PJXTRA 26: The Xtra Winners' Circle - Winner Crowned!

The song list has been up for two weeks, I'm not sure it really counts as "voting early" anymore dd
Voting two days before deadline is still early for my standards.

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I've got more, more, more...

First up today we go to the very first winner of PJXtra... Frida Gold

Frida Gold are a group hailing from Germany. They formed in 2007 and have released 3 studio albums since. The group have competed in the German competition 'Federal Vision Song Contest' as well as opening for Kylie on her Aphrodite tour!

Frida Gold won gold at the very first PJXtra and has also gained a silver medal in round 35 of PJSC having been submitted by @Sprockrooster both times.

And to no surprise, @Sprockrooster has chosen their song 'Liebe Ist Meine Religion'



Next up we have... two winners? Benjamin x Bess

Both Benjamin and Bess are Finnish pop acts. Benjamin has recorded one studio album and a string of successful singles. Meanwhile Bess has released 2 albums. The pair collaborated on a single, which will be revealed in just a few minutes!

Benjamin won in round 21 having been submitted by @saviodxl whilst Bess won last round, having been submitted by yours truly! Bess has also made 3 appearances in PJSC, with her best result being 4th.

@Untouchable Ace has decided to send their joint collaboration 'Paremmin ku kukaan muu'



Last up today we have... Colonia

Colonia are a dance duo from Croatia. They have released a huge 13 albums and are known for winning the first ever Eurodance competition back in 2001.

The duo won PJXtra round 7 having been entered by @Ana Raquel

@MilesAngel has sent their song 'Déjà vu'



3 more songs to be revealed!​
 
First up... this is your 2 day reminder to get your ballots in!

@A&E
@Attis
@Derek
@Lego
@Maki (so much for voting early dd)
@Sprockrooster
@TéléDex

And now... It's time for the last Winners' Circle reveals!

To start with we have... Belén Aguilera

Belén is a Spanish singer and actress. Starting out in 2018, she has since gone on to release 3 albums Ms Aguilera has gained quite a following on Instagram throughout her career.

Belén has been entered into PJXtra a total of 3 times, earning a bronze medal in round 16 and then a gold in round 23 for @soratami

@daninternational has chosen her most recent single which is a collab with Julieta:



And my choice is her single from 2023 which is an absolute bop:



Next up we head to France where we have... Requin Chagrin

Requin Chagrin are a French group who formed in 2008. Marlon, who is the lead singer formed the group and met several of the group members on a music forum. The group have gone on to release 3 studio albums.

The group have been entered twice to PJSC, finished at 14th place both times! They have also appeared twice in PJXtra, earning @berserkboi a crown in round 17.

@pop3blow2 has sent their song 'Semaphore'



And last but not least we return to Javiera Mena, who @TéléDex has sent their song 'Yo No Te Pido La Luna'



Final playlist:



I will be back on Monday with reveals!​
 
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More Javiera in the Winner's Circle than anyone else? Damn right!
Yeah, I was saddened everyone forgot about it, when it's her most tuneful and nostalgic one, so I decided to not do research to make a completely different decision using a non-chosen winner's track, and go for that straight away. Especially since she has two songs that has 'Luna' in the title and I mixed them both up, before it was time to listen.

Btw, due to my show-watching plans today and Easter Saturday which will be a matinee and dinner plans, I will be listening and voting this Sunday.
 
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Voting two days before deadline is still early for my standards.

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Well make this two hours before deadline but it's still early!

Out of the 11 songs I shortlisted, that number dropped down to 10 with the final listen to these and it wasn't that hard to decide on the order of songs. My 12 was pretty instant and obvious here, and the entire top 5 is really strong. There's some male vocal representation among my votes too, not something that happens often.
 
Okay, all the votes are in!

Who Sent What?
@A&E
Lary - STELLA​
SF9 - Bibora​
BLV - French Kiss​
Rêve - Saturn Return (version française)​
PIERRE DE MAERE - Mecredi​
Sigga Ózk - Um allan alheiminn​
Misha Romanova - ЛУННАЯ​
Round Table feat. Nino - Let Me Be With You​
Matoma, Mari Boine, Hver gang vi motes - Bottoza dahtun​
YOUHA - Flower Rain​
Marta Juárez - STA​
Krasnoznamennaya Diviziya Imeni Moey Babushki -Последнее лето детства (Last Summer of Childhood)​
E'FEMME - Pa' Ti Nunca​
Aimer - Kataomoi​
Elsa Esnoult - Comme une petite fille​
Crush ft Alexandra Ungureanu - Hello​
Ofelia - Samuraj (Helena)​
Ana Diaz - Vet du jag är över dig (Lucas Nord Remix)​
Jorge González - Caliente​
Aitana - Dararí​
gIANMARIA & Francesca Michelin - DISCO DANCE​
Emma - Apnea​
Ghostly Kisses - Oublier​
Luna - Fata Morgana​
Aiba - Berlin​
Anet Vaikmaa - Serotoniin​
Arisa - Mi sento bene​

It's a bank holiday here and my day is a bit all over the place, so I plan to do half of the reveals at 11AM and the other half at some point this afternoon... hope you can join!​
 
Entries I guessed correctly:
Ofelia - Samuraj (Helena)​
Aitana - Dararí​
Ghostly Kisses - Oublier​
Anet Vaikmaa - Serotoniin​

Interesting that two different participants sent songs by Pierre de Maere in two separate contests happening at the same time.

As for the winner, I think it will be between @Derek and @Up N Down (sending a song in a language which sounds pretty much idential to Finnish to non-native speakers is a clever move), @klow could be a contender for a medal too.
 
Entries I guessed correctly:


Interesting that two different participants sent songs by Pierre de Maere in two separate contests happening at the same time.

As for the winner, I think it will be between @Derek and @Up N Down (sending a song in a language which sounds pretty much idential to Finnish to non-native speakers is a clever move), @klow could be a contender for a medal too.
Did you think I sent Pierre or SF9 for the 3rd time?
 
Lets get this show on the road!

1/27 @Dynamo

12 - Rêve - Saturn Return (version française)
10 - YOUHA - Flower Rain
8 - Aiba - Berlin
7 - Sigga Ózk - Um allan alheiminn
6 - SF9 - Bibora
5 - Emma - Apnea
4 - Ghostly Kisses - Oublier
3 - Marta Juárez - STA
2 - Anet Vaikmaa - Serotoniin
1 - Aitana - Dararí

Honourable mentions: Ana Diaz/Lucas Nord, Jorge Gonzalez, Lary, Pierre de Maere, Aimer

2/27 @saviodxl

12 E'FEMME - Pa' Ti Nunca
10 Sigga Ózk - Um allan alheiminn
8 Ofelia - Samuraj (Helena)
7 Marta Juárez - STA
6 Lary - STELLA
5 YOUHA - Flower Rain
4 Anet Vaikmaa - Serotoniin
3 Ana Diaz - Vet du jag är över dig (Lucas Nord Remix)
2 Aitana - Dararí
1 Misha Romanova - ЛУННАЯ


 
3/27 @daninternational

12Aiba-Berlin
10Lary-STELLA
8Marta Juárez,Manu Sánchez-STA
7SF9-BIBORA
6Ana Diaz-Vet du jag är över dig - Lucas Nord Remix
5E'FEMME-Pa' Ti Nunca
4Aitana-Dararí
3Emma-APNEA
2Elsa Esnoult-Comme une petite fille
1Anet Vaikmaa-Serotoniin
HMYOUHA-Flower Rain
HMGhostly Kisses-Oublier

4/27 @undisco_me


12 Serotoniin - Anet Vaikmaa
10 Um allan alheiminn - Sigga Ozk
08 APNEA - Emma
07 MISHA ROMANOVA
06 DISCO DANCE - gIANMARIA, Francesca Michielin
05 Saturn Return - Reve
04 Flower Rain - YOUHA
03 Pa' Ti Nunca - E'FEMME
02 Krasnoznamyonnaya Diviziya Imeni Moyei Babushki
01 Vet du jag ar over dig - Ana Diaz

H&Ms:

Arisa, Ofelia, Elsa Esnoult, ROUND TABLE ft. Nino

 
5/27 @WoW73

12
Reve
Lary
Misha Romanova
Anet Vaikmaa
Ofelia
Youha
Ana Diaz
Crush + Alexandra
Sigga Ozk
Luna
1

6/27 @cdd216

12
Elsa Esnoult - Comme une petite fille

10
Aitana - Dararí

8
YOUHA - Flower Rain

7
Ghostly Kisses - Oublier

6
Sigga Ózk - Um allan alheiminn

5
Misha Romanova - ЛУННАЯ

4
Matoma, Mari Boine, Hver gang vi motes - Bottoza dahtun

3
E'FEMME - Pa' Ti Nunca

2
Aiba - Berlin

1
Rêve - Saturn Return (version française)

 
Did you think I sent Pierre or SF9 for the 3rd time?
I speculated but couldn't settle on one.


And I sent Elsa Esnoult, who won PJSC round 85 when @soratami sent this absolute gem of a song:



I saw she had a new EP (which served as aprelude to her album) out recently so I checked out and "Comme une petite fille" was an instant standout and sounds quite similar to "Androgyne" (I think I even prefer it to that song), so it went right away to my PJXtra potentials list. Couldn't bother listening to her whole album with 22 songs ff but out of the EP, this one is a great bop:



As well as the opening track from the album which I did listen:

 
7/27 @soratami

12
E'FEMME - Pa' Ti Nunca 10
Marta Juárez - STA 10
SF9 - Bibora 9
Round Table feat. Nino - Let Me Be With You 9
Elsa Esnoult - Comme une petite fille 9
BLV - French Kiss 9
Crush ft Alexandra Ungureanu - Hello 9
YOUHA - Flower Rain 9
Luna - Fata Morgana 9
Ghostly Kisses - Oublier 9
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Anet Vaikmaa - Serotoniin 8
Aiba - Berlin 8
Aimer - Kataomoi 8
Emma - Apnea 8
Matoma, Mari Boine, Hver gang vi motes - Bottoza dahtun 8
Misha Romanova - ЛУННАЯ 8
Ofelia - Samuraj (Helena) 8
Rêve - Saturn Return (version française) 8
Sigga Ózk - Um allan alheiminn 8

Ana Diaz - Vet du jag är över dig (Lucas Nord Remix) 7
Arisa - Mi sento bene 7
Jorge González - Caliente 7
Krasnoznamennaya Diviziya Imeni Moey Babushki -Последнее лето детства (Last Summer of Childhood) 7
Lary - STELLA 7
PIERRE DE MAERE - Mecredi 7

gIANMARIA & Francesca Michelin - DISCO DANCE 6

8/27 @Up N Down

12 Luna - Fata Morgana
10 Elsa Esnoult - Comme une petite fille
08 PIERRE DE MAERE - Mecredi
07 Matoma, Mari Boine, Hver gang vi motes - Bottoza dahtun
06 Ghostly Kisses - Oublier
05 Marta Juárez - STA
04 Lary - STELLA
03 E'FEMME - Pa' Ti Nunca
02 Crush ft Alexandra Ungureanu - Hello
01 BLV - French Kiss

 
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