From this point
on, you are reading Vanja's comments, views and
other crap like that. I'm just kidding, don't get
your hopes up. :) Vanja's great!
I remember I
watched this one while I was living in Croatia.
There were few friends of mine who joined me, but
they didn't have the nerves to watch it until the
end, so I watched the second (better) part by
1. Poland: At
the start seems a bit boring, but later it
develops into a simply fantastic song, just like Shara
barechovot (ed. don't even try to
compare Sama with this shit!).
Performance couldn't really be better for this
type of song, even though Justyna didn't really
try to make an eye contact with the audience. A
very nice song indeed, and I was negatively
surprised with its bad scoring.
2. Ireland: This
song doesn't have some big quality in my opinion.
I keep thinking that the Irish wanted to avoid
victory in 1995, so they sent this
"loser-song", so they can be sure. He
he. Anyway, no, not very good.
Why did this do so bad? I like the beginning, it
is kind of powerful, and song is all in all very
good. I was surprised that it got null points
from Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, who
usually vote for Germany. I mean, I really liked
the song, and I don't see the reason why it did
What can I say? Bad. I even heard that it was
trully the best song in Bosnian National Final
'95 (ed. actually Vanja, there were two other
much better songs, which were very modern, very
similar to Fra Mols til Skagen) so
you can imagine the quality of other songs.
Lyrics of Dvadeset i prvi vijek are very
nice, but the music is completely outdated, and
the performance with a 55-60-year-old on the
stage is just a big mistake. Davor Popovic is the
lead singer of one of the most popular pop-rock
bands in Western Balkans "Indexi". It
was quite a surprise to see him with this kind of
song. It was interesting that it got 8 points
from the Croatian jury. Maybe Davor's name had
something to do with it (ed. Davor is a
Bosnian Croat). Anyway, a bad song with good
lyrics, and no refugee votes.
I knew this would do better, but I didn't expect
victory, because it was just weird that song like
this could win the ESC. Anyway, I was wrong, but
I'm glad it did well, because the song is really
good, and I often fall asleep while listening to
these interesting tunes. I think some additional
lyrics would've destroyed the song, so I like it
the way it is. Let's say it was a worthy winner.
A Bulgarian living in Russia called Philipp
really brought garbage to represent his
"great" country. I mean the song is not
only stupid, boring and outdated, but it just
doesn't make sense with those lyrics, etc. A
Completely uninteresting song. I still don't get
why it got high 10 points from the Norwegian
jury. No, worse than Ireland, very bad.
I think this is another song where I had to use
the FF button, together with the Russian entry.
Again, a song that doesn't offer much, something
that doesn't fit into the ESC. Bad, very bad.
Well, this song did much better than my
predictions were. Stella Jones did her best, but
a song with non-delicious jazz is just boring.
Anyway, not all that bad comparing to some other
entries from this year.
The live version of this song is so much better
than the studio mix. Even though Anabel Conde had
very bad teeth and looked very bad in her dress,
she gave us a superb performance and a wonderful
song, one of the best this year. Even though the
chorus was repeated many times, this song is
still very good, and it announced the opening of
the better part of ESC 1995.
10. Turkey: I
still don't get why was this song so underrated.
Seems like there is some truth about conspiracy
of ESC audience against Turkey & Finland. Sev!
is a really nice song, and performance with
beautiful and sympathetic girls was really nice.
Song is really underrated, and it was not fair.
Crazy Bosnian jury never remembers Turkey, just
Even at the Croatian Final, it was pretty clear
that this song would win, even though I preferred
some other songs, but this seemed the most
"proper" for ESC. Just a year before Nostalgija,
group Magazin did a duet with opera singer Mare
and song Simpatija was released. Some
people were kind of scared that Magazin may end
up in opera, but fortunately it didn't. After Nostalgija,
Magazin did another duet, but this time with a
7-year old girl called Kanita Beba, and wonderful
song Romantika was released (ed.
That song was just awesome and Kanita was the
cutest). Anyway, Nostalgija is not
really Magazin's style of music, but they have
been there, on Western Balkans music stage, for
decades now and still they are one of the most
popular groups in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia,
and Slovenia, with millions of albums sold.
This song is catchy, but after a few times, it
just gets boring, so I sometimes use the FF
button with this song. Performance was so-so, and
the song's melody is a bit outdated, but still
After the 1994 entry, Hungary didn't have much
success at ESC. This ballad sounds nice to me, a
little bit tragic at the beginning, but still
nice. I personally do not prefer these kind of
songs, but I don't have anything against this
song. I cannot imagine some great visual
performance with this type of song, even though a
younger singer would've fit better, but still not
bad. A disappointing result for Hungary this
year! P.S. Hungarians have fantastic folklore
music, and some influence of it would do so much
for Hungary at ESC.
Belgians have two beautiful official languages,
and still they constantly send really bad entries
to ESC. I mean this song is simply outdated,
boring and perfectly fits under the same pot with
Iceland & Russia.
Kingdom: Terrible. Actually, funny. You just
don't know if they came to have some fun, or they
really tried to convince us that there is some
existant British rap. Ha! Bad. I personally do
not like British entries for ESC at all. Those
Irish ones are more dear to me!
Portuguese entry this year was really bad. As I
said before, it is well known that
"colored" singers never do as good as
their white collegues at ESC, but there was no
salvation for this song. Bad, but still better
I didn't like this one at first, especially the
beginning part (ahahahaha), reminded me of
Montenegrin movies about life under Ottomans.
Anyway, I realized that I don't have to like the
Cypriot government to like the actual song. I
learnt how to appreciate this song, because it
really is good, and has qualities. It didn't do
as good as some thought, but Mediterranean
countries do not vote for each other so often. If
there weren't any political barrieres, this song
would've done much better with additional points
from Turkey, Bosnia, etc. Anyway, the performance
was really good, and the drums, etc. Nice
surprise from Cyprus!
18. Sweden: A
nice song. Right after a good entry from Cyprus,
we have another wonderful entry. I liked
especially chorus and the bridges of this song,
and it was visible that this song was going to do
good; and it did!
A nice surprise from Denmark. A song with etnic
influence did very well for Denmark. Maybe Danes
should send more songs of this type, because it
works best for them.
20. Slovenia: We,
from Western Balkans have many singers who
perform songs like Prisluhni mi, so this
songs, with all regards, didn't bring anything
special for me. It is interesting how big number
of people adore this song, but for me it is just
a mediocre entry. Anyway, Darja's performance was
very good, much better than her 1999 performance.
Most of Israeli entries from 1990s are very good,
so is this one. Amen is an interesting
song, and it got high points from countries like
Bosnia-Herzegovina, which was the final breaking
of ice. I like the song though, and I think it
was worth every single point it got. Liora looked
very nice, so did the backing vocals.
22. Malta: I
will never understand why it got douze points
from both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. I mean,
the song is OK, but overrated. There were some
speculations about voting of Western Balkans for
Malta and vice versa. And really, if we take a
look at the points given, it makes sense. Malta
saved ex-Yugoslavia (famous Brazil) from
last position in 1991, with one point. (Thanx,
Malta!). Anyway, Croatia & Malta will become
tourist rivals soon again, so we'll see what
effect it wil have on ESC.
Hm, Greece as the sugar at the end. He he. Yes,
again I realized that if I don't like the Greek
government doesn't mean that I shouldn't like
their ESC entries. Pia orosefhi is one
of the best of Greece from 1990s, together with Ellada,
hora tou photos (ed. there's no doubt
about that, Vanja!). Pia prosefhi
is a nice song, interesting, and I especially
like the beginning, the recital of the guy. No
wonder why Noah likes this song so much, even
though he goes too far with some weaker Greek and
Cypriot entries such as Teriazoume etc (ed.
weaker? You'd better take that back!).
Anyway, a nice closing, and a bit unfair position
for Greece this year.
Here is my top 23
1. Poland: Sama
2. Greece: Pia prosefhi
3. Spain: Vuelve conmigo
4. Cyprus: Sti fotia
5. Norway: Nocturne
5. Turkey: Sev!
7. Germany: Verliebt in dich
8. Sweden: Se på mej
9. Hungary: Uj nev...
10. Croatia: Nostalgija
11. Israel: Amen
12. Denmark: Fra Mols til Skagen
13. Slovenia: Prisluhni mi
14. France: Il me donne rendez-vous
15. Bosnia: Dvadeset i prvi vijek
16. Malta: Keep Me In Mind
18. Ireland: Dreamin
19. United Kingdom: Love City Groove
20. Portugal: Baunilha e chocolate
21. Belgium: La voix est libre
22. Iceland: Nuna
23. Russia: Kablyandiya dlya vukana