The jury show for semi final 1 took place last night and we were in place in the arena and the press centre to see the action go down. You can watch what our team in the press centre thought below. wiwiblogger David (a 60-something who proves Eurovision isn’t just for people in their 20s) was inside the arena and contributed the following report.

I went in expecting to love Russia, Armenia, Romania and to not love any of the others – but I was certainly surprised by some! Russia  was the best as I expected. Amazing staging, singing and song. In a piece of good news for the culture of Eurovision, not only did I not hear a single boo, but at times the audience even sang with Polina.

Armenia have accomplished in months something most ensembles never accomplish – they’re a choir. The entire song feels like it comes from all of them, even when only one is singing. After this, they could well win the show (do any of y’all know if they have good beer in Armenia?). Serbia was a total surprise to me as well. It starts off well, like a mid-table final entry. Halfway through, they kick it up big time. A wonderful surprise and I wouldn’t be surprised if this makes the top five!

My personal opinion is that country music is a way of proving some people have no musical taste. But Estonia is good. The staging at the very start and the very end is really good and different.

Boggie and Trijntje are both superb but, unfortunately, have nothing to make them stand out. Maria-Elena is incredible and a force of nature, but I think she will be eclipsed by Elhaida, and a bit by Nina Sublatti. For me, Elhaida is by far the best of the female vocalists and there’s something in “I’m Alive” that grabs you more than any of the others. I’d say Elhaida, Maria-Elena and Nina will all qualify after this.

Uzari & Maimuna were not as good as I expected. They have an awesome song and are both very talented, but they didn’t sink their hooks into me. In their music video there was intense yearning but you don’t get that on the stage, where they instead come across as comfortable with each other. On the other hand, Anti Social Media were a lot better than I expected (but they were still nothing special compared to some of the others).

I know a lot of people like Loïc but I didn’t see anything interesting there. It’s different and that might be enough to qualify, but I won’t be surprised if it doesn’t. FYR Macedonia have tried to do what Montenegro did last year with a great male vocalist, but Daniel isn’t quite as good and I don’t know if he’ll qualify.

Eduard is definitely having a good time! Last year we had Poland and the milkmaids, this year we have Moldova and the tightest pair of shorts ever. He’ll have to hope that a lot of young boys are voting if he’s going to get through. It’s almost the complete opposite to Voltaj who attempted to pull on the heartstrings with their message. Unfortunately, there’s nothing special there to grab you, and that’s too bad. Finally – and for me, last and least, Finland which to me, was just a lot of random noise.

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Seamus
Seamus
6 years ago

Possibly the worst ESC semi final I’ve ever watched (been watching for 40 years), there wasn’t one song I would vote far. Everything sounded the same. Wasn’t too impressed with the 4 presenters either. Far too much “fireworks” on stage.

Sage
Sage
6 years ago

The writer might as well be in his grave already. This man likes cheesiness and old fashioned songs.

Nitzan
Nitzan
6 years ago

Lee you nailed it! Well done.

ESC2016
ESC2016
6 years ago

1) ROMANIA!!!!!
2)ALBANIA
3)ARMENIA

4)greece

5)georgia
6)belgium
7)serbia
8)estonia
9)moldova
10)fyr

wilyousing
wilyousing
6 years ago

My oppinion.
1. Russia
2. Estonia
3. Belgium
4. Armenia
5. Albania
6. Georgia
7. Greece
8. Holland
9. Finland
10. Serbia

kblomkvist
kblomkvist
6 years ago

The Estonian song is NOT country!!!!

Daniel
Daniel
6 years ago

If Armenia or Moldova qualify the whole grand final will be spoilt for me.

Kaz
Kaz
6 years ago

“My personal opinion is that country music is a way of proving some people have no musical taste.”

Estonia’s song isn’t country, and you’re incredibly ignorant. How has this geriatric been given article space?

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

I would actually start crying if Loic didn’t qualify tbh…

Ondylomp
Ondylomp
6 years ago

Justice will be served! 😉

1. Russia
2. Estonia
3. Georgia
4. Albania
5. Belgium
6. Greece
7. Hungary
8. Serbia
9. Denmark
10. Belarus
———————————————-
Romania
Armenia
The Netherlands
Finland
Macedonia
Moldova

Timbardur62
Timbardur62
6 years ago

The writer didn’t hear a single boo from the audience. But as it was not for a big publicity and audience, I’m afraid there will be a loud BOO tonight. I wish I’m wrong and the audience behaves itself, but on the other hand, I really can understand if it wants to do so. Good luck Russia, though.

Eris
Eris
6 years ago

Things are heating up :O

lacrymea
lacrymea
6 years ago

Estonia is country music? Errrrrr….

Mario My Vision of Gay Love
Mario My Vision of Gay Love
6 years ago

Ok i will try to predict the actual ranking of the juries..

1) Russia
2) Georgia
3) Estonia
4) Armenia
5) Albania
6) Serbia
7) Greece
8) Hungary
9) Belgium
10) Denmark
—————————————-
11) Romania
12) Holland
13) Belarus
14) FYR
15) Moldova
16) Finland