It’s the night after the night before and we are still living the London Eurovision Party 2015. Organisers did a stellar job convincing some this year’s most sought-after Eurovision acts — including Guy Sebastian, Måns Zelmerlöw and Morland & Debrah Scarlett — to make the trip to Café de Paris. The team from wiwibloggs was there to film the acts (see our live performance playlist here) and to shove our mics in their faces (see our interview playlist here). A number of acts improved vocally, compounding our confusion about who will win Eurovision 2015. But we do know that we can’t stop re-watching last night’s performances. Here are some of our favourites. We said “some”, not “all”. We’ll cover the others acts in subsequent posts…
Live: Guy Sebastian – “Tonight Again” (Australia)
Guy Sebastian is not one of my personal favourites, but I can’t deny that his chances of winning seem to be growing with every performance. No matter what you think of his soul-funk ditty “Tonight Again”, it’s difficult to fault him vocally. He hits all his notes, but, even more importantly, brings some major swagger. The accent is kinda hot too. After the show he told the Sydney Morning Herald that it took him back to his days on Australian Idol and World Idol. “I didn’t know what to expect to be honest, this is a bit of an anomaly for me. At first I had a bit of anxiety [because there is] that spirit of competition and ambition in the air,” he said. “It took me back a bit, rewound the clock. I haven’t been in that sort of environment for a long time.”
Live: Måns Zelmerlöw – “Heroes” (Sweden)
Some Eurofans have whisphered that Måns’ performance would lose its hype without the high-tech background. But this wasn’t the case last night. Måns, wearing his signature leather pants and singing without his LED, had the crowd in the palm of his very strong hands. He opened with his Melfest hits “Cara Mia” and “Hope & Glory”, and acted surprised that people actually knew his songs. Given that most of the people in that room also know what he looks like shirtless, we were less surprised. His voice and his dance moves were on point as ever. A woman standing near me, who obvs doesn’t follow Eurovision that closely, kept saying, “Oh my god, this is so hot.” Good sign, no?
Live: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett – “A Monster Like Me” (Norway)
The bookies may have this duo down as sixth favourites, but I have the sneaky suspicion they are going to narrow, narrow, narrow in the weeks ahead. They consistently deliver and the crowd always responds. Angus, a wiwiblogger and diehard Måns fan, puts it this way: “Norway had the best reception. It was like Australia + Sweden.” He’s not lying!
Some folks have pointed out that she had a dodgy dying frog note at 1:32 in the video above, but no matter: They got a standing ovation anyway. We know Debs will squash that frog before Vienna. PS Their cover of Alexander Rybak’s “Fairytale” was amazing.
Live: Amber – “Warrior” (Malta)
This warrior SLAYS. To put to bed any doubts about her voice, Amber opened with a medley of contemporary hits from Jessie J, Whitney Houston and others. She has clearly bonded with the revamped version of “Warrior”. She made it sound so easy. Her finger wag at 1:20 suggests she is confident — and she should be!
Live: Knez – “Adio” (Montenegro)
He says “Adio” and we say hello. Knez continues to surprise us. In Amsterdam his fancy footwork had us smiling and his song had us clapping. In London he kept that good thing going. This man knows how to work the crowd (watch the hand at 2:18 and the spins at 2:33). The live version has that signature Zeljko power we’re always going on about. Starting to think this is a lock for the final.
Live: Elhaida Dani – “I’m Alive” (Albania)
Now y’all: We love Elhaida Dani and we love her song! So do a lot of our readers. As one of you guys wrote on YouTube: “She reminds me of Demi Lovato. The voice, look, appeal, everything so Demi Lovatoish. But she is much better vocally than Demi.” Amen. The energy that explodes at 2:14 gets us high. Unfortunately it seems to have winded Elhaida and, at 2:38, she missed her signature high note. She seems to have taken it hard and exited the stage rather quickly. Elhaida, we need you to know something: This is just a hiccup. You’re alive. You’re gonna find that high note. And you’re going to peak at just the right time — at Eurovision when it really counts!
What acts stood out to you? If you haven’t seen them, you can watch our playlist below.