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post Jul 9 2017, 03:32 PM
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Welcome boys & girls, to heat 4. We have for you today, the indie nation that people don't appreciate when they send glorious dad rock, slightly appreciate when they send emotional and strained singers but mostly just ignore like most of Europe does. We have the little kid of the Nordic bloc who used to be doing well but has shifted to going through a period of bad luck despite the high quality of the entries not changing. And then we have the tiny island of Malta who is for the most part are just happy to be here, while Switzerland, the original kings of Eurovision have had some really tough times lately with most of this lineup having fallen deep in the semi.

I think the theme of this week is EUROVISION LONERS. The only nation here with more than a 50% record is Iceland, three of the nations here are three of the nations that have never won but come 2nd in the past and with only 19 of the 40 songs here being finalists most of these have few close Eurovision 'bros' to constantly see them through. Shall we see what you think of them?

ALBANIA

2008 ► Olta Boka - Zemrën e lamë peng
2009 ► Kejsi Tola - Carry Me In Your Dreams
2010 ► Juliana Pasha - It's All About You
2011 ► Aurela Gaçe - Feel The Passion
2012 ► Rona Nishliu - Suus
2013 ► Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko - Identitet
2014 ► Hersi - One Night's Anger
2015 ► Elhaida Dani - I'm Alive
2016 ► Eneda Tarifa - Fairytale
2017 ► Lindita - World

ICELAND

2008 ► Euroband - This Is My Life
2009 ► Yohanna - Is It True?
2010 ► Hera Björk - Je Ne Sais Quoi
2011 ► Sjonni's Friends - Coming Home
2012 ► Greta Salóme & Jónsi - Never Forget
2013 ► Eyţór Ingi Gunnlaugsson - Ég á lif
2014 ► Pollapönk - No Prejudice
2015 ► Maria Olafs - Unbroken
2016 ► Greta Salóme - Hear Them Calling
2017 ► Svala - Paper

MALTA

2008 ► Morena - Vodka
2009 ► Chiara - What If We
2010 ► Thea Garrett - My Dream
2011 ► Glen Vella - One Life
2012 ► Kurt Calleja - This Is The Night
2013 ► Gianluca - Tomorrow
2014 ► Firelight - Coming Home
2015 ► Amber - Warrior
2016 ► Ira Losco - Walk On Water
2017 ► Claudia Faniello - Breathlessly

SWITZERLAND

2008 ► Paolo Beneguzzi - Era Stupendo
2009 ► Lovebugs - The Highest Heights
2010 ► Michael Von Der Heide - Il Pleut De l'or
2011 ► Anna Rossinelli - In Love For A While
2012 ► Sinplus - Unbreakable
2013 ► Takasa - You And Me
2014 ► Sebalter - Hunter Of Stars
2015 ► Mélanie René - Time To Shine
2016 ► Rykka - The Last Of Our Kind
2017 ► Timebelle - Apollo

VOTING

As normal, voting will be done in the traditional manner of 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point(s). When we reach countries which have less than 10 entries, the number of points will simply reduce accordingly. You must rank each set of entries from the different countries separately. Do not send one ranking with a mixture of all 4 countries. Votes for this heat can be sent via PM to myself before 23:59 Saturday 15th July 2017. The results will be presented the following evening. The top 2 songs from each country will progress to the next round, as well as the next 2 highest ranked entries from across the 4 countries.
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post Jul 10 2017, 05:07 PM
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Ugh, I just know Iceland especially is going to be agony. Switzerland on the other hand...won't be.
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post Jul 10 2017, 05:15 PM
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Voted!

For a country that loves Eurovision so much, Malta aren't brilliant are they. Vodka EXCEPTED *.*
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post Jul 10 2017, 05:41 PM
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Look at Albania, they might have had the worst run for me of any country so far. Just worse than Netherlands and their Radio 2 MOR tripe.
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post Jul 10 2017, 05:43 PM
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QUOTE(RobBob @ Jul 10 2017, 06:41 PM) *
Look at Albania, they might have had the worst run for me of any country so far. Just worse than Netherlands and their Radio 2 MOR tripe.


That 2008-2010 run though, ALL ESSENTIAL heart.gif
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post Jul 10 2017, 08:06 PM
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Frankly I think we need a clean sweep of all the 2008 entries this round!
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post Jul 10 2017, 08:39 PM
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Do you have to vote for every one? Or for instance can I just vote for Iceland?
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post Jul 10 2017, 08:54 PM
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QUOTE(AdamAloud @ Jul 10 2017, 06:43 PM) *
That 2008-2010 run though, ALL ESSENTIAL heart.gif


*2008-2017

QUOTE(Oliver @ Jul 10 2017, 09:39 PM) *
Do you have to vote for every one? Or for instance can I just vote for Iceland?


You can vote for just one of them if you want to!
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post Jul 11 2017, 06:15 PM
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QUOTE(LexC @ Jul 10 2017, 09:06 PM) *
Frankly I think we need a clean sweep of all the 2008 entries this round!


That wouldn't be the worst thing but 2009 is a higher priority for me - in my top 2 for every country here.

(although for Malta it's rather by default, SLIM PICKINGS (excuse the irony))
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post Jul 15 2017, 04:28 PM
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I almost forgot to send reminders! Who do I need reminding! You have until the rest of this evening!
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post Jul 15 2017, 06:40 PM
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There are specifically four songs I want to go through for Iceland, I'm fairly confident for two of them but the other two I'll be incredibly disappointed if they don't make it.
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post Jul 16 2017, 09:15 AM
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I have... 10 votes. Hopefully that'll shame a few more people into voting (I'll accept late votes) but otherwise I shall be starting the results at... some point this evening, I'm afraid I'm not sure on details yet. You'll hear when it does, I'll do a final 30 minute warning or something.
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post Jul 16 2017, 06:49 PM
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Half an hour - I know we've got BJSC going on at the same time but you can check this in between or something.
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post Jul 16 2017, 07:23 PM
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SWITZERLAND

Let's get the country that people probably care about the least out of the way first (although it IS a tough tie with Malta and Albania on that front), so I'm just going for my personal least essential.

Anyway, here are the results of the bottom 5.

10th Michael Von Der Heide - Il Pleut De l'or - 26 points
9th Rykka - The Last Of Our Kind - 44 points
8th Takasa - You And Me - 52 points
7th Sinplus - Unbreakable - 55 points
6th Mélanie René - Time To Shine - 56 points

Mourning the loss of Switzerland's attempts at guitars. Correct bottom 2 though.

The top 5 going to be safe for the next round are

Anna Rossinelli - In Love For A While
Lovebugs - The Highest Heights
Paolo Beneguzzi - Era Stupendo
Sebalter - Hunter Of Stars
Timebelle - Apollo
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post Jul 16 2017, 07:34 PM
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MALTA

10th Glen Vella - One Life - 27 points
9th Thea Garrett - My Dream - 40 points
8th Claudia Faniello - Breathlessly - 42 points
7th Kurt Calleja - This Is The Night - 55 points
6th Gianluca - Tomorrow - 62 points

Inessential Breathlessly manages to beat two other entries!

If it weren't for the insatiably cheerful Tomorrow being awfully low considering the low quality of Malta on the whole then this would be good, none of the 4 below it are worth keeping so onwards!

Amber - Warrior
Chiara - What If We
Firelight - Coming Home
Ira Losco - Walk On Water
Morena - Vodka


is the Maltese top 5!
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post Jul 16 2017, 07:42 PM
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Aw that Takasa song for Switzerland isn't too bad, it could've at least done better than the dreadful "Time to Shine".

Correct bottom three for Malta, the rest are pretty interchangeable for me. I assume Ira will be in the top 2 and she is just about my favourite but out of the four countries this week, I think I prefer my other top picks.
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post Jul 16 2017, 07:44 PM
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I mean I love me some Il pleat d'Lor but not acting like I wasn't expecting that 10th.
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post Jul 16 2017, 07:47 PM
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ALBANIA

10th Eneda Tarifa - Fairytale - 30 points
9th Aurela Gaçe - Feel The Passion - 42 points
8th Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko - Identitet - 44 points
7th Hersi - One Night's Anger - 45 points
6th Lindita - World - 53 points

GREAT SUCCESS as with two 12s and a barrage of 1s, Identitet beats two out of the nine inferior Albanian songs to get into 8th place. I've developed even more love for it this week. World is a bit of a loss too but I guess it's rather soon.

The Albanian top 5 is:

Elhaida Dani - I'm Alive
Juliana Pasha - It's All About You
Kejsi Tola - Carry Me In Your Dreams
Olta Boka - Zemrën e lamë peng
Rona Nishliu - Suus
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post Jul 16 2017, 07:54 PM
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Finally, the main attraction for most people and certainly the least predictable nation, considering so many of their entries are loved: ICELAND

10th Sjonni's Friends - Coming Home - 36 points
9th Pollapönk - No Prejudice - 40 points
8th Eyţór Ingi Gunnlaugsson - Ég á lif - 44 points
7th Maria Olafs - Unbroken - 57 points
6th Svala - Paper - 64 points

Rather UNSURPRISINGLY, the three entries done by masculine (and mostly bearded) Icelandic men fill up the last three places (No Prejudice is a right anthem guys), followed by the least essential of the Icelandic pop from Unbroken and Paper.

Icelandic top 5, but which are the top 2 here?

Euroband - This Is My Life
Greta Salóme - Hear Them Calling
Greta Salóme & Jónsi - Never Forget
Hera Björk - Je Ne Sais Quoi
Yohanna - Is It True?
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post Jul 16 2017, 07:57 PM
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I was concerned Paper might have pushed out a better song because of its recentness but glad to see that's not materialised
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