This young lady with her exotic look is representing the cold land of the lakes and forests with this early morning aerobic performance. That’s also the theme of the song “Sing It Away” should being sung, when the sun doesn’t shine or if there are sorrows. Sandhja has brought excellent background dancers with her and it’s a good opener for the first Semi Final to wake up everybody. But there will be 17 more songs, so this one might be forgotten later on…sing it what…?
This is what the most people expect from Greek entries: ethnic elements and dance. Unlike previous years when Greece has send something more contemporary, the Greek entry will now show its Pontian roots. There are drums, folkloristic instruments and a catchy chorus, maybe heard a couple of times at Eurovision, but this one is different as it has the current political situation of the refugees as a topic. Normally Greece is a secure qualifier, but this year it might be difficult.
This song has absolutely nothing from Moldova, not even the singer Lidia was born there, she actually lives there but that’s all. The song is written by a Swedish composer team and its music from the retort which is so exchangeable that it could be from any country. This is one of the 9 entries with Swedish composers, and probably the worst! The astronaut dancing with her does not help either.
The former jeans model Freddie has already received a huge media interest. He is probably the most handsome guy of this ESC. Beside of his eye-catcher looks, his song is also a kind of ear-catcher. A solid stage performance, a normal outfit in jeans (what else a former jeans model) appears very sympathetic and authentic. With his raucous voice he could be the son of Bonnie Tyler.
The lovely Nina probably has the most uncommon outfit tonight. She really looks like the Queen of a far-away galaxy with extreme white hair and a strange cape. Later on she throws down her coat and is showing another alien-like dress. Her song “Lighthouse” is so lovely, but the stage design does not really match with the song. This song has been one of the favourites in the bets in the beginning, but has fallen down dramatically.
This is another country song from the Netherlands. The Common Linnets have made a huge career after their appearance at the ESC with a country song. This year, it’s the same music genre, but a bit happier and easier. The friendly guy Douwe Bob is flipping around with his guitar and the stage looks like a music bar. Nice and solid.
This is obviously one of the sexiest women of this year’s ESC – Iveta. She loves to show off on stage and is wearing a very sexy bustier and is showing her long legs in all shades. Her stage appearance could be compared with Madonna or Beyoncé. This has something bombastic and is very catchy. One of the best acts this year and a winning candidate.
This number is so wicked that it’s cool again. Serhat is the infirm elderly man surrounded by a bunch of sexy girls. This could either the music of the “Some Like It Hot” movie trailer or a Las Vegas show act by Liberace or a mix of it. Serhat is only moving slightly, but his girls create the unique atmosphere. Even if this entry has been scored off by many, this could be a surprise, because it’s different.
The Russians want to win again. They have put everything what they have in this song and stage performance. Even if it’s just a simple visual trick, the effect on TV is immense. It looks like Sergey could jump from asteroid to asteroid. In the rehearsals he has even fallen down. Last year Måns has a special LED wall for his performance, this year this should even been topped. There is a rule at the ESC that there is no rule, if a winning performance or song is copied the next year it fails. This Russian entry is far over the top. Instead of singing Sergey is busy with climbing up the asteroids. And nobody will remember the melody afterwards. Sometimes less is more.
She has been treated as one of the favourites very early before her stage performance has been revealed. Now we can say that this beautiful woman can sing even better than expected. “I Stand” is one of the few ballads this year and a wonderful as well. Gabriela has an incredibly clear voice and her beautiful stage. This is not even a qualifier for the Grand Final – it’s even a Top 5 candidate. Congratulations!
This year we don’t hear any bouzouki or drama ballad – it’s just pure rock with a little hint of pop. Thanks to the Swedish composer Thomas G:sson this song has been revamped to an international level. There are metal cages on stage and the group of Minus One is doing a great job. They should deserve a place in the Grand Final.
Zoë is such a super sweet girl – singing a French song for Austria. This combination works very well. There are flowers in the background, she is smiling and it catches the attention of the audience immediately, as the song is different. The Alizée-styled song has become a real hit here in Stockholm. In addition to the lovely personality of Zoë it all appears very sympathetic and a spot in the Grand Final should be granted for her.
During the rehearsal week Jüri always appeared a bit shy and almost lethargic. But this might only be the Estonian reservation. In the Estonian postcard Jüri is even been seen naked jumping from the sauna into a lake. He has a cool attitude also on stage, he wears a suit and behaves like this even he is only 22 years old. The stage is not that cool as in the Estonian final. This might be an arguable candidate.
This is a really good radio song, which is not that convincing by first hearing. Samra has improved her singing a lot and is playing with the most different outfits. She also brought some sexy background dancers to give it more speed. Azerbaijan is always qualifying to the Grand Final and so they will do this year.
This is an entry, which a lot of people would not expect at the Eurovision Song Contest. The music is loud and blustering and will shock your grand-parents. Nevertheless the Montenegrin entries have always surprised in the good and in the bad. This is another proof that the ESC is full of different music genres.
It’s Greta’s second time at Eurovision, she is well experienced and is having one of the most complicated stage performances. A great LED wall is filled with different animations and the difficulty for Greta is to find the perfect spot to be perfect. The entire presentation appears a bit too hectically like a fidget and her face is hardly visible. Altogether it’s more a mix of “Heroes” and “Euphoria”. An unsure candidate for the Grand Final.
What a crazy combination this one is: Balkan schlager, ethno and rap! This is like an all in one hair treatment, at the end it shining brilliantly. There is a lot of enthusiasm and verve with this entry, an absolute power ballad. But the stage show is a far too much. The cellist, the rapper, the barbed wire appear like four different entries, so it will hard for the juries and TV spectators to allocate this entry as one for Bosnia & Herzegovina.
This is Ira Loco’s 2nd attempt to bring the crown of Eurovision to Malta. 2002 she made a 2nd place already with “7th Wonder”. This time she is doing something more contemporary with “Walk On Water”, which is a modern pop song co-written by Swedish composers. Being #18 in the Semi Final is a good spot, especially when there are many women singing mid-tempo songs. Is this as good as “7th Wonder”? Nowadays it’s even harder to get into the final, at that time there was only one final.
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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!