Oh what’s left to discuss about this year’s contest? I’m feeling a little empty now it’s all over. But I still have you guys (for now!). As soon as the final finished, the detailed results of the semi-finals were released.
You can imagine why we couldn’t know these before the final, it would make the final results a little too predictable. Or even worse, open to manipulation by dark forces. Can you imagine? Anyway, here they are.
|1||152||Russia||Buranovskiye Babushki||Party for Everybody|
|7||91||Cyprus||Ivi Adamou||La La Love|
|8||75||Iceland||Gréta Salóme & Jónsi||Never Forget|
|9||63||Denmark||Soluna Samay||Should’ve Known Better|
|10||52||Hungary||Compact Disco||Sound of Our Hearts|
|12||41||Finland||Pernilla Karlsson||När jag blundar|
|14||31||San Marino||Valentina Monetta||The Social Network Song|
|15||20||Montenegro||Rambo Amadeus||Euro Neuro|
|18||8||Austria||Trackshittaz||Woki mit deim Popo|
Not really many surprises there, given the final results. The non-qualifiers were surprising though, Belgium I thought did really well and stood a good chance of qualifying, but it totally flopped, below train-wrecks from Montenegro and San Marino. Montenegro beating anybody felt like a bit of a stretch really. Surprise qualifiers Hungary unsurprisingly squeaked through on tenth place.
Very interesting here though is that Russia nearly lost this semi-final to Albania. I had NO idea that Albania could do so well. It was memorable for sure, but I never thought Europe would go for it. Also interesting to see Greece comfortably beating Cyprus, something they failed to repeat in the semi-final, as well as Romania looking in good stead for a top 10 finish that never came in the final.
What about semi-final 2, containing the eventual winner?
|2||159||Serbia||Željko Joksimović||Nije ljubav stvar|
|3||104||Lithuania||Donny Montell||Love Is Blind|
|5||80||Turkey||Can Bonomo||Love Me Back|
|6||77||Bosnia & Herzegovina||MayaSar||Korake ti znam|
|7||70||Malta||Kurt Calleja||This Is the Night|
|8||64||Ukraine||Gaitana||Be My Guest|
|9||53||FYR Macedonia||Kaliopi||Crno i belo|
|11||45||Bulgaria||Sofi Marinova||Love Unlimited|
|13||39||Portugal||Filipa Sousa||Vida minha|
|14||36||Georgia||Anri Jokhadze||I’m a Joker|
|15||35||Netherlands||Joan Franka||You and Me|
|16||35||Belarus||Litesound||We Are the Heroes|
|18||22||Slovakia||Max Jason Mai||Don’t Close Your Eyes|
Some unexpected finishes there too, with Serbia pulling a lot closer to Sweden than expected. But both Serbia and Russia’s power bases were in the East, so maybe they ended up cannibalising each other’s votes. Lithuania managed a shocking 3rd place finish, I assumed he had only scraped though, but good for him, even if his final performance didn’t quite make this grade.
Speaking of close calls, Norway faced Bulgaria in a tie-break, broken when Tooji received marks from more countries than Sofi. A shame Bulgaria couldn’t qualify, they do so rarely, but it would have been pretty rough on Norway too.
I can only assume the juries helped out Joan Franka on the previous night, because her off-key performance of “You and Me” can’t have won many fans. Surprised and sad to see Slovenia and Belarus so low down too, I thought both deserved better, at least better than Georgia and Portugal.
FYR Macedonia’s Kaliopi really got some momemtum after qualifying, managing 13th place after barely qualifying is impressive! I guess that result for Malta was always on the cards, never mind. He seemed genuinely overjoyed to qualify, and it was a pretty definitive result on that front.
I’m hoping the public/jury split will be released soon. In the EBU press conferences after each semi-final, they did say that the public & juries agreed on 15 of the 20 qualifiers (8 from Semi 1, 7 from Semi 2), so I’m very curious to see what those are, and perhaps a clue as to why some of the more surprising results came to pass. But then again I do like the stats!