jESC 2015: The Netherlands – Shalisa – Million lights

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 the second of two countries that have participated in every single jESC edition since it begun back in 2003: The Netherlands. This time, they have sent a mid-tempo ballad about a distant love relationship (aka. two people that love each other but can’t express it personally as they’re really far away from each other and only have the stars as their communication link) named “Million lights” and it will be sung in dutch and english by Shalisa (who got her first break in the 1st season of “The Voice Kids: Nederland”. She also wrote the entry). Among the writers of the song, there’s also Joost Griffioen who co-wrote last year’s dutch jESC entry (Julia, “Around”). A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=33263

Now to the opinion of the song: A heartfelt ballad from start to finish: the melody is great, the arrangements are professionally well-concieved and the lyrics surely are romantic without being too contrived. The question is: can Shalisa do well with a song that sounds a bit too adult for jESC (and probably that’s my only concern about it)? One thing is for sure: the visual and vocal performances really need to be more than just good in order to do really well with the juries and the televoting…

5 entries left and the following country to have an opinion from me will be Russia. Watch out for it soon…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2015: Montenegro – Jana Mirković – Oluja

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 next country in line is Montenegro and they are once again in the uptempo domain – eventhough this time it’s more on the pop music side and it goes narrative as it relates a childhood romance that has now been revived a few later: talking about “Oluja” (translation: “Storm”). The singer that’ll defend the entry in montenegrin has also co-written the entry’s lyrics: Jana Mirković. A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=33343

Now to the opinion of the song: First of all, I wasn’t really expecting a uptempo entry from them again (in paper, it seemed more like a ballad or a mid-tempo entry at least). As for the entry itself, it’s a nice catchy songs with some pretty good melody moments such as in the verses (the chorus is its weakest point for me) – and the lyrics are pretty good too. However, it isn’t the most amazing entry in the world – it’s quite basic for me… and I don’t know if it can do well at all. Jana really has to give it all next week in order to fight for a good placing (especially when the competition is really big in more ways than one)

The last entry to have an opinion of mine today belongs to the other country that has participated in every single jESC edition since it started back in 2003The Netherlands. Don’t miss it…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2015: Malta – Destiny Chukunyere – Not my soul

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)

Malta, last year’s hosting country, is coming up next with a empowering catchy retro-R’n’B/soul uptempo track titled “Not my soul” and it’s going to be sung in english (of course) by a fiercy person that co-wrote the entry: Destiny Chukunyere. Among the writers of the song, there’s the composer Elton Zarb and the lyricist Matt Muxu Mercieca – both of them wrote the maltese jESC entries for these last 2 years + they also wrote the maltese ESC 2015 entry (“Warrior”, Amber). A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=33253

Now to the opinion of the song: I’m usually a sucker for retro-flavoured entries and this one is no exception – sure it’s on the cutesy side, but there’s also some fierceness throughout the music’s addictiveness, the simple yet thoughtfull lyrics and the appealing arrangements. And that’s what makes it so awesome for an uptempo entry of its calibre. Destiny has proved she’s a great singer, but now everything depends on the visual performance…

The next country to have an opinion from me pretty shortly is Montenegro. Watch out for it…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2015: Macedonia – Ivana Petkovska and Magdalena Aleksovska – Pletenka

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)

The second and last returning country of this edition is Macedonia – and they are going uptempo with a song about… braids: the title is, therefore, “Pletenka” (translation: “Braid”) and the performers for this track – in macedonian – are Ivana Petkovska (who did the lyrics) and Magdalena Aleksovska (who wrote the music). A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=33353

Now to the opinion of the song: Cute catchy entry with a funny theme on its lyrics – the arrangements could have been much better, though, and that’s a bit of a problem. Plus, I’m worried that this won’t have the performance that could get them a good placing in the results (even in studio, their vocals don’t sound as harmonious as they should be). Let’s see what will happen next week…

Next up is last year’s host country, Malta. Stay tuned for the entry’s opinion…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

jESC 2015: Italy – Chiara and Martina Scarpari – Viva

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)

On the spolight right now is Italy, last year’s winning country (and right on their debut participation). This time, they have sent a catchy mid-tempo entry about enjoying life to the fullest titled “Viva” (translation: “Long live”) which will be sung in italian by a sibling duo who also co-wrote the lyrics of the song: twins Chiara & Martina Scarpari. One of the two composers of the song is Gigi d’Alessio, one of the most famous pop-rock singers in the italian music industry. A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=33313

Now to the opinion of the song: A pretty good effort with good arrangements and inspiration lyrics, all complementing a powerful vocal showcase from the twins’ part. They have proved in “Ti lascio una canzone” (currently one of the most famous junior talent shows in Italy) that they can sing really well – but they are facing some tough competition this year + the crucial point will be transmiting the song’s message in visual terms – they really need a performance that’ll impress both the televoting and the jury…

Macedonia is the next country to have an opinion from me. Don’t miss it…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)