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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 […]

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Final Reviews of FiK Songs

Robert Berisha – “Ajo nuk është unë” This song has some stunning musical moments in it, but doesn’t really work for me as a whole. Whilst the backing singers do a lovely job of introducing the song, creating a mysterious vibe, they take valuable time away for musical development later on. Robert has a lovely […]

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Second Semi Final of FiK- First Reviews

Kastro Zizo – “Asaj” This is not really my cup of tea. Kastro has a very unusual style of singing- he speak-sings with his raspy voice- and while the emotion is palpable, it’s not easy on the ears and the mood behind the song feels extremely forced to the point where the intended effect is […]

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5 More Reviews from Semi One of FiK

Bojken Lako- Malaseen I have very mixed feelings about this song. I’ll start with what I loved- the chorus is catchy and the melody has a nostalgic feel to it without seeming too dated. The clarinet over the top gives an ethnic vibe which works absolute wonders with the song, and Bojken’s vocals in the […]

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Festivali i Këngës 58- First 5 Reviews

Tungjatjeta! Happy start of Eurovision Season everyone! The first national final is well and truly underway, and by tomorrow, we will know the first song of ESC 2020. The Albanian selection show began on Thursday night, and the first 10 artists competed. The reviews will be fairly short, and my initial reaction is what I’m […]