Hurrah! We are finally present in the Tel Aviv Expo arena ready to give you our semi-final 1 reviews based on the first dress rehearsal. We started with some electricity problems. Maybe this was just a demonstration of what it feels like when your supply is cut, which is a common problem in some areas here, we’ve heard. But after a few minutes delay we were ready to go. Nu kör vi!Continue reading
Yay, we finished yet another day of rehearsals, and even though this is for the weakest semi final, there were some real fine moments. Here’s what we noticed while trying to catch up on the security situation in Gaza:
Belgium’s Eliot heard there were some missile attacks going on in the hood, so he decided to wear his life jacket onstage. One can never be too safe, we guess:Continue reading
There are many reasons to love Georgia. People seem to be really nice there. They make amazing wine. They gave the world khachapuri, which is basically thin bread stuffed with enormous amounts of melted cheese. And they do whatever they goddamn want in Eurovision.Continue reading
We got 7 out of 10 of our favorites through to the Grand Final. Let’s see if we can beat that tonight! We had a big row at Hard Rock Cafe last night to settle on a list, the fanboys next to us looked a little scared. Turns out we have changed our minds about a few since we wrote the reviews, click on the links see which ones. Continue reading
As the actual jury final tonight interrupts with our busy party schedule we watched the second dress rehearsal from the arena. Here’s what we noticed!
Norway: The fact that Alex is currently third in the press center poll where everybody hates his song with passion tells us that he’s in with a pretty good shot at winning the whole shebang. Continue reading
Georgia has a lot to offer. This one is For You:
So, are we really ready for another batshit crazy woman from Georgia with smoldering smokey eyes and a shouty song? The answer is no.
We suppose it was bound to happen. After Jamala winning last year we kinda expected a fair share of female artists with big voices singing sinister songs in minor key about the troubled world we’re living in. It worked so well last year so why not climb on the bandwagon trying something similar? It might seem like a good idea, but not when it’s being badly executed. We find Keep The Faith to be a pretentious, pompous and off-putting dirge. It lacks the depth and artistic qualities of 1944, Tamara “Tako” Gachechiladze does not possess the same talent as Jamala and the whole package comes across as contrived and without credibility. Continue reading
Yay, we remembered there were 18 more songs to go and just saw the first dress rehearsal for the second semi final. It is also brewing up to be a great show, of course. The undisputable highlight being our favourite Schlagerboys appearing on the big screen, driving around in a taxi, which we’ve heard is shady business in Stockholm. This is what else to expect:
01 Latvia Justs Heartbeat
Has shown a vast selection of leather jackets, so it is a bit disappointing that he chose the black one for the stage. Maybe he should borrow Poland’s stylist? Other than that, douze points for effort. Will be in the run for best performance in the final together with Hungary’s Freddie.
02 Poland Michał Szpak Color Of Your Life
After the Bosnia & Herzegovina disaster in the first semi final, we are happy there is at least half a cello left for Poland. Michal wants people to sing along, and we can now reveal why you know that melody so easily: it echoes the riff of “I will survive”, which is a message we keep repeating to ourselves every morning these days. Clever little thing that Captain Jack Sparrow. Continue reading
Last night it was time for the opening party in Stockholm! With the plebeians kept comfortably at arms length, the Eurovision stars finally got to officially meet and greet each other. But before hogging into the free champagne and finger food at the swanky City Hall, they did their schlager duty and had a stroll down the red carpet to show off their finest rags and feathers.
We did of course miss our own Agnete, which was exactly to be expected. We offered to step in, but strangely we never received a reply to that email. Oh well, it’s their loss! As the organizers obviously preferred to keep us safely behind the barriers we made the most out of it and bellowed as loud as we could to catch the stars’ attention. Here’s a few red carpet highlights for you, with pics by yours truly and our buddies over at EBU.
In Norway we’re still holding our breath and crossing our fingers for Agnete to actually show up in Stockholm, but otherwise it seems like the preparations before the rehearsals kick off in Globen are running along smoothly. A sneak peak of how the stage will look like tells us that we’re about to get reacquainted with the good old television test signal, which will give a nice retro touch to the competition. Well done, SVT!