Eurovision 2008 Second Semifinal Results


Eurovision 2008I’ve already written about the first semifinal of Eurovision 2008. And here’s the list of the countries, which artists will show their performances in the final on Saturday, 24 May 2008:

  • Ukraine,
  • Croatia,
  • Albania,
  • Georgia,
  • Iceland,
  • Latvia,
  • Sweden,
  • Turkey,
  • Portugal,
  • Denmark.

It’s very nice to see all them in this list. Congratulations again!

Out of everything I heard this evening there were songs I really liked. I’d like to share with you my impressions.

Euroband from Iceland

As for Iceland, which was presented by Euroband, I would say it was cheerful, but I didn’t like it. I would not vote for it. I wonder, who did this.

Charlotte Perelli from Sweden

Well, judging by the way it looked, it should have been called sexy, but it wasn’t. It was just pure pop music. Too simple. But not disgusting.

Mor ve Oetesi from Turkey

This was rock, and I must say, a good rock. I liked it, the guy sang very well and the style stood out compared to other performances. A big plus!

Ani Lorak from Ukraine

I’ve nothing again this country, I even had the opportunity to travel there, but the singer presenting Ukraine was far not the best. She was just “one of the”. One of those, who sang pop music, danced, made the same movements and tried to look sexy. No more of this, please.

Jeronimas Milius from Lithuania

Jeronimas Milius was really disgusting. With his a la rock style and a whimper voice – brrr! This was (one of) the worst show (s) I’ve ever seen in my life.

Olta Boka from Albania

Olta Boka sang a beautiful song, she has a nice and a pretty strong voice. Sometimes the language the song is sang in doesn’t influence the entire impression of the show at all. Unfortunately this was not the case. It spoiled the performance a bit. Although the overall effect is positive.

Paolo Meneguzzi from Switzerland

Switzerland was presented by a very talented young man Paolo Meneguzzi, who sang a beautiful song and demonstrated a nice show. He is already quite popular in his country, as I’ve understood. I can see, why. Liked!

Tereza Kerndlova from Check Republic

Check Republic was presented by sexy girls, who wore less clothes than anybody else at Eurovision 2008. But, unfortunately, this didn’t help them to get to the final. Very beautiful country (especially Prague), but the girls were not liked by the audience that much. Judging by this show, it’s better to visit Check Republic, than to listen to Czech singers. The dance was cool. But, perhaps, too much pop for one evening.

Ruslan Alehno from Belarus

“Asta la vista, baby” – sang Ruslan Alehno, who was presenting Belarus. I wish he stood at home with this song. He was hoping, that the four girls in mini dresses would help him to be voted on, but not, it didn’t work. If the Czech sexy girls were not chosen, than this guy with his song, which was quite primitive and absolutely not interesting, was even less likely to be. No more like this!

Pirates of the Sea from Latvia

The band from Latvia named “Pirates of the Sea” are crazy. No, really. It was such a disgrace: the absurd song, the music resembling “early” Scooter, the stupid dance, the steering wheel – everything showed, that the “wolves of the sea” were drug addicts. I can’t imagine anybody in a good health to sing this… Sorry, it’s hard to describe.

Kraljevi Ulice and 75 Cents from Croatia

Bravo for this old man to be on the stage. The song in Croatian was nice, the dance of the woman in the red dress was beautiful as well, it brightened the almost motionless figures of the others. It seemed to be something created absolutely not for this event, which is arranged more for young audience, but, surprisingly, it was voted on. Respected.

Deep Zone and Balthazar from Bulgaria

The artists presenting Bulgaria sang in English. This was a dynamic show with a nice dance, very unusual guitars and a piece of sexuality – the queen in a luxurious red dress wearing red stockings and a corset. Memorizable.

Simon Mathew from Denmark

Simon Mathew was so cool with his show. There was a whole band. The song was so beautiful, that I would like to listen to it again. I hope, these artists will be the winners on Saturday. Or someone as talented, as they are. Would vote on it.

Diana Gurtskaya from Georgia

Diana Gurtskaya is a blind girl, not too talented in singing, but her singer career has been lasting for a pretty long time with her own fans. It was a nice song. In general I liked it. And not only me.

Csezy from Hungary

Csezy showed something wonderful. The white piano played by the man and the song sang by the woman (sorry, I don’t know their names) was very-very beautiful and romantic. Unfortunately they were not chosen for the final.

Morena from Malta

Morena, please, leave the stage of Eurovision 2008! I’m sorry to be so unfriendly, but the show presented by Morena was as disgusting, as that of those Pirates from Latvia. The only difference was that those guys looked like junkies and Morena looked like someone fond of vodka – this was the name of her song. Horrible!

Evdokia Kadi from Cyprus

Evdokia Kadi sang a nice song and even changed her costume during the performance. The dance looked graceful. And this is all I can tell you about her show. Not very remarkable.

Tamara, Vrcak and Adrijan from FYR Macedonia

The trio was satisfactory. There was a hint at hip-hop, a woman in a décolleté, a quite usual song. It was not appreciated by the audience.

Vania Fernandes from Portugal

A sad song presented by Vania Fernandes from Portugal was boring. Although her voice is beautiful and she has indeed a singing talent, she could have chosen something more dynamic – something, what everybody is waiting for at Eurovision. But Portugal was liked by the public, congratulations anyway!

So, now you know the results of the second Eurovision 2008 semifinal. Do you agree with them or do you think, it should have been another way? Please, fell free to leave your comments and impressions of the Eurovision and share your thoughts about a single performance or song.


  1. Macedonian song was well appreciated from the audience. Only the cypriot people were booing I WAS THERE.

    How distasteful of the greeks there to boo them before the song started.

  2. It is so shameful of who wrote the commnet about Morena from Malta. Morena was the best artist and her vocal presentation was the best. Unfortunately the song did not do justice for her and Malta as it was not my choice either.

    However your trashing Morena is dishonest and must appologise to her. She is a fine songrstess and was decently dressed. Why don’t you say the truth that none of the qualifying Nations like to vote for Malta. Look at the past Eurovision Contests and check the results. Malta should give up on Eurovison and live in peace and perhaps organize it’s own festival with a better jurisdiction by professional judges who own Recording Establishments.

    Eurovison is nothing like the 1960s. The judging is done according to the geographic layout of the neighbouring countries. Buddy to buddy and the business is kept in the same region. Please appologise to Morena as she does not deserve to be matched with the Pirates from Latvia. She is a decent married woman and is hard to come by. Shame on this comment. Eurovision will never be screened in my house any more.

  3. Francesca, I don’t find, that Morena was the best artist and that her vocal was the best. The song was horrible and the way it was presented too. I’m not saying, that Morena is not a talented singer, but that particular show of her was awful on that evening.
    It makes on think, that those, who chose that song for her (about vodka and including some Russian words) were probably targeting the Russian audience hoping, that they were going to vote on it (due to the well-known prejudice against Russians), but this is just a supposition, and it would be as silly, as singing about a cup of tea for the English, about cheese and banks for Swiss or about beer and Gruppensex for the German audience. It would not work anyway 🙂

    I’m not going to apologize to Morena for what I said – I’m free to express my opinion: if the show was bad, it was so. My goal was not to guess the opinion of every visitor of and to write it in order to please everybody, but to describe the second semifinal of Eurovision 2008. And you are also free to express your opinion, especially if you disagree with me. The only thing I want to say, it wasn’t Morena, but her show, that was disgusting. I hope to see Morena next time with a much better song and a really fantastic performance. Unfortunately, this time it wasn’t so.

    Maybe I need to correct something above in the text: not “Morena was as disgusting, as those Pirates from Latvia”, but “the show presented by Morena was as disgusting, as that of those Pirates from Latvia”. I have also changed some other statements, that could have offended you and Morena. But this is not going to change anything – she’s already out of Eurovision 2008.

  4. Hei geniusbeauty!! are U somekind of expert?? Morena was good, I liked the song and I know that The Pirates of the Sea weren`t the best, but they got in the finale!!
    And what country do you represent??Jealousland?

  5. Hey, Ilye,

    yes, I’m “somekind of expert”, my musical education, which lasted several years and brought me a diploma, lets me understand, who sings well, who has a talent, who sings out of tune at what moment and how strong the voice of a certain singer is. Being able to play the guitar and piano pretty well and doing this regularly for many years, knowing the musical notes since childhood, I can evaluate the quality of the songs I hear, which I do and share with the visitors of my site.

    I have quite much experience of choir singing including participating in concerts behind me and I know, what means “singing well” or “being not talented in singing”.

    Being a person fond of dancing and visiting dance classes of various styles lets me evaluate the complexity of the dance show.

    Being just one of the audience of Eurovision 2008, with my own preferences in music, I am free to say, what show I liked and what not and why.

    As you see, I’m “somekind of expert” in these ways. If you liked the show of Morena and the Pirates of the Sea, this is absolutely your own opinion and you are free to express it – this is exactly the reason why there are “Comments” on this blog.

    If your goal was to offend me, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but you failed. If your goal was to look witty with your comment – you failed as well. If you wanted to share your opinion about Eurovision 2008 – thank you very much, it was very interesting, looking forward to more.

  6. Olta Boka sang a great song and I think she will win the Eurovision 2008.For me it was wonderfull.GOOOOOOD luck Olta.Be the first.

  7. All the songs were nice but Albania light the scene with a superuniversal performance! Olta Boka and her band were like ”melodic angels” of festival. I vote for Albania because it was a real western Europian songs.I hope that Olta will reach to win the final and me and Greece are sure that Eurovision 2009 will be in Tirana,Albania. GOD WITH YOU OLTA AND ALBANIA

  8. Please note that Morena sung a song which was assigned to her by who have written it. Therefore if the song was horrible blame those had produced it for the horrible work they did.
    As for Morena, she did look nervous perhaps this is because she knew that the song is not going to make a big hit!!
    Having said that, I believe that the Maltese committee for Eurovision song contest did not do a great job in comparison with the previous years.

  9. dear commenter,
    from the comments that you had written, i have an impression that you are rude let me show you your disgusting comments:

    Jeronimas Milius was really disgusting. With his a la rock style and a whimper voice – brrr! This was (one of) the worst show (s) I’ve ever seen in my life.

    The band from Latvia named “Pirates of the Sea” are crazy. No, really. It was such a disgrace: the absurd song, the music resembling “early” Scooter, the stupid dance, the steering wheel – everything showed, that the “wolves of the sea” were drug addicts. I can’t imagine anybody in a good health to sing this… Sorry, it’s hard to describe

    Diana Gurtskaya is a blind girl, not too talented in singing

    Morena, please, leave the stage of Eurovision 2008

    A sad song presented by Vania Fernandes from Portugal was boring

    You must moderate your language. Hope you publish this comment if not I confirm my opinion about you

  10. Dear, Cri,

    I don’t find the statements you copied rude or disgusting, they are fair and they express my opinion. You are free to disagree.

    What is disgusting? The fact that the performance was boring? If it made everybody sleepy, isn’t it called “boring”? As for the “blind girl”, if Diana really can’t see, is this fact rude? Respect to Diana, that with her disorder she achieved so much in her music career, but the fact is the fact – her voice is not very strong. Or is it disgusting to mention, that a person doesn’t have a strong voice (“not too talented in singing”), if this is a fact? If the certain show was indeed one of the worst shows I’ve ever seen in my life, do I have the right to write this fact on my own blog?

    I’m not going to moderate the language, as these are all decent words, although they have a negative meaning. Moreover, this is my blog and I’m free to write here everything I want, even in dirty language, which I never do, by the way. I hope you are happy, that your comment has been published.

  11. You are very rude about the comments you’ve left on many countries!
    Who do you think you are? i bet that if YOU went out there to sing, you’d be a total mess, and DISGUSTING not other countries!
    Also, yes, you need to apologize to Morena and the other singers like Diana Gurtskaya, her voice was amazing and she is very talented for a blind person so keep your jealousy to yourself.
    And the pirates song wasnt the best, but they were full of life and not on drugs, and energy means more fun!
    And if you’re some kind of journalist, the company you’re working for better fire you, because your rude and shameless comments hurt others feelings and the you go around saying to people not to take offense!
    “Morena, please, leave the stage of Eurovision 2008”
    like what the,

    You should be ashamed of yourself for judging people and talking about them like this.
    I hope you get what you deserve for these publishes.

  12. Dear Anna,

    thank you for your comment. You can read, who the hell I am above in my reply to Ilye, be so kind, take time and read it.

    People, who decide to participate in such concerts have to be on a certain level and present their country with the best show, but not with that cheap music some of the participants showed. I’m not the one to do this, I do another job, music is now my hobby. But why are you sure, that I would be “a total mess, and DISGUSTING”? If I had the goal to participate in this show, I would do my best to be the best, but I have absolutely other goals in life.

    I’ve already described the way I judged the shows (not people!) above. You are free to read this too.

  13. Here’s some information for everybody. I wasn’t evaluating people or countries. There were some countries I found very beautiful, when I visited them as a tourist. And it doesn’t mean, that I would automatically like the artists from there. I evaluated some shows of the artists from some countries as “bad”, although I have good friends in those countries. And they would not feel offended for it.

    I hope, that no matter what country you come from, you are also objective in your preferences regarding Eurovision 2008 and don’t just think, that the artist presenting your country was good, just because they come from your country.

    I was trying to evaluate all the performances objectively.

  14. I do not agree with you that since this is your blog you can say whatever you like. People have feelings and if u don t respect them they won t even respect you. do you want to say whatever you like and than be hated by all those whom you hurt ? you amy instinctly reply “yes, i don t care!” but that would be only a defense mechanism and not the truth.
    I agree with you that any one is free to give his opinion. but there is always the good and the bad way. think abt what has happened in denmark regarding the cartoon issue. the whole world came into conflict as muslims were offended. the journalist was happy to say what he feels, but the results ???

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