Welcome back to this year’s previews! Let’s continue with the next batch of three from semi 2!
10. Slovenia – Joker Out – Carpe Diem
The Song: Thank you, Slovenia, for sending this breath of fresh air our way. Not only because it breaks a string of entries that challenge our tenacity, it’s actually a well-rounded package. Funky guitars, a joie-de-vivre dripping from the lyrics that even translates through their Slovenian sound and the overall vibe is so sunny it’s just *chef’s kiss*.
Standout line: “The game of hatred is your thing, thank you” Thanks but no thanks indeed! To the hatred, obviously.
The Voice: The vocals don’t particularly stand out in any way but they don’t have to: they’re part of a bigger whole and as long as the nerves don’t kick in I see no issues here.
The Style: I love the 70s vibe in their outfits with luscious fabrics and questionable cuts, here’s hoping that vibe gets expanded upon in the overall atmosphere.
In one line: Seize the day ànd the night.
Why it will qualify: It’s a breath of fresh air in this semi.
Why it won’t qualify: They all get food poisoning?
Qualifier? What’s Slovenian for hell yeah?
11. Georgia – Iru – Echo
The Song: Early March, somewhere in Tbilisi: “Oops, we still need an entry for this year’s Eurovision. But I’ve got this killer chorus, lots of drums and a hypnotizing melody. Let’s repeat it 27 times and throw some atmosphere building pauses in there. Lyrics? Just whip something up. Feels like something Loreen would bring, so it’s gonna be good. What, Loreen is in as well? Oh shibilisi, too late now. Let’s just go for it.”
Standout line: “Will be better day now” Lyricist: ChatGPT.
The Voice: Iru, not to be confused with the legend that is Shiru, has won the local The Voice. Not a guarantee, but surely not a point of worry either. Here’s hoping she’ll manage to keep from going into shriek-mode.
The Style: The video is very stylish and Georgia usually gets the visual aspect of an ESC performance right, so fingers crossed.
In one line: Sing a song, oh, sing it loud and high.
Why it will qualify: The atmosphere is hypnotizing.
Why it won’t qualify: It doesn’t make any sense.
Qualifier? Georgia hasn’t qualified for a while now but I’m still saying yes.
12. San Marino – Piqued Jacks – Like An Animal
The Song: Ah, the obligatory annual dad rock entry. This time selected through a NF, imagine that! Presumably it was the on stage confidence that sold it, because other redeeming features are hard to spot. The one ChatGPT generated set of lyrics follows the other and to be honest these feel even more random than the Georgian ones. Feels like it also piqued, sorry picked, the band’s name. I have no idea what’s going on and frankly I don’t want to.
Standout line: “You have a biting tongue” You have no idea.
The Voice: Shouty and nasal but at least there’s some technique and a whiff of professionalism about them. That’s the best compliment they’re gonna get out of me.
The Style: Haha, style. Good one. I hear a reference to snake eyes, so I’d like an abundance of snake skin pattern to be honest. All vegan, of course. But seriously: just throw everything and the kitchen sink at it so at least we have that for entertainment.
In one line: Like an endangered species due to nobody’s fault but their own.
Why it will qualify: LOL
Why it won’t qualify: Have you heard it?
Qualifier? It puts the NO in San Marino.
CURRENT DIMIVISION STANDINGS
SERBIA – SWEDEN – BELGIUM – SLOVENIA
NORWAY – AZERBAIJAN – NETHERLANDS – FINLAND – DENMARK
MALTA – LATVIA – PORTUGAL – CROATIA – SWITZERLAND – ISRAEL – MOLDOVA – ARMENIA -ESTONIA – CYPRUS – ICELAND – GREECE – POLAND – GEORGIA
IRELAND – ROMANIA – SAN MARINO
Tomorrow: Austria, Albania, Lithuania & Australia