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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #4 Written by on April 8, 2014 | 21 Comments

Following Eurovision in Concert this weekend, the it was time for a Dutch edition of Juke Box Jury… so we drafted an Irishman for first time jury duty in the shape of Garrett Mulhall of Eurovision Ireland to join long-serving judge Elaine Dove for this week’s feisty foursome of Eurovision music.

Will they be a hit, a miss, or a maybe? Will they be able to win the Contest? And will we need Paul ‘Dr Eurovision’ Jordan to make a guest appearance?

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #4
with Elaine Dove and Garrett Mulhall

Montenegro: Moj Svijet, by Sergej Cetkovic
: Three Minutes to Earth, by The Shin & Mariko.
: Cake to Bake, by Aarzemnieki.
: Mother, by Axel Hirsoux.

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(And apologies for some rough sound in the first few minutes of this week’s show),

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21 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #4”

  1. Carola Martin says:

    Jury sounds like they’re at the mad hatters tea party after having having a stereotypical Amsterdam weekend. As for the songs – miss x 4

  2. Peter says:

    Montenegro – Hit. Won’t win, but it’s a beautiful song that deserves a place on the left side of the scoreboard.

    Georgia – Miss. Like this week’s jury, I totally love the song, but surely no one is pretending that any one is actually going to vote for it?

    Latvia – Maybe. Yes, it’s fun and catchy, yes it will get everyone singing along. But the more I hear it, the more I get convinced that it lacks the spark needed to make people pick up the phone.

    Belgium – Miss. This is one of those songs that needs to be in a strange language so we can appreciate his operatic style without realising he’s a Norman Bates-in-training, pining for his mother.

  3. matt stevens says:

    thanks for reminding me not take these podcasts seriously.

  4. Zolan says:

    Montenegro: I’ve been thinking “Korake ti Znam” without soft votes, so your confidence surprises me, but I’m not complaining.

    Belgium: Lose the dancer. I can’t think of a better alternative staging than solo — well dressed, composed, simple and graceful gestures — he looks fine. Don’t make visuals a conscious issue for the viewer. I just wonder how many people (besides Brits) will be a bit squeamish about this.

    And here’s where completely flat consensus voting lets us down; even the most enthusiastic juries can’t overcome a weak televote. There’s just the faintest glimmer of hope that semi 2 is so varied that other songs get jumbled by comparison and this sneaks in on weirdness.
    And oh goodie, another old band to explore. A pretty decent stash of Pentangle on YT as well … mmm, nice.

    This style of jangly, relentlessly chirpy campfire music just doesn’t win me over, although it seems enormously popular. I look for some other detail to pique my interest to no avail. So I wonder if this will be the opposite case where it’s the juries who don’t come to the party.

  5. Ewan Spence says:

    THe reasoning for each of those calls is in the podcast, and glad we gave you a good LOL moment – educate/entertain/inform mission successful.

  6. Ewan Spence says:

    Carola, I’m glad the Amsterdam vibe made it through the audio for you.

  7. Harriet Krohn says:

    Kind of painful to listen to in the beginning due to some sound issues, but either you got those fixed or my ears blocked them out in self-defence after a while. 😉

    Montenegro – personal miss, I doze off halfway every time I listen to it. But I’m sure it will qualify, so in that way it’s a hit. A bit of a pity though that Montenegro will probably qualify with this consensual drivel while they never managed it with their interesting, quirky numbers. Does not bode well for the future.

    Georgia – love it! But it took me more than one listen to understand what this song is, and the people watching the semi will only get to hear it once. Plus I can’t imagine a way to stage this so that it will enhance its appeal. Even if the juries are giving the song what it deserves (and I doubt they will – even the Russian grannies scored high with the juries …), it won’t be on stage on the Saturday. So in that way it’s a clear miss.

    Latvia – love it too! I had that song stuck in my ear for days after I began listening to this year’s songs, and that’s a big plus. It gets a bit tiring after the nth listen, but again, the voters only hear it once. I’ll cry if Latvia doesn’t qualify, and I can’t vote for it myself. Meh!

    Belgium – miss on about every level I can image. Yes he can sing, but this is not a singing contest. The song is creepy, a grown man idolizing his mother that way … yuck! Move out and get a life, Axel, please. I’m afraid I might have to hear it again in the final … *shudder*

  8. matt stevens says:

    Latvia getting three hits! This is why the JBJ this year is nothing to be taken seriously!

  9. Stephen Colville says:

    I love how the 3 people doing JBJ seem to be the only ones that like Georgia. It’s weird how it happens like that.

    Belgium is massively overrated and will flop big time. It’s also creepy as hell.

    Latvia is completely meh. Zero chance of qualifying, especially coming after Armenia.

    Montenegro is fantastic. Won’t win, but that isn’t what they are looking for. Gorgeous piece of music. I’m glad Paul picked this in the tie-break. It’s obviously the best of the 3.

  10. matt stevens says:

    stephan colville, its also weird how when in irelands JBJ i had never heard anyone say that irelands song sound like only love survives from last year and then all of a sudden all three panel members seemed to think it did (and to date the only people to think that.)

  11. Harriet Krohn says:

    @Stephen: Read the comments here and you will find that the 3 jurors are definitely not the only ones to like Georgia. 😉 And I know a couple more, too.

  12. matt stevens says:

    can someone explain to me how latvia have 4 hits when there going to come last in the semi?

  13. Zolan says:

    @matt. Perhaps they are just very, very bouncy 😉

  14. Stephen Colville says:

    @ Harriet And how many hate it? The vast, vast majority. I just find it weird that all 3 jbj members liked the Georgian song, whereas if you picked 3 ESC fans at random, the chances of them all liking that song are pretty much zero.

  15. matt stevens says:

    @zolan. they’d have to be x)

  16. matt stevens says:

    i just can’t hide how much i hate the georgia entry, i think its the worst entry ever in the history of eurovision, i know its georgia so it will have diaspra but tbh i would not be surprised if they get nul points, with lithuania in the semi i don’t think it will, but if they do i would not be one bit surprised either.

  17. Harriet Krohn says:

    @Stephen: Sure, but now what? You claimed the jurors were the only ones who loved Georgia, to which I answered that that’s not the case. The fact that many more hate it is very much uncontested …

  18. Zolan says:

    @Harriet & Stephen.
    I think you’re talking at cross purposes.

    Stephen said it was an odd coincidence that the jury contained three people like the song — and it is an odd coincidence.

    Harriet said there are many others who like the song — also true.

    Stephen didn’t disagree; he merely tried to clarify that it’s an odd coincidence because the probability of finding three by chance is small.

    No-one said the song doesn’t have some fans.

    I’ll also add that the ESCInsight collective is anything but a random sample — which is why they have something different to offer. It’s not all that surprising that they’ll occasionally have atypical tendencies.

  19. Zolan says:

    Correction: Stephen did say “only ones,” but I interpreted that to mean prominent reviewers, not all fans.

  20. Montenegro – HIT, it WILL make the final, someone in that country has finally decided to pick a song and singer that WILL GET OUT OF THE SF! It will probably finish top half in the Final too.

    Georgia – MISS, it has absolutely no chance in Eurovision, sounds too much like a disjointed folk session. First time listeners will sit there stunned, thinking ‘what was that’? – and not in a good way.

    Latvia – MAYBE. It is very child-like but I have a feeling that it WILL make the Final, a la “Tomorrow” last year (which it really, really reminds me of). It is a bit of an earworm – once at the Final it will not do much though.

    Belgium – HIT. He sings excellently and I don’t think the subject matter will matter although SF1 is the tougher one. He needs to make a BIG play about it being about Mothers as what is Sunday 11th May in most of Europe?

  21. matt stevens says:

    i don’t believen be saying belgium is a dark horse as dark horses are generally songs that everyone completely wrought off e.g poland or iceland

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