After months of anticipation, May 19 finally arrived and with it the first semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. 17 performers took the stage, but only 10 could be voted into the grand final occurring on May 23 in Vienna, Austria. Some of the entries that went through, as well as the ones that did not, most certainly did not match up to expectations and were somewhat disappointing as well as shocking.
Maria Elena Kyriakou (Greece): One Last Breath: Somewhat Surprising. Although the singer’s performance has always been strong and stellar from the start in terms of both vocal ability and stage presence, there was concern that the song was too close to a full ballad to be miles ahead of all the other ones. However, the way the staging was set up at the Wiener Stadhaller did enormous favors for Kyriakou, and paired with the decency to which she could sing the powerful song it was enough to earn her a spot in this year’s Eurovision semi-final.
Trijntje Oosterhuis (The Netherlands): Walk Along: Surprising and Shocking. Nobody really understands what went wrong here. Everyone was expecting the 42-year-old to fully deliver on the Stadhaller stage, as her rehearsals and pre-Eurovision performances of the song had been quite decent. Fans were, however, quite disappointed when the big moment came. Not only was her outfit rather bizarre and frumpy for such an occasion (this was not surprising, though, considering the war over her “inappropriate” first choice of outfit) the singer simply failed to connect with the song and perform it very well at all.
Elina Born and Stig Rästa (Estonia): Goodbye to Yesterday: Not Surprising: These two have been favorites from the start, and save for something going horrifically wrong there was absolutely no way they were not going to get through. It was nobody’s shock whatsoever when their names were called to join the others on stage for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. As for disappointment, there are always some who do not like a certain entry for their own reasons or another, but for the most part the duo is very well received.
Eduard Romanyuta (Moldova): I Want Your Love: Not Surprising: The 22-year-old had absolutely no chance whatsoever. This has nothing to do with the 22-year-old himself, (in fact, he is certainly considered to be one of the most pleasant and charming to be around contestants of this Eurovision year) but with the song and way he chose to perform it. Not only was the song a late 1990s-early 2000s type of track, which people said was outdated, the Bieber-esque dressing style and stage littered with female “police officers” did nothing to help. There was not a lot of disappointment following his elimination, as he was widely disliked by the majority of Eurovision fans. Those who liked his energy said he was fun to have while it lasted, however.
Out of those who made it to the final, bookies are stating that Estonia (Elina Born and Stig Rästa) are in the high favorites to win. Their fans will have to wait until May 23 to see if this is true.
Opinion by Chanel van der Woodsen
The Independent – Eurovision 2015 semi-final one results: Favourites Estonia and Russia go through, with Serbia and Belgium impressing