We’re almost at the halfway point in this year’s ‘Countdown To Eurovision’ series. After today, there are but 20 more entries to show you, with the countdown timed perfectly to end just as the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest gets underway in Copenhagen, Denmark. The first of the semi finals kicks proceedings off on May 06; the second semi to follow on May 08, with ten countries from each making it through to the Grand Final on May 10.
Once again SBS will be telecasting each of the finals on consecutive nights; Friday May 09, Saturday May 10 and Sunday May 11. And a promise… as with previous years, although we’ll be letting you know the results of the semi finals on-site the morning after they happen in Copenhagen, we’ll be giving you plenty of spoiler alerts just in case you wish to be kept in the dark ’til the local transmission.
CARL EPSEN : Silent Storm
Norway will perform in third position as part of the second semi final on May 08, with 31 year old singer Carl Epsen taking to the stage to represent his country after winning this year’s ‘Melodi Grand Prix’. And he’s a bit of an unknown quantity; he’s never been a singer. He’s been a carpenter and a soldier in the past. But taking inspiration from his cousin Josefin Winther (who penned ‘Silent Storm’), he’s taking the chance and will grace the stage in Copenhagen quite green and with the hopes of his nation resting on his shoulders. So what’s it like?
‘Silent Storm’ is an altogether beautiful piano ballad and is performed quite perfectly by Carl here in studio form. If he can replicate this delivery and control his nerves standing on stage in front of an entire continent, Norway will do very well indeed.