Belarus (Eurovision 2007 Preview)

Koldun: “Work Your Magic”

Wow, there are some really awful lyrics in this one. For example, “Welcome to the night/And you will see you’ve got the magic power/I am on my way, I keep the key to your tower.” Also for example, “You set my beating heart in motion/When you cast your loving potion over me.”

Musically, it has a generic James Bond theme feel to it, which… doesn’t help at all. Neither does the high note Koldun hits at the end. Wow.

Israel (Eurovision 2007 Preview)

Teapacks: “Push The Button”

I wonder if this song, a darkly humorous number about nuclear apocalypse, provides any insight into the current situation in the Middle East. If you’ve never heard Hebrew rap before, now you have an opportunity. The song is not very good, but it clocks in well short of the three minute limit.

The Semi-Final and Final Line-Ups

The way Eurovision works is the countries who finished in the top 10 during last year’s final get a bye to this year’s final. Also, the U.K., France, Germany and Spain automatically qualify. The other countries who have entered songs will compete in a semi-final, and the top 10 finishers move on to the final.

Here are the semi-finalists, in order of performance on May 10:

  1. Bulgaria – Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov: “Water”
  2. Israel – Teapacks: “Push The Button”
  3. Cyprus – Evridiki: “Comme Ci, Comme Ça”
  4. Belarus – Koldun: “Work Your Magic”
  5. Iceland – Eiríkur Hauksson: “Valentine Lost”
  6. Georgia – Sopho: “Visionary Dream”
  7. Montenegro – Stevan Faddy: “Ajde Kroči”
  8. Switzerland – DJ Bobo: “Vampires Are Alive”
  9. Moldova – Natalia Barbu: “Fight”
  10. The Netherlands – Edsilia Rombley: “On Top Of The World”
  11. Albania – Frederik Ndoci: “Hear My Plea”
  12. Denmark – DQ: “Drama Queen”
  13. Croatia – Dragonfly w/ Dado Topić: “Vjerujem U Ljubav”
  14. Poland – The Jet Set: “Time To Party”
  15. Serbia – Marija Šerifović: “Molitva”
  16. Czech Republic – Kabát: “Malá Dáma”
  17. Portugal – Sabrina: “Dança Comigo”
  18. FYR Macedonia – Karolina: “Mojot Svet”
  19. Norway – Guri Schanke: “Ven A Bailar Conmigo”
  20. Malta – Olivia Lewis: “Vertigo”
  21. Andorra – Anonymous: “Salvem El Món”
  22. Hungary – Magdi Rúzsa: “Unsubstantial Blues”
  23. ESTONIA!!!!! – Gerli Padar: “Partners In Crime”
  24. Belgium – The KMG’s: “LovePower”
  25. Slovenia – Alenka Gotar: “Cvet Z Juga”
  26. Turkey – Kenan Doğulu – “Shake It Up Shekerim”
  27. Austria – Eric Papilaya: “Get A Life – Get Alive”
  28. Latvia – “Questa Notte”

Now, the finalists, listed in order of appearance on May 12. The numerical gaps will be filled in with the top semi-finalists:

  1. Bosnia & Herzegovina – Maria Šestić: “Rijeka Bez Imena”
  2. Spain – D’Nash: “I Love You Mi Vida”
  3. Ireland – Dervish: “They Can’t Stop The Spring”
  4. Finland – Hanna Pakarinen: “Leave Me Alone”
  5. Lithuania – 4Fun: “Love Or Leave”
  6. Greece – Sarbel: “Yassou Maria”
  7. Sweden – The Ark: “The Worrying Kind”
  8. France – Les Fatals Picards: “L’amour À La Française”
  9. Russia – Serebro: “Song #1”
  10. Germany – Roger Cicero: “Frauen Regier’n Die Welt”
  11. Ukraine – Verka Serduchka: “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”
  12. United Kingdom – Scooch: “Flying The Flag (For You)”
  13. Romania – Todomondo: “Liubi, Liubi, I Love You”
  14. Armenia – Hayko: “Anytime You Need”

Eurovision 2007

Jeez, has it already been a year since Lordi was crowned king of Europop? Well, Eurovision 2007 is next week, and we’ll be previewing it over the next few days. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to watch the Semi-Final this year because Chris has class that day and Jen has to work. But we will be watching the main event together because Jen is in town for it this year, too! It’s going to be the greatest Eurovision ever! Except for the part where we hear the songs from France and Ireland. Those parts are never good.

Eurovision 2006 Superlatives

We started doing our Superlatives posts in earnest back in 2011 (although, randomly, we did a Semifinals superlatives post in 2009). As we look back at our 10 years of Eurovision blogging, we decided it would be fun to write up Superlatives posts for 2006-2010. Plus it gives us an excuse to watch the Eurovision Finals from 2006-2010 yet again.

  • Least persuasive call to give a little: Switzerland (six4one – “If We All Give a Little”)
  • Best Razr scooter product placement: Moldova (Arsenium feat. Natalia Gordienko – “Loca”)
  • Least inspirational gospel breakdown: Israel (Eddie Butler – “Together We Are One”)
  • Most tonal shifts… literally: Latvia (Vocal Group Cosmos – “I Hear Your Heart”)
  • Best display of spoils that Vikings looted from Ireland: Norway (Christine Guldbrandsen – “Alvedansen”)
  • Most compelling reason to put mustard on hot dogs: Spain (Las Ketchup – “Un Blodymary”)
  • Most emphatic response to the question “Do you schlager?”: Malta (Fabrizio Faniello – “I Do”)
  • Most in need of a Nudie suit: Germany (Texas Lightning – “No No Never”)
  • Most likely to force Chubby Checker to reevaluate his place in music history: Denmark (Sidsel Ben Semmane – “Twist of Love”)
  • Most practical ballerina storage solution: Russia (Dima Bilan – “Never Let You Go”)
  • Most blatant rip-off of the previous winning entry: Macedonia (Elena Risteska – “Ninanajna” )
  • Best manifestation of Plato’s Theory of Eurovision Song Forms: Romania (Mihai Trăistariu – “Tornerò”)
  • Most unexpected tribute to Norway’s 1976 Eurovision entry: Hari Mata Hari from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Hari Mata Hari – “Lejla”)
  • The LT United Award for most self-aware entry: Lithuania (LT United – “We Are the Winners”)
  • Best hip hop from the streets of Knightsbridge: United Kingdom (Daz Sampson – “Teenage Life”)
  • Most desperate ode to co-dependence: Greece (Anna Vissi – “Everything”)
  • Most… just the most: Finland (Lordi – “Hard Rock Hallelujah”)
  • Best Shakira impression: Ukraine (Tina Karol – “Show Me Your Love”)
  • Worst throwback to when it was just a Song Contest: France (Virginie Pouchain – “Il était temps”)
  • Jauntiest Balkan entry: Croatia (Severina – “Moja štikla”)
  • Song whose premise is most easily disproved: Ireland (Brian Kennedy – “Every Song Is a Cry for Love”)
  • Best mash-up of ABBA and Wicked: Sweden (Carola – “Invincible”)
  • Best throwback to Studio 54: Turkey (Sibel Tüzün – “Süper Star”)
  • Best re-purposing of office furniture: Armenia (André – “Without Your Love”)
  • Most likely to get there, popular: Finland

Originally published 23 September 2015