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Carl Epsen; Silent Storm (Norway)

Carl Espen sings Silent Storm, a powerful song written by his cousin, Josefin Winther.  Norway’s entry was one of the early favourites.  Admittedly a beautiful song, Epsen’s performance doesn’t connect well live so I don’t quite see it as a favourite.

Tolmachevy Sisters; Shine (Russia)

Whilst Russia’s song isn’t awful this year, but it’s not particularly great. Tolmachevy Sisters sing Shine which as a song is a kind of non-offensive bland krud.  The Tolmachevy Sisters have a Eurovision past, winning Junior Eurovision in 2007.
Russia could send Putin riding a bear and they’d still make it to the Eurovision final given their massive diaspora vote.  This non-offensive, bland song will force out other more worthy and interesting entries which annoys me.image
Interestingly, at the London Eurovision Party when showing clips from last year’s Eurovision entrants, the crowd spontaneously booed at What If, Russia’s entry by Dina Garipova.  The lyrics for What If are notable, being about world peace (something I found stomach-churningly hypocritical at the time):
What if we all opened our arms?
What if we came together as one?
What if we aimed to stop the alarms?
What if we chose to bury our guns?
The Tolmachevy Sisters are only 17, born only five months before the UK’s last win. I hope they don’t encounter too much anger arising from Russia’s recent geopolitics when they reach Copenhagen.

.@sebalter covering Avicii’s #wakemeup @ldneurovision #eurovision (at The Stage at Cafe de Paris)

Countries in the world that use the mmddyy date format.

Countries in the world that use the mmddyy date format.

Sergej Ćetković; Moj Svijet (My world) (Montenegro)

Disney Molsh.  That is all I have to say about Moj Svijet (My world) sung by Sergej Ćetković. Lovely video showcasing Montenegro but bland song.

The Shin & Mariko - Three Minutes To Earth (Georgia)

The Shin & Mariko sing Three Minutes To Earth for Georgia A third of the song feels like the intro. It just keeps going (not in a good way).
This song is all over the place and I think it just may be the first entry to have the lyrics “Space Junk.”
I can’t see this qualifying to be honest despite Georgia’s 80% qualification rate.

Yesterday was a GREAT #easter Sunday. #agricola #tickettoride #carcassone (at Pembury Tavern)

Yesterday was a GREAT #easter Sunday. #agricola #tickettoride #carcassone (at Pembury Tavern)

iMaps are **so** current! For non-British people, Somerfield was acquired by the Cooperative supermarket in 2009, when they promptly disposed of their brand.

iMaps are **so** current! For non-British people, Somerfield was acquired by the Cooperative supermarket in 2009, when they promptly disposed of their brand.

Loving the new David Bailey portrait of the Queen

Loving the new David Bailey portrait of the Queen

Teo - Cheesecake (Belarus)

Want to hear the words Patrick Swayzee sung off-key by a Soviet Robin Thicke wannabe in a terrible English accent? Then listen to Cheesecake by Teo.

This song is awful, I don’t see it getting to the final.  It’s just awful!

I’ve also heard of laughter tracks, but never scream tracks - Belarus seems like an interesting place to watch music!