The opener of the Semi Final 2 is a 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 it’s 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. A clear qualifier.
Israel is back with a real strong dance performance. The rhythm is going to make you feet move. The thrilling choreography is very well arranged so that the two backing singers in their hot pants thrive the power of this entry. During the week Mei Feingold appeared several times in the Euroclub and has enchanted the audience with very cool performance. She really deserves the qualification with this strong entry.
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. Carl’s voice is outstanding, strong and powerful to cause goose bumps for the entire arena. The melody is touching and emotional, the song was written by his cousin. This is one of the big favourites for the 1st place, so no doubts with the qualification question.
Even if Georgia is very keen on winning every year, with this one they are galaxies away! The approach to bring a sophisticated song with approach into the festival must be honoured. But the way it is presented is not appealing; it’s a truly boring song, with neither a clear chorus nor melody. The children in the dress rehearsal were obviously bored and played Tetris instead. Normally Georgia qualifies for the finals, but this year it looks miserable, so no Georgia in the Grand Final.
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 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! This will hopefully bring enough votes to qualify for the Grand Final!
The scandal entry of this ESC is coming next! Conchita Wurst is a drag queen with a very prominent beard. This unusual look for a drag queen has caused a lot of discussions 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.
This is probably the best time to search after the loo. When asking anybody here in Copenhagen which song is their least favourite they mostly answered: “Lithuania”. The song is called “Attention” and has something strenuous with a nerving chorus. Viljia is also screaming “Attention” all the time that leads to the situation that the people will not pay attention at all. Sorry Lithuania, you could do better, no final for you this year.
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 37 participants, fascinating light effects which support the power of the song. The really young band is so proud and happy that they can play at this event and it will be a truly enrichment to have them in the Grand Final as well. So far the Finns receive the most applause. They must be in the final.
Sometimes it can be boring if there is always the same from a country. In some years a lot Swedish entries sounded like ABBA. So the Irish try to click on the success from Riverdance – which was the interval act in Dublin 20 years ago. It’s nice to see people dancing the traditional way, but in this Irish entry it does not suit at all and it turn away the attention from the singer Kasey, who is doing a solid job. It might be difficult for Ireland to qualify this year.
The entry from Belarus is obtruding with the Cheesecake song. The first cake song from Latvia failed already, so this old cheesecake won’t make it either. They 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. So no final for Belarus this year.
She is a power woman and enjoyed every party here in Copenhagen. Tijana from FYR Macedonia wants to bring the ESC crown home to her country with “To The Sky”. It’s a typical Euro trash pop song with frenetic dancing. In the rehearsals the applause was low to medium. Maybe that’s due to the fact that the TV viewers might have heard such a similar song before. “To The Sky” is a conglomerate of different popular songs remixed. She should be in the final.
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 deserves to be in the Grand Final.
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 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. Very original and catchy. A possible winner though, so therefore in the Grand Final.
The songs from Slovenia often surprise as they shape up better than expected lately. This song from Tinkara could also be such a surprise. With her flute she appears a bit like the Pied Piper, but as she has studied classical flute she would like to show her talent of course. The stage is swirling around her thanks to the magnificent projection on the floor. No clear qualifier.
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 they won’t be destroyed afterwards. 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 qualifying, but this year it could be risky.