Seven nations left to review – and finally one that might be about to turn its luck around. Let’s face it, it couldn’t get much worse could it?
A fair few nations have had horror stories since the semi-final system began in 2004 but Switzerland have had it rougher than some. In the 9 occasions it’s had to qualify, only twice has it been successful. 2005’s “Cool Vibes” was to be their last top 10 finish to date, but even that only just squeezed through the semis. Even tighter was 2011’s “In love for a while” which surprised many by qualifying (just) for Dusseldorf’s final, only to finish last.
There were high hopes for last year’s Salvation Army entry (just don’t tell the EBU), but that ultimately didn’t work out. A shame, but this year looks a lot more hopeful. I was initially a little disappointed at the winner of the National Final, but it’s turned into a bit of a grower, and feedback from the rehearsals has been quite positive.
If anything, Sebalter is one of the cuter members of the class of 2014 and his cheeky energy seems to be pretty infectious. It’s got an easy rhythm and a catchy whistling hook. I wonder if this won’t do a lot better than recent attempts and – dare I say it – maybe even break the top 10, let alone qualify.
I hope qualification is going to be a little easier this time around, with a decent placement towards the end of the second semi-final. I’m rooting for him, and for Switzerland. SURELY this will turn out well?
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