Linnea Dale is just wonderful. Based on what I heard in the first two semis, I still want her or Carl Espen to win. Mo did beat her in the first semi though. He's fun but he's not a very good singer and think that if he won, he'd end up like Tooji and place very poorly at Eurovision.
Gonna catch up on the Portuguese semi-final now.
Portugal - Festival da Canção 2014 Semi-Final
What is very interesting about Festival da Canção is how proud the Portuguese are of their own culture. Once again, all of the songs are in the national language and are based on traditional music. It's very much frozen in time. This will most likely result in whatever wins not getting out of its semi, though.
1. Catarina Pereira "Mea Culpa"
This was co-written by Andrej Babic, the author of "Molitva." Turbo folk trash. Fun and upbeat I guess but .
2. Ivo Lucas "Eu Vou"
Cute boy strumming on his guitar. They found him busking on the street?
3. Zana "Nas Asas da Sorte"
Joan Rivers levels of plastic surgery detected. Redneck wedding alert (it's the accordion). Quite DRAMATIK vocal performance though.
4. Carla Ribeiro "Mais para dar"
Finally something that sounds vaguely modern. Pretty decently sang as well.
5. Ricardo Afonso "Emoção"
Very strained vocals. Trying way too hard.
6. Rui Andrade "Ao Teu Encontro"
A cute gay boy singing a generic ballad.
7. Lara Afonso "O Teu Segredo"
The verses were very intriguing but the 'flower power' chorus seemed out of a different song entirely. Still, more sophisticated than most trash here.
8. Raquel Guerra "Sonhos Roubados"
So DRAMATIK. I don't think anybody had ever taught her about contrast and pacing. It was totally over-the-top from the first line, reaching self-parody levels.
9. Madalena Trabuco "Coração de Filigrana"
Awful vocals! I don't think I've ever heard anybody mess up this bad during a live performance yet. Cliché Disney ballad.
10. Suzy "Quero Ser Tua"
Trashy, poorly sang but at least upbeat I guess.
I would have ranked them (the actual five qualifiers in bold):
1. Lara Afonso - O Teu Segredo (João Matos & Miguel Ferrador)
2. Carla Ribeiro - Mais Para Dar (Marina Ferraz & Hélder Godinho)
3. Zana - Nas Asas da Sorte (Paulo Abreu Lima e Jan Van Dijck)
4. Catarina Pereira - Mea Culpa (Andrej Babic & Carlos Coelho)
5. Raquel Guerra - Sonhos Roubados (Nuno Marques da Silva & Nuno Feist)
6. Ricardo Afonso - Emoção (Ricardo Afonso, Luís Fernando & Rui Fingers)
7. Rui Andrade - Ao Teu Encontro (Rui Andrade & Marc Paelinck)
8. Susy - Quero Ser Tua (Como A Lua É Do Luar) (Emanuel)
9. Ivo Lucas - Eu Vou (João Só)
10. Madalena Trabuco - Coração de Filigrana (TóZé Santos)