The second Eurovision semi final completed its first round of rehearsals Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden.
After taking a year off from the contest, Ukraine returns with Jamala’s geopolitically controversial song. How will they fare against overwhelming favorite Russia?
Because it’s not really a contest until someone has royally pissed off Russia.
In my four years of covering the Eurovision Song Contest, I do not recall encountering an entry with as much baggage as Russia’s “Shine” by the Tolmachevy Sisters.
Portugal returns to the Eurovision Song Contest with “Quero Ser Tua” (“I Want to Be Yours”) by Suzy. Did the country use the year off to revamp its strategy to try to get its first win?
Moldova taps into dubstep and overwrought lyrics with its Eurovision Song Contest entry “Wild Soul” by Cristina Scarlat. Will Europe respond to this style the way it did in 2013?
Dilara Kazimova’s “Start a Fire” is poised to give Azerbaijan yet another Top 10 finish in the Eurovision Song Contest. But does the song tell an incomplete story?
Estonia’s Tanja will sing “Amazing” at the Eurovision Song Contest. Is this track too similar to 2012 winner “Euphoria” or could this entry be a surprise on the scoreboard?
Maybe San Marino will finally make it to the Eurovision Song Contest final with “Maybe” by Valentina Monetta. For the third time to be a charm, it may require some errors from ESC heavyweights.
Albania’s Hersi will be working with an English translation for her song “One Night’s Anger.” Will her unique vocal tone be enough to overcome an overworked Eurovision entry?