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)

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jESC 2015: Russia – Mikhail Smirnov – Mechta

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)

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)

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)