What a nice opener of the Grand Final. Amandie is a real cool singer with a lot of charisma. This song reminds a bit of the 1994 entry “Je suis un vrais garcon” by Nina Morato. But this entry is more sophisticated and could even score well. Maybe this song has been put on #1 by the organizers that the viewers stay tuned.
This could have been a top song with a well choreographed stage show. Unfortunately, the singer Andrius does not make this song shining. He has not even shaved his beard, makes a bit bored feel. Maybe he still has something in store for us, but does not seem that he will change anything. Come on – it’s a dance song, but nobody is dancing at all. At least the audience in the Malmö Arena will go bananas. Everybody in Malmö is asking how this song could have made it in the Grand Final?
Last year Alyona has been a backing singer, this year it’s her big chance. She is using the big lift which pushes her three metres high; her white dress is getting illuminated with nice colours and flashes. At the end the entire stage seems to burn in bright flames. Bad people would think that it looks like a witch at the stake. The high tones might be her main problem, sometimes is sounds like rasping. This is nothing to push Western European from their couches as there is no real melody. This will be forgotten later on!
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. Hopefully – there won’t be showing any commercials during this scene in certain conservative countries!
ESDM is a group from Northern Spain, which do not bring in the typical Spanish sound; it’s even more Irish with the back pipes. It’s a quite smooth and radio friendly song which does not stand out very much. It’s a lovely and beautiful singer who will convince a lot of people. But does this song have enough potential for a win? Sometimes less is more and even a plain song can make it.
This song has been receiving a total make over. There is a Finnish composer and there are very cool female dancers – très Belge - supporting the young Roberto on stage. At first sight he appears shy and uneasy, but he is growing with the song and by now he has trained the high notes after the key change. The Belgian song is much stronger, than the Dutch one, judging by the appearance in the arena.
What a lovely ballad, sung by an even lovelier Birgit. Estonia is often sending beautiful ladies with dark hair and blue eyes, this has something really fascinating. In the first seconds the Estonian team has decided to only show black and white colours. This song has changed a lot to the better; there is a key change and a real climax now. Coming back to her looks, she is wearing a wide white dress which seems to fly over the clouds; this song received a lot of applause in between. Birgit is pregnant, that the reason for the unusual shape of the dress. A definite favourite!
They have changed the song and now we have a subtropical dance song from the subtropical Belarus to please everybody. That’s not the way it works. Alyona slips out of an over dimensional disco ball and enjoying her own party with thousands of pyro effects. She is probably the most beautiful woman of the contest, but the song is a mix of old winning entries, a bit of “Wild Dances”, “My Number One” and “Everyway That I can”. Do the Byelorussians really think that this will work? This song appears very gawky and in its own way this entry will scare off a lot of viewers!
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. But this is definitely not the winning smile. The song is too plain and has no climax. It’s easy to sing along, but that’s all.
Dina is so popular in Russia that everybody knows her there. Now it’s here time to show it to the rest of Europe. Dina is wearing an antique pink dress; everything is made in this creamy colour for this act, but in a very old fashioned way. The lamps from the ceiling going down deep to the audience heads. It’s a bit overdue but impressing. This is one of the strongest songs from Russia recently. This could be a mighty winner. Russia wants to win the ESC again that’s for sure!
After Lena’s victory with “Satellite” Germany is having another dance song. The funny thing is that Cascada is more popular outside Germany than inside. This entry will certainly bring the Malmö Arena to boil. The audience will love that, when Natalia will step on the long catwalk and play with the audience. But will this be enough to win the contest? She does not seem to be nervous at all as she has a lot of stage experiences.
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 singer Gor is solicitous to enthuse the audience. Nobody expected the qualification for the Grand Final, the audience even booed in an unfair way during the announcement that Armenia made it into the final. It’s good to have a great variety in the contest, even if rock like this is a bit uncool.
The most difficult song of the night comes from the land of the windmills. Due to the fact that the Netherlands have been in the Grand Finals in 2004 for the last time, it was the biggest gift the Dutch to be back in the final again. This has increased the general interest in the ESC enormously in the Netherlands. Anouk normally sings rock songs; this song is a surprise for people who know her music. After all the actions before this song is the sleeping pill, the song is about birds which are falling from the roof – a bit depressive, too. The backing choir is great and giving this entry a class. The singer herself is probably too sure to win the ESC. This thought could be the biggest disaster of this year’s ESC.
Have you ever had a nightmare? This Romanian entry is a truly horror show. The highly educated singer Cezar is a real opera singer, one of the few singers here with a real music education. Cezar is now performing a dub step – Transylvania meets Rocky Horror 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. The organizers probably have been shocked as well and did not know where to put such a song, so it’s #14, otherwise all the TV viewers would have turned off their TV’s.
Who would have expected Bonnie Tyler singing at the Eurovision Song Contest? This year it’s true. The main reason is to promote her new album. She certainly does not need to do this. She has been asked back in 1983 to sing for the UK, but she denied “it was not the right time” she said. Now we can see an elderly lady, with her typical husky voice and a lot of charisma. She is funny though and happy to be here. She deserves a good place. That would be good for Eurovision and for her. Do you believe in her?
Normally the host country is presenting a very good and strong song to defend the title. But this year the song is a lot weaker as in the years before. The young singer Robin made it through the national final in Sweden, he was not even elected directly in the Grand National final, he has been qualifying through the second chance round. Maybe that gave him a lot of sympathy. The song is hard to sing. There is a kind of yodel in the chorus which could also kill your nerves.
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 deserves a good place. This song has a lot of fans here in Malmö. Such unusual songs also could have good chances, when there is no clear favourite. A good summer radio song!
Emmelie has been so much favourized over the past weeks that she probably can’t believe it by herself anymore. Being a favourite is not an easy part, especially when there are less points coming as expected. But this won’t happen to Emmelie, hopefully, but nobody knows yet. The show is similar like here winning performance in the Danish national final. But you can easily see that the Danish broadcaster DR has put everything on the card this year, there is golden rain and a terrific show with drums and pipes and gold and the barefoot Emmelie. They can’t do more! A hot favourite!
Eyþór has probably the best male voice of the ESC this year. 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. This could be the dark horse of this year!
The Azerbaijanis know 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 be a hot favourite as well.
This is another party song called “Alcohol is free”. And the audience in the Malmö Arena can freak out and make party for another time. 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. There will be a lot of votes flying for Greece this year.
The Ukrainian entries are known for their extravagant stage shows and elements – a bit over the top. This year the second tallest man on earth is carrying Zlata on his arms, like King Kong. It looks like a fairy tale or a musical with these kitschy elements. Zlata has an enormous voice and is very beautiful; the entire song is a long climax without an end. That’s a bit strange for a song to have a rising chorus after chorus. This will get a lot of points, but this won’t be the winner.
If you might have missed a real classic Italian song – here it is! This is probably one of the best songs for years of this kind. The formerly San Remo winner Marco has a special and funny way of behaviour and he is the most popular singer in Italy right now. The good looking singer is already being seen as a mighty winner here in Malmö.
From the hot Italy we go back into the cold Norway. 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 favourite.
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. It could be Tiflis 2014!
Ireland is the most successful ESC countries with seven victories. This year it looks bitter. Ryan is highly celebrated in his home country, with the last starting number the winning chances have increased. Unfortunately, he is wearing black leather outfit on a really dark stage. In the arena he is nearly not visible. The only highlight are the drummers in the beginning of the song, but that does not help the song to sound better. But it will definitely give another time to dance for the audience.