EDITORIAL – With the rehearsals underway in the Georgian capital and since oikotimes.com is not following closely the event this year we decided to write a review of the participating entries, vote for them in our annual oikopanel and also gets you in the mood to participate in our annual Junior Europrediction, in which you you can vote here.
Let’s have though an overview of the songs. The first impression created by the official previews first and then the impressions from the rehearsals. Regarding Cyprus the song seem typical Constantinos Christoforou song which could have been the Maltese entry. Unfortunately it’s not convincing enough for me to vote for it. Poland on the other hand shows quality and simplicity in the tune prevails. The Netherlands are giving a great modern sound to the contest and could have easily be an entry by Justin Bieber or the Norwegian M&M. I would love to see them even winning but just like last year I cannot see them voted by the juries. Armenia once again focus on quality and maybe tries to bring the Georgian 2016 spirit to the stage. I am sure it will do well, somehow, especially with that chorus gimmick. Belarus is definitely bringing the modern international sound to this year’s contest. Helena should win the contest for me and the song should be an example for the country in senior Eurovision. Portugal seems to be the biggest disappointment inside our team as it doesn’t appeal to us at all. Though it’s nice to see Eurovision 2018 host country entering the game. Ireland‘s entry is the song that I would love to hear in the radio and I think it’s one of the best entries ever sent to Junior Eurovision. Somehow within its simplicity you can hear the message. FYR Macedonia‘s entry seems to have been the sequel of their 2017 senior Eurovision entry (in terms of sound). It’s more than OK but it requires great vocal performance to convince the public and the juries.
Host country Georgia is attempting one again to bring an artistic performer and quality song. This retro style and maybe the fact that they already won and host the event might not give them the trophy again. But somehow it will go high I guess. Albanian entry is sounding great. Rehearsals will prove if the song can stand chances for victory. It resembles the sound and style with their 2016 entry which was actually my personal favourite. Ukrainian entry is once again the result of good, structural hard work. It sounds great and if the live performance is equal to the preview video then Ukraine can surprise us. But thank God they will not host it next year! The Maltese entry seems to be the “Despacito” entry of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. If performed well, this cute guy might surprise us. Don’t see him winning but I can see him finishing in the top five. The Russian entry sounds almost perfect to win but somehow I am not yet convinced unlike most of my team members. Surely this song is modern and appealing and the video clip of their entry is simply one of the best. Serbia is definitely a song that either you will vote massively or not at all. It is simple and maybe even too childish for the kids. Though it’s a happy tune and the two singers are lovely together. Australian entry is all about messages and activism. Can this be appealing? Well the idea of one take video clip and the catchy Aussie tune might bring them close to the trophy but it needs great vocal performance first. Last but no least the Italian entry. Unless you are a lover of the Italian music and sound you will never like this song. For me, it’s perfect but the problem with this song is that there are already greater and more Cathy tunes than this. But for sure this entry is one of the best Italian entries in JESC.
Soon I will update my editorial with more team votes for the oikopanel and review of all rehearsals when videos are available.
JUNIOR EUROVISION 2017 🇬🇪 OIKOPANEL
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