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Eurovision Song Contest - Review of 2nd Semi-Final - Part 1

Welcome to our 5th Eurovision Song Contest season and podcast 56!
We begin our review of entries of the 2nd semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest, with the first 6 songs of this semi-final:
Latvia - Justs - Heartbeat
Poland - Michal Szpak - Color of Your Life
Switzerland - Rykka - The Last of Our Kind
Israel - Hovi Star - Made of Stars
Belarus - Ivan - Help You Fly
Serbia - ZAA Sanja Vucic - Goodbye (Shelter)
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Eurovision Song Contest 2016 - Review of 2nd Semi-Final - Part 1

Reader Comments (3)

Latvia: 5/5 - This is my second favourite this year. As soon as I heard it the first time, I was like "OK It's Riga 2017!!" Now not so sure anymore seeing the competition it has, but it's still a fantastic song.

Poland: 2/5 - This one is meh for me. I think he has a great voice and performs very well and there is something quite interesting about Michal, but the more I listen to this song the more it irritates me. It's better than last year's Poland entry but thats about it.

Switzerland: 2/5 - Go Canada! https://youtu.be/2sSyA620Ido

Israel: 3/5 - I don't mind this song but I don't think it's as good as some other sites are banging on about. I think it's very unfortunate what happened to Hovi when he went to Moscow.

Belarus: 2/5 - This song is ok, you've been pretty spot on with your reviews.

Serbia: 4.5/5 - This one, I remember watching the music video when it first premiered and thought she was way over the top too, and I didn't like it, but after actually seeing her perform live, she is amazing. She's also one of the few artists this year with a very exciting personality, I'd love to party with Sanja ^_^

April 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Robichaud

Looks as though you have stirred up the Dami Army with the latest (next) poddie. I'll contain myself.At least for now.

Latvia: Unlike Finland as the opener in Semi 1, I think this song is both a good opener and a strong competitive song. Sweden, take note: this is what 'cool' looks and sounds like. 4 gum leaves

Poland: I want to make a bit of a case for this one. Both Romania and Poland entered dated songs lifted by strong vocals and 110 per cent commitment from the performers. One of them should have taken the other out in the normal course of things. But Romania is gone. I know this style of entry is not the future of the Contest but there is still a bit of a constituency for these. Poland has shown in the last 2 years that it can qualify. The song is very accessible - see the reaction to the live performance at the preview event. It builds. By the end people could sing along with ease, and Michal himself seemed to connect pretty effortlessly with the crowd. I wouldn't rule this out of the tenth spot. Rehearsals will tell us more. For now, 3 gum leaves.

Switzerland: The vocals sink this one. Sorry, Canada, but 1 gum leaf.

Israel: Great vocals but utterly forgettable. How will this stand out? By this point viewers are desperate for some tempo as well. 2 gum leaves

Belarus: Well, there definitely won't be a koala involved with IVAN and the wolves!
Even by past Belarus standards this is dreadful and I don't even want to talk about it. 1 gum leaf (because I have to)

Serbia: If ZAA can sort out the jerky body language by Contest time I think this one has some chance of Top 10. It's a challenging song but rewarding. 4 gum leaves.

2 x 4 gum leaf songs in the first six. Nice start to this Semi.

April 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve

Latvia is catchy. 4/5

Poland is tedious. 2/5

Switzerland at least has some nice synths and with a better performance might be okay. Probably won’t be good though. 3/5

I forget Israel whilst I am listening to it. Mumbling schmaltz. 2/5

Belarus will likely win, the worst song title, with a poor rendition of a terrible rock ballad. Could have gained SBIG points. 1/5

Serbia also reminds me a little of Amy Winehouse trying a Bond anthem. 3/5

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulian

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