This is probably one of the strongest songs Slovenia has send for years. There is a very sympathetic couple singing a very catchy song. Marjetka has a very unique voice, a little bit like Amy Winehouse. Everything could have been perfect, but the Slovenian team put the air-violin player on stage, which is a kitsch factor. Unfortunately, Marjetka is not moving at all and is wearing an old-fashioned dress. For a pop song like this it’s probably not the best choice and she is not wearing the shiny diamond headphones, which she was showing all week long. Putting Slovenia on start number 1 maybe has two reasons: neighbour country’s help and a good fast pop song is always a good opener. Maraaya use the wind machine like Carola did 1991.
This is probably the surprise of the year. Nobody really expected France to do well. In the rehearsal Lisa’s song was very well received. It all starts grey and boring, but within three minutes there is real climax, there are drummers on stage and the song is going to shine. This is very impressing and there will certainly be a better result than last year – they were last in Copenhagen.
The beginning is a bit oriental when Nadav is singing “Mama – someone broke my heart again”. Then the rhythm starts, the sexy dancers will accompany Nadav on stage. There is no traditional Israeli choreography with this song, it’s more like street dance or even breakdancing. Everything looks a little bit wild. Nadav is wearing golden shoes with golden wings and the audience loves it. It’s the first time after years that Israel made it back into the Grand Final. This will do well!
The Estonian are treated like the favourites from the beginning. And of course, they are really good: brilliant voices, cool look, beautiful black outfit and they have something special. The stage performance is unusual, as Stig is alone on stage in the beginning, and Elina will be alone at the end. It’s a story of a one night stand. This is a great radio song. The style reminds a bit of last year’s runner up duo The Common Linnets from the Netherlands. Great light, great song. A potential winner! At least a Top 5 candidate.
This is a strange entry! Normally we would expect some British pop music. This time is swing. Electro Velvet have been determined by the BBC. The first reactions were disastrous. But the sympathetic duo does not care. They obviously enjoy their funny number, with show stairs, neon lights, Charleston-dancing. In the middle Alex is imitating Louis Armstrong, but it sound more like Kermit the frog! Sorry UK, this year you are the 0 points candidate!
A lilac stage with turning compasses on the floor, good voices and a message could work well. But with this Armenian entry might be too difficult, as is has some boring phases here and there. The audience was talking during their rehearsals. The folkloristic interlude is stunning. Let’s hope that their message is going to be heard. A truly world song, as all member origin from different continents, all with Armenian roots.
There is a sunny background and everything is full of shiny colours, like the Lithuanians prefer it on Eurovision stages since decades. Vaidas is wearing a light blue suit, Monika is wearing a white dress with blue elements. In the postcard Monika & Vaidas even had to do bungee jumping which requires a lot courage. The very sympathetic duo is very popular here in among the journalists. But the song is a case of its own. The chorus is repeating and repeating. The competition is very strong tonight. With the kisses they probably made it into the Grand Final – in particular the male and the female background dancers kissed each other as well. For the catholic Lithuania it’s quite a progress! Will they do it again tonight?
Bojana from Serbia is lovely. She has a great character is always smiling and in a good mood. She can transport this good feeling on stage and transfer this to the audience. She obviously enjoying every minute here. There is a rhythm change, which we are used by Ralph Siegel normally, and there will be some dress changes by the backing singers. The only risk would be that it might be too overrated by the fans. In the rehearsals she got one of the biggest applauses, that’s might be due to the fact that the majority of foreign nationalities in Vienna are coming from Serbia. This is a Top 10 candidate.
This is one of the strongest ballads this year. Both Kjetil and Debrah do play perfectly with each other on stage. The sound is stunning, the atmosphere unique and there is a great climax after the Titanic soundtrack interlude. This is goose bumps pure! Kjetil has a really good male voice and the together with Debrah it sounds magical. The chorus is touching and convincing. This is a very strong contender with high chances of winning the ESC. Debrah has a very special look – her hair is almost frightening it all depends how high she is going to wear it tonight. What a great entry!
Now it’s time for the top favourite! Måns Zelmerlöw has already tried it twice before to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest. With this year’s entry another victory for Sweden could be possible. But maybe everything appears too calculated for winning? Måns seem to have a lot of fun by performing, singing and dancing – it’s absolutely his thing. The little stickman is very sweet and this will definitely be a memorable eye catcher. It’s is a strong song as well with a very catchy chorus, Måns has been elected as sexiest man of Sweden. This entry has energy and is absolutely positive. But the competitors are strong, will this be a battle for Sweden with Italy, Australia and Russia?
This is something for the romantic. John is a decent but very talented singer with a lovely presence. In the beginning the image is black and white, he is wearing a suit and cool retro glasses. Then the entire arena puts on its mobile lights. This gives a wonderful wow effect and entertains the audience, as the song is smooth and quiet. This song is a great enrichment despite of all the other ballads.
Put on your dancing shoes Vienna! This is the first Australian Eurovision song ever! Guy Sebastian is a super star back in Down Under. He is a really cool guy, wearing a jacket and a hat on stage. It’s something to dance and sing along. The street scene on stage is very w ell choreographed. You will immediately notice that Guy is a professional singer. All his moves are 100% perfect. Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest, who would have thought that this could ever happen? And the Aussies are very well prepared, a cool guy, a great radio friendly song, a brilliant choreography. Many people already see Australia to win. In this case the ESC will take place in Europe and the Australian broadcaster SBS will organize it.
Loïc has improved a lot with his stage performance. The stage is eclectic white and the choreography has been invented by Loïc himself. In the radio stations of Vienna they played “Rhythm Inside” a lot and many see this young talented guy in one of the top scores. This is also a great contrast to the other songs. Belgium often send ultra-modern songs and tried to risk something, but this has often not paid off. Maybe Loïc can change that?
The host entry will of course enjoy a great attention. These three young guys will definitely rock the Wiener Stadthalle – that for sure. The song is a rock ballad and the grand piano is going to burn during their performance. “I Am Yours” is played in the radios every day and Vienna is in Eurovision fever. Everybody know the Austrian entry, this has not always been the case in the past. The people are very proud to welcome Europe to Vienna and that the world’s biggest TV music event will take place here. A Top 10 placement could be realistic.
It’s so great that Greece is not sending Sirtaki again! This is a wonderful power ballad, which stands out in a very positive way. There is a lot of drama at the end – even a James Bond sound can be heard. The look of the stage as an eye, Maria-Elena is standing in the middle of the iris, which has a symbolic character in Greece. This is the best Greek ballads for years after Mando.
This is the song with the most folkloristic elements this year. There is traditional dance and a great atmosphere. Knez is also accompanied by his daughter in the background. The song starts slowly with almost 40 seconds just prelude. The song sounds like a typical song written by Željko Joksimović, but those songs have always shaped up very well. It’s the second time having Montenegro in the Grand Final!
Now it’s time for a jazz-alike number. Ann Sophie is wearing a black pantsuit and feather earrings and there is a 007 background. There are stylish yellow lamps and a background choir. Maybe Ann Sophie appears a bit too harsh and willing and many people probably mix her up with Lena, who won in 2010 for Germany. There are some similarities from the look. Unfortunately, most of the Germans don’t know the German song, as she only receive 20% of the teleovotes in the German final. The starting position is superb but this is not one of the strongest songs tonight.
The Polish singer Monika is bound to a wheelchair due to a tragic accident years ago. In the video animation in the background there a videos shown from the time before the accident, when Monika was singing and dancing. Now the wheelchair is predominating her performance, she could have also sit on a stone like a mermaid or something else. The stage set up is pure kitsch: old pink colours with cherry trees and cloth banners does not look modern. The song is an ordinary ballad with no climax. Edyta Gorniak wanted to sing again for Poland but the broadcaster denied her. Nobody has expected Poland being in the Grand Final. Place 27?
This might be the dark horse tonight. For Aminata the biggest dream is coming true: performing her own composed song to many people. She is very well prepared and obviously enjoys every single second. Her stage appearance is gorgeous. Aminata is wearing a red dress and has a very exotic look, her father comes from Burkina Faso. With her attitude to dress up she even looks extra-terrestrial. The red floor is pulsing and she uses her arms for extraordinary movements. This is the surprise of the year. Aminata brought Latvia back into the Grand Final. Good luck!
The story of “De La Capat” is a bit sad, because it’s about children left behind, while their parents have gone away to earn money. The little boy of the video clip will also be included in the performance. He is too young to be on stage, but he is in the audience. The difficulty of this song will be, if the message reaches the viewers? It’s a dreamy song with lovely pictures of the Danube River. In the Semi Final this song has convinced. Romania has always reached the Grand Final.
Its decades ago, when Spain won the contest back in 1969. In the recent years there were always very strong songs. This year is no exception. The beautiful singer Edurne is blond and sexy, has a strong voice. The song has been composed by the famous Swedish composer Thomas G:sson, who was also responsible for Loreen’s victory with “Euphoria” in 2012. This entry also has a climax with a dancing interlude like in 1982 with “Él” by Lucía. The Italian dancer Guiseppe di Bella will carry Edurne shirtless. This will guarantee a lot of additional votes. Spain 12 points!
Boggie is singing a calm peace song in a lovely way. She is a very talented and sympathetic girl from Budapest who is going to remind people to stop the war – especially nowadays. Due to the fact that it might be the perfect song for this restless time, it will probably perish, as the audience expects a little more action on stage. But nobody knows, Hungary had its debut in 1994 with a similar quiet song and came 4th and had the same starting position #22.
Nina has lost her voice recently, so she could not participate in the Pop meets Opera event at the Wiener Staatsoper to protect her voice. She is a very extraordinary singer with an unusual vamp look. Everything is dark, there are flashes and it’s loud. Even if the Swedish composer Thomas G:sson has revamped this song. It’s good to have some outlandish songs in the contest as well to show the great variety of music.
It all starts with a wolf-like tone by the singer Elnur. The stage is dark, it’s a dark full moon, and later on it turns bloody red. There are supposed to be wolf dancers or werewolves. The song is not scary at all, has a great melody, which is written by Swedish composer team – as always. This song has always been received very well in the arena. Azerbaijan has always been qualified for the Grand Final and so it will do today.
Nobody had Russia on the list! This one might do very well this year! Polina is beautiful and has a great voice + song! There is an absolute positive message, you would probably not expect from Russia. The stage is also great her dress is illuminated. Polina will definitely receive a lot of top votes from Eastern Europe, and the juries must be unpolitical, so the West will probably often give 5 to 7 points – the Russia is through on the winning stage. This might be a good year for Russia.
Even if she won “The Voice Italy” with 70% of the televotes, Elhaida needs a lot of luck tonight. Fortunately, she is performing just before Italy, as she is now living in Italy it’s a coincidence. The song is probably too complicated and it’s not catchy enough to convince the televoters. She is beautiful, sings great, but the song is no radio hit, unfortunately. The original song, which has been refused might have been better.
It’s great to see that Italy is favourized again. The Italian entries have all be strong since Italy re-joined the ESC in 2011. Now the San Remo winners of this year will show, how Italian tenors could bewitch Europe. In America they are already top stars and highly celebrated. In the past opera-pop has never really worked well, but this year these sympathetic guys could turn this around. There is just the stage, and the three guys, no twaddle on stage, just pure music, plain and good. With the last starting position they have the best chances to win the ESC. It would be great to see Italy winning the contest. And if they don’t this is a very special song. Buona Fortuna!
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!