Less than a week to go! Eurovision Season is starting…
The second semi final for the Eurovision will be on Thursday 24th May.
Here are the entries (in order) for the second semi final. I have said a little about each one. In bold are the ones I hope to qualify.
Serbia: 7/10 – This man knows how to do well in Eurovision. He represented Serbia-Montenegro in 2004, coming 2nd and then wrote the Serbian entry in 2008, coming 6th – as well as hosting it in Belgrade. Watch out…
Macedonia (FYROM): 8/10 – This lady has a voice. What a belter! Effortlessly sung. I think it will get a LOT of Balkan votes.
The Netherlands: 8/10 – The Dutch have a terrible record in qualifying – 2004 was the last time they made the final. I hope this gentle song about childhood memories takes them through. You’ll remember the Indian headdress – that’s for sure.
Malta: 6/10 – 1980s throw back. This is performed by a guy who needs to wear looser clothing.
Belarus: 6/10 – Their 9th entry and one which won’t do particularly well. I liked it to start with, but have gone off it.
Portugal: 8/10 – Typical Portugal – anthemic and possibly not gonna make it through the semi.
Ukraine: 8/10 – This has grown on me. It’s very West End ‘Lion King’…
Bulgaria: Zzzzzzz. Possibly the second worst entry.
Slovenia: 10/10 – My personal favourite! This gentle ballad builds to a fantastic finish. The 16-year-old has a great voice. I LOVE it!
Croatia: 4/10 – A dull Balkan ballad. Zzzzzzz.
Sweden: 10/10 – Whoah! Time to wake up. Something different in Eurovision. Loreen does some contemporary dance with martial arts moves in this attention grabbing number. Brilliant. I won’t be surprised if we’re in Stockholm next year.
Georgia: 5/10 – They qualify every year – I don’t know how. This probably will – but it’s not great.
Turkey: 8/10 – Another grower. After seeing this guy in Amsterdam, I love it. Ahoy there Turkey. See you in the final…
Estonia: 10/10 – A gentle ballad, sung by a handsome chappy. Estonia deserve to do well with this. But, there are a LOT of ballads in this semi.
Slovakia: 5/10 – It’s a bit Bon Jovi – which is a little odd.
Norway: 9/10 – Sung in English; written by a Swede and sung by an Iranian/Norwegian. Recipe for Top 5. They are recreating Sweden’s 2011 entry though…. blatantly.
Bosnia-Herzegovina: 6/10 – And again – another Balkan ballad. Zzzzzz.
Lithuania: 5/10 – A dull end to the night. Not great. This won’t be bringing the prize back to Lithuania. Sounds like Wham!
Which 10 do you think will make the final?
Watch the songs from Semi Final 1 and read my comments here.