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Eurovision 2014: Semi-Final 1 RESULTS

Well, what do I know, eh? What a crazy night!! Well, a crazy morning for me, it’s a lovely Spring morning in Japan, and I’ve just been watching the show via a rather buggy connection on SVT’s playback service. At least it was up (no thanks, iPlayer…). So let’s take this one stage at a time.

For reviews of ALL the competing entries in the 2014 contest, as well as coverage of all the national finals and all sorts of other news, please visit my Copenhagen 2014 Hub by clicking the link, or the “Copenhagen 2014″ menu on the top banner, or the “#Joinus” crystal on the left-hand bar.

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Eurovision 2014: Semi-Final 1 Preview

Wow, it’s come quickly hasn’t it? Only one day from now, the first 16 will take to the stage of the B&W Hallerne in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. But only ten will make it to next Saturday’s Grand Final – who is going to make it?

For reviews of ALL the competing entries in the 2014 contest, as well as coverage of all the national finals and all sorts of other news, please visit my Copenhagen 2014 Hub by clicking the link, or the “Copenhagen 2014″ menu on the top banner, or the “#Joinus” crystal on the left-hand bar.

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Road to Copenhagen 2014: Hersi – “One night’s anger” (Albania)

Time for another of the Balkans still in the game, and one that’s still tantalisingly close to some big success.

AlbaniaIt feels like Albania feel like they should have been in Eurovision for years, but they only debuted in 2004, and hitting the top 10 on their first attempt with the amazing “Image of you”. Since then they’ve had reasonable success, with a 50% qualification rate. 2012 was a great year for them though, as the spooky snake lady screamed her way to a 5th place finish in Baku, the first time Albania had finished so high.

After a flop in Malmö, Albania used their selection show Festivali i Këngës to decide the representative to Copenhagen, and settled on Hersi. I wasn’t initially convinced I like it, but hearing it again after December’s selection has revealed a strong melodic hook with a rocky edge. Continue reading

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Tirana calling – Albania’s Eurovision 2014 selection (Festivali i Këngës 52)

Time to look lively, the national final schedule is only just starting, with countries selecting every weekend from next week onwards. So let’s take care of the last of the early birds, Albania.

AlbaniaAlbania have never been major players in Eurovision, but they can be relied on to provide something that’s usually decent, often overlooked, but always entertaining. Since their debut at the contest in 2004, their entries have been selected by the long-running Festivali i Këngës contest, now in its 52nd year.

I had a soft spot for this festival after reviewing it last year, mainly for their use of a live orchestra in the show, and you know how I like those. Last year wasn’t entirely successful, with a creditable but dated entry by Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko winning, and ultimately fell way short of qualification in the 2013 semi-finals.

As always, a few former Albanian representatives are trying their luck; 2006’s Luiz Ejlli and 2007’s Frederik Ndoci both entered their year, but could they become the first Albanian entrant to take the Eurovision stage twice? A seven-strong jury decided. Let’s see what they came up with – as always in reverse order, finishing with the winner.

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