Have a look at our last ratings of the Semi Final 2. We have reviewed all entries of tonight’s semi-final and commented those in a non-firmly way with a smiling eye. May the best 10 song qualify for the Grand Final on Saturday.
What a great opener for this Semi Final is this! Justs is a real cool guy has tramped from Riga to Paris and made music on the streets. He is an easy going guy with whom everybody could have a great night out. Justs also has a great song, with the senor sound of a submarine. This tone is accompanied by a cool rhythm and Justs’s strong voice is very pleasant. This guy must be in the final.
This entry is very special. First of all there is this guy named Michal, who really looks like Gary Oldman in “Bram Stroker’s Dracula” from 1992. Michal’s song is not scary at all – it’s a beautiful ballad, which sounds similar to Richard Sanderson’s “Reality”. In Poland he convinced a lot of people with his singing qualities even if they dared to sing good, now he is going to conquer Europe.
What a coincidence, in 1988 a Canadian singer named Céline Dion has been singing the Swiss entry and won the ESC. Now we have another Canadian singer singing for the land of Alps and chocolate - Rykka. We abstain from comparing Rykka with Céline Dion. But where have the good old times gone? Her blue hair looks cool but also a bit extraterrestrial. The song is as exciting as black ice in winter.
In Israel Hovi is already a big star. Now it’s his chance to become popular all over Europe and even beyond. His nice ballad “Made Of Stars” is fervently sung by him, on a dark stage with shiny stars and an acrobatic gymwheel in the background. There is also a little “Moltiva” in this song. A great performance can be expected. But no goose bumps, those are coming later in the evening.
Ivan’s dream to perform naked with a real wolf on stage stays a dream as it’s not allowed according to the EBU roles. Therefore there a projected wall is being used a kind of true illusion. The song is a solid one, but all the different images on that projector wall distract from the song. This entry is one of the risky candidates.
Sanjha is one of the singers with the most energy here in Stockholm. She has been performing, rehearsing, singing, dancing and performing, singing and dancing again and has always been seen smiling. And there is also a certain similarity with Amy Winehouse from her looks and behaviour on stage. All this press bustle Sanjha can really sing it away. This song spreads out a special energy of its own. It’s about the abuse of women in relationships. It’s strong contender for one the top placings this year in the final this year.
Ireland has put everything on a plate and taken the ex-Westlife singer Nicky Byrne. He is no new face at the ESC. He has been presenting the Irish televotes in the last two years. Now he will be on stage and will be fighting for the Irish colours this time. He has started his solo career and using this opportunity to give it a push. He admits that the ESC is a career booster. Let’s see if there will be enough Westlife fans left to vote for this radio-friendly song.
The song title is “Dona”, but Kaliopi is singing “Dona” a felt 200 times that it sounds like “Donut”. In the press conference she brought donuts with her. Actually she is the queen of the Balkan and there will be a lot of votes coming from the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Nevertheless the song is a bit old-fashioned, which is even more noticeable when everything in and around the contest is so modern. Last time in Baku she made it into the Grand Final, but the song was more contemporary.
Sometimes little things can destroy everything. In this case it’s the hair fashion of the handsome singer Donny Montell. He has been changing it several times recently and is now sticking to the curly look, which is absolutely inappropriate. Why did he choose this mop? Otherwise he would look so cool, now it looks like a bird’s-nest. The Swedish production of this entry is obvious and Donny could end up high. Let’s wait for the returning bird to land in the nest.
Dami Im is one of the most popular singers in Australia. After winning the X-Factor show her career take a big step forward. Australia is in an absolute Eurovision enthusiasm wave. Last year there were over 5 million TV spectators for the Grand Final when Australia debuted. Dami, who is originally from South Korea even appears a bit shy, she does not move a lot on stage. Her white dress looks like the Sydney Opera House – a bit over the top. This is one of the big favourites this year. And the Australians would not have come Stockholm, without the intention to win. Having such a great entry from Australia in the contest should inspire other countries to send high quality songs to the ESC to be successful. 행운을 빌어 요
ManuElla is a really lovely young woman. In the Slovenian postcard a marching band is being shown which appears very old-fashioned in the modern ESC here in the Swedish capital. This is another world where ManuElla is going to take us with her rural country song, where nobody wants to be. The lyrics do also appear a bit uninspired: “Blue is Blue and Red is Red”. The yowling throughout the songs will kill your eardrums.
This young lady has already sung for Bulgaria back in 2011, unfortunately she did not make it into the Grand Final. This time it’s a totally different story. Poli Genova is a well known face in her home right now country and even hosted the Junior ESC in Sofia last year. Now she is back on the ESC stage with a powerful dance song. It’s rocky, catchy and electrifying. In the bets she is already in the Top 10. She has been seen on many parties those days and does not lose interest or energy.
The Danish boy group might be very popular in their home country. They are popular for their shallow music style – a typical boy group sound. But do people still listen to this? The stage performance is ok, but appears a bit uninspired. The only special thing they have is the illuminated microphone stands. Even if they seem to be three really nice guys and the meaning of the song is about the terror attacks in Paris – believe it or not -, this one does not convince at all.
This is one of the best entries this year- maybe the winner. Even if the topic is gloomy: the deportation of the Crimea Tartars in 1944. Beside of this dark chapter in history, the talented and highly awarded singer Jamala is interpreting this song in a very convincing and touching way. This will be supported by the wonderful illumination of the stage. She sings with such a verve and emotion that goose bumps appear on your arms. The electro styled rhythm appears cool and pleasant. On the illuminated floor there are flower elements which form the roots of a wonderful blooming tree at the climax of the song. If you concentrate on the performance it will blow you away. Kiev 2017.
Agnete made herself scarce here in Stockholm. She has never been seen in the public beside of her rehearsals on stage. This was due to health problems. Rumours said that her nerves would not stand it to talk to the press or to walk on a red carpet. On the other hand Agnete has made a lot of things like this in Norway with her band “The Black Sheeps” over the past years. Maybe everything has been too much for her. Her stage performance “Icebreaker” appears good and solid. But a lot of people can’t live with the rhythm changes and get irritated.
The song is about the morning after great night out – sex, drugs and Rock’n Roll. The Cypriot rock song can be taken as a proof that this music has it’s listeners at Eurovision, as they passed the Semi Final 1 already. The Georgian rock song is the cooler one. The singers will be freaking out and it all ends in an insane tone sequence.
Even if Albania is so keen to host the ESC one day, they often come with these cumbersome entries, nobody would play at the radio station outside Albania. This song doesn’t even a melody, also after having heard the song 100 times there is nothing memorable, no chorus, no heart. Get some migraine pills for this, these are VERY long three minutes.
Laura is always in a good mood and she knows how to act in front of a camera. Her stage show is choreographed to the utmost possible. There is dancing, singing and smiling – all in one. Even if the song is not a 100% happy songb– only 45% maybe. Nevertheless, this is a good finishing song of the Semi Final 2.
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