The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Copenhagen last night. Fifteen nations were involved, only 10 could progress. It was a nail-biting affair and some of the nails were false! Particularly those belonging to the controversial Conchita Wurst (there is a nice profile of the artist on this Mail Online page). But her nails were tiny compared to the claws of the conservative East European politicians who wanted her scratched from the competition. There were even rumours were that some of the participants were on performance-enhancing drugs, but some of the performances were definitely not enhanced!
So, how did it all pan out?
Singers who can linger
- Malta, Norway, Poland, Austria, Finland, Belarus, Switzerland, Greece, Slovenia, Romania.
Songsters who are gone-sters
- Israel, Georgia, Lithuania, Ireland, F.Y.R. Macedonia.
So, Conchita Wurst will get prime time exposure in the final on Sunday night, and the Romanians are still in contention.
I have Irish ancestry, so I was sorry to see Ireland’s entry, Heartbeat, by Can-Linn (featuring Kasey Smith) go out. I thought it was a catchy song.
In my next post we will look at the artists representing Italy and Spain, who are doing their bit (Italy more so than Spain) to champion the Romance languages and automatically went into the final, to be held on Saturday night (Sunday Australian time).