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:

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Next up is Moldova, they’re sending Aliona Moon with the song “O Mie”. Let’s find out what the panel had to say:

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4 Points

 Alex Chandhok

This is quite an ethereal ballad. I could imagine it as a soundtrack to a film. The first minute is haunting, but then the percussion kicks in and it shows the song has a bit more to offer. Aliona’s singing is good, and the way she emphasises certain parts of words in the chorus helps make it catchy. It builds to a rock oriented crescendo with nice guitar riffs and her vocals hit top gear. It’s well put together. This could be a sleeper hit at ESC. Moldova will surely be in the final with this.

 

Glittery S BobThis is one of the best ballads in this year Eurovision. Congrats for the small country of Moldova!!! And let’s face it, Aliona is a hot woman!

 

 

Barb E DahlMoldova, I never paid attention in Biology class but it sure sounds like a female body part to me. The song is really nice and I enjoy the singer’s voice a lot.

 

 

 

King Valentino XVIIMore ballads? Why for the love of Ralph Siegel am I be presenting with so many ballads. This one is… ok. It sort of sits in the middle of the ballad tree. Very strong accent which actually adds a little bit of charm. I don’t know really what more to say. This is the Moldova’s entry. I’m disappointed. I expected more. I want ethno.. I want…. TURBO CHARGED FOLK!!!!! But hang on.. I just see the video of this. Her performance is great, love the space theme. Really lifts the song. Mmmmm I think I like now. Ok I want.

Emma MagnusonOne of the best ballads this year, and stands out for the fact that it’s in Romanian. They did the right choice to change this from English to Romanian. I hope to see this in the final, it surely deserves it!

 

 

Scotty Too HottyThis is quite a good entrant this year, no gimmicks – just adecent melody and voice. Will Aliona perform this well live? The languagebarrier shouldn’t be a problem. Can’t stand listening to woman warble on withbad pronunciations! I always prefer to hear the native tongue even if I have noidea on what they’re saying! Especially if they’re hot…Ha! A good overall songbut not strong enough to win. A mid table placing once they’ve qualified shouldsuffice.

 

 

 

3 Points

Petronella PoetryQuite modern ballad with nice lyrics. But it isn’t like usually from Moldova, an attack of hysterics. Nice build-up of this song. It doesn’t feel wrong. This can go to the final. Or be stuck on a vinyl.

 

 

 

Grandpa WatermanWell sung with a great Romanian voice, It might aswell pass to the final!

 

 

Britni SpirsovicOMG. A wise intellectual once said, shoot for the moon and you’ll reach at least the stars. Aliona reached the moon. Her song is easy to listen to. Very charming and eclectic. Nothing boring. Her voice is better than her song which is already good. Little good plus better amounts to a little above average. I hope she eats.

 

 

2 Points

RobertAnother ballad came from Moldova this year. The composition is nice, the voice of Aliona sounds very strong. In common decent song with a chance of qualifying to the final. I dislike the hairstyle of a girl, seems like it was done in few minutes before the show.

 

 

Eau d'yre  LizzyEau: Hear, hear, the Moldovans have finally sent their song, as one of the very last ones.
Liz: Oh, is this the music? It sounds… nice.
Eau: Yes, these are the sounds of the Moldovan entry. It’s a nice ballad. A very decent, totally inoffensive entry. What’s really surprising is that the Moldovans decided in the last weekend before the deadline to submit the Romanian version, so it will be one of the entries sung in native language. Isn’t that charming?
Liz: Did they buy this at IKEA, like so many other countries? (to be continued)

 

 

 

1 Point

Dark MasterI gave up hope on Moldova. It is like teaching Potter the art of occlumency. That cliche staging, stolen dress from last year’s Azerbaijan entry, painful vocals, surely won’t do much for her. The ballad is one of the weakest ones in the first semi-final, so I am not sure about her qualification chances. This is an improvement from the torture that was going on for two years running.

 

 

 

0 Points

 Morenik

Oh dear, what a terrible song. It evokes memories of my first few experiences with a food processor, there were bits of food all over the kitchen, I forgot to put on the lid! Like that, this song is all over the place! Sorry Aliona, back to the Moon with Mr. Armstrong with you!

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT SCORE: 38

 

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One Comment

  1. rajo

    April 13, 2013 at 14:18

    I don’t get why Moldova is an independent country, seriously. It should be Romanian, but it seems like despite Eurovision both countries get along well on the political level. The Soviets wedged what was once one.

    Their songs in Eurovision are generally pretty weird and not enjoyable. I wonder what makes them pass the final every year.

    Although they gave us O-Zone in 2004, their music is genuinely terrible.

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