I hope everyone enjoyed Miguel Caló.
~ * 12 POINTS - FEE FI FO FUM (CANDY GIRLS) * ~
10 - Revelation Sunshine (Cree Summer)
8 - La Jardinera (Violeta Parra)
7 - It's Over Now (Cause & Effect)
6 - It Can't Be Forever (Ephraim Lewis)
5 - The Devil Sent You to Lorado (Baccara)
4 - Allo Allo, Monsieur L'ordinateur (Dorothée)
3 - Destination (François Feldman)
2 - Monte Carlo (Neoton Familia)
1 - Pidä Musta Kiinni (Meiju Suvas)
Here are my votes for this round:
12 points - Meiju Suvas - Pida Musta Kiini
~ Congrats to the "stealer" who snatched this song literally weeks after I discovered it and added it among my PJ Retro potentials. Obviously I wasn't going to do a dick move and give it less points than I think it deserves in this round. The synth work is so good and the melodies are excellent throughout - everything just works (by the way, I do have more Finnish retro goodies in my back pocket, hehe...)
10 points - George Lamond - Look Into My Eyes
~ Freestyle is apparently becoming a staple in my PJ Retro top 10s. An amazing song and discovery.
8 points - Vanelle - Tell Me
~ Instantly catchy, cute and fun. A bit Madonna-esque, too. Some rebellious earworms here, I caught myself humming to the melody weeks after hearing the song. Also, the length doesn't really seem to be an issue here, these 7 minutes pass rather quickly, justifying the song's quality.
7 points - Astaire - The Power Of Love
~ The first song on the list that had me thinking "why am I even trying..." Definitely wouldn't be surprised to see this one win - really strong melodies, synths, everything. The only reason why it doesn't appear in my top 3 is that the chorus is a tiny bit weaker than the rest.
6 points - Miguel Caló - Que Falta Que Me Haces
~ Now this is a bit unexpected but very welcome. A lovely song that reminds of my late grandpa who was a big Latin American oldies enthusiast. I still have a bunch of vinyl records around, there must be something similar to this one there.
5 points - Corona - I Don't Wanna Be A Star
~ Ooh, the 70s meets the 90s is such a good mix! Never heard this one before but I'm very glad I did - everything is just so catchy.
4 points - Reset - Get Me
~ Definitely one of the best Eurodance tunes in this round, the beat and hook are very strong. And that double middle-8, wig! Had to bump it one place because of it.
3 points - Neoton Família - Monte Carlo
~ Wait, are we sure this isn't an ABBA cover? Obviously a great song but somehow the over-familiarity worked against its favour here. And I'm glad to hear some Hungarian in this contest, I don't think we ever had it before actually.
2 points - François Feldman - Destination
~ Can someone please tell me what the 'destination' line that's being shouted reminds me of. I really like how chilled out this one is, while still being a bop.
1 point - Sheila Stewart - It's You (Dance Version)
~ A sophisticated 80s Eurobeat tune that managed to snatch this final point thanks to the singer's really nice voice and the song generally being very pleasant. Extremely random, but something about this reminds me of a wedding.
Swimming With Sharks - Careless Love
~ I don't know why but this one is giving me 'runaway winner' vibes. It just feels... professional? To be honest I don't find it close to the ultimate highlights of this round but it's still a very good song, of course.
Fern Kinney - Love Me Tonight (Love, Love, Love)
~ So cute! Loving the slick production and those sparkly synths. It would've probably gotten that final point if the chorus wasn't repeated so many times at the end, I was kinda starting to lose interest a bit.
Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Angel (Ladadi O-heyo)
~ This is the one where the singer reminded me of Madonna. I'm thinking of these early to mid-90s vocals of hers, the enunciation is similar too. Anyway, a bop that started to get a bit repetitive by the end, so I had to cut it from my top 10.
Candela - Viva! Fernando Garcia
~ Was this a national final Eurovision entry? Because it totally sounds like that. Really nice song and the singer has a lovely voice.
Linda Jo Rizzo - Heartflash (Tonight)
~ This one has glimpses of winner vibes, but somehow falls a bit in some places. Very 80s.
Dorothée - Allo Allo, Monsieur L'ordinateur
~ She's not a singer, she's a performer. Anyway, I can name at least two better songs by Dorothée but this one is very charming in a way.
Cree Summer - Revelation Sunshine
~ This sound reminds me of Kelli Ali's "Tigermouth" album a bit, a really neat tune. Shame that I wasn't too impressed by it. Interesting vocals too, cute to find out she's multitalented and did heaps of voiceover work.
Capital Sound - In The Night
~ Really liking the hook here, wish the rap was a bit shorter though.
John & Mary - Red Wooden Beads
~ A really nice indie folk song, the lyrics are very 90s in a good way.
Masterboy - Different Dreams
~ Similarly to the Capital sound song, that's a pretty good hook, but the rap is a bit overbearing.
Baccara - The Devil Sent You To Lorado
~ They are charming for sure, even though it's borderline gimmick. Unfortunately, this is the weakest out of their songs I know so far, but it's definitely likeable.
Candy Girls - Fee Fi Fo Fum
~ I didn't know Cupcakke had a career during the 90s! Jokes aside, the beat and synths are excellent but most of the time I was like 'girl, please stop talking over the song!' ddd
The rest (ranked):
Cause & Effect - It's Over Now
Sound Of Music - One More Lonely Night
Violeta Parra - La Jardinera
Cherrelle - Artificial Heart
Kakko - We Should Be Dancing
Ephraim Lewis - It Can't Be Forever
Lambretta - Blow My Fuses
1 point - Miguel Calo - Que falta que me haces
2 points - Neoton Familia - Monte Carlo
3 points - Violeta Parra - La jardinera
4 points - Cause & Effect - It’s Over Now
5 points - Vanelle - Tell Me
6 points - Humpe & Humpe - Careless Love
7 points - George Lamond - Look Into My Eyes
8 points - Astaire - The Power Of Love
10 points - Fern Kinney - Love Me Tonight (Love, Love, Love)
12 points - Kim Clark - Stay Awhile
Fern Kinney - Love Me Tonight (Love, Love, Love) 10
Vanelle - Tell Me 9
Swimming With Sharks - Careless Love (aka Humpe und Humpe) 9
John & Mary - Red Wooden Beads 9
Candy Girls - Fee Fi Fo Fum 9
Sheila Stewart - It's You (Dance Version) 8
Cause & Effect - It's Over Now 8
Kim Clark - Stay Awhile 8
François Feldman - Destination 8
Corona - I Don't Wanna Be A Star 8
Cree Summer - Revelation Sunshine 8
Neoton Família - Monte Carlo 8
Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Angel (Ladadi O-heyo) 8
Cherrelle - Artificial Heart 8
Ephraim Lewis - It Can't Be Forever 8
Candela - Viva! Fernando Garcia 7
Astaire - The Power Of Love 7
Capital Sound - In The Night 7
Dorothée - Allo Allo, Monsieur L'ordinateur 7
George Lamond - Look Into My Eyes 7
Lambretta - Blow My Fuses 7
Linda Jo Rizzo - Heartflash (Tonight) 7
Masterboy - Different Dreams 7
Meiju Suvas - Pida Musta Kiini 7
Reset - Get Me 7
Sound Of Music - One More Lonely Night 7
Kakko - We Should Be Dancing 6
Violeta Parra - La Jardinera 5
Miguel Caló - Que Falta Que Me Haces 4
12 Meiju Suvas - Pida Musta Kiini: 10
10 Neoton Família - Monte Carlo: 9.8
8 George Lamond - Look Into My Eyes: 9.5
7 Vanelle - Tell Me: 9.3
6 Corona - I Don't Wanna Be A Star: 9.3
5 Baccara - The Devil Sent You To Lorado: 9.2
4 Kim Clark - Stay Awhile: 9.2
3 Sound Of Music - One More Lonely Night: 9.2
2 Fern Kinney - Love Me Tonight (Love, Love, Love): 9.2
1 Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Angel (Ladadi O-heyo): 9.2
Cree Summer - Revelation Sunshine: 9
Swimming With Sharks - Careless Love (aka Humpe und Humpe): 9
Sheila Stewart - It's You (Dance Version): 9
François Feldman - Destination: 8.9
Reset - Get Me: 8.9
Miguel Caló - Que Falta Que Me Haces: 8.9
Cause & Effect - It's Over Now: 8.9
Candela - Viva! Fernando Garcia: 8.9
Linda Jo Rizzo - Heartflash (Tonight): 8.9
Lambretta - Blow My Fuses: 8.9
Ephraim Lewis - It Can't Be Forever: 8.9
Astaire - The Power Of Love: 8.8
Cherrelle - Artificial Heart: 8.8
Kakko - We Should Be Dancing: 8.8
Capital Sound - In The Night: 8.7
John & Mary - Red Wooden Beads: 8.6
Violeta Parra - La Jardinera: 8.6
Masterboy - Different Dreams: 8.5
Candy Girls - Fee Fi Fo Fum: 8.5