Our Predictions: 2019 Semifinal Two

Okay, everyone, you saw how the first Semifinal went. Don’t be that Semifinal. BE CHAMPIONS.

Jen:

  • Armenia
  • Switzerland
  • Romania
  • Sweden
  • Austria
  • Malta
  • Russia
  • The Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Azerbaijan
Chris:

  • Switzerland
  • Romania
  • Sweden
  • Austria
  • Malta
  • Russia
  • Norway
  • The Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Azerbaijan

Hey, we differ on one pick! We are totally different people!

Armenia: Srbuk – “Walking Out”

Jen – Q. Confidence: Low.
Chris – NQ. Confidence: Low.

Jen thinks this is a good opener that should be memorable enough to get votes (especially from the juries) at the end of the night. Chris thinks it is going to get lost in the shuffle.

Ireland: Sarah McTernan – “22”

Jen – NQ. Confidence: Medium.
Chris – NQ. Confidence: Medium.

Ireland is going for a very cutesy staging, full of bright colors, pop art, and a soda fountain counter. Sure it all plays into the style of song, but we think it looks cheesy.

Moldova: Anna Odobescu – “Stay”

Jen – NQ. Confidence: High.
Chris – NQ. Confidence: Medium.

Moldova hired the sand artist that worked for Ukraine in 2011, just to show you how devoid of originality this whole package really is. And they don’t trust her to do the sand art live.

Switzerland: Luca Hänni – “She Got Me”

Jen – Q. Confidence: Medium.
Chris – Q. Confidence: Medium.

Luca is giving us IMRI vibes. Switzerland will probably qualify for the Final, but we’re no longer sure this is a top 10 contender.

Latvia: Carousel – “That Night”

Jen – NQ. Confidence: High.
Chris – NQ. Confidence: Medium.

We give Latvia credit for thinking outside of the box with their selection. Not that we think they will land much of an impact.

Romania: Ester Peony – “On a Sunday”

Jen – Q. Confidence: Low.
Chris – Q. Confidence: Low.

Ester has brought the kitchen sink to Tel Aviv. We are hoping she will be a hoot.

Denmark: Leonora – “Love Is Forever”

Jen – NQ. Confidence: Low.
Chris – NQ. Confidence: Low.

Denmark at its most insufferably smug. We are picking against them because we don’t like ourselves when we are stabby.

Sweden: John Lundvik – “Too Late for Love”

Jen – Q. Confidence: High.
Chris – Q. Confidence: High.

Rather than relying on stage gimmicks, Sweden focuses on their star. John shines as a performer and gives “Too Late for Love” a lot of personality.

Austria: Pænda – “Limits”

Jen – Q. Confidence: Low.
Chris – Q. Confidence: Low.

“Limits” is a tough one to call. Gentle, intimate songs often struggle to connect. On the other hand, Pænda will bring a lot of emotional depth to it. It really could go either way.

Croatia: Roko – “The Dream”

Jen – NQ. Confidence: Medium.
Chris – NQ. Confidence: High.

Doesn’t Croatia realize that Elnur & Samir ruined angel wings at Eurovision forever?

Malta: Michela – “Chameleon”

Jen – Q. Confidence: High.
Chris – Q. Confidence: Medium.

“Chameleon” is one of our favorites this year, and we really hope it works live. We’re nervous and excited at the same time.

Lithuania: Jurij Veklenko – “Run with the Lions”

Jen – NQ. Confidence: Medium.
Chris – NQ. Confidence: Medium.

Lithuania is relying entirely on Jurij’s charisma to carry them through. In a tight Semi with a really strong back half, that might be a bridge too far.

Russia: Sergey Lazarev – “Scream”

Jen – Q. Confidence: High.
Chris – Q. Confidence: High.

Sergey has brought Ani Lorak’s glass cases of emotion and added a little extra oomph to them. And by oomph, we mean a lot of footage of himself emoting. Still, it looks fun and we can’t wait to see the full package.

Albania: Jonida Maliqi – “Ktheju tokës”

Jen – NQ. Confidence: Medium.
Chris – NQ. Confidence: Low.

We are no experts on Albanian culture, but this feels very Albanian. It also feels like it will alienate general audiences and international jurors alike.

Norway: KEiiNO – “Spirit in the Sky”

Jen – NQ. Confidence: Low.
Chris – Q. Confidence: Low.

Chris somehow convinced Jen that “Spirit in the Sky” is going to fall flat on its face. He is also not standing by his earlier conviction and is picking it to go through. What a jerk.

The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence – “Arcade”

Jen – Q. Confidence: High.
Chris – Q. Confidence: High.

The Netherlands has given “Arcade” a staging that deemphasizes the performer and really emphasizes the song. It’s a risky move given all the bling the other heavy hitters are bringing. Give them credit for boldness.

North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska – “Proud”

Jen – Q. Confidence: Low.
Chris – Q. Confidence: Medium.

Tamara is going to sing the living daylights out of “Proud.” Even though it’s a stodgy ballad, we figure she will qualify on sheer diva power.

Azerbaijan: Chingiz – “Truth”

Jen – Q. Confidence: High.
Chris – Q. Confidence: High.

“Truth” is another popular song in the Lemurs household, and it sounds like Azerbaijan has given it the usual Azerbaijani high concept staging. Good ol’ Azerbaijan, giving the people what we want.

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