The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we take a look at Azerbaijan, where Chingiz has “Truth”. Did we buy it? Read on to find out!

Chingiz – “Truth”

“Truth” reviews

Angus: Look, Chingiz is a beautiful man an’ all, but Azerbaijan’s appeal is more than skin deep this year. First of all “Truth” is among the most radio-ready hooks of the year. The “Shut up about it” riff sticks in your brain from the first listen one. Add on top the modern production – with added ethnic elements for good measure – and you have an entry that feels designed for mass appeal with due respect to the Land of Fire. Azerbaijan has spent six long years out in the sticks, but this year they may be riding back into the competition.

Score: 8/10

Bernardo: You can hear some traditional influences in Chingiz’ voice and in the instrumentation of “Truth”, perfectly blended with a modern pop production that, despite being very current, is also a tad generic. Ultimately, the music video makes the song more interesting than it actually is. If they’re able to create a story on stage, I can see it having success. If not, people will probably forget it.

Score: 6/10

Deban: Chingiz dives into deep waters in his music video. However, his entry leaves me firmly in a shallow puddle. Completely stripped of the heritage sounds we’ve come to expect from the Land of Fire,  “Truth” seeks validation with a radio-friendly sound. However, just like the music video that fails to capture Chingiz’ torso in totality, this song fails to ignite my emotions. Also, it doesn’t ring true.

Score: 5.5/10

Josh: The upside of Chingiz’ “Truth” lies in the blending of the traditional instrumentation and vocals with more modern and driving techno sounds. The opening is something you really feel, and it really gets inside. As the verses progress, you feel the pain of someone who realises he’s been used, and yet still must find a way to move on. However, towards the end of the song, the pre-chorus/chorus/post-chorus structure gets a little too repetitive, and the song stays on one level most of the time. As a result, the song becomes a good standard pop song that doesn’t quite get taken to the highest highs it could have reached.

Score: 7.5/10

Oliver: When the snippet for “Truth” came out, I was positively intrigued as to what was to come and luckily when the full version dropped, I was not disappointed.  The dark spiritual and ethnic undertones to really give this song a unique edge and the thumping bass in the background give it more depth and texture as a whole.  When the chorus comes, though, the song goes in a completely direction and becomes much more anthemic.  Unlike other entries that we’ve heard this season, Chingiz manages to make the transition work and overall “Truth” is a pretty seamless and air-tight entry

Score: 10/10

Pablo: This is so good. This is completely different from what Azerbaijan has sent before. “Truth” is the parallel of “Skeletons”, the mainstream clubby to the latter’s edgy and avant-garde, but both in the same coin. The calm verses mix perfectly with the booming and memorable chorus, and Chingiz transmits a Robyn-like pop ambiance while mixing it up with just the right amount of middle-eastern flares. Azerbaijan is not only back on their high-roller ways, they are speeding over them.

Score: 9.5/10

In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Anthony: 9/10

Antony: 6.5/10

Antranig: 6.5/10

Barnabas: 6/10

Calvin: 8/10

Chris: 7.5/10

Essi: 8/10

Florian: 6/10

Izhar: 7.5/10

Jack: 9.5/10

Jonathan: 7/10

Julian: 7.5/10

Kristin: 9/10

Lucy: 8/10

Luis: 8/10

Lukas: 7.5/10

Mikhail: 8.5/10

Renske: 6/10

Robyn: 8.5/10

Ron: 8/10

Sebastian: 6.5/10

Tobias: 6/10

William: 5/10

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 5 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.46/10

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Steve

I’m Armenian and I like this song. Probably will vote for it

Nika
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Nika

Chingiz is the best

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Their song was one of my favourites last year and failed to qualify. The year before, I hated their song and it qualified pretty comfortably. I’m obviously not going to predict how this one is going to do! As for my personal response to the song, it didn’t do much for me at first but now, I like it quite a lot. It’s going to be very performance-dependent though as it is not a groundbreaking type of song on its own.

Miguel Lupi
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Miguel Lupi

Lol at this average. Fanboys being fanboys as always. This is an over produced, somewhat generic, nothing special song.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Come on people,this is not a bad song. It’s not a winner, but it will do well, as it should, and if i might say so way better than overrated Switzerland…

sps7
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sps7

THIS IS THE BEST TRACK OF THE YEAR.
TOP 10 from Honduras
1. AZERBAIJAN
2. Greece
3. Switzerland
4. Netherlands
5. Belgium
6. Slovenia
7. Russia
8. Italy
9. Sweden
10. Malta

allexo
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allexo

Azerbaijan needs to perform at a Pre Party soon because its dropping on my tops as most of the contestants are performing live. And most of them are VERY good live, Czech Republic anyone… no okay.
Anyway well done Azerbaijan on the great entry, you will do well. After last year’s disappointment of an entry and the poor result, you knew Azerbaijan would come back with a fight and boy the did!. P.S. Chingiz is a SNACK

Una
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Una

Yummy snack and among all politics involved I forgot to say an 8/ 10 for Azerbaijan. Funky song that’s stuck in my head, gorgeous singer.

Talking about pre-parties, I now realize that Madrid starts tomorrow 19 and will last until Sunday 21. One last chance for heavy promotion.

Gav
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Gav

Czech Republic boys are so professional and strong live.

Jo.
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Jo.

I like the chorus, the sound and his voice, but the verses are too Markus-Riva-ish, I can’t even…
The video doesn’t help either
5.5/10

Darren
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Darren

When Azerbaijan achieved their first ever NQ last year, I just knew that they wouldn’t take it lying down. Boy, did they come back fighting this year. I love this, it’s so modern and catchy, with a cool Azeri ethnic vibe. Is it the 100% Azeri production that I hoped for? No, they’re still looking abroad for their entry. However, it doesn’t matter here! This is a modern yet ethnic bop that I gave on repeat. This makes up so much for the ludicrous “Luna moon me up!” Which really infuriated me last year. Chingiz is also a great charismatic… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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y’all have a weird idea of modern. songs with this production haven’t been seen on the charts since 2016 really.

Darren
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Darren

I know we live in a fast changing world, but it doesn’t change dramatically in just 3 years Polegend.
In terms of Eurovision….this is a modern song.

Héctor
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Héctor

Azerbaijan always give us good songs mixing styles and influencies, except last year… “X My Heart” was cheesy and too poppy for me. But I really loved Skeletons back in 2017. This time Azerbaijan brings us another good song, with a lot of potential for staging. I like it when a song keeps it modern but adds some traditional/ethno sounds. I’m a bit more concerned about his live performance in terms of vocals as these songs are very difficult to sing: untempo, a lot of key changes, movement, etc. There is one flaw though, writers may have abused a little… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

Top 10 for me, and now I’m a fan of Chingiz, as I’ve been listening to other songs from him and they’re really good.

And if anyone from Azerbaijan reads this- Don’t take it bad, but you should go ethnic at least once someday. As I say, I’ve been listening to Chingiz ethnic songs and there is amazing stuff in there. I’ve found a couple which would have make it on my Top 5 easily.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

my number one of my ranking, and next to this bop Truth, i also like all of Chingiz his other songs and covers

9.5/10

Kris
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Kris

Lol , how is a song you rated 9.5 higher in your ranking than one you rated a 10?

ESC LOU
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ESC LOU

THIS IS THE BEST AZERBAIJANI ENTRY TO DATE. I am in loveee with this songgggg! yeah the lyrics aren’t AMAZING but everything else is! My number 3 right now! 10/10

Rob
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Rob

Besides him being hot, I still reckon this song to be way underestimated. It shan’t be the winner of ESC19, but it is a perfect pop song that should do well with the audience. But, as always: it also depends on staging. Not too much freaky stuff going on and some good light-effects should help it along imho. A solid 8/10 (for now).

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

This song is peppered with a lot of fancy melodic “hooks”. Considering that there were six different songwriters involved in writing this one, I fully understand how this happened. The main reason I love this song is because it has a fully extended 16-bar Chorus, just as “X My Heart” also did last year. And the two straight notes set to the words “shut up” are brilliant – they work both as a hook and as a crunchy bit of harmony. Where I am less convinced, so far, is with the live acoustic performance that was released. Sadly it sounds… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

AZERBAIJAN – Lights! Focus! Action! Azerbaijan knows very well how to polish anything and make a great show. With rare exceptions, their stagings are among the most thrilling ones and judging by the decorative video, it’s gonna be the case here too. Behind these shiny effects and handsome singer there is a rather typical pop song with a short and repetitive chorus which cannot even be properly heard due to too much sounds simultaneously. The ethnic instrumental parts are nice and considering the production value, I believe this will turn out okay, but it’s still the visuals to carry the… Read more »

Whisker
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Whisker

I was disappointed with the staging last year. I did like the song and still do, but I my bad, I had very high expectations about the staging.

keith mawson
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keith mawson

The good news is we won’t have to put up with sub par awful Portuguese stage this year which worked for very few in 2018

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I absolutely love this one, Chingiz has a great Voice and the hook is incredibly infectiuos. Given that Azerbaijan knows staging, I have no worries that this will be great live. 9,5/10

Tibor
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Tibor

This is very enjoyable – the dance beat, the high-pitched disco singing, the highlights with the unidentified string instrument, it’s all just very fresh and energetic. On the other hand it’s not extremely varied if you look at the instrumental side, the most recognisable sound bit next to the (very effectful) string instrument is perhaps the vocal effect in the bridge, but that is almost impossible to recreate live. “Truth” is an entry that is very tricky for me to place, as I said, it’s enjoyable and has immediacy, it burns bright, but it also burns fast. I had it… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

“Truth” plays safe like most Azeri entries do. Everything about it is simple, efficient and tidy. Maybe too tidy? Possibly too simple? I hope they learned about last year’s mistake, when Aisel’s performance was as professional as unresponsive. I would definitely take inspiration from its cool video. I’m curious to find out what they intend to do with the bridge. It’s so deliberately different from the rest of the track and unconventional to a radiofriendly song, that I believe it’s related to the way they will stage it. 6/10

James
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James

Didn’t they shortened the bridge when the abbreviated version was released recently?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I haven’t listened to the cut (by the way, it’s weird that it was released in a longer version, since it’s an internal selected entry). So maybe I read too much on the bridge.

Kris
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Kris

This is one of the most difficult songs to rate because of how horrible the acoustic version was. As In if they had to use playback even on an acoustic version it doesn’t really augur well for the singers ability to perform the live version. The studio track is good , sounds good enough , the lyrics are weird though. The hook is not as immediate as it should be for a pop some. A 6/10. The good running order adds a point. The support may not be as obvious for this one , No pain , no gain. A… Read more »

Fun or ban?
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Fun or ban?

Sexy singer, good voice, good song. Over all amazing

Polegend Godgarina
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ban

Ioa Ioa
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Ioa Ioa

Lmao

Polegend Godgarina
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i honestly don’t understand the point of azerbaijan at the eurovision. 12 years in and their personality has been ‘let’s send a cheap swedish reject’ in almost all occasions. they should build themselves a personality, this dated imagine dragons mashup ain’t it

Una
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Una

I don’t get the point of the Azeri votes. Aisel was saying last year that the show starts very late at around 11 or 12 pm their time and that few people watch. Then my question is: how many votes are cast? Do they even get to give points to 10 countries?

Polegend Godgarina
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the real concern should be the points that are given to azerbaijan. how is it that moldova and the czech republic (two of the lowest eurovision audiences) always give 10-12 points to azerbaijan in the semi despite nearly zero azerbaijanis living there ? to me it’s pretty clear they’re still buyin televotes n it’s unfortunate they’re insecure to the point they have to do this. in 2016 they won hungary’s televote in the semi and then came 16th in their final televote. imo they should’ve been banned from the contest after they were exposed in 2013, the ebu stays sleepin… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

That is hardly an all-embracing “celebrate diversity” and “dare to dream” attitude. Have you both missed the point of the ESC?
An even better question: If you were “in charge” of the ESC, how would you run it?

Polegend Godgarina
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so by celebrating diversity u mean closing two eyes on a country that blatantly cheats….. k

Una
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Una

Purple Mask, talking of course only for myself. I am all for the contest and I love it (don’t care about slogans even though some are cute and/or daring). Televoting is a problem that cannot be solved easily. There is a potential for rigging votes and whether it happens or not, the potential is there. The interest for some countries may be there. Broadcasters and communication services from 40 plus countries. It would be impossible or way too expensive to ensure that all votes were legit. I am sure that EBU works with statistics that we the public don’t know… Read more »

Una
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Una

Purple Mask, I would make just one change: encourage the broadcasters from countries with low audience to make the contest more attractive to their public and increase rating. That would make more people interested to participate through voting, express their love/appreciation to music. I keep thinking sometimes when I watch the show: I am one in 200+ mil. Bring more people in! The more, the merrier, more sense of celebration and unity. Three nights a year when people gather to celebrate something exceptional.

Una
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Una

PG, maybe you’re right. Hadn’t much time to check but CZE did give AZE 10 points in SF1 in 2018. I think the televoting is shady at most or lazy/uninterested. at least in countries that have low audience for the show. I don’t see EBU turning stones too much. That’s not in their interest. I would have expected some stricter “retribution” against Aze (was it in 2013 that they came second? WIth Hold Me?). Even the BBC wrote about the bribing scandal. Again, EBU will not do anything about it. The strictest they’ve been was in 2016 against Romania, not… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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uhh money definitely pays a major role in this. romania fails to pay its bills ? the ebu punishes them as an example for the other countries. azerbaijan keeps its coins flowing towards the ebu ? k fine they’re in.

Una
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Una

Had it been only the money Romania would have been banned months before the contest, not three weeks to the contest. Romania had a national selection (money spent on that too, not just an internal selection). The ban should had been done before the broadcaster had started the selection. They could have not paid that money 3 weeks before the contest.

Una
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Una

Keep’em flowing and close eyes at human rights abuses, expropriations, limitations to the freedom of the press, lack of will to provide security for one particular delegation leading to that country’s voluntary withdrawal from the contest. But regardless, let them do the contest.

Whisker
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Whisker

You are 100% right.

James
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James

Because not every country is diaspora-dependent?

Whisker
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Whisker

Polegend, what happened in 2013? And I agree with you about the votes, very shady.

Polegend Godgarina
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lithuanians exposed azerbaijan of bribing. it turned out they’d been selling sim cards in 15+ countries in eastern europe n giving money to ppl, mostly students, to vote for them. it’s all traceable thru a google research. the 2012 result is the most obvious example – i love sabina babayeva but she got 3 points from western european countries, and the remaining 147 from eastern europe.

Whisker
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Whisker

Thanks Polegend, I will look it up. Ridiculous.

Hugo
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Hugo

From this point of view, Portugal wod have the same problem since the show here is at 8 pm and most of the people arr not at home yet. And not to mention Australia…

Whisker
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Whisker

What do the good people of Portugal do on a Sat evening then, on Eurovision night?

Una
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Una

Yeah, and Iceland manage to have the biggest audience every year. Like more than 90 percent of the country. I don’t care about Australia.

Whisker
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Whisker

Well I don’t see Azerbaijan as a European country geographically speaking and definitely not culture-wise. But they have money and apparently, what EBU wants is soldi, soldi, the more the better. Azerbaijan is so effing far, I feel they want to get closer to Europe so that’s why they are paying for it. And true, what kind of songs are they sending? Most of them have Swedish input IIRC. It’s like they don’t have national talent over there. I liked the Skeletons act for its originality, and Aisel last year because she’s talented and a sweetheart. But that’s it. Sending… Read more »

Una
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Una

But Eurovision is not about Europe. We’ve had Morocco. It has to do with EBU, not Europe as a continent. FFS, nevermind St. Australia, Kazakstan want to participate too!

Khazar
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@ Whisker ..Azerbaijan is a EuroAsian country and has a right to be here.. You can’t change it

Whisker
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Whisker

I never said Azerbaijan doesn’t have the right to be in Eurovision.

Khazar
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@whisker ?f ?tv doesn’t send songs by Azeri composers ?t doesn’t mean that they don’t have any talent. F?rst think then write

Whisker
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Whisker

I am thinking. I am thinking it’s problematic – IMO, that Azerbaijan doesn’t send home written songs. Those “generic” pop songs can be from anywhere.

Polegend Godgarina
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the only time they didn’t have swedes in their team was their debut year, in 2008. ever since they’ve used swedish lyricists every year, and swedish composers every year except for skeletons which was composed by an azerbaijani.

Whisker
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Whisker

Very interesting indeed. Sweden, the powerhouse – that’s a complement. But NOT to Azerbaijan. As a Eurovision fan, I am deeply offended. I am interested in songs with Azeri flair, as in ethno-pop for example. Even a love song, although I generelly dislike love songs.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

But, I guess they’re too insecure of sending their flair. Probably Azerbaijan is trying to build the personality of ‘always sending good quality songs and staging’, but once you dig deeper into this, it would make them look like a wildcard player. I’m sure this kind of image will have its ultimate downfall someday.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Blimey, that discussion escalated.
Thank you all for your replies to my question. 🙂
My opinion: Time to bring in more of the audience, as Una suggests, and win against any future corruption through actual genuine interest in the contest.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Azerbaijan… When I first heard this song, it left me rather cold. Little did I know how much it’s gonna grow on me. Is it super original? Of course not. But it’s well produced (as all Milanov’s tracks), and damn catchy! It effectively mixes traditional elements with Bilboard Hot 100 chorus adding some typical femme fatale story lyrics. And as a show closer it’s gonna do its work, cause I cannot imagine people not bobbing their heads to that splendid hook and voting for that one immediately when the show’s over. 7,9/10, and shut up about it.

Rimig
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Rimig

“Skeletons” was the first ever Azeri entry I liked (‘Running scared” was an atrocious winner) and “Truth” is the firts ever Azeri entry I love. This song is rich and catchy and modern, yet with some 80’s reminiscences, making it an almost perfect combination for my ears. If it wasn’t for the bridge (which I like a little less) I could have placed it even higher, but for now it closes my top 5. For me, Azerbaijan should definitely qualify and finnish within the overal top 10. 2. Greece (9.0/10) 5. Azerbaijan (9.0/10) 8. Russia (7.5/10) 10. Estonia (7.0/10) 11.… Read more »

Kyla
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Kyla

This is a borderline qualifier for me. 6/10

Alex
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Alex

Do we know who’s doing Azerbaijan staging this year?
I’m curious to see who wins “the Milanov battle” between Azerbaijan and Malta.
Last year everyone was expecting Bulgaria and it was Austria.

Khazar
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He is my winner.

Nvm
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Nvm

“Just like the music video that fails to capture Chingiz’ torso in totality, this song fails to ignite my emotions.”
What in the freaking world is this supposed to mean? What kinda comparison is that?

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

It means “objectification”. Or Deban.

Thiaggo
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Thiaggo

I love Deban and William but I got to admit that some of the interviews are a bit uncomfortable to watch because of the borderline sexual harassment towards the artists

Nvm
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Nvm

I don’t even like them, I’m on this site only for the news and to exchange opinions with other people. They’re always clearly and shamelessly impartial toward certain entries and their interviews are often way too cringy for me. I follow different YouTube channels for that.

Kirby
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Kirby

Yeah, I subscribed to Alesia Michelle’s channel. Her reviews are very interesting and she usually nails it.

Una
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Una

She’s improved a lot since last year, not overtly disgusted and bitchy towards some countries. Less full of herself this year, maybe that sponsorship changed her.

Whisker
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Whisker

I met so many people from the US none of them “got” Europe. It’s not possible to understand Eurovision without some insight/knowledge. William is an exception. Robyn also from so far away gets it.

Una
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Una

You’re right. And I *hope* Suzanne will go to Tel Aviv this year. She’s hilarious and nice and honest and pleasant.

Whisker
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Whisker

I like Suzanne and her energy.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

I predict this will do well and snatch at least a respectable place. Azerbaijan will do great unless he messed up the vocals or the staging (which I don’t hope happening). Not really one of my favorites, but a good song anyways.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Aside from that, most of the time, I don’t really love Azerbaijan’s approach to Eurovision. Yes, they gave us great Azeri acts to perform, but they mostly rely on international help on the other aspects (as example, this song is a Milanov production). I read someone stated the lack of good songs or interest from local composers being one of the factors, but I’m suggesting they might’ve not been given a chance, most of the time (hi, Isa Melikov). If it has to stay that way, whether I like it or not, it has to be respected. But, it’s a… Read more »

Kris
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Kris

Azerbaijan has qualified in the past with garbage vocals(2016) , so I don’t think unless it’s absolutely horrendous it will not qualify. Last year was more a case of bad running order and a group of countries that didn’t really favor Azerbaijan.

Una
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Una

They get the votes of Turkish people abroad that like Eurovision and are unable to vote for their own country because they don’t participate anymore. That particular 2016 entry was horrendous. First time I heard it I thought it was a vintage Madonna kind of song. Skeleton was edgy and artsy and very well delivered. Last year I read they had focus groups with people from different backgrounds that chose the song and then it was re-produced. And they used an expensive video director and an expensive stage director and at least Rui (backing vocals from Russia 2015). All that… Read more »