Semi 2 winners on stage Thomas Hanses (EBU)

Eurovision 2016 Semifinal 2 Quickfire Recap

After a couple of surprises on Tuesday night, Thursday brought even more drama to the Eurovision table. In case you missed it, here’s a 5 minute summary of all the acts. And remember, if your favourite got eliminated you can pick a new one here!

The second semifinal was the last hurdle for another 18 countries in their attempts to reach the Eurovision grand final on Saturday and again, there were only 10 places up for grabs. So without further ado – here’s our run down!

Circus ringleader, toy soldier or beefeater minus hat? You decide! Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Circus ringleader, toy soldier or beefeater minus hat? You decide! Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

Latvia #Electro – Last year’s entrant writes a new electro-pop anthem that is served up with serious passion and a leather jacket. Qualified.

Poland #ToySoldier – Man dressed as a circus ringleader sings down tempo ballad with string accompaniment. Qualified.

Switzerland #SmokeyArmpits – Blue haired Canadian does squats and belts out pop ballad so hard she starts smoking. Out.

Israel #CyrWheel – Two people chase each other around in a giant hoop to the sounds of a classic ballad. Qualified.

Belarus #WolfSerenade – Solo metal singer has all of the holograms for his OTT pop-metal number. Out.

Serbia #Feminism – Woman with powerful voice stays unexpectedly solemn to share the message of abused women.  Qualified.

Work that arena! Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Rock On! Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

Ireland #SunnnLai-aight. – Arena veteran works the crowd for his poprock anthem complete with live band. Out.

FYRMacedonia #HighNote – Opera-level notes belted out by a Eurovision veteran in an elegant black gown. Out.

Lithuania #BackFlip – Permed pop prince performs perfect party pop in pretty, pale (p)leather. Qualified.

Australia #ScreenTime – Ballerina on a jewellery box brings own screens for immersive modern-ballad performance. Qualified.

Slovenia's ManuElla Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)
Slovenia’s ManuElla, and a friend Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)

Slovenia #PoleDancer – Jangly country pop talks blue and red without mentioning purple, roses or violets. Out.

Bulgaria #LEDDress – LED gladiator sings modern electro pop about (possibly) forbidden love. Qualified.

Denmark #OAPBoyBand – Proof, if ever proof was needed, that boy bands get boring over age 25. Out.

Ukraine #Crimea – Indescribable electro ballad is totally moving and slightly political. Qualified.

Norway #TempoChange – Ex-punk rocker offers icy electropop that builds to unexpected chorus. Out.

Georgia #MirrorImage – Indie-rockers deliver classic Britpop sound with futuristic-nineties graphics. Qualified.

All the gold, none of the votes. Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)
Strike a pose. Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)

Albania #Gold – TV presenter gives Morticia Adams face in a dress that restricts foot movement for poprock ballad.   Out.

Belgium #Disco – Sparkly ball of energy and her backing signers provide three minutes of groove.  Qualified.

What else?

The opening showtune. Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
The opening showtune. Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

TV viewers got three more minutes of Big 6 preview clips from  the German, Italian and UK rehearsals and the hosts made light of Eurovision stereotypes through the medium of song to open the show. Måns got naked (with a wolf) and the halftime show featured some suprisingly rhythmic robots.

 

All caught up? Now find out who deserves your 12 points!

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