Eurovision 2010 Semifinal One Contestants
Gosh! It’s nearly Eurovision and I haven’t posted the contestants yet. I’m a bit rushed, but really, what is there to say about a Eurovision song? So you’ll please excuse the very brief descriptions.
You can listen to the clips on the Eurovision website, or wait until the telecast and enjoy the surprise! (The schedule isn’t on the SBS website as yet, but I assume they will be showing the semifinals on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, 26 – 29 May, and the final on Sunday 30 May).
For my money, the leader so far is Greece—not only full of folky goodness, but a boy band to boot! Quick, pass the ouzo.
Moldova: Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira — Run Away Indistinguishable Europop. In English.
Russia: Peter Nalitch & Friends — Lost And Forgotten Slow, dirgey folk song in a style they call “Jolly Babury.” No, I don’t know what that means either. Quite popular on Youtube, apparently. In English.
Estonia: Malcolm Lincoln — Siren Piano-based pop with a slight alternative feel. Nothing that screams “Estonia,” though. In English.
Slovakia: Kristina Pelakova — Horehronie Folky Europop with a nice danceable beat that should provide ample opportunity for the gratuitous removal of backing singers’ clothing. In Slovakian.
Finland: Kuunkuiskaajat — Työlki Ellää Kuunkuiskaajat (which means Moon Whispers apparently) are a contemporary folk group with a big following. This cheery, gypsy number is certainly no Hard Rock Hallelujah. The title apparently means “You can also work for a living.” Sung in Finnish and the Karelian dialect, which is spoken in Eastern Finland.
Latvia: Aisha — What For Another Europop song, but with the faintest folk feel. In English.
Serbia: Milan Stanković — Ovo Je Balkan Horn-heavy gypsy folk dance. Milan, 22, won the Serbia version of Pop Idol. It sounds like it. Sung in Serbian.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Vukašin Brajić — Thunder And Lightning FM-friendly rock. I’ve forgotten it already. I think it was in English.
Poland: Marcin Mroziński — Legenda A bit musical theatre. According to the Eurovision website, Marcin’s fans believe the song will be a legendary contribution to the contest. In Polish and English.
Belgium: Tom Dice — Me And My Guitar Another Pop Idol-type contestant. Playing a middle-of-the-road acoustic guitar ballad. The Eurovision website calls it “warm and authentic.” Oh, don’t get me started! In English.
Malta: Thea Garrett — My Dream The song was written by Jason Cassar and Sunny Aquilina, who, from the sound of it, are Malta’s Lloyd Webber and Rice. A song you find yourself humming before you’ve heard it for the first time. In English.
Albania: Juliana Pasha — It’s All About You Eurodisco. I assume the staging will be spectacular with very little by way of clothing. That’s what Eurovision entries do when they need to distract the audience from the music. In English.
Greece: Giorgos Alkaios & Friends — OPA Wow. Let’s just see you listen to this without Zorba-dancing and smashing plates (and other, probably erroneous, stereotypes of Greek behaviour). Ethnic Greek folk with a contemporary feel. Lots of fun. Also: boy band! That means at least half a bottle of ouzo, if you’re following the rules. Sung in Greek, obviously.
Portugal: Filipa Azevedo — Há Dias Assim 18 year-old Filipa is another veteran of TV pop idol shows. And sounds like it. Sung in Portuguese.
F.Y.R. Macedonia: Gjoko Taneski — Jas Ja Imam Silata Supported by what is apparently a cult rap-rock-folk group. Actually quite listenable. In Macedonian.
Belarus: 3+2 — Butterflies A five-piece vocal group with more than a little Lloyd-Webber about them. And surprise, surprise, TV talent show participants. Singing in English.
Iceland: Hera Björk — Je Ne Sais Quoi Standard Europop. In English and French.