From the get go I found On Fire a rather average song, nothing particularly wrong with it at all and in some respects I enjoyed it - the chorus had a nice hook to it, but I felt the majority of the hype for it come from the "edgy" staging that, imo, didn't fit with a song that was just rather "normal" and run of the mill. Overall I didn't mind it but wasn't here for the hype and thought it was overrated. Discoteque... is just so inferior to On Fire. I think the chorus is terribly bland and not the slightest bit memorable - in fact I actively dislike it. The verses are much better. I wonder if they'll throw some more edgy staging at it to help get hype but i'm not here at all for this song. It's living in the shadow of On Fire big time.
Gabrielius should easily make it to the final with My Guy but somehow I think he could sabotage it with questionable fashion choices. I like it though. In fact I don't think there is a NF song from him I dislike.
Wooooow. I'm weirdly touched by My Guy. That was just the sequel to Tave Čia Randu I needed. I think Gabrielius might have topped (at the very least equalled) it with this absolute eargasm. I'm lost in the murky neon haze of it all. What a groove! Gabrielius' voice is gorgeous and those lyrics are BOLD. I wish I didn't didn't have to say it, but they really are. Once again he's in with such a vibey yet emotional song. The synthpop king has delivered. I've had this slice of cherry pie on repeat for half an hour now and can't stop listening to it. The production is *chef's kiss* stunning. What a triumph!
Song of 2021 so far for me. Just bittersweet knowing the David vs Goliath battle it would need to win to go to Eurovision.
Thankfully I like Discoteque a lot more than On Fire. The Roop's previous entry will probably forever remain one of Eurovision's great mysteries to me (I still don't understand that insane hype it enjoyed). Discoteque keeps with the minimalism of On Fire but this time there's actually bit of meat to bite into. Chorus is decent along with the instrumental break that follows. The usage of xylophone I think is my favourite thing about the song as it gives me slight 70s psych horror vibes. Adds a dissonance that I dig. I'm glad The Roop likely won't be anywhere near the bottom of my ranking this year when they inevitably win this selection. Discoteque also warrants a bit more of the eccentricity that we can bet will be on display with the performance. Last year I just found it all irritating. This is overall pretty good I'd say. A success First artist I wasn't into from 2020 that has properly upped their game coming back, although I'm sure everyone won't share that same view.
"On Fire" was good, maybe a little too liked, but as long as i'm on board, i don't mind. The song had quirky staging, but was way "too normal". Apparently The Roop, Dadi, and Little Big were put in the same categoy by the fandom. Only "uno" of them was truly crazy imo. (i like all three though)
But "Discoteque" is my legit winner of this NF. They need to win again, and i think they will considering the poor overall quality of this PiN 2021.
I feel so blessed that both Uku, and The Roop have massively improved their entries.
Gabriel ... didn't really catch me at the first listening. I need to listen to it a few more times, hopefully I will get into it without trying hard. Same with The Roop. Unlike others though I wasn't a huge On Fire-Fan last year. But so far I have the feeling that I may like Discotheque more. Let's see after a few more tries.
Now after afew more listenings I really like Discotheque. So much better than On fire (I never understood the hype around that song).
Gabriel on the other side: I love him so much as an artist, but this song is just bland to me. I had high hopes, but these weren't fullfilled. Nevertheless, the song is still my second favorite after The Roop. But disappointed.