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Eurovision Song Contest 2016 - Review of 1st Semi-Final - Part 3

Welcome to our 5th Eurovision Song Contest season and podcast 55!

We conclude our review of entries of the 1st semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest, with the last 6 songs of this semi-final:
Estonia - Juri Pootmsann - Play
Azerbaijan - Samra - Miracle
Montenegro - Highway - The Real Thing
Iceland - Greta Salome - Hear Them Calling
Bosnia & Herzegovina - Dalal & Deen - Ljubav Je
Malta - Ira Losco - Walk on Water


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Eurovision Song Contest 2016 - Review of 1st Semi-Final - Part 3

Reader Comments (3)

Estonia: 4/5 - This song took me quite some time to warm up to it (which is not a good thing for Eurovision I should say!) It's such a beautiful song, Jüri has a beautiful deep voice and with this retro vibe going on, I think it's fantastic. I'm hoping it qualifies, but this semi-final has way too many strong songs!

Azerbaijan: 4/5 - I immediately loved this song and put it in my top 3 right away, but after hearing it a few times and after hearing Samra perform it live, I was not impressed at all. So it fell from 5 to 4 for me.

Montenegro: 1/5 - What a terrible song. I don't know what else to say. "Inside you... feel it, I'm the real thing yeah" are the lyrics?? I wonder what they are talking about there. Actually the fact you are comparing this to Cyprus is quite an insult to Cyprus!!!

Iceland: 4.5/5 - Another great song, I'm shocked with your comments on this one. I think it's way better than just 2, I am sure it will qualify.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: 3/5 - I don't mind this song, I just feel like we've heard this at Eurovision so many times already now. I'd be happy if it qualifies but pretty middle of the road for me.

Malta: 4/5 - Another pretty strong song. Another returning artist. This is a lot better than Chameleon, the song she won her national selection with, but I also feel like it's missing something. I like the drum and bass vibe, it's very Molly Pettersson Hammar (Oh wait, she wrote it!) but also sounds a bit like something from Jess Glynne. I don't think it will do as well as you guys are saying however, I still think Russia will end up first in that semi-final.

April 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterDavid Robichaud

Firstly, Slavisa, thank you for the pronunciation of "Herzegovina" which has been a point of contention amongst our Eurovisionaries for years. Got it now. Thanks.

More gum leaves ( can't promise a koala but we'll see if anyone deserves one):

Estonia: I love the vibe of this entry but what an unstable vocal! Needs so much work. 3 gum leaves

Azerbaijan: Instead of sending Frans Sweden could have sent this. It is what it is: a good Swedish Eurovision song. 4 gum leaves

Montenegro: Cyprus will take this out easily. 1 gum leaf

Iceland: If I just listen to this without visuals it's mediocre. When I add the visuals it's headache territory.They've gone for the kitchen sink here and I find it chaotic and distracting. Pity, as I loved Greta with Jonsi last time round. Some restraint, please, Iceland. 2 gum leaves ( and definitely no koala).

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Bar fight? Rapper? What is going on, B & H? Once a year we get to hear a decent Balkan Ballad. At Eurovision. We so look forward to it, and it was all going so well for 2 minutes. Then.... ..What were they thinking? The rapper completely stops the momentum and the song more or less has to start again. Which, of course, it can't. 2 gum leaves (1 for each of the first 2 minutes. Would have been four but what can you do?.)

Malta: Well done, Malta. This entry has everyone talking about just how far it can go. Should be quite a long way. The bookies think so and obviously SVT has faith in it. 4 gum leaves ( and because I have Maltese friends I'll throw in the koala).

Can anyone beat Russia in this Semi? Probably not, but I'd like to see Malta go close. Just to give Russia a bit of a fright before the Final. Nothing against Sergey who is just doing his job, but I think it would be a disaster for the Contest if Russia were to romp away with it. The bookies are unmoved, and have been so since before the songs were released. Someone needs to shake things up.

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve

Estonia is much weaker this year. He would have been a better vocalist last year with Goodbye To Yesterday. 3/5

Azerbaijan is again super polished, but I have forgotten it already a few minutes later. 4/5

Montenegro is in the running for worst song for this year, so messy, but at least they might sing in tune *cough *Belarus *cough*. 1/5

Iceland’s inferior Vance Joy rip-off is okay, but a bit soulless. 4/5

Bosnia & Herzegovina started with some nice folksy instrumentals, then morphed fatally into power ballad. Unfortunate. I wonder if the economic downturn there is good for the popularity of rap. 3/5

Malta is not my fave, but still strong. No way top 3 though. 4/5

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulian

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