Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final 2
Photo: EBU/THOMAS HANSES/ANDRES PUTTING

Tonight during Semi-Final 2 of Eurovision 2021, seventeen acts must become ten. Starting at 21:00 CET, we’ll see singers performing on top of rocks, an international rap superstar and a flashback to 1985.

All of the competing artists are performing live inside of Rotterdam Ahoy except for one. Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið will use rehearsal footage from last week after one of their members tested positive for COVID-19. But don’t worry: their stage show is still amazing!

Now, as the artists slip into their tightest pants and warm up their wind machines, it’s time for you to grab your popcorn and adult beverages. Let’s do this!

Eurovision 2021: Semi-Final 2 Preview

1. San Marino: Senhit feat. Flo Rida– “Adrenalina”

Nothing seems impossible for Senhit. She is the personification of the Eurovision spirit and you can feel the fun she’s having. Knowing which bits and pieces she had to improve from last year, she single-handedly shocked everyone with the drop of “Adrenalina”. A slick uptempo-production with a memorable hook. Gone are the days of entries from San Marino as guilty pleasures. If you’re at all familiar with the work of Luca Tommassini, this performance is his whole aesthetic summarised into a lovely three-minute snapshot. The plethora of looks shouldn’t work together, but they do.

And of course, let’s not forget her secret weapon — the American superstar rapper Flo Rida. He’s the man behind global hits like “Low”, “Right Round” and “Whistle”. For the longest time, it was uncertain whether he would even make it to Rotterdam. And, indeed, for the first and second round of rehearsals he was otherwise engaged at a bikini model contest in the US. He brings an added sheen of star power to the entry and will surely guarantee pan-European headlines for plucky San Marino. This is a great show opener.

Memorable lyrics: “Gasoline kerosene stop drop roll, I can’t blame it on the stove”

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2. Estonia: Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”

Uku is definitely bringing a more compelling song to the contest compared with 2020. “The Lucky One” has some drama and passion fuelling it that gives listeners a reason to stay engaged. “The Lucky One” is about noticing the red flags when a relationship is turning sour. “Basically, this song uses the metaphor of love as a game of chance”, songwriter Sharon Vaughan tells wiwibloggs. “The singer and his lover start out as the lucky ones and then luck changes on them and leaves them cold. The song is about being able to read the signs… to see what is coming. They were the lucky ones.” His stage show is stormy. We see him drowning and he looks like he’s run away from a hellish black-tie event. You can tell he’s feeling the song.

Memorable lyrics: “Why’d you have to make what was unbreakable, Shakable, unsaveable”

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3. Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – “Omaga”

Benny Cristo’s goal is to bring “straight-up positive energy” to Eurovision with “omaga” — a song inspired by wanting to find connection during a period of isolation. “I’m a single man in the lockdown,” he told wiwibloggs. “I just wanted to meet people. I just wanted to spend time with people. I genuinely want to have fun. That’s what the lyrics are about. It’s like, ‘you, just come over.” And he has succeeded. “Omaga” is the sheer burst of joy we all needed in 2021. Seriously, the lyric “there ain’t no apocalypse, as long as you’re here on my lips” might be one of the most flirtatious lyrics ever in Eurovision. Totally captivating, charming, and oozing with character.

Memorable lyrics: “You said you gained a few pounds, You blame the apocalypse, There ain’t no apocalypse, Long as you’re here on my lips”

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4. Greece: Stefania – “Last Dance”

The 18-year-old — who is this year’s youngest contestant — has a clear perspective on “Last Dance” and its meaning. “If something ends, something new starts,” she says. “There is never an end. If you have a bad dream you can make it your own fantasy. It’s what you see in the video….I turn my dream into one of my best dreams ever.” And in that dream we see the teen star jump off a building before landing on her Pegasus. The director had her film it several times to get it just right: “Kostas said, ‘Sweetie you have to jump and you have to make it beautiful — the jump of your dreams!” Here in Rotterdam, she turns the stage into a massive green screen. We see her climb skyscrapers and dance with men whose skin is keyed out — they become dancing trousers, dancing jackets, dancing shorts. It’s only at the end that they emerge as fully-formed humans – a magical moment that draws rapturous applause.

Memorable lyrics: “My heart was born in neon lights, floating in space like satellites”

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5. Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Amen”

Amen” takes a little while to sink in, but once it does, there is no going back. This is a beautiful melody, which leaves you a little bit emotional, with Vincent’s gorgeous vocals as the icing on the cake. Vincent says amen, but then asks “Is this what you wanted?” He compares the end of the relationship to a funeral, talking about being dressed in black and feeling like he’d been buried. While he reluctantly accepts the end of the relationship, he’s letting his ex know that “it all feels like you didn’t even try to save us”. Vincent’s “Amen” is more a midtempo folk-pop ballad than gospel. However, near the end of the song, he is joined by a gospel-style choir. Sandwiched between two upbeat bangers, Vincent pops out with his solemnity and some very impressive lights. It’s a mesmerising song, jam-packed with soul and emotions.

Memorable lyrics: “It’s just another funeral to you”

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6. Poland: Rafał – “The Ride”

Mama used to say never get in a car with a stranger, but that advice was forgotten as soon as Rafal and his swagger ride rolled up and offered a lift! “The Ride” is sleek, it’s fun, it’s hot and it’s cool, all at the same time and has just the right amount of ’80s feeling that can lighten up any party at any time. Rafal himself simply oozes elegance and confidence and makes a girl want to throw all caution out the wind. He’ll take what’s his and no one’s going to stop him. “I’m gonna take on the world tonight / Not gonna ask / Gonna take what’s mine”. And he’s going to do it all by himself. Those who join him for “The Ride” will merely “follow my tracks”. Cheekily confident or amazingly arrogant? You decide!

Memorable lyrics: “So baby hold on for the ride of your life.”

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7. Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Sugar”

Let there be no doubt: Natalia wants that sugar! This sexy dance number uses sweet confections as a metaphor for lust and desire. “I can’t explain it but there’s something going on, a crazy energy inside of me,” Natalia says. “First a tingle, then it turned into a burn”. While most of us might visit a pharmacy for some cream, Natalia decides to sort that out in a more carnal way. She begs her lover to “come over, come over” to fulfil her desires. Her request reads like a demand: “Give me some… sugar!” All of this unfolds on a rotating platform. Wait for the high note at the end.

Memorable lyrics: “Hey lover, give me some sugar”

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8. Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið – “10 Years”

Last week, Iceland’s Eurovision 2021 delegation went into isolation following a positive COVID-19 test. And on Wednesday a member of Daði Freyr’s on-stage band Gangamagnið tested positive for the virus. As a result, the group will compete using a backup recording from their second rehearsal earlier in the week. That performance explodes with colour — mint green is their signature — and video-game inspired graphics of the group’s six members.

The disco tune talks about how, no matter the length of a relationship, you can always find new things to fall in love with, and how a marriage can become an everlasting enjoyable experience. The staging gives space-age disco vibes with a pixellated galaxy backdrop. All of the colours — while keeping in line with the 2021 neon theme — complement each other well. Meanwhile, an army of Gagnamagnið sprites take up the entirety of the runway screen. It’s delightful. The band are equipped with new instruments, too — Árný, Jói and Stebbi are wielding pivoting crescent moon-shaped keyboards that join together for a “Miracle” Romania 2014 moment during the instrumental bridge. The show ends with a delayed pyro pillar and blast of smoke, adding some subtle (but effective) humour.

Memorable lyrics: “You’re so fascinating, I can’t remember the last time I was bored”

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9. Serbia: Hurricane – “Loco Loco”

There’s an extreme weather warning in Rotterdam because a certain Hurricane is about to blow the roof off the Ahoy. This is the full-force Balkan banger! Hurricane provide a high-energy track that gives each of Sanja, Ivana and Ksenija the space to strut their stuff and deliver a dynamic performance on stage. Their high contrast black and white aesthetic makes a pleasing break from all the pinks and blues. As the song progresses we get splashes of red, while words like “baby” fill the screen. Soon we’re in a full-on disco, complete with LED disco ball. As Sanja shouts “come on girls”, they strut down the catwalk and finish the performance on the satellite stage amidst a load of pyro.

Memorable lyrics: “It will be wild, wild, wild, So, Come on, be loco loco”

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10. Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – “You” (3.82)

Musically “You” plays among the genres of rock, pop-rock and blues-rock. It’s lyrically sparse, with the original text coming in at just 75 words. But Tornike still finds space to be sensitive and emotional in this touching love song. He compares his love interest to four natural phenomena — the sun, the wind, the ocean and a mountain. All of these can ban be both good and bad. Take the sun, for instance. It brings us light and warmth. But it can also cause drought and destructive fires. And you’ll burn if you fly too close to it or go blind if you look at it directly. Yet, despite the perils, the sun is essential for life. Love is just as multi-faceted.

The staging is simple and effective. He’s dressed in a classic white shirt and black trousers, a costume that lets his vocal talent take centre stage. The LED graphics are very calm and peaceful, showing things like clouds and a night sky. At one point Tornike sits down on a box while the song lyrics are projected onto his body. It’s not fancy projection mapping, just an artistic way of strengthening the message of the song.

Memorable lyrics: “Ocean, I wanna hear you, Mountain, I wanna feel you”

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11. Albania: Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma”

Whether you speak Albanian or not, it’s pretty clear that “Karma” captures a woman in crisis. In the dramatic ballad Anxhela blames herself for her world — romantic and otherwise — falling apart. The opening verse sees her describing herself as selfish and somewhat spoiled: “Life, as if a fairy tale, had spoiled me, High in the sky like a star I lived, Laughing like crazy when you groaned, Heartless, I only loved myself.” By the time the chorus hits, she’s the star of her own tragedy and she’s left with nothing but dirty tears. “God does not forgive me, the world fell on me, I fled you, my friends fled, I have no light…tears collect in my hand, they are rusty…” The idea that our actions impact the world comes through in a glorious LED — it reacts, through storms and lightening — as Anxhela moves through her narrative.

Memorable lyrics: “God does not forgive me, The world fell on me”

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12. Portugal: The Black Mamba – “Love Is on My Side”

“Love Is On My Side” was born out of a 2019 tour in the Netherlands. These performances inspired the group to write and record a yet to be released album called Another Night In Amsterdam. The LP tells the story of “all the characters” they met during this time, particularly from the city’s infamous red-light district. Their Eurovision track was also written during these sessions. Speaking to RTP after their selection, The Black Mamba explain that “this song is inspired by an old lady we met in Amsterdam a couple of years ago, when we were on tour in the Netherlands.” However, when we first meet the woman she is young and full of hope. “Left home when I was only sweet sixteen / Chasing blind love and a bunch of broken dreams”.

But things didn’t pan out as planned. “She ended up addicted to drugs and that led to prostitution”, recount the band. “I can feel it still runnin’ through my veins / Ran so fast I couldn’t even grow / Forgot where I belong / Sold my body on a dirty cold floor”. The lead singer Tatanka attempts to embody by working his higher register.

Memorable lyrics: “Don’t know how I thought I’d be a queen”

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13. Bulgaria: Victoria – “Growing Up Is Getting Old”

Like any good storyteller, VICTORIA doesn’t rush her exposition. She takes her time with “Growing Up Is Getting Old” — literally opening with the heavy sound of a ticking clock. The song slowly and carefully warms up, layering nostalgia and tenderness over strings and piano. As Victoria comes to terms with the relentlessness of time, expressed through that delicate and distinct voice, her trickle of emotion becomes a flood, delivering one of the biggest musical pay-offs of the year. This song may be a slow burn, but it definitely ignites, giving us an “it” moment worthy of the win. “I’ve never understood how so much can fit in little me,” VICTORIA sings. In these three minutes, she proves that she contains multitudes.

This performance is organic in more ways than one. Yes, she sings on a rock that seems to float on water before stars, and she reaches out to touch falling sand. But beyond that she looks at a picture of her father, who was recently diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Memorable lyrics: “Playing Tetris with my feelings”

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14. Finland: Blind Channel – “Dark Side”

The men of Blind Channel are purveyors of “violent pop”. It’s essentially a sub-genre of heavy metal music with elements of pop. And the band have made it their own. “Dark Side” won the Finnish selection in a resounding fashion. And it’s not hard to see why the Finns were swept up by this seemingly anarchic anthem. The group’s request for viewers to put their middle fingers up isn’t disrespectful. It’s actually an empowering call to stand up and be counted, even when systems or clicks try to exclude you. Musically this may nod to Linkin Park, but this isn’t in any way derivative. Blind Channel have their own frequency and chemistry — they perform with panache and fire, nailing their spins and headbangs without ever veering into the outré. Musically this comes with one of the best hooks of the year — and one sung in perfect harmony despite the deliberately rough sound.

Memorable lyrics: “Put your middle fingers up, Take a shot, throw it up and don’t stop.”

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15. Latvia: Samanta Tīna – “The Moon Is Rising”

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This is definitely the mantra that Samanta Tīna lives by. Before winning the ticket to Eurovision in 2020, she previously tried to get to the contest nine times, trying her luck in both Latvia and Lithuania. And then, when she finally did get the chance to go, the contest was cancelled. Thankfully, the Latvian broadcaster asked her back for 2021. “The Moon Is Rising” is an unusual beast. It goes from left to right, then back up and down with several inversions on the way. It starts almost a capella, then introduces a Diplo-like “Bitch I’m Madonna” drill-beat only to climax in a K-pop chorus. In keeping with the song’s message of empowerment, Samanta’s has staging fit for a queen — filled with golds, greens and lots of regal imagery and symbolism.

Memorable lyrics: “The queen of the night is coming, The blood moon is rising”

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16. Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – “Tout l’univers”

The singer’s real name is Gjon Muharremaj. However, he performs under the moniker Gjon’s Tears. His Tears, like Marina’s Diamonds or Christine’s Queens, are metaphorical. “Tout l’univers” has been one of the bookies’ favourites all season. And rightly so. It creates so many moments of stillness and emotion as Gjon takes us on his journey. Having French lyrics might seem like a weak point, but this is a case where the melody of the song guides our emotions. Dressed in an outfit resembling a flamenco dancer, he performs inside a large white frame as fog billows atmospherically around him. He does some light choreography. As the song reaches its climax, everything becomes much more frantic – the lights, his movements. The frame also separates into three distinct parts. It ends with an explosive cinematic flair, exuding class.

Memorable lyrics: “How can we heal our exploding hearts”

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17. Denmark: Fyr & Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden”

No, you do not need to adjust your TV sets. You’ve not gone back in time to 1985! Fyr & Flamme — a duo consisting of Jesper Groth and Laurits Emanuel — close the show out with the schlager-tastic “Øve os på hinanden”. Translating as “Let’s Practice On Each Other”, it’s a cheeky ode which on the surface is all about a first teenage dance. But this is an innuendo-filled number and many are reading other meanings into the lyrics. In keeping with several of the acts before it, the staging is once again filled with bright neon pinks and blues. The package might be dated, but they do it with panache and buckets of charisma. It’s impossible not to smile.

Memorable lyrics: “No one knows how it’s done, So let’s practice on each other, Soon we’re two adults, You’re the woman, I’m the man”

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Who should qualify? And who will win? Shout it out in the comments down below.
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Dani
4 months ago

Moldova qualifying was a disgrace honestly

Eve
Eve
4 months ago
Reply to  Dani

I still am NOT believing that…There was Kirkorov «puking face»…

Eve
Eve
4 months ago

Noooo.Where can I place my shame and my tragedy for Danmark?…. and Uku ??

Eva
Eva
4 months ago

My number one is Loco Loco. Pure energy on the stage. I will vote for Serbia.????????

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

1. Serbia
2. Albina/Albania
3. Latvia
4. Finland
5. Bulgaria
6. Switzerland
7. Finland
8. San Marino
9. Czechia
10. Moldova

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

Too everyone that was justifying Malta performing again.. should Latvia perform again after this camerman fail?

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 months ago

As with the 1st semifinal participants, here is how I rated the submissions from the 2nd semifinal participants, before the rehearsals which I have not watched (and as always, using 10 criteria): 9.74 Switzerland (9.80 for the song, 9.68 for the video) (my #1 overall) Never have I given a 10.0 in any criteria anywhere in the 9 seasons that I have watch this contest. Until now. The music was just impossible for me to find any fault with. Gjon’s singing voice and the music went extraordinarily well together; and I was impressed with how they merged 2 different realities… Read more »

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Looks like I guessed right, about CZE and AUT being on thin ice before the show. I thought DEN would sneak through. ALB, you’ll get no argument from me; but MDV, much too cliché.

A round of applause for POR! 🙂 One hot mess (CZE), I didn’t expect; another (POL), I imagined; but the third (LAT) was a 6-alarm fire that I could see from my window in Brooklyn! 😛

Last edited 4 months ago by CookyMonzta
Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
4 months ago

I wasn’t a fan of Serbia but hopefully they do some justice for the Balkan countries which were so far all nq in semi 1. So go Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania
And also my winner by far is Switzerland. <3

Leo M
Leo M
4 months ago

Predictions before the show

San Marino
Greece
Austria
Iceland
Serbia
Portugal
Bulgaria
Finland
Switzerland
Denmark

Still rooting for Czech Republic but haven’t been impressed by rehearsals so it’s probably out

Leo M
Leo M
4 months ago
Reply to  Leo M

Right I’m taking Austria out, Moldova or Albania are in

Eve
Eve
4 months ago

I have a question to all of the Polish fans here if any.Why is this year Rafal is so dislikable by fans?Polish eurofans are usually very excited about their winner and are being very active with comments etc.What do you guys think is wrong with Rafal?I think the song is catchy and pretty ok …Is it something about his personality that people dislike?

Finnish
Finnish
4 months ago

Enjoyable Eurovision evening to all!

Raquel
Raquel
4 months ago

Go Portugal, go Black Mamba!!
If you will our song, please vote for us <3 May love be on your side 😀

Anhel
Anhel
4 months ago

My prediction for qualifiers: 1. Switzerland / Gjon’s Tears – Tout l’Univers 2. Finland / Blind Channel – Dark Side 3. San Marino / Senhit – Adrenalina 4. Bulgaria / Victoria – Growing Up is Getting Old 5. Serbia / Hurricane – Loco Loco 6. Greece / Stefania – Last Dance 7. Iceland / Da?i Freyr og Gagnamagni? – 10 Years 8. Albania / Anxhela Peristeri – Karma 9. Denmark / Fyr og Flamme – Øve Os På Hinanden 10. Portugal / The Black Mamba – Love Is On My Side – 11. Moldova / Natalia Gordienko – SUGAR 12.… Read more »

Maldric
Maldric
4 months ago

I’m starting to get anxious and nervous about Portugal´s result
They must reach the final!!

Raquel
Raquel
4 months ago
Reply to  Maldric

I’m portuguese and I’m so freaking anxious. I think that this year we really deserve to qualify.

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  Raquel

Like in 2020, 2019 and 2017. Portugal brings quality every year

Eve
Eve
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Indeed!!!!!

Eve
Eve
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Conan Osiris was my favorite!

sam
sam
4 months ago

ok wait i used to really dislike denmarks entry but i actually would be happy if they qualified

Eve
Eve
4 months ago
Reply to  sam

Same here.I started to like it after a while …

IPA
IPA
4 months ago

My prediction (in alphabetical order): ALBANIA (a grower, so fair enough) – AUSTRIA (Please – fingers crossed!) – BULGARIA (meh … bored stiff every time) – FINLAND (fair enough) – GREECE (skip) – ICELAND (Yes!) – PORTUGAL (Yes!) – SAN MARINO (fair enough, but not for me) – SERBIA (I hope NOT – no doubt this year’s worst entry) – SWITZERLAND (meh … and ultimately tiresome)

Steven
Steven
4 months ago
Reply to  IPA

If Serbia is this year’s worst entry, why are you predicting its qualification? Are you assuming that professional jury and people eligible to vote tonight are tasteless? Damn it, you have issues HAHAHA

Last edited 4 months ago by Steven
Eve
Eve
4 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Serbia is one of the worst acts tonight yes

fan
fan
4 months ago

Non qualifiers. Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Georgia, Denmark, Estonia and Moldova.

Sot
Sot
4 months ago
Reply to  fan

Why would you say the NQ’s instead of the actual qualifiers? Where’s your positivity???

fan
fan
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

faster to write 7 than 10..

sam
sam
4 months ago
Reply to  fan

we can read the odds ourselves…

Angel
Angel
4 months ago

GO GREECE!!! <3 please people if you like our song vote for us!!! We love eurovision and our fellow eurofans!!! <3 spread love not hate <3

Sot
Sot
4 months ago

Why are there so many dislike bombers in every article recently? Are you downvoting an innocent comment just because you want YOUR comment to be the most upvoted? Please grow up

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago

My prediction

  1. Bulgaria
  2. Switzerland
  3. Finland
  4. San Marino
  5. Iceland
  6. Greece
  7. Austria
  8. Albania
  9. Serbia
  10. Denmark
  11. Portugal
  12. Moldova
  13. Latvia
  14. Czech Republic
  15. Estonia
  16. Georgia
  17. Poland
justafan
justafan
4 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Portugal is going to sail through to the final.

Rhin
Rhin
4 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Almost the same as mine – portugal instead of serbia

Lisette van Beek
Lisette van Beek
4 months ago

Serbia is totally copying the look of OG3NE (The Netherlands) in 2017! The hair, the dresses…! I’m shocked!

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago

But it sounds completely different….

Sot
Sot
4 months ago

No…?

Steven
Steven
4 months ago

I was shocked by Elena’s El Diablo as it resembles some other popular songs, but hey, I love it. Bring some positivity into you life lol

Steven
Steven
4 months ago

Also, the dresses the Hurricane girls are wearing are similar to those Beyonce wore a few years ago, so perhaps OG3NE did not invent this outfit but rather took the inspiration from Beyonce. And the hair…not worth mentioning xd

Last edited 4 months ago by Steven
IPA
IPA
4 months ago

What good is an energetic dance routine, when half the time the microphones are only props and the singing relying on a backing tape. The whole Serbian entry makes a mockery of the contest. May the backing tapes be a one-off (due to covid)! A terrible decision!

Last edited 4 months ago by IPA
hop
hop
4 months ago
Reply to  IPA

They are actually one of the rare entries this year that doesn’t use prerecorded vocal at all (other than that robotic “budi loco loco” sound that lasts 2s).
They have three live backing vocalists in the backstage, and they sing in turns (f.e. Ksenija sings, then Ivana sings… and the other two are holding the mics at that point I guess?? Lol ). This in turn means they had to step up their dance game and not rely on dancers like many other delegations.

Steven
Steven
4 months ago
Reply to  IPA

I like it when people write things without any evidence, because it otherwise takes time to prove them wrong. In this case, everything you have written is a big nothing. xD

hop
hop
4 months ago

Shiny black dress + wavy hair… Wow I’m also shocked since apparently even myself copied ON3GE at least at 10 different occasions till now…

Btw Hurricane’s costumes are much much better. Good job to their designer

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
4 months ago

And I think Anxhela Peristeri’s performance resembles Iveta Mukuchyan’s (Armenia 2016) performance, right? And their clothes too.

Last edited 4 months ago by Euro Fan
Henry
Henry
4 months ago

Off topic: Duncan Laurence tested Positive today and he will NOT perform at the Grand Final Saturday…

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Henry

Wishing good health and best wishes to Duncan if it’s true.
Hopefully they use footage from somewhere to have him perform Arcade again, was so looking forward to seeing it reprised on the Eurovision stage again after two years.

Julie
Julie
4 months ago
Reply to  Henry

Omg WHAT

Will
4 months ago
Reply to  Henry

I know he had interacted with the presenters and definitely other major players at the contest… How was the vaccination policy at the contest? What’s the risk?

voix
voix
4 months ago
Reply to  Henry

people that downvote announced facts by ebu have many issues imo

Pasadena
Pasadena
4 months ago

It’s considered the weaker semi this year, and it might be true. But there are more borderline qualifiers in this heat, which should make for an exciting evening.

Will
4 months ago

from brooklyn: picks for Eurovision  semi-final 2:
12: denmark (no joke)
10: portugal
8: greece
7: iceland
6: albania
5: latvia
4: austria
3: finland
2: poland
1: switzerland

Stan
Stan
4 months ago

Love & support for VICTORIA (Bulgaria).

Benji
Benji
4 months ago

From the countries which are not likely to qualify, I would like Denmark to qualify. It feels like a time machine taking me back to the 80’s of ESC: the song itself, the staging, their clothes and movements, singing in the national language, backing vocals who are not hidden….

kas
kas
4 months ago
Reply to  Benji

Yeah !!!!!!!!

Eve
Eve
4 months ago
Reply to  Benji

Denmark will qualify

Thanos
Thanos
4 months ago

I just want Finland to qualify!! If that happens I am ok with the results of this semi final. I will vote for them of course!!!

Last edited 4 months ago by Thanos
voix
voix
4 months ago

Duncan has covid omg, is the contest in danger?

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  voix

Aw nooo I was looking forward to hearing “Arcade” being reprised again, as is Eurovision tradition.

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  voix

Proof? I hope it’s just a rumor 🙁

voix
voix
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

it is announced by ebu, and he came in contact with the presenters! this is so sad

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  voix

Hope the contest will be held anyway. The show must go on, even if this means changing the presenters, I hope they have back up plans for this

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
4 months ago
Reply to  voix

He was announced as the Dutch spokesperson for the jury votes

Sot
Sot
4 months ago

Anyways, Iceland is qualifying, don’t worry

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Also, Iceland did their best in 2nd rehearsals!

Sot
Sot
4 months ago

Absolutely no offense to the wiwibloggers, I just find it odd that in most songs the ‘Memorable lyrics’ contain the most forgettable lyrics of the whole song, like in Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal, Austria, Estonia etc

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
4 months ago

My Qualifiers:

– Bulgaria
– Serbia
– Switzerland
– San Marino
– Albania
– Finland
– Greece
– Moldova
– Either Portugal or Denmark
– Iceland (unless if their quarantine doesn’t affect their results, I feel bad for them not performing)

Last edited 4 months ago by Euro Fan
Safiya
Safiya
4 months ago

My favorites from this semi are Iceland and San Marino. Hope the fact that we won’t see Iceland live won’t hurt their chances in any way… It would also be nice to see Czech Republic and Denmark in the final, even though they are not favorites. They have great energy! And since I’m from Poland, I am wondering what Rafal’s performance will be like… I hope it won’t be THAT bad and that it will be at least entertaining.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

I think Iceland will be okay. It’s not like Australia where it was obvious they were not there.
Atleast Iceland has actual footage from Ahoy. So it shouldn’t feel like a cutaway or something

Darren
4 months ago

Bulgaria, San Marino, Iceland and Switzerland are my favorites here. Bulgaria is my 12 points. Wish I was able to vote in this semi. Bookies currently have Czech Republic as an NQ, but I don’t think so, I think Benny will get through with his charisma and like ability. I can see a battle between Czech Republic, Moldova and Denmark for the 10th spot. I don’t like the other two so much so I’d prefer Benny got it. Albania or Austria could NQ, Austria is more borderline though and could give up its predicted spot to CZ, Mol, DK. But… Read more »

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I think Croatia, Australia and maybe Ireland and maybe, just maybe, surprise surprise North Macedonia would have qualified from SF2. Croatia and Australia for sure. Romania and Slovenia would have stayed in the semi anyway and I put Amnesia 6th and Amen like 15th in my ranking. I think Moldova should probably be out basing on the overall package, same for Czech Republic, but you never know. If either Austria or Albania fails to qualify, Denmark would prbably take the spot. Portugal and Serbia should be safe. Georgia, Poland and Latvia are no brainers, they are out for sure. Estonia… Read more »

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Definitely Croatia and Australia, maybe Ireland with help from UK and Denmark but definitely the first two.
Shame, but it’s luck of the draw I guess.
May the odds be forever in your favour

Slabsson79
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

The Czech Rep is always sidelined and ignored in a way. This year the competition is strong in this SF, so I guess it will be over for us following 2 Qs the years before. I don’t Think the juries will like it and go against the odds…

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Slabsson79

Ah I hope not, Benny Christo has been the strongest CZ act in my opinion. He’s also an incredibly likeable guy
CZ should Q

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I’ll make that call for you Darren, you can shout me a pint somewhen. I can’t get that riff from “Sugar” out of my head but I think she could be in trouble. I will probably vote for Albania and Estonia as they may need help and, for me, embody what the contest is all about. And the song which makes me cry – positively – when I suspect might be Denmark. In this regard Norway caught me by surprise on Tuesday! Enjoy the show, love to all my friends here and sorry for any offensive comments in the past… Read more »