Tonight, Roxen performed five songs at Selecția Națională 2020, with Romania able to decide which one she should take to Eurovision 2020. Following an exciting finale, “Alcohol You” was crowned the winner and will be the track that Roxen takes to Rotterdam.

The singer delivered a heartfelt and emotional performance of “Alcohol You” at Romania’s national final. The staging — dark and mysterious — took in all the emotion that she put into the song.

Ultimately, both the jury and the public at home recognised the quality of the song and awarded it the most points.

Selecția Națională 2020 winner: Roxen with “Alcohol You”

Roxen impressed both jury and televoters with her repertoire at tonight’s selection show. However, it was “Alcohol You” that ultimately led ahead of her other competing songs.

“Beautiful Disaster”, “Cherry Red”, “Colors” and “Storm” were met with positive reactions by the jurors and the public. But none of them could eventually beat the momentum of “Alcohol You”.

“Alcohol You” is written and composed by Ionut Armas, Viky Red and Breyan Isaac. Viky Red also produced the song.

The show also saw a number of other Eurovision 2020 participants perform.

Norway’s Ulrikke Brandstorp delivered a heartfelt performance of “Attention”, while Moldova’s Natalia Gordienco performed “Prison”.

Sandro, who will be representing Cyprus at the contest, also performed. However, since he has yet to release his Eurovision 2020 song, the singer instead gave his own rendition of previous Cypriot Eurovision song “Fuego”.

Romania the bookies’ favourite to win Eurovision 2020

Following the release of her five tracks, Romania started rising in the betting odds. As of 20:00 CET on March 1, Romania sits as the bookies’ favourite on oddschecker.

Now that Romania has chosen “Alcohol You” and Roxen has delivered her first performance of the song, we’ll have to wait and see if they can remain the favourite to win Eurovision 2020.

Roxen will perform “Alcohol You” in the second half of the first semi-final on 12th May.

Are you excited that Roxen will represent Romania with “Alcohol You”? What was your favourite performance during the show? Let us know in the comments below!

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Endorphine88
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Endorphine88

I actually really like this but the bad English is so distracting!

Gabe
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Gabe

Roxen said she will work on her diction. I don’t find her English bad though, I understand it just fine.

Minerva
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Minerva

I love it! It kinda hypnotizes you which makes it memorable. It might be a huge surprise on the night. Roxen is incredibly talented! I’m sure she’ll do well after Eurovision.

TheLastRide
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TheLastRide

o nooo ….. cherry red was my fav song , i am really worried with this choice for Romania , cherry red was a top tier song , Alcohol you was a border line qualifier for me. I can see why alot of people will like it , but i also can see why alot of people wont 🙁

cozmin_cozma_Italy
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cozmin_cozma_Italy

Great!
Winner vibs……. will slay. Masterpiece, strong voice, beautiful singer!
All out there : if you don’t like it just don’t vote for this and shout it off! There are thousands of people that will sustain this moment so ………

Leo M
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Leo M

I honestly don’t get the hype. I’m bored by this, I could go asleep during this song and not miss anything. Not a winner

ESCalator
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ESCalator

She sabotaged Cherry Red so that she could be ’emo’ on the stage. Neeext.

Karl Fradgley
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Karl Fradgley

absolutely gorgeous …. this seriously has winner vibes

MartyMcCu
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MartyMcCu

Wow so many people dislike this song. I think quite a few people here just don’t have good taste. Well this is a winner in my opinion. Bravo Romania. Douze points.

Sophie
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Sophie

What message is she trying to send, the singer is good but the song is a nonsence have you seen the lyrics?

Love
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Love

why everyone here in the comments saying it was obvious Roxen wanted Alchohol You? based on what are you saying that?

Gabe
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Gabe

After the results, she got asked on stage in front of everyone what was her favourite song and she replied “Alcohol You”.

Razvan
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Razvan

It was a stupid question to begin with. Of bloody course she’s gonna pivot to the song that was chosen; what would you expect of her? To give a loud sigh and say she would’ve preferred some other song? The hate boner people have for the poor girl is ridiculous.

Gabe
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Gabe

I agree.

Jerrome
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Jerrome

I’m sorry but its probably the worst choise for Romania. The live was weak and upbeat songs would be suits stunning Roxen much better.

Tonks
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Tonks

I dont like this verry dissapointing

Mika
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Mika

I understand her for wanting this song to win. But her performance of the song cherry red was so unprofessional.
At least she could have shown little of charisma or whatever, if she and everyone knew that this song will not win. She cuold have tried go and enjoy her moment on stage.
Her voice, the staging, the dress, omg, why?
She has time to fix her voice and stahing. The song that was chosen is not bad at all. She is a good singer.

Miguel
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Miguel

Roxen is a great performer. Great voice, great stage presence and very intense.
The song is decent. Its a nice ballad. Im not sure about the lyrics… I think it will do well, but I dont feel winners vibe.

plsuk
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plsuk

What a massive let down. Wrong! They rigged everything and Cherry red got a horrible performance and staging on purpose. Also, her charisma is completely zero. Like a dead fish!

Ana
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Ana

Totally agree!

Erik
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Erik

Best song so far. see you next year in Bukarest.

Bog u
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Bog u

They somehow managed to ruin both of the songs with last night selection . Okey, you are not comfortable singing Cherry Red and you can see that it’s not suitable for your voice but you are a professional singer and should act like that , not trying to destroy a song that had such a positive reaction . As a Romanian i had the same doubts between the two favourite songs but now , after seeing the selection , i am so disappointed by the attitude and now i hate Alcohol You simply because was chosen before the selection (… Read more »

A S
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A S

Disappointment. Romania will not do as great as we all expected. Mark my words.

Mia
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Mia

I just love Roxen how she looks tender, but in the end is really determined, not your usual young artist 😀
But she should really burn that dress.

Weird
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Weird

As a Romanian I had very high expectations but this was a disappointment. What was the point of the whole evening when everyone involved wanted ‘Alcohol You’ to win? The jury was very clear about what song they prefer and which one they dislike – and shared this publicly before voting (goodbye neutrality). ‘Cherry Red’ had that winner vibe for Rotterdam and deserved better, but obviously not with the way it was boycotted on stage by all people involved. It was painful to watch; uninterested, off-key artist, horrible camera, odd Capoeira. Next time just pick the song internally as well… Read more »

Ana
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Ana

Agree!

JONAS
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JONAS

NEXT! This doesn’t do anthing for me – 90 seconds in and I’m asleep! Tea-break entry!

ana
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ana

i think is the worst and boring song i ever heard. they voted her for the dress.she has good voice but man this is like a funeral song.i dont think she will get over semifinals.

Zsófi
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Zsófi

From the live performance it was clear her favorite was Alcohol you, and I’m glad it won, its in my top3, however I loved, LOVED the continuous shot of Beautiful disaster! It really gave the vibe of those creepy vibes trending these years.

Una
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Una

That long shot was AMAZING!!!

Tibor
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Tibor

I’m still rather indifferent about this. The song per se isn’t bad, but I have a hard time with the performer, singing these song about a drunk call to an ex – while wearing braces. There’s just something incongruous about this whole act. I get the idea, but I’m not convinced by the execution. It has certainly a shot at qualifying and doing well, but we’ll have to see the final line-up. There are a lot of strong female voices in semi 1, there’s Eden and Destiny and Ulrikke, possibly Samira and Dotter. It’s too early to tell if they… Read more »

Safiya
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Safiya

I am not the biggest fan of any of these songs but they are undoubtedly very well-produced. It seems that Romania took Eurovision seriously this year so I can’t understand why this selection looked like that? They had a chance to present the potential staging for every song and they did nothing. She was mostly standing on stage or walking around, and while it may work for “Alcohol you”, it doesn’t really fit other songs. It looked more like a random concert than a serious, professional selection. Super lazy.

This
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This

Boring and i am falling in a very deep sleep. Voice of this girl weak!

Una
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Una

The sun has risen ink and I still wonder:
1. Whose se*y voice was that on Beautiful Disaster? Animal-monster-cannibal? I was kind of expecting a surprise for at least a glimpse of his face during the show. LOL!!! Or was it computer-generated?
2. Did they score 0 to 5 points? Five people, 1 point each per song? There were five songs. How come Beautiful Disaster got 0 points? From televote too? How is that possible? The vote passed so fast that I couldn’t make all of it.

Chromium
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Chromium

1. Probably sampled from a movie?
2. The scale was 0, 1, 2, 3, 5 points. Beautiful Disaster was the least favorite by both jury and televote, that’s why it got the “I’m sorry, zero points”

Una
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Una

Thanks Chromium. I am *gutted* for the zero points. Why have 0 points in a national final with 5 songs. I don’t understand the scorying system, not that it would matter now, but something seemed off. “Zero points” is h-e-a-r-t-b-r-e-a-k-i-n-g.

Indiana07
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Indiana07

Imo it’s not very good, quite dull and boring. It can qualify tho

Una
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Una

Further thoughts: song was selected, alright. One out of five. Prepared in two months or so. First big live performance for Roxen. The quality of the vocals progressed from the first through the last. Maybe she was less nervous too. All of that is legit. She has time to prepare for her act for all shows during the Eurovision fortnight. I am hopefull!! About the stage show: I was expecting the piano but what to do. The visuals were stunning. I still feel the same pain about the backings as last year. Off tune at times. As in the live… Read more »

Ohi
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Ohi

Live this lacked charisma unfortunately and the dress wasn’t the one. There is still the opportunity to elevate this for Eurovision itself and she will have more experience in front of crowds after the tour time but for now Norway was 5 times better on the night than she was and that does not a winner make. I’m downgrading to a top 10 finisher for now until I see their staging choices.

West
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West

The best song with the best performance won – it’s pretty clear that this is the song that suits her vocals the best. Still I hope they’ll fix that staging. Having her just stand there isn’t really working – at least some interesting camera angles. Although I admit that my other favourite – Beautiful Disaster was last.
p.s. During Sandro’s performance we got another proof how similar Fuego and Replay are – or he mixed them so well that some people didn’t even notice that he did so.

NscoN
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NscoN

Alcohol you is still my favourite song this year, but her live performances showed all her stress, inexperience of singing in front of big audiences and lack of stage presence. At least her introvert character fits well with the mood of the song (and it is also because of it that I get emotional when I listen to her). The song and her voice are already there, now the team behind her must work on all these other aspects, especially on her self-esteem and trust in herself, to ensure that in Rotterdam she will finish to the place she and… Read more »

Lokh
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Lokh

Cheap and minor.
Should not go to the finals.

ana
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ana

totally agree

Max
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Max

They could have saved Cherry Red for next year… But in the end, Alcohol You might be easier to translate from those simple yet effective music videos to the Eurovision stage. The preselection performances weren’t it. At least, they should change the outfit. To my taste, all dresses of the preselection show were kind of … interesting choices.

Robert
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Robert

Romania! The Eurovision trophy is in your sight.. Battling right now with Lithuania and Iceland.. Alcohol you, very modern, melancholic pop song, haunting melody.. This will be great..

Alex
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Alex

1st listen: Boring!
2nd listen: ok
3rd listen: interesting
4th listen: I love it
5th listen: WHY DO FAIRYTALES FAIL BABY

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Not a huge fan of the songs she was given
They all feel quite basic or generic to me, although polished and high quality
Wish her the best of luck but I can’t see Romania winning this year

Pancake
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Pancake

Bravo!!! Good luck to you, sis!!!!

Helene
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Helene

She is a great talent. But the whole thing needs polishing, Her accent is not helping. it is also too much like last years winning song. And i don’t like the lyrics. But good luck.

KuhKatz
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KuhKatz

It’s definitely better than the last the romanian songs.

But I don’t give it the label winner, there is still something missing, and she needs to improve her vocals and to change the dress (Distracting!)

Zik
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Zik

I’m only confused why during Cherry Red, which has Spanish in it and mentions Malaga, she had Capoeira dancers, which are a Brazilian thing? How do you confuse Spain with Brazil?

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

She was purposefully trying to not have that one be good.

Una
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Una

I am absolutely sure that the good people of Romania did not confuse Spain with Brasil. Different countries, languages and continents. Don’t worry about that.

I liked the capoeira. So novel in Eurovision. One of the highlights of the show for me. It was so unexpected. I was actually expecting dancers with an average choreography yet the capoeira came. I loved it and I actually enjoyed the peformance of Cherry Red despite Roxen acting very awkwardly for such an upbeat song!!

Zik
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Zik

It doesn’t matter if it looked lovely. It’s like singing a song about Paris surrounded by Flamenco dancers. It can look lovely but doesn’t make much sense.

Sumsum
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Sumsum

It’s like watching a car crash….horrible. And that dress is giving me nightmares

Polliu
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Polliu

Her live is not good at all.

Eduard
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Eduard
Eurofan
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Eurofan

This gives me Billy Eilish vibes… I love it!

Kent
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Kent

I don’t understand the hype and why she’s so high in the odds…Glad Alcohol You won though because it’s one of the two songs where Roxen barely needs to move or look enthused. I still think this needs improved staging. Cherry Red was a train wreck and laughable though…she literally swayed and moved her shoulders during the drop and the dancers were awful. Awful dancers, fake fighters and awful to look at.

Eduard
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Eduard

Who do you think should be higher in the odds?

Kent
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Kent

I can name a couple: Germany and Italy…At least these two artists have good live vocals.

brad
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brad

Ididn`t like any of the songs, when they were revealed, but this was really a great performance!!. Well done.

some lady
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some lady

Absolutely no shade intended, but can someone explain why this has become the bookies favourite now?

Liam
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Liam

Because, let’s be honest, this year has very few alternative favourites. Every year I tell people to be patient and that better songs are coming, but this year has really been quite a low standard so far. Let’s wait and see if someone can take her spot! (I’m not saying I want someone to do that, I’m just saying wait and see)

Chama Chameleon
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Chama Chameleon

Congrats Roxen on Cherry Road, you managed to make my Michela a great mover and dancer.

Gil Dadia
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Gil Dadia

So we are left with 1 RAKATA and it will probably be israel song.
Love “alchohol you”, it was my favorite and her best song. Imo. Stand behind it and be proud.
Shalom and good luck from israel…

Jake
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Jake

Geez…I can’t believe fans and bookies are so high on this…I am not sure why this is a standout to anyone with so many songs already picked that are basically variations of this (Norway, Slovenia, Moldova, Poland, Australia, Albania) and possibly more to come (Dotter?)…and the annunciation (!!!)…have mercy I don’t know half the words she’s saying…and she seems rather lifeless…I guess people think she’s pulling a Billie Eilish–and I think regular people will think it’s a pale imitation of it

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I’m curious: How would you suggest she improve to become more lively, considering that she is actually alive?

Jake
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Jake

Less dead behind the eyes. And project some emotion. Living does note emoting.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Haha, that reminds me of theatre directors I have worked with in the past. My response would probably be: “There’s nothing for me to move behind my eyes. But if it’s emotion you want, I can get angry at your suggestions quite easily, if that will help.” 😉

Reverb
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Reverb

Yeah ok, the usual “it’s all ballads this year” comment, but why include Dotter in this?

Polliu
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Polliu

pop ballad like Sia.

Jake
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Jake

Not that they are all ballads—they are modern female ballads with a bit of a Sia vibe. Some are bound to cancel each other out. Trust me we went through this in Kiev—many fell by the wayside.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

This might actually be the winner. Roxen is mezmorising to me. It was an emotional live performance of a most unusual deeply emotional song. Okay, so this is not the fun Eurovision some of us once knew before; Eurovision is evolving again. This is my 30th ESC and I have seen many changes. This recent shift into dramatic songs seems to be another evolution.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It’s so funny when I give praise and get voted down for it. I’m like: “What would you rather see instead? Maybe I could rubbish the song and the singer, and that would get upvotes?!”
I just don’t understand the purpose of downvoters on praise. Such silliness.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

People here are really toxic. If their fave wins, they’ll still be upset somehow. But I agree with you on both posts (I love “Alcohol You” and I hope it does well), so here are my upvotes 🙂

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Yeyy, thank you. 🙂

Vilius Hideo
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Vilius Hideo

For me click + or – is agree or not agree with someone’s opinion. And not like or dislike thing. So be calm and don’t care about +/- clicks. Don’t need to take it so personal becouse that also are such silliness. 🙂

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It is technical, rather than personal. I was once told that if a user had too many dislikes on a blog, they could be blocked or removed from the blog. Hence I’d rather there weren’t too many for no reason, otherwise the continuity of the profile would be interrupted. I hope that makes sense.

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Please don’t worry – the up/down votes are just for fun and won’t get anyone blocked or removed. 🙂

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thank you, Robyn. 🙂
I take it all back then.

Tibor
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Tibor

The problem with these upvotes and downvotes is, that they are easy to manipulate (for example with a Tor browser, but I assume there are easier ways) – and I have noticed that it’s often right wing trolls who do so. If you want to keep the votes fun, you should probably think about how to adress this.

Tibor
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Tibor

The problem with these upvotes and downvotes is, that they are easy to manipulate (for example with a Tor browser, but I assume there are easier ways) – and I have noticed that it’s often right wing trolls who do so. If you want to keep the votes fun in the long run, you should probably think about how to adress this.

Mil
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Mil

I watched the final yesterday and thought Rozen had a stage presence of fish plus I don’t like her vocals. I liked studio cuts of all 5 songs a lot but listening and watching her yesterday… Regarding Eurovision, we usually say someone is a great artist and a singer but the song doesn’t do justice to her/him. Here the situation is absolutely different – the artist is way behind the level of the songs.