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Title: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2015, 11:42
So I thought it might be nice to create a thread about this, starts next Tuesday, I will put some info here and some videos
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2015, 11:47
The rules:

There are 40 countries this year. Every country is a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In theory every member of the EBU can participate.
This year there are 7 countries with a guaranteed spot in the Grand Final on Saturday: The Big 5 (Spain, Italy, Germany, UK, France), which are the 5 biggest economic contributors, the host country (Austria this year, as they won last year) and this year, also Australia. They got invited as the contest is very popular over there and this year is the 60th anniversary of the ESC.

There are 33 other countries. These countries are spread over 2 semi-finals: 16 on Tuesday, in semi-final 1, and 17 on Thursday, in semi-final 2. Out of each semi-final, ten acts will go through to the final, which will consist of 27 acts.

For each of these semi-finals, only the countries participating in that particular semi-final can vote, plus half of the guaranteed finalists: in SF 1, Spain, Austria and France will vote. In SF2, Italy, Germany and UK will vote. Australia will vote in both semi-finals. For the Grand Final, every country will be allowed to vote, including those who got eliminated in the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals, the voting results will only be made public after the show, so during the show the hosts will only announce which countries go through. The voting system is the same as in the Grand Final, though.
Each country will allocate points to their top 10, ranging from 1 point for their 10th place, to 8-10-12 for their top 3. A country cannot vote for themselves.

These points reflect both the professional jury’s votes, and those of the televoters (the TV audience). Both account for 50% of the final result. There is, however, one minor issue with the current system: instead of having the jury allocate 1 to 12 points, and the televoters, and then adding those two together, a ranking is made: there will be a full ranking of all countries in which their ranking by the jury and by the televoters are put together. The top 10 of this ranking score points.

In the past, this has created strange situations. For example, in 2013, the (in)famous Romanian opera vampire, Cezar with his song It’s my life,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV3xp5ZXSYA
got 1 point from Italy. However, later, when RAI made the televoting results public, it was revealed the Romanian entry got a whopping 23% of the televotes - and 21% of the votes where not valid, Italians voting for themselves, viva Italia!, so he got 30% of the valid votes.

This means the Italian jury put Cezar very low on their ranking, probably 20-somethingth out of 26. So, adding the 1st position, and, let’s say, 23rd position together, he scored 24 points, which was only enough for 1 point. A country that scored 11th and 12th place in those rankings, would have beaten him. It seems like a more fair system would be to let the jury and televoters give out points, and then divide them by two. In that case, Cezar would have gotten 6 points from the Italians.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2015, 11:53
Running order for SF 1
1.   Moldova
2.   Armenia
3.   Belgium
4.   The Netherlands
5.   Finland
6.   Greece
7.   Estonia
8.   FYR Macedonia
9.   Serbia
10.   Hungary
11.   Belarus
12.   Russia
13.   Denmark
14.   Albania
15.   Romania
16.   Georgia

Running order for SF 2
1.   Lithuania
2.   Ireland
3.   San Marino
4.   Montenegro
5.   Malta
6.   Norway
7.   Portugal
8.   Czech Republic
9.   Israel
10.   Latvia
11.   Azerbaijan
12.   Iceland
13.   Sweden
14.   Switzerland
15.   Cyprus
16.   Slovenia
17.   Poland
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Capt_Cavman on May 15, 2015, 12:03
It would be great if Australia won.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2015, 12:08
It would be great if Australia won.
Indeed and in my opinion they have a great song :cool stay tuned..
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2015, 12:22
Albania *al
Elhaida Dani - I'm alive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZJdWUmxxZw
my rating:  :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Really good song and the singer has a very unique voice. Live she's also very good, but I have a feeling this song will not come out as well live. It will be interesting how this will be staged, could make a difference. Elhaida Dani participated in The Voice Italy, and these countries usually give each other points, so she will definitely get many points from the Italians. She will have to get through the semi-final first though, as Italy will vote in the 2nd semi-final. The song should definitely be good enough to finish top 10 in the grand final though, so I doubt that'll be an issue.

Australia *au
Guy Sebastian - Tonight again
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7MwzRBEY_M
my rating:  :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
I really like this song, it is very catchy and between so many ballads, such a soulful, upbeat song could really stand out. Guy Sebastian is a really good singer, live he is extremely strong. And Australia will get plenty of votes simply because they are new and fresh, they are a big contender for the win IMO.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdnUjRzseV4

Austria *at
The Makemakes - I am yours
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duW-PsDbysg&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=3
my rating: :Stars: :Stars:
Not a big fan of this one, the vocals are solid and the song is catchy enough, but it reminds me of The Scientist by Coldplay, and I am allergic to rip-offs :P and he's wearing the same hat as the Dutch guy last year :fp besides that, I doubt it is interesting enough to finish anywhere near the top 10. No back-to-back wins for the Austrians.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Not My Circus on May 15, 2015, 12:24
It would be great if Australia won.

Australia??

Blimey that's quite a bit of continental drift ;p
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Havetts on May 15, 2015, 12:52
Geopolitical nepotism contest :woohoo!!


In all seriousness, it'd be pretty funny if Australia would win :P
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2015, 13:04
Armenia *am
Genealogy - Face The Shadow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVVvgD0-Mu0&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=4
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
So you might be wondering why this song isn't called "Don't deny" as that is repeated about 10000 times in the chorus. Well, actually, it was called "Don't deny" but they changed it after allegations that the song contained a political message about the Armenian genocide, which is, you guessed it, denied by the Turkish. I am not sure if they changed the title because songs aren't allowed to contain a political message, or because they want to show their song actually doesn't contain a political message.. However.. I truely doubt there is another way to explain this sentence "Face every shadow you denied" and the weird video clip with empty chairs etc :S
About the song: It is okay, one of the ladies, the one that sings the first chorus, actually participated with her sister in 2009, she has a great voice IMO, but the song is a bit of a mess near the end with all the different voices, and live , judging by the rehearsals, it is even worse :S
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMMk-9E5Eqc
Inga & Anush in 2009

Azerbaijan  *az
Elnur Huseynov - Hour of the Wolf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYsj1fFE1Xw&index=5&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Another returning singer - Elnur participated in 2008 together with Samir.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo0VrY5C-ow
Azerbaijan pretty much always sends in an entry that scores very well. I doubt this year will be any different. Thankfully Elnur's song isn't as ridiculous as the one in 2008 :P It is really calm, but at the same time the choruses with the choir are very impressive. Azerbaijan can count on many votes from their neighbours so I doubt they will finish outside the top 10 in the final. Top 5 would definitely not be undeserved. Live he is also very strong.

Belarus *by
Uzari & Maimuna - Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8ZADtaAvDA&index=6&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
This is my biggest guilty pleasure this year, I liked this song from the start and I am more than happy to slowly see this song climb in people's personal rankings, now even in the top 5 sometimes :) I really like the violin, and the song is really catchy. Live it sounds good enough, a little off at times maybe but nothing terrible. I watched the rehearsal and it is just the two of them on the podium, it seems like a big prop is missing, maybe an hourglass? I really think this song has potential, I hope they reach the final :) Also, gotta love the infamous Belarussian accent :P
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i14NE86zWP0
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: cj2002 on May 15, 2015, 13:24
Sweden will win. You heard it here first.  ;)
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2015, 13:25
Sweden will win. You heard it here first.  ;)

Hardly a shocking prediction ;)
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: cj2002 on May 15, 2015, 13:27
Hardly a shocking prediction ;)

I never claimed it would be shocking. But I am stating it with absolute certainty, combined with zero interest and nearly no knowledge of the subject.

In many ways, I am to Eurovision what Oleg Tinkov is to race strategy and tactics.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Not My Circus on May 15, 2015, 14:47
Sweden will win. You heard it here first.  ;)

I thought you'd go for Azerbaijan  *az
Elnur Huseynov - Hour of the Wolf

Wolfie  :Heart:
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2015, 17:44
Belgium *be
Loïc Nottet - Rhythm Inside
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV2b3L1K6_c&index=7&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Nice tune, although it does sound like Royals by Lorde: apparently the song is by the same producer. Loïc seems like a nice young dude and he has a very interesting voice. I am not a big fan of the Wallonian accent, but it does not bother me too much in this song. Live it sounds good, actually better than the studio version cause there is more variety, and there's a wicked choreography ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_POxPSYOWc

Cyprus *cy
John Karayiannis - One thing I should have done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXU2Hehc4wY&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=8
my rating: :Stars: :Stars:
Nice and calm song, but way too boring for the contest I'm afraid, unless he comes up with a genius staging but looking at the rehearsals it doesn't look like that :( but Cyprus doesn't have any reason to be ashamed of this entry, it's a good singer with a good song.

Czech Republic *cz
Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bartá - Hope Never Dies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_o44RdxYTY&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=9
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Nice ballad. Good comeback for *cz :cool . The guy's voice is amazing :o goosebumps. I don't think this will finish very high, but they should be able to qualify for the final. I would like to see their staging, it could make or break the song, I hope they don't just stand there and sing.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2015, 17:59
Denmark *dk
Anti Social Media - The Way You Are
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8u3_DsIN2E&index=10&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Okay so I hated this song first because I had only heard the chorus. I still think the chorus is quite annoying, but the rest of the song is so happy and joyful, I really like it. And there's something about this group of guys just having fun, I think they deserve at least a place in the final. I doubt they'll make it though.
Also, this song could do without the stupid background singers. They distract from the band.

Estonia *ee
Elina Born & Stig Rästa - Goodbye To Yesterday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWACbw3cqW0
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
So, this song is one of the big favorites to win. I do really like it, but not as much as others. It is obviously inspired by last year's Dutch entry, but that doesn't bother me too much. I think the girl's parts don't add much to the song, I find her singing very uninspiring and "boring", but in the live version, she is the one who has to bring the song to another level as the guy's singing is a bit off, so that doesn't really work. This song is a guarantee for the final, and a top 5 placing, either way.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz0PTmUDQMc&index=11&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2015, 18:12
This song deserves a seperate post...

Finland *fi
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät - Aina Mun Pitää
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR6BixXmo08&index=12&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars:
Let's be honest, this is not a good song, unless you are into this music style, and it's only 1:30 long, you get the feeling it's just started when it's already ended. Maybe they'll perform it twice :P There is a back story to this entry though. The band, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, was formed in a charity workshop in 2009. The band consists of 4 mentally disabled members:
The guitarist, Pertti Kurikan, who writes the music for the band and some of the lyrics. He released a spoken word cassette and a book of horror stories. He listens to punk rock music, but also to other styles ranging from classical to disco to schlager to kids' music. He can also play the organ.
The vocalist, Kari Aalto, who writes most of their lyrics. He has his own talkshow on a local radio station. He can play drums, bass and keyboard and loves motorcycles and American cars.
Bassist Sami Helle, who also sings background vocals. As a child he lived in London and New York, so he speaks English fluently. He is a member of the Finnish Central Party and is also an activist of an organization for disabled people.
The drummer, Toni Välitalo. He is the youngest member of the band. He started playing drums at the age of six. His favorite music is Finnish schlager.

I am not sure what kind of result we can expect for them. They could very well end up (almost) last, but it wouldn't be surprising if they qualify for the final and finish top 10 either. Whatever happens, I believe these guys deserve massive respect and I hope they have fun on stage.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: LaVelocipede on May 15, 2015, 22:04
I know it's not "cool",  but I like the Eurovision.
Irelande douze pointe!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYyxhWEHO3w
But really, our song this year is boring, we might get to the final, and finish maybe 20th odd.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBZ7XSYX90E
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 16, 2015, 21:44
France *fr
Lisa Angell - N'oubliez pas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG_WJU2s5ho&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=13
my rating: :Stars: :Stars:
Don't like this one (as my rating shows). The vocals are solid enough, but it's just the typical French boring ballad. Doesn't help that I don't really like the French language (though I can understand the lyrics). I do like the change of tempo in the last minute, and of course the song isn't terrible, I just don't like it.

Georgia *ge
Nina Sublatti - Warrior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZrRQSI_pcQ&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=14
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
The first of the two "warrior" songs. It gets stuck in your head very easily, which is good. The first version of this song wasn't very good, but this new version just has so much more power. The clip is also very good.
It does have the worst lyrics out of the whole lot though: "Still stucked in my mind" :D I hope she makes the final, but the song might not come out as well live.

Greece *gr
Maria-Elena Kyriakou - One Last Breath
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9DRbP1w9Rw
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
She sings like she's on her last breath... the song is okay, her voice is interesting, live she's very good, but this reminds me of Israel's entry 2 years ago. Solid song, good vocals, a piano.. and they didn't qualify.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voouPZFBVJs
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 16, 2015, 22:07
Germany *de
Ann Sophie - Black Smoke
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7u4RwkNAY0&index=16&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
She actually finished 2nd in the German contest, but the first place finisher decided to withdraw after he was announced the winner :S , so then she was declared the winner :S .
I quite like the song, not a huge fan of her voice, it reminds me of Lena for Germany in 2010 (she won the overall contest, of course ;) ) Also the way she sings is very "German" to me, aggressive, if that makes sense :fp But overall this is a good entry I think, and has a bigger chance than the one that actually won:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLbz2zv87Fk

Hungary *hu
Boggie - Wars for Nothing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z52QQG1hboo&index=17&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars:
This song has a great message, but it is just way, way too boring. I thought it maybe would get better after a few listens, but there is just nothing to get into. Everything lies in the message, and I guess the simplicity could make it stand out, but I don't have much faith in it. Sorry, Hungary, I really want to like it but just can't. :(

Italy *it
Il Volo - Grande Amore
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TEpHTVWXnM&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=18
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Yessssssss.... Italian pop-opera by 3 young dudes... YES :cheer
(@2:00 ;) )
This song is just great, I love love love it, it sounds so cool and awesome, such an epic build-up :cool
the music video is stupid though :fp and I am not SUCH a big fan of the live version, but it's still cool cool cool :cool . I really think this song has the potential to become a Eurovision classic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIE8pDrDrrs
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: just some guy on May 17, 2015, 09:33
Ok folks have a listen I will let Flo do her rating but as Sweden has been discussed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBCdb6vNuiM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPiW0tkWfeg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnTvAaHtQRU
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 17, 2015, 10:00
Yep JSG
I assume it has been in the Swedish media?
My personal opinion is, the guitar at the start sounds similar, but it is a pretty standard western/country tune.
There was also some stuff about the stick figure having been used by someone else before.
Honestly this is not something new, as I said before the Austrian entry sounds similar to The Scientist by Coldplay but no one cares as it's not a favorite.
in 2013 the chorus of the German entry sounded so much like the chorus of the Swedish winning entry in 2012.
And this year we have several duets, clearly inspired by the Netherlands last year (not to mention the hat of the Austrian singer :P )
By the way if I had to make a prediction I'd say the stick figure is the key to a Swedish victory, if they can finish 3rd with a pretty nondescript power ballad by pretty nondescript singer with a pretty nondescript show, they should take this.
However it's also possible the audience vote for something a bit more unique like Italy or Norway or Estonia.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: just some guy on May 17, 2015, 10:03
Not really that discussed Flo as I think they ( Sweden) think they might win so best keep it quiet  :lol
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: LaVelocipede on May 17, 2015, 10:07
Norway
Always finish last right?
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 17, 2015, 10:08
Always finish last right?
Hmm ;) with 4th in 2013 and 8th in 2014 they have been doing well these last years though :P they won't finish last this year, I am 100% sure :P
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: LaVelocipede on May 17, 2015, 10:09
Hmm ;) with 4th in 2013 and 8th in 2014 they have been doing well these last years though :P
Huh, I was sure I remember them finishing last for a few years, :o :o :o :o BEHIND THE UK!
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 17, 2015, 10:12
Huh, I was sure I remember them finishing last for a few years, :o :o :o :o BEHIND THE UK!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1smofAn2sE !! :P
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 17, 2015, 10:25
Iceland *is
Maria Olafsdottír - Unbroken
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sov_pE1cdFY&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=19
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Disney song much :fp and I hate the squeaky voice.. but I find myself singing this under the shower sometimes :o so one additional star for that reason.
Bare feet, that is so 2012 and 2013 though ;)

Israel *il
Nadav Guedj - Golden Boy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdxOCTezeTg&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=20
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
This song is so stupid, but Eurovision can really use some ethnic pop, especially as Turkey doesn't participate anymore. It's a happy song that will definitely stand out, and as Israel got completely robbed the last two years in my opinion, I want to see them qualify this year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjbcD72OaI4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acOZVEN5XjE

Ireland *ie
Molly Sterling - Playing With Numbers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBZ7XSYX90E
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Nice calm song, Molly has a beautiful voice and most importantly she is just 16 (!) years old!!! And she wrote and composed this song herself! What a massive talent :o Live she also sounds great, I hope the nerves don't bother her. She really deserves to qualify but the song might be a bit too slow and uneventful. The staging looks really cool though. Go Molly!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh7cHBqWnMU
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 17, 2015, 10:42
Latvia *lv
Aminata - Love Injected
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnVbR98J7Q4&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=22
my rating: :Stars: :Stars:
Okay.. the verses are worth 3 stars in my opinion, not my cup of tea but interesting and unique. However the chorus is just dreadful in my opinion, I cannot listen to them, I have to turn the volume down. Just way too screamy and squeaky. Anyway, I know many people like this song so it may just be a matter of opinion.

Lithuania *lt
Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila - This Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cqk5ZdrfSk&index=23&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Quite a happy song, with nice vocals, but it is just too uninteresting to score well in my opinion. Three stars because it stands out among the ballads. The stage and clothing really suits the happy theme, it may help people remember this song better. Also, you can already sing along with the first chorus as they just repeat the same 2 sentences :P
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXdtHY_MZ40

Malta *mt
Amber - Warrior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wevxW3l_tkg&index=24&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
The second "warrior"! It is a cool song, I am still not sure if I prefer this version or the old one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZe75LUKIto
I think the new version sounds more mysterious, while the old version is more powerful. We will see if this was a good choice. Her live vocals are very strong, I do think they should have done more with the LED background though, it looks good but something is missing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARSkec6HKWM
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 17, 2015, 17:44
Uh oh.
Georgian singer Nina Sublatti has lost her voice.
She will perform in the first semi-final on Tuesday but the dress rehearsals are tomorrow and this is the performances the jury base their points on :(
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 18, 2015, 20:10
FYR Macedonia *mk
Daniel Kajmakoski - Autumn Leaves
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8QCt6CJCHc&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=25
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
I preferred the first version of this song, the Macedonian version. It was one of my favorites. I still like the song, but it is less special now. However, it may score better now. Still, it will be hard to reach the final.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk0HOxoIm5o

Montenegro *me
Knez - Adio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4giAO-2aICo&index=26&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Awwww yeah Balkan vibe :daotec  YES! The only entry this year with that classic Eurovision Balkan feeling. Bravo !
I guess they will receive plenty of points from other Balkan countries, hopefully they will qualify for the final, we need the Balkan vibe ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSrNDvfNOfc

Moldova  *md
Eduard Romanyuta - I want your love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVN723iwj8c&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=27
my rating: :Stars: :Stars:
Nsync called: they want their music back :D this is so terrible it is almost enjoyable. If only the live vocals weren't so terrible, though:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5EcZCJe9BM
:D
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 18, 2015, 20:28
The Netherlands *nl
Trijntje Oosterhuis - Walk Along
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSZwKW3RqT0&index=28&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Why? Why-y-y-y-y?
THis is so repetitive, at least we don't have to be ashamed as Trijntje is a good singer, also I like the live versions better because it sounds less repetitive, because Trijntje adds subtle little changes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny7vBMmoiuw
Also I must say Trijntje looks better than usual in recent pictures and videos, I guess they botoxed her up a little :D

Norway *no
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett - A Monster Like Me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1td70yaoS8&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=29
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Wow, I love this, it is so dark, melancholic and mysterious. I just wish it would come across right on stage :( on stage it looks like any other duet, it is no longer unique :(
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D509S6akMrU
And live the girl's voice is a bit off in the last part, which is sad as it's the climax of the song but that kind of ruins it.

Poland *pl
Monika Kuszynska - In the name of love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fjWLzeQ9K8&index=30&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
So besides the Finnish mentally disabled rock band, we also have a singer in a wheelchair. Unlike the Finnish entry though, this is also a great song on its own. It's a beautiful ballad, not very special but the beautiful staging earns her an extra star:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipe7-P7miIA
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 18, 2015, 20:43
Portugal *pt
Leonor Andrade - Há um mar que nos separa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xowMYNzYWbE&index=31&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars:
Hmmm I have mixed feelings about this one.
On one hand, I really like the song and I love that it's in Portuguese.
On the other hand I have to question the singer's choice :?
It has such a fairytale like feel to it, she should have ditched the rock chick look and brought it like Zlata Ognevich in  2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMxpv8naRd8
She could have reached the final in that case. Now, not a chance in hell. Portugal doesn't have a great track record anyway, with the majority of their points coming from two countries, Spain and France. And, guess what, those two countries vote in semi-final 1, while Portugal will perform in semi-final 2 :fp
Listen to the studio version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsehr5lJJ_s
Even the backing vocals during the chorus make it sound like a fairytale song. Now it's just a mess. Her voice isn't strong enough live to make it a rock song.

Romania *ro
Voltaj - De la capat/All over again
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA3wOKHpzEU&index=32&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
The only song this year with two languages - Romanian and English. It has a great message, and it sounds really cool in my opinion.
I like that even live they still tell the story with the background
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iadVaFGVMmU

Russia *ru
Polina Gagarina - A Million Voices
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBVY7Glcd84&index=33&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Oh, Russia with a peace ballad, what a shock ;) ;) ;) ;) But this song is well-composed, and the staging looks really good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxWE-lvBgww
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 18, 2015, 21:02
San Marino  *sm
Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5of_gx0kjA&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD&index=34
my rating: :Stars:
Oh gosh, whoever allowed Ralph Siegel to compose such a horribly old-fashioned song for two 16(!)-year olds... they should sing a happy, upbeat song, not this terrible crap.
By the way, Michele participated in the Junior Song Contest a couple years ago, and Anita is the first person ever to participate in the junior contest, and directly after in the regular contest.
I honestly feel sorry for them... I doubt this is what they imagined when they heard they would represent San Marino at the ESC.

Serbia *rs
Bojana Stamenov - Beauty Never Lies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zCz_fJa1yA&index=35&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
I thought this song was okay in Serbian, but with English lyrics it just sounds.. so odd.
And yes, I realize this song is about beauty in every shape and size, but couldn't she find a more flattering outfit....? She's wearing a freaking tent.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EbuuNSxGb8

Slovenia *si
Maraaya - Here for you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5JIY7qgzgU&index=36&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
I like this song, but her voice annoys me at times.
Also, why is she wearing headphones and a 19th century wedding dress, and please get rid of that woman that's playing the "air violin" way too enthusiastically.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLNBjibTMBA
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 18, 2015, 21:25
Spain *es
Edurne - Amanecer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-g92hNNbPQ&index=37&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
I love the mystery in this song, and by the way the music video is amazing, in HD it looks awesome. It is interesting that this song is the one that, together with Sweden, is most consistently in people's top 5's. I so hope it looks great on stage, she is a very good singer so I'm not worried about the live vocals :)
This symphonic version is also very cool:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUvIQNgg8Kw
Officially only this is out yet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vScKMhkqdR8
But from what I can see on this video from the press room, the staging looks awesome :cool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caW1u6h80o4

Sweden *se
Mans Zelmerlöw - Heroes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoO1V_eOEPA&index=38&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
One of the big faves, and for good reason, it's a very catchy song and as I said earlier I think the stick figure thing will earn Sweden a lot of votes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wly6u0I5X2A
He seems to be playbacking in this rehearsal though, not sure why :? Maybe to save his voice

Switzerland *ch
Mélanie René - Time to shine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n_pXW3p74Q&index=39&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Don't know how I feel about this one, I like it but it's not very special or memorable. I think Switzerland will qualify with this though.
The live version sounds good (hey, trees seem to be popular this year ;) )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJdvOyTAHfE

Last but not least:
United Kingdom *uk
Electro Velvet - Still in love with you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6r1tUhl1cQ&index=40&list=PL_8Ls-dzQCjlTjjLX3wSFgaXqzuIzQ1LD
my rating: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars: :Stars:
Okay unpopular opinion:
many people think UK just didn't give a sh*t this year and sent a joke entry. Because they sent 2 "big stars" in 2012 and 2013 and they finished like 2nd last :P and then last year they had a good song but still finished in the 2nd half.

But I really like this song :P

 :-x
 :P
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: al_pacino on May 18, 2015, 21:36
Thats a good effort.

They could put out a Stones/Beatles super-group and we'd still finish near the bottom though.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 18, 2015, 21:40
Thats a good effort.

They could put out a Stones/Beatles super-group and we'd still finish near the bottom though.

DOn't be so bitter, especially Bonnie Tyler was just terrible :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpmX7T0yL2g
 :S :o :D
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: search on May 18, 2015, 21:43
no Jedward this year?
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: al_pacino on May 18, 2015, 21:43
DOn't be so bitter, especially Bonnie Tyler was just terrible :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpmX7T0yL2g
 :S :o :D

No doubt about that but poor old Englebert wasn't so bad and he finished well down.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Capt_Cavman on May 18, 2015, 22:21
Slovenia *si
Maraaya - Here for you
We have a winner!

I'll be popping to the bookmakers tomorrow, £5 Slovenia ftw.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: LaVelocipede on May 18, 2015, 23:57
no Jedward this year?
Thank goodness.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: LaVelocipede on May 19, 2015, 17:02
I can hardly contain my excitement. :rave  :P
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 22, 2015, 19:30
SF1 Qualifiers:
Armenia *ar
Belgium *be
Greece *gr
Estonia *ee
Serbia *rs
Hungary *hu
Russia *ru
Albania *al
Romania *ro
Georgia *ge

My top 10:
1 Russia
GREAT live, and the staging looks awesome
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2gbKglCL5s&index=14&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab

2 Belgium
Hell YES! What an awesome performance :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjH-HYAFICg&index=4&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab

3 Georgia
This is so awesome and so DARK ! Wow! Great performance :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWgDzQ0mWTg&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab&index=9

4 Estonia
Very good, a potential winner and definitely deserved, + the guy sounded way better than in earlier live performances
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSWbx3CvVUk&index=6&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab

5 Serbia
If you read my review, you may have noticed I didn't really like this one. This performance really changed that! Wow, this just comes across so well live! She really blew the roof of the place with that last part!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c40kVKIoPvE&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab&index=13

6 Armenia
Didn't put this in my top 10 on the night itself, but looking back it was really good. Good live performance, and a quite interesting staging.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYXr2FccjKE&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab&index=2

7 Belarus
As expected not too great live, but still it should have qualified :(
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwjm1lRV4N4&index=3&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab

8 Romania
Really nice song, and props for singing (part of it) in Romanian!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7iOFkEymXA&index=12&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab

9 Denmark
Such a fun song, it came across so well :( why did this not qualify? :( I guess their place in the running order didn't help (between Belgium and Estonia)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J--Tgi_iZQ8&index=5&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab

10 Greece
Good performance, still not a huge fan of the song though
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD6epZ-YWSc&index=10&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab

11 to 16, in random order:
Albania:
Great song, but damn, I have never heard anyone at the contest sing off-key for SO LONG. Geez, she missed every note! How the hell did this qualify?!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtpMLqiplfY&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab&index=1
Finland:
Not necessarily disappointing, it was simply as horrible as the studio version. I hope they had fun, though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4Y0HOPL5GU&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab&index=8
Moldova:
Terrible, yet enjoyable :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px1MoZ0k7qY&index=11&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab
Netherlands:
What a mess :fp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_fs4SPGyF0&index=15&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab
Hungary:
Boring.... yawn. But still better than expected
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzHNFFSFTIs&index=16&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab
Macedonia:
Still like the song, but not as enjoyable to listen to live. The background looks really good though :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtSum7ouImU&index=7&list=PLmWYEDTNOGULmqp5tLqOSpOdMQL0iynab

Overall I'm more pleased with this result than with the result of the 2nd semi final though...............
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 22, 2015, 20:06
SF2 Qualifiers:
Lithuania *lt
Montenegro *me
Norway *no
Israel *is
Latvia *lv
Azerbaijan *az
Sweden *se
Cyprus *cy
Slovenia *si
Poland *pl

My top 10:
1 Malta
What a great performance, and WHAT A SHOW! Yet it didn't qualify!!! She must have sung really badly in the jury rehearsals, there's no other way to explain this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaJxu3vorLc&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88&index=5

2 Czech Republic
Wow, this really surprised me live! What an awesome performance! And it didn't qualify, sheesh.........
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLz6VeSPXjA&index=8&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88

3 Montenegro
Great, as expected, I really loved how the background changed from blue during the first, calm part, to red during the 2nd part. Balkan tune FTW!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrYmyTJ87vI&index=4&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88

4 Ireland
I really enjoyed this, beautifully performed and the background looked amazing too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B5sdNJF0lk&index=2&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88

5 Norway
Good performance, their best yet, but I'm still not quite feeling this song live
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVKJK9yb5xY&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88&index=6

6 Slovenia
This looked really good, and sounded good too, but I still can't love this because of the stupid headphones and the air violinist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTuHbVKYgY0&index=16&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88

7 Sweden
Good enough, not blowing away though. I guess this is the favorite for the win.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-msutN_OkU4&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88&index=13

8 Azerbaijan
Not as good live, as expected, you can't use a 20-man choir of course. Still, after listening to it for a 2nd time, it is still quite good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_y-yMIzTNc&index=11&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88

9 Israel
Stupid song, great fun though ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bi1lK91bas&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88&index=9

10 Poland
Not the best song, not the best live performance, but it was brought beautifully, so I am happy it qualified.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBI8TQXi--M&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88&index=17

11 to 17 (random order)
Lithuania:
Nothing special, I guess they benefited from being the 1st song of the night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r13a2VUTajU&index=1&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88

San Marino:
Yeah... this was very bad.. poor San Marino :(
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE1KJYNvVAE&index=3&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88

Portugal:
Actually quite good live, and I liked the song, but missed out on my top 10 by a hair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE-LqXkb0ok&index=7&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88

Latvia:
What can I say... hmm.... deserved to qualify, but just not my cup of tea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgmZaf1Sb_4&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88&index=10

Iceland:
Glad this didn't qualify, off-key and a stupid Disney song ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jl-Hr137uM&index=12&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88

Switzerland:
This was a good performance actually, the song just isn't strong enough
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya1r_nFHiCQ&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88&index=14

Cyprus:
Also a good performance, not as bland and boring as the studio version, but still not interesting enough for me. Nice to see it qualify though, always nice to see some unexpected acts in the final :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7qMNtK9uM8&list=PLmWYEDTNOGUJo81rXiY7BR1aPV19pD-88&index=15

A very strong semi-final, with many good candidates for the final, so some nice songs were bound to miss out, still sad to see that out of the 4 songs I really liked, only 1 made it to the final :(
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Capt_Cavman on May 22, 2015, 20:14
...

A very strong semi-final, with many good candidates for the final, so some nice songs were bound to miss out, still sad to see that out of the 4 songs I really liked, only 1 made it to the final :(
What were they?

For my part the only song that I thought was a contender but failed at the first hurdle was  *dk
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 22, 2015, 20:19
What were they?

For my part the only song that I thought was a contender but failed at the first hurdle was  *dk
Malta, Czech Republic, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, Iceland all could have qualified (out of SF2)
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Capt_Cavman on May 22, 2015, 20:23
Malta, Czech Republic, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, Iceland all could have qualified (out of SF2)
I meant, which were the 4 songs you really liked?
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 22, 2015, 20:24
I meant, which were the 4 songs you really liked?
My top 4 of course :P
Malta, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Ireland (only Montenegro qualified)
(Out of SF2)
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Capt_Cavman on May 22, 2015, 20:32
My top 4 of course :P
Malta, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Ireland (only Montenegro qualified)
(Out of SF2)
Ah of course. Sorry, I was being dense. I read your two review posts as one.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: DB-Coop on May 22, 2015, 21:04
For my part the only song that I thought was a contender but failed at the first hurdle was  *dk

Danish media was talking about this, and was on one side mad at Eastern Europe for voting on neighbor countries, and at the same time mad that *dk was not in the same SF as Norway and Sweden so *dk could get 2x12 points from them. smh
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Capt_Cavman on May 22, 2015, 21:14
Danish media was talking about this, and was on one side mad at Eastern Europe for voting on neighbor countries, and at the same time mad that *dk was not in the same SF as Norway and Sweden so *dk could get 2x12 points from them. smh
But even then the voting was weird with Albania in with the worst performance of the week but neighbouring Macedonia out.
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Vimto on May 23, 2015, 15:29

https://twitter.com/TourDeJose/status/601464014133035008

 :D
Title: Re: Eurovision
Post by: Flo on May 23, 2015, 17:06
Running order Grand Final

1Slovenia *si
2France *fr
3Israel *is
4Estonia *ee
5United Kingdom *uk
6Armenia *ar
7Lithuania *lt
8Serbia *rs
9Norway *no
10Sweden *se
11Cyprus *cy
12Australia *au
13Belgium *be
14Austria *at
15Greece *gr
16Montenegro *me
17Germany *de
18Poland *pl
19Latvia *lv
20Romania *ro
21Spain *es
22Hungary *hu
23Georgia *ge
24Azerbaijan *az
25Russia *ru
26Albania *al
27Italy *it