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Best Semifinalists: Eurovision Song Contest 2005!

Hello readers! This is the first stage of the Best Semifinalists Contest! During this week the readers of this site and the juries will be voting in order to determine the best semifinalist entry of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest!

Today the voting for the semifinal of this stage will begin, only 2 of the 15 semifinalists will move on to our final. In the poll you will vote for your favorite 2 songs, the ones with the most votes will proceed to our final! So let’s start!

Poland

“Czarna dziewczyna” (“Black/African girl”) was the Polish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in Polish and Russian by Ivan & Delfin.

Musically, the song is inspired by the folk music of Eastern Europe. Lead singer Ivan Komarenko sings of his love for a black-haired girl, implied to have gypsy ancestry, and calls for his horses to unite them rapidly. The remainder of the group join in at this point.

Slovenia

“Stop” was the Slovene entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, sung by Omar Naber and performed inSlovenian, despite its English title and the fact that there are two different English lyrics.

There are two different orchestrations of the song, which were recorded, the version used at the Eurovision was the later version. Both orchestrations were used for both Slovenian and English versions, however the Englishlyrics were changed for the newer orchestration. Hence why there are two sets of English but only one Slovenian set.

Belarus

“Love Me Tonight” was the Belarusian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 , performed inEnglish by Angelica Agurbash. The song is an upbeat dance number, in which the singer pleads with someone to “love her tonight” and tells (probably) him that she has an “infatuation” with him. The song appears to have only been recorded in English, despite the Contest tradition of frequently recording versions in the native language of the relevant country.

Netherlands

“My Impossible Dream” was the Dutch entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in English by Glennis Grace.

The song is a ballad, with Grace telling her lover that they are “driftin’ far apart” and thus that their relationship is coming to an end. She explains, however, that she does not view this as a sad event, but rather an opportunity to follow her “impossible dream” and establish her own identity in the world

Ireland

“Love?” was the Ireland’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in English by Donna and Joe.

It was the first Irish entry to be performed in a Eurovision semi-final. The song is an up-tempo duet with the brother-and-sister duo singing about the problems that love can cause. They explain, for example, that “Love can make you happy/Love can make you cry/Love can be the best/Until it’s passed you by”. The song was criticised by many fans for being a break from the traditional Irish ballad, as well as having a relatively repetitive structure

Iceland

“If I Had Your Love” was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in English by Selma.

The song is an up-tempo dance number, with Selma singing about what she would do “If I had your love”. She claims that it would inspire her above all other things. The song was criticised after the Contest for being somewhat musically confusing, as it featured a number of tempo and key changes in unusual places

Portugal

“Amar” (“To love”) was the Portuguese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in Portugueseand English by 2B.

The song is an up-tempo number, with the duo singing about the great power of love. As Portugal had not qualified for the final in the 2004 Contest, the song was performed in the semi-final.

Finland

“Why?” was the Finnish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in English by Geir Rönning

The song is a ballad, inspired by the Beslan school hostage crisis, with Rönning asking why people do what they do, and “why can’t love be all that matters?” While the song garnered considerable praise for Rönning’s vocal performance, the general belief among fans was that it was too pessimistic a subject to prove successful at the Contest.

Bulgaria

“Lorraine” was the debut entry for Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest, being performed in the semi-final of the 2005 edition of the Contest by Kaffe.

Estonia

“Let’s Get Loud” was the Estonian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in English by Suntribe. The author of the music and lyrics was Sven Lõhmus.

Austria

“Y así” (“Like that”) was the Austrian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in English and Spanish by Global Kryner

Belgium

“Le grand soir” (“The big night”) was the Belgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed inFrench by Nuno Resende

Andorra

“La mirada interior” (“The inner look”), was the Andorran entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in Catalan by Marian van de Wal. As Andorra’s previous entry had not finished in the top ten, the song was performed in the semi-final.

The composers are Rafael Artesero, Daniel Aragay & Rafael Fernández.

Monaco

“Tout de moi” (English translation: “All of Me”) was the Monegasque entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in French by French singer Lise Darly.

The song is a dramatic ballad, with Darly offering her lover “all of me” and telling him that “everything already/Reminds me that I’m nothing without you”. Darly also recorded an English language version of the song, entitled “All of Me”

Lithuania

“Little by Little” was the Lithuanian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in English by Laura & The Lovers.

The song, which was written by two of Sweden’s most experienced songwriters Bobby Ljunggren and William Butt, is an up-tempo number, with Laura singing to a lover about how she feels now that the two of them are starting to connect in their relationship

Now it’s time to vote, remember, vote for your 2 favorites. See you on Sunday with the results! Jury, start casting your votes!

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14 comments on “Best Semifinalists: Eurovision Song Contest 2005!

  1. Fun fact: Apparently every video of Nuno Resende’s live performance of “Le Grand Soir” have been blocked here in the U.S. I’ve only found one cover version of it in my searching and one place to listen to the studio recording.

  2. I submitted. I’m going to go ahead and post my votes.

    12 pts: Slovenia
    10 pts: Monaco
    8 pts: Poland
    7 pts: Austria
    6 pts: Andorra
    5 pts: Belgium
    4 pts: Iceland
    3 pts: Estonia
    2 pts: Finland
    1 pt: Belarus

  3. Here are my full votes:

    12 pts Slovenia
    10 pts Monaco
    8 pts Andorra
    7 pts Belgium
    6 pts Austria
    5 pts Bulgaria
    4 pts Poland
    3 pts Finland
    2 pts Netherlands
    1 pt Iceland

    Same top 2 as Patrick. 🙂

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