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When Barack Obama announced he was running for president in 2007, he took the conventional route: speaking in front of a large hometown crowd, talking about change and quoting Lincoln. While it turned out to be rather effective, that type of announcement wouldn’t cut it today. Now, you’ve got to have a hook, something that can wow potential voters. Now that Jeb Bush and Donald Trump have thrown their hats in the ring, most of the major candidates have officially entered the 2016 race. So which announcement has been the most fun to watch? Express ranked each on a one-to-five scale based purely on entertainment value, with five being the most captivating.

Republican candidates

Jeb Bush
62, former governor of Florida
When he announced: June 15
The scene: Like a blockbuster movie, Bush made his fans wait an hour for the big action scene. Before his speech at Miami Dade College, the “Honorary Latino” had 11 different people go onstage: six speakers and five members of the Chirino family, who performed three songs — two in Spanish — and the national anthem.
Entertainment value: 3

Ben Carson
63, retired surgeon
When he announced: May 4
The scene: Never before has a gospel choir been asked to transition from a blessing into a rendition of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” Carson is an innovator who had one heck of an opening act at the Detroit Music Hall. After the choir left the stage, out walked Veritas, a Nashville-based vocal group, to perform a medley of American favorites that was worthy of a Disney soundtrack. If nothing else, Carson may have a shot at a Grammy for this production.
Entertainment value: 5

Ted Cruz
44, senator from Texas
When he announced: March 23
The scene: If you love awkward moments, this is your candidate. The well-rehearsed Cruz had even practiced the art of waving and kissing prior to his speech at Liberty University. In front of a sea of students who faced a $10 fine if they skipped the event (a few even sported “Stand with Rand” Paul T-shirts), Cruz paraded around the stage wearing a wireless microphone — a la Britney Spears — and at one point instructed the students to take out their cellphones and “text the word ‘Constitution’ to 33733.”
Entertainment value: 4

Carly Fiorina
60, former business executive
When she announced: May 4
The scene: On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who saw the company’s stock plummet and about 30,000 workers get laid off under her watch, said, “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works.”
Entertainment value: 2

Lindsey Graham
59, senator from South Carolina
When he announced: June 1
The scene: Graham went back to his small hometown of Central, S.C., to make this quintessential old-school announcement. And boy did it have a small-town feel, complete with a performance by a local high school jazz band. To cap it off, Graham had someone from the crowd come onstage to demonstrate how to churn butter. (OK, not really.)
Entertainment value: 1

Mike Huckabee
59, former governor of Arkansas
When he announced: May 5
The scene: Huckabee’s announcement left us all wondering: Who the hell is Tony Orlando? The performer and former TV variety-show host opened the big event with his hit from 40-plus years ago, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.” Not exactly Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” At one point in the song, Orlando called out for some crowd participation: “OK, you know it. Your turn …” Do we know it? Most of the crowd sure didn’t.
Entertainment value: 2

George Pataki
69, former New York governor
When he announced: May 28
The scene: Don’t know who Pataki is? You’re not alone. Three contestants on “Jeopardy” in January couldn’t identify Pataki in a photo. Speaking to CNN after his nondescript announcement, Pataki said of his 1994 bid for governor: “No one had heard of me … I was a Republican in deep blue New York.” After this speech, people still don’t know him.
Entertainment value: 1

Rand Paul
52, senator from Kentucky
When he announced: April 7
The scene: Want to get a crowd amped before an event? Invite Marlana VanHoose to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The inspirational 18-year-old from Kentucky, who has cerebral palsy and has been blind since birth, belted out a beautiful rendition of the national anthem, which was received with an eruption of cheers and a chant of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” It was 30 minutes later when Paul finally came before the still-raucous crowd and stated: “We have come to take our country back.”
Entertainment value: 3

Rick Perry
65, former Texas governor
When he announced: June 4
The scene: Perry’s running again, and with a little more sophistication this time (notice the glasses?). He strutted up to the stage in Addison, Texas, like he was entering the ring at the Royal Rumble, blasting his own country-rap song: “Rick Perry supporter, let’s protect our border. … To hell with anyone who don’t believe in the USA, Rick Perry all the way.” Sadly, this Perry-rigged version of Colt Ford’s “Answer to No One” is not available on iTunes.
Entertainment value: 4

Marco Rubio
44, senator from Florida
When he announced: April 13
The scene: A day after Hillary Clinton made her announcement, Rubio said he was running — testing out his comedy routine and targeting the former first lady along the way. Rubio said, “Our leaders put us at a disadvantage by taxing and borrowing and regulating like it was 1999.” It drew a few laughs, and the smirking Rubio couldn’t have been prouder.
Entertainment value: 1

Rick Santorum
57, former senator from Pennsylvania
When he announced: May 27
The scene: The 2012 Republican runner-up used a few props that would make Carrot Top jealous — well, maybe not. Holding coal in one hand and an American flag in the other, Santorum opened by saying his coal-mining grandfather didn’t bring his dad from fascist Italy to America for coal … he came for freedom! It would have been better in a Mel Gibson “Braveheart” voice.
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Donald Trump
69, business mogul
When he announced: Tuesday
The scene: This ranking system was made for a candidate like Trump. But anyone expecting a big-budget announcement from the billionaire was supremely let down. There were no pyrotechnics, no musical guests and no grand entrance via helicopter. Trump just waved to the crowd at Trump Tower in New York and took the escalator down to the stage. Then he stepped to the mic and rambled on nonsensically about ISIS, China and America’s borders.
Entertainment value: 1

Democratic candidates

Lincoln Chafee
62, former Rhode Island governor
When he announced: June 3
The scene: During his speech at George Mason University, Chafee made it very clear where he stands on one hot-button topic from the 20th century: “Let’s join the rest of the world and go metric.”
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Hillary Clinton
67, former secretary of state
When she announced: April 12
The scene: Clinton supporters were waiting for this moment for years, and when she released a video to make her announcement, she made them wait a little longer — 1 minute and 35 seconds, to be exact. The video opens with normal people sharing the new phases of their lives that awaited them in 2015. Then, Clinton finally shows up and says: “I’m getting ready to do something, too. I’m running for president.” Clinton’s drop-the-mic moment in this commercial-like video lacked pizzazz.
Entertainment value: 2

Martin O’Malley
52, former Maryland governor
When he announced: May 30
The scene: O’Malley’s message wasn’t as intriguing as where he made it — at Baltimore’s Federal Hill Park, with a small group of protesters crashing the party and trying to interrupt his speech. A month after violent protests overwhelmed the city in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, the former Baltimore mayor said the unrest was not only about race and policing, but “about everything it is supposed to mean to be an American.”
Entertainment value: 3

Bernie Sanders
73, senator from Vermont
When he announced: April 30
The scene: In front of dozens of reporters, the longtime independent led off his announcement with a powerful and inspirational “Thank you all very, very much for being out here today. Let me just make a brief comment and … take a few questions. We don’t have an endless amount of time — I’ve gotta get back.” Give him credit, though, for tackling a topic most of the other candidates dodged at their grandiose announcements: campaign finance reform.
Entertainment value: 1