EUROVISION 2014: SEMIFINAL 1 REVIEW by GILLIAN ATTARD
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Gillian, is the Vocal Director of LA VOIX ACADEMY. She has helped shaped the careers of several budding stars including Sarah Farrugia, Veronica Rotin, Shauna Vassallo, Davinia Pace, Maxine Pace and most recently, Gaia Cauchi & Federica Falzon.
Armenia: Honestly, I could understand why this is the favourite, blending genres together to get something fresh and original. The vocals sounds good from the onset and develop really well. This will get through with relative ease and will achieve a top five result in the final.
Latvia: Fun! This is the type of song which I would be playing if I were going to bake a cake because it does give the individual inspiration but seriously? This is a song competition and therefore, I just cannot imagine this getting through. Silly Latvia!
Estonia: Is that Loreen hiding behind the shadows? Well it seems to be but wait, it is not! Whilst writing the comment I must say that I quite enjoyed listening to the song and considering that they did get through from a difficult semi-final last year, I think they will do the same this time round before plummeting to a lower end table result in the final.
Sweden: Now we’re talking. Sending a power ballad with a hint of r’n’b touch is always going to end up on the upper left side of the scoreboard, if performed properly. Sanna is a fantastic performer and almost entirely sure that this will go down well both with the jury and the public!
Iceland: The lyrics of this song should be written down and taught to children in our schools but that is where the value of this song ends. The funny mature men in coloured clothing. Seriously, cannot get the meaning behind the presentation. That said, the video is cool!
Albania: Hersi was in Malta a couple of weeks back and seems to be a genuinely talented artist but this song does absolutely nothing to complement her voice, even because it is in English. The original Albanian version sounded much better and could have qualified.
Russia: In a couple of years, I would be hoping that Gaia would be the second Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner to head to the senior event. The twins are a talented duo, but again, I would have preferred them performing in Russian to a song with a much better production. Nevertheless, this is Russia and they will ease into the final.
Azerbaijan: I am in love with this song! <3 Dilara is a beautiful artist and has a magnificient voice to complement those looks. It is a simple ballad with a traditional feel that will surely light up the stage in Copenhagen. This could very much be a dark horse in the final!
Ukraine: The genre seems to be a mixture of pop, r’n’b and sultry bond, the latter being seen more in the approach they took for the music video. Mariya seems to be a very competent performer but this song will hinge a lot on the stage presentation but knowing Ukraine, that will see them rise to the top five fairly easily.
Belgium: Axel is a very talented artist and I do get the feeling why he is dedicating the song to his mother but why aren’t the lyrics more meaningful more personal, why would a mother be a satellite? Based on talent, he should get through but this song should not!
Moldova: I thought that this is a fun and friendly family show rather than a horror Disney cartoon. Maybe this is a rejected song from the upcoming Maleficent movie? who knows. It is far too dark for my liking and the diction is all over the place. Sorry Moldova, I usually love your entries.
San Marino: In my heart, this microstate has a true softspot because they are sincere in their song selections and stick to what should do best. Valentina is a very talented performer and my gut feeling tells me that they should do well but they will just miss out. I hope to be wrong as I want them in the final!
Portugal: Blehh! What is this? It seems to be a mixture of latino and pop but gone excruciatingly wrong for whatever reason. The vocals are off and the dancing is beyond horrendous. My apologies to Portugal but I would not be happy if this was representing my country.
The Netherlands: Very heartfelt! They need to re-create the intimate feel that is shown in the video in order to succeed but without a shadow of doubt, this is one of the most professional songs in contention in this semi-final. The production is stunning and the vocals blend in perfectly together. Good Luck! You would get my vote in the final!
Montenegro: A country that has never managed to get through the semi-final of this competition. Sergej is a very competent performer and the balkan ballad has been tried and tested on more than one occasion. I believe that this will be heading straight into the final with Montenegro achieving their best ever result.
Hungary: In my honest and sincere opinion, this is another hit song and Hungary could be on the verge of achieving their first victory. They will be qualifying with relative ease after being given the closing spot of the semi-final but the target is surely Saturday evening.