Eurovision Semi-final One Contestants 2011
Here are the 19 entries in the first semi-final, in performance order. After the restraint of last year, due in my opinion to the global financial crisis, I was looking forward to a more flamboyant program. Not to be, alas, unless all the good songs are in the second semi-final. You’ll have to wait a day or so to find out.
Magdalena Tul – Jestem (Poland) Europop with a solid beat, but unlike every other example of the genre, it’s sung in Polish. Well done Magdalena. Thanks for coming…
Stella Mwangi – Haba Haba (Norway) Sigh. By-the-numbers pop, no melody, no interest. Points for a stupid title, though.
Aurela Gaçe – Feel The Passion (Albania) That’s more like it: ridiculously over-the-top song that sounds a lot more potentious than it actually is. Lots of fun really, but nothing stands out.
Emmy – Boom Boom (Armenia) “Boom boom chaka chaka” what more can I say? The kind of pointless pop that makes Eurovision all worthwhile. I hope the staging is a silly as the video clip.
Yüksek Sadakat – Live it up (Turkey) MOR rock. I expect that you’d hear a lot of stuff like this if you listened to NOVA FM (or your choice of “adult-oriented rock” radio). Bored now.
Nina – Caroban (Serbia) Some people actually liked 1967 and wanted it never to end. For Nina, apparently it never did.
Alexej Vorobjov – Get You (Russia) Boy band! Drink! Well actually, male vocalist and backing singers/dancers, but close. Song? About as memorable as you’d expect.
Anna Rossinelli – In love for a while (Switzerland) Pretty acoustic pop song with an introduction that curiously made me think a TV ad for an insurance company was coming. Also, the song is only three minutes long, so is it really necessary to have an entire verse of “na na na na”?
Eldrine – One More Day (Georgia) Synth-rock. About as interesting as Nickelback. Oh, of course, how did I not see the mid-song rapper coming?
Paradise Oskar – Da Da Dam (Finland) Acoustic pop. Kind of forgetable, except that young Axel’s voice keeps accidentally (I presume) channeling Kermit the Frog.
Glen Vella – One Life (Malta) Eurodisco. I suspect I’ll will have forgotten it by the time it’s over.
Senit – Stand by (San Marino) Not nearly enough vibrato on that rythym guitar. No, really. I mean, who puts vibrato on guitar? Unfortunately, that’s the most interesting thing about this song.
Daria – Celebrate (Croatia) When the contestant list said Daria I was hoping for a dry-humoured, cynical teenage girl with big glasses, but unfortunately it’s just indistinguishable Europop.
Sjonni’s Friends – Coming Home (Iceland) Oh wow. Apparently Sjonni died after winning the national competition, and a group of his friends decided to perform the song in his memory. A lovely story, and I wish them the best. Pity the song is terrible.
Kati Wolf – What about my dreams (Hungary) What about my ears? Predictable dance pop.
Homens Da Luta – Luta é alegria (Portugal) According to the Eurovision website, this is a collective of traditional Portuguese music of an interventionist style. I have no idea what that means. But they are extremely silly, so there is a chance I’m be able to remember the song for 30 seconds after it finishes. And apparently they think they’re the Portugese Village People: they’ve got a construction worker, a soldier, and a ’70s porn star…
Evelina Sašenko – C’est ma vie (Lithuania) A song that stands out simply by the fact that it’s quasi-classical, rather than Europop.
Ell & Nikki – Running Scared (Azerbaijan) Generaic synthpop. Literally cannot think of a single thing to say about it.
Loucas Yiorkas Feat. Stereo Mike – Watch my dance (Greece) Dramatic opening, but no Opa! (the lamentably unsuccessful Greek entry from last year). Not even the rapper can make this interesting.