Maraaya

It’s the final week, only seven days left till the first semifinal is live on telly. This week I’m taking a look at the second half of the second semifinal which includes Israel, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland, Cyprus, Slovenia and Poland. I’ll also give my thoughts on Germany who already have qualified for the final.

Israel (Nadav Guedj – Golden Boy)

Nadav Guedj

This song reminds me of a young Justin Timberlake and *NSYNC in the verse. The chorus is all about Balkan pop. I quite like it, it makes me happy and it’s certainly something different. I’m not sure about the opening of the song as it’s not got anything to do with the rest of it, they’re not even coming back to that slow tempo at the end of the song. Surely it’ll go through to the final.

Latvia (Aminata – Love Injected)

Animata

This song is quite difficult. It’s got a few different elements and all are making me depressed. I still like it because it’s wanting me to feel the pain she does. I think it’s a strong song and she delivers the feeling from the song which is great. Well done Latvia for sending something out of the box.

Azerbaijan (Elnur Huseynov – Hour of the wolf)

Elnur Huseynov

Elnur is competing for Azerbaijan for the second time and this time he’s doing it as a solo artist. I actually got a little shiver when I heard the chorus for the first time. Azerbaijan usually send good songs and have managed to do so yet again. It’s not as up beat as they normally are but it’s a nice song, or at least the chorus is.

Iceland (Maria Olafs – Unbroken)

Maria Olafs

It’s an ok light pop song but I don’t think it’ll reach to the top. It gets a bit boring after a while and very repetitive, no depth. It’s a shame because Iceland usually send really good songs. My favourite Eurovision song is from Iceland: Euroband – This is my Life.

Sweden (Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes)

Måns Zelmerlöw

As you know this is the song I’ll be routing for. It doesn’t matter if Sweden send a shit song or not, I’ll always want them to win. It’s not like I get really disappointed if they don’t win, I know when the song is good enough or not but this is my time to be patriotic. Måns and Sweden are favourites. The odds still say they’ll win and the biggest threats are Italy and Australia. I don’t care for Australia but wouldn’t mind at all if Italy wins.

Switzerland (Mélanie René – Time to Shine)

Mélanie René

I don’t really know what to say about this song. It’s not really catching any of my emotions. I can’t hate it but I don’t love it, I don’t dislike it but at the same time I don’t really enjoy it. She’s quite annoying really. “It’s my time to shine”, do that then rather than singing it.

Cyprus (John Karayiannis – One Thing I Should Have Done)

John Karayiannis

A simple and sweet ballad with just a string guitar in the background. His voice is a bit too high pitched for me and even though the song is nice it’s not a memorable tune I’ll be listening to over and over again.

Slovenia (Maraaya – Here For You)

Maraaya

Maraaya is a duo, married couple Marjetka and Raay. In Eurovision they perform with an upbeat pop song. It’s only Marjetka singing and Raay is producing. It’s an ok song with some nice elements of violins breaking up the techno influenced music. I can imagine this song being played on radio stations all over Europe.

Poland (Monika Kuszyńska – In The Name Of Love)

Monika Kuszyńska

We end with a boring ballad. It’s ok, I’d rather see this from Poland instead of last year’s song whit awful and distasteful stage show. All I can say about this year’s song though is that it’s a ballad and that’s the end of it.

Germany (Ann Sophie – Black Smoke)

Ann Sophie

Ann Sophie wasn’t Germany’s first choice to represent them in Eurovision this year. The actual winner decided, just after being chosen, that he didn’t want to represent them. I think that’s very odd, why even participate if you’re not prepared to go sing for your country? Ann Sophie came second and was therefore chosen instead. I feel like she’s trying to sing a bit like Lena but it sounds terrible. I’m not impressed with this song, boring and flat.

The second semifinal is definitely the stronger heat. Sweden have some good competitors here to look out for. I especially like Israel, Azerbaijan and Slovenia. Which ones do you like?

Jennie xx