||Chris and Kieran:
Told you this was a hard one to call. It was also a hard one to watch. A lot of the acts just fell flat for us, lacking in energy and intensity. Even numbers that looked like they had some pep to them, such as “Marry Me” and “Alcohol Is Free,” had a lot of performers running around but not generating sparks. (In the case of Finland, Krista Siegfrids has been sick, so you can give her a pass, right to the final.)
I won’t say that there were any undeserving finalists, just some underwhelming ones. Margaret Berger’s performance tonight felt more like she was going through the motions. The fervency that she had in the Melodi Grand Prix was nowhere to be found, and while it wasn’t a disaster by any stretch of the imagination, it was also not getting us up out of our seats.
ByeAlex, meanwhile, looked wicked nervous, so much so that we were a bit worried he would not make it through. But it feels like he already has a strong fanbase behind him, and I think that carried him. Hopefully, the only butterflies he has on Saturday are in his postcard video.
Both Jen and I are were really bummed that Latvia and Albania missed out. Not that we were expecting PeR to go through, but they were a terrific opener and had enthusiasm to spare. It would have been nice to see them rewarded. And Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko delivered a big performance that we really thought would have blown Armenia’s Dorians out of the water. But bigger isn’t always better, is it?
Unless you’re talking about Cezar from Romania. It’s kind of funny, but I kinda wish it was a bit campier. Still, thrilled to see him in the final, because you can’t let Belarus hog all the Eurovision wackiness.