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ESC Pulse Podcast: ESC 2017 Review – Semi 2 (part 2)

The fourth of five shows reviewing the songs competing in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. This week, we have Ann Squires of ESC Armchair joining us as our fourth special guest judge as we look at the songs in the second half of Semi-final 2.

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ESC Pulse Podcast: National Finals 2017 – The Wrap-Up

After a week-long absence, the team are back alongside special guest Elliot from The Euro Trip to discuss the final two weeks of the national final season, and take a look back at some of the best national final songs that will not be in Kyiv this year.

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ESC Pulse Article: ESC 2016 Semi 1 Predictions

Hej! The jury rehearsal for the first semi-final has come and gone, Kylie was there to witness it while Nicolas and Sara had to rely on videos and blogs from home. Will that show a difference in opinions and predictions between the three of us? Let’s find out as we give a simple yes/no answer over whether each of the songs will qualify or not…

Kylie: First of all, I have to say that the production of this year’s show is so well produced, amazing graphics, I’m very impressed! I already can’t wait to see the other two shows now!

Nicolas: Our loyal listeners out there know that Sara and I have already made very detailed predictions, but following the jury rehearsal made me change one qualifier. In general though, wow (NOT secret advertising for Malta… although they did offer), what an amazing show it will be!

Sara: It all seems pretty good. Just a pity that so many countries almost screwed up their chances with bad staging decisions. But, as you might know, I always stick by my trusty statistics to predict the qualifiers! So I’ll probably fail again…

 

Finland

Sandhja – “Sing It Away”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: No. It’s just an underwhelming start to the semi and it’s easily forgotten.

Nicolas: No. It’s not just underwhelming, it’s a completely wrong approach as well. When staging a fun uptempo song, going for an aggressive look and aggressive moves just doesn’t work. And the backing singers come across like five older mums wanting to do something cool (and inevitably cringeworthy) at some children’s party.

Sara: No. And if the song wasn’t enough to convince you that it won’t qualify, just look at that outfit.

 

Greece

Argo – “Utopian Land”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: No. I thought it might just do it a week ago, but after the jury rehearsal, I just got a pretty good hunch that this might just get dragged down in the end. I’m very much open to being wrong on this one though.

Nicolas: No. This is the one I’m changing my mind on. Maybe the other Eurovision fans have made me more (too?) optimistic, but I’ll say this one will fail in favour of a country I’d much rather see in the final…

Sara: No. In a Utopian Land, songs like this should end last in Eurovision semis.

 

Moldova

Lidia Isac – “Falling Stars”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: No. I just think the astronaut is pretty silly, there’s no real reason for people to vote for it in my opinion.

Nicolas: No. Kylie said it all. It’s pleasant enough, but why would anyone want to vote for it? The only people I can imagine voting for it is your average Moldovan housewife. And that might be a bummer for Lidia.

Sara: No. This song simply failed to catch anyone’s attention during the entire season, as shown by my statistics, so there’s no reason to believe people will suddenly notice it now.

 

Hungary

Freddie – “Pioneer”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Yes. There’s not much remarkable about this, but I just feel that there’s enough for it to sneak through in around 8-10th position.

Nicolas: Yes. After the first three songs, I have to begrudgingly admit that this feels like the real start of the semi. Sailing through.

Sara: Yes. The song is good enough, and even though I really don’t like his voice, I can see why some people would like this.

 

Croatia

Nina Kraljić – “Lighthouse”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: No. That outfit just destroyed every single chance it had, which is a massive shame because I really like the song. Oh well…

Nicolas: Yes. I think the outfit turned it from a top 10 position to a 20th in the final. But yes, that means I do think it will still qualify, even just on song merit alone.

Sara: Yes. This is where my statistics might fail me, as this was so highly regarded before the rehearsals. Thanks, Nina. -_-

 

The Netherlands

Douwe Bob – “Slow Down”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Yes. The big pause in the jury rehearsal started off awkward but then the crowd gave a big cheer, so it KINDA worked out in the end. This is very much a jury song and that factor will push them over the line in my opinion.

Nicolas: Yes. Oozes class, charisma and performs effortlessly. This will do pretty well!

Sara: No. I disagree with Kylie, I think juries will have been bored with this. But I guess this is one that you need to see on screen, so if I fail on this one, I blame it on not being there!

 

Armenia

Iveta Mukuchyan – “LoveWave”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Yes. It just stands out in its semi because it’s so striking and intense, but in a good way.

Nicolas: Yes. I mean, who wouldn’t vote for those legs?

Sara: Yes. Obviously.

 

San Marino

Serhat – “I Didn’t Know”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Noooooo.

Nicolas: Noooooo.

Sara: Noooooo.

 

Russia

Sergey Lazarev – “You Are The Only One”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Yes. Well, duh. I don’t need to explain why.

Nicolas: Yes. Outstanding staging with a mediocre song. Definitely enough to qualify.

Sara: Yes. Best performance of this semi! ❤

 

Czech Republic

Gabriela Gunčíková – “I Stand”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Yes. Juries will love it and it’s a very well-done performance, I know what’s coming in the comments below mine though…

Nicolas: Yes. Hehe, Kylie will be surprised when she reads this… I’ve finally come to accept that she will qualify, as the song has all the merits to do so and she’s got some of the odds well in favour of her (only ballad, one of the best voices, simplicity after Russian complexity,…). Now watch them not qualify. -_-

Sara: Yes. I guess Kylie will also be surprised by my prediction, but I think this will even come 5th.

 

Cyprus

Minus One – “Alter Ego”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Yes. It’s a classic Eurovision rock performance and comes across as very exciting. They should be very confident in a second successive qualificiation!

Nicolas: Yes. But I don’t think they should be VERY confident. It’ll be borderline, mostly because of François’ thin vocals.

Sara: Yes. This is how you do rock music, Montenegro! 😛

 

Austria

Zoë – “Loin d’ici”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: No. It’s just too kitsch and fanwanky. Sorry guys (but I’m not sorry, no).

Nicolas: No. It’s outstandingly lovely, yet chanceless, sadly…

Sara: No. I’d be so sad if it doesn’t qualify, but I really think this is a borderline one… I don’t think it will, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did qualify. And Kylie, this is not a fanwank, not nearly enough people like this to call it that! 😛

 

Estonia

Jüri Pootsmann – “Play”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: No. As much as it pains me to say this, but I just don’t think there’s much to engage the people at home here, and that gives me a sad face. 😦

Nicolas: No. I just don’t feel the connection between the song, the staging and the audience. I think the juries might like it, but for the televoters this might even be a bottom 3 placing.

Sara: Yes. For some reason, people seem to like serial killers.

 

Azerbaijan

Samra – “Miracle”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Yes. Even though she royally butchered the song in the jury rehearsal, I just feel that there’s certain factors that will enable this to 10th place in the semi yet again. I hope I’m wrong though.

Nicolas: Yes. Samra might struggle a lot, but it’s a popular genre with no real female competition, performed (yet not sung) professionally.

Sara: Yes. It’s Azerbaijan.

 

Montenegro

Highway – “The Real Thing”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: No. It’s just messy, I’ve always said that this is the most likely last place in the semi and I stick with that now.

Nicolas: No. Chanceless, I fear.

Sara: No. This is just terrible.

 

Iceland

Greta Salóme – “Hear Them Calling”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Yes. They took the NF staging and improved it, it looks great and should sail through.

Nicolas: Yes. I still think this will complete the top 3 in the semi after Russia and Armenia! Gorgeous performance (WITH a beautiful narrative, Russia!) and sung well enough. Let’s just hope Greta will catch her cues unlike in Söngvakeppnin..

Sara: Yes. Deserves to qualify both on song and performance!

 

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala – “Ljubav je”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Yes. With Croatia messing up with their Barbara Dex contender, this will mop up all the ex-Yu and Balkan diaspora votes. The very good running order slot also helps.

Nicolas: No. For me this is probably the hardest one to predict in this semi. I think it deserves to qualify, but this song’s main problem is that on first listening, it’s very very messy. And then there’s all the people seeing Deen for the first time…

Sara: No. This is just too much of a messy bunch of people and people won’t know what they’re watching.

 

Malta

Ira Losco – “Walk On Water”. Image courtesy of EBU.

Kylie: Yes. Well, duh, pimp slot and a good performance, this should have hardly any problem getting to the final here. Not sure how it will do if/when it gets there though.

Nicolas: Yes. Won’t get as high in the final as they want, but this is a no-brainer for the final.

Sara: Yes. Although I do really think that the staging is now very boring, with nothing happening and Ira just walking around aimlessly.

 

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy the show, and if you agree/disagree with us, or want to make fun of us after the show for our incorrect predictions, hit us with a comment!

 

ESC Pulse Podcast: Nicolas & Sara Review The 2016 Rehearsals (Part 1)

Nicolas and Sara are not in Stockholm, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t have a say about what they make of the rehearsal footage back home in the States!

 

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ESC Pulse Podcast: ESC 2016 Review – Semi 1 (part 1)

The first of our shows reviewing the songs competing in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. In this episode, we look at the songs in the first half of Semi 1 (minus San Marino).

Note – there will be a re-vote on San Marino for next week.

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Euro Dummies Podcast: National Finals 2016 – Episode #12

It’s the last national finals episode of the year, and our last podcast under the Euro Dummies name! We look at the last chosen songs in Sweden, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Croatia, San Marino, Australia, Greece, Czech Republic, and Azerbaijan. There’s also our last weekly news roundup, our last round of listener’s Twitter questions, and we have another round of the Love-Hate Game.

 

 

 

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Euro Dummies Podcast: Junior ESC 2014 Review (part 2)

The second of two shows reviewing the songs competing in the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In this episode, we look at the last eight songs that will perform in Malta.

 

 

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Euro Dummies Podcast: ESC 2013 Semi 1 Predictions

Eurovision Week is finally upon us, so the Euro Dummies team go through the first semi-final and stamp on their predictions for who they think will be the first 10 countries to survive another night.

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