European authorities are still investigating the four crimes from the first semi-final of Eurovision 2014. But that didn’t stop the jury and televoters from committing four more musical felonies in the second semi-final. The police have been notified and you will have to pay fines for this gross miscarriage of justice! Please note: these opinions reflect those of the author, and not everyone on wiwibloggs.com!
Israel — Mei Finegold
This is so heinous a crime it outweighs all the others combined. Mei was amazing. She told a story of female empowerment with great panache—and some killer dance moves. This is not a case of something that should have been 7th slipping to 11th. This is a clear-cut case of one of the best acts being disrespected and disregarded. I don’t know if this is a matter of discrimination against Israel or a lack of neighbours voting. Or maybe everyone in Europe has suddenly lost all musical taste (that has happened before). But where is the jury of “music professionals” to rescue Mei? Where?
Ireland brought a beautiful singer with a song that oozed Celtic charm. There was drumming. There was Riverdance. And in the end there was one very cold shoulder from Europe. Are you kidding me? This was one of the better songs of the night, and it faced a rather weak field. Yet a man crooning “Cheesecake” (Belarus) and a group that could be called Mumford & Sons 2.0 (Malta) walk through. Shame. This was upbeat, full of energy, sung brilliantly, and deserved to reach to the final.
Really? When it came time to vote was everyone thinking of last year’s entry instead? Maybe playing first actually gave Malta an advantage: viewers got excited that the semi-final was starting and then attributed their excitement to Malta, forgetting what they actually heard. There’s just no way this belongs in the final (although it is better than Iceland… barely).
Ok, this is not quite as bad as Malta. But it definitely gave them a run for the money in terms of suck-titude. I understand that the second semi had a lot of weak entries (while the first had at least 11 that deserved to go to the final). But that’s no reason to pick randomly and send something as bad as this. I admit that his dance moves are nice and that he’s got charisma. It’s just a shame he doesn’t have a strong song…
So what do YOU think? Which non-qualifier should have made it? Sound off below.
David T is a Colorado-based correspondent for wiwibloggs.com. He contributed this report from Copenhagen. You can keep up-to-date on the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.