jESC 2018: Ireland – Taylor Hynes – IOU

Hi,

In less than a month, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will start (this will happen on Sunday, 25th November 2018 and it will be held at the same venue in which jESC 2010 was held (Minsk Arena) in Minsk, Belarus)

In early-October 2018, delegations from the 20 participating countries (the highest number of countries for a jESC edition ever. The previous record was 18 countries back in 2004) came to Belarus for, between other duties, the delivery of informations regarding their own entries

From this moment on, I’ll give my opinion on each of the 20 songs and that’s going to be made by the order in which they were first revealed – the actual draw will only be known during the jESC 2018 week (my opinion could change, though, after the release of the jESC 2018 Official CD and the live performance in jESC 2018)

The last one is Ireland, whose entry was chosen in a National Final on 11th November 2018. Taylor Hynes will represent the country with a dance-pop entry titled “IOU”. The song was written by Taylor himself, Niall Mooney and Jonas Gladnikoff (the latter two have already written two ESC entries for Ireland (2009, “Et cetera”, Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy11th in Semi 2 and 2010, “It’s for you”, Niamh Kavanagh, 23rd) + one jESC entry for Ireland (2015, “Réalta na mara”, Aimee Banks, 12th). Jonas himself was one of the co-writers of another ESC entry for Ireland (2014, “Heartbeat”, Can-linn ft. Kasey Smith, 12th in Semi 2)

My opinion on the entry: A pretty nice catchy tune with a set of simple and easy-going lyrics and nice enough vocals… in studio, as his live performances in the preselection haven’t been the best (I mean, his vocals were OK… but they were really off at times. And the staging doesn’t seem to be that coordinated). Hoping the visual and vocal performances won’t be that messy in Minsk – otherwise, I see this struggling really hard in terms of results (especially with the jury. I wonder if they’ll have a better result with the online voting). We’ll see what happens next week…

And that’s it – I’ve given my opinion on all of this year’s jESC edition’s 20 entries from 20 different countries. Soon, the show will start and will have three presenters hosting the live event: Evgeny Perlin (who’s been the belarussian commentator for ESC since 2013 and for jESC since last year), Zinaida Kupriyanovich (who tried to represent Belarus in jESC back in 2015 and 2016) and Helena Meerai (who represented Belarus last year and got 5th with the entry “I am the one”). Wishing all the best to the jESC 2018 team and hoping it’ll be a great show

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

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jESC 2018: Poland – Roksana Węgiel – Anyone I want to be

Hi,

In less than a month, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will start (this will happen on Sunday, 25th November 2018 and it will be held at the same venue in which jESC 2010 was held (Minsk Arena) in Minsk, Belarus)

In early-October 2018, delegations from the 20 participating countries (the highest number of countries for a jESC edition ever. The previous record was 18 countries back in 2004) came to Belarus for, between other duties, the delivery of informations regarding their own entries

From this moment on, I’ll give my opinion on each of the 20 songs and that’s going to be made by the order in which they were first revealed – the actual draw will only be known during the jESC 2018 week (my opinion could change, though, after the release of the jESC 2018 Official CD and the live performance in jESC 2018)

Next up is Poland, whose entry was revealed on 6th November 2018 after being internally selected. Roksana Węgiel will represent the country with a mid-tempo pop entry titled “Anyone I want to be”. The song was written by Maegan Cottone (singer-songwriter), Nathan Duvall, Cutfather, Peter Wallevik, Daniel Davidsen, Małgorzata Uściłowska (singer-songwriter, also known as Lanberry) and Patryk Kumór (singer-songwriter), while it was also composed by Maegan Cottone, Nathan Duvall, Cutfather, Peter Wallevik and Daniel Davidsen

My opinion on the entry: A pretty strong entry with a pumping melody, a inspirational set of lyrics that point out the need of someone becoming its own person and a beautiful soaring voice to bring out the best of it. Normally, Roksana is a great singer, so I hope she’ll have a really good vocal performance from her – also hoping the visual performance will be equally good. If they’re both on point, then I’d say a top-10 could be likely (and since the singer in question has recently won the 1st season of The Voice Kids Poland, I guess she could be a contender to win the online voting. We’ll see what happens in Minsk)

Ireland will be the last one. So watch out for it pretty soon…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2018: Macedonia – Marija Spasovska – Doma

Hi,

In less than a month, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will start (this will happen on Sunday, 25th November 2018 and it will be held at the same venue in which jESC 2010 was held (Minsk Arena) in Minsk, Belarus)

In early-October 2018, delegations from the 20 participating countries (the highest number of countries for a jESC edition ever. The previous record was 18 countries back in 2004) came to Belarus for, between other duties, the delivery of informations regarding their own entries

From this moment on, I’ll give my opinion on each of the 20 songs and that’s going to be made by the order in which they were first revealed – the actual draw will only be known during the jESC 2018 week (my opinion could change, though, after the release of the jESC 2018 Official CD and the live performance in jESC 2018)

Next up is Macedonia, whose entry was revealed on 19th October 2018 after being internally selected. Marija Spasovska will represent the country with a balkan-influenced ballad titled “Doma”. The song was written by Darko Dimitrov (who has quite a historial in terms of Eurovision Song Contest as he wrote and/or composed three entries for Macedonia: 2006 (“Ninanajna”, Elena Risteska, 12th (still the country’s best placing in the adult contest), 2013 (“Pred da se razdeni”, Esma & Lozano, 16th in the 2nd Semi) and 2018 (“Lost and found”, Eye Cue, 18th in the 1st Semi) and Elena Risteska (who, as mentioned before, represented the country back in 2006 with “Ninanajna”), while it was also composed by Darko Dimitrov

My opinion on the entry: A really well crafted melody with a cute set of lyrics and a good vocal tone from the singer’s part. Fans have pointed out the fact this ballad doesn’t go for a big dramatic climax like some of the several slow songs that have been sent to both ESC and jESC as of lately… nothing wrong with that, though, since the fragility and the subtleness of the entry makes it all worthwhile. I’m only worried about the performance: the country’s delegation hasn’t been getting the staging right for several years now (at least since ESC 2013. The only exception, in my opinion, was jESC 2016  ESC 2016 was pretty close to that exception as well) and I’m afraid they might destroy the song’s potential with a poorly thought visual performance. And I’m also afraid the singer might not have a really good vocal performance (she has recently sung the song live in a music event and to my surprise, she sung it really well… although I still think that with just a little more work, her vocals could sound even better). For now, I’d say borderline top-10 and 12th/13th at most (maybe higher if everything’s on the right track), but we’ll see what happens in Minsk

Poland will be the next one. So watch out for it pretty soon…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2018: Portugal – Rita Laranjeira – Gosto de tudo (Já não gosto de nada)

Hi,

In less than a month, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will start (this will happen on Sunday, 25th November 2018 and it will be held at the same venue in which jESC 2010 was held (Minsk Arena) in Minsk, Belarus)

In early-October 2018, delegations from the 20 participating countries (the highest number of countries for a jESC edition ever. The previous record was 18 countries back in 2004) came to Belarus for, between other duties, the delivery of informations regarding their own entries

From this moment on, I’ll give my opinion on each of the 20 songs and that’s going to be made by the order in which they were first revealed – the actual draw will only be known during the jESC 2018 week (my opinion could change, though, after the release of the jESC 2018 Official CD and the live performance in jESC 2018)

Next up is Portugal, whose entry was revealed on 17th October 2018 after being internally selected. Rita Laranjeira will represent the country with a uptempo pop-rock entry titled “Gosto de tudo (Já não gosto de nada)”. The song was written and composed by singer-songwriter João Só, lead vocalist of alternative rock group João Só & Abandonados

My opinion on the entry: First of all, it’s quite better than last year’s entry – the music is enjoyably catchy, the lyrics are pretty direct with its social media theme (although I think RTP is already abusing the theme for their Junior Eurovision Song Contest entries a bit too much) and the singer does a pretty good job with her great vocals. And yet… I can’t help thinking that Rita needed a much better song so that she could show the maximum of her talent. I’m saying that because, for me, the song isn’t really strong enough (I loved the songwriter (João Só)’s work on the 2018 portuguese TV-series “1986”‘ soundtrack… and that’s an exception as I don’t usually find his compositions to be that great – Rita’s song is no exception to the latter category. To make it all worse, the competition is really strong this year (many fans don’t really think this year’s edition is that good… of which I totally disagree) and I’m afraid this could do bottom-5 or close to it in Minsk (that is: unless she gets a really good running order spot, she has a really impactful staging and she gives a powerful vocal performance out of it. Then we could think of a 11th-14th place at least. Maybe even a borderline top-10 placing if she ends up doing really well with either the jury or the online voting)

Macedonia will be the next one. So watch out for it pretty soon…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2018: Azerbaijan – Fidan Hüseynova – I wanna be like you

Hi,

In less than a month, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will start (this will happen on Sunday, 25th November 2018 and it will be held at the same venue in which jESC 2010 was held (Minsk Arena) in Minsk, Belarus)

In early-October 2018, delegations from the 20 participating countries (the highest number of countries for a jESC edition ever. The previous record was 18 countries back in 2004) came to Belarus for, between other duties, the delivery of informations regarding their own entries

From this moment on, I’ll give my opinion on each of the 20 songs and that’s going to be made by the order in which they were first revealed – the actual draw will only be known during the jESC 2018 week (my opinion could change, though, after the release of the jESC 2018 Official CD and the live performance in jESC 2018)

(the first video is the first version’s videoclip, while the second video is the final version’s videoclip. The latter version is the one that’s going to be performed in Minsk)

Next up is Azerbaijan, the third of this year’s three returning countries, whose entry was revealed on 16th October 2018 after being internally selected. Fidan Hüseynova will represent the country with a mid-tempo pop entry titled “I wanna be like you”. The song was written by Ayten Ismikhanova and Elvira Michieva, while it was composed by Isa Melikov and Fidan herself (the former mentioned composer had a previous ESC connection by composing the azeri entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017“Skeletons”, sung by Dihaj (which got 14th)

My opinion on the entry: Quite a cute melody with a simple and yet nice lyrics (by the way, loving the azeri language in it) and a pretty solid vocal that matches the sweetness of the entry. If there’s only one less positive thing that I’d have to say about this one is that it needed a bit more oomph into it as the competition is really hard this year… which leads me to think it might do between 11th-15th at most if changes aren’t made into the entry and if the performance isn’t on point (not many fans believe it might do top-10, but I’d like to believe they could do better than predicted if everything goes well in the end)

Portugal will be the next one. So watch out for it pretty soon…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)