ESC 1999 In
Jerusalem was one of the best ESCs in 1990s... I
liked the interval act, stage looked great, and
all in all, high standard of entries.
1. Lithuania: I do not see
anything so great in this song, and Aiste looked
really poor on stage. Song that certainly does
not appeal to European audience, and is more
appropriate for Lithuanian Ethno Festivals.
2. Belgium: This was pretty
good. However, the actual performance was not
exciting, and song itself obviously did not
appeal to televoters. Nice song, but not IN in
3. Spain: This song is plain,
something I've heard before. Dress that she was
wearing was not necessary. The song should've
done better than 1 point & 23rd position.
4. Croatia: At first, I didn't
like it, but it grew on me. Doris did a great
performance, and controversial backing vocals
made the song even more interesting. Very good
5. United Kingdom: Too boring,
plain. Has its qualities, but simply not for ESC.
I am sure that there were better songs in UK
final, but again, this song isn't all that bad.
6. Slovenia: I was hoping Darja
would sing in Slovene, because Slovene version is
so much better that the English one. Her dress
& smile did not really go with such a ballad.
However, 11th place was a bit low. I expected
7. Turkey: Turkey was and still
is the best of 1999. Great song but terrible
performance. Backing vocals destroyed the song,
as well as stupid performance. However, the song
itself is very good, and is still my favourite
8. Norway: Bulut from Euronet
Messageboard & I are the only ones who
actually do not really hate this song.
Performance was pretty bad, but song itself was
not so bad. Come on people, it is catchy!
9. Denmark: This was just
boring. Two of them looked cute together, even
though poor Trine was standing helpless for the
first half of the song, while Mikey was singing.
9th position was a bit too high.
10. France: I believe this song
has some qualities, but overall, outdated for
ESC. Her voice sounded pretty bad at the end, and
even though the performance was OK, I just cannot
listen to this song.
11. The Netherlands: Well, we
all thought it will do better, but yet, it is
just another average US-type pop song. Marlayne
looked nice, and song itself deserved a better
12. Poland: I knew it would do
bad, because it was sung by unattractive guy, it
was in Polish, and it was a ballad--three
reasons. Got what it deserved.
13. Iceland: Selma was really
great, and too bad it did not win. I hope
Icelanders will send her again, and this time
make sure that she wins. :)
14. Cyprus: OK, weird things
were happening in 1999 voting, but after watching
ESC 1999 for a few times, I must say that
Marlain's performance was under expectations, and
it sounded weird. There is something special that
connects me to this song, because I had a dream
where I heard this song day before I actually
heard it for a first time. I can't remember
details, but still, I still have this song in my
15. Sweden: I knew it would do
well, but I did not expect it to win! Charlotte
had a good performance, but still, I think Selma
was supposed to be the winner! The song itself
sounded outdated, but yet so good, because it
brought back recognizable ESC flavor. :)
16. Portugal: Bad performance,
bad song. Too repetitive, outdated, something
that never did well on ESC, and will hopefully
never do. I hope Portuguese will think twice
about their entry for 2001.
17. Ireland: Another bad entry.
I was negatively surprised when Lithuanian
spokesman said "Ireland, 12 points." I
told myself: "No, not Ireland again."
Fortunately, it was all OK and the Mullan girls
ended where I wanted them to. I still have their
18. Austria: Nice entry.
Americanized, but quite refreshing after Portugal
& Ireland. Bobbie looked cute, and the song
itself was well performed. Deserved its position.
19. Israel: Yom Huledet/Happy
Birthday is now another nice song for
birthday, but how did this end up in ESC? And
such a high, 5th, position? Too much. Performance
was really average.
20. Malta: The video clip simply
had to contain a commercial for "Air
Malta." Apart from that, a lovely up-beat
song that was highly underrated. However, Maltese
ESC ally Bosnia-Herzegovina made sure it gets at
least 7! And it did! OK, the song is repetitive,
but girls looked really nice, and I still listen
to this song!
21. Germany: Good. Of course,
absolutely NO votes from Cyprus. Wonder why.
Anyway, I liked the song, and it really was
something unexpected from Deutschland. It was
funny when Rena, German spokeswoman said to
Israeli ESC host Yigal: "From heart, Shalom
& Selam." Yigal just looked at her angry
after the "Selam." Anyway, good entry
from Germany that deserved its place!
22. Bosnia-Herzegovina: Even
though it is my home country, I have to say that
song was good, and somewhat different.
Performance was brilliant, and it DID deserve its
place. Nothing special, but certainly belongs in
the top 10!
23. Estonia: A nice song. I
expected it to be in the top 10, and it did get
in. Evelin & Camille looked really nice, and
performance was nice closing of the music part,
before the Interval act. Good job Estonia!
My top-23 for ESC 1999:
1. Turkey - Dön artik
2. Cyprus - Tha 'nai erotas
3. Croatia - Marija Magdalena
4. Iceland - All Out Of Luck
5. Slovenia - For A Thousand Years
6. Sweden - Take Me To Your Heaven
7. Bosnia-Herzegovina - Putnici
8. Malta - Believe 'n Peace
9. Estonia - Diamond Of Night
10. Germany - Reise nach Jerusalem
11. Austria - Reflection
12. The Netherlands - One Good Reason
13. Norway - Living My Life Without You
14. Belgium - Like The Wind
15. Denmark - This Time I Mean It
16. Spain - No quiero escuchar
17. Ireland - When You Need Me
18. Poland - Przytul mnie mocno
19. France - Je veux donner ma voix
20. Israel - Happy Birthday
21. UK - Say It Again
22. Portugal - Como tudo comecou
23. Lithuania - Strazdas
Again, I liked all songs, some more, some less,
and 1999 was a really high-standard ESC year!