SEMI-FINAL 2 PARTICIPANTS (videos watched before the semi-finals on the Stockholm stage took place)
Latvia – Heartbeat
As mentioned in the show the Leather Jacket has made its way from Sweden to Norway and then across the Baltic sea to Latvia. I wonder where it’ll travel next year?
Poland – Colo[u]r of Your Life
A controversial song because the bookies had Poland and Margaret as one of the favourites to win Eurovision until Colo[u]r of Your Life and Michał Szpak was selected. Now unless Michał can win there will always think “What If Margaret had been selected”.
Switzerland – The Last of Our Kind
The resemblance of Swiss representative to the singer Rita Ora will definitely catch your attention. She’s also completely dressed in white (a popular choice of colour for this year) including her hair. The song is alright but all I can see is the Kosovo born singer instead.
Israel – Made of Stars
It seems to me that the second semi-final is full of ballads and power songs sounding like ballads. Israel’s entry is no exception, with strong support from an orchestra, the piece gets a classical touch making it sound eternal. Will that get them to the finals? It’s all written in the stars..ha ha…
Belarus – Help You Fly
This is the country that wanted to go boldly where no Eurovision participants have gone before (although many are close to, every year) and let a completely naked man sing (run around?) on the stage with a real wolf by his side. Instead they had to settle for the “we’ve seen it last year” visual effects.
Serbia – Goodbye(Shelter)
I didn’t realise that counselor Deanna Troi from the USS Enterprise-D has given up her career and moved into singing instead. Some people say the Serbian singer reminds them of Amy Winehouse (it’s the hair), but I say she’s a twin sister of the actress Marina Sirtis. I’m not sure about the song as I can’t get pass the resemblance distraction.
Ireland – Sunlight
Hey it’s the Brit pop, oh sorry the Ire-pop or whatever its official name could be. The song has text appearing alongside the singer singing in case you couldn’t understand him. But you can, so not sure what the visual value of that is. And there’s a bright light shining into your eyes, it hurts!
F.Y.R. Macedonia – Dona
Sang in Macedonian this is another entry of only a handful of songs performed in their native language. It sounds like an opera piece (to my very inexperienced ear) so not sure about its chances of getting through to the final. In other news, the singer has a really long fringe and when she sings and opens her mouth she looks like one of the demons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Luthuania – I’ve Been Waiting For This Night
Australia – Sound Of Silence
My favourite song this year, I hope it’s going to do well (win!). Aside from that, what is Australia still doing in the Eurovision? Yes, last year there was a semi valid reason of celebrating 60th anniversary of the song competition, but this year? Oh well, as long as there’s a power ballad and the wind machine, I’m not going to question it any further.
Slovenia – Blue And Red
Bulgaria – If Love Was A Crime
Denmark – Soldiers of Love
Ukraine – 1944
Norway – Icebreaker
Georgia – Midnight Gold
Albania – Fairytale
Belgium – What’s The Pressure