Eurovision 2021 Songs Review – Part #2 (Croatia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia)

Welcome to our new series of posts!
The moment of truth has come, and all of the 39 competing songs of Eurovision 2021 have been revealed.
Therefore, we are ready for an extended review of them and of course ranking the songs.
Each post in the series will focus on 5-6 songs.
You are invited to read the first chapter of the review (Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Russia, Ukraine)
this post in the series will be focusing on 5 countries that will participate in the first semi-final:
Croatia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia.

Artist: Albina Grčić

Albina is a 22 year old Croatian singer. She began her career with participation in the 3rd season of “The Voice of Croatia” where she finished 3rd in the grand final. So far, she has released 2 singles , the last of them is her Eurovision 2021 song.

Selection Process: Croatia held a national selection this year – “Dora 2021“.
The show aired live on the 13th of February 2021.
14 artists competed in the final. Albina received first place in jury voting and public voting. Therefore, she was announced as the winner of “Dora 2021” with the song “Tick-Tock”.

Allocation in Semi-Final: Croatia will perform in the second half of seni-final 1.
Albina will perform 10th, after Norway and before Belgium

Musical Review: It’s a mid-tempo pop song with the influence of 1980’s music. The song starts with a short instrumental section that’s processed with digital production. Albina starts singing, and it seems like it’s a ballad – what will be declared an error later on. There is a pre-recorded backing vocal that appears sometimes. In the second half of the first verse, the beat changes a little bit, as the singer accelerates the speed of singing. At the end of the first verse, she tries to sing more powerfully.
The chorus consists of electro-dance beats and wind instruments. Albina’s singing is more modest and effortless, while being accompanied by pre-recorded backing vocals.
The chorus ends almost in the same way the verse ends.
The second verse is much more rhythmic than the first verse, it has a different rate and in fact is much more similar to the chorus rather than the verse.
The second chorus repeats the first one. However, at this time we have a dance outro which elevates the catchiness of the song. Surprisingly, the third chorus is in Croatian language. If you ask me, it is the most authentic part of the song. Right after that, we returned to English singing.
My main criticism here will be the vocal performance. Albina isn’t accurate at specific parts, for example “Oh no, oh no, oh no” or “Don’t go, don’t go”. I am the one who always supports powerful singing, but this time it just damages the song. The song itself is good, but at a certain point it is slightly generic. In addition, we have several songs in the 1980’s music genre this year.Croatia isn’t one of the strongest. Croatia has taken a significant step by choosing a song that’s considered mainstream – pop for Eurovision, but I think it isn’t a good decision.


Tick-TockLyrics

Try to fix the broken pieces, now I’m leaving
But you made it loud and clear I’m not enough
Tried to fool me more than once to keep me dreaming
‘Cause you knew the truth would tear us apart
If you pull me down then I’ll come around
And rise up to come show you who I am
I feel fire inside, my heart’s desire
I’m breaking free from you

Tick-tock, watch the days go
I’m losing track of time
Lost in your playzone
Don’t overcomplicate
Now we’re in warzone
You’re screaming, “Oh no, oh no, oh no”
Tick-tock, I’ll take you dancing
In time with my parade
You think you’rе fancy
But play the game my way and you’ll be bеggin’
“Please baby, don’t go, don’t go, don’t go”

I hear those voices from far away
They help me to escape (Escape)
I found myself and I’m finally free from
Your bad lovin’ and restraint

Tick-tock, watch the days go
I’m losing track of time
Lost in your playzone
Don’t overcomplicate
Now we’re in warzone
You’re screaming, “Oh no, oh no, oh no”

Dancin’, dancin’
Think you, think you fancy
Tick-tock
Don’t go, don’t go, don’t go

I hear those voices from far away
They help me to escape (Escape)
I found myself and I’m finally free from
Your bad lovin’ and restraint

Tick-tock, watch the days go
I’m losing track of time
Lost in your play zone
Don’t overcomplicate
Now we’re in a warzone
You’re screaming, “Oh no, oh no”
Tick-tock, I’ll take you dancing
In time with my parade
You think you’re fancy
But play the game my way and you’ll be beggin’
“Please baby, don’t go, don’t go, don’t go”

Dancin’, dancin’
Think you, think you fancy
Tick-tock
Don’t go, don’t go, don’t go

Poetry Analysis: It’s a break-up song. The spokesperson tells about a bad relationship she went through. In the beginning, she was still broken regarding the end of the relationship. She felt that her partner didn’t know how to appreciate her. She has even felt that it would be a lie to continue their relationship: “Try to fix the broken pieces, now I’m leaving/ But you made it loud and clear I’m not enough/ Tried to fool me more than once to keep me dreaming/ ‘Cause you knew the truth would tear us apart“.
She promises that they will never return. If he tries to ask for that, she will revenge him.
Her wish was to get out from this poisoned relationship: “If you pull me down then I’ll come around/ And rise up to come show you who I am/ I feel fire inside, my heart’s desire/I’m breaking free from you“.
Looking back, she realises that their love was a waste of time. Now they are enemies in a war where she wants to win: “I’m losing track of time/ Lost in your playzone/ Don’t overcomplicate/ Now we’re in warzone… But play the game my way and you’ll be bеggin‘”.
She says that her environment encourages her to end this relationship. Now, she can finally be who she really is:
I hear those voices from far away/ They help me to escape (Escape)/
I found myself and I’m finally free from/ Your bad lovin’ and restrain
t

Initial Personal Ranking: 29th overall, 14th in the semi-final

The impact of the allocation in semi-final 1: 5 countries that tend to vote for Croatia will vote in the first semi-final: Slovenia, North Macedonia, Germany, Ukraine, and Malta

Odds Table: On the 13th of February 2021, Croatia held a national selection show.
The country was in 22nd position in the table. 2 days later, it went up to 20th place. Since then, the country was the range of 18-20 places. Croatia is currently in 20th place.

Early Prediction: Although the song gets positive reactions, I will take a risk by predicting Croatia won’t qualify for the final this year. Semi-final 1 is a tough semi-final. I don’t see Albina as a string vocalist that will stand out. Considering the running order, there are 2 excellent female singers that perform after her. The comparison between them can lower the chances of qualifying for Croatia.

Artist: The Roop

The Roop is a Lithuanian pop-rock band from Vilnius that was formed in 2014. The band consists of Vaidotas Valiukevičius, Robertas Baranauskas, and Mantas Banišauskas.
The group has released two albums – “To Whom It May Concern” in 2015 and “Ghosts” in 2017. In 2018, the band participated in the national selection for Eurovision 2018 and performed the song “Yes, I DO“. Last year, they won the national selection with the song “On Fire“. However, they didn’t manage to represent the country in Eurovison due to the Covid-19 virus.
A few days ago, the band won 4 music awards in the M.A.M.A Lithuanian music awards.

Selection Process: Lithuania held a national selection this year. The selection included 4 shows: 2 hits, a semi-final and a grand final. 21 artists participated in the selection.
The grand final was held on the 6th of February 2021.
In the grand final, 6 artists competed and in the end it was The Roop with “Discoteque” to win the selection show. The band won jury voting, as well as the public voting.
They have received incredibly massive support from the public vote:

Allocation in Semi-Final: Lithuania will perform in the first half of semi-final 1.
The Roop will open the show, just before Slovenia

Musical Review: A unique song with 1980 disco music influences.
The song starts with a guitar stringing and thereafter a cyclic beat is being added.
They used recorded backing vocals of the lead singer himself (which is allowed at Eurovision this year, by the way). The bridge contains only the words “Dance alone” with the spinning of the lead singer and 2 singers on the stage. The chorus is built on singing- speaking in a way that the sentences are split by each word separately. After that, we have an instrumental section where we can them dancing on the stage.
The second occurrence of the chorus and the instrumental part is more effective and more special.
The lead singer knows how to perform live. He isn’t only a singer but also an actor.
You can see it, by the way, he pronounced the words, his mimics, and the changes in the voice.
The choice of the yellow color isn’t random. I believe they chose it in order to stand out.
I loved the connection to Covid-19 quarantine (dance alone). Of course, the chorus is the catchy part of the song. The dancing has a critical role in the performance.
I can’t say it’s brilliant but definitely a special one with a strong performance

Lyrics

Okay, I feel the rhythm
Something’s going on here
The music flows through my veins

It’s taking over me, it’s slowly kicking in
My eyes are blinking and I don’t know what is happening
I can’t control it, don’t wanna end it
There’s no one here and I don’t care
I feel it’s safe to dance alone (Dance alone)
Dance alone (Dance alone), dance alone (Dance alone)
Dance alone (Dance alone), dance alone (Dance alone)
Dance alone (Dancе alone), dance alone, dancе alone

Let’s discoteque right at my home
It is okay to dance alone
Dance alone, dance alone (Alone)
Dance alone (Alone), dance alone (Alone)
I got the moves, it’s gonna blow

Dance alone, dance alone
Dance alone, dance alone

By dancing on my own
I’m healing wounded soul
My body’s shaking, heart is breaking
Have to let it go
I need to get up and put my hands up
There’s no one here and I don’t care
I feel it’s safe to dance alone

Let’s discoteque right at my home
It is okay to dance alone
Dance alone, dance alone (Alone)
Dance alone (Alone), dance alone (Alone)
I got the moves, it’s gonna blow

Dance alone, dance alone
Dance alone, dance alone

Let’s discoteque right at my home
It is okay to dance alone
I got the moves, it’s gonna blow
It is okay to dance alone

Let’s discoteque right at my home
It is okay to dance alone
I got the moves, it’s gonna blow
It is okay to dance alone

Poetry Analysis: The song describes the feeling of being alone, but in a creative and festive way. Many people (and so do I) see the song telling the story of social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of us found ourselves in a quarentine. The spokesperson tells us that it’s OK to dance alone and celebrate ourselves as a creature.

Initial Personal Ranking: 21st overall, 11th in the semi-final

The impact of the allocation in semi-final 1: 4 countries that tend to vote for Lithuania will vote in the first semi-final: Ireland, Norway, Australia, and Ukraine.

Odds Table: From the moment the song was released (even before it won the national selection), Lithuania led the betting odds. Until the 17th of February 2021, Lithuania stayed in first place.
Thereafter, they spent 8 days in the 2nd place and then dropped to 5th place.
On the 7th of March, they were in 6th place and started to go down in one place once every several days. Over the last 8 days, The Roop are 8th in the odds.

Early Prediction: Qualifying isn’t even a question. I’m sure Lithuania will qualify this year.
We’ve already seen the concept of staging. Therefore, I predict that Lithuania will end in 6-11 places

Artist: Vasil Garvanliev

 Vasil is a 36 year old singer. In 2019, he was one of the backing vocalists of Tamara Todevaska who represented North Macedon in Eurovision 2019. Last year, he was meant to represent North Macedonia at Eurovision 2020 which was canceled.

Selection Process: As in 2020, North Macedonia internally chose Vasil to represent the country. The song was chosen internally. The song is a ballad called “Here I Stand

Allocation in Semi-Final: North Macedonia will participate in the first half of semi-final 1.
Vasil will perform 6th, after Australia and before Ireland

Musical Review: It’s a singer-songwriter ballad in the flavor of a Disney song.
In the first verse, the melody is namely based on piano playing. Vasil sings in mid-high and fragile voice. Thereafter, string instruments are added to the melody, for example cello.
The first half of the chorus is still “small” enough in order not to be considered as a chorus.
The second half of the chorus is rich musically, it contains more musical instruments. We can hear Vasil singing with full power, and the choir joins him. The song ticks V in the boxes of what Eurovision ballad needs: Towards the end, there is a modulation where Vasil sings in a higher voice.
The last few seconds include Vasil singing alongside piano playing and the choir joins again.
First of all, I think Vasil sings the song in an impressive way. However, the song seems a little bit like cliche. The majority of the song was predictable, starting with the arrangement and ending with the lyrics themselves. The choir is a great and important component of the song. Nevertheless, it just came too late, while the potential listeners might have lost their interest in the song.
I’m afraid the song won’t be strong enough to qualify.

Lyrics

There are times when I remember back
Wish to hug the child about to crack
I’ll tell him, “Wait, it won’t be long
Trust your heart and just stay strong”

‘Cause baby, they all tried to break us
Not knowing it’s what makes us
This is how we found our way
Now here I stand
There’s no pretend
My walls are down, my heart’s in your hand
Unchain my wings
And the oceans of tears will fade to black
With the sum of my years, ooh-ooh-ooh

Woah-oah

They all tried to break us (Tried to break us)
Not knowing it’s what makes us (They don’t know)
This is how we found our way (This is how we found our way)
(Herе I stand)
My walls are down, my heart’s in your hand
They all triеd to break us (To break us)
Not knowing it’s what makes us (They don’t know)
This is how we found our way

There are times when I remember back
And all I do is smile
All for you

(They all tried to break us)
(Not knowing it’s what makes us)
(And this is how we found our way)

Poetry Analysis: This is a self-empowerment song. In the beginning, the spokesperson returned to his youthful years as a child. He describes difficulties he had in the past. Now that he is older, he can see the bright side and know that everything will be OK: “There are times when I remember back/ Wish to hug the child about to crack/ I’ll tell him, “Wait, it won’t be long
Trust your heart and just stay strong
“.
The solution he suggests is to grow from the pieces and ruins –
they all tried to break us/ Not knowing it’s what makes us/ This is how we found our way“.
He is brave enough to show his scars and fears, he is so ashamed of his past anymore. While being exposed, the tears go by:
Now here I stand/ There’s no pretend/ My walls are down, my heart’s in your hand/
Unchain my wings/ And the oceans of tears will fade to black/ With the sum of my year
s”
.
The song ends with a hope, in an optimistic way. He embraces his past and tries to recover by smiling:
There are times when I remember back/ And all I do is smile /All for you“.

Initial Personal Ranking: 37th overall, 15th in the semi-final.

The impact of the allocation in semi-final 1: 3 countries that tend to vote for North Macedonia will vote in the first semi-final: Croatia, Slovenia, and Azerbaijan

Odds Table: The song was revealed on the 11 of March 2021. On that date, the song was in 24th place on the table. Right after that, the song went down to places 26-27. By the 30th of March 2021, it had moved in the range between places 30-34. However, in the last few days the song is in 27th place.

Early Prediction: We don’t have many pure ballads this year. However, as I’ve mentioned before: semi-final 1 is a blood-bath. I don’t see North Macedonia qualifying this year.
My explanation is that there are stronger songs in this semi-final and the song may not stand enough in order to reach the top10 of semi-final 1.

Artist: Roxen

Larisa Roxana Giurgiu was born on the 5th of January 2000. She is known professionally as RoxenRoxen is a Romanian singer signed by Global Records. She rose to prominence upon being featured on Romanian producer Sickotoy’s “You Don’t Love Me” (2019), which reached number three in Romania and received radio airplay in several other countries, including France, the United States, Russia, and Spain.
Her debut single “Ce-ți cântă Dragostea” was released in November 2019 and peaked at number two in Romania. Since being chosen as Romania‘s representative for Eurovision 2020, she has released several new songs.

Selection Process: Last year Roxen was internally chosen internally by the Romanian broadcaster. Her song in 2020, was chosen via a televised national selection. However, this year the singer was chosen internally as well as her song. The song was chosen by national jury members.
Among the 6 options, the chosen song is “Amnesia“.

Allocation in Semi-Final: Romania will participate in the second half of semi-final 1.
Roxen will perform in the 13th slot, after Israel and before Azerbaijan.

Musical Review

It’s a ballad. The song starts with an instrumental section, composed of piano playing. Then Roxen starts singing. In the beginning, she uses a fragile voice, sometimes crossing the limit between speaking and singing. At a specific point, the melody becomes richer, as string instruments are added. The pre-chorus is faster and the melody is dominated by the string instruments, which gives a hint about how the peak of the song is close. The chorus is more rhythmic. There is a beat that leads the chorus, her singing is powerful. Towards the end of the chorus, there is an effect of echo blended together with backing vocals.
The second verse has a faster rate and it feels like it was meant to be a transition section before another occurrence of the chorus. The chorus is strong, impactful, and sticks to your mind. The song ends with the chorus until it fades out slowly.
The song is radio-friendly. The structure of the song isn’t ordinary: It starts as a simple ballad and later on it grows to a mid-tempo hit.
Romania will have to bring a meaningful concept for staging in order to shine on the stage.
The song is one of my favorites, but I’m a little bit concerned about elements from the recording that can’t be included in live performance (for example reverb, echo, vocals processing, and more). If the vocal performance is accurate, Roxen will get full credit.

Lyrics

Once upon a time I used to know a girl
Ripped jeans, messy hair, shinin’ like a pearl
Like a summer day she could push the night so far away

If you feel what I feel, see what I see
Don’t bring yourself down
You are not alone, not alone now

Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
This world feels in a rush and they say they know it all
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you
‘Cause you’re not alone, not alone
I tried to fight but it’s getting strong, getting strong, getting strong
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you
‘Cause you’re not alone

Giving all they want might make you lose control
They keep preaching words like I should know
People always say, “Be careful what you wishin’ for”

If you feel what I feel, see what I see
Don’t bring yourself down
You are not alone, not alone now

Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
This world feels in a rush and they say they know it all
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you
‘Cause you’re not alone, not alone
I tried to fight but it’s getting strong, getting strong, getting strong
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you

Self love (Self love), it’s never gone
Self love (Self love), put it back on
Oh, self love, self love, you’re not alone
Not alone, not alone, self love amnesia

I lost myself tryna have it all
This world feels in a rush and they say they know it all
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you
‘Cause you’re not alone, not alone
I tried to fight but it’s getting strong, getting strong, getting strong.
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all
Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you
‘Cause you’re not alone

Poetry Analysis: It’s a song about self-love, self-acceptance, and self-confidence.
The spokesperson starts the song by telling a story about a girl she knew. However, that girl is her.
The description is controversial: the girl is beautiful as a pearl but her appearance can also be understood as neglected. The night is described as a bad threshold you have to push away:
Once upon a time I used to know a girl/ Ripped jeans, messy hair, shinin’ like a pearl/
Like a summer day, she could push the night so far away
“.
The pre-chorus declares who that girl is. The spokesperson asked us to prevent us from putting ourselves down, in contrast to what she has done before:
If you feel what I feel, see what I see/ Don’t bring yourself down/ You are not alone, not alone now“.
In the chorus, she continues telling her personal story. She used to lose her self-care, she didn’t recognize herself anymore. Everything looked like a mess and in fact, she stopped understanding the way the world works. However, the message is positive: Even if having that kind of trouble, none of us will be alone. It’s OK to be anxious or worried, while you have other people to support you.
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all/ This world feels in a rush and they say they know it all/
Oh, I lost myself tryna have it all/ Self love amnesia, don’t worry if it got you/
‘Cause you’re not alone, not alone/ I tried to fight it but it’s getting strong
“.
She warns us that sometimes it isn’t helpful to listen for any single piece of advice.
Listening to too many people simultaneously might make us crazy, especially when self-love is a question and not mandatory. “Giving all they want might make you lose control/ They keep preaching words like I should know/ People always say, “Be careful what you wishin’ for”

Initial Personal Ranking: 6th overall, 3rd in the semi-final

The impact of the allocation in semi-final 1: 5 countries that tend to vote for Romania will vote in the first semi-final: Israel, Italy, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, and Ireland.

Odds Table: The song was released on the 4th of March 2021. On that day, the song was in 13th place on the table. Later on, it went down to 14, and then 15-16 places. Between the 10th and 18th of March, it was in 17th place. After that it went up to 16th place until the 30th of March 2021. From the 31st of March and later, Romania is stable in the 15th place.

Early Prediction: I’m pretty sure that Romania will qualify for the final, after 2 years (2018 – 2019) of unqualifying. However, Romania‘s fate will definitely be determined by Roxen‘s vocal performance. The problem is that the song is overproduced in terms of vocal elements. In other words, I am keen to hear the live performance without those effects. If the vocal performance is good, then the place in the final is guaranteed. Otherwise, it may be a risk.
Nevertheless, I will predict that Romania will qualify for the final. If Romania qualifies for the final, Roxen will end up in place 10-15.

Artist: Ana Soklič

Ana Soklič is a 36 year old (soon 37 years old) Slovenian singer. She started her musical career performing covers to well-known songs. She graduated from a music college in Slovenia. She cooperated with the girls’ orchestra “Harlem”  from New-York and they performed in front of the former US president Obama.
In the Slovenian music awards ceremony “Slovenska popevka 2019” she won two awards for her song “Temni svet“: The best lyrics and the best song.
Last year, she participated in “EMA 2020” (Slovenia’s national selection for Eurovision 2020) and won with the amazing ballad “Voda“. However, Eurovision 2020 was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandenic. Ana has participated in the national selection in the past. In 2004 with the song “If you” under the stage name Diona Dim and in 2007 with the song “Oče” (Eng: Father):

Selection Process: In 2021, Ana was internally selected by RTV SLO (The Slovenian broadcaster). A record number of 191 songs were submitted for the selection process. The song was chosen by 2 jury-panels. On the 27th of February 2021, the chosen song was revealed: “Amen

Allocation in Semi-Final: Slovenia will participate in the first-half of semi-final 1.
Ana will be the 2nd to perform, after Lithuania and before Russia.

Musical Review

It’s a power ballad. The first verse melody is based on piano playing. Ana starts singing. Her unique voice feels the melody with magic and energy.
The first verse that is being performed is a low register. Before the chorus, there is a dramatic pause, which is created by the piano playing alongside a beat that explodes at the beginning of the chorus. The second verse is shorter, Ana sings it with a softer and fragile voice. In addition, it is the first time in the song where the choir is involved.
The next chorus is even stronger, not only because of the sound but also because of the exciting atmosphere it creates. Ana’s voice fills the chorus with an unforgettable presence. She reaches the high notes easily
Thereafter, the bridge arrives. Ana starts it with small steps. The bridge grows, until the most impressive part of the song arrives.
The choir plays a significant role in that magical moment.
The last chorus is being performed by Ana and the choir together.
The song ends with the opening line, which wraps the song in a cyclic structure.
Ana has got a wonderful interpretation, we can see she is connected to the story she tells. Sometimes, it is hard to believe how wide her vocal range is.
I hope the jury and the public will learn to appreciate that excellent effort.

Lyrics

Hey child
Why ya hidin’ from the light?
Why ya cowering in fright?
Don’t tell yourself the Heavens cast you out
And you’ve fallen from grace
You’ll get beaten and bruised
You’ll be scarred unto your core
But it’s gonna make you who you are
When ya learn to heal
When ya learn to rise again
You can tell the sun, “Amen”

Hallelujah
We’re glorious
Hallelujah
The day is dawning
The storm’s relentless
But everybody knows
Everybody knows we’rе born to the fight

Hey child
The fеar will never go away
Might as well accept it now
Learn to persevere (Ah, ah)
Oh, learn to count your blessings down
Greet the future with, “Amen”

Hallelujah
We’re glorious
Hallelujah
The day is dawning
The storm’s relentless
But everybody knows
Everybody knows we’re born to the fight

Not until the rain has stopped
Not until the thunder’s hushed
Are we at rest?
Are we at peace? Just imagine it
Not until the storm has passed
Not until it’s quiet
Can the heart that’s broken cry

Hallelujah
We’re glorious
(Hallelujah) Oh, yeah
The day is dawning
The storm’s relentless
But everybody knows
Everybody knows we’re born to the fight

Hey child
Why ya hidin’ from the light?

Poetry Analysis: The song of course has a relation to religion, but I think it’s the most immediate, obvious, and wrong meaning of the song. Therefore, we will concentrate on the alternative and wider meaning of the song.
It’s a personal song that in fact tells a wider story. The spokesperson has no identity in the song. In the first verse, the spokesperson appoints a certain child. She shows empathy and cares for that child – “Hey child/ Why ya hiding from the light?/ Why ya cowering in fright?”.
She suggested to the child not to make excuses because he is the only one who is responsible for his fate – “Don’t tell yourself the Heavens cast you out/ And you’ve fallen from grace“.
She spans the difficulties of life and in the same way, says they are natural. The child will overcome them and it will design his personality and character. Only after that, the child will be thankful and stronger – “You’ll get beaten and bruised/ You’ll be scarred unto your core/But it’s gonna make you who you are./ When ya learn to heal/ When ya learn to rise again/ You can tell the sun, “Amen”
In the chorus, there is gratitude to the universe/ God. Everyone should celebrate their existence, everybody is wonderful in a unique way. We have many struggles in life, but that’s the way it goes and there’s nothing to worry about: “Hallelujah/ We’re glorious/ Hallelujah/ The day is dawning/ The storm’s relentless/ But everybody knows/ Everybody knows we’rе born to the fight“.
Overcoming fears is almost impossible since the fears change as life goes on. The best solution is to embrace the fears. Like a religion that you can dive into and persevere, It’s possible to persevere in living life in a better way. That way, we will have a brighter future.
The fеar will never go away/ Might as well accept it now/ Learn to persevere (Ah, ah)/ Oh, learn to count your blessings down/ Greet the future with, “Amen
On the bridge, the peak point of the poem arrives. There is a mysterious tension. What will happen when the storm ends? Will nature recover? It’s of course a metaphor for the internal storm that occurs inside each one of us. The spokesperson hints that the ending of one storm is the beginning of another one. Will our broken hearts handle it? Is it too late to embrace the fears?
Not until the rain has stopped/ Not until the thunder’s hushed/
Are we at rest?/ Are we at peace? Just imagine it/
Not until the storm has passed/ Not until it’s quiet/ Can the heart that’s broken cry

Initial Personal Ranking:1 overall, 1st in the semi-final

The impact of the allocation in semi-final 1: 4 countries that tend to vote for Slovenia will vote in the first semi-final: Croatia, North Macedonia, Russia, and Ukraine.

Odds Table: The song was released on the 27th of February 2021. On that day, the song was in the 38th place on the table. Since then, Slovenia has been in a range of places – 37-39.
As of the moment, Slovenia is 38th, second to last.

Early Prediction: Slovenia is the most underrated entry this year, and no one will convince me the other way around. Before the running order was revealed, I was more optimistic.
At the moment, I am really afraid to see Slovenia out of the grand final (which will be a crime!).
My hope will be to see Slovenia get massive support from the jury. I believe it has the potential to become “Proud” (North Macedonia 2019) that finally ended in 7th place in the final.
If I had to give any prediction, it would be the saddest one to share this season: I hardly believe Slovenia will qualify for the final, unfortunately.

In the next chapter, we will discuss an additional 5 countries from semi-final 1, stay tuned!

You can find all the relevant information on our Eurovision 2021 homepage:

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Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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