Eurovision 2016 – Day 10 Jury Dress Rehearsal Semi Final 2 LIVE ROLLING BLOG – START 2100 CET- JUST REFRESH
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The Running Order is as Follows
But before the songs, there will be an opening song from Petra and Måns. If you don’t know what it is, I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed.
Justs kicks things off doing his best to smoulder to the camera. This song is a very good one to smoulder to, so naturally he’s in a ‘cool’ leather jacket. the song definitely gets the crowd in the mood for the fun to follow, and this is a very good opener. There’s good camera angles aplenty and Justs is really getting down and funky. His best performance to date, and a surefire qualifier if I’m any judge.
The dreaded second position sees Michał in his red jacket. I’m not sure whether it was just me, but there seemed to be a few less favourable notes hit early on. For a ballad it’s very well performed (despite the note malfunctions) and I can see its appeal even though it’s not a song I really like. Stage presence-wise, Michał is there and by the end of the song he manages to get all of the challenging notes right.
Unlike the photo below, Rykka has gone for the permed hair. Not the best look in my humble opinion, but you never know. Her style is interesting in that it involves bobbing up and down to the beat. A little distracting if you ask me. Rykka does get the benefit of a wind machine which might redeem the song slightly, as might the shower of golden fireworks to the end. This will definitely struggle.
In complete contrast, Hovi gives us a fine ballad of the highest quality. It’s effectively staged with minimal lighting in the form of twinking stars. Big cheers after the end of the first chorus. This really bounces along well and we get innovative camera angles and more showers of pyros. There will be fewer better songs tonight. It also gets lots of applause in the press centre.
You will have read by now that IVAN (not Ivan) does not perform naked, although there is a shot of him appearing so at the top of the song. His wolves seem particularly interested in what he has to sing though. He’s appearing to nail this, making it the best performance by him so far. The effects (more designed for the TV cameras than Globen’s crowd) work very well, and are not as ostentatious as some others we’ve seen over the last two weeks. The baby at the end still confuses me. It might qualify, I’m just not sure how to judge on whether it will qualify or not.
Before the next song, we seem Petra and Måns picking up ‘random’ passengers who don’t know who the drivers are – honest.
Sanja has got this spot on every time so far, and continues to do so this time round (apart from one note near the end). The staging is excellent – just blacks and reds – which set the mood of the song. And I really like the white spotlights giving the impression of a cage around Sanja and her pals. She seems assured and I think that this will qualify.
Hold onto your shamrocks. Here comes Nicky. The song is, in a good way, formulaic, and this will help the casual listener. Nicky himself is acquitting himself pretty well although a few more looks at the camera would help. It’s that trade off between performing to the crowd and performing to the TV cameras. He is an assured performer and this was one of the best performances he’s done. We wish him well.
Kaliopi only gives good performances – it’s the law. And she has here whilst singing about the enigmatic ‘Dona’. It’s a big big song with lots of sympathetic camera and lightwork going on around her. We have backing singers that make their presence known which is something I like too. Her voice is strong in a smokey way but I’m not too sure how voters will take to that very last note.
Donny, I think, needs to sort out the hair as it appears just a little too curly. It’s almost distracting. However, it’s not a bad old song with a decent enough hook to get you, well, hooked. I like the idea of the floor lights mirroring his footsteps, and the big light show. What I may have liked to see are the backing singers. He has them but they’re nowhere to be seen. There is also the highpoint of when he uses the trampette to jump between two streams of dry ice. It’s a decent performance and gets some applause here in the press centre.
It’s an Aussie on a box. OK, i’m being harsh here. But it’s a very sparkly box. Dami has a great voice and this is a fine ballad. I particularly like the TV effects of her apparently drawing in thin air, only to make symbols, circles and other effects magically appear. I’d like to see how she gets off the box towards the end of the song, but it in no way detracts from what we’ve seen. It also gets a massive massive cheer in the press centre – possibly the biggest so far.
Is it blue or red? Yodelling is a high-risk tactic and sadly might immediately put people off. If viewers get through that then they have the view of an interesting dress. It leaves little to the imagination above the waist. Get past that and you’ve got a country song with lots of banjo-ing. Her dancer joins us for the last chorus and I’m still not sure why he’s there. The pole he spins on doesn’t do much and it’s a narrow escape for him when the pyros start. I’m really not sure whether this will qualify.
The crowd are cheering for Poli before she’s started singing. We have a song here that doesn’t ask politely for you to vote for it – more it grabs you and shouts vote for me. She has a pleasing stage presence in striking costume (see the picture below) and an impressive light show. It is one of the bets things we’ve seen tonight, there’s lots applause and the press centre loves it too. She’ll be through to Saturday.
Is it wise to ask someone to tell you something at the start of a song? Maybe not. This song still doesn’t grab me (especially after Poli) and the main redeeming feature is the microphone stands with lights on. They probably are good singers individually but this song doesn’t really encourage anyone to vote for it. This is not qualifying.
Before the next song, Måns comments that he hopes the time will come when love will not be a crime anywhere in the world. Wise words. Petra is in the Green Room and she flirts with Nicky Byrne. Could this yield some extra votes for him? Let’s hope so.
Eurovision isn’t all about jollity – the serious message comes across from time to time. Jamala is being really heartfelt with this song and it has a very effective staging. The black combined with the flashes of reds and blues draws you in. And just when you think it can’t draw you in anymore, the tree of light appears behind her. I’ve just got goosebumps. This will qualify I hope.
Agnethe hasn’t been around much, so there’s been very little talk on how well (or badly) this could do. I’ve never been sure about the abrupt change of tempo between verse and chorus and that hasn’t changed. It may, on the other hand, be the thing that makes the song stand out from the rest. She’s attractive and will definitely catch the eye of the casual viewer (again, another potential plus). However, due to the lack of talk I think Norway will struggle here.
I know that this song will polarise opinion. The Georgians like to be innovative and there is nothing else like this in the 2016 contest. It will therefore stand out. However, due to it’s deep nature I suspect it might put a lot of people off. For those of us of a certain age, it has similarities with 1990s pop music in the UK. Some of the mirrored TV angles and affects have been replaced by monochrome. I do like this and I want it to do well. I don’t think it will sadly.
Eneda is a vision in gold. That makes her a very striking vision indeed. So much so it sort of puts you off the song. In any other circumstance, the strong chorus combined with the powerful voice we know she has would be a vote winner. However, I’m struggling to see how these positives will actually yield the right number of votes to progress to the final. People will like it, but maybe only as their third or fourth favourite. Third or fourth favourites don’t always get the votes, so this could even be accidental last.
This isnone of my contenders for the most improved song between selection and contest. Belgium has done a great job with this. It’s light, bright and extremely catchy. It’s been choreographed to within an inch of its life and it works like a dream. Yeah, the snobs might deem it throwaway pop and that dancefloor may be very retro. But this is great and I’m sure will qualify. Even people in the press centre are not just clapping, but clapping along.
Before the Big 3, we get told that due to technical problems, Georgia gets to perform again. We’re told that the sound didn’t go through to the juries . I won’t repeat what I think of the song, other than it’s a good thing that they recognised the issue quickly and did the right thing.
We get reprises of the 18 songs and then a short spoof video on Sweden’s quest for Eurovision glory. There is an in-joke with the words shown if you do get to see it.
we next get dancing robots. Not the robots you would normally think of. These are the robots you’d see assembling cars on some Volvo production line. It’s called ‘Man versus machine’.
Jamie-Lee always dresses in a striking fashion and today is no exception. The setting for her is very dramatic with lots of fake trees and a moon. I’m not sure it hangs together as it doesn’t have the impetus that we’ve seen from the semi-finalists that are likely to qualify tomorrow night.
Jury bait if ever there was such a thing. It exudes class and sophistication. The set is used really well and Francesca looks really confortable on stage. She’s wearing a white top, and not the one you can see in the picture below. Even the switches between Italian and English are seamless. This is going to be up there on Saturday.
Last but not least we get this bouncy and catchy number. J&J engage well with the camera and for lads of their age really seem to know what they’re doing. The selfies on stage are a nice touch and towards the end the lights come up and really set this off. There was nothing wrong with this performance at all.
That’s the end of the coverage for tonight. I hope you liked what you read. Feel free to tell us which songs you think should qualify.
Author: John Stanton
Source: Eurovision Ireland
All Photos courtesy of Eurovision.tv
Thomas Hanses (EBU)