Update, 7 May: 7/10 for both of us. Neither of us predicted San Marino or Iceland, although we’re more than happy to see both #joiningus. Mik dropped Montenegro, while Ann dropped Ukraine. Making up the 10: Hungary, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Sweden and yay! The Netherlands.
The semi was not sold out so we were able to move forward and had a bird’s eye view of the green room for some sweet Montenegro moments. You can also see us arriving on @drgrandprix’s timelapse, at around 24 secs:
Back on Thursday with more predictions.
We’re off to semi 1 this evening, sitting in Olsen as a tribute to the snubbed Jørgen and Noller. From Twitter and the bloggage it’s pretty easy to work out how the show will pan out, but we’ll cover that elsewhere.
The public areas have been done in the nick of time, and maybe don’t quite live up to the pre-show hype:
A big round of applause herfra for the creative use of shipping containers, which we’ve been anticipating for months, not so much for the less than subtle branding for Host City partners REDA. Danes on Facebook noted a lack of twin touchstones hygge and Danish design, plus someone commented that it looked like it had been thrown together in a couple of hours…
What about the music? Below are our predictions for semi 1, with a full ranking from ordensmenneske Mik. It’s tricky, because after you’ve heard the songs more than three times you have a love/hate relationship with them all and can’t decide if you like them or not, but we need to lose six of these lovelies. Bolded is out. Check back on Weds to see how wrong we were.
Ann: a class act but not likeable and not enough of a story arc for the big win
Mik: Intriguing 3 minutes. If he catches the camera right and doesn’t look too stressed or serious this goes straight to the final. (1)
Ann: charming tipping over into annoying, maybe rein Jöran in a tad to go through
Mik: Recipe for hyggelig amateurism, convincing though. And a very good draw, makes a nice contrast to Aram Superstar and his serious business. (7)
Ann: the most complete show of the night, entertaining without resorting to gimmicks
Mik: Contemporary catchy dance and singing class. (4)
Ann: manufactured and clinical; those ornamental flourishes grate but soars to a climax
Mik: Professional plastic sing-a-long, straight from IKEA. It will give you goosebumps. (2)
Ann: trying too hard. LT United without the xtra factor (who was your favourite?)
Mik: LT United light, but we can’t all be Winners. And it has been 8 years. (14)
Ann: trying too hard (2), but lovely voice
Mik: Little girl with great voice, but uninspired & whining song with poor Albanese English lyrics. (15)
Ann: best use of twins, best use of mystifying props; effective if unexciting
Mik: Cutesy twin girls will do the trick, with their charming, though very calculated act on stage. (8)
Ann: Dilara doesn’t do fur – what’s not to like? Answer: the trapeze in a church gimmick.
Mik: Impressive stage show helps this classic jury jewel. Very convincing. (3)
Ann: ticked off – a poor effort, first ever NQ for Ukraine?
Mik: Gets on your nerves, but Crimea crisis will give this contemporary trash some sympathy vote. (10)
Ann: should be safe enough, as long as pple remember it’s a song contest, with added interpretive dance UPDATE: Out; might have made it with a Ruslana hologram
Mik: Belgique’s got talent goes Eurovision, but the sentimental old fashioned style won’t make you pick up your iphone. (12)
Ann: a slight led down from my fave country – borderline, needs more Pasha, plus Aliona’s smile
Mik: Fascinating and Barbu-esque. Maybe too shouty for some, but it sticks to you. And we all love her accent. (9)
Ann: a pearl in a shell, a diamond in the rough…too many metaphors. Ave atque vale – and arrivederci!
Mik: There is no pearl in the shell: Old fashioned boring Siegel trademark. (16)
Ann: it’s Beautiful Song without Anmary, no #suzyshake here
Mik: Suzy-shake flying the flag for Portugal, but without charm, sparkle or cheekyness. All that’s left are her very poor vocals, but Martha does a good job! (13)
Ann: unexciting but does enough for now
Mik: This years dark horse: real musicians, real emotions, real chemistry between them and it looks very good on TV. The jury will love this! (5)
Ann: no Zjelko ripoff – this is the real deal musically. Despite Skating Dolly goosebumps city – see you in Cetinje!
Mik: Now we understand why Montenegro once joined the Serbian Republic. Zjelko has inspired many in a good way, but he wouldn’t approve of the roller skating. Might just miss out. (11)
Ann: I have nothing to say. MTV fodder.
Mik: Contemporary catchy believable song with a message and a hunky Hungarian. (6)