And so after the excitement of Tuesday’s first semi final, we move onto Thursday’s second semi final which in my opinion is a better selection of songs. This may be a little harder to choose a good 10.
Norway – Carl Espen – “Silent Storm” this slow ballad is yet another song from a sole male performer. There appears to be a lot of those this year and this is one of the better options. Simple and to the point I think is the message here.
Ireland – Can-Linn – “Heartbeat” Traditional pop from the Emerald Isle here that should make it through with little effort. Not a bad song and catchy enough without being a taxing job for her to sing.
Finland – Softengine – “Something Better” The Killers hit Eurovision! Up tempo and one of the rare rock tracks this year. t might sneak into the top 10 on Thursday. I like this one and want it to go through more than I think it will.
Macedonia – Tijana – “To The Sky” I really like this one and is one of my favourites this year. This should be in the top 3 in this semi final and will add some dance to Saturday’s final and the visuals will be excellent on the Danish stage. An easy qualifier here.
Switzerland – Sebalter – “Hunter Of Stars” This catchy tune should be good enough to make it through. The initially annoying whistling grows on you and I reckon this will be one of those acts that makes up the numbers on Saturday. Not a terrible song though.
Greece – Freaky Fortune – “Rise Up” This dance number will see Greece through yet again this year and this upbeat song should qualify pretty early I think. Catchy and it didn’t make me switch off. Not sure about the rap part though, but the rest is ok.
Belarus – Teo – “Cheesecake” This jazzy song I think is pretty good and it also gives us a bit of variety in the final and I think it deserves to make it through. Its more akin to something that Germany might enter but I like it and we shall see it on Saturday I think.
Israel – Mei Finegold – “Same Heart” A very well sung song here and another rock style to give us a good mix on the night. Mostly in English which is in her favour. I like the song and can see me listening to it after the contest is over. It should make it through ok.
Malta – Firelight “Coming Home” This Cajun/country song is yet another song from Malta that takes the contest extremely seriously. I think its good enough to deserve a place in the final, but I do not think it will do anything on the night itself. Also, I’m running out of really good options…lol
Romania – Paula Seling & Ovi – “Miracle” They have pedigree in Eurovision, a cracking song and good visuals. This will either win or be runner-up in this semi final. I’d love this to finish in the top 4 on Saturday night and I think it just might do it. A performance from Paula during that hard section near the end and it has to be looking at some really great scores.
And that concludes my predictions for the second semi final. I think this is the better of the two nights and should set up a decent final on Saturday night. Still, I can’t help feeling that this year is a bit of a let down overall though. Nevermind, I’ll still enjoy it well enough =)