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

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– No, no, no, Andres Putting, don’t come any closer! Pic by EBU/Andres Putting

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

Do we want another statement song from Serbia?

Every year there are bound to be a few statement songs and in Stockholm, Serbia will provide one of those. As long as it’s not Russia with yet another peace anthem, which in any case is always intolerable, we’re usually cautiously overbearing. As shown by Romania last year it can be quite clever to use the opportunity to reach a potential audience of some 130 million people to transmit a message of real concern and importance.

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OMG! The first semi-final is today!

– Here’s a sneak peak of Mr. Putin’s expansion plans. Go ahead and vote for us, suckers!

Sadly you won’t find your favorite Eurovision bloggers reporting live from the press center and from premier VIP seating inside the arena this year. Due to a series of unforeseen circumstances, which we won’t bore you with the details. But we promise to be back on location next year when it’s Italy’s turn to host Eurovision again!

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Serbia is back with a banger

And cue this year’s big disco stomper and hands in the air gay anthem.

It’s not exactly a secret that a certain part of the Eurovision fanbase loves a big girl in a red dress, with the lung capacity to blow the roof off and pumping beats to go with it. Throw in a good portion of neatly choreographed strutting about on stage, of course carefully coordinated with the backing singers, excessive finger pointing/fist pumping in the air, uplifting, but totally trite lyrics, a busy colorful led screen backdrop and we reckon it’s only the kitchen sink missing. It’s predictable and safe and it’s super appropriate for obtaining long-lasting Eurovision fame.

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Back to form for Serbia

We have a confession to make. We never really understood the big fuss over “Lane moje”. Sure, it’s a nice enough ballad which was competently performed, but not a winner in our opinion. We loved Ruslana’s “Wild Dances” and rate it as a much more striking and memorable entry. Now Željko Joksimović is back in the contest, once again taking the role as performing artist after having played host to the 2008 contest in Belgrade and working behind the scenes as composer. Most notably he wrote “Leija” for Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2006.

With a CV like this it’s impossible to dismiss him as a possible contender for the victory. By all means, heaven knows this competition can be ruthless to returning participants and Continue reading

What if, Serbia?

What if  someone told you that when you cover yourself up in turquoise, add a little pink and superglue on a pair of eyelashes that’s only inches away from reaching that good old book of records, you will sing something fabulous? What if that someone even told you that’s what Serbia did this year, only they threw in a couple of deliciously clad backup singers and tried to burn our brains down with psychedelia as well?

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How hard could it have been? Part 1: Russia, Greece, Serbia and Spain

So did you think we’d shut up about the second chance contenders? Oh no, not us. Here’s our ruthless reviews:

The entry from Russia is the breathless Antonello Carozza. We think the song Senza Respiro suits the current situation in Moscow pretty darn well, but apart from that, what does it suit exactly? Safe to say all things Italian make GEE girls pop, but this is a bit too much of the language in one blow. We keep wondering when the fellow is gonna catch his breath and actually sing. That part is kinda nice, but we only really enjoy Carozza’s flirty glance and how he makes us miss Italy (not Russia) in Eurovision. Hop back on your carriage, man. Continue reading

Barbara Dex Award 2010

Earlier this week it was announced that Serbia’s Milan Stanković was voted the winner of the Barbara Dex Award. Please allow us to take a moment here. What??? In our opinion he was one of the best dressed contestants this year. His stage outfit in the same colors as the Serbian flag and his marching band jacket was a perfect match for his ethnic styled, brassy celebration of a song. And yeah, we get it, his haircut was rather unconventional and his dancers came out of shower cabinets while being dressed in bubble wrap frocks, but c’mon, this is just not enough to win a contest where bad taste is refined into perfection.

This picture is taken from the Serbian party and GEE think he looks super cool. Kudos!

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Semi-Final 1

The rehearsals for the semi-finals have kicked off and with this, the speculations around which countries will proceed to the big final. We find the prediction game rather mind wrenching, and with the 50/50 jury and televote system it makes it even harder to guess the lucky 10 in each semi-final.

That’s why we will settle for choosing our personal favorites which according to our opinion, in a perfect world without war, global warming and Dutch schlagers, would snatch a ticket to the final. Amazingly we agree on most entries. We suppose we have brainwashed each other and have pretty much morphed into one person by now. Ok, nuff said, here’s our pick for Semi-Final 1! Continue reading