Victoria Growing Up Is Getting Old Eurovision 2021 Bulgaria

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we turn to Bulgaria where VICTORIA has “Growing Up Is Getting Old”. Did it make us want to celebrate the ageing process? Read on to find out!

VICTORIA – “Growing Up Is Getting Old”

“Growing Up Is Getting Old” reviews

Jordi: “Growing up is getting old” is deep in meaning, magic in feeling. This song flows softly but exquisitely with an orchestrated melody and tender strings. While speaking about living with mental illneses, VICTORIA’s voice feels like a hug of comprehension, hope and strength. The message behind the song is really inspiring and relatable, and overall, VICTORIA manages to make nostalgia sound on-trend. Knowing that she is a captivating performer, I am sure this will reach many. The song however, unfolds a bit too slowly for me, but I am certain that this will grow on stage.

Score: 7.5

Natalie: I’ve made no secret of my love for VICTORIA’s music. I kinda love any woman who isn’t afraid to make music unashamedly about her dark thoughts. And this song is just… intelligent, immaculate, perfect. As a sufferer of intense mental health issues myself, she just nails it. She is amazing at describing not just how painful depression is, but how lonely, helpless and boring it feels. Atop a beautiful orchestral production, her voice hits me profoundly to my core. I know that my feelings aren’t shared by most of the fandom, but this is song that I know I’ll always hold this song close to my heart like very few other songs I’ve ever heard before.

Score: 10

Ron: If you read my review last year about “Tears Getting Sober”, you might feel a Déjà-vu while reading this review now. While I do appreciate a lot of things about VICTORIA as an artist and a singer, her style of songs are simply not the kind of music I listen to. “Growing Up is Getting Old” is a beautiful ballad with a unique voice and some really touching lyrics, but it’s just not my cup of tea. I understand what others find in it and the great message in it, but for me, It’s just a nice song but not among the songs I would like to listen to one more time. Who knows, maybe the staging in Rotterdam will change my mind.

Score: 4.5

Sebastian: With pervading ticks of a clock throughout, “Growing Up Is Getting Old” is a beautifully reflective masterpiece and a stunning moment in time in what will be a very full list of songs in the competitionIn a year where no doubt many songs are influenced by the new Covid-19 world, “Growing Up Is Getting Old” is an exasperated but realistic take on what many other countries’ artists are trying to turn into a song-and-dance. VICTORIA is not in the mood to celebrate, and I’m here for it.  I also applaud the clever play on words when the words ‘growing’ and ‘getting’ are interchanged throughout the song.

Score: 10

William: Like any good storyteller, VICTORIA doesn’t rush her exposition. She takes her time with “Growing Up Is Getting Old” — literally opening with the heavy sound of a ticking clock. The song slowly and carefully warms up, layering nostalgia and tenderness over strings and piano. As Victoria comes to terms with the relentlessness of time, expressed through that delicate and distinct voice, her trickle of emotion becomes a flood, delivering one of the biggest musical pay-offs of the year. This song may be a slow burn, but it definitely ignites, giving us an “it” moment worthy of the win. “I’ve never understood how so much can fit in little me,” VICTORIA sings. In these three minutes, she proves that she contains multitudes.

Score: 10

VICTORIA with “Growing Up Is Getting Old” rankings

In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Antranig: 8

Calvin: 6.5

Deban: 8

Diego: 7.5

Erdi: 3

Esma: 9

Jonathan: 6

Josh: 9

Julian: 3

Kristín: 3.5

Lauren: 6.5

Lucy: 6.5

Luis: 7

Oliver: 8

Pablo: 7.5

Renske: 9

Robyn: 6.5

Tobias: 4.5

Tom: 8

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 3 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.09/10

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Colin
Colin
4 months ago

BULGARIA – Victoria is an artist who knows how to craft a magical atmosphere and deliver a meaningful message. Highlighting emotional struggles while aging in an ever-changing world feels very relatable. It feels very personal to her, but I believe it can touch hearts and minds of people from different age groups and backgrounds. We are all struggling to survive, and as of lately, both internal and external reasons make us doubt that we are capable of doing so. It starts gently, and the instrumental adds subtle layers with each new verse. Accompanied by an elegant orchestration and her beautiful… Read more »

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Jo.
Jo.
4 months ago

still think she’ll win

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

I almost forgot about her. She was my #3 in my second evaluation. I’m doing my 3rd and final evaluations right now and over the weekend. She’ll likely stay in my top 5.

The truth
The truth
4 months ago

I love Victoria as a singer. Her vocals are delicate, soft, poignant even and can evoke so much emotion. I find it stupid when people come singers to other singers. So what if the vocals are similar? You don’t choose your voice. It is given to you by nature and there is nothing one can do about it. There are many famous international singers whose voices can be said to be similar. As to Victoria’s song it is equally delicate and poignant like her voice. It is a beautiful composition. But, yes for me there is a but, the song… Read more »

blahh
blahh
4 months ago
Reply to  The truth

originally her vocals don’t sound like the billie, i think she was inspired but billie to change up her style a little bit. what bothers me is that people are saying that she is “copying” billie eilish and has no originality in music. her style is of course inspired by billie but her music is different. billie never wrote a song that sounds like guigo and although tears getting sober does sound somewhat similar to some of billie’s work it’s still her own lyrics and melody and ppl still enjoyed that so i dont get why they are being so… Read more »

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago

“Growing Up Is Getting Old” was my favourite among the bunch of songs proposed but I think it is a step back from last year. The result will depend largely on the performance; an intimistic and nostalgic performance may connect with the audience and evokes some chilhood memories. If Victoria is able to do that Bulgaria may be fighting for a top 10 place. If not, it may be boring and ends up flopping and falling out of the top 15. 7.25/10 Bulgaria makes it into my top 10. 2. Ireland (8.25) 3. France (8) 4. Lithuania (7.75) 5. Malta… Read more »

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
4 months ago

There’s so much good stuff in this song – Victoria’s mysteriously inviting voice, a tastefully portrayed theme of growth and self-discovery, moments of intense emotion and gentle reflection. The orchestral touch was a clever addition, though to me the ultimate climax lacks the necessary punch, being just on the threshold of grandeur. I’m also very fond of the lyrics (I love the quintessential “ocean of emotions” metaphor, and the final a cappella stanza is a brilliant riposte to the thematic conflict), but I wish the song could go on for a little longer so that it could paint the full… Read more »

Ellen
Ellen
4 months ago

Incredible artist. Victoria is a superstar whom musical universe deserves an international recognition. She’s my 4rth in my top 10.

Jesper Hjellnes
Jesper Hjellnes
4 months ago

I’ve seen it in so many Wiwi Jury articles, but if you have a different opinion than the majority, you’re likely to get down-vote after down-vote. Been reading some comments that are just fans explaining why they don’t like a song and they receive so many down-votes, even when the comment isn’t actually rude.

Jesper Hjellnes
Jesper Hjellnes
4 months ago

Guess I wasn’t wrong ?

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago

I love Victoria’s voice. It’s a warm blanket but at the same time it’s like she’s hiding something dark behind all the sweetness. The verses do a good job showcasing this quality and the overflow of feeling she describes is pretty relatable. I’m not a big fan of the chorus though. Neither as a conclusion for the lyrics or as a climax, playing the old “background track getting louder” card. But it’s super well produced and maybe the staging will help by pulling some emotional strings. 8/10

Janet
Janet
4 months ago

Fun fact: this song was one of the entries that she concidered to go with in 2020.

In a way, it lost to the song from last year and I can understand that, this isn’t catching the same feeling. I wish she would have chosen any other song from the six possible entries she was offering this year, since all of the others were more popular.

Viggz
Viggz
4 months ago

My winner of 2020 and 2021 is Bulgaria. I really love Guigo. The song, melody, the instrumental and her voice is so beauitful. The lyrics and the message are also strong. I hope Victoria and Bulgaria will do very well in Rotterdam and will wish her good luck!

Doris
Doris
4 months ago

Stealing the boring award from the Netherlands 2020.

Henry
Henry
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Netherlands 2020 entry was a great song Doris, you cannot compare it with this….

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago

22. Bulgaria – Victoria – Growing Up is Getting Old – 6.5/10 – Victoria is hampered by having to repeat such an emotional song as Tears Getting Sober and for me this effort does not reach the intense heights of last year. There is clever wordplay in the lyrical content but what felt raw and deep last year unfortunately feels more superficial for me this time. The dreamy production from last year now feels sleepy. I don’t really connect with the central message of growing up is getting old, there is not enough of an exploration or explanation of why… Read more »

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

I don’t agree with your interpretation but I appreciate, and upvoted, how politely and persuasively you argued your case against the song.

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I always try to tread that fine line between politeness and honesty, although I can see how sometimes whilst I succeed with the latter, I might miss on the former, so thanks for your kind comment, that was really nice of you! We can’t be wrong with our emotions, regardless of how many upvotes or downvotes we get, but it is still important to try to be respectful of others as emotions can be fragile sometimes. So excited for the actual contest now, how will all these songs actually perform in the competition itself? It is going to be fascinating… Read more »

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago

Off Topic The EuroJury who correctly predicted Duncan’s and Netta’s wins released the full results for this year edition. 1) Malta barely won thanks to the juries, it was first with juries and third with online voting 2) Switzerland is the runner-up, scoring less points than Malta with both jury and televoting 3) France placed 3rd with juries and lower with online voting, but jury points were given maonly to the odds top 3, so stayed in the top 3 4) Italy won the online voting, but had a very good jury score too, so it placed 4th 5) Iceland… Read more »

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Escfan
Escfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

That’s quite interesting. I would like to say though, in the last 5 esc’s Malta have suffered at the hands of the televote. In 2014 Malta reached the final but got a considerably lower televote score than their jury score. In 2015 they didn’t qualify because of the televote, jurors put them through. In 2016, they reached the final but did much better on the jury vote. In 2017 didn’t qualify because of the televote. In 2018, jurors put Malta 5th and televoters put her last. In 2019, same as 2016 and 2014 Obviously individual songs can get different results… Read more »

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Escfan

I believe that Malta will get a decent televote, as Je me casse is quite catchy and vibrant. I think that many people will be drawn by this 20s dance sound. I expect Malta’s televote to be comparably higher then any of their recent ones. Still, I don’t expect them to win the televote. They will likely win the juries or at least finish in their top two. However, I feel like the televote will place most or all of these ahead – France, Switzerland, Lithuania, Finland, Iceland, Italy, perhaps even San Marino. I’ll be proven right or wrong in… Read more »

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I agree with you here, but I would add Russia to the list of televoting top 10, possibly even Ukraine. I strongly believe San Marino may have a less strong televote score than what people expect. I believe Lithuania won’t be as high as people expect, but I don’t see The Roop getting out of top 10. Malta, France, Switzerland, Finland, Iceland and Italy are definitely going to be in top 10 with the public.

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Thanks for sharing, I thought 1) and 2) might be the other way around. I also thought Iceland would do better with online voting than jury, there you go. Surprised Belgium “bad with juries” (?).

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

I expected these results as I read some articles about the EuroJury voting and Malta was the country who got most top 10s with the juries, followed by Switzerland and France. Iceland situation was expectable, since last year it won EuroJury only thanks to the jury.
For Belgium, I really didn’t see that coming… it was like 29th with the juries, 12th or 13th among the songs in the semi final, but online voting put them 7th, giving them a low but respectable 23rd place overall. Same destiny Eugent had in 2018, I really see top 15 potential again here.

pooky1001
pooky1001
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Massive difference there with San Marino also. Jury only giving 29 points and online vote 202.

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  pooky1001

Yes, I see. San Marino was second with the online voting. Insane how countries with Italian as main language were in the online voting top 2 (Italy and San Marino)

pooky1001
pooky1001
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Yep. I was thinking Italy was doing well from people who prefer the standard bop or ballad from winning but then San Marino coming second with a bop i guess proves me wrong.

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  pooky1001

I expect it will be a similar story when the time comes

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Sorry to tell you, but EuroJury results were so crap. The only good thing is Italy finishing 1st in the online voting, even though I disagree with many placements

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

And if I ever take that second to leave my worries behind Maybe I could tread the waters of time Get out of my mind This song is stunning, both lyrically and melodically. The constant image of water that keeps appearing in the song (“ocean”, “flow”, “waters”) symbolizing the passing of time is spot on. The chorus sounds like a healing lullaby even though it is in contrast with the negative feelings that are presented (“aching” , “anxiety”, “growing old”, …), which I find very interesting. Victoria’s singing style is very contemporary (quite breathy and calming) and it fits the… Read more »

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Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago

well this is my absolute favorite this year. well-written, amazing melody, fantastic vocals… i love victoria so much and i confide in her to elevate the song to even higher levels through her performance. i’ll be voting for bulgaria from italy ! <3

Anhel
Anhel
4 months ago

And I’ll be voting for Italy from Bulgaria! 😀

Film
Film
4 months ago
Reply to  Anhel

Amen.

Whoareyou?
Whoareyou?
4 months ago

Really weak song, will do something like Bones as in placement.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago

Bulgaria 7/10

Maartijn
Maartijn
4 months ago

Tobias is not surprising us again 🙂

mark dowd
mark dowd
4 months ago

I cannot listen to this any more. It’s mournful and dispiriting.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago

Gold star.

Anhel
Anhel
4 months ago

It’s good, but not something I’d want to listen to over and over. Maybe that’s enough for the song to do well in the contest tho. At least I hope so since I’m Bulgarian, haha. The lyrics aren’t clichè (but I hate the pun), the instrumental is nice enough and the vocals I haven’t heard live but I’m assuming they’re good. It’s in my 12th place.

Matt
Matt
4 months ago

Let the downvotes begin when someone have a different opinion..

This song is the most boring thing I ever heard in Eurovision history so far and a total jawn moment for me.. I just simply doesn’t touch me at all as the others feel about it..

Where she delivers is her vocal ability, but for everything else is a “No” from me.. Maybe she will score with this one with the juries, but with televote she will struggle a lot..

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raylee
raylee
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt

this is not a different opinion , that is what most of people think , unfortunately

Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago

I don’t like the song, but it’s an unpopular opinion here, so I won’t be childish by just saying “it’s not my cup of tea”. Songs you like don’t have genres, my brain’s borders aren’t so closed. That’s why I gonna write something sort of review. It’s my first one, don’t be too mean, please. At first, I don’t like the fake mainstream vibe song brings. Speaking of Romania in previous article, I partially agreed with a person who called Roxen Billie Eilish’s copycat. But it was partially only. When we’re talking about Bulgaria this year, I not gonna use… Read more »

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

I stopped reading when you talked about Billie Eilish.

Jees, there is no legal agreement that indie pop (and a mix of other various pop styles) should be used only by Billie Eilish? Let’s be serious.

There is a huge number of songs. Many of them have huge similarities because many artists get inspired by someone else. But this doesn’t mean that they copy that artist. If none was going to get inspired by other artists, music would have stopped existing.

That’s why we should not judge the other songs in comparsion to other similar

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Instead of Billie Eilish, I am going to compare her to Agnes Obel.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Agnes Obel, what a great name – sounds like an upmarket designer furniture line, made by rustic Bavarian lesbians.

Agnes Obel – die besten Möbel

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Very witzig!

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

That’s just a sideline to fund her music career, there’s no money in streaming.

Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I wouldn’t agree. Agnes sounds less pop and more indie.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Ghostly chamber pop, or lush melancholy – that’s how I’ve seen Agnes Obel described, and is a description I would agree with.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

This is a compliment.

Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

For me, there is big difference between inspiration and imitation. I can say that , for example, Nine Inch Nails is inspired by Throbbing gristle, David Bowie, Cabaret Voltaire and , maybe, Soft Cell. Do you see how much artists I can name? That’s because the personal style of NIN exists. What artists did inspire Victoria? Billie Eilish and perhaps (for me, a big perhaps) Agnes Obel. Can you name somebody else? That’s because her style isn’t her at all.

Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Well, I was ready for it. Also, I’m opened for discussion and not afraid of having my opinion. I’m afraid of having herd instinct, that sounds worse.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Herd instinct IS worse!

Trina
Trina
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

This is an excellent attitude. Always happy to see this in the chat.

Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Yeah, that’s the whole point. Look at Lana Del Rey lyrics, for example. They might be simple but they’re finished, they’re telling one story. Bulgaria tells… Just don’t know what exactly she’s trying to say. The lyrics look random and unmemorable.

Sot
Sot
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

I’ve personally talked about this, not liking a song because it’s not your cup of tea does not necessarily mean you are not open to diverse entries and songs of the same style, just better

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Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Well, you mentioned “just better”. I want it to be better, I can’t find it.

Sot
Sot
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Let’s start off with simple questions: Did you like Imerika? If so, we found a “better” song of that genre… At least it’s somewhat the same style, too bad she didn’t even get the golden ticket

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

nobody:
eurofans: ‘aNyBoDy wHo dOeS dArK pOp iS a biLLiE cOpYcAt’

Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Too much similar with BE dark-pop isn’t just dark-pop, doesn’t it? And I, the person who wrote it, listened to this genre when BE was in school. I listened Lana, Amy,Charlie: they aren’t the same. Bulgaria is the same. And I really hate this stupid so-called humour way to discredit somebody’s point of view. Do you have arguments, for example? Or I’m wanting too much?

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

im sorry but if you use the same tired argument about Victoria’s music that we have heard since she was selected in 2020 then frankly you don’t deserve a proper argument. also, you aren’t the only one who listens to dark pop, and the fact that you do doesn’t make you quirky. sorry to break it to you

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Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

I use an argument , it’s still isn’t rejected with facts.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

girl come back when u wanna make sense

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Or like Male well produced ballds are Duncan copycates

Or like Female Empowerment quirky acts are Wannabe Netta

Nobody invented those musical styles

Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Ballades don’t sound the same, if they’re good. Female improvement songs are different. Malta is, Manizha’s not. Every musical style was invented by somebody. You just don’t know their names, cuz’ it’s a past.

Sot
Sot
4 months ago

Wiwi Juries’ current TOP 38 France (8.73) ~ My 6th Malta (8.39) ~ My 22nd San Marino (8.2) ~ My 1st Lithuania (7.89) ~ My 5th Italy (7.7) ~ My 2nd (=) Ireland (7.7) ~ My 20th Cyprus (7.45) ~ My 17th Iceland (7.39) ~ My 8th Finland (7.34) ~ My 11th Ukraine (7.32) ~ My 7th Russia (7.18) ~ My 13th Sweden (7.14) ~ My 31st Bulgaria (7.09) ~ My 16th Romania (6.95) ~ My 23rd Moldova (6.93) ~ My 9th The Netherlands (6.86) ~ My 33rd Australia (6.84) ~ My 19th Greece (6.82) ~ My 4th (=) United… Read more »

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Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Thank you for your effort, it would be insane if Gjon actually overcame Barbara with an average score above 8.73. I predict Barbara will be the winner in the end, with Gjon probably coming second, third or fourth, I expect him to be quite close to Destiny and Senhit.

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Idksmth
Idksmth
4 months ago

I really love this and I don’t get the hate because it was chosen over the BIG fan favorites – Imaginary Friend and Ugly Cry. I think this is really sensitive, intimate and it feels like a moment. At first I thought it was boring but I’ve grown to love it and that is the part that worries me because I fear the same might happen with Europe. It’ll qualify no doubt but when it comes to the final result in the final – I think it may get a worse result than expected around 15th I’d say. I hope… Read more »

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notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago

As for Victoria’s song. Last year she had my favourite song of the year and she could be in my top 5 at least if she had chosen ”Ugly Cry”, the song of her I fell in love this year. However, ”Growing up is getting old” is a very beautiful and calm song. It doesn’t have winner vibes, in comparsion to last year, but she can do well. The juries will totally respect that song, but I have no clue about the televoters and that makes me afraid, because she fully deserves to be in the top 10 I give… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by notyourtoy
Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago

I thought you were joking, but it’s true: six versions of “Amen” one more unexpected than the next, and one of “Voda”. Why are you being downvoted for this? It’s hilarious.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I know, I did mean no disrespect. 🙂 I have her among my personal qualifiers as well.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago

Off-topic, but Sweden has fallen in the 10th place in the odds, while Romania rises to 12th. This is interesting

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Check the odds tomorrow, none of this is important now.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jamie
notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

That’s right, but for an odd change in that big scale I have to prepare myself for sudden changes in the odds all over the ranking

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Do you believe that there is nq chance for Sweden? If it wasn’t Tusse representing Sweden I wouldn’t mind. But I’m afraid that if he stays in the semis that his career will be gone, almost like what happenned to Anna Bergendahl

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

I think there may be one high profile NQ and Sweden could be on that list. However…..

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

I believe that the juries will not let down Sweden so easily, so I have a fear that possible shock nq are:

1) Belgium
2) Ireland
3) Azerbaijan
4) Romania
5) Ukraine
6) Norway

Things right now are no clear so I’ll wait for 1 day to see some rehearsals to have a safer opinion. Because based on studio versions, from these 6, I see Norway, Belgium and one from the other 4 (the one that will be robbed by ”televoters” to stay in the semi)

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

I don’t think Azerbaijan should qualify anyway. The ‘lyrics’ are either utterly meaningless and trite or the constant reptiton of one word and the music sampling is like they’ve picked Oriental Sounds 3 on a Western European keyboard made in the 90s.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I hope they don’t reach the finals actually, but they have many allies right there

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

The silly lyrics aside – juries are for those too, aren’t they? – most people watching will not understand them anyway. *But* everyone watching will see the choreo. I watched the music first on Azerbaijan today and I assume they will keep the choreo from the video. It seems so OTT i(Vuu LL Gar) in that 1-2-e-3-4 line-up that I just can’t. I hope they’ll have something “tasteful” if that characteristic could apply to this entry.

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

I think Ireland might be the most shaky one of those six. And Norway may do better with Televote than jury. Nothing will surprise me in this semi, all I can be sure-ish about is that N Macedonia AND Slovenia will not both qualify, either one or neither. Shame, they are the two contestants I would most like to have dinner with!

Kas
Kas
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Except Romania these are not shocked NQ…are less or more possible. Sleep well and not have such fears…

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Yes, Anna basically didn’t deserve nq and Tusse doesn’t either, but in a semifinal of death anything can happen. I still believe that it’s unfair Charlotte Perelli reached the finals because of a wild card, while she finished 12th, leaving in the semis 2 countries that deserved it more. If back then Charlotte stayed in the semis, there wouldn’t be that fuss about Anna and as a result Swedes would be more mature in watching their country staying in the semis, just like what happenned with Greece, Romania and Armenia (their fanbase right now is not as overhyped as it… Read more »

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Yes and no. “Lose Control” was my favourite entry in 2009, not only did it finish last I also had to come to terms with fact it was only in final due to “wild card”. Oops!

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

“as a result Swedes would be more mature in watching their country staying in the semis”: I don’t know if I am reading this right but I think that the 2008 qualification and the 2010 NQ has actually made Sweden increase their dominance in Eurovision.

zelenovi
zelenovi
4 months ago

Beautiful review by Natalie. Sending hugs to you girl. x

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago

Whilst I found “Tears getting sober” sonically slightly prissy, I think “Growing up is getting old” is really fantastic, for me personally one of the biggest growers compared to last year. This song is very cleverly arranged, starts with a little strings which then turn into a plucking rythm accompanied by the ticking of the clock. After that a little synth flourish comes in, the only synth sound I can detect in the whole arrangement, and it really drives the first verse forward. With the chorus, the song halts and returns to the chamber sound with some added vocal harmonies… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Most likely it will be between Manizha, Victoria, Roxen, Go_A and your two personal favourites Benny Cristo and Montaigne.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

First step is getting them all to the final. And then I’ll see what I can do. 🙂 Who knows, perhaps another favourite will surprisingly pop up.

jack
jack
4 months ago

My favourite to win, two years in a row for Bulgaria, I really like Victoria’s style, so glad that others gave it a 10.

Steven
Steven
4 months ago

Last year she was my favourite but this year is around 20. It’s nice at the beginning but with time is getting bored. It’s hard to predict the result for GUIGO we will see at the big night

Kristian
Kristian
4 months ago

The parts you love are the parts I find most jarring lyrically.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago

This is beautiful, and it’s my 4th favourite. It might be too good for Eurovision, haha. If you follow the bass line, it is almost a passacaglia if you ignore the variants in the Verse endings. The emotion is driven by the simplicity of the wavy melody juxtaposed against that descending bass line and some gorgeous clashing harmonies. The icing on the cake is Victoria’s sweet voice, pitched just a little under the notes so as to sound suitably depressed and not too awake. But I would be surprised if this won, as ultimately it is very slow.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
4 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Ha, I know exactly what you mean—it’s a stylish and highly polished entry, very carefully crafted, but staging it for a Eurovision performance and a televoting audience will be the key to its success on the night. As it stands, it’s 3rd favourite for me. Great review Purple 🙂

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

It was a slight embellishment. 😛

Kristian
Kristian
4 months ago

This has totally gone let’s please the jury mode. This was not in my Top half of Victoria’s song choices. She is a good vocalist and she will do well with juries . The song was chosen keeping staging potential in mind. We will have to see if they infact managed to create an intriguing moment cause the studio track is a bit lacking in terms of immediately. I’ve already mentioned non-musical jarring words like “tetris , anxiety, nervous system” which turn me off. Also the bad PR stunt they played of having already made the choice yet asking for… Read more »

Jessie
Jessie
4 months ago

Too low score. This song deserves more than 7.09 top 10 no doubt.

Stan
Stan
4 months ago

Underrated! ”Growing Up Is Getting Old” is meaningful song with beatiful music. VICTORIA is amazing singer. Her live performance is just WOW! 10/10
I can’t wait to see her on the big stage! She is my winner and I’ll vote for her! Good luck girl!

Darren
4 months ago

Don’t understand the hate that this gets. Victoria is a beautiful stunning performer. It takes a lot, and I mean a lot to make me feel things lol (I’ve honestly been called cold before). But when I heard Growing Up Is Getting Old, heard those words and saw that video that basically summed up everyone’s vibe of the last year, I honestly felt my eyes well up. It’s such a beautiful stroke of genius and the composition is honestly beautiful. Close your eyes, listen to the song and imagine it being performed with a large orchestra and choir. It’s mesmerising.… Read more »

Aeria
Aeria
4 months ago

At first I was absolutely not a fan. Probably a part of me was quite sour about Imaginary Friend being superior. But recently, I’ve been thinking, how much this can elevate with good staging. Knowing that Bulgaria in 2016, 2017 and 2018 had done quite nicely with staging, there is good hope for this. I hope this will keep growing on me because I do want to love as many songs as I can

impressiveinstants
impressiveinstants
4 months ago

Stunning. I don’t get the hate.

Escfan
Escfan
4 months ago

Growing up is getting old score 9/10 Wow this song honestly, I wasn’t expecting it. When I heard the songs in the national selection, this was one I didn’t pay a lot of attention to. I didn’t think it was bad, but I thought there were better songs in her ep that could’ve gone to esc. However, when that revamp/music video came out, my opinion changed on the song. I found it very nostalgic, emotional and gentle to listen to. For me personally speaking, the moment where Victoria goes into the starry area and hugs the little girl brought tears… Read more »

Escfan
Escfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Escfan

You can disagree with me, that’s completely fine, but down voting because you’re salty that someone has a different opinion to you and not commenting is honestly just childish.

ali
ali
4 months ago
Reply to  Escfan

fr people down voting just cos someone says they like the song….. it’s weird

ali
ali
4 months ago

this deserves higher. the song is so beautiful and feels so warm not to mention the amazing buildup. i really feel like if they stage this right and that part at the end of the song has a MOMENT on stage this has a chance of winning the whole contest

one thing i’m scared of though it that it takes a while to reach that climax. i just hope people at home don’t view this as boring

Last edited 4 months ago by ali
ali
ali
4 months ago
Reply to  ali

y’all childish for downvoting everyone who you don’t agree with. it seems bitter and it’s not a good look. scroll along. wiwibloggs youtube comments are a much nicer place

Last edited 4 months ago by ali
Kristian
Kristian
4 months ago
Reply to  ali

That’s the whole point of the downvote

People choosing to get salty about the downvotes is childish in fact

Escfan
Escfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Kristian

Well if someone expresses an opinion and then someone doesn’t agree with it, I would understand down voting and expressing your opinion.

However, down voting because you’re salty over someone’s opinion and not bothering to actually comment, yes, that is childish.

As I mentioned before, disagree with me if you want, idm but down voting for the sake of it and not offering an explanation, like we could have an insightful discussion and discuss pros and cons.

Emily
Emily
4 months ago

26) Bulgaria –

Don’t get me wrong I love Victoria, but this song really doesn’t do much for me. I can’t tell you any of the words up until the climax, which is very slow to get to. I enjoyed the theatric/cinematic feel of Tears Getting Sober, and this one doesn’t leave as much as an impact on me. I think during the selection period there were much better choices which would’ve been higher in my ranking if chosen, so 26th is as high as I’ll go with this song. 6/10

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Ana Banana
Ana Banana
4 months ago

But in this case it actually means “Growing up is getting boring” or “Growing up is getting exhausting” and not that you are literally getting older, so you can’t really compare it with your examples.

Kristian
Kristian
4 months ago
Reply to  Ana Banana

I may have found your Top 10 somewhere Ana .

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago

I haven’t been writing reviews lately due to a lot of work I have at uni but I will take my time to write a review on this one and update my rankings. Bulgaria is honestly one of the best countries at esc and I don’t care that they use foreign song-writers at least they know how to make great music and if you plan to use foreign talent do it as Bulgaria does and not in a France 2020-, Spain 2020-, Germany 2019 – way. This is my number 1. this year. It’s modern, it’s timeless, it’s well-produced, it’s… Read more »

Garbo
Garbo
4 months ago

Whiny and depressive 3/10

Fan eurovision
Fan eurovision
4 months ago

Tobias 4.5 what what ????

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 months ago

And here we have the Billie Eillish wanna be. Down vote me as much as you want, but how much more boring can a song be…

Henry
Henry
4 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Totally agree with you Stephanie! Toilet-break for sure..

Matt
Matt
4 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Here here too..

Sanne
Sanne
4 months ago

3,5 or 4, WHAT???????? Music UNprofessionals these persons….

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago

Not surprising. The song is not calculated and soulles enough 😉