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Aaron Ambrose

commented on Running order for Eurovision Semi-Finals decided

Really good songs always get to the final. It's the marginal ones that benefit/suffer from an early-middle placement. And even if a weak song squeaks through, it'll gets walloped in the Final, which seems more embarrassing.
Aaron Ambrose

commented on Australia to take part in Eurovision!

Fantastic. I cannot wait to see this.
Aaron Ambrose

commented on Axel Hirsoux wins the Belgian ticket to Copenhagen!

This feels like a winner, although I personally don't care for it. It is 100% pure sincere cheese, and Axel has the chops to sell it. The song is completely unfashionable, but it has killer dynamics, ...
This feels like a winner, although I personally don't care for it.

It is 100% pure sincere cheese, and Axel has the chops to sell it. The song is completely unfashionable, but it has killer dynamics, and it's a compelling story. Axel is the male Susan Boyle, and the audience is going to eat it up.
Aaron Ambrose

commented on Carl Espen to represent Norway in Copenhagen!

Finally - a really special song for 2014! Go, Norway!
Aaron Ambrose

commented on Aram MP3 to sing "Not Alone" for Armenia

It's so funny. When I watch the video, I don't like the song. When I just listen, without the video, I like it a lot. I think the music is so intense by itself that the visual stimulation takes it ...
It's so funny. When I watch the video, I don't like the song. When I just listen, without the video, I like it a lot.

I think the music is so intense by itself that the visual stimulation takes it over the top.

Lesson: This needs a simple, straightforward staging.

Good luck, Armenia! You have a good chance with this song!
Aaron Ambrose

commented on It's Maybe for Valentina Monetta

She is so likeable, but Ralph is doing her no favors. There has to be a better songwriter in San Marino. I want to cheer for Valentina, but this song is the dullest one of the year.
Aaron Ambrose

commented on Watch "Three Minutes To Earth" from Georgia

This is the most sophisticated and ambitious song of 2014. It's doomed! :^) I really like this song, and I can imagine listening to it many times and never getting sick of it. I really hope this ...
This is the most sophisticated and ambitious song of 2014. It's doomed! :^)

I really like this song, and I can imagine listening to it many times and never getting sick of it.

I really hope this does well - it will encourage more artists and countries to try risky things.

Best of luck, Georgia - I'm rooting for you!!
Aaron Ambrose

commented on Germany: Elaiza wins Unser Song für Dänemark!

Das war ein Enttauschung. I was hoping the live performances would be more interesting than the song previews, but the only artist who improved the songs live was Marie. I think Candy Jar was maybe the ...
Das war ein Enttauschung. I was hoping the live performances would be more interesting than the song previews, but the only artist who improved the songs live was Marie. I think Candy Jar was maybe the best song, but Is It Right is pretty good, too.

Overall, a lackluster bunch of songs to me. Well constructed, but not memorable.

I like this selection process though, and I hope Germany and other countries use it again in the future!

Good luck, Germany!
Aaron Ambrose

commented on Freaky Fortune feat. Risky Kidd for Greece

Eugene UK: You're absolutely right, this is not the year for special songs. So I've given up on special, and I celebrate when a country chooses something energetic and fun. It can't win, because drama ...
Eugene UK: You're absolutely right, this is not the year for special songs. So I've given up on special, and I celebrate when a country chooses something energetic and fun. It can't win, because drama wins Eurovision. But this is a party, and Rise Up will make it more fun. Not special, but very welcome.

Best of luck, Greece!
Aaron Ambrose

commented on Tinkara Kovač wins EMA 2014

I was really pleasantly surprised at the quality of the songs from Slovenia. There seemed to be a good balance of thinking about the European audience and Slovenia doing its own thing. Tinkara was ...
I was really pleasantly surprised at the quality of the songs from Slovenia. There seemed to be a good balance of thinking about the European audience and Slovenia doing its own thing.

Tinkara was my very close 2nd favorite, after Nude, but I'm a big fan of this song. How long has it been since we've had a flute featured at Eurovision?! Too long, probably! :^)

Best of luck, Slovenia!

Aaron Ambrose

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I discovered ESC in 2010, and I fell in love right away. Nobody in the USA know about it, so now I share it with everyone that I can. In 2013 I was lucky enought to see a dress rehearsal in Malmo, ...

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