So, here it is, part two of my fantabulous Eurovision review. Enjoy!
Israel (Dana International – Ding Dong): If the people of Israel thought sending Dana International back to Eurovision was a good idea, they were clearly wrong. She won’t win again with this song. Sorry, Israel!
Italy (Raphael Gualazzi – Madness Of Love): WELCOME BACK ITALY! How Europe’s missed you! Sadly, the song’s a bit bland to be honest, so we’re not likely to see Eurovision being held in Rome next year!
Latvia (Musiqq – Angel In Disguise): I weirdly rather like this one so I hope it qualifies. It’s not a winner though.
Lithuania (Evelina Sašenko – C’est Ma Vie): Another song that’s about as dull as dishwater! Sorry Lithuania!
Malta (Glen Vella – One Life): YAY! MALTA! The good Maltese people have sent good acts to Eurovision over the years and, although I wasn’t too impressed by this song or their rather energetic singer at first, it grew on me in the end! Sadly for Malta, however, they didn’t send Fabrizio Faniello or Wayne Micallef (my two favourites from their national final) so it probably won’t qualify and we won’t be seeing Eurovision being held in Valletta any time soon!
Moldova (Zdob şi Zdub – So Lucky): this is Zdob şi Zdub’s second attempt at Eurovision. Sadly for them, this song is a bit naff and too shouty for my liking! Where’s the sax man when you need him?!
Netherlands (3JS – Never Alone): Another great song from the Dutchies who hope to break free from the semis for the first time in seven years! Can they do it? Only time will tell…
Norway (Stella Mwangi – Haba Haba): This sounds a bit like Waka Waka (remember last year’s World Cup song?) but I still like it. It’s also the first time we’ll hear Swahili being sung at Eurovision so Norway will rather be hoping it’ll do them justice.
Poland (Magdalena Tul – Jestem): I don’t understand a word of Polish but I still like this song.
Portugal (Homens da Luta – A Luta É Alegria): URGH! This is like the WORST song EVER to be performed at ANY stage in the Eurovision Song Contest! It’s as though they’ve gathered all the crap X Factor singers from all over the world and mingled them together to form this ‘band’ (if you can even CALL them that)! There were much better singers in the Portuguese national final and they sent THIS?! Don’t expect any sympathy from the rest of Europe for all your money problems now, Portugal!
Romania (Hotel FM – Change): I like this one but, let’s be honest, it’s not quite Playing With Fire, is it?
Russia (Alexej Vorobjov – Get You): This one’s a million-and-one times better than last year’s borefest (I blame the jury for that!) but, unfortunately for Russia, Alexej tries to look sexy and fails miserably on that one! Good song though!
San Marino (Senit – Stand By): I get the impression San Marino are only back in Eurovision because their Italian neighbours are too. They won’t join them in the final though – not with this song!
Serbia (Nina – Čaroban): Retro’s cool. I can do retro. Potential qualifier (and not a kangaroo in sight).
Slovakia (TWiiNS – I’m Still Alive): The best set of twins in this year’s final and another potential qualifier. Slovakia has supposedly dropped out before the national finals has even started back in September so I don’t think it’s a winner. Still a nice song though (and so much better than Ireland’s effort)!
Slovenia (Maja Keuc – No One): Another slowy. Not sure if it’ll qualify either.
Spain (Lucía Pérez – Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao): Everyone I’ve spoken to reckons this one’s like Marmite (i.e. you either love it or you hate it) but I actually LOVE this one! It’s a nice summery song but I’m rather hoping Spain leave their annoying stage-hogger guy at Madrid Airport this year!
Sweden (Eric Saade – Popular): MY THIRD FAVOURITE SONG! If the Eurovision Song Contest isn’t held in Cardiff or Copenhagen next year, then I hope it’s held in Stockholm! Sadly for Eric, however, his glass box smashing may not go down too well with the Euro-jury but most people I know seem to like this song so we’re hoping Sweden actually make it out of the semis this year and don’t do another Anna Bergendahl!
Switzerland (Anna Rossinelli – In Love For A While): Another nice summery-type song and it’s not bad live either! Can Switzerland make it into the final this year? Hope so!
Turkey (Yüksek Sadakat – Live It Up): The Turks are known for their ‘rocked up’-type songs but, sadly for them, this isn’t quite Manga (last year’s entrants). And what’s with the girl in the hamster ball in their live act?! It’ll still probably qualify though but it definitely won’t win.
Ukraine (Mika Newton – Angel): The Ukraine cheated again this year and apparently rigged the phone lines (or something) to let this blonde bint get the ticket to Düsseldorf, which meant them very nearly having to go through the live shows again until the other two from the final pulled out in the end. I personally hope this one doesn’t qualify but, knowing the jury, they’ll send it through anyway!
United Kingdom (Blue – I Can): And, finally, the UK. My homeland. This one’s two million times better than Pete Watermelon and Josh Dubovie’s effort from last year and it’s VERY poptastic, which means we have a strong chance of actually winning it for the first time in fourteen years as well! Cardiff/Manchester/Birmingham (it won’t be in London – they have the Olympics next year) 2012?! That sounds good to me!
AND THAT’S THE WRAP! BRING ON EUROVISION WEEK!