Eurovision fever – part 1

20 05 2008

Hi all

Did you watch the first semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest? This year, there are two semi-finals and tonight was the first one!

What was my overall feeling of the first semi-final? Lukewarm is what I will say!

Here are a few highlights:

Moldova – A jazzy song…the woman can’t resist that teddy bear!

Estonia – those three men! What was that about? I will never quite understand the large food boards that were displayed on stage!

Belgium – A typical folk song…but certainly not their best!

Ireland – perhaps the worst one I have seen from the country that used to win the Eurovision every year at one time! Making a turkey play the part was perhaps a big mistake!

And those who went through…

1. Israel – not bad…I thought a woman was singing the song at the start! A song written by former Eurovision winner, Dana International by the way.

2. Azerbaijan – as the commentator said, it was like Jonathan Ross meets Philip Schofield and they both sing on stage! Expect some high pitch parts!

3. Norway – This is a pretty good song and what I personally thought was the first proper song in the running order.

4. Poland – A good ballad, so it was okay to go through.

5. Bosnia-Herzegovina – It is a good song, but what ridiculous props on stage.

6. Armenia – Okay, I would have preferred Andorra to go through than this song!

7. Finland – They’ve done rock before…and this one’s no exception…and no wonder why it went through!

8. Romania – A typical ballad tune…nothing more

9. Russia – Another balladry tune, but not too bad.

10. Greece – A catchy tune and the first country announced to go through. A good choice!

A few songs that were okay but did not go through were Andorra which I personally thought was a good tune (and disappointed not to go through) and Slovenia was not bad either. The Netherlands had a eastern European style which was nice, but that didn’t go through either.

The UK did not vote in this semi-final because they do not belong to this block…but we do have a chance in the second semi-final on Thursday! I’ll be back with a report on that show!

And so the first ten join along with finalists the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and the host country Serbia in the Final. With only ten more places to go and another 19 countries to listen to in the second semi-final…there’s still a chance of a good song perhaps?

What did you think of this first semi-final Eurovision Song Contest? Let me know!

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