Every year our “Expert” Panel comes together to judge all entries for the Eurovision Song Contest and they’re back to take apart the 2013 entries and rank them accordingly. While their characters and comments may be wacky, the scores are dead serious. All 13 panelists will comment on the song and rank them accordingly giving it points using a scale from five to zero. At the end you’ll also get to cast your vote in the poll. If you would learn more about the panelists and to discuss the show, join us on our Forum HERE

Let’s have a look at the current scoreboard:



Bulgaria is sending a familiar duo to Malmo. Elitsa and Stoyan represented their country back in 2007 where they ended up in a respectable 5th place, Bulgaria’s best result to date and also the only occation they managed to qualify from the Semi Finals. Can they do it again? This time around their song is called Samo Shampioni. Let’s see what the panel has to say

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5 Points

King Valentino XVIIDis is a why I LIIIIKE Eurovision and find it niiiice. I love ethnic, the drumming and off key to foreign ears singing. “Samo Shampoo only” is a great hit song. I wanna move, I wanna dance when I ere it. It make me feel how I say…. liberated. Reminds me of all the turbo charged folk nights I use to ave with my friends back in Bulgaria. Oww I miss dem dearly. Perhaps once a more I will go back. My kisses to Bulgaria.
4 Points


Alex ChandhokElitsa And Stoyan are back with their special brand of ethno! This isn’t up to the standard of their 2007 entry, but in the end the right song was chosen, as this has serious impact. The first 10 seconds are horrible, but we soon get into the swing of things with the chorus. Mid way through the song, Elitsa’s chanting is delightful, and in the last 30 seconds the drum work is amazing and it feels very primal and tribal. Making the final would be a victory, and with this they might just do it. Good effort.

MorenikA lovely song indeed! Although my neighbours have complained and I have been on the threat of eviction more than once for it, I love singing this song out loud whenever I manage to make my signature dish – a bowl of cornflakes – without setting anything alight! Samo Shampioni, Ya Shampion!





3 Points


Britni SpirsovicIn 2007, these folks were in ESC, that was the same year my Blakawt album was released. Now they are back, and I don’t have any new albums or songs. I failed, they feel success. This song reeks success, it is folk with nice electronic and dance elements. Vocals are good but can get on your nerves. The drums are nice but could be nicer. Erm, how do you say this, I like it, but not more, not less.


Petronella PoetryThis song is actually pretty good. A like that the use drumsticks made of wood. But it is a little shouty for me. And the sackpipe I wanna strangle and hide it behind a grave to be. But overall this is party. And it needs since this year is loads of hearty.


Grandpa WatermanThose drums nearly gave me an Heart Attack!






2 Points


Barb E Dahl

Listen, everyone is entitle to my opinion so I’m going to say that I’m confused. I don’t know what this is but I’m pretty sure it’s not country music, That being said, I am quites surprised finding myself not hating it despite it is such a foreign melody to my ears. I think they’re singing about shampoo which the male drummer seems to be desperately in need of.





1 Point

Scotty Too HottyI’m really not sure what to say about this entrant….thedrums are cool? This traditional, ethnic sounding music sounds like it comesfrom India. It won’t please the masses of ESC, only a very small minority andtherefore won’t have a chance of qualifying. It’s upbeat, fast and reasonablyfun so I’m sure the performance aspect will get the crowd going. At least it’soriginal….See you next year Bulgaria!


Eau d'yre  LizzyEau: This is really Bulgaria’s song choice for this year? I hear a lot of exotic noise without any apparent exotism. But it sure is an improvement compared to last years entry. Last year’s song was music which I think is perfectly suited for cocaine sniffers. Oh dear, that song was just dreadful. It’s such a relief that I was able to move on.
Liz: But this year’s song….It’s like we’re stuck in a scene of Avatar, when they worship their eternal tree, wildly dancing in skirts made of banana leafs. (to be continued)

RobertThough I respect traditional influences in the songs very much, I must say that the song destroyed by brain from the first accords. Even the changing “Kismet” to “Samo championi can’t help Bulgaria this year to get anything good at ESC. Also the annoying beat during the composition makes me really frustrated. This is one of the biggest disappointment of this year for me. I’m almost sure that the song will flop and the distant success of “Voda” won’t help this duo




0 Points


Dark MasterEven the Mandrakes make better noises than Elitsa and Stoyan. Quite frankly they are more listenable than this song. It is really hard to be in my position and listening to another song as bad as the Romanian one. Perhaps Elitsa can play in the next Terminator movie, with her voice so subtle to be a cyborg. Drums, bagpipe and creepy electronic cyborg sounds mixed together do not go well.


Glittery S BobI can’t stand this noise anymore. Please, someone, anyone…SAVE MEEEEE!!!



Emma MagnusonThis is dreadful! This lady seems like she just escaped from the sanitarium! It sounds so strange to my ears, I’ll need a doctor after that.





Current Score: 27



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  1. guitaristbl

    March 25, 2013 at 23:31

    I like Elitsa and Stoyan a lot as a duet and I really liked “Voda”..”Samo Shampioni” is not that great but it still is a very good song with a distinctive sound performed by Elitsa’s characteristic voice.The ethnic elements are well incorporated. I also do not approve of the abrupt song change and I am suspicious of the procedure but as a person of good faith I will believe BNT’s official explanation. “Kismet” was a slightly better song though imo.

  2. Roy van der Merwe

    March 24, 2013 at 06:00

    The new song has less noises than the first song but it is still one of the weakest songs this year

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