In the second semi-final, 2015, the following coutries will perform: Czech Republic, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, San Marino (first half), Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland (second half). Some of the songs have already been presented:
Cyprus: Giannis Karagiannis – “One Thing I Should Have Done”
Malta: Amber – “Warrior”
Switzerland: “Time To Shine”
Norway: Mørland and Debrah Scarlett – “A Monster Like Me”
Ireland: Molly Sterling – “Playing With Numbers”
Czech Republic: Marta Jandová and Václav Noid – “Hope Never Dies”
Lithuania: Vaidas Baumila and Monika Linkyté – “This Time”
San Marino: Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini – “Chain of lights”
Portugal: Leonor Andrade – “Há um mar que nos separa”
Montenegro: Knez – “Adio”
Azerbaijan: Elnur Huseynov – “Hour of The Wolf”
Slovenia: Maraaya – “Here for You”
Latvia: Amninata Savadogo – “Love Injected”
Poland: Monika Kuszyńska – “In the Name of Love”
Iceland: Maria Ólafs – “Unbroken”
Israel: Nadav Gueij – “Golden Boy”
Sweden: Måns Zelmerlöw – “Heroes”
Comeback for Cyprus
After Cyprus didn’t take part in the contest last year due to financial dificulties, they are returning in 2015 with Giannis Karagiannis (or his international self: John Karayiannis) with “One Thing I Should Have Done”. Giannis/John is very adorable with his hipster glasses and his innocent appearence and the song suits him quite well, but for the grand stage of Eurovision it seems a bit too nice and too monotonous.
Warriors not only from Georgia
The Maltese entry is quite different to the quiet and gentle sounds of Giannis/John. Amber is a Warrior – just like Nina Sublatti from Georgia. And she literally seems to be fighting a battle singing her song – this can be heard in Amber’s powerful and kind of aggressive way of performing “Warrior”. If both “Warriors” – the Maltese and the Georgian one – make it to the final, it will be exciting to see who is gonna win this battle.
Who’s time is it to shine in Vienna?
Will the Eurovision Song Contest, 2015, be Switzerland’s “Time to Shine”? Mélanie René and her song definitely have what it takes to shine at the Contest. But maybe there will be couple of other singer’s just like her who might just shine a little bit brighter and have the special something that Mélanie is probably missing, because her song is just too stereotypically Eurovision-esque.
Monsters from Norway
The Norwegian entry is a very dramatic one. “A Monster Like Me” by Mørland and Debrah Scarlett has something mystical. The song is quite special and different from the usual Eurovision style. This might be a good foundation for the success of the Norwegian delegation.
Ireland playing with the voting numbers?!
Ireland’s success at the Eurovision Song Contest has decreased over the years. Molly Sterling’s “Playing With Numbers” might not be significant enough to break out of this path.
Will the Czech Republic’s hope die?
The Czech Republic returns to the world of Eurovision with Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta and “Hope Never Dies”. Maybe they will get some voting from Jandová’s fan base in Germany where she was quite successful in the past. The Czech entry however is not too promising.
Country music from Lithuania
Lithuania will compete with the folk pop song “This Time” by Vaidas Baumila and Monika Linkyté. Cheerful, catchy, and positive – may be a good concept for the big stage in Vienna. The Lithuanians might capture the hearts of the audience this time.
San Marino without Valentina and Ralph
Valentina Monetta left San Marino and Ralph Siegel to themselves this year. The “Chain of Lights” sung by 15- and 16-years-old Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini sounds like a typical Eurovision Siegel song. The lyrics and composition are almost as dull and monotonous as San Marino’s last three entries.
Traditional sounds from Portugal
Of course, the entry from Portugal is sung in Portugese, keeping some Eurovision tradition alive. “Há um mar que nos separa” by Leonor Andrade is missing some Latin spirit and fire, anyhow.
Knez for Montenegro
Montenegro’s representative Knez will sing the classic ballad “Adio” in Vienna. Knez’ full name is Nenad Knežević – some of the other contestants should take his name shortening as an example in order to save Europe from twisting tongues and breaking jaws.
Magical and mystical sounds from Azernaijan”
Azerbaijan will be represented by Elnur Huseynov. The “Hour of the Wolf” seems to be inspired by wolfs and other mystical creatures. There is definitely houling involved. This might also be why the song sticks in your mind quickly.
Duo Maraaya for Slovenia
Another very catchy entry is “Here for You” by the Slovenian duo Maraaya. The singer’s voice and style of music reminds a little bit of the Welsh singer Duffy who sadly hasn’t been active for a while. So maybe Maraaya can follow in Duffy’s footsteps and start an international music career.
A lot of beat from Latvia
“Love Injectes” is the title of the Latvian entry – sung by Aminata Savadogo. An intense pop song with some electronic influences. The beat gets under your skin and causes goosebumps, for sure.
No more butter from Poland
After the butter churns convinced rather with their outer appearance than with their music, last year, Poland seems to be returning to the basics of the Eurovision Song Contest and send Monika Kuszyńska with the solid ballad “In The Name Of Love” to Vienna.
Iceland with commercial pop
Maria Olafs (short and simple for Ólafsdottír) will smash the catchy pop song “Unbroken” onto the Austrian stage. For Iceland, this entry seems a little too commercial and simple. But you never know – maybe this is exactly what Europe will like. After all, “Unbroken” makes you want to sing along right away.
King of fun from Israel
Israel will be represented by the “Golden Boy” Nadav Guedij. The song is an interesting mixture of Justin Timberlake, Usher, and Shah Rhuk Khan. The lyrics and Guedij’s appearance evoke some painful memory of the Russian entry in 2011, Alexei Worobjow’s slimy and scary “Get You”.
Eric is called Måns now
Sweden has a new Eric Saade who seems to have been inspired by Avicii. Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes” is quite as catchy and choreography-promising as “Popular”. Will Zelmerlöw also become Sweden’s new Eurovision hero?