Live Blog – Jury Rehearsal – Second semi-final

First semi final live blog

Mr Phil will work the same magic he worked on Tuesday for our dear readers. He’ll be painting pictures in words of the acts aiming to secure the last ten places at Saturday’s Grand Final from just before 8pm tonight (9pm if you’re Euro-inclined – other timezones may apply).

May 9, 2018 8:00 pm
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22:14
And

Thats it from me tonight.  

I'm off home for a nightcap and a well earned sightseeing trip to Sintra in the morning.  

Have a good evening!

22:13
Italy

TOO.. MANY..WORDS

No matter how earnest this song is and no matter how well it's written when the televoters see this they will hear a song that just goes on and on and is wordy and combine that with words on the screen that  they won't understand in the main it just loses any and all impact that they had.  

22:09
Germany

Germany are up next.  

I know how this is supposed to come across but it really does seem to be a three minute berating of his father for leaving/being dead. 

That loses the appeal for me but yer man is singing this song well and the photographs on the background are effective. 

22:06
Finally

We're at the French song.   

I think this is being performed live  If it is it's looking excellent.  If this was in the semi final that has gone before but when you place it in the arena that it's going to be in come Saturday what impact will it have.   They are getting the crowd to do the whole hands in the air thing and it looks really good. 

21:44
and

Slovenia's recap in the second run through shows the breakdown.  That is a risk!

21:42
Another recap

And for the record Australia's ten seconds is still not that great.  

21:37
but before all of that

The hosts get to do some business on stage.  Frankly i've turned off at this point but don't you dare cos we've got three more songs. 

Eventually

21:27
Recap time

Recap time in the hall - There are France and Germany and Italy to come from the Big 5+1 but I suspect we'll only get 60 seconds of them like we did with the other three.  

21:25
Phil's jury Rank after Eighteen songs

Norway

Georgia

Hungary

Denmark

Ukraine

Netherlands

Moldova

Malta

Sweden

Poland

Montenegro

Slovenia

Serbia

Romania

Latvia

Australia

Russia

San Marino

21:24
Moldova

This is the best I have seen him perform this song and that's on the one night of two where it really counts.   There is a lot to like in this performance.  There is energy a plenty and the burning stairs and the piano and the key change in the song.  Melovin has a very engaging voice and there is something about the stage presence of him that is slightly weird and worrying. 

This has rocketed up with this performance and it surprised me too! - That was excellent.  

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Well someone is enjoying himself, providing the Channel 4 like alternative to all the happy evangelical main stream Eurovision media…we aim to be different. If I read one more sickly review of Julia… Any decent custard tarts?

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