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  • [MENTION=23043]heppolo[/MENTION]
    Fair enough. I love that vocal gymnastics, though. Impressive <3 What a vocal explosion in the chorus. One of the finest moments of the night.
    [MENTION=20691]LittleLinda[/MENTION]
    I'm glad it didn't win, tbh, because Lithuania had a beautiful entry back in 2018. I wouldn't mind them going a bit more ethno and traditional for 2020, though.
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    • #4 IRELAND (7 points)

      Ryan O’Shaughnessy - Together

      In another year, this song would have already been my #1 but 2018 was way too strong and competitive.
      Ryan's stripped-down song reminded me a lot of Niall Horan whose album "Flicker" has been one of my favourite records for a while. The song itself feels authentic, delicate, very Irish and I love his vocal tone. Incredible performance!


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      • "Together" is so cute. Ryan's falsetto was a little bit shaky live, however, it added a bit of depth and raw emotion.
        Staging was also just beautiful.
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        • #3 SLOVENIA (8 points)

          Lea Sirk - Hvala, ne!

          After the Slovene juries made a horrible mistake by killing off the televoter's favourite in the Slovenian National Final back in 2017 and making the dull and old-fashioned entry by Omar win (who didn't qualify for the grand final), Slovenia just made the right choice and made a huge turn in 2018 by submitting one of the most progessive, innovative and modern songs ever to Eurovision! "Hvala, ne!" hits hard: Female rap served with attitude, pumping beats, a mesmerising choreography, a memorable hair-do and charming smile! Lea knew how to sell her entry and brought Slovenia rightfully back to the grand final! - I still haven't forgiven Europe that it placed this brilliant tune into the bottom 5.
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          • Ireland was so boring. Slovenia was ok though.
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            • Slovenia was one of my faves as well, one of the few successful attempts at a non-English modern banger in the Eurovision
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              • Together (Ireland) was such a nice song!
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                • Thanks for commenting, guys!

                  Originally posted by Erotica View Post
                  Ireland was so boring. Slovenia was ok though.
                  Oh, a pity you didn't like the Irish entry. Personally, I think it was so emotional and lovely.
                  Glad you appreciate the Slovene entry, though.

                  Originally posted by heppolo View Post
                  Slovenia was one of my faves as well, one of the few successful attempts at a non-English modern banger in the Eurovision
                  That's awesome! I have the feeling that 2018 is the year we most agree on!

                  Originally posted by RayRay View Post
                  Together (Ireland) was such a nice song!
                  Preach! ;)
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                  • #2 HUNGARY (10 points)

                    AWS - Viszlát Nyár

                    Whilst the song's topic is a bit similar to Michael Schulte's 4th place in 2018, I prefer Hungary's approach of dealing with the loss of a parent. Whilst most artists try to evoke emotions by creating powerful ballads, AWS chose to set the stage on fire and let out their anger and agony and it works: The metal song is packed with adrenaline, epic screams and a memorable melody. It just feels 100% authentic and natural. A pity Hungary didn't end up Top 10 with this bold choice!
                    Last edited by Mainshow; Wed August 7th, 2019, 12:13.
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                    • #1 BELARUS (12 points)

                      ALEKSEEV - Forever


                      It's the first time since 2007 that my favourite entry of the contest didn't qualify and it still hurts fundamentally. Even though ALEKSEEV seemed to be very nervous at the beginning of the performance, I still believe that he deserved to qualify because his performance was a treat! Of course, it was cheesy but at least, Belarus made an effort to illustrate the song's lyrics on stage. Azerbaijan had the same approach 2017 and but executed it way better, though.

                      Maybe switching to English lyrics wasn't a smart idea because it felt less authentic but in my opinion, the song still transfers the original mysterious and magical atmosphere to the listener. I'm simply a sucker for "Russian" music... the melodramatic, melancholic nature of the song just makes my heart beating faster. I would love Ukraine, Russia and Belarus to submit entires carrying a stronger regional identity to Eurovision, in general.
                      That said, I'm grateful for Eurovision having introduced me to ALEKSEEV which has become one of my favourite male artists of all times.
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                      • Whilst the song's topic is a bit similar to Michael Schulte's 4th place in 2017
                        No, both AWS and Michael participated in 2018. Feels like ages ago.

                        AWeSome song which (surprisingly) appealed to a lot of the Eurofans.
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                        • 2018

                          MAINSHOW's Top10
                          12 Belarus
                          10 Hungary
                          8 Slovenia
                          7 Ireland
                          6 Estonia
                          5 Azerbaijan
                          4 Albania
                          3 Italy
                          2 Israel
                          1 Serbia


                          YOUR Top10
                          12 Finland 17 pts
                          10 Romania 14 pts (12 pts from LastDreamer)
                          8 Norway 14 pts (12 pts from Erotica)
                          7 Austria 14 pts
                          6 France 14 pts
                          5 Cyprus 13 pts
                          4 Hungary 12 pts
                          3 Portugal 12 pts (12 pts from heppolo)
                          2 Australia 12 pts (12 pts from RayRay)
                          1 Israel 12 pts (12 pts from JSparksFan)

                          Thank you to LastDreamer, heppolo, Erotica, RayRay, JSparksFan for sharing their Top10s! - This time, we only share 2 countries (Israel and Hungary). Your follow-ups are: Czech Republic, Sweden, Moldova (all 11 pts) and North Macedonia, Bulgaria, The Netherlands (all 10 pts).
                          My personal runner-ups are: #11 North Macedonia, #12 Lithuania, #13 Australia, #14 Cyprus and #15 Finland.
                          Last edited by Mainshow; Wed August 7th, 2019, 12:29.
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                          • Originally posted by heppolo View Post
                            No, both AWS and Michael participated in 2018. Feels like ages ago.

                            AWeSome song which (surprisingly) appealed to a lot of the Eurofans.
                            OMG, you are right! I don't know why but Michael Schulte's entry didn't feel that current to me. Dunno why.. maybe we Germans aren't used to finishing Top 5 after a strike of forgettable performances and horrible results haha
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                            • I have several issues with Alekseev in general. The main issue of the whole package was the evident lack of plan, the team rushed from one idea to the next, making about 5 different versions of the song in the process. The staging also tried to pack plenty of ideas into those three minutes, which made a whole thing too complex for Alekseev (besides just singing he needed to memorize all the cues to get the right camera angles and positions, which proved to be too much).
                              Essentially, they tried to fix things that weren't broken (the simple national final staging would have worked much better).
                              Another issue was that Alekseev was basically given the national final victory on a plate (the same way ZENA had it), since it was financially convenient for Belarusian delegation to outsource all of the financial duties to a well-funded production team.
                              In general, "Forever" is a nice enough (slightly too emo) pop song.
                              Last edited by heppolo; Wed August 7th, 2019, 12:22.
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                              • Estonia enters The Top 10 whilst kicking out Russia. Azerbaijan overtakes Iceland and is coming for Croatia's wig.
                                Ireland and Belarus enter the Top 30 and Hungary even reaches the Top 20.

                                ALLTIME RANKING (1997-2018)
                                01. Croatia 85
                                02. Azerbaijan 74
                                03. Iceland 69
                                04. Israel 63
                                05. Germany 60
                                06. Poland 59
                                07. Sweden 58
                                08. Italy 55
                                09. Slovenia 48
                                10. Estonia 41
                                11. Russia 38
                                12. Spain 35
                                13. Ukraine 33
                                14. Netherlands 31
                                15. United Kingdom 29
                                16. Armenia 29
                                17. France 29
                                18. Hungary 26
                                19. Norway 26
                                20. Greece 26
                                21. Latvia 25
                                22. Albania 24
                                23. Belarus 23
                                24. Bosnia and Herzegovina 23
                                25. Montenegro 22
                                26. Ireland 22
                                27. Serbia 20
                                28. Denmark 18
                                29. Turkey 18
                                30. Slovakia 17
                                31. Cyprus 16
                                32. Portugal 16
                                33. Austria 15
                                34. Belgium 15
                                35. Czech Republic 15
                                36. Moldova 12
                                37. Malta 11
                                38. Romania 10
                                39. Georgia 8
                                40. Switzerland 8
                                41. Bulgaria 7
                                42. Finland 6
                                43. Australia 4
                                44. FYR Macedonia 4
                                45. Lithuania 3
                                46. Andorra 0
                                47. Monaco 0
                                48. San Marino 0


                                Ranking: Countries with Top 3 placings [1997 - 2018]
                                7x Azerbaijan (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
                                6x Croatia (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009)
                                5x Iceland (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2008)
                                4x Italy (1997, 2013, 2015, 2017)
                                3x Germany (1999, 2010, 2011)
                                3x Israel (1998, 2005, 2013)
                                3x Poland (1997, 2004, 2014)
                                3x Russia (2003, 2009, 2016)
                                3x Slovenia (2001, 2007, 2018)
                                2x Albania (2012, 2015)
                                2x Armenia (2008, 2017)
                                2x Greece (2001, 2005)
                                2x Latvia (2000, 2016)
                                2x Sweden (2008, 2012)
                                1x Austria (2002)
                                1x Belarus (2018)
                                1x Bosnia and Herzegovina (2006)
                                1x Cyprus (1998)
                                1x Czech Republic (2007)
                                1x Denmark (2000)
                                1x Estonia (2002)
                                1x France (2009)
                                1x Georgia (2007)
                                1x Hungary (2018)
                                1x Ireland (2011)
                                1x The Netherlands (2014)
                                1x Norway (2006)
                                1x Portugal (1998)
                                1x Serbia (2004)
                                1x Slovakia (2011)
                                1x Spain (2001)
                                1x Switzerland (2005)
                                1x Ukraine (2016)
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                                • My Top 10 of 2019.
                                  1. Kate Miller-Heidke - Zero Gravity (Australia) - 8 / 10
                                  2. Paenda - Limits (Austria) - 6 / 10
                                  3. Carousel - That Night (Latvia) - 6 / 10
                                  4. Ester Peony - On A Sunday (Romania) - 6 / 10
                                  5. Nevena Bozovic - Kruna (Serbia) - 6 / 10
                                  6. Anna Odobescu - Stay (Moldova) - 6 / 10
                                  7. Tamta - Replay (Cyprus) - 5 / 10
                                  8. Sarah McTernan - 22 (Ireland) - 5 / 10
                                  9. D Mol - Heaven (Montenegro) - 5 / 10
                                  10. Michael Rice - Bigger Than Us (United Kingdom) - 5 / 10
                                  My celebrity crushes : Monika Sedziuviene, Kristina Ivanova (YVA).
                                  In my head I like to imagine LastDreamer in the land of Lithuania right now with a suitcase of simcards, a box of chocolates and a wedding ring. It would be a great base for an epic Eurovision fan fiction.

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                                  • Hungary was good.
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                                    • ]Let's move onto 2019 which made the Netherlands win after 44 years and brought us one of the hottest Italian summer songs ever.

                                      Please post your own Top 10- Let's see if we agree/disagree + I'll count the points altogether again ;)

                                      Here's a little reminder of the amazing tracks from 2019:


                                      RECAP of the FIRST SEMI FINAL
                                      RECAP of the SECOND SEMI FINAL
                                      RECAP of the GRAND FINAL
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                                      • after the show
                                        12 Portugal
                                        10 Iceland
                                        8 Slovenia
                                        7 Italy
                                        6 Poland
                                        5 Greece
                                        4 Hungary
                                        3 Serbia
                                        2 Romania
                                        1 Czech Republic


                                        I knew Conan was in trouble, but I was hoping he would somehow sneak through, but unfortunately the running order (+style/outfit choices) have not turned in Portugal's favour. I mean, is there any way to impress the Eurovision fan after Australia & Iceland polar opposities. Only by going full Serhat.
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                                        • Originally posted by heppolo View Post
                                          after the show
                                          12 Portugal
                                          10 Iceland
                                          8 Slovenia
                                          7 Italy
                                          Bottom part of my 2019 ranking :
                                          38. Conan Osiris - Telemoveis (Portugal) - 0 / 10
                                          39. Mahmood - Soldi (Italy) - 0 / 10
                                          40. Jonida Maliqi - Ktheju Tokes (Albania) - 0 / 10
                                          41. Hatari - Hatrid Mun Sigra (Iceland) - 0 / 10

                                          + Slovenia on 31st place with 2 / 10.
                                          My celebrity crushes : Monika Sedziuviene, Kristina Ivanova (YVA).
                                          In my head I like to imagine LastDreamer in the land of Lithuania right now with a suitcase of simcards, a box of chocolates and a wedding ring. It would be a great base for an epic Eurovision fan fiction.

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                                          • Originally posted by LastDreamer View Post
                                            Bottom part of my 2019 ranking :
                                            38. Conan Osiris - Telemoveis (Portugal) - 0 / 10
                                            39. Mahmood - Soldi (Italy) - 0 / 10
                                            40. Jonida Maliqi - Ktheju Tokes (Albania) - 0 / 10
                                            41. Hatari - Hatrid Mun Sigra (Iceland) - 0 / 10

                                            + Slovenia on 31st place with 2 / 10.
                                            I cherish the national language sometimes even more than I should, but with Conan it was a blast of the outlandish. That song had a very negative effect on me, since I have become disappointed with the blandness of the contest in general and stopped compromising in the pursuit of originality for the sake of originality.
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                                            • Wooow long time after the ESC.. I need to remember my top 10 hahaha

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                                              • I have no memory of 2019. Can't we do 2013 again, please?

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                                                • I'm going by how I like the songs overall and not just based on the ESC performances. So here's my (most likely very unpopular) Top10:

                                                  12 - Cyprus
                                                  10 - Malta
                                                  8 - Norway
                                                  7 - Belarus
                                                  6 - Netherlands
                                                  5 - Romania
                                                  4 - Australia
                                                  3 - Switzerland
                                                  2 - Italy
                                                  1 - France

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