Eurovision 2023 Semi-Final 2 Prediction (Before The Live Show)

This Thursday (11th of May 2023), 16 countries will compete in semi-final 2

01 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark: Reiley โ€“ Breaking My Heart
02 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia โ€“ Brunette โ€“ Future Lover
03 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania: Theodor Andrei โ€“ D.G.T (Off And On)
04 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia: ALIKA โ€“ Bridges
05 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium: Gustaph โ€“ Because Of You
06 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus: Andrew Lambrou โ€“ Break A Broken Heart
07 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland: Diljรก โ€“ Power
08 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece: Victor Vernikos โ€“ What They Say
09 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland: Blanka โ€“ Solo
10 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia: Joker Out โ€“ Carpe Diem
11 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia: Iru โ€“ Echo
12 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino: Piqued Jacks โ€“ Like an animal
13 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria: Teya and Salena โ€“ Who The Hell Is Edgar?
14 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania: Albina and Familja Kelmendi โ€“ Duje
15 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania: Monika Linkytฤ— โ€“ Stay
16 โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia: Voyager โ€“ Promise

#1. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark: Reiley โ€“ Breaking My Heart

This is a Tik-Tok friendly song, performed by the young singer Reiley.
He gets the support of plenty of vocal effects, like vocoder. In some parts, he insists on singing with a high tone of voice, and it isn’t the perfect choice.
The staging is colorful, and shows a rotating platform which shows 3 different types of rooms. On the floor we can see pink artwork with clouds (created by LED).
On one hand, I can see it appealing for the youngest voters, but in general it isn’t strong enough.
Prediction: Non Qualifier

#2. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia โ€“ Brunette โ€“ Future Lover

It is a ballad with RnB motives. Brunette will probably stand out for her distinctive song.
Those who love ballads, can find the song fit to their ears. However, it will also speak up for those who appreciate modern music. She started the performance while lying on a 3D beveled white wedge, that it is lit in different colors along the performance. This prop is located at the edge of the stage. The lights are reflected on her fress and the prop, and therefore it looks like her ouffit is pink-purple.
Prediction: Qualifier

#3. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania: Theodor Andrei โ€“ D.G.T (Off And On)

For the Eurovision performance, we will hear a new version. The beginning of the song will be more like an acoustic version of the song. Theodor is one of the good vocalists this year.
However, there’s something strange about the structure of the song.
Regarding the staging, we can see a pre-recorded video of him on the LED floor, where he can be seen lying with his guitar near him. I think the backdrop LED screen also went too far with the visuals. In conclusion, it is a kind of song that I can’t see enough people supporting in.
Prediction: Non Qualifier

#4.๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia: ALIKA โ€“ Bridges

Alika will perform a James Bond theme ballad.
The melody is based on piano playing, where towards the end we can hear some classic string instruments. She wore a light blue suit with 2 parts with a dress trail.
Vocally, she sounds amazing and creates the required emotional atmosphere on stage.
I hope that enough people will vote for this song, because she deserves the final.
Prediction: Borderline

#5. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium: Gustaph โ€“ Because Of You

This song is all about celebrating ourselves. It talks about the chosen family, the friends we choose to be around us. The spokesperson talks about being different, and how some people mocked him about it. It is a dance house with some RnB motives, and it is probably the only song of this genre in the contest this year.
Gustaph looked comfortable on stage, accompanied by 3 female backing vocalists and a Ballroom dancer.
The song will probably be attractive for the 1990’s music lovers, but also those who enjoy gay club music. It is uplifting and puts positive energy on stage.
Prediction: Qualifier

#6. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus: Andrew Lambrou โ€“ Break A Broken Heart

It is a mid-tempo pop love ballad.
The song features some challenging vocal moments, especially in the C part.
The staging will be quite simple, with LED screens creating waterfall/rain and lava/fire.
Andrew looks good on stage, and he is supported by pre-recorded backing vocals.
If the song sounds like Swedish pop tois you, you’re not mistaken, as Swedish writers are behind the song.
Supposing the vocal are on point, it won’t struggle to advance.
Prediction: Qualifier

#7. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland: Diljรก โ€“ Power

Diljรก has got a power in her hand and a catchy pop song, that will lead us through drums and beats.
But most important: She is energetic on stage.
She wore a silver suit with a jacket and undershirt. As the song progresses, she will get rid of the jacket. During the performance, she walks, runs, kicks, and doing a lot of acrobat tricks, while keeps the vocals on fire.
However, I am afraid the theme and the message of the song won’t be converted to the average viewer.
Prediction: Non Qualifier

#8. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece: Victor Vernikos โ€“ What They Say

Victor is the youngest of this year’s participants, and the youngest artist to ever represent Greece.
Victor wore an off white suit with 3 parts (shirt, jacket and short pants). The backdrop LED screen shows multiple giant characters of Victor.
Unfortunately, he isn’t stable vocally and even looks lost on the stage.
That’s why I see it as one of the weakest performances in semi-final 2.
However, he might be a surprising qualifier, due to Diaspore voted and Cyprus might push him through as well.
Prediction: Non Qualifier

#9. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland: Blanka โ€“ Solo

Blanka won the Polish selection and was accepted with mixed reactions by the fandom.
It is an old-fashioned Caribbean pop. Blanka has tons of charisma, but the problem is that her vocals still have to improvedimprove. She will be supported by pre-recoded backing vocals.
However, the performance is quite colorful and so her purple-orange outfit that its upper part will be removed during the performance. She also gives us a nice dance break.
Lets not forget that Polish diaspora is a strong one to rely on.
Prediction: Qualifier

#10. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia: Joker Out โ€“ Carpe Diem

Slovenia will be represented by the rock band Joker Out.
They will sing the dance-rock song “Carpe Diem”, which features some 1980’s music elements.
The band members wore glamour and flowerish outfits.
They look great on stage with irresistible chemistry and energy, and create a convincing performance almost effortlessly.
Might they bring Slovenia to one of its best achievements?
Prediction: Qualifier

#11. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia: Iru โ€“ Echo

The winner of “The Voice of Georgia 2023” represents the country with the song “Echo“.
The last time the country has qualified for the final was in 2016.
It is a spiritual power ballad with light ethnic elements.
The main prop on stage will be the wind machine, to demonstrate some effects that we could have seen in the video clip. However, I think the stage looks quite empty – we definitely need some dancers here. Vocally, she will give one of the strongest bids tonight.
Prediction: Qualifier

#12. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino: Piqued Jacks โ€“ Like an animal

Italian rock band Piqued Jacks will represent the tiny country, San Marino.
They bring a very nice energy to the stage, and have their own fashion style.
Sadly, the song goes nowhere and it is quite repetitive.
Prediction: Non Qualifier

#13.๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria: Teya and Salena โ€“ Who The Hell Is Edgar?

Austria send the first female duo ever to represent the country.
Initially, it seems they sing a random song about Edgar Allen Poe.
However, this is a song with a much deeper meaning – it walks about the difficulties in the music industry. One of them is how difficult it is for an artist to make revenue from the streaming platforms, and the other subject in the way women creators are accepted by the record labels.
The song is catchy, ear-warming and memorable.
They will bring a very red danceable staging.
Prediction: Qualifier

#14. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania: Albina and Familja Kelmendi โ€“ Duje

A family of 4 siblings (3 sisters and a brother) alongside their parents will represent Albania.
It is a dramatic Balkan ballad that maybe goes too dramatically.
They wear black outfits. The majority of the dancing looks traditional, with hand movements. Their choreography includes waving red napkins.
Albina the lead singer brings outcry and strong vocals to the song.
On one side, it is the only Balkan song in this semi-final, which might help it go through. I can see Greece, Romania, Cyprus, Slovenia, Georgia and Ukraine voting for this one. Many people might like the idea of a whole family on stage.
On the other hand, he might be too heavy for some of the voters.
Prediction: Borderline

#15. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania: Monika Linkytฤ— โ€“ Stay

Monika Linkytฤ— makes a Eurovision comeback, 8 years after she represented the country as part of a duo. It is a radio-friendly ballad, that features traditional Lithuanian language singing of the phrase “ฤŒiลซto tลซto”.
She is accompanied by 4 female backing vocalists and together they create a heart warming performance. She will also stand out for her amber-orange outfit and somehow comforting ight. Vocally, it sounds great and I believe it will appeal to some voters.
Also, never forget the Lithuanian diaspora that might help.
Prediction: Qualifier

#16. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia: Voyager โ€“ Promise

Australia will close the second semi-final with an energetic synth rock song with metal influences.
They are not the only rock band in semi-final , but bringing a different flavor to the contest.
The fact that the song has a wide range of genres, might help it catch the attention of some viewers.
Closing the show will be a great benefit as well.
Prediction: Qualifier

Summary

Certain Qualifiers

  1. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia โ€“ Brunette โ€“ Future Lover
  2. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia: Joker Out โ€“ Carpe Diem
  3. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia: Voyager โ€“ Promise
  4. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria: Teya and Salena โ€“ Who The Hell Is Edgar?
  5. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus: Andrew Lambrou โ€“ Break A Broken Heart
  6. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania: Monika Linkytฤ— โ€“ Stay
  7. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland: Blanka โ€“ Solo
  8. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium: Gustaph โ€“ Because Of You
  9. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia: Iru โ€“ Echo

Borderline / On the Fence

  1. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania: Albina and Familja Kelmendi โ€“ Duje
  2. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia: ALIKA โ€“ Bridges

Certain Non-Qualifiers

  1. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino: Piqued Jacks โ€“ Like an animal
  2. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania: Theodor Andrei โ€“ D.G.T (Off And On)
  3. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark: Reiley โ€“ Breaking My Heart
  4. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland: Diljรก โ€“ Power
  5. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece: Victor Vernikos โ€“ What They Say

If I have to narrow down my prediction to 10 countries only:

  1. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia โ€“ Brunette โ€“ Future Lover
  2. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia: Joker Out โ€“ Carpe Diem
  3. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia: Voyager โ€“ Promise
  4. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria: Teya and Salena โ€“ Who The Hell Is Edgar?
  5. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus: Andrew Lambrou โ€“ Break A Broken Heart
  6. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania: Monika Linkytฤ— โ€“ Stay
  7. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland: Blanka โ€“ Solo
  8. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium: Gustaph โ€“ Because Of You
  9. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia: Iru โ€“ Echo
  10. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania: Albina and Familja Kelmendi โ€“ Duje

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Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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