Voting for the annual ESC 250 celebration closed on the 4th of December 2022, and now we have a nervous wait to find out the results! The event is hosted by songfestival.be, with the results revealed from 11:00CET on 31st December 2022 on ESC Radio to close out the year. Find out more about it here!
While we wait to find out the official results, members of the TES team will be sharing their votes for this year and explaining the reason for their picks. This time it’s Janek’s turn to reveal how he voted.
1 point: “Adio” – Knez (Montenegro, 2015)
Sometimes in life all you need is a balkan ballad to spin in circles to. Knez is an amazing performer and has an amazing chemistry with his backing vocalists on stage.
2 points: “Rapsodia” – Mia Martini (Italy, 1992)
The woman that deserved better. Hopefully she rests in peace now. Her voice is so unique you can’t just be not intrigued by it. The song itself is an amazing ballad with such meaningful lyrics. One of the best songs in the 90’s editions of the contest.
3 points: “Bistra Voda” – Regina (Bosnia i Herzegovina, 2009)
An another fantastic example of an amazing balkan styled ballad. The instrumentals are so much unique for this song. The usage of different instruments is immaculate. The last part with only instruments and him standing in place is so so good. Absolutely in love with this entry.
4 points: “Voy A Quedarme” – Blas Cantó (Spain 2021)
For many of you this may come as a surprise but I have been such a massive supporter of this song last year. I am just a sucker for these kind of songs. Overally obsessed with the instrumentalization of this song. Blas is an amazing performer and vocalist. I was a fan of his music way before the contest and I will be for years to come.
5 points: “In corpore sano” – Konstrakta (Serbia 2022)
This song needs no explanations how amazing it is. Konstrakta is an amazing performer and this performance shows it so well. Her chemistry with the backing vocalists and performers on stage is amazing. The song has such an amazing meaning and the best thing is that the song itself has no one meaning. The audience helps to elevate the entry with clapping and cheering.
6 points: “Fiumi di Parole” – Jalisse (Italy 1997)
The bane of RAI’s existence are here! My favorite song from the older Eurovision contests. Amazing instrumentations with colourful and etheral lyrics that would only work in italian. Iam happy that this gem is appreciated by the eurofans.
7 points: “Spirit In The Sky” – KEiiNO (Norway 2019)
This song was love at first listen when I heard it during the National Finals season and I was so excited when this won MGP. And when it later won the televote at the Grand Final? This song is a masterpiece. Mixing up the pop sound with traditional joik? Genious if you ask me. I am happy they are to this day thriving as a group.
8 points: “Kuula” – Ott Lepland (Estonia 2012)
Up until 2021, this was the song that was my favorite Eurovision song of all time. Love at first listen as I said with a few previous entries on this list. Ott is an amazing vocalist. The song has an amazing instrumentation and it’s written so beautifully. He also performs the hell out of this. Still think he should have cracked the top 5 or even be in the top 3.
10 points: “Voilà” – Barbara Pravi (France 2021)
Don’t want to be THAT person but imagine this as the winner? This performance never gets old. She is an amazing vocalist and performer. She performs the HELL out of it. The last part of the song is the peak of the song and it’s so amazing. Her chemistry with the cameraman is immaculate? Her contact with the camera is amazing. The staging is simple but so effective. This song will be in my heart for years to come.
And Janek’s 12 points go to “Hold Me Closer” – Cornelia Jakobs (Sweden 2022)
“Well this is not what I wanted” probably most of you reading this article and me having this as the winner but oh well. This song was my favorite since the moment I saw her perform at the first Heat of Melodifestivalen. I have never seen such a raw performance from Sweden in years. All of their performance are pitch perfect, the songs are safe but this just breaks everything Sweden was known for a few years now. Cornelia performs the hell out of it, her chemistry with the cameras, the audience is spot on. Vocals? On point. The lyrics seem rather basic at first listen but the more you listen to it the more you realise how great they are. Cornelia was my most streamed artist this year and HMC was my most listened to song. Can’t wait to hear more of her music in the future.
This list would be so long if I wrote all the special mentions so I am gonna write down 6 of them:
- ‘Dansevise’ – Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann (Denmark 1963)
- ‘Goodbye to Yesterday – Elina Born and Stig Rästa (Estonia 2015)
- ‘L’essenziale’ – Marco Mengoni (Italy 2013)
- ‘1944’ – Jamala (Ukraine 2016)
- ‘Chai’ – Ofra Haza (Israel 1983)
- ‘Attention’ – Ulrikke (Norway 2020)
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Now that Janek has revealed their votes for ESC 250 this year, what do you think of his picks? Who received your 12 points this year? As always, please let us know what you think by commenting below. Be sure to follow ‘THAT Eurovision Site’ on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for all of the latest Eurovision news.
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