It is already known which countries will be performing in which semi-final. The first semi-final taking place on the 19th of May will be the big day for the following: Armenia, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands (first half); Albania, Belarus, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Romania, Russia, and Serbia (second half).
The contestants have already chosen their entries!
Albania: Elhaida Dani – “I’m Alive”
Belarus: Uzari & Maimuna – “Time”
Georgia: Nina Sublatti – “Warrior”
F.Y.R. Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski – “Autumn Leaves”
The Netherlands: Trintje Oosterhuis – “Walk Along”
Denmark: Anti Social Media – “The Way You Are”
Greece: Maria Elena Kiriakou – “One Last Breath”
Estonia: Eesti Laul – “Goodbye To Yesterday”
Moldova: Eduard Romanýnta – “I Want Your Love”
Finland: Perrti Kurikan Nimipäivät – “Aina muuri pitää”
Belgium: Loïc Nottet – “Rhythm Inside”
Armenia: Genealogy – “Face The Shadow”
Serbia: Bojana Stamenov – “Beauty Never Lies”
Romania: Voltaj – “De la capăt”
Russia: Polina Gagarina – “A Million Voices”
Hungary: Boggie – “Wars For Nothing”
Albania was actually counting on a classic Eurovision ballad with the song “Diell”. Now, Elhaidi Dani is gonna sing “I’m Alive” – not less dramatic and emotional, but a little more upbeat and interesting than the original version. Maybe not such a bad choice.
No cheesecake from Belarus
Belarus sends a squeaking pop duo to Vienna this year: Uzari & Maimuna with “Time”. The song and their voices definitely stick in your head which is usually a good sign – whether you like to listen to them or not. At least they are not as slimy as Teo and his cheesecake!
Georgian Warriors in Vienna
The Georgian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is a real “Warrior” – Nina Sublatti’s song is very powerful and catchy. This entry seems to be more suitable for Eurovision than last year’s “Three Minutes To Earth” and the spacy performance of The Shin & Mariko.
Autumn Leaves instead of Esenski Lisja
Macedonia will be represented by Daniel Kajmakoski, singing “Esenski Lisja” – a solid pop ballad. Though for the semi-final in Vienna, there will be an English version of the song – “Autumn Leaves”. Let’s hope, that this won’t ruin the entry, because the Macedonian version is actually quite perfect as it is. And it’s a shame that more and more Eurovision participants are singing in English instead of their mother language – this kind of destroys the initial thought of the Contest.
The Netherlands have also already chosen their entry for this year: Trijntje Oosterhuis (there’s gotta be an award for pronouncing her name right!) with her song “Walk Along”. Another very catchy tune, mostly thanks to the “Why-ay-ay-ay-ay”. The Dutch representative has to follow in the Common Linnets’ quite big footsteps who ended up with the second place with “Calm After the Storm”. If “Walk Along” is gonna be as successful remains questionable. Probably the song is too flat to achieve that.
A Second Basim from Denmark
The Danish entry “The Way You Are” will be performed by the band Anti Social Media. The band’s name itself is already very interesting and perhaps a statement against modern day’s communication or against Valentina Monetta/Ralph Siegel. The song, however, is definitely one that makes you feel good, happy, and wanting to start dancing at the first note. Maybe the four Anti Social Media guys wanted to adapt the concept of Basim’s Cliché Love Song from last year which ended up place nine which isn’t half bad. Let’s see how successful “The Way You Are” will be.
Back to the Roots in Greece
Greece will be represented by Maria Elena Kiriakou with the song “One Last Breath”. After Greece’s acts in the last two year were quite experimental – uprising rap in 2014 and free alcohol in 2013 – this is a pretty traditional Eurovision song. Whether this will contribute to a bigger success for Greece we’ll get to know in May.
Estonia – The Next Netherlands?
Elina Born and Stig Rästa will sing “Goodbye to Yesterday” in Vienna. Kind of reminds of The Common Linnets, but the song and the voices are not less catchy and spreading positive vibrations.
Who Wouldn’t Want Eduard Romanýuta’s Love?
The Moldavian answer to Justin Bieber with the looks of Aaron Carter is called Eduard Romanýuta. For the performance of “I Want Your Love” we can probably expect and be looking forward to a breath-taking choreography. Eric Saade and Tooji reloaded – Eduard Romanýuta is the kind of guy that makes little girls want his love.
Finnish Entry to Test Europe’s Tolerance?
Something very new and special at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is the Finnish entry. Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät are four mentally handicapped men who create Finnish punk music. “Aina muun pitää” is one of the shortest Eurovision songs, it only takes 1:41 minute – but apparently it doesn’t take more time for Perrti Kurikan Nimipäivät to win over the audience.
Young and Energetic pop from Belgium
The 19-year-old Loïc Nottet is gonna show his “Rhythm Inside” in Vienna. The Belgian’s voice sounds very young – maybe he will have his change of voice before May so that the song will sound more mature and can be taken seriously.
Cultural Variety from Armenia
The Armenian band Genealogy compete with the song “Face the Shadow”. To represent the Eurovision motto ‘Building Bridges’ Genealogy consist of six members – one from each continent and one from Armenia. Will Europe reward the symbolic meaning of the Armenian representative? The song itself seems to be missing some matching bridges, however. It appears to be quite ambivalent and has no clear common theme.
Serbian Turned into English
The Serbian entry – “Beauty Never Lies” by Bojani Stamenov was initially presented in Serbian (“Ceo Svet je moj”. Due to the mainstream trend of the Eurovision Song Contest it was changed into English. A shame, because the Serbian language is so beautiful and special. “Beauty Never Lies” is a powerful and a bit aggressive song – everybody is supposed to hear the truth of beauty, apparently.
Romanian and English by Voltaj
The pop-rock band Voltaj will represent Romania this year. “De la capăt” is a solid song for Eurovision and is sung in Romanian as well as in English – a nice way to show the variety of language and how it can work together as one. Which was also one of the initial ideas of the Eurovision Song Contest when everybody was forced to sing in their mother tongue.
Classic Russian Ballad
Polina Gagarina will perform “A Million Voices” for Russia – also very Eurovision-esque. Listening to the song you can already imagine the long satin dress and the wind machine on stage. Whether Europe will be blown away by the Russian entry remains to be questioned.
Some might be reminded of the German winner of 1982 – Nicole with “Ein bisschen Frieden” – by the Hungarian entry. Boggie’s “Wars For Nothing” is not less pacifistic – a little monotonous and outdated maybe, however.