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The Vine reviews “The Lucky One” for Estonia

This is a decent little pop song, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark. It’s nice to listen to, and easy on the ears, but lacks impact and is quite forgettable. The chorus is driving and easily the best bit of the song- I love the synthy feels in the instrumental, but feel that the […]

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The Vine reviews “Love is on my Side” for Portugal

For the first time in over 60 years, Portugal has broken with tradition and sent a song in English…and I’m not massively impressed with the result. This ballad is dreamy and has some lovely instrumental moments, but the cliched lyrics and failure to go anywhere with the song brings the whole thing right down, unfortunately. […]

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A Tribute to the London Eurovision Party

Earlier this year, it was sadly confirmed that the London Eurovision Party 2021 had been cancelled, owing to financial difficulty brought on by the pandemic. Like so many others, I was saddened to hear this, but felt more than anything an immense sense of gratitude to all the organisers for giving us such an amazing […]

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The Vine reviews “Don’t Break Me” for Australia

While there’s nothing wrong with this touching little number, it blends into the background too much and doesn’t really break any new ground. Montaigne’s voice is lovely, and she’s not afraid to take vocal risks in the chorus, veering between chest and head voice like it’s the simplest thing (believe me- this is very difficult […]

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Junior Eurovision 2020- The Good, The Fun, and the Sensational!

Although there were only 12 songs, they were all brilliant and every artist performed spectacularly. All the performances were enjoyable in their own ways- the ballads, the cute fun songs, the pop numbers- and every artist did their country proud. I thought the studio setting was a brilliant way to ensure the show could happen, […]

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The Vine reviews “Freaky” for San Marino

Let me preface this review by saying that I love Senhit as a singer- she has a beautiful voice, amazing stage presence and clearly loves Eurovision. She carries this song well, but ultimately, I feel she deserves better. It’s always challenging to bring an older genre to the Eurovision stage, but San Marino manages to […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Voda’ for Slovenia

Although this song struggles to really get going, there are moments of pure beauty in it. Throughout the whole song, the mood is ethereal and the stripped-back nature of the song (before the final chorus) adds a sense of vulnerability and wonder. This is a truly moving number, and the build throughout raises the stakes […]

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The Vine reviews ‘What Love Is’ for Estonia

This is a cute little song with lots of potential, but it’s too bland and cheesy to have any real emotional impact. Uku has a lovely voice- especially those bass notes in the first verse- but the song doesn’t give him full reign to show it off. What I really like about this song is […]

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The Vine Reviews ‘Da Vidna’ for Belarus

This is a sweet little song, but it’s just too formulaic and ‘safe’ for me. Valerie’s vocals throughout are on point, and I enjoy the harmonisations in the verses, but there’s not enough of them and the mixing isn’t balanced enough for us to truly appreciate it. Whilst the pre-chorus builds well into the chorus, […]

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The Vine Reviews ‘Mon Alliée’ for France

I will preface this review by saying I don’t mind this little tune at all. For my #41 ranked song, it remains inoffensive, and has a certain charm to it that will endear fans. Tom Leeb has a beautiful voice- smooth, light and emotive- and he’s very easy on the eyes. Unfortunately, there isn’t much […]