ESC 2015: My opinion about the Final (Part II)

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The second part of my opinion regarding the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is now here. On my previous post, I started talking about the begining of the show + started to review the songs and its performances during the final one by one. After talking about the first 14 entries, here’s my opinion of the last 13 entries:

15: Greece – Maria Elena Kyriakou – One last breath

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After going to the catchy route these last few years, the country has sent their first classic ballad in years (at least, not since… 2006!!!): “One last breath”, sung by cypriot-born singer Maria Elena Kyriakou. A perfectly confident performance with a strong vocal showcase and a empowering visual concept. Better than that would be impossible, me thinks

16: Montenegro – Knez – Adio

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The traditional balkan mid-tempo ballad is on Knez this year as he sung “Adio”. As expected from a song of its genre, here we have a emotional performance that builds and builds until reaching the ultimate climax. A symbolically powerful visual and vocal performance from the singer and his backing vocalists part (loved the dance routine in the second instrumental section, just before the keychange)

17: Germany – Ann Sophie – Black smoke

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A sensual indie-pop entry is coming our way: Ann-Sophie is the singer that defends “Black smoke”. The visual performance in ESC was completely different from the NF: defintively more polished and better concieved than before. And the singer, while giving a solid vocal performance, also gave a visually stylish sultry look which emphasized the entry as a whole. Also loved the light props used into the performance

18: Poland – Monika Kuszyńska – In the name of love

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“Angelic” is perhaps a good word to describe the adult contemporary-like ballad “In the name of love”, sung by Monika Kuszyńska. Nice vocal performance from the singer’s part and smoothly well-executed ideas in visual terms (I liked that special touch in the middle of performance in which we could see clips of the singer years before the car accident happened)

19: Latvia – Aminata – Love injected

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Make way for the new electronic queen Aminata who wrote the entry “Love injected” by herself. The performance, like the song itself, is a true work of art: magnificence in her vocal performance, as well a alternative eclectism and grace in the visual performance (I’d even say this was one of the several performances that worked well on the TV screen). All in all, there’s such a mystically good aura around it – indeed a wonderful moment

20: Romania – Voltaj – De la capăt

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The words are Voltaj’s biggest weapon for this year’s edition of ESC – in the shape of a mid-tempo rock entry titled “De la capăt”. Nothing too special in this performance, but the social message of song was pretty well executed on its visual performance. The vocal performance was also good enough – nothing really faultess on this aspect

21: Spain – Edurne – Amanecer

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Drama, adventure and romance are the secret ingridients for the midtempo track “Amanecer”, sung by Edurne. Visually, it had an interesting concept… on paper, as it didn’t quite translate well on stage (the begining was good, but it just became more and more confusing until the end). On the other hand, the singer gave a solid vocal performance, although she had a few mishaps at times – especially in the end, when she sadly missed the note

22: Hungary – Boggie – Wars for nothing

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A simplistic plea for peace as we have “Wars for nothing”, a ballad sung by Boggie. As said a couple of letters ago, there’s only one word to describe this performance: simple. It’s a bit like that country’s great debut entry from 1994 – only add some LED imagery of peace and nature, backing vocalists and even a choreography. Visually impressive on its own, although not as strong as the entry I mentioned before. The singer herself defended quite well, although she was a bit better in the semi she was in

23: Georgia – Nina Sublatti – Warrior

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There has been fiercy female singers in past – but Nina Sublatti elevates that category to the next level. How? With the power-pop entry “Warrior”. Despite the serious smoke incident that hid the singer for a few seconds in the begining of the performance, she did handle it like a professional that she is. Powerful vocal delivery and total fierceness on the visual performance

24: Azerbaijan – Elnur Huseynov – Hour of the wolf

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This could really be something out of a musical theatre play: Elnur Huseynov goes narrative (musically-wise) with the ballad “Hour of the wolf”. The singer and the modern ballet dancers’ artistical dual interaction during the performance could have been a pretty good idea – however, it wasn’t really effective, despite being well executed. And curiously enough, the singer’s vocals were suprisingly disapointing (I don’t know what he vocally pretended to deliever, but I believe he’s much better than what he gave that night)

25: Russia – Polina Gagarina – A million voices

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The quintessential power ballad of the evening: Polina Gagarina sings the peace-driven track “A million voices”. The “tour of force” of the overall performance is the singer herself – first of all, the visual performance was both celestial and colossal (something that the entry really needed + we could see the singer was really feeling the song’s message). As for the vocal performance, I can only say she sung it like there was no tomorrow. Overall, a pleasantly dignified performance

26: Albania – Elhaida Dani – I’m alive

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Despite the precedent events, Elhaida Dani fought it out like a survivor – just like in the ballad she sung: “I’m alive”. Despite the fact that the singer itself is usually a great vocalist, this song seems to be too hard for her to sing: really shaky at times, but becoming quite strong in the second half (eventhough that wasn’t still enough to disguise the shakyness of those vocals. At least, she handled well the highest note of the song (in the semi, it was even better). As for the visual performance: well, not necessarily something out of this world, although she did the best she could to transmit the song’s message

27: Italy – Il Volo – Grande amore

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The last entry of the night was a big favourite to win the edition: the three crossover opera threesome Il Volo with the opera-pop ballad entry “Grande amore”. And there’s a word or two to describe the overall performance: stunningly powerful. Vocally, more perfect than what was delievered would be impossible: they gave their all and much more. On visual terms, they also gave it all to embody the message + the LED imagery (similiar to their Sanremo Festival 2015 performance) perfectly matched with the entry’s soulness (although it also plays a bit with sterotypes)

After the songs have been performed, several interval acts were done between the time when the televoting lines were open and the time before going to the results presentation. The 1st interval act was a electrifiying percussion extravaganza provided by Martin Grubinger

The televoting lines were closed and the final interval act appeared on the stage: Conchita Wurst, previous edition’s ESC winner, sings a medley of two songs included on her debut album “Conchita”: “We are unstoppable” (the 2nd official single from the album) and “Firestorm”

And finally, we come to the most important part of the contest… after the songs, that is: the results. There were quite a few suprises this year as well – like Israel and Serbia‘s top-10 placings (in a time when ethnic and classic ESC catchy songs apparently don’t do as well as they did years before, this is quite an achievement. And it’s all thanks to their appealing performances) and the first time since 1997 that we have two countries without a single point on the scoreboard (host country Austria and Germany)

But we also have some great and not so great outcomes besides what was already mentioned: Belgium and Latvia doing extremely well (I was fearing the worst for the latter country, I admit. Glad I was proven wrong), Albania doing better than expected (especially after a pretty troubling overall performance), Spain failing to deliever a great placing, etc… As for the winner itself: I believe it was quite deserved (eventhough I prefered Estonia) – all in all, one could say it was the most professionally designed and delievered performance of the evening. No wonder why it won

Next year, we’re going to Stockholm. Until then, I hope next year’s ESC will be as great as this one was. And I hope Portugal starts to change their attitude towards ESC and get into the moode with a more competitive entry… one that not only assures us of a qualification to the final, but also fights out for a top-10 or higher (the last one we got on a final was in 1996, the year we got our best placing ever: 6th place. And we’re still the oldest participating country in ESC who hasn’t achieved a top-5 as of yet) – wishful thinking, though… considering RTP‘s current mindset towards ESC

A last treat – the reprise performance of the ESC 2015 winner (as seen by Das Erste (ARD – Germany):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

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