If the verses of Bobby Darren’s ‘Dream Lover’ and the chorus of ABBA’s ‘Nina, Pretty Ballerina’ had a baby it would be this song. A bit of fun, sure – but minus almost your points for lack of creativity. (Will not Qualify)
Valentina Monetta "The Social Network Song"
Ralph, give it up man! Can’t wait for 2016 entry about Twitter. So bad, it has to be a Eurovision song. Nothing else in the world invites these songs. (Will not Qualify)
Ivi Adamou "La La Love"
Entire chorus is the word “La” – if you’re going to do 90s euro-dance go the whole-hog. Very fond of this one. (Qualifies)
Soluna Samay "Should've Known Better"
Hooray, Johanna’s back! Hang on… A clear knock-off, but even diminishing returns on Johanna will get this to the Final and probably in the Top Ten. (Qualifies)
Buranovskiye Babushki "Party for Everybody"
Really infectious. Lot of fun. Big novelty factor. Little bit of mysterious voices of Bulgaria happening. Very Verka (that’s a compliment) (Qualifies)
Compact Disco "Sound of Our Hearts"
Perfectly good song but dull as dishwater. Like the forgettable track in the middle of an album, between the singles. The closest thing to a hook is the bridge which sounds very much like Feminnem’s ‘Lako je sve’ (Will not Qualify)
Trackshittaz "Woki mit deim Popo" Shake your bottom
Shake my arse off by laughing?! Will enough kids watch, not care that this is a LMFAO rip-off - and vote? (Will not Qualify)
Pasha Parfeny "Lăutar"
Carnival mood, swing style. Very catchy. (Qualifies)
The first Semi finishes with a bang! The boys are back. Far more pop than last year. Their youthful exuberance and social media work might endear them to the Euro-crowd. A less challenging song than this year (one big note before the key change) so this is more within their skill-set. (Qualifies)