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More Eurovision 2013

The First Semi-Final was held tonight in Malmo, Sweden, and yielded the following Finalists: Moldova, Lithuania, Ireland, Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus, The Netherlands, Russia, Denmark, and Belgium.

Now, here are the last of the Second Semi-Finalists:

Israel – “Rak Bishvilo” by Moran Mazor


Another ballad? Really?

Latvia – “Here We Go” by PeR


Kind of a happy 1990s vibe here. I like when it finally kicks in.

Malta – “Tomorrow” by Gianluca


This could be a dark horse. It’s happy, catchy, and memorable, and most importantly in a contest that includes so many different cultures – inoffensive. I think we’ll see this one in the Finals.

Romania – “It’s My Life” by Cezar


This guy’s voice, wow. A novelty, and a possible Finalist.

San Marino – “Crisalide (Vola)” by Valentina Monetta


One wonders two things, how will it translate to the stage, and will the audience still be awake when it finally kicks in?

Switzerland – “You and Me” by Takasa


This is another favorite, I hope it’s a Finalist as well.

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

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.

Eurovision 2013: The First Five of the Second Semi-Final

Albania – “Identitet” by Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko


I love the drums, and the music video, which I don’t know if they will be able to reproduce its energy and creativity on stage. Luckily it’s a catchy well done song. No idea what they’re saying, but I think this one will definitely get through to the finals.

Armenia – “Lonely Planet” by Dorians


Pretty song, and being pretty always gets you far in this contest. We’ll see.

Azerbaijan – “Hold Me” by Farid Mammadov


Azerbaijan is always a strong competitor, and this pretty boy power ballad is no exception. Not my favorite, but it has good odds.

Bulgaria – “Samo Shampioni (Only Champions)” by Elitsa Todorova, Stoyan Yankulov


These Eurovision veterans are back. Their previous “Water” remains one of my all time favorite songs from the ESC. Always great percussion, but I don’t think this is their best sadly.

Finland – “Marry Me” by Krista Siegfrids


Finland is another nation who always has a strong submission. This year they enter a more pop and dancey tune. The music video shows off Krista’s range and humor, but I wonder if that will come off on the stage. I’m kinda rooting for this one, but then again, I’m partial to Finland.

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

Eurovision 2013 – The Last Five of the First Semi-Final

Montenegro – “Igranka” by Who See


If I’m being honest, I love the video but only like the song. It does have more happening both musically and visually than many of the other contenders. However I think it might be like one of my previous favorites, Svetlana Loboda, just way too much going on at once. Either way, I dig this one.

Russia – “What If” by Dina Garipova


One of the better entries, but not one of my favorites, this one has an excellent chance of finishing high, if not winning. Ballads that are songs of hope are always favorites in this competition.

Serbia – “Ljubav Je Svuda” by Moje 3


Another one of my favorites, and not just because of the beautiful women singing. Dance numbers that are a little off, and outlandish outfits are Eurovision tradition. Also, the tune is catchy and gets in your head.

Slovenia – “Straight Into Love” by Hannah Mancini


I’m not fond of her voice, or the way the music starts and stops, but the dance track could easily be a 1990s Cher club hit.

Ulkraine – “Gravity” by Zlata Ognevich


LIke Montenegro, I like the video more than the song. It’s kind of quirky, and grows on me each time I hear it, but I doubt it will get to the finals. Time will tell.

The first Semi-Final for Eurovision 2013 will be held in Malmo, Sweden on the 14th of May.

Eurovision 2013 – More from the First Semi-Final

Denmark – “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest


Hmmm… someone needs a new conditioner. Seriously, this one is a contender. Catchy tune, part ballad, lotsa drums, traditional flute, and a beautiful woman, and not too outrageous – if there was a formula for Eurovision, this would be it.

Estonia – “Et Uus Saaks Alguse” by Birgit


Estonia is usually a fierce competitor, but this year we just get a ballad.

Ireland – “Only Love Survives” by Ryan Dolan


No Jedward or Dustin the Turkey this year, Ireland gets a bit more serious about the competition with this Ryan Dolan entry that continues to grow on me every time I hear it.

Lithuania – “Something” by Andrius Pojavis


I’m not sure which is more bizarre, the background dancers, or the Abraham Lincoln drag… craziness in the Eurovision tradition, love it.

Moldova – “O Mie” by Aliona Moon


Wow, that is some outfit, and a lot of hairspray… pretty song though.

Eurovision 2013 – Five from the First Semi-Final

Austria – “Shine!” by Natália Kelly


“Shine!” has a slow build, but it’s got more energy than the usual Eurovision entry. I like this one, and in a year with so many beautiful and sexy women competing, Natália Kelly is no slouch.

Belarus – “Solayoh” by Alyona Lanskaya


Go, Belarus, pretty girls, drums, and dancing is what Eurovision is all about. Another strong entry – what did I say about this being a good year?

Belgium – “Love Kills” by Roberto


Not a happy song, but the music is upbeat, and he’s cute.

Croatia – “Mižerja” by Klapa s Mora

Sort of a man band as opposed to a boy band. Zzzzz…

Cyprus – “An Me Thimase” by Despina Olympiou


I was surprised to see Cyprus competing this year, considering that nation’s financial problems. Most likely, if they win, they would not be able to host the following year. Although, it’s just another Eurovision ballad with little to differentiate it from the rest – I don’t think they have to worry about winning…

You can see all the Eurovision entries for 2013 here.

The Final Six Entries from the Second Eurovision Semi-Final

Turkey: “Love Me Back” by Can Bonomo

Traditional and groovey. This one is growing on me. The video helps a lot.

Estonia: “Kuula” by Ott Lepland

Slovakia: “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Max Jason Mai

The token rocker this year hoping for a rerun of 2006 Lordi win. I like the song, very Linkin Park and Papa Roach, but the chorus is a bit too Europe for me.

Norway: “Stay” by Toolji

This is another early favorite for me. It’s got everything a Eurovision song should have. This is a surefire entry for the Finals, and maybe the win.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: “Korake Ti Znam” by Maya Sar

Lithuania: “Love Is Blind” by Donny Montell

The blindfold is a bit much, and the disco transformation scared me more than a Rick-roll.

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

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.

First Six from the Second Eurovision Semi-Finals

Serbia: “Nije Ljubav Stvar” by Željko Joksimović

F.Y.R. Macedonia: “Crno I Belo” by Kaliopi

Zzzzzzzzzzzz…

The Netherlands: “You and Me” by Joan Franka

I’m really not sure what American Indian feather headdress symbolizes in The Netherlands, but Joan Franka is certainly a frontrunner in my mind.

Malta: “This Is the Night” by Kurt Calleja

This kinda reminds me of bad 1990s disco, and I kept expecting to get Rick-rolled. It’s catchy though, and very Eurovision.

Belarus: “We Are the Heroes” by Litesound

Ditto. Pretty too, just not sure about the Power Rangers costumes.

Portugal: “Vida Minha” by Filipa Sousa

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

The Last Five Entries to the First Eurovision Semi-Final 2012

Russia: “Party for Everybody” by Buranovskiye Babushki

Hungary: “Sound of Our Hearts” by Compact Disco

Austria: “Woki Mit Deim Popo” by Trackshittaz

Moldova: “Lautar” by Pasha Parfeny

Ireland: “Waterline” by Jedward

Poor Ireland. Why they are not always a part of the Final is beyond me. They always try so hard, and they are the only country to win twice with the same performer. Unfortunately, they went with Jedward again this year. Sigh. Better luck next year, I guess.

I have to admit, Austria is kinda catchy though. We’ll see. The First Semi-Finals take place on May 22nd, in Baku, Azerbaijan.