Vienna 2015: Semifinal One Live-Blog

Welcome to ESCDaily.com’s live coverage of Semifinal One – the first of three televised shows of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. A total of 16 songs will battle it out tonight at the Wiener Stadthalle, for one of ten qualifying positions in the Eurovision final!

Besides the participating countries of semifinal one, finalists Australia, Austria, France and Spain will be also able to vote in this semi final.

Here is the lineup for the first Semifinal!

01. Moldova: Eduard Romanyuta – I Want Your Love

Moldova kicks off the semifinal with a bang – literally! Skin is showing, the dancing is fierce, and Eduard definitely has made his mark in the contest this year. Not a favourite with the Eurofans to qualify, but I wouldn’t count this out just yet.

02. Armenia: Genealogy – Face the Shadow

A vocally strong performance which is a little shaky at times. The song and it’s message is very cohesive with the visuals, which includes a tree (do I see a theme developing here?) and a map representing where each member of Genealogy comes from.

03. Belgium: Loïc Nottet – Rhythm Inside

Young Loïc delivers a strong vocal and choreography on stage with his very unique sounding entry to the contest. This is certainly a contender for the Eurovision final.

04. The Netherlands: Trijntje Oosterhuis – Walk Along

After reports that Trijntje had trouble sleeping last night, it is certainly not evident on stage tonight. She’s passionate, and belts out “Walk Along”. Currently and questionably sitting bottom of the betting, the crowd gives a warm applause at the end of the song. A mixed reaction however on social media.

05. Finland: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät – Aina mun pitää

PKN are next on stage and singer Kari delivers a very raspy and over-the-top vocal. The cameras move quite quickly and frequently and it’s quite the full-on performance. These punk rockers certainly want to make their mark in Eurovision this year and certainly pulled off a memorable performance.

AND Escinsight.com with a cheeky tweet

06. Greece: Maria Elena Kyriakou – One Last Breath

As expected, Maria-Elena delivers a sublime vocal with her ballad “One Last Breath”. Guy Sebastian comments that she “nailed” her performance and the Australian commentary box is quite impressed with the performance. It’s not only visually strong, but also it leaves a lasting impression.

07. Estonia: Elina Born & Stig Rästa – Goodbye to Yesterday

A very “tense” performance from Estonia, full of emotion and passion. The song, following the story of a unstable relationship, is illustrated well on stage, with Elina even producing tears. Reminds me of the same kind of tension produced on stage by runnersup the Netherlands last year…

08. FYR Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski – Autumn Leaves

A very simple and plain performance from Daniel, which is vocally a little shaky but he does well to correct himself and get through the song. Not a big fan of the song, and it is getting slayed on social media.

09. Serbia: Bojana Stamenov – Beauty Never Lies

Bojana from Serbia definitely does not disappoint as she BELTS out ‘Beauty Never Lies’. I initially did not think this would qualify, but it’s difficult to take your eyes off this diva in the making! It’s a bit of a hot mess, but it works! She’s a diva and a woman possessed!

10. Hungary: Boggie – Wars for Nothing

Time to strip right back, with the very mellow, touching ballad from Boggie. It’s vocally on point and the graphics are visually stimulating, including a tree made up from guns, which eventually flourishes with life. A beautiful performance.

11. Belarus: Uzari & Maimuna – Time

Belarus did have some issues with the backdrop of their performance, and I still feel it doesn’t tell the story they wanted it to; About how small time is, especially for those suffering from terminal cancer. A beautiful gesture, but the videoclip visual would have perhaps been a better option for the stage show. A vocally strong performance nevertheless.

12. Russia: Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices

Time for the favourite to win the semifinal; Polina from Russia. An inspiring and strong song with a positive message. Polina’s vocal is spot on and the performance is very elegant… This could be a dark horse to win on Saturday night! One to definitely watch out for.

Good to see the Buranovskiye Babushki are still getting some love from Eurofans!

13. Denmark: Anti Social Media – The Way You Are

A very happy and upbeat performance from ‘Anti Social Media’ brings a smile to my face. Not a huge fan of the song, but I think it does have appeal. Very cute and charming, however, as I expected, the reaction on social media is a little “anti”.

14. Albania: Elhaida Dani – I’m Alive

Whilst I adore this song, it can’t be ignored that Elhaida delivered a shaky vocal at best. Nerves could have played it part, but it’s difficult not to cringe in places. I’m disappointed to say the least…

15. Romania: Voltaj – De La Capăt (All Over Again)

Next up is the first song not sung completely in English; Romania! The group delivers a great performance with a great message; Children should be with their parents. The little boy from the video clip even appears at the conclusion of the performance!

16. Georgia: Nina Sublatti – Warrior

Nina is intense on stage, and delivers a very strong performance like a true… Warrior! A great performance, which is visually in your face – as it should be. A crowd favourite, as she received an applause before and after the performance.

After the conclusion of the songs, stay tuned on ESCDaily.com for the results of the lucky ten qualifiers!