Introducing the ASFE International Jury and the verdict on Cyprus’ songs.

With many an opinion divided and all the fuss and furor gathered around Cyprus’ songs for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, we at ASFE thought it would be interesting to assemble a jury of music experts to analyse the songs, award points (12, 6 & 2) and see what it is that has got all the Eurofans talking about. So, without further ado, we proudly present the inaugural session of the ASFE International Jury. Joining ASFE’s author TK, our three jury members are:

Mark Fillon, who is a writer, musician and member of popular rock band Sandwash. An ardent fan of all music and dedicated performer, his unvarnished view will prove to be a breath of fresh air.

Benjamin Schwartz travelled to more than 40 different countries, looking for original sounds to satisfy his ear buds. Once a DJ who held mixes in France and Chile, he’s an astute judge on what will get people moving.

And finally, Daniela Amaranda, who is a music enthusiast and a follower of numerous international concerts. Having recently discovered the Eurovision Song Contest, she’ll bring her knowledge of the international music scene to the jury.

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Call The Police   >    Listen here

Mark: Uh-oh, Gaga-fever. This song seems to mirror the current trends of pop music in America, where production has been taken over by dance floor interests. In that respect, it does the job, but only minimally. It’s not destined to be a club anthem, probably because it sounds outdated. Songwriting-wise, it’s nothing brilliant. I understand that in a pop context, verse-chorus-verse is just fine. But even in the conventional pop sense, I’m afraid this song is just radio fodder. I feel terrible saying that – she’s gorgeous. 6 points

Benjamin: Similar artist: Ke$ha. That’s a song that’s built up completely up to the standards of what floods the radio waves nowadays. Same bass, same rhythm, in brief: a party tune. The lyrics are however a little light, as one could expect from a radio/club song. 6 points

Daniela: Pop song, nothing new, shallow lyric, potential voice… I don’t think she will make it on the European market but at least she tries her best, it shows!! Plus I don’t think this is a song for Eurovision. 6 points

TK: While the song is incessantly catchy, my main concern is that it fails to go anywhere, preferring to remain in the same plateau without any kind of progression. Additionally, while I’m all up for cheesy lyrics, those of Call The Police is like fondue dunked over a cheese platter. Its so bad that its good. 6 points

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You Don’t Belong Here   >    Listen here

Mark: Now I’m hearing Kelly Clarkson. But at least the songwriting’s much better. The chorus has a sing-along catchiness, the verse provides a sober anchor and her voice’s character really comes out during the bridge. The production isn’t overwhelming, and that’s a good thing – with songs like these (made recently famous by American Idol alumni and pop rock/country fusion acts), it’s best to let the singing do the work. This might be a worthy contender, but honestly, she’s got to up the ante and bring on the big guns when she gets on stage. 12 points

Benjamin: Similar artist: Avril Lavigne. I’m not a big fan of this ‘genre’, which hesitates between rock-pop and R&B without finding their own field I think. The lyrics are still light, and lack of a story to tell, which usually makes rock-pop song different. Not a big fan. 2 points

Daniela: I think this is the one with more potential if you compare it with the rest. The lyrics are still not that good. Her voice sounds more protagonic now, she sounds better in this one. 12 points

TK: Straying into Avril Lavigne territory, this is a standard rock ballad by numbers. The song’s saving grace is Ivi’s dramatic vocal that really sell it. This is the kind of song that would sound much better when performed live. While technically the more mainstream of the lot, I don’t think it’ll appeal to Europe, especially when Switzerland have a much better rock entry. 2 points

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La La Love   >    Listen here

Mark: Ah, now for something more European sounding. Since we’re drawing comparisons, it gives off hints of Rihanna. Production is great. But unfortunately, that’s where it all ends. It just isn’t in the calibre of a Eurovision top 10, let alone a winner. It’s all been heard before, ever since Jennifer Lopez decided to bank on her massive… talents. Out of the three, this song is the least vocally impressive. Sure, I can visualize the stage choreography and effects, but she’ll have to do way more to impress the judges and the voting countries. It’s great for as a World Cup celebratory song, but when we’re talking about Europe’s best songwriting, it really is quite lacking. 2 points

Benjamin: I’m going to repeat myself regarding the lyrics, but this has the bass & the beat of a party song, and therefore can afford to be a little lighter on the content. It’s really moving & cheerful, and that’s my choice between these 3 songs. 12 points

Daniela: Same comments that I just shared for Call The Police2 points

TK: La la, la la la la la la la..! The melody is stuck in my head! This song is so catchy and grabs you in the first ten seconds and refuses to let go. This is super important for an aspiring Eurovision as all you get is three minutes to sell it. While it will not win the Ivor Novello by any stretch, the instant hook makes up for it. Plus, it’s got the makings of a great stage show, has some slight national flavour and fully in line with European club music. 12 points

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THE WINNER: With a total of 28 points each, You Don’t Belong Here and La La Love have tied in for first place. It’s going to be really interesting to see how the Cyprus’ own jury as well as the public will vote to select their entry to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

A huge thanks to all the members of the inaugural ASFE International Jury!

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