Okay, so we've all heard this before. They sound more or less exactly like any other band of this early-days-of-Green-Day-genre. HOWEVER, in this connection it feels new and exciting and it's nice to see that everyone didn't just send copies of Lordi but tried other kinds of rock.
It's really catchy and the lyrics are worth both a second and third listen.Albania
- Frederik Ndoci
It took me a couple of listens to get into it, which is an obvious disadvantage, but it's not bad. A little boring and repetitive, it sure doesn't stand out from the rest but apart from that, I don't really have anything bad to say about it. The female voice reminds me of the soundtracks to Gladiator
and Mists of Avalon
, which is always a good thing.Armenia
I absolutely love the music but the lyrics are kinda boring. I do however love when he sings in his own language and the ending is great, when he goes back to English and the drums and everything. If he'd sung it all in his own language, it would've been a definite top 10.Austria
- Eric Papilaya
I adored this song the first time I heard it but it seems I like it less for each time I listen to it. If he puts on a nice show, he'll probably be able to pull it off though 'cause the song's not bad.Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Marija Šestić
I really like the instrumental part but that's about it. Kinda pointless song that you forget as soon as you turn it off.Belgium
- The KMG's
As much as I like it, it's a bit too
much. It's very catchy and it makes you smile but it's so happy it gets annoying. The chorus is very simple though and that's good because it's a song everyone can sing along to. It'll definitely go straight to the final and it'll probably end up in the top 10 but I doubt it's going to win.Bulgaria
- Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov
I don't know whether to hate it or love it. This is the kind of music I find myself listening to at 4am in the morning when I have nothing better to do. It sounds like a mix of Ruslana's Wild Dances and one of t.A.T.u.'s worst songs.
Wtf's up with the male voice though? It ruins the ending.Belarus
This one really get's stuck in your head. I completely love this song. I like the overall sound and the lyrics are very catchy.. it is however a little slow in the start and I wish his English pronunciation would've been slightly better at times. But it's definitely one of my favorites.Switzerland
- DJ Bobo
This is what they're going to play on the radio the rest of the year. Sure, it's catchy but it's nothing we haven't heard before - it sounds like a million other songs. I think it'll do well and I guess that's allright. It's not bad.Cyprus
This sounds exactly like it's taken off Thierry Amiel's latest album. Her voice is far from Thierry's though, which makes this a fairly harmless song. I like it though. It's in French, so of course I like it. It’s different enough to stand out but too monotonous to win.Czech Republic
Surprisingly few have tried to copy Lordi’s style but this is one of them. It’s not awful but it’s not very good either. If they had a better singer, it could’ve worked. Maybe. If it had been in English, too.Germany
– Roger Cicero
If Sweden doesn’t win, this should. I’m definitely voting for it. A part of me wish he’d sung it in English - I’m afraid a lot of people won’t be willing to give it a fair chance now - but this guy can actually pull it off. His voice is amazing. Denmark
This sounds like a bad copy of After Dark’s La Dolce Vita
from 2004. It’s a very traditional-sounding song – catchy but generic. They’ll make it to the final if they put on one hell of a show because it’s not enough that the signer is a drag queen. We need something more exciting than that.
I do however have to give them credit for the ending – it’s superb! This is the way a song in the Eurovision should end, folks!Estonia
– Gerli Padar
Just the fact that they’re trying to make rain rhyme with champagne says it all for me. This is one of the least creative songs this year. I don’t like her voice and she isn’t very charismatic. She makes the song even less sexy than it actually is.Spain
Okay, so the whole boyband-thing is
too 90s, but it actually works with this song. It’s extremely catchy (as Thomas G:sons songs generally are) and it’s basically what I’ve been humming all week long.
I think a lot of people will be put off by their pretty faces, simply because they’re such a long way from Lordi’s.. not so pretty faces... so I doubt it’ll do very well. But hey, Spain’s in the Big Four so it doesn’t really matter.Finland
– Hanna Pakarinen
As much as I like Hanna and enjoy her voice, this song is the worst thing I’ve heard in ages. It’s fairly catchy allright, but the lyrics are just.. GAH! Too bad for words.
Oh well, she’s very pretty so she’ll probably get some votes anyhow.France
– Les Fatals Picards
If people get why this is funny, I think it’ll do well. I really hope so because it’s the best entry France has had since 2004 (Jonatan Cerrada!) and the first entry in ages that isn’t a ballad. It gets a little annoying if you listen to it too much but it’s still lovely. The only thing I have against it is that it fades out in the end. I hate when songs end like that.Georgia
The intro is really cool - I like the strings and everything but it doesn’t really get anywhere from there. The slow part is really off. Her voice hurts my ears a little and it’s quite monotonous.United Kingdom
I just don’t get why UK is responsible for the worst entry, year after year! England, a country that has given us some of the best bands of all time appears to be incapable of writing a decent song for the ESC. This year’s entry doesn’t even deserve to be called a song. (Which is why I find it hilarious that the Swedish singer Pandora wants them to be disqualified because she claims they’ve stolen the song from her. If I had written that.. thing
.. I sure as hell wouldn’t admit it in public.)
But, sure, “would you like something to suck on for landing, sir?” is pretty funny.Greece
This sounds pretty much like every other entry Greece has had the past 10 years. Having that said, Greece’s songs are generally good and this is no exception. It has one of the catchiest tunes this year. I like when you’re able to hear where the song’s from.Croatia
– Dragonfly feat. Dado Topić
I love the music (hello Santana!) but I think the Eurovision’s the wrong place for it. Sorry. It’s a shame because the music really is terrific. I don’t care much for the female voice though.Hungary
– Magdi Rúzsa
Honey, you’re not Norah Jones. She would probably been able to be pull it off. Anyone with a decent English probably would. But this just doesn’t work, except in the sentence “why did you leave me?”. It is however new and fresh and completely different, which I like.Ireland
If you were to close your eyes and imagine an Irish song, this is pretty much what it would sound like. Not very original but somehow that always seems to work for Ireland. It’s very sweet and harmless – I can’t really see how anyone could dislike it.Israel
The first time I heard this song, I hated it so much. Now, after several listens, I can see why it won in Israel. I still don’t understand what all the fuss was about, though.
But I’m afraid that no-one’s ever won the Eurovision simply thanks to ‘controversial’ lyrics. This isn’t going to either.Iceland
– Eirikur Hauksson
Eirikur has one of the best voices in this year’s contest but not even he is able to make anything out of the shitty lyrics - because shitty are what they are. Especially the part about rock ‘n’ roll saving your soul. Bleh. Boring boring.Lithuania
Each time I listen to it, I think that ‘hey, this isn’t too bad’ but as soon as I turn the music off, I’ve forgotten how the song goes. It’s kinda boring and it hasn’t got an obvious chorus, which makes it a little hard to sing along.
I saw a clip from the Lithuanian pre-contest and if I remember correctly she sung very off key.Latvia
Someone said that “to be in a boyband, you should either look good or be able to sing – these guys don’t meet any of those requirements”. That pretty much says it all. But the song itself is sweet enough, so I think it’ll make it to the final. The only good part of it is the last note.Moldova
– Natalia Barbu
The thing I like about Moldova is that since they became part of the competition, all their entries have been completely different – from the RHCP-like Boonika Bate Doba
to last year’s catchy Loca
. This song is nowhere near those two but it’s not bad and it gets better with each time I hear it. I’m not a big fan of her voice but I watched the video and there is something in her eyes that make you believe what she’s singing, so maybe it will work anyway.Montenegro
– Stevan Faddy
This song is strangely catchy. I think it’s really good to be their first entry ever. Nice, traditional rock song.FYR Macedonia
No matter how many times I listen to this song, I just can’t seem to get into it. I like the lyrics - or at least the translated ones that I read – and her voice is nice but the song itself simply doesn’t give me anything. Malta
– Olivia Lewis
Great song but it doesn’t stand out from the rest. Yet, I can’t find anything in particular about it that I don’t like... except for the video. That has got to be the most unflattering thing I have ever seen.
If the performance is good, it could go far.The Netherlands
– Edsilia Rombley
Boring, boring, boring. And her performance in the Dutch pre-contest was even more boring than the actual song. Next one!Norway
– Guri Schanke
I find it hilarious how the guy who wrote this song – Thomas G:son - wrote another one just like it for the Swedish contest (Samba Sambero
) and both the songs were/are sung by women who have been in the show Strictly come dancing/Let’s Dance
Just as Denmark’s entry, this is very catchy and very traditional. Denmark does have an advantage though because their song isn’t sung by a 45 year old woman who still think she’s in her 20s.Poland
– The Jet Set
Poland goes MTV! I’m sure this is fresh and exciting in Poland but dude, this is yesterday’s news in the rest of the world. Not a bad song though, it’s catchy enough. The girl’s voice reminds me of someone else’s but I can’t say who.Portugal
No wonder Portugal’s never won when they keep sending songs like this one. The fact that this is one of their best in a long time pretty much says it all. She’s very pretty but that isn’t going to work in the long run.Romania
Another song that I don’t think anyone will be able to dislike. I really like it, it’s easy to sing and it really gets stuck in your head. Not as good as last year’s entry but damn close!Serbia
– Marija Šerifović
The most beautiful song this year. But her performance.. well she wasn’t bad but everything around her, including the clothes she was wearing, were HIDEOUS. If they’ve changed all of that, this might just win, because it’s a gorgeous song. And this type of song generally does well – just look at last year’s Lejla
from Bosnia & Herzegovina!Russia
I just don’t get what all the fuss is about. Everyone keeps claiming that this is the best song ever but I just don’t see it! Mom says it’s because it’s three hot girls from Russia.. but hey, if that’s all that counts, shouldn’t t.A.T.u. have won? Their song was far better than this anyway.Sweden
– The Ark
As much as I adore The Ark (they’ve been my favorite band for over seven years), I have to admit – this isn’t exactly their best song. Even the lead singer, Ola Salo, has said that he thinks the chorus is too weak for this competition.
Having all of that said, this is a brilliant song and I love it to death. Having seen The Ark over 10 times, I know for sure that their performance will be superb, so I pray that will tip the scales.Slovenia
– Alenka Gotar
Officially the worst song this year. It makes Scooch’s entry sound decent.
Wake up, you’re not Tarja Turunen. And you never will be, ‘cause she can actually sing.Turkey
– Kenan Doğulu
He’s no Justin Timberlake (though he seems to think so himself) but he’s probably as close at it gets in this competition. A modern, catchy pop-song that could be seen on MTV any day. This is the way it should be done, Poland!Ukraine
– Verka Serduchka
This is disturbing... a not entirely bad kind of disturbing. I can understand why people like this but I haven’t quite made up my mind, myself. I sure hope it doesn’t win though, that would be embarrassing.
All in all, it’s a pretty good year. Nice to see some new genres in the competition! Not too many that are downright awful, and that’s good.My favorites, in order: