Pre-Contest Vote 2014: San Marino

Well hello there! Welcome to the twelfth 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 another country?

San Marino's next into the race - how many points would you give them?
San Marino’s next into the race – how many points would you give them?

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 vote is the smallest country taking part in the competition this year – San Marino. After two previous attempts, one of which coming extremely close to a qualification, San Marino is once again sending Valentina Monetta – or as we like to call her, ValMon – to Eurovision. Another Ralph Siegel composition, James did a review of her Eurovision song ‘Maybe’ when it was released. MAYBE it’s third time lucky with San Marino and our beloved ValMon? Oh yeah, we went there… If you haven’t heard “Maybe as of yet, have a listen below!

Our opinions:

Rory – Okay, “Maybe” is sorta middle-of the-road for me, but I think it’s seriously underrated. She is an amazing singer and such and the song is actually not that bad after you hear it a few times, but I don’t know if qualification is guaranteed…let’s hope they actually get a qualification soon! And Vale, if you’re reading this, your hair is absolutely fantabulous in the video! Score: 6 points out of 12.

James – Valentina… well. She’s a lovely lady, and a formidable vocalist… she’s just been given yet another horrendous song for ESC. “Maybe” is her worst effort yet – I would love San Marino to qualify but they don’t deserve it with this song unfortunately.  Score: 1 point of 12.

So now that you know what we think of the Sammarinese 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 San Marino’s song! However, stay tuned to ESC Views as tomorrow we’ll take on Portugal and the Netherlands!

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

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Pre-Contest Vote 2014: Moldova

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?

Moldova is the next country in our contest!
Moldova is the next country in our contest!

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 ten countries we’ve done so far, but right now, it’s time for Moldova! The selection show “O Melodie Pentru Europa” was again used to pick the song this year, and after fighting off remarkably strong competition from finalists Doinita Gherman, Curly and Tatiana Heghea, it was Cristina Scarlat who emerged victorious with her dubstep-infused ballad “Wild Soul”. A hell of a lot of drama in this one. Oh, and a robot costume. Well… half of one anyway. As you do.

Our opinions:

Rory – I still believe that Curly should have won in Moldova, but with this…I’m still happy! It’ll be interesting to see how her Genghis Khan-esque dancers will be thrown around! Score: 6 points out of 12.

James – “Wild Soul” is the one song this year that I really fail to have any kind of opinion on, to be honest. There are vague positives, but the overall effect of listening to it is that it’s one hell of a forgettable piece of music. Mercy, I have no feelings of mercy. But no strong dislike really either. Score: 4 points out of 12.

So now that you know what we think of the Moldovan 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 Moldova’s song! In the meantime, though, stay tuned to ESC Views, as Rory shall be posting San Marino’s article imminently!

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