This is a kind of outsider in this semi final. But this is exactly what Rambo Amadeus wants to be. He is a comedian, musician and very well known in the Balkan region. Unfortunately, there are not many Balkan countries in the first semi final which could give the votes for Montenegro. In the arena his voice was hardly to hear. Will Europe understand is funny message? We guess not!
What a stunning performance! This entry has must qualify as the very sympathetic singers Greta & Jonsi give their full energy into this thriving song. Even if the stage appears in dark colours with icebergs it has a special fascination by its own. The song reaches its climax when Greta’s violin being played and hollow drums come up again - and the powerful rhythm joins together. This is even a hot favourite for the Grand Final.
Nothing new from Greece! There is rhythm; there is a well equipped choreography and an easy chorus to sing along. The background is a bit over the top – too much kitsch and wrong colours. Even if Elefeteria is a very beautiful singer with a charming smile, the song is not the strongest. Due to the fact Greece has never failed the qualification this will be in the final, but it’s nothing new.
Anmary has improved a lot. The last part of the song is freely varied with her voice as it’s not on the CD like this. But this gives a little boost. The Latvian entry has a real background choir with a choreography, which has not been seen since F.L.Y.’s “Hello from Mars”, a real Eurovision-performance for the first time from Latvia. The melody is catchy, but this might be difficult to qualify this year. And don’t listen to the lyrics!
This is the most outstanding songs of the entire contest. Rona has a very pure stage, just a spot on her; the audience will be touched immediately. She is singing a dirge with such fervency that goose bumps are guaranteed for 100%. Even if this song will polarize, some people will love and some will hate it, it’s a song of its own. The very long and high notes are unique and this must be awarded. This one of the best Albanian songs ever!
“Zaleilah” could be the next summer hit all over Europe. The Cuban-styled band has a great stage appearance with an infecting dance style, cool background and an enlightening spirit. Additionally “Zaleilah” is a very powerful and rhythmic song which will push everybody from the couch. Romania always qualifies for the final, so they will to this year as well.
A real powerful entry from the Swiss Alps! The background lights are flashing and if you just would look at it, it would make you insane. These two brothers from Ticino, Switzerland want to have the time of their life on stage and you can feel this. It would be a pity if they will not qualify. With the majority of ballads this year, this would definitely suit well in the Grand Final.
Iris is a lovely young singer with a dreamy ballad called “Would you?”. The stage illumination is nice, she looks a little bit lost on stage and regrettably this entry may be a bit too weak to stick out of the others. So there won’t be Belgium in the Grand Final.
Starting just after the lengthy ballad from Belgium, Finland’s starting position is a bit unprofitable. The Finnish song is lovely, but the way it’s presented will make many people tired. The song has no real climax and ripples three long minutes. Having a cellist on stage is very nice, which gives a little pretension to the event. Instruments are always great on stage. But, unfortunately Finland won’t make it this year.
The Israeli song doesn’t wake you up either. Even if this song has an extravagancy and in a way it’s quite untypical for Eurovision, but this does not stick out enough, even with the oriental touch. And there is too much going on at the stage which gives the impression of a mess. Compared to the other songs for the first semi final this will perish out of your mind.
11. San Marino Valentina Monetta | The social network song
Ralph Siegel is not only the composer but also the godfather of Valentina, who is so dedicated with her song. Everybody was talking of the scandalous song title announced previously, and then the EBU had to intervene to change it or send another song - they should have sent another song. The “Facebook Song” is now called “Social media song”. This instance grabbed a lot of attention to a country which has never made in into the Grand Final. But this was probably the only agitation this entry gets.
Another very strong candidate. This song, written by a Cypriot-Swedish composer team is a very good uplifting and positive song. The message is not the strongest “La La Love”, but the choreography is the best of the night, the drum interlude is very clever made and the audiences loves that. A little bit like Helena Paparizou, but this should be in the Grand Final without any doubts and it’s better than Greece.
The Danish entry could be the dark horse this year. A lovely singer, very musical talented and natural, very authentic though. She has travelled a lot as a street musician with her father and has absolutely no fear, and so she is very confidential on stage. A good radio song, similar to Alison Morisette. In the Final!
14. Russia Buranovskie Babushki | Party for Everbody
The funniest number this year. 6 grannies from a little village east of Moscow in their traditional costumes with all their enthusiasm are the beloved mothers of this year’s contest. They are so cute and everybody will admit that they deserved to be in this festival. Many people think that these could even win the contest. Just the fact that they are cute is not a winning parameter. The song itself is a bit simple. Even though a definite qualifier.
What a nice and catchy song, this is probably the best radio song of the contest. But this entry might not convince by first hearing. Like last year the Hungarians have not chosen the best background, this should have had a more shining stage. The very sympathetic band is so proud to be part of this event so they deserve to be in the Grand Final. But this will be a hard job for Compact Disco.
Will people outside Austria understand this song correctly? The title “Shake your ass” is not really appropriate especially in a country like Azerbaijan, where it’s not common wearing shorts on the streets even in summer. The song rocks in a way but its also nerve-racking, especially the “uuh uuh” is unbearable – at least the background dancers are talented. This entry should not go into the final.
One of the more folkloristic songs this year is the Moldavian entry. The trumpet styled song has some coolness and the choreography is nicely made and will for sure get 12 points from Romania, so this will probably be in the Grand Final like most times. But this is not a winner song.
And this is another song maybe causes some headaches, the Jedward brothers are back! The performance has improved and it’s better choreographed like last year’s song “Lipstick”. The real water on stage is a debut, but nothing spectacular. The silver outfits are suitable. This is definitely in the Grand Final.cular.