A little close to the finals, but hey, life happens. And now, onto a look at the 2nd Semifinals. Of my picks:
Ireland (IRELAND!), Portugal and the Czech Republic were sent home.
Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Slovenia made it.
I turned my benevolent gaze away from Poland, Sweden, Norway, and Montenegro. Yet they progressed?
Six of mine made it through. WUZ IRELAND ROBBED?
Yup. Good song, real performers, Molly was a charming colleen, the fuck? Mad you can’t vote England off earlier, targeted their nearest neighbor? YE BASTARDS KNOW THE FIRES AWAIT FOR YE YE FECKING FECKS!!!!
I feel, better. Now. Let’s look at my winners:
Cyprus – John Karayiannis with One Thing I Should Have Done
Still digging it. Sure, mellow, no back up impressionistic dancers. Good song, good job, son.
Azerbaijan – Elnur Huseynov with Hour of the Wolf
Ok… I loved the simplicity of the original video, still love the song. BUT TEH FUCK WITH THE WEREWOLVE BALLET DANCERS? Honestly, besides loving the song, the best part was when he pushed away the Baku Lycanthrope Dance Troupe and the crowd went wild. Kick ass, Elnur, but please, go to a simpler performance. You don’t need the goth glitz.
Latvia – Aminata with Love Injected
Good job. Good balance of the fierce and the fromage. Definitely needs to be bought by the CW channel for their next vampire love triangle show.
Israel – Nadav Guedj with Golden Boy
Love that Nadav got the New Kids On The Block to be his back up dancers. Fun song, has some chutzpah about the time limit, and golden sneakers made of the Ark of the Covenant. GO FOR THE GOLD, BOYCHIK!!
Lithuania – Monika Linkyte & Vaidas Baumila with This Time
Respect for the straight, gay and lesbian kissing. Monika, girl, you fine. The song is a nightmare one night stand of ‘Glee,’ ‘Nashville’ and the Mumford and Sons coming to kill the parents who abandoned it for the wolves to eat… ONLY IT ATE THE WOLVES AND CAME FOR VENGEANCE.
Plus Baidas looks like a serial killer. Sorry, Monkia. Run while you can. I can’t support this Branson worthy cheesefest any longer.
Slovenia – Maraaya with Here For You
Not perfect, but poppy and catchy.Yeah.. the air musicians are kinda strange. As are the ear phones. BUT GO YOU STRANGE PEOPLE!!!
Here’s the ones the rest of Europe picked:
Poland – Monika Kuszynska with In the Name of Love
God.This.Song.Sucks. The staging is bland, and you cover the wheel chair with a wedding dress? Why? Plus enough cherry blossom imagery to make even the most dedicated kotaku have an allergic reaction.
Sweden – Mans Zelmerlow with Heroes
Ok. So Mans is the the Swedish manly version of the Dazzler, making really crappy music into solid light projections and holograms while he dances awkwardly and smiles about demons in his brain. SWEDEN, YOU CAN DO SO MUCH BETTER!!!
Norway – Morland and Debrah Scarlett with A Monster Like Me
Uhm… this song live is so much better than the video. No, really. They dropped the weird food fight and stiff performances, and SANG THE HELL OUT OF IT. You won me back, land of Ibsen.
Montenegro – Knez with Adio
They liked the angry back up singers? Knez has a world fan base us Americans don’t get? No clue.
So, of the Second Semi’s, I’m backing Israel, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Slovenia, with Norway kicking Lithuania to the curb. From the first semi’s I’m picking Estonia, Romania, Belgium and Serbia. Estonia is my overall favorite. From the guaranteed countries and the guest- UK, Austria and Australia.
Estonia remains my pick. UK doesn’t have a chance in hell, but I hope they do well. Getting into the top 15 would be amazing for them. BEST OF LUCK, NEIGHBORS!
So, tune in Sunday night, and we’ll see what happens!!