Good evening, Amsterdam! On Saturday more than twenty Eurovision 2015 stars gathered in the Dutch capital for Eurovision In Concert, the biggest pre-Eurovision event and the first dress rehearsal for Vienna. Some of this year’s biggest names participated, including Måns Zelmerlöw and Guy Sebastian. And so did some stars of yesterday including 1985 Eurovision winners Bobbysocks! and two-time Dutch representative Edsilia Rombley, who sang for the Netherlands at Eurovision 1998 in Birmingham and Eurovision 2007 in Helsinki. She co-hosted the show alongside the former Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas. As ever there were some amazing (and a few underwhelming) performances. Below you can listen to 10 of them. You can visit our YouTube channel to watch all of the live performances and to watch our interviews.

Live performance: Eduard Romanyuta – “I Want Your Love” (Moldova)

Eduard Romanyuta, the Ukrainian singing for Moldova, was one of the biggest surprises of the evening. He kept the bulk of his choreography from Chisinau, but delivered it with even more energy and pizzaz, proving that he is a worthy Moldovan representative. His vocals were on point despite all the dancing and he seemed way more confident. Here’s what you get after a good set of rehearsals!

Live performance: Ann Sophie – “Black Smoke” (Germany)

Did someone say confidence? The German representative may have been wearing black, but she certainly shined in Amsterdam. Even without her backing vocalists Ann Sophie worked the stage with her brilliant vocals and a much sassier performance than her previous display in Germany. Look at her drop to the floor: We love that booty tooch!

Live performance: Knez – “Adio” (Montenegro)

Knez’s first live performance of “Adio” really exceeded our expectations. The Montenegrin representative is a seasoned performer and he worked it head to toe. We’re serious. He had facial expressions and fancy footwork. Knez was really feeling the song and he got the public clapping along to his “Adio”. Those who dubbed this a forgottable act — including some of our own reviewers — have had a change of heart. Knez proved that “Adio” deserves a big “hello”!

Live performance: Trijntje Oosterhuis – “Walk Along” (The Netherlands)

Even the most bitter Eurofan got his or her happy back after hearing this one. Trijntje Oosterhuis made the most of her home-field advantage, delivering this year’s perfect sing-a-long song. From the long guitar opening to Trijntje’s clapping , “Walk Along” created a feel good atmosphere in the Melkweg — and through the screen of the computer. (That said, one of our bloggers wasn’t feeling her pants. As he said after the show, “Why? Why-ai-ai-ai wear those trousers?!”)

Live performance: Guy Sebastian – “Tonight Again” (Australia)

The Aussies are coming! Guy Sebastian, Australia’s first entrant ever, rocked the stage in Amsterdam with a very lively performance of “Tonight Again”. Guy seemed enthusiastic and the audience really responded. Everyone sang along to Guy’s ooh-ooh-ah-oohs! All we have to say is Saturday night so good!

Live performance: Morland and Debrah Scarlett – “A Monster Like Me” (Norway)

Honey, we’re telling the truth, the Norwegians slayed in Amsterdam! Morland and Debrah pulled out an outstanding performance of “A Monster Like Me”. They are not reliant on the orchestra and the food fight from Melodi Grand Prix. Even with Morland joking during the piano bridge they still maintained their power. That’s what you call class!

Live performance: Maria-Elena Kyriakou – “One Last Breath” (Greece)

Eurovision In Concert was full of powerful ladies nailing their songs. Greece’s Maria-Elena Kyriakou is a good example. She performed her modern Greek tragedy “One Last Breath” flawlessly, showcasing her stunning vocals and expression. And her stunning appearance. Is there anything not stunning about Maria-Elena?

Live performance: Elhaida Dani – “I’m Alive” (Albania)

Albania’s Elhaida Dani did a great job as usual. We all know she’s got the voice and that she knows how to infuse every note of “I’m Alive” with passion and vigor. The Albanian representative has really made a change for the better with her song, and each performance is further proof of that. Elhaida is so, so alive, y’all!

Live performance: Aminata – “Love Injected” (Latvia)

Talking about nailing one performance after the other! Latvia’s Aminata has managed to keep her performance haunting even without the camera effects and the shadow effects from Supernova. We’re loving it so much! Has Aminata love injected you as well?

Live performance: Lisa Angell – “N’0ubliez pas” (France)

The French songstress silenced the rather chatty audience with her amazing performance of “N’oubliez pas”. Some fans may have questioned Lisa’s selection early on, but her skillfull and emotional performances prove she’s one to watch. And we could stare (and listen) all night. Merci, merci, merci!

Live performance playlist

Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden — there are so many amazing acts we couldn’t mention them all. You can check them out in our playlist below.

 

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mike
mike
5 years ago

For me the winner is……………………………………………….GREECE…!! What a nice performance an excellent voice…with a good staging I wouldn’t mind at all if greece wins <3 <3

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5 years ago

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alicheke
alicheke
5 years ago

Georgia had the best performance for sure! 12 Points from Azerbaijan!

Marco
Marco
5 years ago

Wow Maria Elena!!! 12 points from Spain.

marinek
marinek
5 years ago

MY TOP 5 IN RANDOM ORDER

GREECE
ITALY
SWEDEN
SLOVENIA
ESTONIA

AND IF WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FINANCIAL PROBLEMS DO YOU REMEMBER UKRAINE WITH RUSLANA?THEY WERE SAYING THE SAME THAT THEY ‘LL HAVE PROBLEMS IN ORGANISING EUROVISION.BUT IT WAS GREAT.SO,I WOULDN’T BOTHER IF GREECE WINS.NOWADAYS EUROPE HAVE BIG PROBLEMS ANYWAY….

MOONLIGHT
MOONLIGHT
5 years ago

Albania! Love the song!

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

Norway were the best! I am sure now they will win. But Latvia and Ireland are still my favourites.

EscFan2015
EscFan2015
5 years ago

One word for Greece: wow!!!

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

Greece would be the hot favourite this year in normal times, that is without the close to bankruptcy condition it has. France, Italy, Albania are the other good songs. With a big minus for Italy for winning junior eurovision and then refusing to host it.

Just Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love~ No One Will Top *ESMA* In Amsterdam..!
Just Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love~ No One Will Top *ESMA* In Amsterdam..!
5 years ago

Amsterdam….Amsterdam…! <3

I have really missed my dear Esma! <3 😀
No one can really top her unique special fabulous performance! <3 😀
I have laughed my @ss off too many times when watching the video with her hilarious performing! <3 😀
Thank god we have Esma in our Vision! <3 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7C1r46GWjI

BIONDA
BIONDA
5 years ago

To Rob

I guess she could marry you because I’ve heard she is divorced.That’s why she wrote the song ONE LAST BREATH.Great song and vocals by the way.

martin
martin
5 years ago

TO JOHN

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU.ITALY,SWEDEN,GREECE.DIFFERENT SONGS BUT FOR ALL TASTES.SO I WILL VOTE FOR THESE TO BE IN TOP 3.

Nina
Nina
5 years ago

OMG! Greece surprises me positively. She touched me so very deeply.

Adams
Adams
5 years ago

Italy! 🙂 Sweden! 🙂

John
John
5 years ago

If we have to be objective, Italy have the best song, Sweden, and best performer and highly likely the best production, and Greece the best voice. So the TOP -3 in no particular order, is Italy, Sweden, and Greece. Regards from the UK

Jennifer
Jennifer
5 years ago

I my god!!! I’m in love with the Greek lady. What a voice, what a performance, what a soul, what a beauty!!! I’m honestly speechless…MY GOSSSSSSHHHHH!

Adams
Adams
5 years ago

Guy Sebastian is such a great singer! What a voice! And a very uplifting song 🙂

Just Mario ~ My Gay Vision of Love..
Just Mario ~ My Gay Vision of Love..
5 years ago

~ {The Million Dollar Boy} Eduard of Moldova.. Even with a great performance he really can’t save it…His song doesn’t help him…Non qualifier 4 me…At least he should had rigged the juries/televoting in NF of Moldova with having a good enough song to compete with in Vienna.. P.S. : At least he should really cut his hair very short so that he will improve his appearance to much better…His face is really good looking but he looks eww with this long hair.. ~ Ann Sophie of Germany I expect a strong performance from her…She really is great performer….Germany will most… Read more »

rob
rob
5 years ago

Maria Elena will you marry me???
????????????????

Franco
Franco
5 years ago

Ann Sophie! <3

Fatima
Fatima
5 years ago

Is ‘slayed’ the new ‘smashed it’ ? In my day we used to say ‘went big in the hall’.

bastian
bastian
5 years ago

*.* Trijntje really lifts the song, live she’s even better! I think she’ll do better than most people predict atm.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

Aminata is reallllly pitchy in her performance
unfortunately nobody shut up when she was singing

TaTaPu
TaTaPu
5 years ago
Teresa Vivó
Teresa Vivó
5 years ago

Great article! You chose the right ones. Serbia and Poland are shitty entries so no need to comment something about them. They were awful. As always.

cheesecake
cheesecake
5 years ago

Amazing vocalists this year, all of them (especially Maria-Elena) impress me every time.

Otna
Otna
5 years ago

Haven’t listened to all of them yet but Maria Elena SLAYED that, new appreciation for her song tbh <3

And Ann Sophie can work a stage like no other <3 Still my favourite!

Elhaida was incredible as ever.

BIONDA
BIONDA
5 years ago

FROM AMSTERDAM MY BEST WERE,SLOVENIA,SWEDEN AND GREECE!!!
MARIA ELENA YOU WERE GREAT!SO EMOTIONAL AND FABULOUS VOICE!

William Lee Adams
Admin
5 years ago

@John and @Arianator: They are in the sidebar, and visible on every page of the web site, so not listed here. These are not Luis’ top picks. Just 10 picks 🙂

Arianator
Arianator
5 years ago

You forgot Azerbaijan…

John
John
5 years ago

What about FYR Macedonia? Serbia?

maselniczka
maselniczka
5 years ago

@WilliamLeeAdams, I knew that. Your previous interview was just awful. You were too busy with Mans… So sad. Nothing for me here.

William Lee Adams
Admin
5 years ago

@maselniczka: Unfortunately no. Her line was quite long, and then the organisers had to take her to her soundcheck and we didn’t catch her. But we did interview her in Riga last week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHu_JO8Ll30. And here she is live in Amsterdam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVE38_0WAXk

Gu from USA
Gu from USA
5 years ago

WHERE IS NINA SUBLATTI ??

I see the post picture but not the video?

maselniczka
maselniczka
5 years ago

@WilliamLeeAdams, did you make interview with Poland?

Hannes
5 years ago

Aminata :3

Maltish
Maltish
5 years ago

Why so positive? I know for a fact Elhaida wasn’t able to hit those high notes ( or didn’t want to ). It was a sub-par performance for an amazing song ala Armenia 2014

from belgium
from belgium
5 years ago

georgia not amsterdam?? :D:D wiwibloggs :DDDDDDDDD so funny. georgia the best live to amsterdam

sds
sds
5 years ago

what about Poland? o.O