Reaction to Second Dress Rehearsal (the Jury Show) of the Secpnd Semi-Final
Hello Dear Readers!
Last night was the second rehearsal of the second semi-final; the one the juries viewed and rated. Unlike Tuesday, the vocal performances were a bit scattered, but each staging was on point! There are definitely some cool uses of holograms, projectors, and lights throughout the 18 songs. Definitely another night to stay close to the screen.
There are, of course, some entries with work left to do.
Australia – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Dami Im probably has the best voice in the Contest this year. However, she struggled last night. She was out of tune for the first half of the song.
Switzerland & Slovenia both suffered similarly. They were either nervous or intimidated and it showed, thoroughly. Their performances lacked the same zeal that we saw in their national finals.
All the automatic qualifiers had weak performances last night. I was particularly disappointed by Italy. She had such a great music video, but the staging was dull and she gave a soulless performance of the song. But the UK and Germany also disappointed in their performances. Hopefully, on Friday and Saturday, when they count the most, they’ll come through.
Surprisingly good was Belarus. I still think the song is weak, but the staging is quite nice! And IVAN performed really, really well.
Belgium also gave a great show and demonstrated why she was worthy of the final position.
My predictions are staying the same. Mostly because, the songs with the most to overcome, Israel, Albania, and Belarus, while all gave fantastic performances, just didn’t do enough, I think, to bump any of the other ten out of qualifying. So, I think we’ll see: Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Poland, and Ukraine again in the Final. What’re your predictions?