Wednesday, 19 May 2021

ESC week | Wednesday | Second Semi-Final | Jury Show

This will be a rolling blog, each country in running order, so please refresh to update.

Here I am again. This is quite exciting, I don't think I've ever seen a jury show before. At least not since they were "jury shows". Most likely I have witnessed a good old second dress rehearsal back in the day.


It's starting! I see a windmill!

People are dancing. Whatevs. 

The crowd are cheering Chantal's French. A lot.

SPOILER: Edsilia said 10 great songs will qualify. 

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | San Marino

"Good Evening Europe! Are you ready to...[incomprehensible]?"

Hard to say anything that hasn't been said. It has everything you could possibly want and must the most perfect show opener ever. If it qualifies and draws first half...would they dare?

Miss Hit is sounding better than before and just looks *so* happy to be here. Mr Rida is, well, here. And wearing some shorts the BBC had going spare.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช | Estonia

I'm not saying this sounds flat coming after the Most Serene Entry. But well.

OK, let's be positive: It's not that bad.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | Czech Republic

He's rather breathy. And not in a good way. Yeah, just doing his thing. Enjoyable, but not spectacular.

But the smile at the end. I'm gonna have to distract Sild with a huge bottle of rosรฉ and then steal Benny.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | Greece

Sounding good. Finds the camera. Every time.

I think the whole green screen effect looks a But it's a talking point and keeps your attention.

Senhit seen cheering wildly from the Most Serene Green Room. 

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | Austria

He really feels this. And you can hear every word so clearly. If this isn't sweeping up jury votes than I don't know what is.

And there's those lights. Oooh, the lights.


๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Poland

The opposite of emotion. 

Positive: I needed to go and fill up my glass. Yes, drinking on the job again.


It's Molly Sandรฉn talking about appearing at Eurovision. Hmm.

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | Moldova

The juries won't like those opening "vocals".

Yeah, it's a good job that this isn't the kind of song that needs amazing vocals. And that makes the looooong last note even more conspicuous. Still, this still basically does what it says on the tin. Or packet.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | Iceland

I can literally point you to my rehearsal blog from Thursday!

Still smiling. And there are *lots* of nicely added cheers. And a crowd shot at the end. Fits in seamlessly.

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | Serbia

Ok, I'm feeling it more now. Actually makes me want to bop this time. Might be the wine. Sanja managing to look happy while singing the big notes, rather than angry, and that's not easy.

Likely qualifier, and then just watch it sweep up the Balkan votes in the final.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช | Georgia

Talking of wine.

Mountain, I wanna feel you. #ThatsWhatSheSaid

This is very dark. And I don't think the juries will appreciate some of those notes.

OK, he recovered. It is quite soothing after the Serbian tempest. So props to the running order peeps.

 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Albania
Albania in red-and-black staging shocker.

Not her best vocals in places. This song will have its rosรฉ-drinking audience. But that's not me.

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Portugal

We already know I am the anti-Sild. So yes, I really like this.

Masterful staging, which you've probably all seen from clips. legal and otherwise. He sounds like he sounds. This is what this is.

Like Albania really, this is either your thing or it's not.

*finally another break* I'm quite exhausted.

Oh, yay, It's La Paparizou. Now, laugh!

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Bulgaria

Hmm, postcard and then Chantal talking and then a weird video with Duncan Laurence talking about music.

And then to Victoria.

The sand thing doesn't really work. She looked scared to touch it. And then you could see the bucket being hoisted away.

She is a very engaging performer though. And even smiles at the end. Yay!

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Finland

Straight from postcard to performance. Hooray!

This evening's theme is songs which have their audience. And this got a very loud cheer.

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป | Latvia

*turns down volume*

Hmm, not sure that was the right key, Samanta?

Goodness, it pains me to say this, as I love Samanta and rather like this song, but this could see Latvia back to its golden days of last place in the semi.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ | Switzerland

This is nothing like as busy as I was expecting from reports and previous clips.

It is a bit like a supersized version of Paul Rey's staging from this year's MF though.

Sings well, obvi. And manages some smiles too, which really help.

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Denmark

To quote someone from the online press centre chat: "As if the stage has been made exclusively for them."

Jesper singing better than in the Danish final.

*clap clap*

So that went quickly. Everyone except Latvia is qualifying.

Aww, Iceland in the hotel lobby for their green room shot in the reprise. ❤️

Interval: It's a bit like Ola & Barbro from Eurovision 63 (only Ola & Ola). And one of the Olas is shirtless.

They have food in the green room. 

Edsilia: Have you spoken to Katrina?
James: No.
Edsilia: Oh...Embers..I've never used that word
James: It means the bit of the fire that's still burning
Edsilia: Oh.

Having just had the chat and clips of the finalists, they will now get to perform in full.

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | France

Nothing new to report from this performance, apart from a slight giggle in between all the Voilร s.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | United Kingdom

A minute's delay before this to do some "flame checks".

He's swapped the gold outfit for plain black. Other than that, he's doing his best, bless.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Spain

"Our stage hands are working hard."  I don't think they'll be putting the UK and Spain next to each other on Saturday.

The vocal/music mix here feels a bit off.

Hahaha. He offers us a "here we go" before the big notes (which he hits perfectly).

I doubt you want to know about the announcement of the fake qualifiers, so I shall bid you a good night. Enjoy tomorrow!


  1. A highly enjoyable impression. LOL'ed several times. Would recommend for more reports. Five stars.

    1. The wine can take most of the credit.