November 08: Guest editor, George Kotsougiannis reviews all entries
Since 2008 the team of oikotimes.com was the first to invite a guest editor to review either the senior or junior Eurovision entries in each contest. This is the case once again. For the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, oikotimes.com invited the 2004 JESC lead singer George Kotsougiannis to review all 16 participating entries.
Malta: Excellent voice, unique song, difficult into hearing especially for those who don’t know about music. If it wins it will change everything in Junior Eurovision.
Croatia: sympathetic but very common, nothing special
Bulgaria: Nice melody and cute face of Krisia might lead Bulgaria in the first rankings.
The Netherlands: Typical pop tune, ordinary concept for stage presentation and overall nothing special.
Italy: Exhausting and totally out of what Junior Eurovision entry should be
Slovenia: Powerful song and nice voice. It could be a senior Eurovision entry as well.
Armenia: Pretty monotonous and stage presentation in the first video (from the live performance) totally indifferent.
Montenegro: Happy and pleasant but it’s not creative enough to be unique.
Serbia: A nice ballad with well structured melody as Serbia used to. Difficult choice for Junior Eurovision though.
San Marino: Happy rhythmic tune and it could end up in the top ten.
Russia: A nice ballad with a great voice and deserves a spot in the top three.
Ukraine: Powerful voices and well combined / co-ordinated. It’s a unique presentation but dangerous when it comes to voting. Definitely though original proposal for Junior Eurovision.
Cyprus: I think it’s their year and I am totally objective. Powerful song which if it ends up below top three it would be injustice
Sweden: The best out of the pop rhythmic songs this year.
Belarus: Could be interesting but it turns repetitive and somehow indifferent especially if it ends up in wrong draw.
Georgia: Nice introduction, with a melody that keeps you focused. Difficult to end up high in the rankings.
To conclude, for me, the top five belongs to Cyprus, Bulgaria, Malta, Russia and Slovenia.
The team of oikotimes.com would like to thank George Kotsougiannis and as he is a guest editor we have to inform our readers that his expert opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect the one of our team.