So today we finish reviewing the first half of the semifinals for this year’s EuroVision Song Contest. Yay!
13 ““ Denmark: Soluna Samay, “Should’ve Known Better”
Soluna Samay is absolutely adorable, and I really just want to go grab a cup of coffee with her and then skip through the street. I really like her voice, even if she smiles a bit too much for the song topic. But I think she’s singing about a topic we can all understand, which I really appreciate. It’s almost like she’s a mix of Iron and Wine with early Jewel. I’m digging her vibe a lot.
14 ““ Russia: Buranovskiye Babushki, “Party for Everybody”
I honestly can’t tell if this is a joke or not. These little old women are adorable, and the message in the song is great, but I have a hard time believing that they’re a real entry. Kudos Russia, for not just adding another pop band to the EuroVision market.
15 ““ Hungary: Compact Disco, “Sound of Our Hearts”
I’m not really sure how I feel about Compact Disco. They have a very boy band quality to them, well boy band mixed with Nickleback. It’s an interesting sound to say the least, but I think it falls short of being truly entertaining.
16 ““ Austria: Trackshittaz, “Woki Mit Deim Popo”
These kids crack me up! Before I look up the translated lyrics, I have to say these guys are hysterical and super enthusiastic. And I really wish I hadn’t looked up those lyrics. Wow. They call themselves the “noodle soup gang” according to three different translation sites. I really hope that’s some colloquialism that just doesn’t translate well into English.
17″“ Moldova: Pasha Parfeny, “LÄƒutar”
Moldova gets bonus points just for the use of horns. I’m really digging the melody for this song. It’s super fun, and I’m totally taking it to dance class this week; it really makes me want to swing. The lead singer’s voice is excellent (even if I had to double take to see if it was him singning). I also can’t get over his pants. They fascinate me with their suspenders and drapery.
18 ““ Ireland: Jedward, “Waterline”
I’m just going to say that I really love Jedward. I do. I have for awhile now, but I really liked last year’s entry better than this one. I still enjoy it. It’s poppy and cheesy and everything I’ve come to expect from them. But this song feels a little stale to me. It’s almost like even they’re getting tired of their sound and need to polish it up a bit.
I have to say that for this week’s grouping, I’d give my points to Moldova and Denmark. Moldova for making me want to dance and for clever use of horns, and Denmark for adorableness.