Shortly after the final concludes last night, SVT released the full results from the semi-finals. These are always kept secret until afterwards, as it is usually a strong indicator of success in the grand final and that would kill a lot of the anticipation, particularly if it looks like some countries are headed for disaster. So let’s pick over the bones before the televote/jury split is revealed later one.
Semi-Final 1 (Grand final position in brackets)
1. (1) Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops (167 pts) (Denmark)
2. (5) Dina Garipova – What If (156 pts) (Russia)
3. (3) Zlata Ognevich – Gravity (140 pts) (Ukraine)
4. (11) Aliona Moon – O mie (95 pts) (Moldova)
5. (12) Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills (75 pts) (Belgium)
6. (9) Anouk – Birds (75 pts) (Netherlands)
7. (16) Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh (64 pts) (Belarus)
8. (26) Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives (54 pts) (Ireland)
9. (22) Andrius Pojavis – Something (53 pts) (Lithuania)
10. (20) Birgit – Et uus saaks alguse (52 pts) (Estonia)
11. Moje 3 – Ljubav je svuda (46 pts) (Serbia)
12. Who See – Igranka (41 pts) (Montenegro)
13. Klapa s Mora – Mižerja (38 pts) (Croatia)
14. Natália Kelly – Shine (27 pts) (Austria)
15. Despina Olympiou – An me thimasai (11 pts) (Cyprus)
16. Hannah – Straight Into Love (8 pts) (Slovenia)
It wasn’t a night of massive surprises, and broadly speaking I think the ranking throws up no shocks after the final scores last night. The ten qualifiers generally kept their rankings into the final, with a few shuffles where the semi-final points were particularly close together (Nos. 8-10).
Netherlands made some progress over the week, managed to overtake Moldova despite a substantial gap in the semi-final. Boring as it is, the explanations for the minor deviations in ranking were just that a larger number of countries were voting in the final. As the voting blocs are split up mathematically when the semi-finals are allocated, it’s unusual to see Netherlands moving up the list. Is Western Europe a bloc that nobody really acknowledges?
The ranking for 11-16 is pretty academic, I didn’t think any of them had much chance of qualifying, with the exception of Serbia which duly takes the unfortunate 11th place. You might think that not singing in English handicapped these songs, but personally I feel they just weren’t as strong. Poor Slovenia though, I wonder if that will scare them off next year like it did Slovakia.
Semi-final 2 (Grand final position in brackets)
1. (2) Farid Mammadov – Hold Me (139 pts) (Azerbaijan)
2. (6) Koza Mostra ft. Agathon Iakovidis – Alcohol Is Free (121 pts) (Greece)
3. (4) Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love (120 pts) (Norway)
4. (8) Gianluca – Tomorrow (118 pts) (Malta)
5. (13) Cezar – It’s My Life (83 pts) (Romania)
6. (17) Eythor Ingi – Ég á líf (72 pts) (Iceland)
7. (18) Dorians – Lonely Planet (69 pts) (Armenia)
8. (10) ByeAlex – Kedvesem (66 pts) (Hungary)
9. (24) Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me (64 pts) (Finland)
10. (15) Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani – Waterfall (63 pts) (Georgia)
11. Valentina Monetta – Crisalide (Vola) (47 pts) (San Marino)
12. Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankulov – Samo shampioni (45 pts) (Bulgaria)
13. Takasa – You and Me (41 pts) (Switzerland)
14. Moran Mazor – Rak bishvilo (40 pts) (Israel)
15. Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko – Identitet (31 pts) (Albania)
16. Esma and Lozano – Pred da se razdeni (28 pts) (FYR Macedonia)
17. PeR – Here We Go (13 pts) (Latvia)
As much as I felt this was the weaker of the two semi-finals, it ended up providing five of the eventual top ten songs (with four from the first semi and auto-qualifying Italy making up the rest).
It was also the semi whose results I was the most shocked about. I’m totally heartbroken over San Marino coming 11th – their best result to date, but there was a fairly decisive gulf between 11th and 10th.
Perhaps even more surprising is to see Georgia in that 10th place, failing to emulate the winning 2011 Azeri entry it seemed so desperate to do. They couldn’t blame their performance slot either, one of the last to perform in both shows. Either Europe reconsidered their opinion in those two days, or it appealed a LOT more to those not voting in Semi 2.
Hungary qualifying baffled me, as with Armenia. 7th to 10th were all very close, so I perhaps wouldn’t expect any of them to do well, but Hungary managed to even breach the top 10 in the end. What the hell happened? Bloc voting certainly didn’t do it, quietly picking up points from all over Europe.
Surprised to see Iceland qualify at all, but it was comfortably through in 6th. Love that guy though!
Quite frankly you could (or more likely *I* could) pore over this stuff for ages, but it’s certainly intriguing. When the jury/televote split comes out later in the week, I’ll dish out a few more stats for your conspiracy theories. Lucky you.