The Ukrainians have a special talent for spectacular stage performances. Even if the songs sometimes sound average from the beginning. But then the instrumentation and arrangement will be revamped to the maximum – this is often done with the Ukrainian entries. The song “Tick Tock” is such an example. The performance on stage is fabulous with a big hamster wheel and a guy who is running and doing is acrobatic figures in a perfect tuned way. The singer Maria is very beautiful and very talented. She composed the song herself and can now present it to approximately 180 million TV spectators. Due to the political situation the Ukrainian entry will probably be discussed a lot. It can be expected that there will also be a lot of sympathy points. A very good opener as well!
The entry from Belarus is obtruding with the Cheesecake song. Like a wonder this song has qualified. The first cake song from Latvia failed already, but at least there is one cake song in the final. The Belorussian team wanted to make it modern and catchy but the stage is plain and unattractive, all singers are put in dull outfits. This is nothing somebody would really like to have as a winner. Maybe this entry is something for the more Eastern European ears.
This is probably the most sophisticated song of this year’s ESC. Very calm, very stylish and almost dreamy. The millions of watchers will be enchanted by this wonderful voice from Dilara. She is a very beautiful woman in a red gown. Azerbaijan always shapes up very well and this country is being known for its extraordinary stage shows. This year there will be a trapeze artist accompanying Dilara. Of course there will be some traditional Mugam elements to hear which are worked in very well. The song is written by the Swede Stefan Örn, who also wrote the winning entry “Running Scared” for Ell & Nikki.
Now there is something to watch! Six guys in colourful suits will rock the stage with their “No Prejudice” song. One of the backing singers is even a member of the Icelandic parliament! The audience is freaking out when they are performing their funk-styled interlude dance. The melody is not that conspicuous but the message that we all should have no prejudices is dominating. The competition is very strong this year so there is a big uncertainty if this entry could reach the top 10.
This Norwegian entry is probably the best ballad of this ESC! The rough look of the singer Carl Espen with the angel’s voice is a very interesting combination, which will please the TV viewers from the first second onwards. Carl’s voice is truly outstanding, strong and powerful to cause goose bumps for the entire arena and the 180 million TV spectators. The melody is touching and emotional, the song was written by his cousin. Together they made a very sympathetic team during the rehearsal weeks here in Copenhagen. This is one of the big favourites for the 1st place.
Paula & Ovi have made a respectable 3rd rank in Oslo 2010. With their unusual stage performance they have received a lot of attention. This year they would like to top that. As their song is called “Miracle” they have some magic tricks in store: a round piano and camera trick in the beginning. Both appear quite unrelaxed and they really roar their “Miracle” in the microphones, hopefully your wine glasses will survive that! Compared to the “Playing with Fire” in 2010, this is definitely the weaker song where everybody hopes that the three minutes are passing by as quick as possible. Romania is always in the final, even if the song is good or bad.
The song was the perfect opener of the first Semi Final and the qualification was granted. The song starts very calm and stylish with only on spot on Aram MP3, so it seems that there are two songs made to one. Slowly a big climax is being built up, supported by an orchestral arrangement which gives a special class to the song. Aram MP3 is very keen on winning and the bookmakers have put him on the #1 place very early. This is one of the big favourites this year. The dramatic end with the superb stage has been utilized to the maximum of sound and light effects.
What a wonderful song! This is one candidate who is really one of the favourites. Unfortunately, the image and the atmosphere of the video clip could not being brought on stage. The stage presentation is a bit kitschy; they brought a roller skater and an old-fashioned a bit too dark background. This could have been better. Nevertheless this is a very strong song and Sergej’s voice is brilliant. Even if there are not many other Balkan countries participating that will provide high votes the rest of Europe will love this.
This is an interesting combination of hip hop and Polish folklore. Donatan & Cleo are very popular in their home country. With the video clip they have made furore like nobody else this year. You can see mainly very beautiful young women in traditional clothes with deep cut necklines doing the household. That’s probably why they have received so many clicks on their YouTube video. The Polish singers decided to bring these lovely ladies on stage, what a clever decision! Some call it porn some call it brave show, the washboard and the butter making has never been done on an ESC stage like this!
This entry is truly outstanding! It’s probably the most up-to-date song we have in this year’s contest. Three young guys rock the stage with a very catchy and appealing hip hop song. The young people will love it as it’s exactly what you can listen in the clubs nowadays. Maybe it’s a bit too modern for the ESC? The highlight of the Greek performance is the trampoline action. Not only the background dancer is jumping on it, at the end even the two singers join him while singing. This entry is very original and catchy and a possible winner though.
What an overwhelming applause Conchita received in the qualification round, more than any other artists. If the second semi final would have been the final, Austria would have won the ESC easily. All the rumours and scandal stories have cause a lot of discussion and put all the attention to her person. Conchita Wurst is a drag queen with a very prominent beard. This unusual look for a drag queen has caused a lot of positive and negative reactions all over Europe. Some of the Eastern European countries uttered that they don’t want to show this entry. If the broadcasters will not show it or show something instead they will be disqualified from this event for the next 3 years! A lot of people might ask if it’s a man or woman – it’s a man in a dress. He stands for tolerance and openness and that’s a very strong message. Is Europe ready for this? This could also be the next James Bond song, the dramatic production is really worth to watch. Judged by the support and extravaganza this is the winner of the ESC!
This is a wonderful story how the three lovely girls made it to Copenhagen – three absolute newcomers. They are the winners of hearts in Germany. In the national selection in Germany they even topped the most popular band Unheilig! Unfortunately, 60% of the Germans don’t know the group yet. The song is a kind of neo folk song, written by the lead singer Elisa. The instruments do give something special to this song. This entry is unusual and honest, but not the music which is being played in the radio stations.
Lovely Sanna from Kristianstad in Sweden is next. She was the youngest singer ever (11 years) reaching a #1 position in the Swedish charts. Since then she is popular and in the Swedish Melodifestivalen it’s her 7th attempt to represent her country on a Eurovision stage. So her big dream comes true now. Maybe it’s not her strongest song, but she certainly makes the most of it. Her hair fashion appears a bit conservative and gives bit strength in her appearance. Like in other years the Swedes are trying the same successful concept. The stage is beautifully dark with blinking stars and light spots surrounding her. That’s looks very stylish and is very suitable to her dramatic ballad. Maybe this is not a real radio song, but it’s nice to watch it on stage.
These three guys from Twin Twin really heat up the audience in the beginning of the song. Their striking look with torpedo high hair and face paintings, shorts, topless bodies is fun to watch. The melody is catchy and the rhythm is something for dancing. They have spread a wonderful atmosphere here in the arena. This does not mean that they are close to win, but a germ in this competition.
The sweet twins have already won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest! This time they grew up and have all tricks to bewitch the TV viewers. Firstly their braids are somehow put together that it looks that they grown together, then they split and then their dresses are bound together. Sometimes old circus tricks can work, but the stage could have been used in a better way. Their song “Shine” is a nice pop song unfortunately without any real musical highlights. Furthermore the political questions will be a topic as well. Does it make sense that Russia is competing while the political situation back home is more than dubious? How will the audience react, will there be some boos, will there be points at all?
Emma is swirling around on the beautifully illuminated stage. Her rock song, which is about her city she is living in definitely one of the highlights in the ESC. She has proofed her very good live singing qualities in a concert she gave here in Copenhagen. At home in Italy she is very famous, has won the San Remo Festival and recorded several albums. The LED background is showing her face during the chorus in a very cool way. Listening to this song makes you want to go to Italy. Very strong entry!
The songs from Slovenia often surprise as they shape up better than expected lately, such as this one. It might be the big surprise of the Semi Final 2.With her flute she appears a bit like the Pied Piper, but as she has studied classical flute and she would like to show her talent of course. The stage is swirling around her thanks to the magnificent projection on the floor. A solid performance but probably not strong enough compared to the competitors.
This Finnish entry will definitely rock you from your sofa! Especially the young crowd will love it. The Finns do have the best stage of all 26 finalists, fascinating light effects which support the power of the song in the best possible way. The really young band is so proud and happy that they can play at this event and it will be a truly enrichment in the Grand Final as well. So far the Finns received the lot of applause.
There is another strong Spanish entry like the years before. With “Dancing In The Rain”, Spain could really achieve one of the top positions. The ballad is powerful and the whole background is beautifully animated with raindrops, even Ruth’s hair looks wet, like a mermaid. The motto song of this year by Emmelie de Forest is called “The Rainmaker”, and it was raining here in Copenhagen over the last days quite heavily. Maybe this is a good omen for Spain this year?
Singers with a violin are nothing new at the ESC. Last time Alexander Rybak could win with “Fairytale” and his fiddle. The Swiss song is a bit different; Sebalter even plays the big drum at the end of his performance to boost the song. As this song consists of a lot of whistle tones it sounds happy and friendly, let’s hope that he will hit the right tones while whistling. Sebalter is a very sympathetic guy who could surprise Europe with his happy country song.
This is one of the big favourites this year! The New York born singer András has a very good appearance, is attractive and is gifted with a marvellous voice. He is singing a song with the strongest message of this ESC, as it’s about violence against children. The song has power and a strong rhythm with a catchy chorus. The New York skyline is also being used on the big LED screens. This sympathetic unpretentious guy deserves a top 3 position; he could also be the winner of this year’s ESC.
This is another solid country song. The six guys look like pathfinders and all is about coming home from war. Actually the World War I is meant, as its 100 years ago since the war started. Maybe this is a clever message considering the current political situation. A lot of people love this song, it’s a happy song and there are many faces on the LED screens being shown. Malta is really keen to win the contest one day, but probably not with this song!
The host country Denmark has a strong song this year. Last time when Copenhagen hosted the ESC they made a 2nd place as the audience flipped out, this might happen as well tonight. This song is a funky dance song with a very happy and sympathetic singer Basim. He will probably catch the European hearts by a storm. Due to the fact that Denmark will receive additional points as a host country this might be the big surprise. Everybody can sing this song in Copenhagen, wherever you go the songs is being played or sung. You could even win metro tickets when singing the Danish entry.
Now there is something very calm and relaxing – Dutch country sound! The modest Dutch entry is a country song which is perfectly made for long car trips driving over the US highways; this is also shown on the illuminated floor on stage. Both singers have been to Nashville and you can hear that. Both are experienced singers. The male singer Waylon wears a dark hat which reminds of Fleetwood Mac’s style. The stage is plain and calm. This will stand out in a positive way. Thanks to Anouks success last year the Netherlands are very keen to compete in the ESC again. This could maybe the dark horse this year with this very good starting position.
This is Valentine’s third attempt in a row: 2012 with the “Facebook Song”, 2013 with “Chrysalides” and this year with “Maybe”. Unlike other country’s delegations that let the self-made items away, the San Marinese team brought their own chiffon shell. Unfortunately, the beautiful stage is dominated by this strange object. The song does not appear as fresh as in the video clip, but more frumpy when having coffee and cake with the grandmother. This time her big came true and she can sing in the Grand Final. Maybe her usual music style jazz could help her next year at her 4th attempt to get the crown of Eurovision. One good thing that Ralph Siegel himself accompanies her at the piano!
Last but least, the UK has been put on the last starting position. Not a bad choice as there is an anthem coming now. The song has extra been written by the singer Molly for this event. Maybe it sounds too Eurovision-like with the “Power to the people” message. Let’s hope the TV spectators don’t mix it up with Emmelie’s “Rainmaker” song.