Our 10 Favorites in the First Semi-Final 2018

Clearly someone forgot to read the list of prohibited items in the arena. (pic by Andres Putting/EBU)

Hurrah! The day of the first semi-final is finally here, and it’s time for us to pick our 10 favorites. This is by no means a proper prediction, it’s the ten songs we would like to see go through to the Grand Final. And the best of luck to those who are trying to predict anything tonight, it will be carnage. As usual you can read our reviews by clicking on the links below. Enjoy the show tonight! Continue reading

What we noticed in the jury final for first semi final

– Where are you when we need you, Tahir? We are in desperately need of a plan here. And not the least some cognac for the Norwegian blogger ladies. (Pic by Andres Putting/EBU)
Yay, we are just done with the jury final for the first semi final and the juries must be having a hard time deciding, because there were some great entries in here and all artists did a great job. We’re super excited about the semi final tomorrow, and of course about the result. This is what we noticed: Continue reading

What we noticed in the rehearsals, day 2

In our Facebook support thing for our birthday, we collect money for a better telephoto lens for Andres Putting. We demand close-ups. Pic by: Andres Putting/EBU

Yay, another day of rehearsals is finished. We needed some time to recover after seeing Austria in leather, but can now quietly have a glass of port knowing no more artists ended up in the hospital today. Guess Lisbon got thos safety guidlines in place almost in time. Continue reading

Croatia not being crazy enough

Absolutely no one talked about the Croatian entry before allegations of plagiarism surfaced on the Internet about a week ago. All PR is good PR we guess, at the very least it made us notice that Croatia is indeed participating this year. Anyhow, what appeared to be a major crisis in the making within the fan world, turned out to be an unfortunate mishap by one of the producers behind Crazy. Apparently you can make a living out of selling beats online for 80 bucks apiece. Sometimes we contemplate quitting our day jobs.

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10 Reasons To Love Croatia. And 10 Reasons Not To

We’ve reached the entry in this year’s competition it’s impossible to agree on. Is Croatia totally, utter crap or is it in fact a masterpiece of epic proportions? After weeks of shouty rows over Facebook chat without reaching any sort of agreement, we have decided to follow Jacques Houdek’s advice and just be friends. So here’s the split vote for you from the Good Evening Europe HQ. You can figure out yourselves which is the jury vote and which is the public vote. Continue reading

First impressions from the first dress rehearsal of the first semi-final

Yay, we just attended the first dress rehearsal for the first semi-final and it is shaping up to be a fabulous show. Here’s our first impressions for you:

01 Finland Sandhja Sing It Away

We keep mixing this up with the Spanish song. Which is not a good sign in our book. Backing singers are sweeping the floor with their microphone stands. Hope they get paid by SVT.

02 Greece Argo Utopian Land

Those who think this won’t qualify are seriously deluded. Sporting steaming hot bloke who rips his shirt off towards the end. Opa!

03 Moldova Lidia Isac Falling Stars

We know we are entering into our final week psychosis when we look at each other in nodding approval for the Moldovan entry. If we can’t have Laika the lonely dog in space in Eurovision, at least we can have a hot cosmonaut doing a summersault on stage.

04 Hungary Freddie Pioneer

Stands on what appears to be a perfectly marbled entrecote, which is pretty great because we love a good steak! He’s quite beefy too, come to think of it. We’ll take him medium rare, thank you. Yum!

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Beefy Pic by Andres Putting/EBU
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Croatia back in the spotlight

Croatia’s back again after a couple of years of absence and before that a string of horrendously bad results. Being one of the countries that used to be rather good at Eurovision, the need for withdrawing to have a serious look at the approach, to find out what went wrong and how to mend it makes sense, we guess.

Seemingly the return has not gone down without a bit of controversy as a united contingent of Croatian composers and lyricists were outraged when they got ditched by the broadcaster HRT in favor of a couple of Austrians. Continue reading

Croatian world heritage

When we were kids trying to catch some sleep on a Saturday night, we had parents who would gather around their bottles of Chianti in a straw clad fiasco bottle that had to be finished and turned into lamp stands. They would also play music matching the following criteria, of which this year’s Croatian entry is a fine example:

  • It should originate from a country east of Hamburg
  • The melody should be sad, sentimental and serious
  • The singing should be quite polyphonic
  • The lyrics should be in a totally incomprehensible language
  • It should evolve more and more during the song until it explodes in an intensely dramatic finale after which there finally is silence and their children are relieved and fall to sleep.

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Croatian crash landing

Oh darn, we were in such a good mood after giving the ballad from Bosnia and Herzegovina raving reviews the other day. At the same time it made us a bit anxious. Does this mean that we are actually starting to like Balkan ballads? That clearly is not good for our image, what will our readers think if we go all soft and mushy on them? Leave the ballads to the old folks!

We felt an acute need to put this new tendency of ours to the test by placing another of the many Balkan ballads in semi-final 2 under serious scrutiny. However, after a couple of runtroughs of Croatia’s entry “Nebo”, by Nina Badrić, Continue reading

It's a shokka! Norway is out!

Thank you and good night Europe, it’s been a blast while it lasted!

Oh, well, it didn’t go Stella’s way tonight. We are so disappointed and a little bit shocked we must say, but there’s a lot of countries with crappy entries out there with a lot of good neighbors and the early draw and the sound problems in the beginning of the show didn’t exactly do us any favors. Regardless, we are so proud of Stella and her backing crew, they all did a great job and we couldn’t have asked for more!

 

Here are some highlights and lowpoints according to the GEE jury: Continue reading