Lithuania decided to send a concept instead of a song to Eurovision this year. We’re not quite sure how well that will work out for them.
We have grappled quite a bit with this one. Trying to wrap our heads around it is not an easy task. Fusedmarc is a well-established band in Lithuania with a successful career in the domestic market and beyond and in many ways the trio is perfect for Eurovision. It must be the first entry in ESC ever with a visual designer onboard as one of the proper band members and their trademark is their concerts and live performances where visual art is a just as important part of the show as the music. Give these guys a massive ledscreen wall in Kyiv and they might end up creating something magical. 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
Tonight is a big one coming up for us as Norway is on, and no less than FIVE of the guys on our hotlist. We recommend a bottle of Chardonnay, Valium and an oxygen mask within reach. If all goes well and we don’t pass out with overexcitement before the Czech Republic sings, we hope we will be able to celebrate the following ten countries going through to the Grand Final (click on the links to read our review):
Musical entertainment, stage decoration hobbies and the occasional dancing set aside, we all know what this contest is really about: The men. We have now reached the time of the contest when we need to sum up all our male acquaintances before they start disappearing again later tonight. And who did we like the most? Here are the results of the Norwegian jury.
1 point go to…Belarus
So, Uzari barely made our list, although he has got some great potential going for him. Main reason: Hair cut. We really need to talk about how to relate to curls without ending up looking like Lionel Richie, which shouldn’t be a goal for anybody. Until we’ve got that settled, Uzari can seek comfort in jumping back in line for the shop for fancy earrings together with the rest of Europe’s football players. Because that is where he truly belongs.
Lithuania has actually been fairly successful in Eurovision lately, and with the exception of the small mishap with the unfab screaming lady wearing a lampshade in Copenhagen they tend to squeeze through to the Grand Final. Life is simply too short to spend time trying to understand their unbelievably complicated national selection process, and we wouldn’t dream of suggesting to send delegations from less successful countries on a study trip to Vilnius. Although we’re sure there’s some EU funding scheme available for that. But as long as it’s working out for the Lithuanians we see no reason to change it.
There were rehearsals. Actual, real rehearsals! With artist in clothes! Well, sort of anyway. Here are our first impressions from the second semi final:
1. Malta is definitely coming home with us
Malta’s performance was once again steady as a rock and we’re starting to get that winning feeling. And attention! If you look closely, you will see a selfie of us and Marco Mengoni as a part of their stage backdrop. We are very happy to be up there with the loves of our life during such an important moment in history. Oh, and yeah, we are also glad that 130 million viewers get to see our friendly faces, of course. Vote for us, Marco and Malta. It’s number one, peeps.
2. Mei Feingold is still very angry
Half way through the song we just want to scream “WE GOT YOUR POINT THE FIRST TIME” back at her. Also, her stage backdrop looks like something from an adaption of a not so pleasant Cormac McCarthy novel. But thumbs up for effort and all.
It took the Lithuanians close to three months to select their entry for Copenhagen. In what seem to be an endless string of qualifying rounds, where the actual song and the artist were selected separately and then paired together, they ended up with Vilija Matačiūnaitė singing Attention, composed and written by Vilija Matačiūnaitė. Hello? Congratulations on setting a world record in spending unnecessary time and effort. Ever heard of internal selection, national broadcaster in Lithuania? Well, at least the public got to have their say, and those who actually paid any attention (haha) through all 73 or so preliminary rounds were probably pleased with the result. Continue reading
All righty then! While most of our fellow Norwegians have spent the day suffocating in too tight bunads, stuffing their face with ice cream and hotdogs, we have been in Malmø Arena to catch the first dress rehearsal before the Grand Final. How very exiting. Squeal!
We can promise you a wicked show, the Swedes certainly know their stuff and you can really tell they have been gagging to transfer Melodifestivalen to a pan European format.
What makes GEE girls very happy? One lovely Lithuanian lad in leather:
Ah, Andrius. We are truly in love with you too. Except for your lack of control of facial hair, of which we’re sure we can have a conversation, there’s not much bad to say about you. You have a great, Robert Smithy voice and we don’t often see this in Eurovision. We seriously thank thee. Continue reading