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The Vine reviews ‘I.M’ for Israel- SONG REVIEW

“Packs a punch, but doesn’t quite hit the mark.”

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The Vine reviews ‘Boys Do Cry’ for Switzerland- LIVE SHOW REVIEW

Song 38. Boys Do Cry- Marius Bear There is absolutely no doubt that this was performed beautifully by Marius, but the staging was just too over-choreographed for the performance to really resonate. It’s always horrible when the dreaded “0 points” is announced, even if it’s not an unexpected shock, yet Marius deserves more love for […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Intention’ for Bulgaria- LIVE SHOW REVIEW

Song #39- Intention- The Intelligent Music Project This song was always going to face an uphill battle to qualify, given how weak the chorus is and how tame the song feels. Unfortunately, while the band threw everything they had at the live performance, it just wasn’t enough to elevate such a generic, forgetful song. Nonetheless, […]

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The Vine reviews ‘I Am What I Am’ for Malta- LIVE SHOW REVIEW

Song # 40- I Am What I Am- Emma Muscat This song’s biggest problem is how predictable and bland it is, and how empty the message feels, and unfortunately, the staging compounded every one of these issues. On the bright side, Emma, for the most part, sang absolutely beautifully, with some gorgeous riffs and generally […]

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The Vine reviews ‘The Show’ for Denmark

Song #37- The Show- Reddi Review: “A bit workshoppy, but that’s part of the charm” This is a fun little retro number, but it feels like two different songs smushed together rather than one flowing piece, which is a turn off for me. Taking the two halves separately, there’s a lot of nice ideas here. […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Boys Do Cry’ for Switzerland

Song #38- Boys Do Cry- Marius Bear Review: “An important lesson- sometimes, less is more.” This song has a gorgeous, nostalgic instrumental but is unfortunately let down by the inaccessible lyrics and restrictive vocal line. The introduction is very smooth and dreamy, and then the vocal line is monosyllabic to contrast, but it doesn’t quite […]

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The Vine reviews ‘I Am What I Am’ for Malta

Song # 39- I Am What I Am- Emma Muscat Review: “Grows Old Quickly” This is a sweet little number with some cute moments, but unfortunately it doesn’t quite hit the mark for me. There are two main problems- the song’s repetitiveness and predictability, and the emptiness of its message. The phrase ‘I Am What […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Intention’ for Bulgaria

Song #40- Intention- Intelligent Music Project Review: “Just too decent.” It might not be surprising that Intention is my last place this year given the almost universal indifference to it among fans. That said, it isn’t as terrible as one might expect, and actually has some nice moments in the verses. The fundamental problem is […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Zitti E Buoni’ for Italy

Song #1, and the Vine’s winner of 2021- Italy- Zitti E Buoni WOW! Italy has gone with rock this year and given us all an absolute classic. This is easily one of the best rock songs ESC has ever seen, and possibly the first glam rock song to grace the stage. This song reminds me […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Growing Up is Getting Old’ for Bulgaria

Song #2- Bulgaria- Growing Up is Getting Old This touching little ballad is heartwarming, hopeful and haunting all at the same time: it’s an ode to younger times when the world was less complicated, when life was simpler for us all, and where we all felt safe. The underlying clock tick both signifies the inevitable […]