VIENNA, AUSTRIA – VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Live from press centre, this year’s second semi-final is about to start. Tonight, viewers from 21 countries (tonight’s entrants plus Italy, Germany, the UK and Australia) will have the difficult task of choosing the qualifiers. This time, we’ll have 17 entries for 10 spots in Saturday’s grand final. Just like last Tuesday, let’s expect a great show, surprises (either good or bad) and some drama in this semi-final, which is considered, by many, as the toughest one.
The Lithuanian entry is a cheerful start for the competition. Monika and Vaidas are spreading joy in the arena with their sweet song and a quite colourful staging. The climax of their act is the “kiss”, that makes people react! They do not hesitate to address the audience and that gives even more energy to the performance!
Let’s calm down now with young Molly from Ireland and her self-penned ballad. Nice voice, nice vegetal background, nice melody make this act quite a pleasant one. For sure, the Irish know how to write and perform ballads. Will this one stand out in the middle of the bunch of slow song we have this year? It may given the reactions in the audience…
03. SAN MARINO
It’s Ralf Siegel’s time now. For the 4th year in a row, the German composer is the manager of the Sammarinese entry. Former Junior Eurovision entrants Anita and Michele are giving their best and the background is very nice. But, can such an old fashioned Eurovision song go the final? After all, San Marino did it last year with a track that was not much more modern…
Welcome to the Balkans with a typical Joksimovic ballad for Montenegro. Knez is performing “Adio” with perfection, and the staging is as simple as nice (stylish landscapes). The dancers give the act a nice classy touch. The second part of the song makes everybody join the singer by clapping to the music. Montenegro is much appreciated tonight and should get to the final once again.
Amber is alone on stage and gives a great performance. “Warrior” is THE powerful ballad of the night, and the dynamic background underlines the rhythm very well, as well as the flames on stage. In the second part of the song, a climax is reached and the stage is set on fire for a great effect (and Conchita’s burning flames are back too). Very well done Malta!
Back to the green room with Conchita for a short interview of the Sammarinese and Irish entrants.
Now on stage is the Norwegian duo. After the powerful ballad, here is THE emotional one. If you don’t get goosebumps by listening to this entry, you should probably get to a doctor! Even before the start of the song, the applause is big. Mørland & Debrah are soooo classy, and the audience is reacting during every single key change of the song. No special effect, no backgroung, no gimmick, just two voices that fit perfectly and a strong song. What a performance! Watch out for Norway tonight, and on Saturday!
Portugal now. Once again, a very Portuguese entry, performed in the national language. The act is predicted in last position tonight, but the good performance could prove many wrong. The staging is ok, but not very innovative; we have seen those skyscrapers a thousand times before. Leonor is giving her best on stage but will that be enough to save such a “non original” song?
08. CZECH REPUBLIC
The Czech Republic is back at Eurovision with a ballad, and a nice one, even though we could consider it a weaker version of the Norwegian entry. Marta and Václav can definitely sing, and their voices are as powerful as flawless. The mirrors in the background give a nice effect, but will it be enough to stand out in tonight’s line up?
Here is the most up tempo song of the night, and after so many slow songs, it’s good to hear. Israel has the act that can set the arena on fire! The staging, the special effects (fireworks..), the rhythm, the lyrics, the singer’s charisma…the audience cannot resist (nor can the press centre). Nadav is the absolute golden boy tonight and should bring his country to the final!
After Israel, can you have a more different song than Latvia’s “Love Injected”? The song is not an ethnic one, is not a ballad, is not electro, it is simply…unique. Aminata is a real performer who only needs light effect to conquer the audience. A real good voice and an act to be remembered. You either love or hate this track. Apparently the audience has chosen the first option, but what will viewers decide?
As every year, the Azerbaijani performance is a very neat one. Elnur has a perfect voice to perform this vocally demanding ballad. The background is rather dark, and that fit the entry very well. So do the dancers and the smoke on stage. The outcome is very nice and classy, and even if Elnur tends to overact from times to times, that a great performance from Azerbaijan tonight!
From powerful Azerbaijan to sweet Iceland now. María is performing a pop ballad with a very nice and effective staging. She’s actually singing on lava! The aurora borealis in the background helps the rather traditional act stand out a bit and so do the light effect on the LED floor. It’s very nice to watch actually.
Well, well, well, here is the entry everybody has been waiting for, “Heroes”. Måns is the absolute favourite since you cannot reproach his act with anything. The performance, the modernity of the song, the veeeery effective staging, the growing rhythm, the interaction with the audience… Here you have the recipe for the perfect Eurovision winning entry, and the audience knows it!
Switzerland is next with Mélanie. “Time To Shine” is another modern original song that does stand out (less than the Latvian entry perhaps). Drummers, smoke and a forest, here is the staging of this rather mystic song. The singer is performing very well, and the entry, which was not a certain qualifier jst a few days ago, is now among the 10 predicted ones.
If Hungary did it, Cyprus can go to the final with this very slow and simple song. The performance and the very aesthetic staging (stars, colours…) do save the entry from being called “boring”. Of course, that clearly reminds us of Tom Dice a few years ago, but is that a bad thing?
Great entry for Slovenia this year with this modern but retro song (I know, sounds impossible, but, just like Estonia, Slovenia did it). Duo Maraaya and their famous headphones are giving a great performance with no special effect or gimmick (except the dancer who is playing an invisible violin). The voice of the singer, as well as the music stand out and are much appreciated!
This year’s Polish entry has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the 2014 one. It is the LOVE ballad now with “In The Name Of Love”. It’s pink, very pink, it’s romantic, very romantic, it’s sweet, very sweet, even too sweet! Once again, we have a great voice to listen to, but I’m still not confortable with the use of the artist disability to get the act emotional. Anyway, it’s a nice ballad, very well staged and performed but that some viewers may find old-fashionned or heard a million times before.
thats it’s for the second semifinal, stay tuned for the new post of ours with the results of the show, it’s up to you to decide the fate of the 17 participants for the Grand Final