So here we go again...
Remember we can vote in the UK this time! So don't forget to choose your favourite...
Oh God another opening ceremony... what did the people of Europe do to deserve this??
Iceland "This Is My Life" - Eurobandið
Very clubby this one, I've been listening to it on my iPod. I like it, although the singer has a remarkably large forehead doesn't he?!
A much more upbeat start to the evenings events than the first semi final .
Sweden "Hero" - Charlotte Perrelli
This song just screams Diva. Love this song, very strong performance. Bit weirded out by the grey start but quite cool.
Turkey "Deli" - Mor ve Ötesi
I really like this song, very Manic Street Preachers. However it's a bit depressing. Well sung and good tune though.
Ukraine "Shady Lady" - Ani Lorak
I'm always a big fan of the Ukraine's offerings (I think I still have a crush on Ruslana), and this one is no different. Love the dancers in the glass boxes. Powerful entry, almost guaranteed to go through to the final and if Sweden makes it too will give them a run for their money.
Lithuania "Nomads In The Night" - Jeronimas Milius
Very, very similar to something you might find in the Phantom of the Opera or Les Mis. This doesn't make it bad, but I don't know if it'll make it. Good singer, alright song... but Eurovision material? Hmm...
Albania "Zemrën lamë peng" - Olta Boka
I've not really ever like Albanian entires. This one was the best I've encountered so far, still it's not to my liking.
Switzerland "Era stupendo" - Paolo Meneguzzi
Though I felt his voice faltered at times, the song is good. And after last years travesty of Vampires Are Alive not even qualifying it's time to give Switzerland a break!!!
Czech Republic "Have Some Fun" - Tereza Kerndlová
Given that Prague is my European Dream City, I have a soft spot for this entry. However her singing was terrible!!! :( Poor Tereza. Such a good song, and a good official video but I feel terribly let down. If this goes through she will be extremely lucky.
Belarus "Hasta La Vista" - Ruslan Alekhno
Yay for Europes last remaining totalitarian dictatorship! Far worse than last years entry. The singing was awful. Bet it goes through though! I think there is a good song in here somewhere, desperate to escape...
Latvia "Wolves of the Sea" - Pirates of the Sea
One for all the Pirate lovers out there... but not for me I'm afraid. Reminds me of some holiday camp performance...
Croatia "Romanca" - Kraljevi Ulice and 75 cents
Erm... I'm sure this is good if you like that sort of thing.
Bulgaria "DJ, Take Me Away" - Deep Zone and Balthazar
Well you certainly couldn't call this boring! Not much of a song though... more a musical medley of sounds.
Denmark "All Night Long" - Simon Mathew
My doesn't he have a cheeky smile?? Not a very interesting song but it's not criminal either.
Georgia "Peace Will Come" - Diana Gurtskaya
I can't decide what to think about this song so I'll sit on the fence.
Hungary "Szívverés" - Csézy
Malta "Vodka" - Morena
Come on Malta! For us Brits Malta is ever dependable in voting for us no matter how terrible we are. Sadly I think this song is a bit pants... but good luck to them anyway, they are certainly enthusiastic.
Cyprus "Femme Fatale" - Evdokia Kadi
What??? It was ok I suppose. A bit random.
FYR Macedonia "Vo Ime Na Ljubovta" - Tamara, Vrčak and Adrian
Not for me thanks!!
Portugal "Senhora do Mar" - Vânia Fernandes
The last song of the evening...
OMG It's Ursula from the Little Mermaid!
My favourites: Sweden, Ukraine, Iceland, Turkey.
They really did not want to get the Mother of Eurovision out. I don't think she quite knew what was going on!
Croatia???? What a waste of a final place...
Albania... Oh God... here we go with the Eastern accusations again...
Latvia.. uh oh!!
Turkey (all my faves got through this time!)
Portugal. Why??? I bet this was the judges decision...
So... that's another step down... next stop... Saturday and the final!!