Eurovision 2021 SemiFinal #2 is History – here’s what happened!

Eurovision Song Contest 2021  streaming started on Peacock beginning at 3 PM ET/12 Noon PT. with a strong and fantastic signal – thank you! I had a couple of cutouts which made me nuts, but I got around it ok…

With seventeen entries for ten spots, a few were destined to be disappointed, but there were a few shockers too  The ten songs advancing to the Grand Final on Saturday are:

San Marino – “Adrenalina” by Senhit featuring Flo Rida
Greece – “Last Dance” by Stefania
Moldova – “Sugar” by Natalia Gordienko
Iceland – “10 Years” by Dadi og Gagnamagnid
Serbia – “Loco Loco” by Hurricane
Albania – “Karma” by Anxhela Peristeri
Portugal – “Love Is On My Side” by The Black Mamba
Bulgaria – “Growing Up Is Getting Old” by Victoria
Finland – “Dark Side” by Blind Channel
Switzerland – “Tout l’Univers” by Gjon’s Tears

They will join the ten songs advancing from round one of the semifinals:

Lithuania – “Discoteque” by The Roop
Russia – “Russian Woman” by Manizha
Sweden – “Voices” by Tusse
Cyprus – “El Diablo” by Elena Tsagrinou
Norway – “Fallen Angel” by Tix
Belgium – “The Wrong Place” by Hooverphonic
Israel – “Set Me Free” by Eden Alene
Azerbaijan – “Mata Hari” by Efendi
Ukraine – “Shum” by Go_A
Malta – “Je Me Casse” by Destiny

So sadly we must bid adieu to the following countries:

Georgia – “You” by Tornike Kipiani
Denmark – “Ove os pa hinanden” by Fyr og Flamme
Latvia – “The Moon Is Rising” by Samanta Tina
Austria – “Amen” by Vincent Bueno
Estonia – “The Lucky One” by Uku Suviste
Poland – “The Ride” by Rafal
Czech Republic – “Omaga” by Benny Cristo

First off, get well wishes go out to 2019 ESC champ Duncan Laurence, and either Stefan or Johann of Iceland’s Gagnamagnid, who had to use their live-to-tape performance from the second rehearsal tonight and still managed to knock it out of the ballpark (and yes, they used the wind machine…WHOO HOOOOOOO!!!); both have received positive COVID-19 tests, and are quarantining, and as a result, neither act will perform live at the finals, but we’ll see both on tape, and probably via internet stream as they did today for Iceland, so don’t worry…

I am OVERJOYED that someone – judges or televote – came through for Portugal – I LOVE their song this year, “Love Is On My Side” by The Black Mamba. Many bookmakers and YouTubers were quite negative about this number, and I was certain it would NOT get enough support to go through, so I’m jumping for joy right now!!! I’m also delighted to see Albania go through – Karmaby Anxhela Peristeri is mindblowingly good, and her on stage performance was mindblowing!  I’m a bit disappointed that Austria’s entry, “Amen” by Vincent Bueno, failed to make the cut – his live performance was dynamic and I thought he might squeeze through, as both my wife and I love this song, but it was not to be. I missed Serbia’s performance and most of Georgia’s performance as well, plus the last third of Switzerland due to internet issues, but I’ll catch them when my wife and I watch the replay in a little while…

I wasn’t enamored with Stefania‘s live performance either. Don’t get me wrong, the lovely young singer representing Greece this year was excellent, and “Last Dance” is one of my top five songs, but that staging was mindnumbingly HORRID – stairs that no one can see in the middle of a moving background? WTF was THAT supposed to be? WOW. I really hope they rethink that one portion, because it really doesn’t work on television….

Once again, there were some fun interstitials as well, Hostess Nikkie de Jager also presented a humorous another one of her “Eurovision tutorials” on team work at Eurovision, and it was quite hilarious. Also once again joining Nikkie as hosts were singer Edsilia Rombley, and popular Dutch television personalities Chantal Janzen and Jan Smit.

So the stage is set for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on Saturday featuring the twenty finalists above, joined by the Big Five and host country entries:

United Kingdom – “Embers” by James Newman
France – “Voila” by Barbara Pravi
Italy – “Zitti a buoni” by Maneskin
Germany – “I don’t Feel Hate” by Jendrik
Spain – “Voy a quedarme” by Blas Canto
The Netherlands – “Birth Of A New Age” by Jeangu Macrooy

I’ll be back Saturday morning with more predictions for the finals. Until then, if you missed it you can catch the replay of BOTH semifinals on Peacock in the U.S. or on YouTube around the world except where geoblocked. See you then!