We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.
In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!
Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite
Hari Mata Mari – Lejla | 3rd place, 229 points (Final)
Amongst a strong collection of songs from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Dennis certainly managed to select one of the best songs. Lejla is a stunning Balkan ballad, and perhaps one of the best Balkan ballads of the 21st century, not just from Bosnia & Herzegovina but overall.
The delicate instrumentals throughout the song are totally charming, and the vocals and melody are smooth and perfectly executed. As the song progresses, it builds really well. It’s not a typical song structure of verse, chorus, verse chorus, but instead, the song is more reminiscent of storytelling. The staging is typical of many of the successful Balkan ballads at Eurovision, but there’s a reason why it is successful. It just works.
Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite
Mija Martina – Ne Brini | 16th place, 27 points (Final)
It is tricky to define this song by one particular genre! ‘Ne brini’ manages to fuse disco, rock, and pop elements… and it surprisingly works. Confusion transitioned to intrigue, which transitioned to shameless enjoyment. I definitely enjoy this entry, but struggle to explain why.
What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!
Vote for your favourite entry from Bosnia & Herzegovina below: