whan an amazing NF! Probably my favorite so far - along with UMK and Eesti Laul. There is like 8 songs that I love and would probably be in my top 10 (at least) in Eurovision. I just hope Europe and the juries are ready to accept them and not underrate them.
#1 Karetus & Romeu Bairos 10/10
It reminds me of Stereossauro! What a massive sound. It's modern yet traditional + it got some melancholic vibe.
I can see myself voting for Portugal this year if they send this to Eurovision
#2 EU.Clides 9/10
Laid-back and chill tune, modern arrangement. Sounds very contemporary.
#3 Pedro Goncalves 7/10
Amazing pre-chorus, love the built-up. Cute song.
#4 NEEV 7/10
I would love to get such an entry from a basic Eurovision country such as Norway, Denmark or Germany but please... Portugal has a way more distinctive sound. I love Portugal being bold in Eurovision and this song is just another called-in typical Eurovision ballad. The arrangement in the last minute is amazing, though. I really do like this song but no, I don't want to see this in Eurovision for Portugal.
#5 mema. 7/10
A lovely produced but non-competitive track with a lot of interesting elements!
NEEV is the clear clear stand out here in my opinion. I just hope the juries won't automatically murder him for being in English.
Karetus is a bit too repetitive, but it's quite a bop and really stands out in this line-up too. Nadine, Pedro Gonçalves, mema, The Black Mamba and Carolina Deslandes are good too.
However, I can already see the drama in march. The juries will bury NEEV and The Black Mamba for the English and Karetus for being a bit more pop-ish and Carolina will win by default. And it will be a huge shame for an inferior ballad like Carolina's to win against NEEV which does that genre much much better.
I got excited beforehand with all the comments here.. I don't think I heard the same songs. There a couple that stand out, but nothing special after a first listen. I`ll try to give it a few more tries.