Friday, January 23, 2009
LIVE REPORT: Euroviisut 2009 - semifinal 3
The show is about to start live from Tohloppi TV-studios in Tampere.
Jaana and Peltsi are now on stage and here we go. First a recap of what's happened so far and some Moscow info about the semifinals etc.
First one tonight is Signmark & co. He has previously told this song is written specially for Euroviisut, not to promote them or their new album but to write a good Eurovision track. The song is performed in English and American signlanguage. They also tell they stand for all minorities.
Signmark ft Osmo Ikonen - Speakerbox
The band is on stage, rapping is good and clear, Osmo's vocals are great and Signmark's signs flawless. Well I can only guess about that obviously. This would be a very interesting choise for Moscow. If Lordi got all the heavyrockers in Europe to vote for them, could Signmark get all the deaf people vote for them? And they are millions....
Next is Janita, who is seeking revenge for her 3rd place back in 1994. The song is from her worthcoming album and she also had other songs to present in Euroviisut, but they had been already performed live before the deadline so she settled to this Martian.
Janita - Martian
She is wearing a simple brown dress and long boots with three musicians on stage. The performance is very jazz-rock club one and her voice strong and sensual. At the era of the "professional" juries this might have gone far but will televoters fall for her again, like they did when she was 14 and became a star in one night?
Next one of the favourites, a new band from Lohja. They're joyful, energetic and happy and clearly excited about the Eurovision experience! The song is mixture of madness, fun, pop and rock.
Vink - The greatest plan
The band on stage is wearing mostly black with some glitter and pink thrown in, and one member even in a skirt. A sort of fashion punk mix. They're giving it their all in a pop rock band fashion. Not one of my personal favourites but I can see why so many people like this one.
And it's time for the biggest name tonight: Jari Sillanpää. He won in 2004 and came 2nd in 1998. Composer Petri Laaksonen has won twice, 1985 and 1987, besides scoring one 2nd place and 3 third places so far... He seems to be happy to be back and says he has been waiting for the invitation every year.... He had a lot of songs but once he heard this one it felt right.
Jari Sillanpää - Kirkas kipinä
He is wearing a dark suit and the stage is all in blue light while performing this Slavic ballad. His choir includudes Jennie from previous Euroviisut and dancer Marleena Saresvirta who is actually a Finnish champion in gymnastics. I don't warm up much to this song or performance, I expected much more from this team.
All four songs have now been performed and it's time to see what's going on in greenroom before the recap. Sighnmark is happy with their performance and the ball is now in the hands of the televoters. Matti, the singer of Vink is also very, very satisfied for their energetic performance.
Voting has ended now and it's time to have a break with Step Up dancers who perform again a song from the musical Hair....
Ok, it's time for the envelopes.... Janita is out! Jari Sillanpää is in. Vink is out and Signmakr gets to the final!