1. Black Country, New Road - Sunglasses (+1) 2. Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now (+1) 3. Saint Motel - Van Horn (-2) 4. Glass Animals ft. Denzel Curry - Tokyo Drifting (+17) 5. Pearl Jam - Dance Of The Clairvoyants (-1) 6. Denzel Curry ft. Kiddo Marv - WISH (+3) 7. JPEGMAFIA - Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot (+1) 8. Cage The Elephant - Social Cues (-1) 9. Denzel Curry - RICKY (-4) 10. Catfish & The Bottlemen - 2all (New)
ROUND EIGHT - THE SONGS J Balvin & Willy William - "Mi Gente" Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato - "Échame La Culpa" Richie Jen - "对面的女孩看过来" Selena y Los Dios - "Como La Flor" Shakira feat. Alejandro Sanz - "La Tortura" Sigur Rós - "Hoppípolla" Stromae - "Papaoutai"
Will's Top 10 19/2 1. This Charming Man - The Smiths 2. The Box - Roddy Ricch 3. After Hours - The Weeknd 4. All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem 5. I Know It's Over - The Smiths 6. Vossi Bop - Stormzy 7. Lost in Yesterday - Tame Impala 8. How Soon is Now? - The Smiths 9. Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles 10. When You Die - MGMT my last.fm
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Welcome to the eighth elimination ceremony! Only six of you will advance onto the next round, while one of you has to say their goodbye after this post. For this round, House of Underwood as the latest eliminee will be our guest judge along with Juan Carlos who I've personally contacted to judge this round.
This is a rough week for all of you. Maybe it has something to do with the judges not being too keen on foreign-language songs. Only one of you has an average score of more than a 7. And that person is...
Congratulations on joining walt91 as the second person with multiple wins! And you quite comfortably ran away with this win as you're more than 10 points over the runner-up!
Sambalada: "Honestly? This is the clear standout for this round. This is the only round where I can't put lyrical content into consideration when I'm judging, so it's all purely based on the sound of the song. This song is the only one that sonically penetrate my ears. The musical arrangement is perfection and the overall mood portrayed by the vocalist is really beautiful. I don't even know what the song is about but I had stopped doing anything for a few seconds, I may have stopped breathing actually, to let myself really feel the emotion." (9.4) MoD: "Definetely the outstanding song on this set. This song is gorgeous in every possible way. John Sigur Ros' vocals are definetely one of the best and most unique voices of all time, and that instrumentation is magical, it really creates a whole ambient which I can describe with just a word: happiness. This is exactly how happiness sounds like. " (9.7) Lukas: "I think this song is good. The vocals here are definitely outstanding, and the instrumentation is nice. This song sounds really good. While I do think that the production could use some improvement, it’s overall a solid song." (7.5) Carrie: "Oh wow, I've got goosebumps! The instrumental here is quite moving and uplifting and I absolutely adore it. I'm speechless." (10) Juan Carlos: "This is the first time I've heard about Sigur Rós and "Hoppípolla" was really good on first listen. I don't know Icelandic, but the production is very chill and calm and it makes you feel very calm to be honest. It sort of reminds me to Coldplay." (7.5) TOTAL: 44.1 | AVERAGE: 8.82
HAMED! Shakira feat. Alejandro Sanz - "La Tortura"
Second best of the round might sound good. However, this is actually your third worst performance so far in terms of scores. Still congratulations for your first top two!
Sambalada: "Okay first of all, I really opened this round not wanting any already well-known US hits to be submitted but this is among my favorite Shakira song ever, so you're forgiven. Granted I haven't heard many of her songs outside from her big hits, but this song is a jam and half. I'm having so much fun listening to this song. It just exudes so much energy and overall it's really fun. Both acts are using their goods perfectly and the overall result is great." (8.5) MoD: "Shakira and Alejandro Sanz are two artists I mostly don't like, but I think this is undoubtly their best song. Still, for me that's not a really high bar. I mean, it's a really catchy song, that's undeniable, and the production is really good, but god do I dislike their vocals. I don't like Sanz's raspy voice, and honestly Shakira sings like she has a frog in her mouth. It is still a fun song, but I think that this definetely limits its enjoyment." (6.0) Lukas: "This is personally the best song in this set. I’m not huge on either artist, but the production here is top-notch, the delivery from both artists is great; overall this song is very enjoyable." (8.5) Carrie: "This song just doesn't go anywhere at all. Everything from the vocals to the instrumentation sounded very monotonous to me and I found myself wondering when the song was gonna end tbh." (2.0) Juan Carlos: "This is a little bizarre. There are few Latin songs with prominent reggaeton influences that I like and "La Tortura" is definitely one of them. I love "La Tortura" and I consider this as one of my favourite songs from her, although this can't be compared with Pies Descalzos and Dónde Están Los Ladrones? because both Shakira albums are in another level for me. The chemistry between Shakira and Alejandro is very visible and instant and I like how there wasn't any grotesque lyric in the track." (9.0) TOTAL: 34.0 | AVERAGE: 6.8
Sambalada: "Oooh I heard Selena is a legend but I never get around to listen any of her songs so this is a nice way to do so. I'm not disappointed. It's a nice, cute little bop. I really love Selena's rich vocal tone, the way she plays with the melody of the song is pleasant. And I mean that in the best way possible. The production is good too. It doesn't ruin the stellar vocal performance. It sounds very summer-y, maybe it's just the Latin vibe in general but I love it. This song makes me want to check out more of her stuffs." (8.2) MoD: "The talent of Selena Quintanilla is certainly undeniable, she has an unique voice in the music world, but I don't feel like this song showcases her best material. Her vocals are, as usual, great, but I think the melody is just fine, I don't mind listening to it once but it's not something I would look for. And the instrumentation that goes along with it is not really outstanding, like it goes along with the nice melody but that's it." (5.7) Lukas: "Sorry but I’m not a huge fan of this song. The vocals are fine I guess, but the combination of the production and instrumentation features in this song produce an annoying mess. Not something I’d look back on." (3.0) Carrie: "Ooooh, the legend Selena! Yassss!! Her vocals are incredible as always and the production is amazing! I love the tropical vibe of some of the instrumentals. This song is just great all around." (10) Juan Carlos: "I expect to receive some backlash here, but I'm not so into tejano and/or tropical music, so I guess this is the reason why I don't listen to a lot of stuff from Selena, despite I've heard some of them before. Anyway, she shows all of her sad feelings throughout "Como La Flor" after a breakup, making a comparison with a withered flower." (7.0) TOTAL: 33.9 | AVERAGE: 6.78
Sambalada: "Thank you for being one of 3 person who submitted non-latin song lol. Seriously though, thank you for this because it's a daring choice. It's by no means a knockout or anything but at least now I know what Mandarin pop sounds like. I'm not really digging this guy's voice, I found it very grating and annoying at some parts of the song and the melody isn't a strong point either. Like, it sound like a child game song. The production is what makes it worth a listen. It has a nice flow and energy. The harmonica is a really nice touch." (5.0) MoD: "Nice song, but not much else. It has that cute guitar-y vibes, but I feel like it doesn't go much further. His voice is not that good, and I have to say that the melody of the song didn't really leave an impression on me, pretty forgettable in my opinion." (5.0) Lukas: "Eh. I can understand why people would like this, but it doesn’t do it for me. The instrumentation is nice, but the vocals could use some more improvement. Not to mention that the production is pretty mid. It’s not bad but there’s nothing here that I would look back on later." (5.5) Carrie: "The production on this is stellar (I know I'm talking about the production a ton but I can't understand the lyrics lmao) and Richie's vocals shine well." (9.0) Juan Carlos: "This was a nice and cute song. The production and the melodies, especially the harmonica, throughout the track are really cool and despite I don't understand what Richie (I guess it's Taiwanese or Chinese Mandarin?) is saying, I enjoyed it." (7.5) TOTAL: 32.0 | AVERAGE: 6.4
Sambalada: "I remember when this was such a huge hit in Europe. Yes I used to follow those charts but I don't like this song much back then. Lately though I've grown to appreciate it as I realized I only don't like it because I don't understand the lyrics, and they sound ridiculous for my unfriendly ears. Right now it's such a bop. The big house production work so well and it makes the song so so catchy. The melody is pretty interesting but the star of the show really is the awesome production." (7.3) MoD: "This is a really good song. The production on here is really good, and that chorus is simply infectious. I kinda wished I liked some parts more, like the verses, but I think overall it's a really enjoyable song. Plus, Stromae's lyrics and vocals are definetely something that's worth to appreciate" (8.5) Lukas: "This song is okay. While it quite enjoyable at some points, and I mean very enjoyable, there’s definitely something about the vocals that doesn’t exactly get me into this song after that. I’m not a huge fan of the verses either." (6.0) Carrie: "I once again found myself wondering when it would be over with this one. The song (especially the chorus) is quite repetitive, and the beat doesn't do much either. Sad to say this one isn't my cup of tea." (1.5) Juan Carlos: "I was wondering if someone was going to submit a French song and I'm glad that it was one from Stromae. Strangely enough, this is the first time I have listened to one of his songs, despite I've heard good comments about him and the only thing I could say that I didn't need to wait so long to do this. "Papaoutai" is really good and so upbeat, as well as the production." (8.5) TOTAL: 31.8 | AVERAGE: 6.36
Bigfan, this is your third consecutive bottom two appearance. I don't know what your strategy for this game but if you survive this elimination, you need to switch things up. Just a little spoiler, you can't rely on your country jams forever and the fact that you struggle with this theme is a worrying fact. Mayman, I can't believe I'm about to say this but it seems like your 'limited' knowledge on music is catching up on you. I said 'limited' because you said it yourself that you don't know any country or foreign songs, and that made me worried about your chance in future rounds as they will be more specific.
The person who still get to stay another week is...
MAYMAN! Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato - "Échame La Culpa"
Sambalada: "I have no issue with this song but when I first think about this theme, I expected to get some international deep cuts, not a Latin pop song that's already well-known on the charts. That being said, I like the song. It's catchy and it got me moving my ass 2AM in the morning. However I can't deny the fact about how basic this song is. There's literally nothing in this song that differentiate it from other Latin pop song other than maybe the inclusion of Demi, and the English part doesn't fit into the song at all and it only further the damage." (5.3) MoD: "Cool, basic latin pop! You all may have not experienced it, but this song was massive here. And it didn't deserve to be this big. This is probably the most generic latin song of the whole decade, from their delivery, to the terribly unimaginative lyrics, to that beat that is in every f**king song here. I can't find anything good here." (2.0) Lukas: "There’s nothing interesting going on here for a song that was huge. The beat and the production are insanely mediocre, not to mention that the vocals here are pretty bad. Overall, it’s a pretty mediocre and non-unique song." (4.0) Carrie: "This song was solid; Demi's vocals are a bit too much at times toward the end but the production boosts the song up in my opinion." (8.9) Juan Carlos: "This is a collaboration I didn't expect to happen and I would have laughed if someone told me that ten years ago. "Échame La Culpa" follows the Latin trend, which had a resurgence since 2017, and both Luis and Demi complement each other throughout the track. This is a fun bop nonetheless, but I think that it's just there and it doesn't add anything new to the table. Glad that "Despacito" wasn't submitted though." (6.0) TOTAL: 26.2 | AVERAGE: 5.24
You're safe. And I'm serious about future rounds not getting any easier so you better prepare yourself.
Sambalada: "Girl I- 💀 I mean I don't share the same hatred towards this song that many people have but like, it's objectively bad. The messy beat, the ridiculous drop, the 'rapping'. Everything about it is bad. It's somewhat catchy I guess but it's just a whole mess. Thank God it's so short." (2.2) MoD: "Talk about annoying latin songs. J Balvin is a pretty eh artist, but his delivery here is not that bad. It's not really good either, it doesn't do anything different from all the other latin hits, but it's definetely the strongest part of the song, which says a lot. Because there is worse yet. The beat. It really sounds like they are killing a goat or something. And being exposed to that beat for like a whole year (because songs like these really have longevity here) does not leave a good impression on you. At all. " (2.7) Lukas: "There’s not much here going on in this song that I can consider to be good. The verses are mediocre; the production seems to be rushed; overall, it just doesn’t work like it should. And that beat, ew. Yeah. I’m better off passing on this one." (4.0) Carrie: "I quite enjoyed this song. I obviously couldn't understand the lyrics but the production was killer and kept me interested." (9.5) Juan Carlos: "This was so predictable to be honest. I'm not going to deny that "Mi Gente" is catchy and goes off at the club, but I would have preferred to see another non-English choice instead. I assume the reason of this pick was because of the international success it got, but it doesn't necessarily mean that a global hit is a great one because this isn't the case. Either way, regarding the track, J Balvin doesn't disappoint on it though. I personally think that he takes it into another level and it serves the main purpose to entertain the audience." (5.0) TOTAL: 23.4 | AVERAGE: 4.68
Yeah sorry though I think you saw this coming. Even with a 9.5, this song is easily the biggest flop. There's still another punishment waiting for you. Thank you for participating!
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