An unnecessarily comprehensive guide to Eurovision Semi-finale 2
Want to impress all your friends by sounding like you know things about Eurovision but can’t be bothered spending an entire day watching YouTube and reading Wikipedia? Because, honestly who has time for that? Luckily for you, the answer is me. I do. And I just did. You’re welcome.
About:Justs attended one of the most prestigious schools in Latvia, which specialises in science and maths. Their notable alumni include notable mathematicians, chemists and several of Latvia’s Prime Ministers. So I’m sure his parents are… very proud of him.
Song: Why exactly this brand of Eurovision dance pop appeals to me so much is a complete mystery tbh but I will download this.
Performance: It could benefit from some tricksy foot work.
About: You can pretty much tell how dedicated the fan-base of each Eurovision entrant is based on how well edited their Wiki is. This guy’s handful of achievements are very well curated, let me tell you.
Performance: Actually maybe we will see a male soloist use a lot of wind machine. If it does happen, it’ll be this guy.
About: Earlier this year, while on tour to promote his entry, he had his passport torn up by Russian border police in a homophobic attack. Yeah. Russian shouldn’t win because they’d be a terrible host hey.
Song:Is it weird that this song is called “Made of Stars” and his surname is Star? I feel like that is weird.
Performance: The video has an insane amount of drones. Do the rules allow drones on stage? I hope so.
About: These guys are apparently trying to create positive change through music but while Wikipedia says they donate part of their profits to charity, their website only lists a partnership with a phone company?
About: Entries aren’t allowed to use their songs to make a political statement. Russia tried to have this disqualified because they say it’s political (read: it’s not very nice about Russia), but she was allowed to compete.
About: Agnete was the lead singer of a popular children’s band (again, featuring children not for children) called The Blacksheeps and she is on record as saying she is aware that “sheeps” is not the plural of sheep.
Song: Not renaming this song Boaty McBoatface seems like a missed opportunity.
Performance: No spoilers but possibly a man in a cage.
About: Yes, that’s the name of thier band name. Yes, all of it. They’re the first act I can’t find a gif of, although when you search for one, there is this gif of Jedward being electrocuted for some reason.
Song: With any luck it will be overshadowed by some Flaming Lips style antics.