jESC 2015: Ukraine – Anna Trincher – Pochny z sebe

Hi,

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It’s the continuation – as well as the end – of my opinion regarding the 17 competing entries from the 17 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria (officially, though, the host will be Bulgaria as a whole. Sofia is only the location of the venue)

We’re coming down to the last entry of this jESC edition and it’s coming from Ukraine. For this occasion, they have sent a anti-war pop-rock entry titled “Pochny z sebe” (translation: “Start with yourself”) which will be sung by Anna Trincher who also wrote the song (and she is no stranger to competition shows, having even been in the ukrainian version of “The Voice Kids”. She also had been in the Ukrainian jESC NF last year… without much sucess). A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=33333

Now to the opinion of the song: Musically, it’s a nice entry with a dark element within the arrangements – and it has, without a doubt, some of the best lyrics in this year’s edition. However, I don’t think it’s as marvelous as many jESC fans believe and I could compare that opinion of mine with Portugal‘s ESC 2015 entry (“Há um mar que nos separa”, Leonor Andrade) – eventhough “Pochny z sebe” is much superior to the song I mentioned in terms of production, it doesn’t connect me at all (also meaning: there’s nothing extra special in it). Still, there’s a chance this could do well with the right staging and the right vocal performance…

So that’s it. On Saturday, 21th November 2015, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will start, live in SofiaBulgaria. May the best entry win (hoping some of my top-6 (Slovenia, Malta, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belarus and Australia) countries this year will do well)

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2015: Slovenia – Lina Kuduzović – Prva ljubezen

Hi,

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It’s the continuation of my opinion regarding the 17 competing entries from the 17 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria (officially, though, the host will be Bulgaria as a whole. Sofia is only the location of the venue)

The penulitimate entry in jESC 2015 – remembering we still don’t have the official running order, so everything is done alphabetically – comes from Slovenia. Unlike last year, this year’s mid-tempo ballad is less on the indie side and more into pop – and it’s about the chronicles of a girl who experiences her very first love relationship. With the title “Prva ljubezen” (translation: “First love”), the song will be sung in slovene and english by Lina Kuduzović who became known after winning the 2010 season of the talent show “Slovenia Got Talent” and becoming a finalist in the 2014 season of the talent show “Die grössten Schweizer Talente”. She co-wrote the lyrics with her mother Sebina and… Maraaya (Raay and Marjetka Vovk), who also co-wrote the entry’s music and even represented the country in ESC 2015 with “Here for you” – they were equally responsible for last year’s jESC entry (Ula Ložar, “Nisi sam (Your light)”). A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=33323

Now to the opinion of the song: My biggest favourite this year, it just ticks all my buttons + it’s sublime in every aspect – from its well-constructed melody to its meaningful lyrics and from the arrangements’ high-class quality to the singer’s sincere vocal portrayal… overall, Maraaya have brilliantly done it again. I don’t know if this will do pretty well, but I sure hope it gets a great placing – provided there’s a great performance from Lina‘s part (well, she’s usually a great vocalist and I hope she’ll be on her best next week – for me, the main concern for her and the slovenian delegation at the moment will be the visuals)

And we’re almost coming to end of my look at this year’s jESC entries – Ukraine is the last country to have an opinion of mine…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2015: Serbia – Lena Stamenković – Lenina pesma

Hi,

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It’s the continuation of my opinion regarding the 17 competing entries from the 17 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria (officially, though, the host will be Bulgaria as a whole. Sofia is only the location of the venue)

Now it’s time for Serbia to shine and they’ll do it with a mid-tempo balkan entry about the world we live in that has a pretty curious title sung in serbian: “Lenina pesma” (translation: “Lena’s song”). The singer of the entry’s title is Lena Stamenković who got her first glimpse of stardom in the talent show “Pinkove zvezdice” and who also co-wrote the lyrics. The composer and also co-lyricist of the song (and also a singer on her own), Leontina Vukomanović, already has some ESC experience in her sleeve as she co-wrote Serbia & Montenegro‘s ESC 2004 entry (“Lane moje”, Željko Joksimović & Ad Hoc Orchestra) and also this year’s serbian entry (Bojana Stamenov, “Beauty never lies”). A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=33373

Now to the opinion of the song: Don’t judge a book by the cover… I mean, a unheard song by its song title – what you’ll find is a strong mid-tempo with lovely arrangements and simple but nice lyrics about humanity, all coupled by a highly impressive voice from Lena‘s part. She’s usually a powerful singer (it doesn’t matter if she’s only 11 years old – look at some of her performances in the talent show I’ve mentioned and you’ll understand why I said what I said), so here’s my wish of seeing a equally powerful visual and vocal performance out of her

The before-to-last country to have an opinion from me will be Slovenia. Watch out for it…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2015: San Marino – Kamilla Ismailova – Mirror

Hi,

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It’s the continuation of my opinion regarding the 17 competing entries from the 17 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria (officially, though, the host will be Bulgaria as a whole. Sofia is only the location of the venue)

Next up is San Marino with a mid-tempo entry about breaking free from the obstacles and reaching out one’s dreams titled “Mirror”, sung in italian and english. Some might be suprised about the fact that the singer in question is from as far as… Russia (with azeri roots): Kamilla Ismailova, who also co-wrote the lyrics. A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=33383

Now to the opinion of the song: Honestly, I wasn’t expecting a great entry coming from San Marino. But here it is – a passionate mid-slow entry with a delicate and yet topical set of arrangements and powerful lyrics to contrast the song’s black and white atmosphere. Normally, the song has what’s needed to do quite well – however, after seeing some live performance videos from Kamilla (especially one where she sings the entry), I’m really worried she won’t do this song any justice with a poor vocal performance – however, I hope she can prove me wrong by giving a power-house performance…

Not many entries left now: Serbia will be the next one to have an opinion from me…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2015: Russia – Mikhail Smirnov – Mechta

Hi,

jesc2015logo

It’s the continuation of my opinion regarding the 17 competing entries from the 17 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria (officially, though, the host will be Bulgaria as a whole. Sofia is only the location of the venue)

With only 5 entries left to be reviewed (or given an opinion for, as I’d say), let’s move on with the next country which is Russia. Once again, the country has chosen a ballad, although this one is more on the mid-tempo side than the previous one – and it will be sung in russian and english. Reaching out for a dream is the main theme of the entry titled “Mechta” (translation: “Dream”) and Mikhail Smirnov, who co-wrote the entry, will the song’s performer. A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=33363

Now to the opinion of the song: Nicely produced entry with a good amount of russian soul on both music and lyrics – however, there are much better songs than this one (and, honestly, those pop beats in the song don’t really help me to like this one more). I have to admit, though, that this one has all the ingridients to do well – it could even win this year’s edition. Let’s see if this entry can give Russia the second victory in the contest or not…

San Marino is coming up next – don’t miss my opinion regarding the entry…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)