It’s that time of year again! Just got up at 4.30am to watch the first semi-final live from Adelaide, Australia and it’s been an eventful morning.
As usual, I wrote my thoughts as the songs were being performed, and I’m choosing to publish them without much editing. Let me know what you thought about the first semi and the results!
What I’ve known prior to the competition: Kate Miller-Heidke’s song, that Darude is performing for Finland. And Katerine Duska is another favourite for Greece to win. I have seen the film clip for this one.
Judges came on… “We’ve missed having you here, did you miss us?” AWKWARD. For me anyway. Political tensiiiion. And I don’t say this lightly – I’ve visited Israel, and really loved it. It’s an amazing part of the world.
Song 1: TAMTA for Cyprus! What a great choice, I have some of her songs on my iPod. Replay does have inklings of Fuego with its style of strong pop, but she brings a skin-coloured tasselly playsuit. I like it.
Daisy – the family dog – was actually sitting on my lap (this is very rare). She leaves… and has left me the residue of her poop on my robe. And I thought she liked me. Ew.
Song 2: Montenegro. A choir. White count: 6 – excellent. The song? Nice, but nothing special.
Song 3: Darude… still around! New direction… dance for Finland. Look Away ft Sebastian Rajman. Looking great on piano. White count: 1. Fan on dancer: check. All the makings of a solid dance track, this could grow on me.
Song 4: Poland. Traditional music with rock. Fire of Love by Tulia. Very pop punk vibe, I feel like a Pussy Riot-style breakout in to frantic guitar smashing could happen here. But it doesn’t. Still VERY Eurovision.
Song 5: Slovenia. Duo met on Instagram! Cuuuuute. He can’t stop touching her haha, it was a date! White count: 2/2. Win. Song: To Myself (Sebi)… very hipster, Common Linnets-style production.
I can’t sit properly, I’m still uncomfortable from the Daisy incident.
Song 6: Czech Republic’s Friend of a Friend by Lake Malawi. Wiggles inspo with jumpers (actual). OMG SQUARE SPECIAL EFFECTS. THIS IS SO 80S AND I LOVE IT.
Commercial: I manage to get most of the residue off my robe. I feel somewhat better.
Song 7: JOCI PAPAI! The Hungarian dude whose beard holds power apparently. But we know he’s barefoot again and has an awesome voice and vibe. He’s singing about his father. Now, I LOVED his 2017 entry and it’s hard to live up to that… he did alright.
Thanks Joel for the fun fact: the stage has a TV with six million pixels. Biggest ever.
Song 8: Eurovision Junior pro and host. Zena with Like It: White count: 1 – thigh-high boots… and she’s doing a routine. She’s a decent performer, and probably one of Belarus’ best chances they’ve ever had. No, the best. I can’t think of any other time Belarus could’ve been really in it.
Song 9: Serbia. I missed the name as my brother’s ridiculously loud alarm turned in to a radio clashing with the TV through the walls. But she’s loud enough to counteract it by about halfway through. Serbian epic Euro ballad with English thrown in there, bit of air guitar in there. Very Balkan.
Song 10: Belgium’s baby – 18yo with a message. Eliot wants young people to ‘Wake Up’. Oh, now I don’t know what this English-accented indie voice sound is called. But I’m not feeling this. Next.
Song 11: Georgia. Second man bun. ‘Current’ we’re told, with a GoT vibe. Name of the song is Keep On Going. All I could hear for a while was ‘da da da daa da de’. Then he’s raising the efforts of his choir. And then I’m hearing ‘da da da deeeeh’. And it was done. I didn’t want this to keep going, so thank goodness. Next.
I feel like the semi got off to a great start, and it’s just faltered in the last few songs. But Kate’s next. Finally, I need to see this.
Song 12: Australia! An art piece… third favourite to win the whole thing. I have a LOT of respect for this woman. And OMG this is quite simply the BEST. PRODUCTION. FOR. A. EUROVISION. ARTIST. EVER. Not in terms of entertainment, but in how the artist shows off their skills. She’s singing freaking OPERA. ON. A. STICK.
Commercial: caught up in Kate fever, absorbing what just happened.
Song 13: OMG ICELAND. We’ve just entered the underworld. Anti-establishment and anti-capitalist… but in Eurovision. One or the other guys.
Meanwhile, this actually represents a lot more of Europe than you would think. Or at least the Europe of the 1980s. I can’t look away. I caaaaan’t.
Song 14: Estonia… presenting a pretty good looking Swede. Victor Crone with Storm – ohh, it’s a pop-country track. Well, we (think we) needed this by this point. Somehow his guitar disappears. And so does the country. Oh, there’s the guitar.
I’m missing the white, his shirt doesn’t count.
Song 15: Portugal with Cell Phones. I love the ruffles on his costume. OMG this is like a flamenco dance as Eurovision as it could be made. And I know that’s Spanish, but it doesn’t matter. This is what Hungary’s song could’ve/should’ve been. I actually kinda love this.
Ahahaha ‘silky cricket’. Nice one, Myf.
Song 16: GREECE. YAAAAASSS. Greek Canadian Katerine Duska with Better Love. Feminista. I really like this track. It’s just when singers sing with such a strong indie sound I struggle to hear the words clearly. I don’t think that’ll hurt her though.
Song 17: San Marino. Wrote this song in five minutes. Good time, not a long time, as Joel says. Say Na Na Na by dentist/TV presenter Serhat. WHIIIIITE! And the square theme returns. Well, this is a fun way to end the semi-final isn’t it? Gotta love the San Marino attitude, they always genuinely do try, even past the Valentina Monetta era.
Voting tiiime! I’ve put mine in; Cyprus, Greece (duh), Czech Republic, Portugal.
And then you’ve gone and made me cry Eurovision. You had to bring out Dana International didn’t you? Love is love. The Junior Eurovision plug wasn’t as inspiring, but then that video!! The mashup of songs was extremely well done, I really dug that tribute.
Turns out Daisy wasn’t well. We’ve had some sickness come up. But she’ll be OK.
Results: well, I got 3/4. Really sad that Portugal, and Poland, missed out. Happy that San Marino got through actually, and Belarus too. And you had to have something as completely out-there as Iceland in the mix.
This was worth waking up for, I couldn’t have waited until the delayed broadcast! The major advantage of Australia’s inclusion in the contest is that SBS is willing to pay for live coverage… until the next semi-final!