Category Archives: Semi final 1 – 2019

SEMI FINAL TWO 2019 – NETHERLANDS

Ida Andia of Romania is finishing her predictions today for the ten songs that she think will qualify to the Grand final. Her focus today is on the Netherlands.

The last song I am looking at could be the first one in the Grand final. Duncan Laurence has a sweet voice and his song could be winner. I love the lyrics: “Small-town boy in a big ARCADE” – an opposition. The Netherlands could win the contest after 44 years from the last victory.

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SEMI FINAL ONE 2019 – BELGIUM

Ida Andia of Romania looks today at the last of the 17 entries of semi final 1 in the 2019 Eurovision song contest. It is BELGIUM.

Eliot is a young singer who has great charisma. He has experience from The Voice of Belgium. He could do well in Tel Aviv. Maybe most of the teenagers who will listen to this song in the first semi-final will vote for ”Wake Up”. In last years, Belgium had amazing entries.

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SEMI FINAL ONE 2019 – AUSTRALIA

Ida Andia of Romania is almost finished with her review of the 17 songs in semi final 1 of the Eurovision song contest. Today she looks at Australia.

I was a big fan of ”2000 and whatever” performed by Electric Fields. But they finished 2nd. The winner of their selection was Kate Miller-Heidke with ”Zero Gravity”. I don’t think Eurovision is for the opera songs. But everything is possible in this contest (other countries who sent pop-opera songs: Romania 2013, Estonia 2018 – who was in TOP 10 etc.). I think Australia will qualify. The only country who participates at this edition and who has 100% qualification in the Grand Final could not break this tradition.

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SEMI FINAL ONE 2019 – SAN MARINO

Ida Andia from Romania continues her review of the songs in semi final 1 of the 2019 Eurovision song contest. Today she looks at San Marino.

The Turkish artist Serhat is back for the smallest country who participates in the Eurovision Song Contest. This time, he will sing SAY NA NA NA. I don’t see it in the Grand Final, but it’s better than the song who represented San Marino in Stockholm – I DIDN’T KNOW; it gives a good feeling, it is like an anthem.

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SEMI FINAL ONE 2019 – PORTUGAL

Ida Andia from Romania is today looking at the 14th song from Semi final 1 of the 2019 Eurovision song contest. It is Portugal, last year’s host country.

The entry from Portugal is a really masterpiece. It’s weird, but so special because there are African rhythms. It’s a topical message – ”Cellphones” – the title in English of the Portuguese entry TELEMOVEIS. I appreciate Portugal when every year they send a song in Portuguese. Conan Osíris is a great performer on the stage. I hope Portugal will qualify and will not like last year reach the last place.

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SEMI FINAL ONE 2019 – GEORGIA

Ida Andia today looks at the song from Georgia and their chances to advance to the final in Tel Aviv.

I have to be honest. When I listened to this song for the first time, I thought it is the weakest entry of this year. I have been patient to listen to it again and to look for the lyrics. The inhabitants of this Caucasian country can be proud of this song. It’s in Georgian. The lyrics are extremely beautiful. ”Varada varada” is a common Georgian folklore refrain; ”chonguri” – a Georgian instrument. So from hate I came to love for ”Sul Tsin Iare” (”Go Ahead”), performed by Oto Nemsadze. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will qualify. The main reason is that the majority of people who will watch the semi-final will not understand the message.

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SEMI FINAL ONE 2019 – ICELAND

Ida Andia of Romania focuses today on Iceland and their chances to advance to the final.

I think Iceland is sending a very original song to the Eurovision this year and on top of it, it will be performed in Icelandic. The song is something that Europe have not hear before – industrial techno. The song is called “Hatrið mun sigra” (“Hate Will Prevail”) and this could end up high in the Grand Final. Hatari is a popular Icelandic band. Maybe they come for revenge as ten years ago, Iceland finished on 2nd in Moscow. A great recipe for this small island.

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SEMI FINAL ONE 2019 – POLAND

Ida Andia continues looking at the entries of semi final 1 of the 2019 Eurovision song contest and next up is POLAND.

”Light Me Up”, the entry of Poland in Lisbon, Portugal, last year, was one of my favourite songs in the competition. It did not qualify. For Tel Aviv, Poland sends a popular band. ”Fire Of Love (Pali Się)” seems to be an original song. Tulia performs traditional songs in their country but this one is not good for Eurovision. I think it will fail to qualify.

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SEMI FINAL ONE 2019 – GREECE

Ida Andia from Romania is looking at Greece today and what will be their chances to reach the final.

Katerine Duska from Greece will perform in the second half of the first semifinal with ”Better love”. With a good staging, this country could qualify for the final after their failure in Lisbon. However, the song could be better. When compared to the other songs in the semi final, it’s different, but the song is not my cup of tea.

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SEMI FINAL ONE 2019 – MONTENEGRO

Ida Andia of Romania looks today at the entry from Montenegro.

Montenegro has sent beautiful songs, specific to the Balkans in the last years but this year they send a song in English. ”Heaven” performed by the band D-Mol. I would have liked them to send another ballad in Montenegrin. I appreciate the video of ”Heaven” (like always, amazing landscapes from this country). The lyrics are pretty repetitive and simple and the song doesn’t reach that power who could qualify the country to the final.

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