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Eurovision 2013: Five More from the Second Semi-Final

FYR Macedonia – “Pred Da Se Razdeni” by Esma & Lozano

Translated, it’s a song of hope (“If I Could Change the World”) and those kinds of things always do well in Eurovision. Plus it’s got a beat you can dance to, and seriously this one grows on me each time I hear it.

Georgia – “Waterfall” by Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani


I usually like Georgia’s entries, but this slow motion love ballad barely kept my attention for three minutes. Zzzzzzzz…

Greece – “Alcohol Is Free” by Koza Mostra, featuring Agathon Iakovidis

Greece usually hits the contest with an upbeat dance club number, but this year they went with something a bit different. What at first seems like a very traditional old country song turns fun and madcap very quickly. The title is “Alcohol Is Free,” you get the picture. I like this one a lot. It won’t win, but I hope it gets to the finals.

Hungary – “Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix)” by ByeAlex


More catchy pop fun that grows on me with each listen, slowly becoming a favorite, but again, I don’t think it will win.

Iceland – “Eg A Lif” by Eythor Ingi


Yet another European lesson in just because you look metal, it doesn’t mean you are metal.

The second Semi-Final will take place on the 16th of May.

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The Next Six Entries from the Second Eurovision Semi-Final

Ukraine: “Be My Guest” by Gaitana

I’m digging the 1990s power dance diva thing, but how did she get the X-Men as background dancers?

Bulgaria: “Love Unlimited” by Sofi Marinova

More disco, but a decent little dance tune. I like the music video portion, but the stage show is boring. I have to wonder what the real performance will look like.

Slovenia: “Verjamem” by Eva Boto

Another power ballad reminiscent of Serbia’s entry in 2007, boring, but it could win.

Croatia: “Nebo” by Nana Badric

Like Bulgaria, great video, but what will it look like on stage?

Sweden: “Euphoria” by Loreen

Slow build, powerful voice, but turns frequently into house music. Could be a contender.

Georgia: “I’m a Joker” by Anri Jokhadze

Guilty pleasure here, it is sooo Eurovision. Where else in the world could you rhyme ‘joker’ with ‘rocker’ and do your worst Taco imitation at the same time? I love it.

The Second Semi-Final takes place on May 24th in Baku.

War and More Plagiarism

All the text covered in the video aside, there is also the issue of the song sounding very similar to “Disco Inferno” by the Trammps. But still, why go to the nation that invaded you to participate in a contest, and not have some comment, right?