#Eurovision Blog 02: #ESC2017 Semi-Final 02

So .. are you done listening to the songs of the first semi-final? Or did you miss my first blog? You can check it here: Blog 01 !!

It’s now time to discuss the second Semi-final which will air live at the 11th of May. Be prepared once again .. I am telling what I really think about the songs. If something sounds too bad .. I will really say so. If you think differently? That’s up to you!

Let’s go!!!

01           Serbia                                  Tijana Bogićević – In Too Deep
The official video / single is amazing. Ofcourse it sounds like so many other poppy dance songs, but it’s catchy and perfect for radio channels all over the world. https://youtu.be/UMvqfykkMYU
With singback it sounds ok, but her live performance at Israel Calling (https://youtu.be/154WXPKZtOk) is not a good sign. Let’s hope she will do it better in real.

02           Austria                                 Nathan Trent – Running On Air
Aaah a combination of Ed Sheeran and some other male singers. The sounds and vocals of the official video are very very nice. https://youtu.be/SpPM1V3dqZE ! Also in Amsterdam he was LIVE a good singer (https://youtu.be/CGtmiveYf1U) . Do it like this and the song is worth to be in the top 5! For sure good radio track

03           F.Y.R. Macedonia            Jana Burčeska – Dance Alone
Original song? No not at all. A good song? No also not. Catchy? No Jana tries to be some kind of Tove Lo but she fails for 100000%. LIVE in Amsterdam you can hear that big parts are not live at all .. autotune and other effects. Not worth to make it to the finals.
Official video: https://youtu.be/Ddo8n_8pKrQ  /  LIVE video: https://youtu.be/953jbgT8-Bs

04           Malta                                   Claudia Faniello  – Breathlessly
Hey! Is this Celine Dion? No it’s not .. it’s Claudia Faniello. Who? Yeah I also did not know who she is. In the LIVE show of Malta she is singing amazing. Even though I think the song is a typical Eurovision song, it will make it to the finals for sure. Will Claudia sing like this in the final, she can make it to top 10 for sure! https://youtu.be/POwL37CIZTg  / https://youtu.be/Bfoq7udRPwk

05           Romania                             Ilinca ft. Alex Florea – Yodel It!
Yodel it? Oh my gosh!!!  Ofcourse not a serious song this Yodel It! ear terror. A rapper who is rapping out of tune, a girl who is yodeling out of tune … in the live video: https://youtu.be/QpFdUoMjf3w
But what happens when you listen to the official video? Listen: https://youtu.be/LlDzaRK8fSM YES EXACTLY! The song is very cool. Sing as good as the official video: finals .. sing bad as live video: sorry!

06           The Netherlands             OG3NE – Lights and Shadows
My country .. oh my country. What are we doing every year? Yeah we don’t take this show serious anymore. We should have many shows too before a song will be the ESC song .. but no, we have a TV channel which is saying: THIS ARTIST WILL GO! OG3ENE is not a bad idea .. the girls have much experience and can sing very good. Will they make it to the finals? I don’t know. Watch the official video: https://youtu.be/H8nj5ZD5Fy8  / https://youtu.be/Bar96hTjIVc ( first rehearsal)

07           Hungary                              Joci Pápai – Origo
To be honest, I am so happy to hear this kinda folk sounds! I can’t find a good live video, so I don’t know what he will sound like when he is singing totally live. In Amsterdam it did sound good. I hope he will make it to the finals. What can I say more? Check the video: https://youtu.be/o-7ETxsPiMY

08           Denmark                             Anja – Where I Am
A beautiful blonde .. that’s what Denmark is showing is with Anja. She is singing with so much power.. that everyone knows where she is . I don’t know if it will work good at the live show, but I think she will make it to the finals for sure. https://youtu.be/716rTFMgZQ4

09           Ireland                                 Brendan Murray – Dying to Try
Brendan is born in November of the year 1996, so he is 20 years young. I thought I was listening to a girl or to a young boy of an age of 11 or something. In the 90’s this song would have been a hit, now it is just annoying.  Maybe nice for people who like Christmas songs too .. but I will sleep when he will be singing. Or to the toilet. Or just switch channel
LIVE: https://youtu.be/Ob33AhOJkDI   /   Official:  https://youtu.be/Dp3apBsLjvk

10           San Marino                        Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson  – Spirit of the Night
“Are you the one I dream about .. Baby I am”. Oh my gosh, the lyrics. And the music. In the 90’s this could do something but please go away with this Eurodance sound. This sound was cool 20 years ago, now it’s just boring. Also the vocals in the official song are terrible.  https://youtu.be/CXiQr2ew3lQ

11           Croatia                                 Jacques Houdek – My Friend
The one moment someone is kicking Jacques in his balls .. and a few second later he is singing like his balls are hanging on the ground. It keeps my mind thinking .. I don’t understand it at all. The song is ok, but not worth making it to the finals. If he will be out of tune in the semi-final .. we have something to laugh about for sure! https://youtu.be/Q06z-EaBvjE

12           Norway                                JOWST – Grab The Moment
Mmmm what do I think about Norway? I really don’t know it exactly. Is it simply amazing or “do I know this song?”?  For sure worth being in the finals. It’s a catchy song, worth to be remixed into a very good club version. Check the official video: https://youtu.be/IPp37uz8vUs

13           Switzerland                       Timebelle – Apollo
Is this recorded at the official selection in Switzerland: https://youtu.be/pkvOk6vA_EA ??? Oh my gosh! Are the people deaf over there? She is singing so out of tune .. oh my gosh! Or is Switzerland thinking: “Please let us not make it into the finals at all?”

14           Belarus                                Naviband – Story of My Life
I thought that “Naviband” would mean it is a band with members of the Navi of Belarus .. but no, that’s not true. It sounds more like the Kelly Family. And a little touch of Rednex. I really don’t know what they are telling about their life .. but I am getting happy of the sounds! YES! So nice! What do you think? https://youtu.be/ElqbLPcTHAI

15           Bulgaria                               Kristian Kostov – Beautiful Mess
Mmm I did see this gap between the teeth before in the first semi final. A new hot item at the ESC? Anyway, I am talking about music. The official video does not impress me, it’s a song like many others. But when I listen to the live version live @ melkweg (https://youtu.be/DRYNckL6CP8 ) .. Oh my! This kiddow can sing! Final material for sure!

16           Lithuania                             Fusedmarc – Rain Of Revolution
I was already warned about the quality of the songs at the end of this semi final .. but Lithuania .. don’t you have good artists? You don’t hear it’s that bad? Terrible song. Please go pee or whatever! Run away! AAARGH! https://youtu.be/aX3vikiOS7Y

17           Estonia                                 Koit Toome & Laura – Verona
Estonia? Are you deaf too? She is just singing out of tune and that pronunciation … oh my gosh! You did not hear it ??? Wish they were still lost in Verona and never come back! Come on! SKIP THIS ! LIVE video:  https://youtu.be/FNPEkEdYIcU  ! Even in the official video it’s shit: https://youtu.be/73lpiC3kCzI

18           Israel                                    IMRI – I Feel Alive!
I can’t remember that I thought: “Oh Israel is stealing a known song”. But this time it pops up in my mind. But I forgive it … what a catchy track! Great song for the summer and also good for radio! I did not see a bad live video yet .. so I will let you watch the official video only: https://youtu.be/XDURs6wwxJM
For sure finals and hopefully top 10 too!

Stay tuned! Before the first semi final you will find the “Should I Stay Or Should I Pee” card !! The “Totally ESC 2017” podcast will be on air on Monday .. and ofcourse stay tuned at www.twitter.com/totallyanders + www.facebook.com/djanderslundgren

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