Only... the performance included a sand artist. An absolutely, astonishing magical sand artist dressed in a purple leather dress. I begrudged the close-ups of the singer because it took precious seconds away from the transformations of the sand art. So I was pleased for the artist that the entry made it through to the finals.
Kseniya Simonova is the name of the sand artist. She won Ukraine’s Got Talent in 2009 with it, and has received all sorts of invitations and accolades as a result of it. She is amazing! Here is a video of her contest-winning performance.
So. That was the second semi-final, a weaker batch, all-around, than the first one. I liked Belgium, but am not at all surprised it didnt make it through. A bigger surprise was Dana International not making it to the final; her song had moments, but didn’t hold together as a whole and name-recognition didn’t compensate. They have memorably awful hats, but I did not need Moldova to make it through with this entry.
Düsseldorf resolved its seriously problematic sound-balance issues from Tuesday, although the BBC gained some with its watery live mike.