The hardest semifinal in years is over and now it's time for me to give my opinions about the finalists but as always I'd like to start the post giving a shout out to 2 of the acts that didnt qualify:
Love this song and Sennek is so lovely but sadly I dont think this worked on stage.
These 2 worked so hard and it showed on stage cause they did such a great performance and they should be really proud of it. Would have loved to see them in the final but the most important thing in ESC is showing yourself to the audience doing what you love to do and what you do best, they did that and Im sure they gained a big number of new fans today.
10. AUSTRIA: Cesár Sampson
I like this song but to me this wasnt a good performance (in a visual way), my fear of his lack of charisma was confirmed and even if his voice is out of this world, I think he looked lost on stage.
09. BULGARIA: Equinox
I wasnt a big fan of this song when it was released but it grew on me a lot, I still dislike the aura of desperation around it, like I dont feel anything with it and to me the performance needs more heart and honesty, they are great singers but there is like all this fake plastic around them and I just want them to get rid of all those rehearsed moves and just jump and show who they really are. (Zhana's reaction to their result was adorable and it showed me a side of her that I have seen a bit on interviews but never on stage so I hope they all let themselves free for the final performance)
08. FINLAND: Saara Aalto
This song is alright, there are too many things happening on stage but that's her style and let's be honest, it could have been worse. I would like her to have more fun on stage, I want too see that "living my dream" sparkle in her eyes!
07. ESTONIA: Elina Nechayeva
I think she did her best, but sadly the camera work didnt, her Eesti Laul performance was so much better.
06. CZECH REPUBLIC: Mikolas Josef
After following the rehearsals I was expecting this to be my fav from this semifinal but even if I liked it a lot, I didnt go crazy for it. There is something missing on it but I dont know what it is.
05. ALBANIA: Eugent Bushpepa
Eugent is one of the best singers of this year and Im so happy we will get to see him perform again on saturday! GO ALBANIA!
04. IRELAND: Ryan O'Shaughnessy
Wow, this just worked on stage so beautifully! One of the best performances of the night!
03. ISRAEL: Netta
I love this song and Netta is such a star! The performance is not a winning perfomance but it is fun and it looked like she was having a great time on stage! (I would take out the pyro from the 1st chorus)
02. LITHUANIA: Ieva Zasimauskaitė
This is such a pretty performance, it truly gets to your heart. Well done Ieva! GO LITHUANIA!
01. CYPRUS: Eleni Foureira
911? THERE IS A BIG FIRE ON THE ESC ARENA! Im so impressed by her stage presence, like damn! I wasnt expecting this to be a contender but guess what Europe?...IT IS! Eleni is a PERFORMER and the Eurovision stage was made for her to burn down! GO CYPRUS!
Photos: Andres Putting/EBU