2016 Reviews – Lithuania – Donny Montell – I’ve Been Waiting For This Night

Lithuania is becoming the master of mammoth national finals, and after such a long process, we have another returning artist to Eurovision. Donny Montell was chosen once again to represent the nation, with the song I’ve Been Waiting For This Night. The last time he was in Eurovision was in 2012, so can he better…

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2016 Reviews – Serbia – Sanja Vučić ZAA – Goodbye (Shelter)

Serbia internally selected their act this year, and after a bit of a wait, we learnt that it would be ZAA Sanja Vučić to sing the song Goodbye (Shelter). We don’t think Sanja will be saying goodbye to us in the semi-finals, and here’s why. Goodbye is a powerful song sung by a powerful singer.…

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2016 Reviews – Switzerland – Rykka – The Last of Our Kind

Switzerland in recent years has been quite hit and miss in Eurovision, but could this be their year to make Europe listen? The artist who will be representing Switzerland is Rykka, who’s from Canada, but has roots in Switzerland. The song she will be singing is called The Last of Our Kind, and here’s what…

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2016 Reviews – Latvia – Justs – Heartbeat

Last year, Latvia brought, arguably, their best song to Eurovision yet (they’ve had a winning song, but that was in the early 2000’s, so surely doesn’t count, right?). The song came in at 6th place, which was a very respectable and deserved spot for Aminata. This year, she is back in the form of a…

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2016 Reviews – Sweden – Frans – If I Were Sorry

Sweden’s national selection is arguably the biggest across Europe, with often more Swedish people tuning into Melodifestivalen than Eurovision. This year, the nation selected Frans with the song If I Were Sorry. Amongst many of the fans, this song is a flop, however seems to be very popular outside of Sweden already – and Eurovision…

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2016 Reviews – Estonia – Jüri Pootsmann – Play

This year, Estonia has chosen heartthrob Jüri Pootsmann with the song Play, which last years’ participant Stig Rasta helped write the music and lyrics. The young 21 year old is relatively new to the music scene, but was voted the Best Male Act at the 2015 Estonian Music Awards. The talent is there, but does…

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2016 Reviews – Australia – Dami Im – Sound of Silence

After a strong debut last year with one of Australia’s top artists, Guy Sebastian, Australia is back in the contest for the 2nd time, this time, we have to fight it out in the semi-finals like majority of the other countries. SBS has internally selected former X Factor winner, Dami Im and the song she…

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2016 Reviews – Montenegro – Highway – The Real Thing

After 2 years of final qualification in a row. Montenegro are looking to continue the successful run with the band Highway, who are taking their out-there song titled The Real Thing. This is a song that has completely divided the Eurovision fan bubble, with some people hating it, and some loving it. As a result,…

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2016 Reviews – Cyprus – Minus One – Alter Ego

At the start of the national final season, there was nothing that hit me as winning material, nothing really hit me at all as a really great song (since then, some songs have grown on me). Along came Cyprus with a band I was very happy to see returning, this time to Eurovision, after last…

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2016 Reviews – Germany – Jamie-Lee Kriewitz – Ghost

Take 2 of the German selection (context: they chose internally, then they didn’t, then they had a national final and pretended like they didn’t look foolish) gave us Jamie-Lee Kriewitz with the song Ghost. Jamie-Lee won the latest series of the Voice in Germany, and soon after she was picked for Eurovision – what a…

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