Here’s the second half of the entries for this year’s contest. Enjoy!
Lithuania’s entry is Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila‘s This Time (lyrics). This song is… OK? I don’t know, it just seemed kind of generic (but still good). The kiss seemed like a bit of an unnecessary gimmick though.
San Marino’s entry is Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini‘s Chain of Lights (lyrics). These two are both only 16, and sorry, but it shows. I feel like this was the Junior version of Dina Garipova’s What if (Russia 2013 entry). While I adore Dina’s song, this one… not for me.
Montenegro’s entry is Knez‘s Adio (lyrics)(Montenegrin). I’m torn on this one. This song is right on that line (for me) between a beautiful, mellow melody track and an upbeat, Celtic-y track. And, because of that, it distracts me from truly enjoying the song. The MV is beautiful though, if you like scenery shots ^^
Malta’s entry is Amber‘s Warrior (lyrics). I know it’s just personal taste and all, but why did she have ruin such a nice song with that aggravating stutter-singing (how she sang the words ‘conquer’ and ‘hope’)? It really has to be done well for me to approve of that vocal trick, and it very rarely is. Other than that, this is a great song!
Norway’s entry is Mørland and Debrah Scarlett‘s A Monster Like Me (lyrics). The song is pretty good, but the MV… yeah, it makes no sense lol I’m not really sure what it has to do with the song, so maybe you should just listen to this one as an mp3 instead.
Portugal’s entry is Leonor Andrade‘s Há um Mar que nos Separa (lyrics)(Portuguese). This girl seriously reminded me to Juliet Simms. The song itself was pretty good, not something I would listen to on a daily basis, but I did quite enjoy it. I think anyone who likes Janis Joplin style music will like this.
Czech Republic’s entry is Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta‘s Hope Never Dies (lyrics). The male vocal in this just didn’t fit for me. The song was good, but his voice… it’s hard to explain, it just didn’t fit. The MV also seemed “low budget”; not to put them down or anything, but it just came across as something a rookie rock band would put together – does that make sense? Ah~ that still sounds bad ><;; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_o44RdxYTY Israel's entry is Nadav Guedj‘s Golden Boy (lyrics). This is definitely a fun dance track, but it couldn’t seem to decide between Bollywood or Brazilian influences hehe
Latvia’s entry is Aminata‘s Love Injected (lyrics). This girl has a really nice, power-ballad voice, but she only half uses it in this song; the parts where she didn’t come off as weaker/flatter to me (and also a little bit hard to understand too). The chorus is good, but the song as a whole is like two different songs put together.
Azerbaijan’s entry is Elnur Hüseynov‘s Hour of the Wolf (lyrics). The lyrics take a bit of thinking, but the music of the song is really nice. It’s the kind of song you listen to while going out for a walk; you know, that upbeat, feel good kind of stuff.
Iceland’s entry is María Ólafs‘ Unbroken (lyrics). This song is definitely a commercial hit; it reminded me a lot of Kelly Clarkson actually. The MV also had this weird sort of dystopian-innocence style too it, it was intriguing.
Switzerland’s entry is Mélanie René‘s Time to Shine (lyrics). Personally, I wouldn’t put this on an everyday playlist, but I would most definitely add it to a playlist made for when you need a self-esteem boost. This song will work great for that!
Cyprus’s entry is John Karayiannis‘ One Thing I Should Have Done (lyrics). This song is driving me mad. It’s really good, don’t get me wrong, but dang it the chorus music just sounds so~~~ damn familiar!! Extreme‘s More than Words? Close. Mr. Big‘s To Be With You? Not quite. Eric Clapton‘s Change the World? Eh… it’s not that it sounds similar, but that it sounds exactly like something I have heard before *pulls hair out* (｡☉︵ ಠ╬)
Slovenia’s entry is Maraaya‘s Here for You (lyrics). Last year, Slovenia was my top pick; Tinkara Kovač‘s Round and Round was just amazing. Slovenia didn’t disappointment me this year either. This song is another one to add to the self-esteem playlist, but I would definitely add this to an everyday track list as well. It could probably tie for second place on my list, but to be fair, I’ll put it at third.
France’s entry is Lisa Angell‘s N’oubliez pas (lyrics)(French). I like this song, it’s another power-ballad one. But, personally, I felt that the singer’s voice just didn’t have the “humph” behind it to really give this that “powerful” feel.
Spain’s entry is Edurne‘s Amanecer (lyrics)(Spanish). OK, so whoever made this MV clearly watched 300 and Lord of the Rings beforehand ^o^ The song itself is strong, but awkward in just a few places – notes that I would have preferred been done differently and stuff like that. If you like you’re music with a fantasy feel to it, then definitely check this out!
Italy’s entry is Il Volo‘s Grande Amore (lyrics)(Italian). Now here’s a power-ballad for people who like male opera-style voices. Wow~ they can definitely sing. The MV was a bit interesting to watch though; I wasn’t quite sure why they chose to reenact those three scenes, but I suppose that was what they thought of when they pictured “grande amore” ^^
Well, that’s it for this year’s contest! Which songs are your favorites? Let me know in a comment, and be sure to include any suggestions you may have for future SMILEs!