That sort of Macedonia

An epileptic catastrophe on the backdrops. Green-blue-red-green-blue, two more macedonias and I'll lose my eyesight.
A typical rocky performance, the singer is jumping, clapping, rolling on the stage, performs everything possible.
Vocally it is good, the song would perfectly suit Belarus, but strange as it might seem, it represents Macedonia.

And also on Iceland

In the second refrain, when a dolphin appears on the backdrops, i just can't help crying)))

Yay-sland

After weirdly looking Bulgarian stage layout, Iceland appears as an eye candy wrapped into some fairytale looking backdrop full of clouds, flying dolphins, cloudy ships... you know the drill. Seriously, Iceland just strikes everyone in the hall with some outlandish cuteness tide :) I am about to place Johanna and her song to one of the main contenders to make it to the final just after earliest rehearsals Icelandic team carried out. Watch it out, guys, it can jump to one of audience hottest favourites.
Oh yes, and she has some tiny wind machine that makes Johanna's dress flutter. Awww,

Eyesland

We expexted something sleepy and boring. Instead of this during the first part of the performance we were just touched and hypntized by the pictures of dolphins, doves and other cute things flying on the backdrops in the night cloudy sky with snow flakes falling.
Vocally very good and fascinating, just perfect. In the end lights started to work, this all produced kind of firy tale effect, with sun beams. All very good, the song grows on me rapily. A sure finalist and top-5 in the final.

B-ew-lgaria

Just to be short, I'm not any impressed. Backdrops dont match at all, graphics of these vary from some wicked hell engine with some hell (?) fire on the back wall... also supported by official music video inspired pics on the main screen. But as the mess around Bulgaria is mosty based on his vocal skills, there's where much of attention is concentrated. And everyone in the venue including me seems to be fairly disappointed, just cause it doesn't sound as we all expected. No, it's not bad.... it's just... fairly good vocal performance.

Bullllgaria 2009

First there are spinning gears in some heal flame on the backdrop, in the middle there apperar psychodelic pink cloudes or fume. The singers stand on the stage like wardrobes, vocally absolutely out of place.
Two dancers on stilts try to save this terrible performance.
It all looks strage and confusing, I just lack appropriate and decent words to describe all this.

Israel 4.5

Israel is absolutely amazing in the hall. Vocally perfectly, minimalist presentation with lead singers and three instrumentalists, but it really works, I'm getting tears in eyes at the end. Best performance we've seen so far.

On screens it is pretty messy so far, though.

Video under more.

More on Israel

Well, they added some action and emotions, looks better, a sure finalist as far as I'm concerned.

Israel 2009

First there are pictures of dropping water on the back displays and on the floor, so that it looks like it rains on the stage. The front displays show kinds of stones, shelves and moon craters. Both girls wear transculent dresses. In the middle of the performance on the back displays appear blossoms and petals. The girls are standing in the middle of the stage, with the band behind them. In the end the girls go to the back stage and play national drums. In the whole, looks pretty static. Vocally perfect.

Turkey

As for me, it's a flashback to Sertab. Nothing interesting, absolutely standard turkish performance, boring for those who aren't interested in the singer's boobs and other advantages. Shoddy says she was the only one whose vocals were out of place, as for me, i didnt notice anything. I was disappointed on seeing Hadise's face, looks like a russian singer, absolutely.

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