Starting with Russia this morning and Yulia remains on top of the mountain. You can’t see her wheels but you can see the mountain’s. Yulia looks more at ease on camera, or at least not as off-putting. The ballet dancers have slightly different choreography. Russia could probably just sneak into the final.
DoReDos are exactly what we needed this morning. Moldova is the shining star in this semi-final and should feature in the semi top-3 and top-10 in the final. Beyond that is anyone’s guess. The British public will love this, so prepare for an in play odds crash or maybe Norton saying it could do very well.
Waylon toned down the krumping dance moves, instead opting to take more of the camera time. It works, but the presentation is still divisive, especially in eastern and balkan nations. Netherlands looks like it could drift in-play, so a value qualification price may not appear until next Thursday evening.
Not many changes for Jessica other than maybe more unsuitable dance moves. It was another poor vocal performance too, which saw Australia drift to over 100/1 in the Betfair outright. It really is one of the worst staging concepts this year and seriously brings into question Australia’s ability to qualify. From being contenders for the win, this may now be Australia’s worst result in the Contest.
Georgia is a sea of calm after the messy Aussie performance. It’s still feels like a half-time toilet break. However, Iriao should get half decent jury points from the east.
Following Georgia, Light Me Up has the same effect as Moldova does following Russia. Poland is fun if not rather low-rent pop, though it’s important not to be too snooty in these circumstances, as this should be enough to motivate Polish diaspora. The same cannot be said for Malta, which now deploys even more lasers to dazzle the audience into submission. It’s a disorientating mess and a great example of style over substance.
Hungary isn’t what I needed after lunch following my tranquil hour in the sun. The middle-eight now features a geyser of sparks in the centre of the stage. Otherwise this is very much as noisy and impactful as their rehearsal.
Over to Latvia now where Funny Girl has had some lighting blackouts added to the opening in sync with the musical pauses. It’s pretty much the same as rehearsal 1 but with a little more armography.
Some of the lighting tubes were removed for the first run through of Dance You Off to test for more brightness. The reason for this is because they are struggling to recreate the Melfest cinematic glow on the Eurovision stage. It’s unclear as to why this is a problem, as it should be down to a simple soft-focus or wider-aperture setting. At this point I’m not certain they can achieve the same effect without fundamental changes to the lighting prop. Stick or twist Sweden?
Montenegro added to my lack of enthusiasm today. Struggling to get through this.
Lea still does the fake music drop, asking: “where is music…” – it stopped when we got to semi-2, love! There’s a new armography intro to Slovenia along with one or two costume alterations. It’s still too flashy during the chorus and remains chanceless in this semi.
Last up, THANK GOD, is Ukraine. Under the Ladder is back to the energy of the national final resulting in Ukraine looking like a much more competent act for the final. I doubt it’ll do much damage on the scoreboard, but at least there’s some purpose.