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Line-up check 2019: Georgia

Line-up check 2019: Georgia

Georgia: Oto Nemsadze – Keep On Going

Martin: I bloody love Georgia at ESC. You have no idea what they’re going to do next.

Who else would go home after a miserable last-place finish, lick their wounds, and decide that the best thing to come back with is a borderline aggressive, politically loaded rock ballad in their native language?

The oh-so-subtle placement of the Georgian flag in the preview video hints at the inspiration behind the lyrics, although in isolation they seem to be more poetic than polemical, which is presumably why they’ve been allowed to get away with it. While the song itself remains something of a call to the diaspora, I’m assuming the staging in Tel Aviv will be decidedly flag-free (inflatable hammers in the audience not included).

But what will the non-diaspora audience make of it? “Sul tsin iare”, which will go by its English title in Tel Aviv, is dark. And difficult. And growly. And definitely my kind of thing. And probably no one else’s.

A typically atypical entry from this always intriguing country, in other words. Don’t go changing to try and please me, Georgia – I’ll take you just the way you are.

Prediction: Personal:

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Felix: The corners of Martin’s and my mouths are going opposite directions on this one. It’s my last place in an already horrid line-up, and the two songs coming afterwards don’t make me want to return to my TV either. At least I hope the ecstatic golden lady from the video will be joining him on stage.

Shi: Read Martin’s review, take it down a notch, and that’s where I am. I’ll add one compliment which Martin neglected to include: Oto’s voice is amazing. That aside, I hope the other qualifiers will get him a thank-you gift for freeing up a qualification spot.

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Line-up check 2019: Belgium

Line-up check 2019: Belgium

Belgium: Eliot – Wake Up

Felix: Belgium, Belgium, Belgium! Now… the last two times I had Belgium in my top three was when Roberto sang about bitter pills, and Loïc about rapampam. I loved them both! So you’d think if Belgium sends a mix of both, you’d get something I totally adore. But you’re forgetting one thing: It’s 2019, the year in which no fabulous entries are allowed at Eurovision. Still, what you get is a safe candidate for my own personal top five.

“Wake Up” starts with a heartbeat-triggering synth intro and a very interesting verse, but then the balloon kinda pops with the chorus, which is a shame. I still hoped that there would be a new version of the chorus towards the end, with the same beat as in the verses. That would have been a genius touch and made it my clear favourite. But no, instead we get another repetition of that popping balloon, which leaves the composition kinda incomplete. The difference would have been immense, but sadly they didn’t go that route.

Still, as it is, Belgium is one of the most memorable and least random songs this year, and should find the way to its audience providing the staging is better than its strongest competitors Azerbaijan, Lithuania and the Netherlands.

Prediction: Personal:

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Shi: I like both songs that Belgium is sending this year, although I still don’t entirely understand the connection and transitions between them. Each part of this – the verse and the chorus – gives me a different mood which I find a bit jarring. I find Eliot adorable, but I don’t know if he has the presence to make this stand out enough in this difficult semi, though.

Martin: This is suuuuch a lovely song – and unlike most fans (it feels like “most”, anyway), I even really like the chorus. It gets stuck in my head a lot. My main concern with the entry is Eliot, whose little-boy-lost charm risks just getting, well, lost. But I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

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"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

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Line-up check 2019: Serbia

Line-up check 2019: Serbia

Serbia: Nevena Božović – Kruna

Felix: Serbia must be one of this year’s palest entries. It always takes me a while to remember how it goes. And when I either remember or I find myself listening to it, I do like it quite a bit – just never enough.

It has a hint of a classic Eurovision female Balkan ballad about it, but unfortunately not much of a melody. Everything about it feels randomly chosen and interchangeable, including the singer. I actually get a bit of The Humans vibe from it. Not so much from the song itself, but the overall paleness. And that’s not a great sign.

What more to say about an entry that is completely uninteresting? Probably nothing, but I should at least get past 100 words. Serbia, you had much better options in your final.

Prediction: Personal:

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Martin: Totally agree on the options – Jana Šušteršič was eternally robbed. That’s one of the reasons I can’t quite forgive “Kruna”, even if I’m probably more fond of it than Felix. But I have the same problem: I enjoy it well enough when it’s on, but could I hum you the melody now? Nope.

Shi: An average female ballad at best, and not even that in the Balkan ballad territory. However, stats show it is almost impossible to be a pretty girl singing a sort-of-pretty-ballad prettily and not qualify, so there’s that.

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Line-up check 2019: Belarus

Line-up check 2019: Belarus

Belarus: ZENA – Like It

Shi: I doubt there’s a more appropriate title for a fun-but-uber-generic little uptempo pop song than “Like It”. Because I do like it. I don’t love it, but I also don’t dislike it. I tap my foot to it, and I don’t skip to the next track when it comes up on shuffle, but I also never actively search for that track.

I like Zena, too. She exudes the kind of fearless confidence only 16-year-olds (and younger) can have. That can also be a bit annoying, but I think she’s at the lower end of that particular scale. She also looks like a mini-Tamta, but while she’s definitely better than young Tamta was, she’s got nothing on grown-up Tamta.

I’m not entirely ruling out its qualification chances, because this semi has a couple of obvious qualifiers, a couple of obvious NQs and then a wide gray zone in between. But it it will need a staging that works some serious magic to stand out. (And I mean stand out in a positive way, not in a traumatize-the-audience way. Sit down, Alekseev.)

Prediction: Personal:

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Martin: I’m not sure magic is required so much as competence, but that’s often still a big ask for Belarus. ZENA/ЗЕНA/O’G3NA has a lot of natural charm and I also like the song, in a “second single by a late-90s Australian soap actor” kind of way, but I hope she’s given the freedom to deliver it in a way that suits it.

Felix: Aw, Belarus. I really, really like it! In other years, it might have been in the midfield of my ranking, but it’s one of my favourites in this disastrous 2019 line-up. This one is charming, easy, lightweight, catchy. Nothing spectacular, but hey – I like it.

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Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

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"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

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"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

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ChatVote 2019: Qualifiers revealed, final voting begins!

ChatVote 2019: Qualifiers revealed, final voting begins!

Following two nights of preview video viewing, live voting and opening of virtual envelopes in our live stream, the semi-final qualifiers that will compete in our ChatVote 2019 final are now known!

Semi 1 qualifiers: Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Poland, San Marino, Slovenia.

Semi 2 qualifiers: Albania, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland.

Big thanks to everyone who attended and voted! And this means the lines are now open for your final votes.

As in the last two years, the final voting will be split into “juries” and “televoting”, each with a 50% weighting – if you don’t know how it works, you can read all about it here. The “televoting” will take place in a live poll during Saturday night’s final viewing show in the chat – that’s a change to last year, so be aware! – but more importantly, right now we are ready and waiting to receive your jury votes by e-mail. These are the votes that you will get to read out as usual, live in #esc during the grand final, which begins at 21:00 CET on Sunday 14 April.

Simply send your votes in ESC style (12, 10, 8…) to vote@escgo.com by no later than 23:59 CET on Thursday 11 April. Please note that we can only accept votes from people we know to be #esc chatters, so do include your chat nickname in your e-mail in case of any doubt. You can also use the submission form at the bottom of this article to submit your jury votes! Either way, do check your e-mail for confirmation and get in touch with us if you don’t hear back from us about your votes.

You can see the full list of finalists below. The “producers” have randomly assigned the finalists to the first and second halves of the show and determined the draw order, which we will use when we watch our grand final in the #esc chat on the evening of Saturday 13 April (starting at 21:00 CET as usual). Please do join us for that if you can – as that’s when you’ll get the chance to power-vote for your biggest favourites in our “televote”. And you don’t want to miss out on that!

1. France
2. Czech Republic
3. Georgia
4. Germany
5. Albania
6. Malta
7. Poland
8. Russia
9. Slovenia
10. Italy
11. Sweden
12. Iceland
13. Denmark
14. Israel
15. Cyprus
16. Norway
17. United Kingdom
18. Spain
19. Azerbaijan
20. Hungary
21. San Marino
22. North Macedonia
23. Switzerland
24. Netherlands
25. Greece
26. Belgium

And now it’s over to you to help these countries collect some jury votes!

Send your votes to: vote@escgo.com
Deadline: Thursday 11 April, 23:59 CET.


 

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Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

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Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

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"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

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Line-up check 2019: Hungary

Line-up check 2019: Hungary

Hungary: Joci Pápai – Az én apám

Shi: Oh, Pápai Joci. The man who is responsible for my most creative piece of rehearsal coverage. Having seen his A Dal performances this year and knowing what the song is about, I doubt this year’s effort will give my imagination as much to work with, but that aside, it does share some similarities with “Origo”.

The ethnic feel is the obvious one, and much like 2017, it is pretty lonely in that niche. More than that though, the main strength of both “Origo” and this is the strength of Joci as a performer – not only does he have a beautiful voice, he is incredibly charismatic and, most importantly of all, he is so good when it comes to establishing an emotional connection with his audience. It’s always crucial, really, but even more so with this song – more than it was with “Origo”, too, because this song is so personal.

Another possible similarity to “Origo”? The final result. It’s easy to forget about this one in this year’s line-up of heavy hitters, but it stands a great chance of capitalizing on the fact it essentially has no competition in its niche, and our audience has shown in the past that they like ethnic ballads – especially when they are delivered by strong, likeable performers

Prediction: Personal:

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Felix: I know it has its fans, but I am not the audience for Joci and his music. It’s not that it’s too ethnic for me, I just don’t feel well about the specific energy in this and his previous entry.

Martin: At first I dismissed this with a shoulder-shrug – it’s kinda boring when performers come back again so soon – but it’s crept up on me. Melodic, wistful and with its own subtle passion, I like it a great deal, though I’m not sure I share Shi’s confidence in a repeat of the 2017 result.

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Line-up check 2019: Czech Republic

Line-up check 2019: Czech Republic

Czech Republic: Lake Malawi – Friend Of A Friend

Martin: The Czechs are starting to get the hang of it, aren’t they? “Friend Of A Friend” has been flying under the radar a little, perhaps hindered by the lack of a televised national final – indeed, I bet on it for top ten way too early and got less good odds than I should have done – but I can imagine it starting to emerge as a miniature dark horse as the contest gets nearer.

Being different to the crowd isn’t always a positive at ESC (just ask Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao), but I think it can do Lake Malawi a favour. They came across as full of personality and bounce at the Ukrainian final, and they should be aiming for a similarly light-hearted and simple staging in Tel Aviv amidst all the glamour and props everyone else will be bringing. (Although if they can find room for a cheesy close-up on the “I’m only a friend” line, that could quickly become as legendary as the “Dance!” guy from “Wir geben ‘ne Party”.)

In a way, I see this and Slovenia as two of the beams you’d get if you fed “Kedvesem” through a prism. Zala and Gašper are the downbeat introverts, stubbornly creating their own world for three minutes and challenging you to get it, while Lake Malawi are the indie geeks having a brilliant time and not really caring if anyone else gets it. I hope there’s room in the final for both, but the Czechs have their noses in front for now.

Prediction: Personal:

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Felix: Yep, I enjoy it, but only just about. There’s nothing about it that I love, but also nothing I hate. Average, but in the first semi-final of 2019, “average” is a good thing.

Shi: I want to like this, but it annoys me more every time I hear it. It’s now in my bottom five, so I’ve had to stop listening to it in an attempt to still be able to withstand it come rehearsals. However, they are adorable and I agree with Martin’s prediction, in spite of what having to hear it again after the semi will do for my nerves.

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Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

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Perfection. Just perfection.

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Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

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https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

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Line-up check 2019: Slovenia

Line-up check 2019: Slovenia

Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi

Shi: So here’s the thing. I like this one quite a bit, but I also didn’t notice it at all when I watched EMA. It didn’t register with me in the superfinal either, and when it was time for their winning reprise I still had no recollection of how it sounded. It’s one of those subdued and atmospheric songs that can be very captivating when you listen to them, but that are really difficult to sell on stage when surrounded by all the usual Eurovision cacophony.

It’s not that it can’t work, but it needs to not only work well where it is in the running order (and I’m not sure the songs before and after are helping anyone to notice anything in this sequence), but also have a performance and staging that really captures the essence and feel of the song – and, well, it’s Slovenia. Let’s just say, strong stagings are not their forte. Not even mediocre stagings, really.

Luckily for them, this semi is so diverse the points could go pretty much anywhere, so maybe, just maybe, they might escape the “Blackbird” fate.

Prediction: Personal:

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Martin: I haven’t run Mr. Gerbear’s sorter yet, but I have a strong suspicion this will be my 2019 favourite. I love the atmosphere it conjures, I love the language, I even love the curious stage performance from EMA – and it doesn’t matter whether Europe agrees.

Felix: Well, I’m not gonna lie, I enjoy this. It would be nice background music for the hairdresser. As a competing entry for Eurovision, however, there is nothing about it that would make me vote for it. A song to breathe in and out to, but nothing to make you breathless.

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"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

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Line-up check 2019: Poland

Line-up check 2019: Poland

Poland: Tulia – Fire Of Love (Pali się)

Felix: Is it possible to write about Poland 2019 without mentioning Estonia 2004? Oops, too late.

Sure, that comparison is prominent only because I’ve just listed the number of songs we’ve had in that style in Eurovision: Two. And taking a closer look, we find that the songs are actually quite different. So that’s where I’ll stop with the comparison and focus solely on Poland 2019 instead.

By being bulky at first, the song is prone to develop a skip-habit on the listener’s side, but on second listening, I have to say I find it’s not all bad. There are a few nice touches here and there, melodic oddities, interesting moments – but over the length of three minutes, it’s quite an exhausting acoustic challenge.

A lot will depend on the staging and the ladies’ live performance. But I wouldn’t add this to my playlist, and I do wonder whether any staging could actually cause a vote in favour of Poland.

Prediction: Personal:

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Shi: On repeat listenings I find that I enjoy this more, but for the audience to get a repeat listen you need to convince them in the semi first, and I don’t think it really works the first time around. Or even the second, to be honest.

Martin: Sometimes countries come up with a great concept but forget the song. Here, the song is great but the concept is flawed. This needs to be edgy and full of personality; instead, it looks like it’s going to be four girls standing in a line singing. And that’s all. Shame.

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Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

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If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

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"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

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Line-up check 2019: Finland

Line-up check 2019: Finland

Finland: Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – Look Away

Felix: Finland is probably the age verification system of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Not only have I never heard the name “Darude” before, I also come from a time in which the named artists were always the singers. Or bands. Or Mike Oldfield.

As someone who rolls their eyes at that DJ phenomenon, I must accept that I’m now part of the older generation, but let’s not forget that this is a song contest. So, putting my idealistic glasses away and taking a closer look at “Look Away”, I find an unspectacular song, but by no means a bad one.

In the context of this year’s abysmal first semi-final, it is for sure one of the more pleasant tracks to listen to, but I don’t see why anybody would vote for it. Or I might be wrong, and finally fall through the age verification system.

Prediction: Personal:

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Martin: This is so far removed from “Sandstorm” it doesn’t really matter whether you know Darude or not. Taken on its own merits, it’s not my favourite “Look Away” but I actually really quite like it, for all it’s generic as hell. But will anyone care about this kind of song in 2019, whoever the name behind it?

Shi: Would you believe it, I actually know Darude tracks that are not “Sandstorm” thanks to my Eurodance obsession way back when, so this one makes me nostalgic. I also think it’s pretty good and while not the most unique composition, it stands out enough in this line-up. I just don’t trust anyone involved to stage this well.

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Round-up: Czech friends, ‘rude Finns and more

Who says exciting things only happen on Super Saturday? It's been a busy working week in the world of Eurovision as the 2019 contest moves ever closer! On Monday, the Czech Republic completed its non-televised selection, with a public vote and a jury of recent ESC...

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New format, same old story? Reviewing the 2019 UK contenders

The BBC has revamped the format of its national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – but will this make a difference to the UK’s international fortunes, or does it just mean making the same mistakes in a different order? Martin takes a look at the three songs and six performers in the running.

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Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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