Eurovision Song Contest: First Semi-Final, BBC3

by | May 20, 2008 | All, Reviews

What was good about it?

• Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Laka, the most eccentric, inventive, weird act of the night with a haunting song and a routine involving (don’t ask us why) a washing line and kniting brides. Unlikely to win, though.

• Norway’s Maria with the most polished song of the night, Hold On Be Strong, a rather memorable pop ballad. A very possible winner.

• Andorra’s Gisela, who pepped us up with the poppy Casanova.

• Montenegro’s Stefan Filipović, a nice-looking lad with a terrible haircut and terrible clothng (leather trousers!!!) with a half-decent rock-pop song that sounds like it should be an advertising jingle.

• Armenia’s Sirusho, the most fanciable woman of the semi final with the night’s taste-of-Eastern-promise song, Qele, Qele, and the nght’s best dancers (a very energetic trio, one of whom was amazingly not weighed down by his mega mullet)

• Moldova’s Geta Burlacu with a smokey jazz number (shame about the props – a sofa, a teddy bear and a barefooted trumpeter)

• Azerbaijan’s Elnur & Samir with a shiny glam rock epic (and one of them somehow made Rhydian seem bashful)

• Greece’s Kalomira – some naughty candypop from a sort of feta cheese-eating Britney

• Romania’s Nico & Vlad, the best singers of the night with a ballsy boy-girl ballad

• Six of the nine songs we liked qualified for the final – Andorra, Montenegro and Moldova failed (robbed by Israel, Russia, Finland and Poland)

What was bad about it?

• Estonia’s comedy song (they’re laughing in Talinn) performed by three fat blokes in the wind.

• Belgium’s Ishtar with an indescribable mish-mash that sounded like a song that might have come about 13th in a 1960s contest.

• Poland’s Isis Gee, a well-tanned lady strolling into boring Celine Dion territory

• Ireland’s Dustin the Turkey, an unfunny puppet making a racket

• Israel’s Boaz (flashing his muscles as if that would distract us from his dreary entry)

• San Marino’s Miodio (points deducted for popping the mic during his overblown rock ballad)

• Finland’s Teräsbetoni, a heavy metal band who tried to emulate the country’s success two years ago via Lordia but more closely resembled mid-1980s Saxon

• Slovenia’s Rebeka Dremelj with an unremarkable Eurodance track

• The Netherlands’s Hind, an attempt at exotic pop let down by a lack of substance and two badly choreographed dancers

• Russia’s Dima Bilan who reminded us of Darius and pulled some horrible faces during his stirring ballad (and resorted to showing off his chest and needed a skater to pep up his routine)

• BBC3 commentator Catherine Flack who said nothing interesting as she busily interrupted a rather low-key, low-camp Paddy O’Connell

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

20/05/2008

Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!

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