If Elhaida hadn't been ill would you have voted for Albania? - I really adore the track. It's so calm but also stunning at the same time.
It's nice to see Italy being so successful! Personally, I liked Francesca's performance; it was unique and well-thought but at the end, I prefer other entries and that's why Italy didn't make my Top 10 this time (Italy had been part of my Top 10 from 2011-2015, though).
I knew that you would be stanning for the Georgian entry. It's crazy how much love it got by non-Eurovision fans
- My mum loved it like crazy when she saw it on TV.
Latvia <3 - Amazing voice, I personally love it that his voice is so strong and heavy compared to the soft electronic arrangement. It's like a contrast. Aminata can't go wrong!
Nice to see Ukraine, it's a well-deserved victory.
Amir was charming but the "youuuuuuuuuhuuuuus" kinda pulled me off. I still like the track but I couldn't get the fuss about it. I think that a #6 place in the end was more than enough
I was really happy to see Bulgaria being so high. Poli was excellent!
Australia sent the whole package twice in a row. Hopefully, they will keep up that quality.
Douwe seemed to be indeed a nice guy. He totally got flirty with Samra from Azerbaijan. I'm quite sure they had a fling
I'm shocked you hated the Russian entry that much; you will be shocked.
Denmark was indeed horrible. It was way too old-fashioned and the guys were kind of "too old" to come up with a childish Schlager pop track. It was a bit disturbing as well.
I agree with Iceland; I was still a bit sad to see it not qualifying though. Iceland used to smash in Eurovision (2008-2014). It's strange that they didn't qualify twice ina row now.
And I also agree with you on the new voting system! I love it! Finally, juries don't have the power to vote down fan favourites (like they did with Poland 2014 or Montenegro 2013); it's totally fair now.
WOW! That's a very interesting choice! I didn't expect Cyprus to be on top and Georgia coming next on your Top 10! Usually, you seem to love Eurovision-esque pop tracks. That's a real surprise!
It's nice to see Bulgaria, Russia, France, Latvia, Austria and Malta on your list!
It's a shame that Austria and Malta just missed my Top 10
Jamala did not break the rules. She didn't address a politics in a direct way like Georgia did 2009 ("We Don't Wanna Put In/Putin"). Like Germany 1982, France 2015; she addressed the consequences of war. Instead of singing about peace, though, she decided to highlight the dramatic aspects of injustice and war. She connected it to a historical event (like Armenia 2015, France 2015).
Of course, it can be interpreted to be a song levelling criticism on Russia's war against Ukraine and the wrongly annexion of Crimea but that's a thing people think about and interpret. And that's why the song itself doesn't break any rules.
Personally, I think that Jamala did an amazing job. She was brave and very emotional. She sang from her heart in a year in which 75% of the entrants tried to make use of fancy effects. She focused on the core: The soul, the music and the atmosphere.
But I also value your opinion. I just strongly disagree with you on implying that she has broken the rules. That's not the case; the EBU also saw it the way I do.
I am glad that you decided to listen to the songs prior the contest! It's always interesting to see how the personal Top 10 changed after the performances.
It's nice to see Russia and Australia on top! Both countries had mesmerising performances!
Italy was cute and classy.
I also like Croatia, Serbia
- I am glad you liked Poland, Azerbaijan, Germany as well!
Interesting to read that 2016 had been a stronger year for you
I personally prefer 2015 to it but coming up with a Top 10 this time was very difficult (since I love 14 entries
It's nice to see Austria on top. It was a bit too cheesy/sugery for me at first but I warmed up to her. Zoe is such a nice and lovely person and she completely deserved to end up being Top 10 in the televoting. Her performance was magical and cute.
It's also nice to see Croatia, Italy, Germany (underrated), Australia, Norway (I'd have loved to see it in the final), Bulgaria, Azerbaijan (people on Ukmix should love that country more) and even Slovenia in your Top 10
For obvious reasons I love your Top 10. I just think that Belarus and Switzerland weren't great at all. Belarus was simply not my cup of tea and Switzerland was a bit too amateurish for me. The melody was also very annoying if you ask me. I really liked the Swiss entries from 2008 to 2013; but in the last two years, Switzerland had been part of my bottom 5.
Rykka never really grew on me.
I am glad we agree on the other tracks, though!
Wow, so 2016 was your favourite year after all?
I knew that Bulgaria would be topping your list! - Poli was great and very charming!
Nice to see Russia and Armenia. I voted for both in the final. Even though I dislike the Armenian entry, I have to say that Iveta was STUNNING and very PROFESSIONAL on stage! Personally, I think that she had the best performance of the night. She clearly had the X-factor. Nicole Scherzinger wouldn't be able to top that!
What a surprise to see Ireland, Belarus and Denmark!