COPENHAGEN 2014 LIVE: ESC 2014 SEMIFINAL 1
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Go’aften Europe, this is Copenhagen calling and for the next two hours, oikotimes.com will bring you the live review and results of the first semifinal live from the B&W Hall in the Eurovision Island. Remember you can find the results of Europrediction 2014 here and the latest bets and poll results here.
Introducing Eurovision Semifinal 1, we have a flashback in Malmoe’s Eurovision edition when Emmelie de Forest won. Today Emmelie explores the Danish country spreading her song message throughout Europe, from where various clips of “Only Teardrops” land in Copenhagen and we enter the B&W Hallerne where Emmelie concludes her performance with dozens of people behind her. Then we meet the three hosts and the show begins! Good luck to everyone tonight!
Armenia: Not Alone sung by Aram MP3
Latvia: Cake To Bake sung by Aarzemnieki
Estonia: Amazing sung by Tanja
Sweden: Undo sung by Sanna Nielsen
Iceland: No Prejudice sung by Pollapönk
Albania: One Night’s Anger sung by Hersi
Russia: Shine sung by Tolmachevy Sisters
Azerbaijan: Start A Fire sung by Dilara Kazimova
Ukraine: Tick-Tock sung by Mariya Yaremchuk
Belgium: Mother sung by Axel Hirsoux
Moldova: Wild Soul sung by Cristina Scarlat
San Marino: Maybe (Forse) sung by Valentina Monetta
Portugal: Quero Ser Tua sung by Suzy
Netherlands: Calm After The Storm sung by The Common Linnets
Montenegro: Moj Svijet sung by Sergej Ćetković
Hungary: Running sung by András Kállay-Saunders
THE REVIEW OF THE SHOW
With the magnificent and well produced post cards where the artists themeselves create their national flags, Armenia opens the contest this year with Aram MP3 giving a spectacular solo performance of his song. The audience is extatic and the press center reactions are huge as well. We have the first finalist tonight for sure! Could Latvia surprise us tonight? The arena is going frantic with this song, will they bake a cake after all? Not my taste of song but for sure they know how to make the arena party. Well done Aazermnieki. Not the best vocal performance tonight for Tanja but the audience dance in the arena and the press center is cheering up as well. Estonian entry will surely try to become the 2014 Euphoria although we surely doubt. I think it will go to the final but still I am sceptical for their running order. Sweden’s next and both arena and press center go really frantic. Sanna gives an OUTSTANDING performance and the spotlights are working perfectly tonight. Sweden is a sure qualifier and of course a HOT favourite to win this year. Congratulations Sanna, you waited for 7 years but you are almost the winner.
Next we move to Iceland and Pollapönk. You will all hate the first minute of the song but I promise you by the end of this performance YOU WILL WANT to vote for it. It’s hilarious but they deliver it in full confidence and pride! It’s not impossible to see them in the final! After the first break where we had the First Eurovision Book of Records: Longest Hair Record goes to Jedward (Ireland 2011)! YES JEDWARD are IN THE B&W arena! Albania was next after the break. Hersi performs well although it looks like she is on the Titanic. Remember Hersi: TITANIC SANK! We move to song number 6: Russia is represented by JESC 2006 winners Tolmachevy Sisters along with an international team of Greek composer and choreographer, Portuguese and Swedish backing vocalists and Maltese and Swedish lyricists. Huge applause for Russia, I personally didn’t expect it! Azerbaijan is next and the Land of Fire sends a great performer with a very good in terms of quality song. Female acribat from the sealing steals all impressions and vocal performance is amazing. Surely a top five for the country in the final.
The country that almost all Europe loves tonight is the so unfairly suffering, Ukraine! Mariya is giving an acapella vocal performance before the song starts and the entire press center is gathering around the ukrainian delegation, the sentiments are intense. Mariya is sexy and hot. GO GIRL F…ING ROCK THEM tonight! See ya in the final! THE ARENA GOES NUTS, oh Gosh it could send us to Kyiv out of nothing!!! Belgium’s next and Axel is an entry that brings controversy to the press: he has amazing voice, maybe the best and more wells tructured one, but the song is so pessimistic despite it’s ultimate message about motherhood. Personally I don’t see it in the final but then again it’s just me. Moldova was next and really the vocal performance was so bass that I barely managed to make it till the end. It’s a nice theatrical effort but not for the final, sorry. For San Marino I have one thing to say: vote for her, MAYBE we will get rid of her finally from Eurovision. Ralph Siegel on the piano will not bring extra votes, by the way!
Now we head to another break where another Eurovision Record revealed: Most Silver Record goes to Verka Serduchka (Ukraine 2007) according to the EBU Silverscope! AND YES VERKA SERDUCHKA is IN THE ARENA!!! We move to Portugal now and Suzy performs a samba song, she is definitely not supported in her country but inside the arena there is huge positive reaction. Guess what, we will see Portugal in the final!!! Dark horse for some, totally sleepy for me, the Dutch entry surely is a great music composition but not for Eurovision. Difficult this quality song to qualify but as we all know anything is possible in this magnificent world of #Eurovision. Two to go and we move to Montenegro. The amazing vocal performance of Sergej Ćetković for sure will be the ticket to his final qualification (at least we all hope so here). Not sure about the stage presentation idea but still it’s a pure Balkan tune we all (Eurofans at least) love! Last but not least the hunky from Hungary: Andras is giving a powerful performance with a powerful message through his lyrics and song. WE SHOULD ALL listen carefully! Go Andras Go!
The lines open and a recap of the song is aired. The first interval (a boring dance act is now on air) followed by a second recap and interval where the “real” Copenhagen is revaled and you will laugh with it. The lines are about to close, so wait for our next post with the qualifiers.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE MAY THE BEST 10 WIN TONIGHT!!!
ARTICLE PHOTO: ANDRES PUTTING (EUROVISION.TV / EBU)
GALLERY PHOTO: SANDER HESTERMAN , THOMAS HANSES (EUROVISION.TV / EBU)