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Jag hoppas alla kan förstå min blogg med allt från Junior Eurovision på både engelska och svenska.
Jag ska ta mitt slutprov på SFI på 11:e december. Fint kanske, men igår min lärare säg att jag måste skriv bättre, och jag är tråkig med mitt grammatik, så snäll maila mig om du vet hur jag kan göra bättre.
Jag hoppades att jag ska blogga idag som alla odds i Junior Eurovision, men vi inte ha det nu – om man vet vilken plats det är – underbart!
Alla artister är nu på plats i Amsterdam. Igår var en fest för alla och imorgon alla genrep börja, och vi kan ge mer information som det där.
Egentligen, igår alla artister sjunga låter tillsammans på festen för första gången, och vi tittade det på Junioreurovision.tv.
Jag ska skriva genom alla bidrag nu, på engelska, med vad jag tänkte som det.
After all, this was the first time to see them stage ready, even if the stage was a small party venue in a hotel. And, I just tried in Swedish for one of the songs and realized I had no vocab to express myself about it!
Belarus – opens the show – is spot on the money vocally but I little bit boring after the two minutes – no real change to my opinion (remember you can see those on my vlog on the OGAESweden YouTube channel in English and Swedish)
Sweden – will be hard work on rehearsals to control the sound levels, lots of Lova’s singing is very sincere but also very gentle, and at times here it sounded weak which I think was unfair on her. Her use of the upper register is great and the re-touched production is giving this a lovely last chorus. I’m not sure on the backing vocals. I would much prefer them live in a song like this, and I would also prefer it as an echo to Lova chorus – För nu (för nu) Idag, (Idag) – to add the emphasis and add some gentle driving to the structure. Lova needs the ability in this not to have to sing perfectly in time, it needs to flow in the mood and the backing vocal addition makes it struggle to have this quality. It still a hard song to judge, and the dancers add nothing from the shots here, but the camera work will be so important for this.
Azerbaijan – this was an absolute train wreck. They brought a stage show. But this appears here to be all about acting like silly, misbehaving boys and girls, and it comes across, if possible, as the wrong type of fun (must be the teacher inside me shaking my head). The dancing is all over the shop and is dropping down the order in the juries.
Belgium – Fabian is ill, and certainly wasn’t giving a lot here. All going well though he should be fine – it was for the National Final. Looks like they have dropped the band and have some dancing instead. Not sure I agree with this, the shots of the drums in particular were really useful in the Belgian final, especially with the hand clap beats. I say it again, dark horse…
Russia – this actually, in a great way, reminds me of some of the school Eurovision acts I have mentored. The formations and dance routines are slick, effective and make an impact. Dancers are in top form and love the matching haircuts. Is this too modern? Or too out-dated? Lerika can sing great – in Russian. In English it starts to get clumsy, it makes sense but just doesn’t quite fit. Usually at Junior I would say it was harmless, but I think it might give that final chorus less of an impact. Camera angles will be important here, really need to be crisp to show this off. Not the runaway winner at the moment.
Israel – this is naturally quite hard to fit together with all the different children singing. Can’t see anything in the staging here, but I don’t expect to see anything in particular. Some of the top notes in the chorus seem a little strained – but not the car crash I expected. Could do ok – but needs to be less static for me.
Albania – Another really unique voice here from Albania. And I don’t mean that in a bad way – but you have to give it a song to give justice to that. Nothing 40 year old ‘ooh Albania discovered an electric guitar’ music is not appropriate for this. Can see more than 14 points here though, and not all pity votes based on the production here.
Armenia – gaining ground. Sounded good here in the new production. It still sounds like the kids wrote it, but in an endearing you want to like it and vote for it way. Also they are pulling off The Beatles-esque vibe quite well, and it is an infectious hook. Looks like a top 5.
Ukraine – No backing here on show – although I would expect that for the rehearsals here. Little bit of a mini Rona from Albania look here with the hair – and the song has elements that fit that well. Well delivered, probably up in my estimations.
Georgia – These kids are so fun, they loved the party at the front of the stage and this challenges Russia now without any doubt. Note here that this been given the plump running order draw here, the last spot (as Moldova and the Netherlands were drawn) – and the broadcaster have this right. As always with Georgian acts, this is polished and perfect. Vocally they are exciting and interesting too. I hope it is great and in-your-face show to the camera and they are going to warm everybody. There is a great shot of Femke giggling through the show, they are good and are going to hoover the votes – this was clearly so written for the Junior Eurovision stage. Classic Georgia. Wonder about the full stage show but this has it all and could be two in the row.
Moldova – in the shadow of Georgia isn’t great. But here is a song, with a simple format where the backing vocals are working – and will take some votes again for a mid-table placing. No real change.
The Netherlands – in the same way – we know what we are getting from Femke, and I don’t expect any change or any surprise. Safe but not a show stopper. Wrong song from the Dutch, they should have sent the boyband.
I worry in writing this, I’m reading too much into a fun little party. The kids were just having fun after all, and this would never happen in the Senior Eurovision – it would all be too serious. But at the same time, we are seeing the A game from some countries for the first time – the new song productions, the new dance routines. It will be fascinating to see on the stage in rehearsals tomorrow. And the stage is looking fab too. It’s a small arena by Melodifestivalen standards, but looking great for the TV cameras.