sâmbătă, 12 februarie 2011

Blogul a trecut în casă nouă

Am trecut în casă nouă. Acolo îi oleacă mai curat. Și adresa îi oleacă mai ușor de reținut.
Intrați, nu vă rușinați.

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vineri, 11 februarie 2011

3 cărţi pe scurt. epizod II

Atenţie, conține spoilere!

AKŢIA este descrisă în primul post din această temă.

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joi, 10 februarie 2011

3 cărţi pe scurt. epizod I

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marți, 8 februarie 2011

Moldova mâine

Moldova de mâine va arăta mult mai bine decât Moldova de azi.
Mulțumiri celor care s-au implicat în realizarea hărții de mai jos: Rita, Petrică, Viorel, Irina, Lu, Oxana, Andrei, Giku, Victor, Octav, Ion.
Asta e și țara voastră. Sau mai bine zis va fi.

vineri, 4 februarie 2011

joi, 23 decembrie 2010

Calendarul “Moldova în 365 de zile”


Calendarul de masă "Moldova în 365 de zile" este o soluție foarte bună pentru cadourile de Crăciun și Anul Nou. Realizat de "Erudit Studio", acesta prezintă pe 315 de pagini informații interesante despre Republica Moldova, istoria, localitățile, personalitățile, natura, cultura și arta țării noastre.

Calendarul este în ediţie limitată şi în acest moment se distribuie doar prin Internet. Formatul : A5. Calendarul conţine şi o secţiune specială "în această zi", din care afli ce evenimente s-au întâmplat în trecut în ziua curentă.

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marți, 28 septembrie 2010

”Erudit Studio” SRL angajează

Firma "Erudit Studio" SRL este o societate comercială care are drept activitate de bază (1) producerea și comercializarea jocurilor de societate (board games), (2) editarea și comercializarea cărților, (3) organizarea activităților "Erudit Club", o cafenea în care se vor comercializa jocuri de societate și cărți, se vor organiza activități pentru membrii clubului (în bază de abonament).

Pentru desfășurarea activităților sale, firma "Erudit Studio" SRL angajează tineri în următoarele posturi:    

Director executiv

Numărul de posturi: 1

Condiții de eligibilitate: Studii superioare, preferabil în domeniul administrării afacerilor. Candidații cu MBA vor avea prioritate.

Orar de muncă: Full time (40 ore pe săptămână). Cinci zile pe săptămână, de luni până vineri, 09:00 – 18:00, cu pauză de 1 oră.

Calități necesare: Cunoașterea limbilor română, rusă și engleză. Cunoștințe IT specializate de preferință: Excel, administrarea bazelor de date. Spirit de inițiativă și celelalte calități apreciate de angajatori.

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  • Coordonarea generală a activității "Erudit Studio" SRL în contact permanent cu administratorul societății.
  • Elaborarea unui plan de activitate a "Erudit Studio" SRL în comun cu administratorul societății și implementarea acestuia.
  • Coordonarea segmentelor de activitate a "Erudit Studio" SRL: (1) producerea și comercializarea jocurilor de societate, (2) editarea și comercializarea cărților, (3) organizarea activităților "Erudit Club".
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  • Dezvoltarea produselor societății: jocuri de societate, cărți.
  • Dezvoltarea site-ului web al societății.

Remunerare: Salariu fix negociabil, cu posibilitatea unei prime în funcție de rezultat.

Administrator "Erudit Club"

Numărul de posturi: 1

Condiții de eligibilitate: Studii superioare.

Orar de muncă: Full time (40 ore pe săptămână). Cinci zile pe săptămână, de marți până sâmbătă, 13:00 – 22:00, cu pauză de 1 oră.

Calități necesare: Cunoașterea limbilor română, rusă și engleză. Cunoștințe IT specializate de preferință: Excel, administrarea bazelor de date. Spirit de inițiativă și celelalte calități apreciate de angajatori.

Responsabilități:

  • În funcție de indicațiile administratorului societății și a directorului executiv, planificarea, organizarea și supravegherea activității "Erudit Club".
  • Elaborarea unui plan de promovare a "Erudit Club" și implementarea acestuia în funcție de bugetul coordonat cu administratorul societății și directorul executiv.
  • Elaborarea unor ghiduri de prezentare a jocurilor de societate și a colecțiilor de cărți oferite de "Erudit Club"; distribuirea acestora.
  • Întreținerea "Erudit Club", coordonarea personalului: librari/chelneri, bucătari.
  • Organizarea activităților pentru membrii clubului, inclusiv prezentarea jocurilor de societate (regulamente, strategii) în timpul întâlnirilor membrilor clubului.
  • Întreținerea bazei de date a membrilor clubului, comunicarea cu membrii clubului, elaborarea programului de activitate.
  • Comunicarea cu clienții on-line ai societății.

Remunerare: Salariu fix negociabil.

Librari/ chelneri

Numărul de posturi: 4

Condiții de eligibilitate: Studii superioare de preferință.

Orar de muncă: 36 ore pe săptămână, 6 zile câte 6 ore pe zile, în funcție de orar.

Calități necesare: Cunoașterea limbilor română, rusă. Comunicabilitate.

Responsabilități:

  • Deservirea clienților "Erudit Club".
  • Cunoașterea, prezentarea și promovarea produselor "Erudit Club".
  • Introducerea informațiilor în baza de date a membrilor clubului.

Remunerare: Salariu fix negociabil.

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miercuri, 12 mai 2010

Eurovision 2010. Second Semifinal + 5 Final Songs Preview

Here is the second part of my Eurovision 2010 preview. In this post I will comment the songs from the second semifinal and the 5 direct entries to the ESC final.

It will take you some time to see the videos and read my comments, so I would like to thank you in advance for the effort. It would be nice if you could leave some comments (doesn't matter the language), on any song you like or dislike.

Since I comprehensively explained why am I doing this in the previous entry, let me go directly to the second semifinal, which I found largely unbalanced and oversaturated with ballads.

LITHUANIA - InCulto „East European Funk”


Advantages:

  • The only funk song in the contest, and the only light mocking on Eurovision in this semi-final
  • Real fun for the start. Good for a warm up.
  • Relatively easy to perform live
  • Catchy trumpet

Disadvantages:

  • Very strong competitors in this semi-final
  • Not a streamline style of music
  • Will not appeal to "serious voters", as the humor is direct, not subtle

Risk:

  • Audience will not be warmed enough to enjoy funk music from the start

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 2.5
  • To win the contest: 81-201

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


ARMENIA - Eva Rivas „Apricot Stone”


Advantages:

  • Lejla style beginning will appeal to Eurovision fans and Balkan voters. For them, that's when the semi-final actually begins
  • One of the favorites in the betting
  • Beautiful girl

Disadvantages:

  • She seems to be suffering, though the song is perfectly suitable for discos
  • The symbolism of apricot stone not understood by European voters

Risk:

  • Difficult to sing live. And she is the first to perform this type of vocal songs in the contest.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.1
  • To win the contest: 15-19

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


ISRAEL - Harel Skaat „Milim”


Advantages:

  • Another betting favorite
  • Excellent live interpretation
  • Will appeal to Belgians and French people, who will hear Jacques Brel in the intro
  • For me, it's music about music. Even if few will understand the lyrics on the song, the tune is self-sufficient (just imagine he sings "I love you" or "I'm suffering")
  • Will appeal to the conservative part of Eurovision voters

Disadvantages:

  • It is difficult to make a stage show with this song
  • Will not be able to take a symphonic orchestra on stage with him

Risk:

  • Is in between two favorites, Armenia and Denmark

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.06
  • To win the contest: 5.5-9

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


DENMARK - Chanée & N'evergreen „In a Moment Like This”


Advantages:

  • Yet another bookers' darling
  • Solemn Eurovision-style tune
  • The first male-female duet in the semifinal
  • Voices fit excellently (unlike in the Moldovan duet)
  • Comes in after two strong performances, and is not in any way worse than what we just heard

Disadvantages:

  • Not very catchy
  • The stage show is static

Risk:

  • Will depend on camera work (mobility of the picture)

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.14
  • To win the contest: 8-11

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


SWITZERLAND - Michael von der Heide „Il pleut de l'or”


Advantages:

  • A chance to make a memorable pluie d'or (gold rain) on stage. The song allows for creativity in scenography

Disadvantages:

  • Singing in French is everything but an advantage these years in Eurovision
  • Eurovision conservatives have better choices in this semifinal
  • Does he know what gold rain means in Russian, for instance?

Risk:

  • Comes in after Denmark, and the comparison is not in favor of Switzerland. Is followed Sweden, which is another strong entry

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 4
  • To win the contest: 126-532

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


SWEDEN - Anna Bergendahl „This Is My Life”


Advantages:

  • Simple yet touching presence. She is one of my personal favorites
  • The quiver in her voice will conquer many hearts
  • She appears to be very, very sincere

Disadvantages:

  • She is not the type of Swedish beauty we are all used to
  • Static performance

Risk:

  • Follows a row of similar songs. Audience could start wandering if there is something else apart these Eurovision archetypal songs

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.28
  • To win the contest: 17-36

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


AZERBAIJAN - Səfurə Əlizadə „Drip Drop”


Advantages:

  • Bookmakers' favorite. I don't really see why, but the fact is a fact.
  • Out of all the songs in the contest, the closest to mainstream commercial music, due to the RnB-ish Drip-drop drip-drop wuuuooo wuuuooo sequence
  • Overall good performance, allows for some walking on the stage
  • Is followed by Ukraine, which has a flatter performance

Disadvantages:

  • Not the song to display best vocal performance.
  • I would have expected a more dynamic ending.
  • I don't believe someone broke her heart. Watch her smile.

Risk:

  • Not to perform at the height of previous vocalists. Nor she is a good dancer.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.02
  • To win the contest: 2.75-4

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


UKRAINE - Alyosha „Sweet People”


Advantages:

  • Russian, pardon, Ukrainian typical beauty
  • The song allows for a full display of the capacity of her voice

Disadvantages:

  • Static performance
  • Disturbing song. Specific melody. What is that, ballad, jazz?
  • Comes in immediately after a range of favorites

Risk:

  • Audience will be tired of strong vocal music. Could provoke rejection from some listeners.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.57
  • To win the contest: 41-257

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


THE NETHERLANDS - Sieneke Peeters „Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)”


Advantages:

  • First notes will be like a breath of fresh air for the exhausted audience
  • Entertaining tune, sounds very funny in Dutch
  • Finally some dance in this semifinal (of course we had not forgotten our Lithuanian fellows, but it was so long ago)
  • Does not need extraordinary vocal qualities

Disadvantages:

  • Was it in the contest? I thought it was a commercial break
  • Kids vote less than adults

Risk:

  • Comes in after some very strong vocal performances. Will not be chosen by the juries

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 7
  • To win the contest: 126-523

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


ROMANIA - Paula Seling şi Ovi Martin „Playing With Fire”


Advantages:

  • Dutch performance makes the impression of splitting the contest in two. Romania has a good chance to electrify the audience with a serious yet entertaining entry
  • Hot intro, many catchy parts
  • In this song, you want to see Paula dancing, not playing the piano. A chance for a great ending if they find something better than wuuuuooouuooo.

Disadvantages:

  • Sounds great when they sing on turns, but it doesn't fit that well while singing together.
  • It's difficult to believe they are actually playing the piano.

Risk:

  • Very difficult to sing live. The studio version of the song is much better.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.44
  • To win the contest: 67-101

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


SLOVENIA - Ansambel Žlindra & Kalamari „Narodnozabavni rock”


Advantages:

  • Different than everything we had until now… in music. It's quite ok since it's nothing but a sketch.
  • Will appeal to… difficult to say, but someone must like it, if it qualified to the ESC

Disadvantages:

  • A weird mix of styles. It's like a collection of shortcuts from several songs. Doesn't create the impression of being a solid piece.
  • Due to the specific style, the singers exclude each other when they start singing
  • Despite pretending to be "funny", it remains static and annoyingly repetitive

Risk:

  • Audience could not understand this is a sketch. As they sing in Slovenian, it is almost impossible to guess what they are singing about if you don't know the language. I suppose lyrics are the key to this song.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 8
  • To win the contest: 151-684

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


IRELAND - Niamh Kavanagh „It's For You”


Advantages:

  • Back to ballads. Another good one, though not the best.
  • A bright song, once again for Eurovision conservatives.
  • Some Celtic tones, but not very efficient. Could have been used more.

Disadvantages:

  • Stage presence, not the youngest nor the most beautiful singer
  • Though the lyrics are finally optimistic, the song is very sad. She smiles widely, but this does not help much

Risk:

  • Many ballads this year. Electorate may be already decided in favor of one of the previous entries.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.36
  • To win the contest: 21-51

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


BULGARIA - Miroslav Kostadinov „Anghel si ti”


Advantages:

  • Chalga, but an improved version of chalga. Has its own voters in Romania, Serbia and around the place.
  • Could be accompanied by a great stage show, with angels and all the stuff.
  • It's ok that he sings in Bulgarian. Anyway the song is about the fact that she is an Angel. Everybody will understand and will appreciate that he sings in his own language, unlike all those… you know.

Disadvantages:

  • Basic rhythm, reminds me of the music of the 90s in Eastern countries.
  • Electronic intermezzo (sorry for the big word)? Not the best choice to fit Europeans' tastes.

Risk:

  • Despite not being a classical ballad, it is difficult to sing live. In the studio version his voice is obviously digitally remastered.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 5
  • To win the contest: 101-466

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


CYPRUS - Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders „Life Looks Better In Spring”


Advantages:

  • The perfect bonfire guitar song. I actually like it, wish I could play the guitar.
  • Young and restless, this is the guy next door singing that love will be better in spring. Next spring, when you'll be 18, darling.

Disadvantages:

  • Too simple for ending the vibrant show we had up to now. Luckily there is Croatia coming in next.
  • Narrow target group. In fact, 17-year old girls, as we've seen. Sorry, just kidding.
  • Will get few votes from the jury. Unfortunately, he's name is not Brian Adams.

Risk:

  • Not to hear the guitar. In fact, this is a guitar song, and I want to hear his guitar on stage. During much of the preview, I see him strumming the strings, but I don't hear the instrument.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 2.1
  • To win the contest: 51-190

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


CROATIA - Feminnem „Lako je sve”


Advantages:

  • My favorite Balkan entry. My favorite ballad. Indeed, it's easy for these girls to… you know it once again… everything.
  • Three voices fitting perfectly together. The best collective singing composition in the contest.
  • Great instrumental sequence at the end of the second minute
  • Ascendant composition. You feel the song evolving on stage and it does not seem repetitive.
  • When they cry "Ja te volim" I do believe. Well, that they love someone. And once again, instrumental composition helps a big deal.
  • Enters the contest towards the end of the show. It is generally considered an advantage in ESC.

Disadvantages:

  • "Only" sixth in the betting. But this is the disadvantage of a favorite, only important in the final.
  • Hard to find a real disadvantage, but see the risk below.

Risk:

  • Vocal interpretation is extremely important. Many components to bring together (start with the fact that there are three equally important voices) in order to ensure the expected effect.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.12
  • To win the contest: 13-30

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


GEORGIA - Sofia Nijaradze „Shine”


Advantages:

  • Yet another strong ballad.
  • Good voice and a beautiful singer. Could catch some votes from the juries.
  • Second from the end, maybe the favorite entry number among Eurovision contestants

Disadvantages:

  • Comes in after Croatia. Difficult to compete, though not impossible.
  • Flat composition, no evolution in the song, despite crying "shine, shine" in the opening of the last minute gives some hope

Risk:

  • Viewers already tired of ballads. And ballad lovers' votes already distributed.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.57
  • To win the contest: 51-133

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


TURKEY - maNga „We Could Be The Same”


Advantages:

  • So much different from everything we had in this final. And the only authentic (rap) rock song in the contest.
  • The kind of song you wish to be there to listen to it being performed live. Entirely live.
  • Will grab all the votes from rockers. Linkin Park, Brainstorm fans have at least found their favorites.
  • Will they bring flags on stage? They definitely should! But no fireworks.

Disadvantages:

  • The beginning is much better than the ending.

Risk:

  • Camera work will be very important. At least as important as it was in the case of Zdob si Zdub in 2005 (see good camera work in semifinal vs bad camera work in the final)

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.1
  • To win the contest: 17-46

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final

***

And yet there are another five songs directly qualified for the final. And surprisingly these are very strong entries.


GERMANY - Lena Meyer-Landrut „Satellite”


Advantages:

  • More than 12 million views on youtube! This is not a joke anymore.
  • The kind of song that you want to sing along.
  • The feminine version of Alexader Rybak, in the good sense. And she is his favorite for the contest this year.
  • Her smile is so cute.
  • Good live performance.

Disadvantages:

  • Difficult to make a stage show. But does she really need fireworks? Her advantage is simplicity.

Risk:

  • Enters directly the final. Semifinal audience could already have some favorites.

Betting Odds:

  • To win the contest: 3.5-5


SPAIN - Daniel Diges „Algo pequeñito”


Advantages:

  • Yet another love song and a lovely one. You see love from another perspective with this one. If I could, this is exactly the kind of song that I would like to sing to my girlfriend.
  • The dolls and toys on the stage give additional flair to the performance, without making it looking childish

Disadvantages:

  • Though it's such a touching song (if you connect to it), it does not allow for great vocal performance.
  • The ending breaks the atmosphere of song. And I suspect it was introduced especially for Eurovision.

Risk:

  • Would those who do not speak Spanish understand it's a love song?

Betting Odds:

  • To win the contest: 51-152


GREAT BRITAIN - Josh Dubovie „That Sounds Good to Me”


Advantages:

  • He is the kind of cutie that sings a song showing that "anything is possible to do". Even to participate in Eurovision with this song.

Disadvantages:

  • Standard ceremony Eurovision entry. It is difficult to believe that such songs would generally exist if not for Eurovision.
  • Will not get votes from Central and Eastern European televoters.

Risk:

  • Back vocals to sing better than the lead.

Betting Odds:

  • To win the contest: 41-247


FRANCE - Jessy Matador „Allez! Ola! Olé!”


Advantages:

  • J'ai envie de bouger, oui, vraiment!
  • It will be the hottest show on the stage.
  • Ethnic parts fit very well, very fresh.
  • Did you notice that he is the first black singer in Eurovision in years?
  • No need to show great vocal performance. The rhythm does it all.
  • Football World Cup is approaching.

Disadvantages:

  • Football World Cup starts only in June.
  • Will not be appreciated by juries.

Risk:

  • It's difficult to sing and to dance in the same time. I mean this kind of dance.

Betting Odds:

To win the contest: 41-133


NORWAY - Didrik Solli-Tangen „My Heart Is Yours”


Advantages:

  • Handsome man singing about… guess what… no surprise, love.
  • Good voice, far from perfect, but still good.
  • He represents the hosting country. By default, he will get a little more attention than other contestants.

Disadvantages:

  • Too much emphasis on his voice. And when he is supposed to take low, he hits some false notes.
  • The song itself, difficult to remember among many other better ballads.

Risk:

  • To be compared with Rybak's entry (not with Rybak as a singer).

Betting Odds:

To win the contest: 11-29

luni, 19 aprilie 2010

Eurovision 2010. First Semifinal Preview

This is my very first entry in English on my blog and it is dedicated to one of my latest interests, the Eurovision Song Contest. I have explained in several of my previous posts (though in Romanian) the reasons for which I like so much the ESC. This entry is not about it J

In fact, I have listened quite a few times this year's entries and had thoughts about and attitudes towards all of them. Here is the result - the first part of the presentation of this year's songs, first semifinal's entries. But before I go on deconstructing the songs, I would like to make some general remarks:

  • I am not a professional music critic, nor do I play guitar. I also sing dreadfully. But I do have a blog. And my father is a professional musician. And I grew up understanding and discussing music.
  • I did Eurovision previews since 2005, but never published them on-line. However, I think this year's contest is one of the most difficult to predict, as there are no clear favorites (last year I have predicted Rybak to win, it was an easy job)
  • I do think this year's entries are not as good as last year's ones. I also consider second semifinal to be stronger (if I may apply this label to music). Altogether, these are good circumstances for Olia Tira and Sun Stroke Projekt, as their entry was not acclaimed by Moldovans the way ESC songs by Zdob si Zdub or Nelly Ciobanu had been.
  • There are 17 songs in the first Semifinal. I have tried to identify the specific advantages, disadvantages and risks that every contestant might face. I have also shown odds given by bookmakers. Finally, I have given a forecast on whether the song will make it up to the final or not. Last year I had a prediction accuracy of at least 80% for both semifinals, but I do not expect to have the same precision this year.
  • It will take you some time to see the videos and read my comments, so I would like to thank you in advance for the effort. It would be nice if you could leave some comments (doesn't matter the language), on any song you like or dislike. If I'll find your comments useful to improve the preview, I will use them without hesitation. It's my blog, after all. And yes, all you'll read below are my opinions, and should not be treated in any other way than as my opinions. Nor should I be claimed responsible for any betting decision that you might take on the basis of my assessment.

Enjoy!


MOLDOVA - SunStroke Project şi Olia Tira "Run away"


Advantages:

  • Few up tempo songs this year. This is very unique in its genre.
  • Great intro and catchy saxophone part
  • 12 points from Romania, more than 6 points from both Spain and Portugal
  • Will look great in replays

Disadvantages:

  • Poor live performance from Olia Tira
  • No harmony in the duet, his and her voices do not fit well together

Risk:

  • Starting first. It will depend a bit on the opening ceremony.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.63
  • To win the contest: 51-101

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


RUSSIA - Piotr Nalici „Lost and Forgotten”

Advantages:

  • Nalitch's authority among Russian speaking Internet users in many post-Soviet countries
  • Good voice and very personal live interpretation
  • Russia has not missed a single final since the semifinal-final format was introduced.

Disadvantages:

  • Performs second, after an up-tempo song. Could be shadowed by Moldovan's performance
  • Not necessarily the most romantic amongst the lyrical songs this year

Risk:

  • Specific humor in the song

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.53
  • To win the contest: 51-201

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


ESTONIA - Malcolm Lincoln & Manpower 4 „Siren”

Advantages:

  • The most original entry this year. In my opinion, if there is something called "Eurovision format", this piece is definitely out of it, even more than Lordy's song was.
  • Will definitely appeal to emos

Disadvantages:

  • Scary song, repulsive to persons not used to this genre
  • Estonia cannot hope for much neighborhood help, except from Finland

Risk:

  • Live performance. I find difficult to imagine how it sounds live

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.51
  • To win the contest: 81-201

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


SLOVAKIA - Kristína Peláková „Horehronie”


Advantages:

  • The first song with folk accents. Will appeal both to Central European and to Balkan voters
  • Very rhythmic, dynamic tune
  • Good vocal, though not masterly, interpretation
  • Beautiful singer

Disadvantages:

  • Slovakia is a relative newcomer to Eurovision. Cannot count on "neighborhood voting", as Czech Republic does not participate.

Risk:

  • Misinterpretation of the "Hallelujah" part

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.21
  • To win the contest: 26-41

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


FINLAND - Kuunkuiskaajat „Työlki ellää”


Advantages:

  • Nice and happy song.
  • Will appeal to those that like Gipsy rhythms
  • Follows Slovakia and audience will be connected to folk party songs
  • Beautiful Nordic singers

Disadvantages:

  • What does the girl with the violin do in the back?

Risk:

  • Vocal interpretation in between up tempo choruses is not convincing

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.85
  • To win the contest: 67-257

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


LATVIA - Aisha „What For?”


Advantages:

  • Good live interpretation, though not a challenging tune

Disadvantages:

  • Too slow, too sweet
  • Not an original song. Definitely reminds me of a well-known melody, though I'm still struggling to find which one. I have it on the top of my tongue, will you help me to find out which is it?
  • Ending, with the Whitney Houston - style high notes, is a bit too much

Risk:

  • "Mister God"? Shouldn't be surprised if Belarus comes in next year with "Tovarisch God".

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 2.22
  • To win the contest: 101-201

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


SERBIA - Milan Stanković „Ovo je Balkan”


Advantages:

  • Goran Bregovic's hand
  • Very much oriented towards Balkan voters, should get points from almost everywhere in the region
  • Funkiest folk up-tempo song in the semifinal
  • Spanish speaking audience will enjoy hearing "puta" so many times

Disadvantages:

  • Melodically not so fine as Slovakia's entry

Risk:

  • Singer's appearance

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.29
  • To win the contest: 41-81

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Vukašin Brajić „Thunder and Lightning”


Advantages:

  • Bosnia has never missed an Eurovision final

Disadvantages:

  • Loud, and not so entertaining as the previous entry
  • The least competitive Bosnian entry in recent history
  • Enters the competition after Serbia

Risk:

  • To lose Balkan voters because of such a cosmopolite, non folk song

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.69
  • To win the contest: 81-323

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


POLAND - Marcin Mroziński „Legenda”

Advantages:

  • Easy to remember chorus
  • Good voice of the singer, well combined with female back vocal
  • Poland could benefit from the wave of international attention it had been given this year

Disadvantages:

  • The song seems to be composed of several pieces, and the passing is not always smooth
  • Poland does not have "Eurovision friends"

Risk:

  • Difficult to perform live

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 2.9
  • To win the contest: 101-301

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


BELGIUM - Tom Dice „Me and My Guitar”

Advantages:

  • Excellent vocal interpretation
  • Will appeal to "conservative Eurovisionists"
  • Clear and explicit lyrics
  • His eyes

Disadvantages:

  • Weird squats and grimaces
  • No evolution in the song
  • Belgium is quite isolated in Eurovision voting
  • Followed by a strong ballad from Malta

Risk:

  • Not to fit in what people expect from Eurovision, and not to exceed expectations neither

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.17
  • To win the contest: 26-67

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


MALTA - Thea Garrett „My Dream”

Advantages:

  • Strong ballad and excellent interpretation
  • Malta's reputation of a country specialized on strong ballads, will retain the same voters as in previous years

Disadvantages:

  • Not a sexy singer

Risk:

  • Many ballads this year

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 2.14
  • To win the contest: 67-276

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


ALBANIA - Juliana Pasha „It's All About You”


Advantages:

  • Follows a long queue of ballads, it will be immediately noticed by its public
  • Excellent start
  • Makes you move

Disadvantages:

  • Repetitive from the minute 1:30, no evolution in the song
  • Followed by Greece

Risk:

  • Will much depend on the stage show

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.12
  • To win the contest: 41-151

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


GREECE - Giorgos Alkeos and Friends „OPA”


Advantages:

  • Greece is a giant of Eurovision
  • A Ruslana style start, could appeal to many fans of folk music
  • Greek language sounds great in the song
  • Follows Albania, which will prepare the audience for an up-tempo song
  • Great opportunity for a fire-dance

Disadvantages:

  • Stage movements of the singer. Compared Sakis Rouvas, Giorgos Alkaios seems to be made of wood

Risk:

  • No too many risks in the semi-final

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.07
  • To win the contest: 17-26

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


PORTUGAL - Filipa Azevedo „Há dias assim”


Advantages:

  • Could appeal to those voters that like songs in genuine languages
  • She really suffers on the stage (though it is not clear for what), could provoke pity

Disadvantages:

  • Comes in after Greece. Audience will find it difficult to disconnect from Giorgos Alkaios' energy
  • There was Malta in the contest, that would have impressed more by now
  • She shouts

Risk:

  • To lose her voice shouting. Just kiddin'.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 2.06
  • To win the contest: 81-380

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


MACEDONIA - Gjoko Taneski „Jas ja imam silata”

Advantages:

  • Though not folk, very traditional music for the Balkans
  • Strong chorus, good back vocal

Disadvantages:

  • It is not clear what is he singing about, though it seems to be important
  • He shouts better than he sings at the beginning of the song

Risk:

  • The rap part could be misinterpreted by some voters

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 2.71
  • To win the contest: 101-523

Forecast:

  • Not to qualify for the final


BELARUS - 3+2 „Butterflies”

Advantages:

  • Very calm, positive and sunny song. Chorus is definitely similar to Alsu's "Vsegda i navsegda", though is much less emotionally touching (at least for me).
  • The song is just perfectly suited to be combined with new technologies. Screen will display giant butterflies. This should impress.

Disadvantages:

  • Starting is not convincing

Risk:

  • Too much pathos for some viewers

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.4
  • To win the contest: 26-90

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final


ICELAND - Hera Björk „Je ne sais quoi”


Advantages:

  • Follows Belarus, and is superior in terms of vocal performance
  • I expect her to get many votes from the jury, as she is an outstanding vocalist (she really sings, not shouts as some other singers in this semifinal do)

Disadvantages:

  • Is a little bit too loud for a ballad

Risk:

  • Is the singer to end the show, most of the audience has preferences by that time.

Betting Odds:

  • To qualify for the final: 1.48
  • To win the contest: 34-200

Forecast:

  • To qualify for the final

vineri, 16 aprilie 2010

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