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Welcome to the part 2 of my Grand Eurovision Review! I hope you enjoyed the part 1 and found your favourite from the list. Let me tell you…This took hours! I thought this would be a fun project but listening to music when you HAVE to do so makes it less enjoyable. Not to mention the linking and other technical things you have to do to get a somewhat decent blog post. Never the less, let’s get cracking with some judging!
Malta | Firelight-Coming Home
The video starts with some World War 2 inspired drama which promises a slow song about peace but the song turns out to be eurodance. Not bad per se, I just got very confused about the video. (On my second listen grew to like it. Goes to show).
Israel | Mei Finegold- Same Heart
These people have seen Beyoncé’s Single Ladies one too many times. The sassy dance and tight, tiny black clothing is then combined with some…Metal inspired dance music? Confusion started by Malta continues here. Also…Samurai swords? Really?
Norway | Carl Espen- Silent Storm
Viking hipster feeling things. I miss Alexander and his violin. Not a bad song even though I kept praying it to end.
Georgia | The Shin & Mariko- Three Minutes to Earth
Words can’t describe the disappointment I felt about this song. Hippy Irish music. I’ve loved Georgia’s entries on many years but this…I. Can’t. Even.
Poland | Donatan & Cleo- My Słowianie/We Are Slavic
If Israel was inspired by Beyoncé, Poland was inspired by…everything really. The video is filled with gorgeous Polish women, in their national garbs, grinding like their lives depended on it. What about the song? It’s, uhm, urban folk song? See for yourself and then tell me how many times YOU had to watch it before it started to make ANY sense. Re: boobs.
Austria | Conchita Wurst- Rise Like a Phoenix
The bearded lady of Austria. Has a better figure than I do. Shame that the song is terrible. It’s so bad that it would have been rejected from the Sex & The City 2 soundtrack. There was an attempt for an emancipation anthem. Shame that this phoenix can’t fly and is just hanging stuffed on the wall at the hunter’s cabin. Shot outside the hunting season just to shut it up.
Lithuania | Vilija Matačiūnaitė- Attention
“Saw me chatting with girls at the bar, we are all pretty” Yup. Actual lyrics. Once I got past them, the song got more interesting. After two listens I started to like the song but it won’t do well. Too eccentric. But what do I know.
Finland | Softengine- Something Better
I’m trying to be positive. I like the chorus. Basic hipster influenced pop rock. It was nicer than I remembered. Your thoughts?
Ireland | Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith- Heartbeat
Very Irish sounding song. I don’t like it. Will get to the Finale and probably do well there. Still, I don’t like it.
Belarus | Teo- Cheesecake
Wishing so hard I hadn’t seen the video because there’s something very catchy in this song. I like it when I just listen to it but as soon as I look at the video, I hate it. A summery tune.
F.Y.R. Macedonia | Tijana Dapčević- To The Sky
Gorgeous Balkan woman singing a pop song. The sound can be best described as melancholic Katy Perry. Not a bad per se. I hope the show will be better on the Eurovision stage. On the video (straight from the national final I presume), she just awkwardly sways on the stage alone.
Switzerland | Sebalter- Hunter of Stars
The song gets ruined with the ‘goofball’ vibe in the video. If you just listen to it, it’s pretty good for an Eurovision song. Even when the German pushes through the English :D My favourite part is the violin, quite close to the end.
Greece | Freaky Fortune feat Risky Kidd- Rise Up
Now this is true homage to 90s music! There’s the rapper, dance music beat and vocals (albeit sung by a man) brought to 2014. This could be the compulsory Eurovision Gay Anthem. You know which part I’m talking about when you hear the song ;)
Slovenia | Tinkara Kovač – Round And Round
Talking about homages…I suspected that Game of Thrones had inspired some songs on the 1st Semi-Final and this song (well at least the beginning) drew from LOTR and The Hobbit. A power ballad but fortunately not the tacky kind.
Romania | Paula Seling & Ovi- Miracle
Eurodance. The girl WILL sing off-key at the televised event. I guarantee it.
The second Semi-Final is on Thursday, the May 8th. The images in this post are from eurovision.tv and if you click the image, you get to that artist’s profile. My favourites from this lot are Poland and Lithuania. Which pretty much guarantees that they won’t get in to the final. Niina and her famously good luck.