Pre-Contest Vote 2014: Russia

Well hello there! Welcome to the seventh summary article in ESC Views’ Pre-Contest Vote 2014! If you haven’t heard about it and how this entire system will work, feel free to click this fabulous link to take you to the ‘Launch Page’ of the competition. As we manage to compile more and more of these articles, they will be added to the Launch Page, so you can freely hop between all competing 37 entries! Right, shall we get onto yet another country?

 

Russia's next to be ESC Views-ified..if that's such a thing!
Russia’s next to be ESC Views-ified..if that’s such a thing!

This is how we’re running this series of articles in which we’re going to cover all 37 entries for this year:

  • We’re going to take on these articles in the running order for 2014 (Armenia is first, Latvia is second etc). We’ll do two articles a day.
  • We’ll refer back to the Song Presentation or NF Review of the song. We’ll provide you with the video so you can have a listen (if you haven’t managed to listen to it yet…which is highly unlikely!)
  • We’ll also give you a few words from both of us while giving the song a score out of 12.
  • Finally, there’ll be a poll below for you guys to vote and give us your points on the song!

Got it? 🙂

Sorry for not posting any introduction articles yesterday – we were both very busy! But today, we’re gonna make up for the lack of introduction articles by providing you with no more than four introduction articles! First up is Russia, who will be represented by the Tolmachevy Twins, who won the Junior Eurovision in 2006. The twins will sing their song “Shine” in Copenhagen and because it was the last song that was released, we were actually unable to do an article about the song in the midst of all the Conchita-ness.. *awwwwkward*, so today, we’ll give you a more detailed comment about what we think of “Shine”. If you haven’t heard it yet, have a listen below!

Our opinions:

Rory – Okay, I know they won Junior Eurovision and such, but this…sorry girls, I’m just not liking this! What happened to the days of “Vesenniy Jazz”, because when I listened to that, it made me feel all happy and fun, but this…this is just pretty mediocre for me. Sure, they sing it well, but the song’s just not my cup of tea. And that video…not to hate on the Russians, but will you please make a better video? Spasibo! Score: 2 points out of 12.

James –  I’ve only listened to this one twice, and I genuinely can’t remember anything about it. Were this any other country, it would flop, but as it’s Russia, I’m bracing myself for it to achieve a disproportionately successful result.  Score: 2 points of 12.

So now that you know what we think of the Russian song, what do you think of it? Tell us by voting in the poll!

Did you vote? Well by the end of this series, we’ll know how many of you fans love/like/hate Russia’s song! However, stay tuned to ESC Views today, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Belgium are to follow!

If you’d like to share your opinions on Russia’s song, please feel free to comment below or vote in the poll!

Pre-Contest Vote 2014: Albania

Welcome along to the latest summary article in ESC Views’ Pre-Contest Vote 2014! If you haven’t heard about it and how this entire system will work, feel free to click this fabulous link to take you to the ‘Launch Page’ of the competition. As we manage to compile more and more of these articles, they will be added to the Launch Page, so you can freely hop between all competing 37 entries! Right, shall we get onto the next country?

Albania is the next country in our series
Albania is the next country in our series

This is how we’re running this series of articles in which we’re going to cover all 37 entries for this year:

  • We’re going to take on these articles in the running order for 2014 (Armenia is first, Latvia is second etc). We’ll do two articles a day.
  • We’ll refer back to the Song Presentation or NF Review of the song. We’ll provide you with the video so you can have a listen (if you haven’t managed to listen to it yet…which is highly unlikely!)
  • We’ll also give you a few words from both of us while giving the song a score out of 12.
  • Finally, there’ll be a poll below for you guys to vote and give us your points on the song!

Got it? 🙂

Back on the launch page, you can find links to the five countries we’ve done so far, but right now, it’s time for us to take a whistle stop tour of Albania. As always, RTSH selected their Eurovision entrant through the long-standing national institution that is Festivali I Këngës. In what was an extremely interesting show, it was Hersi Matmuja who emerged victorious, with her dramatic ballad “Zemerimi I Nje Nate” – which has since been updated and translated into English for the contest as “One Night’s Anger”.

Our opinions:

Rory – I was a little saddened that the big rock bit got scrapped at the start, but I actually really like ‘One Night’s Anger’… and please people: stop with the hate, Hersi’s still a good singer!! Score: 8 points out of 12.

James – Hersi’s Shakira-esque voice is PERFECTLY suited to this song, and the melody is truly stunning. I love it from start to finish; another masterpiece from Albania. Score: 10 points out of 12.

So now that you know what we think of the Albanian song, what do you think of it? Tell us by voting in the poll!

 

Did you vote? Well by the end of this series, we’ll know how many of you fans love/like/hate Albania’s song! In the meantime, though, stay tuned to ESC Views, for tomorrow we will be moving on to Russia and Azerbaijan!

If you’d like to share your opinions on Albania’s song, please feel free to comment below or vote in the poll!

Pre-Contest Vote 2014: Iceland

Well hello there! Welcome to another article in ESC Views’ Pre-Contest Vote 2014! If you haven’t heard about it and how this entire system will work, feel free to click this fabulous link to take you to the ‘Launch Page’ of the competition. As we manage to compile more and more of these articles, they will be added to the Launch Page, so you can freely hop between all competing 37 entries! Right, shall we get onto yet another country?

Iceland's flag in our little logo..how cute!
Iceland’s flag in our little logo..how cute!

This is how we’re running this series of articles in which we’re going to cover all 37 entries for this year:

  • We’re going to take on these articles in the running order for 2014 (Armenia is first, Latvia is second etc). We’ll do two articles a day.
  • We’ll refer back to the Song Presentation or NF Review of the song. We’ll provide you with the video so you can have a listen (if you haven’t managed to listen to it yet…which is highly unlikely!)
  • We’ll also give you a few words from both of us while giving the song a score out of 12.
  • Finally, there’ll be a poll below for you guys to vote and give us your points on the song!

Got it? 🙂

Next up in our Pre-Contest run through is Iceland, who will send the band Pollapönk who will sing their song “No Prejudice” in Copenhagen! Originally when Söngvakeppni was on, the band were performing the song under the Icelandic title of “Enga Fórdoma”, which we reviewed when they controversially won. When it comes to the Contest, Pollapönk will sing the song in English..If you haven’t seen the video for “No Prejudice”, have a look below!

Our opinions:

Rory – I absolutely despised Iceland when they picked ‘No Prejudice’, as Ásdís was way better than Pollapönk. However, ever since they were picked, I’ve been constantly singing it without realising it..what I’m saying is that we actually may be looking at a qualifier here! Score: 4 points out of 12.

James – Not really a fan of this one at all. The b-b-b-b-b bit is incredibly irritating… although I do think the decision to switch to English has actually been a good one for once here.  Score: 2 points of 12.

So now that you know what we think of the Iceland song, what do you think of it? Tell us by voting in the poll!

Did you vote? Well by the end of this series, we’ll know how many of you fans love/like/hate “No Prejudice”! While you’re waiting for the results, stay tuned to ESC Views tonight, as James will be taking on Albania!

If you’d like to share your opinions on Iceland’s song, please feel free to comment below or vote in the poll!