May 19 / Video / Eurovision 2015: First Semifinal Press Reactions & Analysis
Morten Kaiser (Denmark)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is over. We now know the first 10 countries that will fight for the win in the final with the Big 5, Austria and Australia. First of all it is no surprises that Greece, Estonia, Russia, Albania and Georgia are through to the Grand Final.
Greece did a very powerful performance on stage and Maria Elena is well deserved in the Grand Final on Saturday. No surprises here. Next country in the final is Armenia. The most political song of this semifinal. The bookmakers and fans liked it and they did very well on stage. The world map was especially impressive and their story behind the song is very beautiful. Another beautiful message is Serbia. Bojana and her dancers did well on stage and the audience reaction said it all. Everyone loves Bojana. She brought a party and the song brings back memories to Hera Björk from Iceland and “Je ne sais quio” which also was popular during Eurovision 2010. Estonia has been a hot favourite to end in the top in the Grand Final for months and they didn’t disappoint! A well deserved qualifier that probably received points from all participating countries tonight. Russia and Polina was amazing. Simply as that. The dress on the stage looked absolutely stunning, her voice was great. She nailed it and with many Eastern European countries in this semifinal it was not a hard job for Russia to qualify.
The same goes for Albania. They ware actually out of the top 10 in the press center voting, but the bookmakers believed in it and with good reason. The staging won this. Very beautiful background and presentation of the song and with votes from FYR Macedonia and Greece Albania is finally back in the Grand Final. Hungary has been a dark horse this year. The song has a beautiful message – no one can deny that. But still I’m bored, but the European (and Australian) viewers loved it and with a beautiful staging, beautiful singer with a great voice, Hungary took them selves to the Grand Final. Good to have friends in your semi final too!
The press center loves Loïc and Belgium and they are of course in the final too. The song is very special and looked amazing on television. With votes from especially the neighbours from the Netherlands and France and the Nordic Denmark and Finland they are through. This song could do well on Saturday as well. Nina from Georgia saved her voice in the rehearsals and that was a good decision. She sang very well tonight, but she still looks kinda scary, but that did not scare the viewers when they had to vote. With good votes from Armenia, Russia, Albania and Belarus it was easier to gain points here. The last country to qualify is Romania. 12 points from Moldova probably and Romania is used to be in the Final. With a song both in Romanian and in English the song appeals to many viewers and with that stunning staging as well.
Well, six countries had to leave Eurovision tonight as well. Moldova was first on stage and first to leave Vienna maybe? The stage show was good and fun and it stands out, but still.. the song is not good and the vocals either. So sorry, but no final again for Moldova. Denmark is out of the Grand Final for the first time since 2007. A chock? Not really. The bookmakers did not believe in Denmark and with only Finland as a neighbour country in this semifinal the Danes probably could get votes from the Eastern countries this year. But Anti Social Media did well on stage and should probably also had change their name?
FYR Macedonia did not get points from Greece I guess. The country is in a political chaos right now, but I don’t think that the crisis affected the results tonight. Basically the song was not good enough. It needed a bit more to stand out and they also missed Bosnia & Herzegovina and their points. Finland was tipped to go though by the bookmakers, but the fans and press hated it. Well the shortest song in the history of Eurovision is out. It’s too weird. It’s not Lordi again, but they might got some sympathy votes for the message the group members sent.
The Netherlands and Trijntje got much attention about her dress in the first rehearsal. This dress tonight was even worse (and you didn’t think it could be). The song sounds happy and nice, but the lyrics is sad and so is the staging. The Netherlands were one of the first to reveal their song and it got a nice reception, but it didn’t work on the stage tonight. Maybe Trijntje was hit by this Eastern semifinal. The last country to miss to final in the first semifinal is Belarus. Uzari has a beautiful voice and violins are always a hit in Eurovision (remember 2009)… But the song didn’t stand out enough and maybe we had enough violins already? Even though they were sure of 12 points from Russia it was not enough for them.
To sum up: No big surprises in this first semifinal, but the Eastern bloc did very well tonight. Both because of diaspora and because they probably had the best songs.
It will be an exiting semifinal again on Thursday for sure!
DID YOU KNOW?
The bookmakers got about 8 songs right in the first semifinal. Only Belarus and Finland didn’t go though as predicted! The same applies for Europrediction 2015 powered by oikotimes.com