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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #8 Written by on May 10, 2013 | 7 Comments

And in the middle of the Eurovision festivities, it’s time for our final Juke Box Jury.

Just six songs to go, so it’s the turn of the hosts Sweden, and the Big Five countries of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom to stand in front of the judges to receive their Hit, Miss, or Maybe.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #8
with Roy Delaney (Eurovision Apocalypse) and Jody West (On Europe)

Sweden: You, by Robin Stjernberg.
Spain: Contigo Hasta el Final, by ESDM.
France: L’enfer Et Moi, by Amadine Bourgeois.
Germany: Glorious, by Cascada.
Italy: L’essenziale, by Marco Mengoni
United Kingdom: Believe in Me, by Bonnie Tyler

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7 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #8”

  1. togravus says:


    1. France – intense, dramatic and very French
    2. Italy – pure class


    3. Spain – well-made and pleasant but wrong choice for a contest
    4. Sweden – overproduced but not all bad


    5. UK – boring
    6. Germany – Cascada = bad taste as marketing strategy

  2. Kylie says:

    1964, “Non ho L’eta” – Won Sanremo before winning Eurovision.


  3. Mag says:

    Sweden – OK, but not impressed. Sort of for teenagers. Yes, it might do well…hope not in top 10 though…Nevertheless I prefer it over Georgia’s entry.

    Spain – OK, though if it went thru the semifinal process I would not vote for it…Not that I can vote anyway for any country…(I have a soft spot for everything Italian :-))

    France – I like it! I do have a soft spot for French songs too, although it seems most of Europeans don’t…Bottom 5???

    Germany – another sort of Georgia, not as style of music, but as sort of Eurovision formula for success…

    Italy – I feel the songs from 2011 & 2012 were better, nevertheless his interpretation and voice are SUPER GREAT and with so many average songs this year, it’s in my top 5

    UK – another crazy idea from BBC. Grandpas don’t watch Eurovision or they don’t have a cell…The song is somehow better than Engelbert’s but I am no fan of country music (yes Nashville style – we have CMT channel here and I stay away from it!). Plus her vocals on Graham Norton Show tell us what we already learned last year from Engelbert: after a certain age the voice is not so great as it used to be and only the loyal fans are the ones that still appreciate it….Nostalgia shows I understand, but Eurovision participation…

  4. Sweden – it’s a good song, but I have yet to find a live version that proves that he can sing this live

    Spain – I like this song, but it is rather forgettable, particularly when compared to the other entries

    France – I love this song!! But for some reason, not too many other people seem to for some reason.

    Italy – I like it, but don’t quite understand all the rage around it. It’s pleasant enough, but how is this any better than, say, Iceland’s entry – other than the fact that it’s from Italy?

    UK – Is there any Briton that ever likes the UK entry? The entry finished eighth in the OGAE poll, so, there are people out there that must like it, just, apparently, not in Britain. I wouldn’t call it country (nor would I say it sounds anything like a Taylor Swift song), but I can see how one might call it that. I think it’s a maybe – the only fans around the web I see speaking ill of the song are folks from Britain, so I guess Bonnie Tyler still has a chance.

  5. Shevek says:

    Sweden – chewing gum material; your average Swedish stuff. Sucess will ensue, the fans worship whatever Sweden coughs up anyway.

    Spain – I like their style. It’s not your average ESC stuff and it does not come from a country with many neighbours.

    France – great song and great singer. Again it’s not dance music nor is it a big pompous Swedish ballad and that is what most people seem to want. Just check the vote of Press Centre.

    Italy – the best song of the year. Marco deserves to win. I hope he does. ESC needs songs like this one.

    UK – nicish. This is the song that mottles along (is this the correct way to spell it?)

  6. Shevek says:

    Ooops, I skipped Germany – this song is the definition of boring. Pointless to the core. The fans will love it; the juries not so much.

  7. Ohioma says:

    I have to say I just listened to the first song from the Bonnie Tyler album. It’s true that it is a much better song. It is definitely more country than the song that was eventually sent…which just non-specific in genre

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