Show 7 of Eurovizijos and we are getting down to the nitty-gritty. The stakes are high and the show is getting wilder and more exciting with each passing performance. Tonight you’ll experience walking on glass and kung fu fighting! All in the name of Eurovision! All to impress those all important judges and the viewing public.
The national jury this week was Darius Uzkuraitis from LRT, music reviewer Ramunas Zilnys, opera soloist Nomeda Kazlaus, and director Dalia Ibelhauptaite.
- E.G.O. “Long Way From Home” – 4 points – The boy band that couldn’t as it were; the judges spared little love for the gents saying their dance moves were out of sync, they were all easily substituted with one another as opposed to standing out when singing solo portions of the song…ouch
- 4 Roses “Butterfly” – 5 points – The girl band fared a tad bit better, being told they have matured and are better able to work the stage and cameras, but the song itself was criticized for a lack of melody, in fact, only being listenable if it was being sung with power by Beyonce…oh, snap
- Ieva Zasimauskaitė “Life (Not That Beautiful)” – 7 points – The song itself was liked to a Disney ballad, and the judges felt the performer was very sensual and captivating in a sense, but the opera soloist felt a bit more feeling could be injected in the lyrics and singing…leave it to the opera lady to say that
- Aistė Pilvelytė “You Bet” – 12 points – The girl and the kitchen sink, this one should be called…last time she packed her suitcase – this time she brought on the ‘waterworks’ and while the judges still liked it, they harshly cut into the theatrics saying it was ‘cheap theater’ and reminiscent of ‘Halloween’…what’s a girl gotta do?
- Ruslanas Kirilkinas “In My World” – 10 points – Ruslanas channeled 1992 Annie Lennox and literally walked over broken glass to impress the judges – and it worked well – the judges thought the addition was interesting staging…apparently walking on glass works?
- Milda Martinkėnaitė “If Tomorrow Never Comes” – 5 points – The takeaway from the judges boils down to ‘nice, but never gonna be in Eurovision – but you should be happy to have the song to sing”…so you do like it?
- Neringa Šiaudikytė “Never Knew Love” – 8 points – The opera singer was calling for more emotion injection (again!), but others said the song was dreamy and beautiful for the most part…who invited the opera lady?
- Saulenė Chlevickaitė “Strong” – 6 points – The final singer of the night went straight to the chess board – and then encourage pseudo-ninjas to practice around her – and if you couldn’t tell from the judges critiques so far, some weren’t really having it, saying she ‘had a nice voice, but it was a shame she had to put herself into this theater’, but the opera lady chimed in wishing that Saulenė had gotten more involved with the ninjas…say what now??!!
It’s Eurovizijos, you never know what to expect, and tonight was really the best example of the hijinks a show like this can bring to television. The judges were all over the place with their likes and dislikes, but again Aistė landed in the pole position going into Saturday’s broadcast. A tad surprising considering she was thoroughly trounced by the judges for the staging, but the song has been described by past groups of judges as the song that should be in the final. One has to wonder how it will stack up to the performers who came in with their songs; which is not too far off.
This group of contestants seemed to be playing hit and miss with different staging options before being thrown in with what you could call the ‘A group’ who came in with songs and generally more polished performances. That will be the real litmus test for this ‘B group’. If nothing else, it will be very interesting to see what the judges say that night.
Make sure you check out this MUST SEE television today when the international jury and televote will be combined with the judges scores. The show starts at 20:00 CET.
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