Stevan Faddy: “Ajde Kroči”
Serbia and Montenegro had to withdraw from Eurovision last year due to the situation around their impending break-up. Both countries have their own entries this year. Montenegro’s number sounds like the closing credits to an ’80s action comedy.
Sopho: “Visionary Dream”
Georgia is making its Eurovision debut this year. I hope they do well, because this song is really totally awesome.
Eiríkur Hauksson: “Valentine Lost”
“Rock ‘n roll can heal your soul/When broken hearts lose all control.” Indeed. This song is funnier than last year’s entry from Iceland. Except this isn’t supposed to be funny, I think.
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.
Evridiki: “Comme Ci, Comme Ça”
Imagine Anastacia singing Erasure in French. This is Evridiki’s third Eurovision appearance, incidentally.
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.
Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov: “Water”
One of those traditional-techno mash-ups. Think of an Eastern European Afro-Celt Sound System. Let’s hope these two are compelling performers, because the song goes absolutely nowhere.
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:
- Bulgaria – Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov: “Water”
- Israel – Teapacks: “Push The Button”
- Cyprus – Evridiki: “Comme Ci, Comme Ça”
- Belarus – Koldun: “Work Your Magic”
- Iceland – Eiríkur Hauksson: “Valentine Lost”
- Georgia – Sopho: “Visionary Dream”
- Montenegro – Stevan Faddy: “Ajde Kroči”
- Switzerland – DJ Bobo: “Vampires Are Alive”
- Moldova – Natalia Barbu: “Fight”
- The Netherlands – Edsilia Rombley: “On Top Of The World”
- Albania – Frederik Ndoci: “Hear My Plea”
- Denmark – DQ: “Drama Queen”
- Croatia – Dragonfly w/ Dado Topić: “Vjerujem U Ljubav”
- Poland – The Jet Set: “Time To Party”
- Serbia – Marija Šerifović: “Molitva”
- Czech Republic – Kabát: “Malá Dáma”
- Portugal – Sabrina: “Dança Comigo”
- FYR Macedonia – Karolina: “Mojot Svet”
- Norway – Guri Schanke: “Ven A Bailar Conmigo”
- Malta – Olivia Lewis: “Vertigo”
- Andorra – Anonymous: “Salvem El Món”
- Hungary – Magdi Rúzsa: “Unsubstantial Blues”
- ESTONIA!!!!! – Gerli Padar: “Partners In Crime”
- Belgium – The KMG’s: “LovePower”
- Slovenia – Alenka Gotar: “Cvet Z Juga”
- Turkey – Kenan Doğulu – “Shake It Up Shekerim”
- Austria – Eric Papilaya: “Get A Life – Get Alive”
- Latvia – Bonaparti.lv: “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:
- Bosnia & Herzegovina – Maria Šestić: “Rijeka Bez Imena”
- Spain – D’Nash: “I Love You Mi Vida”
- Ireland – Dervish: “They Can’t Stop The Spring”
- Finland – Hanna Pakarinen: “Leave Me Alone”
- Lithuania – 4Fun: “Love Or Leave”
- Greece – Sarbel: “Yassou Maria”
- Sweden – The Ark: “The Worrying Kind”
- France – Les Fatals Picards: “L’amour À La Française”
- Russia – Serebro: “Song #1”
- Germany – Roger Cicero: “Frauen Regier’n Die Welt”
- Ukraine – Verka Serduchka: “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”
- United Kingdom – Scooch: “Flying The Flag (For You)”
- Romania – Todomondo: “Liubi, Liubi, I Love You”
- Armenia – Hayko: “Anytime You Need”
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.