This is rocky and uplifting opener from Latvia. This will definitely appeal to the younger crowd. PeR is the name of the group and means “Please explain the Rhythm”, the guys are freaking out on stage. They are wearing silvers glitter suits and do stage diving at the end. A lot of action for a song, nobody will remember afterwards.
Last year Valentina Monetta failed with a girly “Social network song”, this time she has changed 180° to a real diva. The song is also totally different, it starts with dark colours, Valentina is sitting on the floor with an IKEA lamp, and it sound like a typical Italian ballad, after 1 minute 30 seconds there is a change of rhythm and light – the song becomes a pop song, red cloth is flying in the wind. The song is about transformation. The fan clubs believe in her and Ralph Siegel as well. But is Europe ready for such a transformation? The Grand Final is achievable; it would be the first time for San Marino.
The most unusual song this year is coming from FYR Macedonia. No, there are two songs – two songs in one, which do not fit together. Lozano (the male) is singing a moderate Balkan pop song; Esma (the woman) is singing something like traditional gypsy canticle. Both parts are tolerable, but together it’s fireworks of strange sounds and tones you may have never heard before. Either you go visiting the restroom or change the program.
What a relief now, after all that strain! Azerbaijan knows how to impress. They want the Eurovision to win again! The good-looking singer Farid has a mirror image which does exactly the opposite what he is doing, but in a transparent plastic cube – even acrobatic elements. Very nice made. The song is smooth and catchy. This will definitely go to the final.
Who said, that Finns are reserved? These people have probably not met Krista Siegfrids. This girl is absolutely crazy. She wants to get married and she has only been seen with her white wedding dress on here in Malmö. If you say “Ding Dong” she is starting the “Ding Dong Dance” immediately. This happy song with all this showmanship Finland is eligible for the Grand Final. At the end Krista finds no man, but a girl.
This is something sunny – but certainly not funny from Malta. An easy listening song with the Maltese sun in their hearts will hopefully get into the final. Gianluca has such a bright smile and is singing of tomorrow that will even melt the Icelandic glaciers – the Icelanders are allowed to vote tonight.
If you have not been shocked by Esma & Lozano yet, this may be the second chance. Even if these two Bulgarians made a 5th place in Helsinki 2007 it does not mean that they want to do better this year. In this medley of folk music snippets it’s hard to find a red line. It’s not even a percussion performance, even if there are plenty to find on stage. A qualification would be a big surprise!
Eyþór has probably the best male voice of the ESC. With his long blond hair, waving in the cold Icelandic wind this song will touch the people in a special way. The stage scenery looks like a picturesque Iceland harbour at night with a flickering light house. The song is beautiful, even more beautiful with the stunning voice of Eyþór. At the end of the song five people will come on stage – this is impressing. The strongest candidate for the final in this Semi Final 2.
This is the first real party song “Alcohol is free” is the song title. And for the first time the audience in the Malmö Arena can freak out and make party. The Greek entry has been played a lot in the Euroclub and when it’s played, it has been played with a higher volume. So please turn your TV volume on and have a drink on the Greeks. Greece is always in the final.
If you have been waiting for a more sophisticated song – here you have it. The Israeli song is not convincing by first hearing, it more complicated, and you will only understand the lyrics if you speak Hebrew. Moran has a great stage illumination, a grand piano and a black dress with sparkling crystals and the deepest neckline of the night- she is the only person who is wearing glasses on stage - respect! It would be great to see Moran again in the final.
The Armenian delegation is proud that Tommy Iommi – the composer of the metal band Black Sabbath could be gained as a composer for the Armenian group. Rock has never worked well at the ESC, unless it has something special like “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. This song has no real climax, even if the singer Gor is solicitous to enthuse the audience. A qualification seems quite unlikely.
In some years Hungary really surprises with new innovative songs. So it is this year, a calm but very melodic and catchy tune can be expected. A lot of people here in Malmö love this song. Kedvesem means “Darling” and it is a love song, with a thriving rhythm. This deservers a spot in the grand final.
The very sympathetic Norwegian singer has not changed anything from her final performance in the Norwegian pre selection. This electro pop song stands for its own: great rhythm, strings and thriving melody with the glass clear voice of Margaret. She is wearing a white dress and a blond hair extension – she looks like a snow queen who is moving to the rhythm. A definite qualifier.
This is something untypical from Albania! A real rock song without thoughtfulness to rock haters, the two guys are having a ball on stage and one of them says, on a stage he becomes a beast. There are also a lot of pyro techniques to impress the audience, but this does not make the song better. At the end the e-guitar starts to sparkle fire. This song may stay in the semi finals.
With this entry you can see very obviously that Georgia wants to win the ESC, no matter what it costs. Engaging Thomas G:sson – the composer of Loreen’s “Euphoria” should have cost 50.000 Euro, what rumours said. The song is ok, the way it’s presented is quite old-fashioned, the singers are younger as you may think - a bit pathetic though. The whole arrangement is also very similar to “Running Scared” by Ell & Nikki (Azerbaijan 2011), with the golden rain and the structure of the song.
The Swiss entries have often been unadventurous in the past, remember “Musik klingt in die Welt hinaus” by Egon Egemann 1990 or “Lass ihn” by Gunvor in 1998. This is another entry from another decade presented by the highly motivated Salvation Army. They had to change their name into Takasa – this is Swahili and means “Cleaning”. The oldest man in the contest in 95 years old, this fact deserves a place in the final.
Have you ever had a nightmare? This Romanian entry is a truly horror show. The highly educated singer Cezar is a real opera singer. He is now performing a dub step – Transylvania meets Rocky show. It’s funny to see this guy in the ESC, but the high notes will cut your nerves totally. The stage show is even worse than the song. Cezar looks like Dracula in a blood bath. Good heavens that this is #17, otherwise all the TV viewers would have turned off their TV’s. No final for Romania this year!