The second semifinalists’ songs were presented today with equally high expectations given the names in the lineup. Fortunately those expectations were met meaning there’s a potential Eesti Laul winner in each semi-final.
- Rasmus Rändvee – This Love,
- Angeelia – We Ride With Our Flow,
- Daniel Levi – All I Need,
- Antsud – Vihm,
- Koit Toome & Laura – Verona,
- Kerli – Spirit Animal,
- Close To Infinity feat. Ian Karell – Sounds Like Home,
- Liis Lemsalu – Keep Running,
- Alvistar Funk Association – Make Love, Not War,
- Almost Natural – Electric,
Rasmus‘ This Love is a ballsy blues/pop song with some cracking layers in the arrangement – loving those dirty bass stabs here. The problem, however, is that there’s too much on offer; there is no obvious hook or take away moment. The song also peaks way too soon leaving the last minute feeling rather long. Staging will be the key here, if Rasmus brings plenty energy and confidence to the live performance then he could be in with a shot.
We Ride With Our Flow is nice, but Angeelia’s song doesn’t really go anywhere. Likewise for the likes of Daniel Levi, Almost Natural and Liis Lemsalu, though to lesser degrees. Koit Toome & Laura’s Verona does at least stand out as something that could make the journey to ESC. Both Alvistar Funk Association and Antsud have been placed on the unsuitable pile. As has Close To Infinity, which has a sort of niche Siren appeal but with a more grating American frat boy confidence and douchiness, owing to Ian Karell hailing from Pennsylvania.
The initial reaction to Kerli’s song was to burn it with fire, but I’ve grown to love it. It’s like a more stompy, electronic Only Teardrops-cum-Rainmaker during the chorus. The Eastern influenced production is fantastic with the sophisticated Chinese Erhu flourishes against those futuristic synth pulses. The Gaga-worthy chorus has the potential to explode on stage, so on that basis it has to be respected.
Who’s your favourite from semi-final 2?