LIVE BLOG: Second semi final – Jury Show

We were online, reporting from Turin’s PalaOlimpico where it was time for the jury show for the second semi-final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest season. The juries got to watch a full show and cast their votes to help decide the ten qualifiers tomorrow evening

May 11, 2022 8:00 pm
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22:30
And thats it.

That's everything from the world of Eurovision for today - It has been a very very long day at the grindstone and I need some time away and, indeed, some food.  

A quick reminder of my ranking you say?

Sweden

Czech Republic

San Marino

Serbia

Poland

Ireland

Belgium

Romania

Estonia

Azerbaijan

Georgia

Montenegro

Cyprus

Australia

North Macedonia

Finland

Malta

Israel

Now, there will be NO blog of the 3rd rehearsal tomorrow lunchtime, cos I don't care about that, but Shai will, deliberately this time, be live blogging the Semi Final.  

22:28
Germany

The German postcard is at the Lingotto FIAT Factory - which is walking distance from where I should be staying - the bastards!

It's already been a long Eurovision day here at Chez Phil and it gets longer when Malik, who is a candidate for deliberate last, gets onto stage. 

He just looks hateful when he sings this song and sounds hateful. 

He's not the only that hates it. 

22:19
UK

If Chanel is going for the lowest common denominator vote then Sam has got his broad brush out (fnarr) and is coverinig as many bases as possible. 

He gets a massive cheer before his postcard starts.

There is an ease about him singing this song and its very easy for me to get carried away very quickly with the "it's not shit" vibe. 

It's not shit - It's far from shit.  I have 0 issues with him being able to sing this song, unlike in previous years.  Objectively I have no issues saying this is going to be in the Top 10 and i'm not mental either. 

Brilliant performance.  Clapping before the end of it.  

22:11
Spain first

So Spain are up first of the three that are left.

The start of the song reminds me of I Wanna but more pertenently, is this a case of style over substance like Albania was last night. 

At least Chanel seeming has some talent but again it's the gays and the dads that will like this.  Spanish fans are going to be disapointed on Sunday morning when this, inevitably, doesn't win or come close. 

22:04
Big three interviews.

So we are back and they will interview the three of the big 5 before they sing. 

Spain comes on first, and it's Chanel.  She's an actress and a "singer" - apparently playing (with) herself is easier than playing a part. 

Sam on next.  He works the crowd and is properly bouncy. Even the clip gets a cheer. 

Malik is on next and blends into the background, like his song.  It's a "Schooltrip with Friends".  No

21:34
Break

There is going to be some sort of break gubbins going on with Laura and Mika singing, and then Spain, UK and Germany are going to sing live to be recorded for tomorrow. 

I'm nipping away, i shall be back!

21:33
Phil's Jury rank after all Eighteen Songs

Feel free to point and laugh - I know you will. 

Sweden

Czech Republic

San Marino

Serbia

Poland

Ireland

Belgium

Romania

Estonia

Azerbaijan

Georgia

Montenegro

Cyprus

Australia

North Macedonia

Finland

Malta

Israel

21:32
Czech Republic

(Caserta)

And finally - Czech Republic (Not Czechia, cos that's stupid). 

We are Domi werent happy at their run through or their replay earlier on this afternoon, but I could not tell the difference between the performances because Domi actually hid it quite well. 

This is a lovely slice of electronica that gets the crowd cheering and, presumably, clapping.  they seem more comfy with their surroundings and are giving it large.  It would not have been out of place in Benny Benassi's set last evening but thankfully, this is much more competitive. 

Top 2 in this semi performing 17 and 18? - I think so. 

Massive cheer and the band are all smiles at the end of it. 

21:28
Sweden

(Rimini)

Apparently Cornelia was unwell when they asked her back to have another go this afternoon, lets hope it wasnt the plague, mind you with all the other foul ups on her performances this week, nothing would surprise me. 

Sweden is still a default answer to the question "Who is winning, Phil?" most years and it would be easy/lazy to bet against them this time.  Cornelia gets through a performance unhindered and it looks and sounds just like it did in MF.  We know what that means, Europe, though, are seeing a woman emoting literally all over the place.

Contender to win this bit? - Yes.

Contender to win the whole lot? - Yes.. If not for war. 

21:23
Belgium

(Perugia)

In his afternoon rehearsal he was heard, quite loudly, to say "Fuck this shit" when he was having in ear problems - his re-run was a gazillion times better - so lets see which Jeremie turns up shall we?

He nails the glissando on the first chorus and I am encouraged - it sounds a million times stronger than it has done all week and that carries on throughout all of the performance.  The backing track is helping but thankfully not to the degree it has been - maybe all he needed was the contest to be here. 

He's a bit weaker on the high notes in the last chorus but nothing disasterous. 

Yeah, like that one. 

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