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Turkey: Can Bonomo – Love me Back

To start, it’s not what I expected. I anticipated a song with a more mainstream sound and western influences, even though I was well aware of Bonomo’s quirky style. I thought we’d get a Dum Tek Tek stomper, but Love …

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Israel: Izabo – Time

Studio version Live Version This is the official Eurovision version of Izabo’s Time. I quite like this. It reminds me of the Flaming Lips with a dash of Arcade Fire. Quite how this will play out on the Eurovision stage …

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Montenegro: Rambo Amadeus – Euro Neuro

We have a full song and whilst this isn’t a traditional Eurovision sound, the video is sure to attract a cult following. We were perhaps a little hard on Rambo after listening to the preview clip released some weeks ago. …

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Ukraine: Gaitana – Be My Guest

You’re not likely to forget the lyrics to this song in a hurry. Gaitana has been selected to bring carnage to Eurovision in Baku. ‘Be my Guest’ makes an absolute mockery of the contest. It is every dance song from …

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Latvia: Anmary – Beautiful song

It’s Latvia and a girl who’s eyes are trying to eat her face. Just see for yourself… As Mickey and perhaps Beanie would say, the old bontempi keyboard has been dug out to create this dated song. I know she’s …

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Croatia: Nina Badric – Nebo

Nina Badric was chosen as Croatia’s representative at Eurovision some time ago. However yesterday, the song Nebo, meaning Sky, was officially unveiled. It sounds like another Albania, but with a more acceptable radio-friendly sound. In other words, there’s plenty to …

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Norway: Tooji – Stay

As predicted! We got it! You heard it here! Tooji’s floor stomper that should be a very strong contender saw off the early favourites Plumbo. The song Stay was produced by the same team that brought us Eric Saade’s Popular …

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Malta: Kurt Calleja – This is the Night

Where to start… Well I started by watching Melodifestivalen and Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix. I didn’t understand a word of what was being said, but I did actually laugh. Strange really. In comparison, Malta’s national final seemed about as entertaining …

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