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Serbia: Zeljko Joksimovic – Synonym

After a full-length concert, Zeljko finally presented his song for Eurovision – well he actually presented two. Zeljko’s voice is the main reason to love this song. The clarity and earthy tone make this a pleasure whatever language he eventually …

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Romania: Mandinga – Zaleilah

Mandinga will be representing Romania at Eurovision with Zaleilah – yet another upbeat tune to join the what is a crowded genre in Baku. Bagpipes and Romania are not two words usually found together in the same sentence. Mandinga seem …

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Armenia Withdraws from Baku

Armenian Public Television has officially informed the EBU of their withdrawal from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. With the tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan still raw, Armenia had concerns about the security in Baku.  Those concerns have forced this decision from the …

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Estonia: Ott Lepland – Kuula

Estonia predictably sent Ott Lepland to Eurovision with the song Kuula. It’s certainly one of the better emotional songs so far this year. There is real emotion on display here, which gives the song and performance integrity. It should claw …

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Spain: Pastora Soler – Quédate Conmigo

[youtube id=”eJBh_fUBreA” width=”600″ height=”350″] Last night, Spain selected Quédate Conmigo for singer Pastora Soler. Apart from the big fortissimo part at 2:18, I was very indifferent this song. It’s lacking power during the verses and it’s difficult to spot any …

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Epic Watering Can Guy

We have a novelty here from 1979 with Peter, Sue & Marc together with Pfuri, Gorps & Kniri performing “Trödler & Co”. Hang on…I feel stupid for asking this, but is he really playing that watering can? He’s playing just …

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Give A Little Love Back To The World

At the time of writing, it’s nearly 4 hours until the UK announce their 2012 entry for Eurovision. Cue an old UK Eurovision entry for Verka’s Vault… Here we have Emma, performing Give a Little Love Back to the World …

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FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi – Black & White

Black & White, Kaliopi’s song for Baku, was officially unveiled tonight. For me, it’s miles off the required standard and is a song that seems to jump from genre to genre. She sounds like she’s just smoked 40 Cubans. There …

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