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Eurovision 2014: Semi-Final 2 RESULTS

Wow, what a show! From what appeared on first glance to simply contain the “other” countries, while the big names occupied the first semi, I think it may have been the superior show. A great mix of styles and energy. But we did this for a reason – there were 10 slots left for Saturday’s grand final, but 15 countries were still in the mix. Who would qualify?

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Eurovision 2014: Semi-Final 2 preview

Well, after a night of thrills and spills in the first semi-final, 10 new qualifiers joined Denmark and the Big Five in Saturday’s final. There are 10 spots left, but 15 nations are keen to snatch one of those tickets. Who is going to make it?

I’ve been saying for ages that semi-final 2 is perhaps a little easier for some surprise qualifiers, but after Tuesday’s curveballs of both San Marino and Montenegro qualifying for the first time ever, who knows what’s going to happen? Maybe a semi-final lacking so many obvious qualifiers is going to stir things up quite a bit!

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Road to Copenhagen 2014: Tijana – “To the sky” (FYR Macedonia)

Balkans? Yes there are still some left in the contest, after Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia stayed away this year. I don’t blame them after last year’s disaster. But let’s hope FYR Macedonia can show how it’s done this year.

MacedoniaI love that flag! Anyway, FYR Macedonia have yet to really make a big impact in the contest since their 1996 debut. After a string of poor results in the 90s, the semi-final era hasn’t been much kinder. Only 50% of their entries have managed to qualify – though I would note that two entries came 10th in semis were swapped in favour of a jury’s choice song, so in essence they don’t have a bad qualification record.

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Eurovision Reloaded: Tallinn 2002 – #24 – 16

A looong delay on this one, I have been slowly but surely enjoying (broadly) the delights of the 21st century’s Eurovision Song Contests since I first looned up 5 years ago with the Moscow show. Goodness knows how it’s taken me so long, since in that time I’ve only managed to go back slightly faster than I’ve gone forward.

Now after 4 months on my iPod it’s time to deal with the 2002 contest, the first one hosted by Estonia. This small Baltic state joined Eurovision in 1994, and despite a bad start in Dublin it’s eventually found its way to being a leading light in the Baltic region. I feel like it’s only a matter of time before they win again, though hopefully it’s with something stronger than “Everybody”, their winner at Copenhagen’s 2001 contest. I wonder if they could repeat history as Denmark did in Sweden, and win the show from Copenhagen this year?

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The songs of 2002 felt like a bit of a step down from later shows – I guess that’s a good thing for the future, but right now it was a bit of a slog. Even more so today as I deal with my least favourite nine.

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