GRAND PRIZE JUDGE COMMENTS ON 2012 WINNERS
It was an interesting year to judge. After several listens, many songs moved up the list. Songs like Adenine and The Voice seemed to get better the more I listened to them. The instrumental Half Past Dawn had a melody I found myself humming over and over again but it just missed the Top 10. The uniqueness of Memories was hard to ignore and good rock songs like You're Everything and It Should Be Me made the list. My Samlor and One Foot On Your Doorsteps are songs with strong hooks and deserved to be in the final consideration as well. All of these songs moved up as I listened more. I had the same experience for the winners. The more I listened, the more I realized that No Hard Feelings, River Dance and Oliver Otter are so well-crafted they deserve to finish 1-2-3, respectively.