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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury 2020 #5 Written by on April 11, 2020 | 3 Comments

It’s time for another episode of Juke Box Jury. Even if we’re not going to Rotterdam in 2020 we’ve still got the songs to review. You can listen to Juke Box Jury and the ESC Insight podcast online, add the RSS Feed to your favourite podcast application, or click here to follow us in iTunes and never miss an episode.

We’re past the half way mark of Juke Box Jury’s exploration of the 2020 songs. This week we have an episode recorded after the cancellation, but if you think that’s going to change our hits, misses, or maybes… think again.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #5
with Rob Holley and Matthew Ker

France: Mon Alliée, by Tom Leeb.
Finland: Looking Back, by Aksel Kankaanranta.
United Kingdom: My Last Breath, by James Newman.
Czech Republic: Kemama, by Benny Cristo.
Malta: All Of My Love, by Destiny.

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3 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury 2020 #5”

  1. Eurojock says:

    France’s master plan for winning Eurovision 2020. Copy the song that finished last in 2019.

    Guys, whatever you say about Finland, it was my guilty pleasure.

    UK- a step in the right direction but it could easily have ended in the bottom 5

    Czech Republic’s revamp was a devamp as the panel said

    Destiny was destined for place 6 – 10. The UK would bite your hand off for that.

  2. Shai says:

    It is really sad that the Song from Switzerland sounds and feels more French than the French entry. Here lies the biggest problem I have with the French song and of-course the fact that it’s bland and boring-MISS

    It’s pleasant and he can sing it well, but it’s just not exciting enough. It’s a middle of the road song which you hear on the radio and it just passes you by – MISS

    U.K. –
    The best I can say about this one is that this is quite OK. It is definitely better than any of the songs the U.K. has sent in the last 5 years or so, which is a progress. Maybe my expectation from the U.K. are high and this is why I think this just OK and not more-MAYBE

    Czech Republic-
    I can only comment on this version as I am not familiar with the original version. I have a mix feeling about this. There are parts of the song which I like but there are parts of the song which I don’t like. The basic of a cheerful song is there but I also think they missed the mark in the production and it is works only partly – MISS/MAYBE

    As a soul song, it’s quite good and has a soul. It’s better than the Swedish entry, which is fishing in the same pond but not as good as this one. My issue is with what they have done to Destiny herself. She is 17 years old young woman and the styling of the video makes her look twice her age. I know Malta want to win badly and with Destiny thy have someone who is no stranger to Eurovision podium and also can sing live. So Malta, find a good song which suits Destiny’s age and you may scored gold – MAYBE/HIT

    #EurovisionAgain – I am not on Twitter and don’t have Rob’s email and contact him directly, so if you can forward the below message, it would be much appreciated.

    I applaud Rob’s mission to bring old contests to spotlight but so far he has shown contests from the 2000 era and further.
    However it would be nice if he also show contests from the pre 2000 era.
    I think there is a young generation who sadly don;t know contests and songs from before 2000, so this initiative can be a bit educative. The pre 2000 contest have never passed the 3 hours and until 1996 were al juries vote. I suspect that when the internet make a vote of those contests, the end results will have such a discrepancy from the actual results, which will be even more fun.

  3. Marc says:

    I almost always agree with Rob Holley, but I was upset by the way he led the charge against Aksel Kankaanranta. I must wade in and defend ‘Looking Back’, as I loved the song on first hearing and it still gives me goose pimples for three minutes. I don’t think about mortgages or sandwiches, it makes me remember lost good times like school summer holidays, holiday romances or life before the virus. Far and away, it’s my hit of the year.
    I think the sentiment of the song is fine for a 22 year-old, but in any case, I don’t feel the need to inspect someone’s birth certificate before deciding if I like a song or not. Nostalgia is something to which all grown-ups can relate and these days the song seems even more applicable. Unlike Rob I was not at all surprised when this triumphed at UMK over Erika Vikman’s second-hand Gabbani staging. A simple song of yearning, sung by a man in his 20s, also stood out when the contest was staged exactly 40 years ago, and I think it might well have done so next week.

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