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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 […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Voy a Quedarme’ for Spain

Song 17. Blas Canto- Voy a Quedarme I adore this heartfelt little ballad- it’s understated, genuine and truly touching. The song has a strong ‘Adele’ feel to it in that it’s kept minimal and exposed to put our full attention on the emotions. Blas’s voice is what really makes this song for me- so unique […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Set Me Free’ for Israel

Song 18. Eden Alene- Set Me Free This is an infectiously catchy, current pop song, full of hope and optimism for the future. The strings are beautiful in this all throughout, from those percussive plucks to the sensual chorus notes, and they fuse perfectly with the other instruments and Eden’s voice. Her voice! It’s so […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Omaga’ for the Czech Republic

Song 19. Benny Cristo- Omaga This is such a catchy dance number! It’s upbeat, fun, cheeky and adorable all at the same time- I love Benny’s voice in this, and the way he’s able to sound dorky and sexy at the same time. It’s a hard balance to find, but this song gets it just […]