Also the second semi-final will be full of fun, happiness, drama, emotion – and a lot of great and not so great music. There’s something in it for everyone!
Austria: Conchita Wurst – Rise Like A Phoenix
Conchita Wurst – this special name belongs to the Austrian representative in the Eurovision Songcontest. It is the alter ego of Tom Neuwirth who’s motto is: “Be the best version of yourself rather than a bad copy of someone else!” This is also the message she wants to send to Europe with “Rise Like A Phoenix” – a powerful ballade which seems quite compatible with the Eurovision Song Contest. And with her outer appearence, Conchita Wurst is definitely gonna stand out next to the other candidates.
Belarus: Teo – Cheesechake
In this year’s contest, there’s not only a cake to bake, but also a cheesecake to… bake…or eat… whatever you like best. Teo himself says about his song: “It’s a positive song, even though I’ve broken up with a girl because I’m tired of her calling me her sweet cheesecake. We all need to be treated with respect.” The positive energy of the song is delivered by an upbeat rhythm and the singer’s positive attitude that can be heard in his voice.
F.Y.R. Macedonia: Tijana – To The Sky
“The sky’s the limit – nothing is impossible.”, is Tijana’s motto. As she has already fans in the Balkans as F.Y.R. Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia, her chances of a good position in the contest may not be too bad. Though, “To The Sky” is not exactly outstanding but rather a mainstream dance song that doesn’t seem to make it to the sky.
Finland: Softengine – Something Better
Softengine says about their Eurovision entry: “…the lyrics are about an old man who reminisces about his life from childhood to the present day. He has always been dissatisfied with his life as it seems that he has never achieved anything and has not done anything out of the ordinary. In his old days his wife dies and he realises that what they had was “something better” than what he could have achieved and that he should have cherished the moment.” Well, maybe Finland could have chosen something better to compete in the Song Contest this year… If you only look at the song, it might even have a chence but the singer seems to have slight problems striking the high-pitched notes.
Georgia: The Shin & Marika – Three Minutes To Earth
Another Shakira-like voice this year belongs to singer Marika who worked with the Germany-based band The Shin. They are known for their creative ways of combining traditional Georgian music with influences from pop music. Seems like a smart concept concerning Eurovision. Sounds a little inharmonic, though. It appears the artists couldn’t decide on what style an elements of music they want to use, so they used all of them.
Greece: Freaky Fortune feat. Risky Kidd – Rise Up
“Rise Up” is supposed to deliver positive energy and the passion for a brighter future. For some people its house and rap elements may rather deliver a headache.
Ireland: Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith – Heartbeat
One of the song’s co-writers describes “Heartbeat” as a passionate song. Starting very aggressive it tends to gets pretty unremarkable and monotonous towards the end.
Israel: Mei Finegold – Same Heart
A lot more passion and energy comes with the Israeli entry. “Same Heart” is a very powerful and catchy song and seems to be very suitable for Eurovision. Its Hebrew elements show the international and multi-cultural character of the Song Contest.
Lithuania: Vilija Mataćiūaité – Attention
It’s kind of hard to describe this year’s Lithuanian entry. Confusing maybe. Intimidating. Strange lyrics. Weird composition. Aspecially the talking elements don’t really match a Eurovision song. Vilija describes her song’s creation like this: “I was walking down the street and these lyrics just poped into my head. Suddenly I was walking and singing: Attention, a little care and we can have love love love love ONE love…” But isn’t there a little more than attention and care to love? And why do have to fall down do-do-down down on our knees?
Malta: Firelight – Coming Home
The Maltese country folk pop band Firelight puts together pop, rock and folk music which leads to a harmonic overall picture. The female voice surprises the listener and keeps the song from getting to monotonous and boring. The song deals with the thousands of emigrants who travel across Europe for work, spending months away from their families which is an important topic for a lot of people all over Europe.
Norway: Carl Espen – Silent Storm
The Norwegian entry literally is a “Silent Storm”. Maybe more silent than a storm. Pretty unexpected from Norway after Tooji’s and Margaret Berger’s dance tracks in 2012 and 2013. But unexpected doesn’t necessarily mean bad. On the contrary, “Silent Storm” is powerful and compelling in his own way.
Poland: Donatan & Cleo – My Słowanie
The Polish entry is the only (!!!) one of the second semi-final that completely lacks of the English language. It seems that the candidates are more and more afraid to sing in their native language nowadays. With regards to Eurovision history this also seems quite reasonable as most of the winning songs have actually been in English since the policy of having to sing in your native language has been cancelled. Maybe this is just the reason why Poland decided to sing in Polish – to show their national bond and pride which is also shown in the song’s title that can be translated into “We’re Slavs”.
Romania: Paula Seling & OVI – Miracle
Norway and Romania do not seem to have a lot in common. Nevertheless the Romanian recording artist Paula seling colloborates with the Norwegian musician OVI in order to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest. The “miracle” they want to create together is winning the Contest. The europop style of the songs might not have been the worst idea to make this miracle happen.
Slovenia: Tinkara Kovač – Spet/ Round And Round
The Slovenian entry is another one that tries to combine the native and English language. “Spet/ Round And Round” is co-written by Hanna Mancini who competed in the Song Contest herself last year and ended up with the last place in the semi-final. Not the best foundation to succeed this year… This year’s song is not too bad, though. It sounds like the perfect ESC song. And the flute parts are definitely worth listening to.
Switzerland: Sebalter – Hunter Of The Stars
Switzerland hasn’t exactly been successful in the Eurovision Song Contest the last couple of years. This year, singer Sebalter ist not only hunting for the stars but also for points in the competition. The Swiss song is catchy and full of positive energy and happiness.