Well, this time EM travelled up to North to Malmo, Sweden. A record number of 35 countries are participating with the newcomers Luxembourg and Belgium, without any country withdrawing, but with a disqualification: Russia.
Because of the great number of participations, there were 2 semi-finals. Sweden, Norway and France are already in the final because they were the top3 last edition.
In the first semi-final we had 16 countries:
1.Iceland Hera Björk - "My heart"
2.Croatia Massimo - "Iz jednog pogleda"
3.Serbia Funky G - "Tequila"
4.United Kingdom McFly - "The Heart Never Lies"
5.Finland Hanna Pakarinen - "Go Go"
6.Monaco MylèneFarmer - "Lonely Lisa"
7.Estonia Kerli - "Army of Love"
8.Greece Shaya - "Lene"
9.Latvia Lauris Reiniks - "Sunrise"
10.Armenia Silva Hakobyan - "Sasna Par"
11.Turkey Murat Boz - "Özledim"
12.Cyprus Nikki Ponte - " I don't wanna dance alone"
13.Italy Eros Ramazzotti & Cher - "Piu che puoi"
14.Moldova Florin Chilian - "Zece" (poll qualifier)
15.Azerbaijan Səbinə Babayeva - "Röya Kimi"
16.Albania Alban Skenderaj Feat. Miriam Cani - "Somebody Hurts"
In the second semi-final we had another 16 countries:
1.Denmark Aya - "Best Thing I Got"
2.Ukraine Nikita - "2012"
3.Spain Fangoria - "Bailando"
4.Lithuania Simona Milinytė - "One of a Kind"
5.Slovakia Peter Bič Project - "Hey Now"
6.Russia МакSим - "Осколки"
7.Belgium Milk inc. - "Shadow"
8.Romania Raluka - "Out Of Your Business"
9.Bulgaria Andrea & Costi - "Neblagodaren"
10.Luxembourg Nolwenn Leroy - "La Jument de Michao"
11.Netherlands Caro Emerald - "A Night Like This"
12.Israel Shiri Maimon - "Le'an Shelo Telchi"
13.Portugal Vânia Fernandes - "Tudo me Dobra Pena" (poll qualifier)
14.Ireland Imelda May - 'Mayhem' (poll qualifier)
15.Germany Glasperlenspiel - "Echt"
16. Poland Video - "Bella"
(In red, the countries that qualified by the voting; in blue, the countries that passed the Second Chance Vote)
Now, my opinions of the musics by order of presentation in the final.
1.Italy Eros Ramazzotti & Cher - "Piu che puoi"
Italy sends two great voices from modern music together: a sign that they really want to win for the 3rd time! Besides some parts where Cher's voice fails, the song it's very good and it can get a good place in the votings.
2.Romania Raluka - "Out Of Your Business"
Trying to win for the second time, Romania sends an actual disco theme, but personnaly, it won't go too further in the scoreboard.
3.Iceland Hera Björk - "My heart"
Iceland puts hope in his 2010 Eurovision representant, Hera Bjork, with a song that can be enough rated to a top 10.
4.France Edith Piaf - "La vie en rose"
In EM11, Edith Piáf brought a 3rd place for France. Now, she's trying to get an even better score with "La Vie En Rose". Not better that "Non, Je ne Regrette Rien", but it will get a top 5 place.
5.Sweden Loreen - "Sober"
Trying to win for the second time in a row, Sweden plays at home with a disco song, very different from last edition. A top 10 is guarenteed, in my opinion.
6.Israel Shiri Maimon - "Le'an Shelo Telchi"
Israel, like Iceland, appeals to eurovision participate Shiri Maimon (2005). Israel comes back to EM with a good song, but not more than 5th place.
7.Finland Hanna Pakarinen - "Go Go"
After the last place at home, Finland changes completely and send a rock-type song with a simply chorus: GO GO! Top 10, maybe.
8.Denmark Aya - "Best Thing I Got"
Denmark goes for English and for an ex-Dansk Melodi Prix participant. Aya comes with an up-tempo song which can bring a top 10 position.
9.Monaco MylèneFarmer - "Lonely Lisa"
Monaco, just like Finland, changes completely his choices and goes for a disco-type song. In my opinion, it won't be very rated.
10.Belgium Milk inc. - "Shadow"
As a newcomer, Belgium should impress, and it does, but not too much. It chose a type of song that is already common but, it must get many points.
11.Germany Glasperlenspiel - "Echt"
Germany still continues in disco themes, but it got better from last edition. "Echt" should get sufficient points for a top10.
12.Turkey Murat Boz - "Özledim"
Turkey, this edition, brought a slower music that in EM11. It would be a point, but, personally, the lyrics don't go well with the music. So, it wouldn't get many points.
13.Moldova Florin Chilian - "Zece"
Moldova goes right to the top5 this edition. A wonderful choice! It differs from the other countries by going classic.
14.Norway Reidun Sæther - "High On Love"
Norway show us an MGP Norway participant with a vibrating song, that should captivate the juries.
15.Ireland Imelda May - 'Mayhem'
Ireland stays different with a catchy song, with an well chosen voice. Top 10, in my opinion.
16.Netherlands Caro Emerald - "A Night Like This"
Same type of Ireland, but slower, which give an advantage to Netherlands. Wonderful song, it can be the 1st winner for the Netherlands.
17.Portugal Vânia Fernandes - "Tudo me Dobra Pena"
Last edition, tried to follow the music tendencies, but it gone bad. This edition, it switched and brought Vânia Fernandes (2008 ESC representant) with a classic song with something that makes it different. It would get some points, at least, for the top10.
18.United Kingdom McFly - "The Heart Never Lies"
Classic British Song: United Kingdom goes for a typical recipe to try to win for the 2nd time. McFly will surely fly to a top10.
19.Luxembourg Nolwenn Leroy - "La Jument de Michao"
A newcomer must impress, and Luxembourg does it very well! A easy-to-memorise song, with a great rytmic. Shoul Luxembourg got their 1st winner in their 1st appearance?
20.Albania Alban Skenderaj Feat. Miriam Cani - "Somebody Hurts"
An amazing duo, an amazing melody, what can we ask more? Too bad doesn't have a real videoclip, but it's the song that matters. I'm looking foward to see a top 5 to this song.
So, that's what I have to say: Good luck to all participants and hope to see all 35 in EM13