The big question this year is, will the new 3-show concept will work? Today were the two first rehearsals of the complete first semifinal. The Serbian broadcaster has done a brilliant job. The whole atmosphere of the production is breathtaking and very original. First of all there is not the general Eurovision anthem, it will be sung by different people. The opening act is titled “Video killed the radio star”, it is dedicated to the beginnings of TV and Eurovision in Belgrade – a medley of unforgettable Eurovision songs. The postcards between all entries are creative and beautifully made. Excellent! The interval act is very special, due to the fact that an orchestra will be seen, for the first time after 1998, when the EBU decided to do without an orchestra in future.
By hearing all the songs in a live concert, it came clear that there is much difference between live and video clip. Very good live acts were Israel, Belgium, Poland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, The Netherlands, Finland, Romania, Russia and Greece. Great disappointment gave us Estonia, Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Ireland, Andorra and Armenia. We would also like to point out that especially Finland had a brilliant live act with an impressive stage show. With such a a different concept a qualification is for sure. The same with Greece. She is a lovely singer with great charisma and she will capture the hearts of the TV spectators by a storm. Her choreography is perfectly studied and this is her big strength. Greece is a hot candidate for the final! And now it's for sure Russia is using the ice on stage, so there will be an additional commercial break before Greece can go on stage. Ridiculous.
Chief Editor of eurovisionlive.com
About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.