Friday, April 27, 2018


Bulgaria - Equinox - Bones
After placing 4th and 2nd the past two years Bulgarian tv created a super group for the occasion: Bulgarian Zhana Bergendorff, Georgi Simeonov and Vladimir Mihailov with American Trey Campbell and Johnny Manuel. Zhana (32) is Bulgarian X Factor winner 2013, also Georgi is known from XF, Vladimir had his taste of Eurovision by being one of Kristian Kostov's backing singers. Johnny made himself known in America's Got Talent and Trey has written songs to several global stars. Bones is one of the main favorites this year but even if I adore the vocal harmonies and their voices I'm not that into the song. And truth to be said even the vocal harmonies are very American. Also, being a specially created group should they win it would be kinda wasted one (think Tanel Padar and Dave Benton) as most likely they won't continue together and have success (think Bucks Fizz) so we wouldn't see them any gatherings and celebrations where the winners mingle for the decades to come.....  But all that put aside I like this one when I hear it but so far it hasn't really hit home with me and it still feels a bit manufactured and artificial. 6/10

Armenia - Sevak Khanagyan - Qami
Sevak (30) is another ex-Sovjet made star (think Alekseev): he has been in The Voice of Russia 2015 in Polina Gagarina's team but was k-o in the knock out rounds, then he won X Factor Ukraine in 2016 before becoming one of the coaches in The Voice of Armenia in 2017. He's half Russian and has also lived and studied in Russia. I liked this one the first time I heard it and I was so pleased it won, and finally we have Armenian in the contest. The melody is great, he's got a voice I like and it all comes together nicely and the chorus sticks to your head. Love it. 10/10

Montenegro - Vanja Radovanović - Inje
Vanja (35) first tried to get to Eurovision in Beovizija 2006 but placed 21st.... This year he returned and won. I am a sucker for Balcan ballads but compared to Zeljko, Hari Mata Hari, Sergej, Knez sadly Vanja doesn't quite made an impact in me. I don't even quite know why and where's the problem? I should love this but yet.... 5/10

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