Zeljko is one of the most famous artists in the Balkan region. Therefore it will be an easy game for him to get into the final. You can expect a stunning performance on an atmospheric stage, all dressed in black, this causes goose bumps. This is very extraordinary and a great opener for the Semi Final 2. Even a potential winner.
Another great song from the Balkan. Kaliopi has a very good voice and reaches even people in the last row with her song. It’s slow and emotional in the beginning then it turns rocky and powerful with exotic cellos and dark colours and a thriving black & white theme on stage. This will go to the final.
This lovely girl from Holland has made a lot of friends here in Baku. Her way she presents herself is just natural without attitudes. Her striking headpiece – an Indian feathered headdress is suitable to the song as she is singing about her first love when she was a child. Her background singers are bringing some country feeling while playing guitar at the fireplace. This could be the underdog or even fail, the Netherlands have not made it into the final for years, but with this entry they deserve it.
The Maltese entries are always going under a special revamping procedure, from the national final to the Eurovision version there are big differences in the arrangements. Nevertheless the song has become an international standard with a cool hook – and that’s the dance step. The attractive band is doing a nicely made choreography, it looks very 60’s with the hair fashion and glasses. Despite all this effort to perfection, this song is nothing new and might fail tonight.
These are very cool guys representing Belarus with a very optimistic rock song called “We are the heroes”. The song has good vibes and has received a good applause in the dress rehearsal. The microphone racks looks like from another planet and the costumes are also sexy and adequate for the attractive singers. The melody is great and with a little help from the former Soviet Union countries this can qualify.
Portugal made it three times into the final recently and failed last year. This year it does not look better. The song has been written by the Croatian Andre Babic and many people think that this is the Fado song. In fact this is not a typical Fado, even if there is a sad melancholic melody. Normally the ESC is open for all kinds of music styles, but this will probably have no chance at all. The whole arrangement looks a bit old fashioned and formal.
Gaitana is a very electrifying person with a great heart. She is always wearing flowers in her hair and receives a lot of media attention wherever she is. The song is a crass contrast to the Portuguese entry. The Ukrainians use their own four LED screens. At the end the projections shows many people on stage, a very good trick as there are only six people allowed on stage. The soccer theme is not visually used – even though a strong contender. Definitely in the final.
Another dance song. Sofi is not accompanied by anybody on stage, so it’s just herself, which appears a bit unsuitable for this song as it’s very rhythmic and normally it’s the kind of music you can listen in supermarkets here in Baku, so the Azerbaijanis would vote for it, but they can’t. She is also not dancing at all; some background dancers would have made this song more attractive. The song itself is not too bad, but the performance is weak. Hence it’s too weak for the final.
Slovenia has reached the final last year and it looks that it can also happen this year again. It’s the same composer who has composed the winning song for Serbia “Molitva”. “Verjamen” is a beautiful ballad with a well choreographed stage show with style. It will be good to see Slovenia back in the final!
Nina is one of the most established singers in Croatia and over 20 years in business. This song has changed totally from the first song presentation in March to now, unfortunately not for the better, and the smallest applause in the arena. The background has dark clouds and it appears a bit mystic, the male dancers are dressed over the top, it does not get along with the song called “Heaven”, therefore is only a little chance for qualification.
The big favourite this year does not disappoint at all. Loreen as a singer is outstanding, authentic and really friendly. She is like she is and does not play a role. On stage she gives everything accompanied by a male dancer at the end. The stage is very dark, has artificial snow and one of the best backgrounds – the imagination that it’s snowing is perfectly transferred. The cool rhythm, the sound, the catchy chorus, the oriental dance performance and the entire atmosphere make it a perfect combination. The mighty winner!
What a fall, after a high class entry there is Georgian slapstick coming. The singer might have a lot of fans in Azerbaijan and received a good applause in the arena. From the international point of view this is nothing to look for. The juries and the televoters will probably not send Georgia in the final.
This entry also received a lot of applause as Turkey is Azerbaijan’s brother country; the language and the mentality are very close. Unfortunately, Azerbaijan is not able to vote tonight for Turkey, as they have already done it in the first semi final. The song is also very oriental with a solid singer who is not really interested into Eurovision. There is a ship formed by some cloth at the end. Compared to the ship in the video clip it appears a bit unimaginative. But it will be in the final.
What a stunning performance. A man on the big stage with a beautiful ballad – with goose bumps guarantee. The very authentic and sympathetic singer has no attitudes and that what he sends out. Hopefully this will be honoured with a ticket to the Grand Final. This song would be a pearl at the big night on Saturday.
15. Slovakia Max Jason Mai | Don’t close your eyes
A completely different music style: hard rock! The amount of hard rock entries is decreasing at Eurovision in the last couple of years, but it still has a place. The song has melody and the singer looks funny with his long blond hair. The mainly Azeri audience did not spend a lot of applause. So probably the time of hard rock will be over soon – and will not be in final.
This courageous young guy has Persian roots, is a model and the Norwegians love him. He is doing a similar choreography as last year’s Swedish entrant Eric Saade, also same style of music, but with very oriental music elements. Nice but tedious when listening to this the entire day. A definitive finalist.
This song is how Norwegian songs used to be in the 80’s – Karoline Krüger. A beautiful woman is sitting at the grand piano. The dreamy ballad has been composed by herself. She is wearing a long black gown, the stage is just gorgeous. One of the best Balkan songs this year – a great song in the Grand Final.
A little bit of funky music from Lithuania. This talented young guy is wearing a blindfold singing about getting used to love and that it can be lost easily. A nice message, the blindfold is a good reminder later at the recap. This song might have difficulties with the qualification. So no final for Lithuania.