19
February
2018

Festival da Canção: Interesting result from first semi-final

Festival da Canção: Interesting result from first semi-final

Amongst the qualifiers in Portugal’s first heat, we find Salvador Sobral’s invited composer, Janeiro, as well as Portugal’s 1993 representative, Anabela. This year’s Eurovision host country kicked of their national selection Festival da Canção tonight.

Portugal’s search for its 2018 representantive started tonight as RTP held the very first semi final of Festival da Canção. The show ran for roughly three hours and out of the 13 competing songs, seven made it through the show’s next round.

In this first semi final, two former Eurovision acts tried their luck once more – Anabela and José Cid – but only one became a step closer of being the country’s representative again. Who also got the approval of both the public and the judges was Janeiro, the act invited by Salvador Sobral to participate in the country’s national selection.

Contents

  • 1 The Show
  • 2 The Songs
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Portugal’s first victory in 50 years

The Show

While RTP has decided that only women would be in charge of Eurovision Song Contest’s presentation, tonight two men hosted the show: Jorge Gabriel and José Carlos Malato – two Festival Da Canção veterans – who entertained the present audience at RTP’s studios in Lisbon.

At the beginning, a small homage to Madalena Iglesias – who passed away earlier this year – took place and was followed by the songs presentation. Before each performance, there was an introduction video featuring the song’s composers.

At the end, the jury’s votes were mixed with the public ones and the seven songs with the best results moved onto the show’s Grand Finale to be held next 3rd of March. Salvador Sobral made a friendly appearance by the end of the show to support Janeiro.

The Songs

1. Bruno VasconcelosAustrália

Comparing Australia’s history to a relationship, Bruno presented a quite peculiar song that surely resembled older Portuguese songs which may not be a benefit overall.

2. Rui DavidSem Medo

Jazz was kept alive with Jorge Palma’s song – Sem Medo – not only sonically but also lyrically as it is a romantic song where he sings about a woman he is no longer with but wishes he was.

3. Beatriz PessoaEu Te Amo

One more love song, this time with a rather pleasing and relaxing sound. Eu Te Amo does feature Brazilian influences as its composer is indeed a Brazilian singer.

4. AnabelaPara Te Dar Abrigo

Forget the 1993 Anabela who performed a beautiful love song. The singer returned to Festival da Canção but with an uptempo and cheerful song that also talks about love. Para Te Dar Abrigo was composed by the legendary Fernando Tordo.

5. Catarina MirandaPara Sorrir Eu Não Preciso de Nada

In such a formal national selection, seeing and hearing Catarina felt like a breath of fresh air due to her outfit, makeup and hair. As for the song, it is a slow song where love is again discussed. This time, gay love.

6. Joana EspadinhaZero a Zero

In a shiny outfit, Joana Espadinha performed one of the most unique songs of the night. It wasn’t Pop, Jazz or even very Portuguese. Zero a Zero surely shared one of the best productions of the night.

7. Janeiro(sem título)

Joined only by an electronic guitar, Salvador’s invited composer surely followed the Amar Pelos Dois formula by trying to create a momentum with (sem título), another love song.

8. José CidO som da guitarra é a alma de um povo

The legendary Portuguese singer performed, not a love song, but a song dedicated to Portugal making a big homage to its glorious history. Sonically, it also featured a lot of different instruments.

9. Joana Barra VazAnda Estragar-me Os Planos

Alone on stage, Joana performed another love song. Perhaps the saddest song so far with a rather touching instrumental filled with beautiful violins.

10. Peu MadureiraSó Por Ela

Joining the list of love songs, Peu Madureira dedicated his heartbreaking song to his previous lover in a song that brought Fado back to the competition.

11. Rita DiasCom Gosto Amigo

With various references to Festival da Canção, Rita Dias performed one of the most interesting songs of the night where influences of Fado and Jazz were mixed with her sassy attitude.

12. JP SimõesAlvoroço

JP way of singing made it so hard for anyone to understand what he was singing. The low tone often mixed with a distorted sound ended up on one of the most unsual, weird and unexpected songs of the entire Festival.

13. Maria AmaralA Mesma Canção

It means The Same Song in English and it was yet another love song. Joined by a guitar, the youngest singer performed also another sad slow song that closed the songs presentation.

All of the performances have already been uploaded to Festival da Cançåo’s official YouTube and can be watched here.

The Results

50% of the decision was up to the judges while the remaining 50% up to the public. After roughly 45 minutes of deliberation, here’s how they awarded their points from 12 to 1 point.

ActJudges PointsPublic VotesTotal
Bruno Vasconcelos000
Rui David257
Beatriz Pessoa4711
Anabela31013
Catarina Miranda8816
Joana Espadinha52
Janeiro12416
José Cid167
Joana Barra Vaz71
Peu Madureira101222
Rita Dias033
JP Simões6 00
Maria Amaral000

In case of a tie, it would prevail the jury’s votes hence why Joana Espadinho made it through.

Portugal’s first victory in 50 years

This year will mark the 50th participation of Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest. Having participated this amount of times, only last year Portugal won the contest for the first time with Salvador Sobral’s Amar Pelos Dois.

Even though it found great success with Salvador, Portugal hadn’t yet had a really successful entry this decade. Not only the country didn’t take part in 2013 and 2016 due to its poor results, but it failed to qualify every other year aside from 2010 with the song Há Dias Assim. Remind yourself of one of Salvador Sobral’s rehearsals at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest:

Categories: Eurovisionary

18
February
2018

Romania’s Selecția Națională 2018 chooses its last three finalists

Romania’s Selecția Națională 2018 chooses its last three finalists

Tonight the fifth and final heat of Romania’s Selecția Națională 2018 took place with the final three performers heading to next weeks final.

The final will take place on February 25 2018 in Romania’s capital, Bucharest when 15 artists will be hoping to be picked to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest.

This week the show was held at Sala de Spectacole a Casei de Cultură in Sighișoara.

The interval act tonight was Direcția 5, featuring one of our dear judges, showing us what he had. As he can’t be in two places at one time, the concert was recorded yesterday.

Contents

  • 1 The Hosts
  • 2 The Songs
  • 3 The Judges
  • 4 The Results
  • 5 Romania At The Eurovision Song Contest

The Hosts

Our hosts for all six shows are Diana Dumitrescu and Cezar Ouatu.
Diana Dumitrescu is an actress and model, known mainly for appearing in soap opera roles. Cezar appeared in the best soap opera of all, the Eurovision Song Contest, for Romania in 2013.

The green room host was journalist Simona Boantă.

The Songs

Manuel Chivari – Somebody to Love

That can’t be Justin Bieber opening the show, can it? At last a song that belongs in 2018. An upbeat modern rhythm and perfect for Eurovision. Written by Michael James Down, this becomes his best chance to make Eurovision this year. Now if we can just get past those pesky judges.

Maria Suciu – Sweet Nothing

More swaying rhythms from another non-descript song. A saxophonist gives the song a bit of class and Maria sings well enough. But you won’t remember it in the morning. Maria wore a floral print dress.

Evermorph – Live Your Life

This is a bit more upbeat than some of the other songs. Evermorph hangs his guitar over his shoulder threatening that he’s going to play along. Eventually, he does as two backing singers sing along. He has a particularly pleasing singing voice. The song though is in one ear and out the other.

Dora Găitanovici – Fără tine

A piano plays along throughout this slow song. Dora makes the mistake of having a male dancer swanning about on the stage behind her. This trick has never worked for anyone yet, but still they continue to haul it out. Some powerful emoting at the end is the songs saving grace.

Tomer Cohen – Baby You’re the Only One

Tomer from Israel has this nineties dance number to sing. A flashing disco like background features two backing singers. Before long though a three-piece dance troupe fills up the stage. Colourful but too dated.

Sergiu Bolotă – Every Little Thing

Another slow song with an electric drum beat to give it a more modern feel.Sergui is a particularly good singer which helps the song a bit. There is a bit of a marching rhythm to the song. Two backing singers and two dancers are the attractions on display behind Sergiu.

See alsoRomania: Week four of Selecția Națională 2018 with Elena Gheorge concert

Alexandru Ungureanu – Sail with Me

A piano introduces a woeful ballad where Alexandru wants to leave you. Unfortunately, he doesn’t quite hit all the notes in the chorus. It could be described a bit as eighties alternative. A violin helped the song whose title line was very similar to Shakespears Sister’s Stay.

Iliana – I Won’t Lie

The guitar is the main instrument here, to begin with. However, after a verse, the song bursts into a catchy sing-along chorus. Three young looking girls dance behind Iliana, while two singers help with the chorus.

Teodora Dinu – Fly

Fast or slow guess which? Yet another song at a snail’s pace. The attraction here is Teodora herself, quite the stunner. The only instrument seems a lonely synthesizer with a little piano. A little backing vocal comes in at the end, and a long-held note might actually do it for Teodora. A bit of a Shady Lady stage show with four men and women in a box behind her.

The Humans – Goodbye

There are six humans. Five male backing band and a blonde female singer, Cristina Caramarcu. The song is better than some on offer tonight. The song takes a verse and chorus before it really begins. There then follows shades of Heart. Up against some others tonight, this should sail into the final.

SAVE – All We Need

CAT Music so you know straight away it has to be a dance song. Sure enough, it is and SAVE has two young modern ballet dancers doing some dancing behind him. The judges are at least still awake for this one. Another potential for the final, or last place depending on the judge’s mood. Ilanca thought there was some Avicii about it.

Denisa Trofin – Tears

This song is a bit ghostly and mysterious at the beginning. Sadly, the song never really improves after that. Denisa is certainly a looker, but that’s the best that be said of this dreary number. The last song performed in the other four heats reached the final. Will Denisa keep that record up.

The Judges

Liliana Ștefan who wrote the 1998 Romanian entry Eu cred by the late Mălina Olinescu.
Viorel Gavril a famous composer and conductor.
Ilinca Băcilă the Yodel It Romanian singer from last year.
Nicu Patoi who accompanied Mălina Olinescu on the guitar at the Eurovision 1998.
Marian Ionescu member of the band Direcția 5.

The Results

LilianaViorelIlincaNicuMarianTotalPosition
Manuel Chivari66512207
Maria Suciu2 211
Evermorph 2151910
Dora Găitanovici88810842 3
Tomer Cohen1112
Sergiu Bolotă75475284
Alexandru Ungureanu3422617 8
 Iliana473721 6
Teodora Dinu12101081050 2
The Humans1012121212581
SAVE13343149
Denisa Trofin57664284

Romania At The Eurovision Song Contest

This will be the 19th year that Romania appears at the Eurovision Song Contest. In that time they have sung in six different languages, although to be fair, all six were used in one song, Liubi, Liubi, I Love You by Telemondo in 2007. That song finished in 13th place, the same as this year’s host Cezar, finished withIt’s My Life in 2013.
Eight of Romania’s entries finished higher than Telemondo and Cezar, while the other eight finished below. Best was Paula Seling and Ovi with Playing With Firein 2010 and Luminiţa Anghel & Sistem withLet Me Tryin 2005.

Watch tonight’s winning song from The Humans below

Categories: Eurovisionary

17
February
2018

Lithuania Eurovizijos Atranka, who’s in and who’s out after Week 6

Lithuania Eurovizijos Atranka, who’s in and who’s out after Week 6

Tonight in Lithuania, the Euroviziojos Atranka continued with six more acts qualifying for what is understood to be the week before semi-finals.

We will need to see what LRT plan for next week, as there are now 12 acts going through to the next stage, so it is unclear now how the eliminations will proceed.

Let’s for now though rejoice in the wonder they called the Atranka Šeši Savaitė. And Happy 100th Birthday to all you wonderful Lithuanians.

Contents

  • 1 The Hosts
  • 2 The Songs
  • 3 The Judges
  • 4 The Results
  • 5 Lithuania At The Eurovision Song Contest

The Hosts

No legs on show this week for Ugne, as she decided to pay tribute to the Little Mermaid, but without the tail. How we long to be part of her world. Mantas went for a grey suit this week – sort of as if he was heading out to a Wimbledon tennis match, right after the Atranka.

The Songs

Živilė Gedvilaitė – Melody

With a beautiful song written by Rūta Ščiogolevaitė-Damijonaitienė, try having to spell that name all your life, Živilė opened tonight’s show. During the Voice of Lithuania, Rūta promised she would write a song for Živilė to sing at Eurovision. The song is very personal to Živilė, as it maps out her life. Living through a divorce, Živilė felt the pain of her daughter growing up without a father. The song is a hope that they can forget the past and focus on future goals. Very Abba Slipping Through My Fingers.
Tonight’s commission was very impressed with Živilė’s performance. She was described as perfect, last time it was Disney, so she can be Lithuania’s new princess, The judges did think the song may not be suitable for Eurovision but would let the audience decide Živilė’s fate.

Audrius Petrauskas – In My Bones

The jury was delighted with Audrius’s performance and hoped he’d proceed in the show. As a little bit less known as some of the performers, Audrius really impressed. There should be no doubt Audrius is on the Eurovision wish list. In My Bones is written by Ash Hicklin, writer of Tom Dice’s Me And My Guitar. Audrius loved that song and is delighted that Ash has now written a song for him too. Audrius says that he really connects with the song and sends thanks to Ash for giving him the opportunity to perform this song in the competition. LRT have cut down Viktorija Fusedmarc’s dress to make Audrius’s red jacket. A great performance with the backing band very engaged in the song.

Agnė Michalenkovaitė – Going On

This is another really nice ballad which bursts out in the chorus. The song was positively evaluated by the judges, so they gave it one point. Agnė was told she has a powerful voice but is not squeezing out everything that she can. The judges did recognize though, that the vast amount of talented women in this show, may be a hinderance to Agnė. Agnė was dressed stylishly all in black and gave a faultless performance.

Saulės kliošas – Įkvėpk ir nepaleisk (Man gaila)

So Sun Clay, and Inspire and Do Not Stop were up next. The song positively convinced the judges that it was heading to Eurovision. Rain Of Revolution‘s results seem to have passed by these judges. These artists can be trusted, claimed 18th placed Vaidas, as the song is different and would be great to hear on the radio. Singing in Lithuanian was considered a plus this week. The Vaidas that didn’t come 18th called the song, a feast.

Greta Zazza – Broken Shadows

Our judges declared that nothing needed to be changed here. That apparently included the awarding of only four points to a song they described as worthy of going to Eurovision. On reflection, the music reviewer said this was the fifth song today worthy of Eurovision. Don’t say that Lithuania isn’t actually trying to get it right this year, can it be possible. Monika’s only reservation was the song was a bit standard, thought for a while, then called it perfect for Eurovision.

Rūta Loop – Positive Thoughts

Amongst all the personal stories, which are all fine too, it’s also refreshing to hear that all this song is simply about is positivity. Rūta was thinking about how much negativity there is in the world today and felt it was time for a rethink. The song is about asking people to only concentrate on beautiful things and to give out more compliments. The hope in the song is that positivity can help people reach their goals. Of course, the only people that doesn’t work on are our judges, who gave Rūta, only three points. Described by our foursome as a nice taste of sugar, they did actually admit that Rūta’s smile had won them over.

See alsoLithuania 2018: Eurovizijos Atranka's artists step up their game on their way to semi finals

Marija – This Love

No orchestra required in this electronic dance song. The judges weren’t impressed first time around but the audience loved it. Seems they haven’t changed their minds tonight as Vaidas the second said he lost all energy. The visuals also drew complaints, so it seems there’s nothing Marija can do to please these people. Marija’s over excitement and lack of experience is what seems to have annoyed the judges. To spite the judges, the public loved it.

The Roop – Yes, I Do

Having a different type of performance, worked in The Roops favour, or so it seemed until they ended up mid-table. Either the show was running too long, or the judges ran out of advice, as that was all they had to offer this time. Good for listening, they offered, rather pleased with themselves for coming up with another bit of opinion. The lead singer wore his pyjamas.

Elizabeth Olshey – Bejausmis

Monika particularly likes this dreamy song. She felt that Elizabeth was lacking courage in her performance. The originality of the song drew praise. The judges were delighted that artists like Elizabeth and Lukas from last week had added more depth to the competition. As a reward for delighting the judges, they awarded Elizabeth’s song about staying away from senseless people, two points.

Monika Marija – The Truth

Monika angered the judges this week by not returning wearing the cardboard box she wore the last time. That may or may not be the Truth. Instead, she wore a stylish white suit, much more appropriate for the song. The classy performance pleased the judges. The song was described as perfect, as the judges pondered what else could be done to the song. Keep your hands off thought Erica Jennings. The judges took credit for Monika changing her costume, but the reality was any old fools would have told her the same.

Gabrielius Vagelis –The Distant

Gabrielius didn’t quite take the judges advice about his costume to heart as he returned with the burgundy jacket. He did make some concessions though by returning to a more modest colour of trousers. The jury stilled called out his stylist. Why waste a top ten haircut on the, well unusual dress wear. This week in the battle of the men, the judges felt Audrius performance was better. Still, Gabrielus vocals were rightly described as strong. The song is perhaps a little too complex for Eurovision.

Ieva Zasimauskaitė – When We’re Old

Now, the reason for all these really good songs getting low marks from the judges shows how strong the Lithuanian competition is this year. The other reason is that they are all up against this powerhouse, who has come so close with excellent songs in the past. This year Ieva has a heartfelt song, written, presumably about her husband. This delicate, beautiful song, sung at a quiet volume, captivated the jury. Monika cried. Vaidas said that he’d never seen Monika cry over a song before. A bare-faced lie as she was witnessed crying over Hungary’s song in 2015. But back to Ieva – Congratulations were offered all around. Is it too soon?

The Judges

Monika Linkytė – female half of the This Time duo and Mia’s best friend
Vaidas Baumilas male half of the This Time duo, and Mia’s other best friend
Ramūnas Zilnys – music reviewer and Lithuanian trendsetter. He has grabbed a new sweater from the H and M January sales
Vaidas Stackevičius – director of mp3 and another Vaidas who lives in Lithuania

The Results

JuryPublicTotalPosition
Živilė Gedvilaitė1 1 2 12
Audrius Petrauskas707 8
Agnė Michalenkovaitė134 10
Saulės kliošas106163
Greta Zazza448 7
Ruta Loop303 11
Marija012125
The Roop610164
Elizabeth Olshey224 9
Monika107172
Gabrielius Vagelis5510 6
Ieva Zasimauskaitė12820 1

Lithuania At The Eurovision Song Contest

After Donny Montell’s relative success in 2012, in their minds Lithuania thought they should send a similar entry the following year. However Something turned out to be no Love Is Blind.

Andrius Pojavis looked as if he’d just got out of bed, when Something placed 9th in the semi-final. This was the first year the producers decided the running order. They must have rejoiced when they were able to throw this song into the no hope of winning second position. Sure enough, Someday placed 22nd out of 26, putting Lithuania back tothe placing it was more used to.

Below enjoy the Lithuanian version of When We’re Old

Categories: Eurovisionary

17
February
2018

EMA 2018: ManuElla, Tanja and Nika all miss out on the final

EMA 2018: ManuElla, Tanja and Nika all miss out on the final

Slovenia’s search for Lisbon has begun. Out of sixteen songs, eight moved forward to EMA’s 2018 Grand Finale to be held next week. Slovenia’s 2016 representative – ManuElla – was amongst the favourites.

It’ll be next week that Slovenia will decide which act and song will represent the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Tonight, the show’s only semi final took place in order to select the eight songs that will take the stage one more time next Saturday.

The results were divided between the judges and the public. Each part had the responsability of selecting four acts to the show’s final round. Neither their 2016 representative ManuElla, Tanja Ribič (1997) nor EuroVisionary’s poll winner Nika Zorjan made it through.

Below you can find which acts were selected and if the decision came from the judges or from the viewers at home:

  • Proper
  • Lara Kadis
  • BQL
  • Lea Sirk
  • Indigo
  • Ina Shai
  • Marina Martensson
  • Nuška Drašček

Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Slovenia’s first appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Ireland’s Millstreet in 1993. Back then, 1XBand finished 22nd with only 9 points. Slovenia had previously been represented at the contest as part of Yugoslavia between 1961 and 1991. Four of these 27 entries were from Slovene artists.

Since 1993, Slovenia has participated in the grand final 13 times. Their best results were seventh places in 1995 and 2001, and their worst result came in 2013, when Hannah Mancini finished last in her semi-final.

ManuElla failed to represent her country once more. The singer took the stage in 2016 to perform Blue and Red that failed to qualify. Remember her performance below:

Categories: Eurovisionary

17
February
2018

Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin 2018 completed its final line up tonight

Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin 2018 completed its final line up tonight

Tonight the second semi-final of Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin took place with another three acts filling the final three slots.

The final of Söngvakeppnin 2018 will be held on March 3, so there will be another two weeks until we find out the Icelandic representative.All of tonight’s songs had to be sung in Icelandic.

The Songs

Aron Hannes – Golddigger

Returning after his wonderful entry last year, Aron has an eighties type funky dance number this year. Performed as expected with a troupe of backing dancers, they were all dressed in white T-shirts. This should sail into the final.

Rakel Pálsdóttir – Óskin mín

Also back for another try is Rakel, who’s been landed with a song, very similar to Michael Jackson’s Ben. As a result, it would seem this should likely qualify. A quiet gentle song with no gimmicks. other than it is well sung. Rakel performed the song sitting on a stair, shaped like a bed, in a light pink robe-like gown. She was accompanied by one man and two female backing singers, plus a cellist.

Stefanía, Agnes & Regína – Svaka stuð

Three daughters with a song similar to Queens of Roses Fisherman in Lithuania’s shows last year – yes check that out. The song has a bit of a dance beat but again it’s from Top Of The Pops in the seventies. The harmonies were pretty good though. Dressed in old glammy type costumes the whole feel of the performance was flashy disco, including a glitter ball, two Weather Girls types and a sleazy dancing DJ.

See alsoFirst three singers and songs through to final in Iceland's Söngvakeppnin 2018

Þórir & Gyða – Brosa

The first duo of the evening and the token Ed Sheeran type number, in fact, look away at the beginning and you’d think it was Ed. However as the song continues it becomes an acoustic country styled song, which makes it stand out a bit more. A mouth organ completes the package. Oh and a four piece backing band lounging on couches behind them.

Dagur Sigurðsson – Í stormi

A piano lead in introduces Dagur, at what at first appears may be an operatic type song. Instead, it is a plodding big sound ballad, at times sounding a bit like Journey. A marching band drum accompanies the song towards the final up-lifting chorus. A four piece backing choir helps the song along.

Áttan – Hér með þér

This has a light mellow beat to it, with the duo singing they will be here for you. Again, four backing singers are used as a distraction as the song is not all that much of a dance number. Pleasent and colourful but not outstanding. The audience though gave it the biggest cheer of the evening, so its probably going to the final.

The Results

The Icelandic public chose the there acts to go to the final. They are

Aron Hannes – Golddigger

Áttan – Hér með þér

Dagur Sigurðsson – Í stormi

Iceland At The Eurovision Song Contest

For such a small country, Iceland has sent some pretty good entries to the Eurovision. In the nineties, Sigga was a regular competitor with her bands, Stjórnin in 1990 and Heart 2 Heart in 1992 and as a  solo artist in 1994. The songs Eitt lag enn, Nei eða já and Nætur, placed 4th, 7th, and 12th respectively.

In 2003 Birgitta opened the contest with Open Your Heart, which placed 8th giving Iceland, their fourth out of five top ten results.

In 2008 Euroband rescued the country from three nonqualifying years, and took This Is My Life to 14th place.

Svala and Paper, last year has now completed the second set of three nonqualifying years for Iceland. They will no doubt be hoping this losing streak ends this year.

Below is the first of tonight’s finalists, Aron Hannes and Golddigger.

Categories: Eurovisionary

17
February
2018

Estonia: Meet the last five finalists of Eesti Laul 2018

Estonia: Meet the last five finalists of Eesti Laul 2018

The five last finalists for Estonia’s Eest Laul 2018 were just selected. The alternative group Frankie Animal and the sassy Nika were amongst the chosen ones and will compete at the show’s Grand Finale next 3rd of March.

Last week, Stig Rästa, Elina Netšajeva, Vajé, Iiris & Agoh and Sibyl Vane were crowned as the five first finalists of Estonia’s Eesti Laul’s 2018. Tonight, the five last ones were selected during the show’s second semi final.

As of now, the show will take a week break to comeback next 3rd of March for its Grand Finale where only one will be crowned as the winner and will travel to Lisbon to represent Estonia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Contents

  • 1 The Show
  • 2 The Songs
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest

The Show

Just like the previous week, Kristen Aaslaid and Martin Veisman were in charge of the show’s presentation and for the interviews with the ten contestants.

The performances were again more pre-recorded.

The Songs

1. Marju LänikTäna otsuseid ei tee

With a very feminine performance and song, Estonian singer Marju performed in a dressed decorated with butterflies. The song could be seen as a soft Pop tune with a few Country influences.

2. Rolf RoosaluShow a Little Love

Bringing the 80s back to life, Rolf’s song could easily be an homage to Michael Jackson’s sound back in the day. It may, nonetheless, sound a bit dated for Eurovision in 2018.

3. Frankie Animal(Can’t Keep Calling) Misty

Alternative music was kept alive during this second semi final with Frankie Animal (and not only). The band guided by Jan-Christopher Soovik brought to life one of the most interesting performances of the night.

4. Eliis Pärna & Gerli PadarSky

The duo truly represented a sky filled with stars on stage. Sky was the only ballad presented during Eesti Laul’s second semi final.

5. Indrek VentmannTempel

Talking about good performances. Indrek Ventmann’s performance was one of the most dynamic ones even if he was sitting throughout the entire thing. Worth watching.

6. EvestusWelcome to My World

Rock and roll made a comeback with Evestus that presented a rather distorted song with a rather strange scenario featuring men dressed as women.

7. Karl Kristjan & Karl KillingYoung (feat. Wateva)

Just like last week, the performances featured a few special effects as they were pre-recorded. During this semi final, it was Young that featured the biggest effects making it a quite colorful performance.

8. MetsakutsuKoplifornia

During the first semi final, Tiiu, Okym and Semy brought Estonian rap back to life. This week, it was up to Metsakutsu to fill in the role.

9. Girls In PearlsSpellbound

Dressed in white, the twins delivered one of the best productions of the night even if their performance was rather simple. Their song was clearly influenced by new alternative pop sounds that have encountered success recently.

10. NikaKnock Knock

Think of an Estonian Iggy Azalea and you have Nika. Besides the great staging and the quite disturbing outfits of her dancers, Nika performed one of the most interesting songs of this second semi final where she mixed Pop, Rap and a few ethnic sounds.

The Results

In order to determine the five qualifiers, the jury’s votes were mixed with the televoting – each being worth 50%. Initially, the four most voted acts were announced. Later, the voting lines were opened once more and the fifth most voted act made it through.

ActResult
Marju Länik
Rolf Roosalu
Frankie AnimalQualified
Eliis Pärna & Gerli PadarQualified
Indrek Ventmann
EvestusQualified
Karl Kristjan & Karl KillingQualified
Metsakutsu
Girls In Pearls
NikaQualified

Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Despite having won the contest once back in 2001, Estonia has failed to qualify two years in a row, having ranked last in 2016 with Play.

The country has been participating in Eurovision since 1993 and has a total of 24 participations. Out of those 24, nine times it finished among the contest’s top 10.

In recent year’s, the last time Estonia has made it through Eurovision’s Grand Finale was back to 2015 when Stig Rästa and Elina Born performed Goodbye To Yesterday. Remind yourself of their performance in the show’s Grand Finale:

Categories: Eurovisionary

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