Sunday 21 December 2014

Eurovision 2014 semi-final two: Five acts to watch from Conchita Wurst to Freaky Fortune

Jess Denham

Published 08/05/2014 | 09:58

Singer Conchita Wurst representing Austria. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein
Singer Conchita Wurst representing Austria. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

Six countries were left disappointed after elimination in the first Eurovision semi-final and tonight, another five acts will join them on the sidelines.

Latvia, Estonia, Belgium, Portugal, Moldova and Albania failed to secure enough votes on Tuesday to reach Saturday's grand final in Copenhagen, when twenty nations will battle it out for song contest glory.

The second semi-final will see Malta, Israel, Norway, Georgia, Poland, Austria, Lithuania, Finland, Ireland, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Switzerland, Greece, Slovenia and Romania perform.

Can-linn featuring Kasey Smith is our 2014 entry and will perform 'Heartbeat'.

The five bookies' favourites from tonight's round are below, so have a listen and see what you reckon.

Romania

Paula Seling and OVI's "Miracle" will be far from one for many viewers, but this song is at least about something happy, unlike several of the other entries (we’re looking at you, Hungary).

Copenhagen will be clapping along, that much is for sure. There might even be some air-punching from those a fair few beers down.

Norway

This one will bore most fans expecting more feel-good cheesiness or clichéd ballads and, therefore, likely won't win. But while Carl Espen's "Silent Storm" is dark, it's hauntingly beautiful too and definitely worth a listen.

You can tell that Carl was raised on a rural island and liked nature and fishing - not a bad thing at at all.

Greece

"Rise Up" has a definite holiday vibe to it, just in time for the start of summer. Freaky Fortune ft. Risky Kidd know how to get people dancing, which stands for a lot in the Eurovision Song Contest, mark our words.

The duo are best known for being championed by blogger Perez Hilton but whether they can win round Copenhagen remains to be seen.

Austria

Yet more "rising" with Conchita Wurst next (real name Tom Neuwith) and empowering ballad, "Rise Like A Phoenix".

Most people will be familiar with Conchita's powerful voice, and beard following a transphobic backlash from some Eastern Europe conservatives.

"If you want to be a bearded lady then you are allowed to do that because you're not hurting anybody," Wurst said in response. Go get 'em.

Israel

Mei Finegold has a unique voice but she's also a little bit terrifying, which may or may not go in her favour. People might be scared into voting for her, you see.

"Same Heart" is sung in both English and Hebrew and before you ask, yes Israel is allowed to participate because it's in the European Broadcasting Union.

(Independent.co.uk)

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