With each new Eurovision season there is a new great variety of musical phenomenons that make us laugh, dance, sing along, and sometimes cover our ears and run away. This year’s candidates of the first semi-final demonstrate this quite well.
Albania: Hersi Matmuja – One Night’s Anger
The Albanian entry might have also been sung by Shakira – Hersi’s voice sounds quite a lot like the Columbian hip wonder. But with her tragic performance Hersi turns “One Night’s Anger” into her own classic Eurovision ballade.
Armenia: Aram MP3 – Not Alone
Like your MP3 player’s shuffle mode the Armenian entry offers a surprise. Just when you think you’re about to fall asleep Aram wakes you up turning the song into something louder and more powerful. But there’s a chance that this twist comes too late and the listener is already sound asleep before the song becomes interesting.
Azerbaijan: Dilara Kazimova – Start A Fire
Another song with a lot of sleeping potential is the Azerbaijani entry. This Fire does not seem to get started.
Belgium: Axel Hirsoux – Mother
Listening to “Mother” it is hard to tell whether the Belgium entry is sung by a man or a woman. But it’s actually a man, Axel Hirsoux, who dedicates this song – as the title suggests – to all the mothers in the world. Since the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest hasn’t been a classic ballade for quite a while, the chances for Belgium may not be too good this year.
Estonia: Tanja – Amazing
Way more commercial is the Estonian dance-pop song “Amazing”. But commercial doesn’t necessarily mean successful, it rather seems like this song has already been released a couple of times before. The most amazing thing about Tanja’s performance on stage may be the theatre and musical actress’s dance moves.
Hungary: András Kállay-Saunders – Running
With Hungary it’s getting dramatic. András himself says about “Running”: I wrote this song about a childhood friend of mine, and people I have met with similar stories throughout my life. Unfortunately my friend was victim to child abuse, domestic violence. I wrote this song about their experiences and everything that they went though. I would like to raise awareness to this topic. This is not your typical love song, but we must not forget that this is something that happens every day, all across the world.
Iceland: Pollapönk – No Prejudice
With a great deal of humor and beautiful clothes, Pollapönk perform their song against discrimination and prejudices. This entry delivers happiness and harmony and points out Iceland’s sense of style.
Latvia: Aarzemnieki – Cake to Bake
The band’s name Aarzemnieki (Foreigner) is based on the fact that the singer is native German. Joran Steinhauer wants to point out the sometimes difficult situation of being a foreigner in Latvia. The song “Cake to Bake” is full of positive energy. It gets the listener singing, dancing, and running into the kitchen to put together some flour, eggs and butter – this cake is gonna be be delicious.
Moldova: Cristina Scarlat – Wild Soul
It’s getting mysterious and dangerous with the Moldovan entry. Cristina Scarlet’s wild soul seems to be very aggressive and merciless. Maybe some people in Europe are gonna call for Moldova because they’re scared of what Scarlat will be up to if she doesn’t make it to the final.
Montenegro: Sergej Ćetković – Moj Svijet
Finally, someone who still dares to resist the English language and stick to his mother tongue – the Montenegrin (that is actually the right word!) language. Sergej Ćetković’s voice and his song are beautiful but maybe a little too calm and unremarkable for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Portugal: Suzy – Quero Ser Tua
Whuaaawhuaaawheeewhuaaawheee – this is what will be remembered of the Portuguese entry.
Russia: Tolmachevy Sisters – Shine
Pretty typical ESC sound from Russia. Are the twin sisters gonna shine on the Eurovison stage? Put in the words of Valentina Monetta: Maybe!
San Marino: Valentina Monetta – Maybe (forse)
Will the third time be the charm for Valentina Monetta? Maybe. Maybe not. After she already tried to make it to the final in 2012 with “The Social Network Song ” and in 2013 with “Crisalide “, she’s gonna try again this year. Always at her side: Eurovison old hand Ralph Siegel as producer and co-songwriter. It takes a lot of courage to participate again after failing twice already. But Ralph Siegel seems to never give up and apparently Valentina Monetta has taken on this attitude as well.
Sweden: Sanna Nielsen – Undo
There’s not much new to this year’s Swedish entry. It seems like someone took a few pop songs from the past and put them together again. “Undo my pain”, may also be what some people think listening to this song.
The Netherlands: The Common Linnets – Calm After The Storm
The Dutch entry is very uncommon for Eurovision, but still very nice to listen to. There’s missing the storm after the calm, though.
Ukraine: Mariya Yaremchuk – Tick Tock
Tick Tock. Tricky tricky trock trock trock. At least, this makes the song pretty catchy. But one catch phrase is not enough to create a good song. Let alone to be successful at the Eurovision Song Contest. Time’s running out for Mariya Yaremchuk.