It’s time to listen to the first half of the second semifinal. This is the semifinal where Sweden will perform and I’m really excited to see how it goes and what the competition is like.
Lithuania (Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila – This Time)
I quite like this duet. Not too sure about her voice though, it’s quite high pitched. It’s better when the guy joins in and I do like the catchy chorus. The band helps as well, piano, guitar, drums etc. and I hope it will work really well live.
Ireland (Molly Sterling – Playing With Numbers)
Ireland are back to ballads and that’s what they do best, at least when it comes to winning this competition. Molly is only 17, not that you can tell. She’s got a lovely dark voice. Because it’s not a power ballad I can deal with this. I’m just a little bit concerned how it will be live, her voice sometimes go a bit too low and then high, it could easily break.
San Marino (Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola – Chain of Lights)
There are a lot of duets entering this year. San Marino has one for a younger version, two former Junior Eurovision Song Contest contestants. This song confuses me because at various times it’s a ballad at the same time as it’s a pop song. It’s like two songs are playing at the same time. I don’t like it, too complicated.
Montenegro (Knez – Adio)
You can definitely tell that Knez has teamed up with Željko Joksimović for this song. Željko has written many good songs for Serbia and Eurovision Song Contest. He sang himself a few years back. This song is lovely too, so many nice instruments and I love that it’s sung in a different language (no surprise). However, I don’t really care for Knez’s looks. It’ terrible to say but it doesn’t really match the song he’s singing.
Malta (Amber – Warrior)
What are the chances, two songs with the same name. Amber has competed in the Maltese competition five times and finally she’s representing Malta in the Eurovision. Her ‘Warrior’ is better than Georgia’s but it’s definitely not the Malta we’re used to see.
Ballad, man and woman. I’m not sure about his voice but I do like hers. The video is very intense and dark, something I hope they can replicate on stage. When they sing together it sounds really good. I like this!
Portugal (Leonor Andrade – Há um Mar que nos Separa)
She’s stunning but that’s pretty much it. A really boring song that I forget even when I’m in the middle of listening to it. That must take the prize of boredom.
Czech Republic (Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta – Hope Never Dies)
Czech Republic is back in Eurovision and they have sent, wait for it…, a duet. How come there as so many duets this year? Hardly any bands and if there are solo singers they’re female, singing ballads. Wow, I think Sweden has a great chance. Anyway, this song is boring and we’ve heard it all before, sorry.
Italy (Il Volo – Grande Amore)
An Italian pop/opera trio. The Italian language is beautiful and it’s very powerful in this song. I like it a lot, I think it stands out and compared to other opera songs that we’ve heard throughout the years this actually works. In all honesty, I prefer the song without the chorus when they sing together. The voices are better and more powerful on their own.
United Kingdom (Electro Velvet – Still In Love With You)
Well isn’t this a happy song. You can’t but put a big smile on your face when listening to this. Swing and electro coming together in this crazy song. I do like it and I love that it’s bringing something new to the competition, it will be a nice break from all the other songs this year. I don’t think it will make it to the top 5 though. Sadly United Kingdom never do well in Eurovision any more.
I really like Montenegro and Norway from this heat. I think it’s a vast improvement in general from the second half in the first semifinal. Sweden’s got some competition here. I am happy that Italy and United Kingdom have put some effort to it, which is standing out from the crowd.
Next week is the final week and I’ll take a look at Israel, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Sweden (woop woop), Switzerland, Cyprus, Slovenia and Poland. I’ll also check out the last of the countries which already have qualified for the final: Germany.