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The Vine reviews ‘Dark Side’ for Finland

Song #3- Finland- Dark Side Finland has decided to go back to their success story and send us some good old rock, and I am not complaining one bit. This is a bit more futuristic and techno than classic rock, but I love the fusion of genres. I know that a lot of people aren’t […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Discoteque’ for Lithuania

Song #4- Lithuania- Discoteque Bring on the best pop song of the year! Lithuania has given us an absolute treat with Discoteque, and again, I have a story about this song. The first time I heard it, I was on the train, and thought I was alone in the carriage. So I did not hide […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Voila’ for France

Song #5- France- Voila France decided not to send a song this year. France have sent us pure art. This doesn’t feel like a song as much as it feels like poetry to music- something beautiful, timeless and theatrical. There’s a real sense of vulnerability to this, and it makes the song extremely powerful- there’s […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Russian Woman’ for Russia

Song #6- Russia- Russian Woman When I say this took my breath away the first time I heard the song, I am not lying. Manizha is incredibly talented, and the power this song has, it just knocks me away every time. I love the message of this song, but even before I read the English […]

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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 […]