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The Vine reviews ‘Shum’ for Ukraine

Song #7- Ukraine- Shum Can we all give Ukraine a round of applause for always being authentic and daring in Eurovision? This entry is incredible, and I’m playing it on repeat. I love that GoA are bringing folktronica to Eurovision, and refusing to follow any generic formula or do what’s trendy. They’re doing what they […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Je Me Casse’ for Malta

Song #8- Malta- Je Me Casse I would be a very happy girl if this feminist anthem won Eurovision this year. It’s sassy, empowering, and incredibly catchy. I particularly love the retro feel in the chorus, and the way this fuses perfectly with the modern pre-chorus and gospel bridge- so many genres, the song takes […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Adrenalina’ for San Marino

Song #9- San Marino- Adrenalina We are getting spoiled with pop songs this year, and San Marino does not disappoint! This pop banger fuses that R and B nostalgic noughties club feel with a contemporary twist, giving us a unique, spectacular number. I love how catchy this is, and the instrumental is simply divine, particularly […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Here I Stand’ for North Macedonia

Song #10- North Macedonia- Here I Stand Oh Vasil, you have stolen my heart with this beautiful ballad. Before I get into the review, I have to tell you all what happened when I first heard this song. I was on the train, and literally started crying because of how touching this song was, but […]

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The Vine reviews ‘El Diablo’ for Cyprus

Song 11. Cyprus- El Diablo This is easily one of the best pop songs this year, and one of the most memorable. Yes, it does sound a little bit like ‘Bad Romance’, but it’s still distinct and a brilliant song on its own legs. I love the use of the chorus to introduce us to […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Mata Hari’ for Azerbaijan

What a bop! I absolutely love this sexy, mysterious pop-banger- it’s infectiously catchy, instantly memorable, and the instrumental is simply divine. The bass strings in the verses are sultry, underpinning Efendi’s gorgeous vocals, really setting the mood for the song. I love the percussion too, and the ethnic riffs throughout, giving this song real authenticity […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Birth of a New Age’ for the Netherlands

This is such a joyful song, and so powerful and moving at the same time. I adore the vocals in this- the harmonies are so lush as they build and build throughout the song, and the gospel feel is beautiful, creating a hopeful, optimistic mood. The lyrics fit the song absolutely wonderfully, and I adore […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Tout L’univers’ for Switzerland

This is a theatrical, cinematic ballad, and I absolutely love it. Gjon’s voice is just on another level- so unique, so vulnerable yet powerful, and the way he transitions from chest voice to head voice effortlessly is extremely impressive. I would like a little more chest voice on the live stage (although this is me […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Sugar’ for Moldova

This is an incredibly catchy, absolutely bonkers, amazingly sassy bop. I just love the sheer sensuality this song radiates, both through its lyrics and through Natalia’s gorgeous voice. I love the verses, with the descending ‘talk, talk, talk’ motif, and the way the song subverts the formulaic verse-chorus-verse-chorus approach, playing with the various moments to […]

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The Vine reviews ’10 Years’ for Iceland

Song 16. Iceland- 10 Years Daði Freyr is back, bringing an adorably wholesome little song with him. I love all of this- the orchestral introduction before dropping into the funk that Daði does so well. The bass is divine in this from start to finish, and the instrumental is perfect- letting the lyrics take centre […]