The last three to rehearse today include also two major favorites Estonia and Bulgaria, with Belarus sandwiched inbetween. In the strange twist of fate four of the major favorites are all in the first semi-final's first half....
Belarus - Alekseev - Forever
Gone is his projector shirt or whatever it was in the national final and better so, as Elina is coming right after with her dress. Innstead we have some drama with roses and some apparently rather offputting imaginary in a form a blooded shirt. He's got a rising platform and a dancer, the said real rose and some more petals in augmented reality. And the vocals are still all over the place - or maybe they simply are like that?
"Gothic romance", "Dramaric", "WTF", "Slightly offputting", "Extravagant", "Disgusting"
Estonia - Elina Nechayeva - La forza
In the end they got the money and the dreadful dress is here. But it's a good distraction for the non existing song and especially non existing lyrics or story. She's got the voice no doubt but the gimmick wears off very soon. Nothing new in here, the same old Eesti laul performance, just bigger stage and apparently bigger yet dress with brighter projections....
"Circus act", "Vocally terrific", "Impressing", "Goosebumps", "Classy", "Polished", "Flawless"
Bulgaria - Equinox - Bones
Bring on the props and camera tricks: 3 glass platforms, split screen graphics, dry ice and wind machnes. Add black costumes, terrific vocals and simple choreography with clever camera work . This song certainly is better live. I for one find it very boring on record but everytime I hear/see it live I'm thinking it's not so bad after all. It's all about the voices.
"Boring staging", "Terrific", "Pitch perfect vocals"