comment was deleted, I will try to post it again. Maybe not the same way because it’s not very flattering.

Rimig
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Rimig

Ehmmm… thanks, Una. But, please, be careful with my nick, as the way you wrote it, with just adding another “m”, it would have a quite unappropriate meaning 🙂
Anyway, I am very much enjoying reading everyone’s analyses here, although we all differ quite a lot!

Colin
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Colin

Hi, I am sorry, something has come-up, I’ll post the rest tomorrow morning. Thank you all for participating. Hope to see more from a lot of posters in next days. I hope you won’t mind a lot, Una, I *really* appreciate your support in this project. 🙂 Big hugs to you all. 🙂

Una
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Una

My pleasure, Colin. I am hoping to see more reviews soon. Have a nice day 🙂

Whisker
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Whisker

At the top, I have a TIE between NORWAY and AUSTRALIA, and then at no 3, but it should be 2, ITALY. I enjoyed A LOT Greece, Czechia, San Marino, Albania, Poland, Latvia, France, Serbia, Israel. I enjoyed Finland too because of the staging. I also enjoyed UK, Malta and Spain. It’s been a bittersweet edition for me. All the excitement beforehand, then the shows, joy and disappointments stemming from my personal expectations but not only, then the BS political voting for “countries”, not for songs, as Colin put it in a comment, I hope I got it right. That… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Thanks for sharing your opinion, Whisker! 🙂

Whisker
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Whisker

Thanks Colin, you’re kind and I enjoy your excellent/well-rounded inputs #alot 🙂

Whisker
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Whisker

I forgot to mention Hungary! I loved Joci.

Una
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Una

I have Australia and Norway in the first two places!

Colin
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Colin

Hi and thank you all who are participating in this post-contest reviews. I like seeing what changed in our lists and why. Something came-up yesterday, but I will share my list and short reviews today below. Hope you enjoy!

Colin
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Colin

My Top 19 and comments about my winners got filtered, so I’d appreciate if you could restore it, Robyn, please.

Colin
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Colin

In short, my playlist (8+ reviews), made from the songs I really think are both great and relatable to me personally. I found all of them, more or less, enjoyable on stage. They are:

1. The Netherlands
2. Iceland
3. Australia
4. Estonia
5. Norway
6. Albania
7. Portugal
8. Russia
9. Italy
10. Romania
11. Greece
12. Czech Republic
13. Slovenia
14. United Kingdom
15. Spain
16. Poland
17. North Macedonia* (New – Post-contest)
18. Israel
19. Austria * (New – Post-contest)

Colin
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Colin

To further explain my additions: North Macedonia (my 30th before the contest) simply impressed me so much in live! There’s a power to Tamara’s voice and emotion that elevates this so much. I just felt the message. As a song dedicated to your daughter, it works as both sad and empowering. She in encouraging her daughter to be brave and self-sufficient, but at the same time, she is sad because it’s not as easy to achieve in today’s world. In this context, I just started to love it. Austria was also very, very good. I already liked the song before… Read more »

Una
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Una

Thoroughly enjoyed, Colin!! 🙂 And many thanks again!

Colin
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Colin

Thanks, Una! Np. I will very soon post my 20th – 41st place with comments too. 🙂

Una
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Una

Yes, please! I’ll be on stand-by!

Kosey
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Kosey

Mentions from the semis: Poland – so gutted they didn’t make it, they deserved it and to read they may have been axed due to an error is heartbreaking for them Latvia – I really connected with the vibe of this song – so chilled and relaxing – I would have liked to see it in the final Hungary – really heartfelt – would have enjoyed this in the final Lithuania – Jurijus was so plucky, bless him, he sang really well and got the most out of what he had Austria – I never liked the song, but she… Read more »

Kosey
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Kosey

Other notable mentions from the grand final:
Cyprus – good party vibe
Malta – quirky, fun opener
Slovenia – the right level of intensity
Albania – surprising grower – she was so beautiful and authentic
Serbia – gorgeous visuals
Estonia – fun, uplifting song
Belarus – surprisingly impressive

There were some songs I really didn’t like – Czech Rep, Denmark, San Marino, Germany which I would have preferred not to be in the final, but they all added something in their own way.

The rest were in the middle – they didn’t move or offend me, which probably says a lot for where they ended up.

Kosey
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Kosey

This was a very strange contest for me as I ended up not having a strong opinion about who I thought should win and who I wanted to win. My pre- tournament favourites were Belgium, Italy and Iceland. With Belgium, I just didn’t like the staging, it didn’t seem to fit my idea for the song. Eliot was a nervous performer and perhaps the vulnerability could have worked in a different setting, but for me they shouldn’t have gone for the cool, urban vibe, as for me it didn’t fit the song nor Eliot. I ended up being not that… Read more »

Kosey
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Kosey

Next, the Top 10, other than Italy and Iceland already commented on above: Netherlands – I enjoyed this song and the staging was easy on the eye. It was consistently a 7 or 8 out of 10 for me throughout the whole competition. I never connected with it like others did however, and the closeness of the actual result reflects that I don’t think it was a stand out track. Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Azerbaijan, Australia – I enjoyed all of these for different reasons and wouldn’t have minded any of them winning – Russia for the drama, Switzerland for… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and opinions, Kosey. 🙂 It was fun reading them.

Una
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Una

Liked – good job 16. Slovenia – was mesmerizing and I like the staging, in general. Super atmospheric and calm and monotone – it puts be a relaxed mood. I liked it. 17. Czech Republic – very good effort, catchy music and lyrics, extremely likeable performers. Liked BUT UNDERWHELMED 18. Russia – I was expecting a lot more. 19. Belgium – another great song destroyed by performer and staging. 20. Armenia – powerful song, powerful message, powerful voice, good staging IMO but overall coming across as disappointing. 21. Ireland – I liked Sarah’s voice eventually and the lyrics and music… Read more »

Una
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Una

Good songs but neutral about them. In alphabetical order:
24. Sweden
25. Switzerland
26. North Macedonia
27. The Netherlands

Unimpressed – couldn’t really connect/performers with the songs pre-show nor during the show. In alphabetical order:

28. Austria
29. Belarus
30. Cyprus
31. Denmark
32. Finland
33. Germany
34. Iceland
35. Latvia
36. Lithuania
37. Moldova
38. Portugal
39. Spain
40. UK

Una
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Una

DISQUALIFIED FROM MY HEART
Romania.

Colin
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Colin

I am not sure what do you mean by that?

Una
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Una

I feel as if I were the biggest fan of the song and performer. I’ve supported them, made fairly constructive criticism based on the song, performances in the national semi and the final. I’ve seen some interviews and shows where the artist and director gave some hints on the staging in Tel Aviv. Also, some arguments based on the NQ from last year, mainly the approach to the staging/presentation of the act. Basically, all my objective predictions about the staging, based on what I said above, were realized, in no particular order: 1. The staging was over the top and… Read more »

Una
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Una

Some other things: considering the higher and higher standards that we see in Eurovision every year, Romania did some big mistakes yet again – just like last year. A different approach to promoting the country was made. That’s a good thing. But yet again, Romania made an emphasis on quantity instead of quality. What do I mean by that: so many interviews that I’ve seen in both English and Romanian in which the act said *nothing*. So many interviews that actually were lost opportunities to promote the act and achieve a better result. Knowing how PR works, I am personally… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

While I really like On A Sunday (and a performance too), I can totally see the argument here, especially when it comes to the mind-boggling way they chose their song in NF. The public should have had at least 40% of vote, otherwise they could have had an internal selection. Selectia nationala should go back to 50/50% of jury/televote result.

This is such an interesting year from the standpoint of almost every song being polarizing. I’ve seen majority of them in various top tens and bottom tens.

Una
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Una

I responded, Colin, but the evil filter has eaten up my comment. Let’s see if this one will go through.

Una
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Una

I have no idea if Romania ever had 50/50 votes. I only remember some jury input for the semis, and 100 percent televote for the final with very limited numbers.

Una
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Una

Also, even last year with a winner chosen with 100 percent televote, Rou was at few points from qualifying. For me, it’s all down to the live show.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I hope Purple Mask reads this one, Una. He’ll be happy to see someone sending some love to the Montenegro underdogs! Me and Colin were always kindly mean towards them. 😛

Una
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Una

First of all, many thanks to wiwi for their coverage and a great Eurovision season and for giving us the fans a platform. Also many thanks to Colin for proposing that we share our reviews post-contest and to everyone else that has contributed to this fab season. My reviews are based of course on the live performances. 41 entries are many so I will put my reviews in separate comments like Tibor below! Let’s see how will it work: 1. AUSTRALIA. I was mesmerised each time I saw Kate and crew’s performances in the SF and GF. My winner of… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Thanks for sharing, Una! Very interesting list. Very nicely elaborated too. 🙂

Una
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Una

I tried my best 🙂 I am looking forward to more reviews!

Tibor
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Tibor

I’ll kick off my post-contest reviews and go through the entries in groups, since I don’t make strict rankings. For me, things don’t really change a lot, because song quality is what’s important to me. Nevertheless, there are always songs that work better or worse on stage and there are always songs that need a bit longer to make their impact – for the better or for the worse. My personal pre-contest winners were: Conan Osiris, Mahmood, Duncan Laurence, Tulia, Katerine Duska and Kate Miller-Heidke. Not much has changed in this cluster, I think, they all did a fantastic job… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

Then follows the group of songs that I love and listen to a lot but before the contest never really saw as winners: Zala Kralj & Gasper Santl, Srbuk, Carousel, Eliot and Chingiz. It was not smart of the Armenian delegation to renounce the dancers for Srbuk on stage, that as a consequence looked very empty. With all the fire and explosions, sometimes you could hardly see tiny Srbuk anymore. The Latvian delegation should have kept the staging of the national final. The stage in Tel Aviv was too bright, the styling wasn’t elegant enough, they gave away a better… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

Next is the cluster of songs I enjoyed and listened to from time to time, but didn’t think of downloading before the contest: Michela, Hatari, Ester Peony, Jonida Maliqi, Paenda and Lake Malawi. None of these screwed up, Ester Peony and Lake Malawi only got better every time they stepped on stage , Paenda’s performance was good, even if her styling was a bit lackluster. Hatari, surprisingly, were better in the national final, in the Eurovision final, Matthias was audibly not in time with the music, and Clemens’ worst vocal performance was in the semi. But overall it was largely… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

Next up is the bis group of personal borderline qualifiers and entries that would have been part of the ideal contest (without automatic qualifiers: Tamta, John Lundvik, Serhat, Luca Hänni, Tamara Todevska, Nevena Bozovic, Jurij Veklenko, Joci Papai and Sarah McTernan. Biggest disappointments in this group were Tamta and Serhat, Serhat being not on the pitching key for half of his semi-final performance shouldn’t have been part of the Grand final. Tamta’s live vocals weren’t as bad as Serhat’s but nonetheless underwhelming. I wasn’t surprised at all that she only came 9th in her semi and didn’t make it to… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

There also isn’t a lot of movement in my no man’s land category, entries I’m more or less indifferent about: Bilal Hassani, Zena, Darude, Oto Nemsadze and Kobi Marimi. Darude and Oto stayed in the semis for having an old-fashinoned and a weird song respectively, no amount of good staging changed that. Zena sang her entry well in the semi, but probably only made it to the final because of an error. The two automatic qualifiers ended up where I assumed they would, Kobi in the bottom 5, Bilal on the right hand side of the scoreboard and not as… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

Last category, my personal bottom 10, consisting of S!sters, Michael Rice, Sergey Lazarev, Victor Crone, D Mol, Keiino, Miki, Roko, Leonora and Ana Odobescu. As I’d already suspected, the automatic qualifiers were crammed into the bottom of the scoreboard, although I have to say that S!sters really improved their singing and also Miki wasn’t as atrocious as I would have expected him to be. They still only took up spots of songs that would have deserved it more to be in the final. Russia finished much too high with a little help from Russian diaspora and ex-soviet countries, but was… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Thanks for this very elaborated answer, Tibor! It was great reading it. Ofc, we have our differences in opinion, but I really like to read well rounded reviews. We have similarities too and I am glad we both like the winner. I am happy we did this. 🙂

Tibor
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Tibor

You’re welcome – and we’ll never agree on everything, for me that is part of the fun. I’ll be looking out for your post-contest remarks.

Una
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Una

Yup, my biggest disappointment was Greece. Such a shocker result. A talented performer and song writer; super polished, expensive staging and a shocking end result.

Tibor
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Tibor

Yes, it’s a shame … Do you have an explanation why people didn’t react so well to her song?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I wasn’t expecting Greece to do very well anymore (I’ve noticed how cold most fans were about the entry after the first semi), but I was surprised to see they landing in the bottom of the scoreboard. The quality was there: good song, great singer, interesting staging, but somehow the elements haven’t connected as well as expected. I blame the camerawork. The wide shots in the first half of the performance took away all the delicacy of the costumes and prop.

Tibor
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Tibor

The camerawork surely wasn’t ideal, that’s true. But don’t you think, the shrieking tone when the backing singers at the end repeated “Better Love, Better Love” all over and this unnecessary long high note played its part. I can’t help it, I’m always looking for reasons in the acoustics first, if I don’t find anything wrong with the music. 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I’m starting to think only me and William liked the quirky backing vocals haha But I can see why it was disturbing to you and many others. The long note… well, I think it was a nice way to show off to the juries, but don’t know if the audiences would go for it. The more we talk about it, the more I think the problem with the entry is that there were a bunch of different things that could make different people disconnect from it. The backing vocals, the long note, the camerawork, the egg throwing, the lack of… Read more »

Azaad
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Azaad

The camera angles were not well thought out for Greece- the staging only works on close up shots. Still didn’t deserve 21st.

billjermaine
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billjermaine

Being fans, you guys should know better than to post meaningless pre-rehearsal reviews without updating them post-rehearsal. If it was purely about song / music video, we’d all be given youtube clips to judge on the night. Case in point: Australia ranking 27th here despite winning its semifinal and placing top 10 overall.

Colin
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Colin

Pre-contest reviews are far from ”useless” as they reflect the opinion on the song itself and in many cases, first performances. Opinions do change and that is why I (and presumably some others) will post our post-contest lists too. Australia placing low with Wiwi Jury is simply a state of their opinion at the time. It might have changed, it might have not. Just because the song has been successful, doesn’t mean reviewers here need to like it any more than they did.

redarrow
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Malta should win this year…

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Cjzammit
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Cjzammit

2013 Netherlands 1 st wiwibloggs
2013 sanmarino 2 nd wiwibloggs ( a country in italy )
2013 denmark 3 rd wiwibloggs the actual winners ( red and white flag)

2019 Netherlands 1 st wiwibloggs
2019 italy 2nd wiwibloggs
2019 malta 3 rd wiwibloggs ( red and white flag) the actual winners?

India
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India

Anyone interested in my Top 41? Or will it be too long a post here?

Fatima
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Fatima

Yes, you could just put the country codes one after the other. My top 10 would be ITA / SLO / CRO / SUI / ESP / POL / FRA / NED / HUN / NOR / ISL

Jo.
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Jo.

Azerbaijan is way too high in this, beating Greece and Albania is already a scandal.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

So, given their scorecards, if you take out the Big 5 and Israel, they believe that everyone from the Netherlands down to Hungary will qualify.

Boom Boom Chaka Chaka
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Boom Boom Chaka Chaka

This is not a prediction, this is just their personal taste.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

So is the OGAE poll, both of which clearly have opinions on who they believe will do spectacularly, who will do very well, and who will do poorly and therefore not qualify. What remains is who among the top will crash and burn (like Estonia 2017), and who at the bottom will shine (like Latvia 2015, after getting zero from the OGAE).

Miguel
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Miguel

My top are: Netherlands, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland

tato51100
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tato51100

Wow this is the 2nd best score of all times from Wiwi jury !!! Only Loreen got more with 9.25

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

Holy crap. Netherlands is literally .1 away from the all-time record of Wiwi jury rankings. That’s amazing!

Geo
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Geo

Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Armenia…overrated
Some of them may not even qualify (Armenia is horror live), while the others will flop with the juries (Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden in particular)…

Kounis
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Kounis

Apparently Greece will be 11th. Just like Fuego last year 😉

Pabs
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Pabs

Forza Malta ??

Kosey
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Kosey

7 of the last 9 reviews are in my personal top 10 – wiwibloggs, are you saving the best until last? For what it worth, I am enjoying Malta, it sits just inside my top 10 – an uplifting tune with a good vibe, I always find myself swaying when it comes on. In terms of overall performance, as others have said, a lot is going to depend on how Michela delivers the song live as to its overall position, but she definitely has a chance.

nej
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nej

So, after all the countries come in, looks like Greece will be in place 12 or something…
#choices

just a fan
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just a fan

10th or 11th probably

Laine
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Laine

Put malta on the top right now

Cjzammit
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Cjzammit

You forgot to put malta on top

gingerale
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gingerale

Seeing «La Venda» on top, makes me want to delete the whole internet.

Maruv
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Wiwibloggs, this year your jury really sucks.

Kyler
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Kyler

All of these won’t matter after we see the rehearsals. Last year, Sennek was ranked 2nd in the wiwijury but didn’t even qualify for the final.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

That is why, when I do my evaluations, I also look at the music videos (or national contest performances if someone doesn’t have a video), which more or less give us an insight of what they might put on stage. Sennek was a borderliner for qualifying on my pre-contest scorecard. Her video didn’t impress me at all.

Jizzus Christ
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Jizzus Christ

Wtf is going on in here on this day?? Romania higher than Portugal AND Slovenia?? Seriously?? Like how

Anita
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Anita

There must be some bias, really.

Logical Person
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Logical Person

By having a better song?

EmmelieDarlineFrancescoFan
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EmmelieDarlineFrancescoFan

Romania is a good song – powerful and got a great hook. I’m not a fan of Portugal (too weird for my taste) or Slovenia (a bit boring). So I don’t think it’s that strange.

Leo M
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Leo M

Lithuania so underrated. They will qualify, mark my words

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

I don’t think so. Too basic. The chorus uses the same 4 generic chords or keys (or whatever they call it) that countless songs have used for eons.

Leo
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Leo

Germany lower than Latvia, Austria and Finland, to name just a few? Just no

Jo.
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Jo.

wat Azerbaijan now higher than Greece??!!

Mark Pumphrey
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Mark Pumphrey

Totally agree with Greece being at the top of this list so far. Great song, great voice, great staging in the video!

P!nk Forever
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P!nk Forever

Tragic! Lithuania is one of the ultimate bops in the Contest and Russia is a total travesty – a ballad with faux emotions. I wanna know who‘s in charge of the boring taste here.

David
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David

Let’s keep in mind that every year someone in the top 10 of the Wiwi jury ends up not qualifying to the final

Paul
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Paul

Interesting to see that Fuego was 11th last year…

Loin dici
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Okay, so none of the 5 song in the list has reached the 8 mark, but we’ll see about that.

Colin
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Colin

Wait for The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Cyprus, Norway and Sweden. At least some of them will receive a score over 8.