Semifinals Running Order Published

In the recent past, each country’s position in the running order for the semis and finals was determined in a lotttery-style drawing, and the fans would ooh and ahh over the luck or lack of for their favorites. Now the producers choose the positions and the order doesn’t seem quite as important as it used to.  But here is the running order for the two nights of semifinals for you to pore over and see if it makes a difference for your favorite entries.

Semi-Final 1 (my choice of ten qualifiers in BOLD)

  1. Moldova
  2. Armenia
  3. Belgium
  4. The Netherlands
  5. Finland
  6. Greece
  7. Estonia
  8. FYR Macedonia
  9. Serbia
  10. Hungary
  11. Belarus
  12. Russia
  13. Denmark
  14. Albania
  15. Romania
  16. Georgia

Semi-Final 2 (my qualifiers in BOLD)

  1. Lithuania
  2. Ireland
  3. San Marino
  4. Montenegro
  5. Malta
  6. Norway
  7. Portugal
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Israel
  10. Latvia
  11. Azerbaijan
  12. Iceland
  13. Sweden
  14. Switzerland
  15. Cyprus
  16. Slovenia
  17. Poland

You’ll notice that several of my favorite songs from previous posts are not necessarily in line with who I think will qualify.  With voting patterns and histories of friendly point exchange, there are some countries that qualify whether they have a great song or not. And the stage performances and production (as we wil first see the beginning of May) also plays a big role.

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3 thoughts on “Semifinals Running Order Published

  1. Interesting to find an American fan of Eurovision. I’m a Danish fan. I just finished listening to the songs in full (like a true Scandinavian Eurovision fan, I have watched the Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic preview shows, alas the Danish national TV doesn’t produce one).

    I think your predictions are pretty solid, but two things seem wrong – I’m quite sure that Macedonia and Montenegro will qualify from their respective semi finals. Macedonia’s song is just quite good – and Montenegro’s – although not to my taste – is in a “Balcan Ballad” genre that has traditionally done quite well in Eurovision. I even predict it in the top ten in the final.

    I don’t care for the Danish song, but the patriot in me is happy that you think it will make the final. I don’t think it will. If it makes it, it will fare quite badly in the final.

    I have no idea who will win. The bookmakers suggest it will be between Sweden and Italy. My personal favourite at the moment is Estonia.

    • I have upgraded my opinion of Macedonia, although I have heard that the rehearsal has not spectacular. I like Denmark, though I agree it’s chances to proceed from the semifinal may be marginal. I will be in Vienna in a day, so we shall see if my opinions change.

      • Judging from the national finals, videos and studio versions of the songs, this is a weak year. This may favour spectacular perfomances and conutries with many neighbour- or diaspora-votes (I wouldn’t call them “political”).

        I’m a keen fan, but I have never taken the time to follow the rehersals, so my predictions and opinions will be untarnished by them.

        I hope you’ll enjoy your time in Vienna. Happy Eurovision!

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