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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?

For reviews of ALL the competing entries in the 2014 contest, as well as coverage of all the national finals and all sorts of other news, please visit my Copenhagen 2014 Hub by clicking the link, or the “Copenhagen 2014″ menu on the top banner, or the “#Joinus” crystal on the left-hand bar.

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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!

For reviews of ALL the competing entries in the 2014 contest, as well as coverage of all the national finals and all sorts of other news, please visit my Copenhagen 2014 Hub by clicking the link, or the “Copenhagen 2014″ menu on the top banner, or the “#Joinus” crystal on the left-hand bar.

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Road to Copenhagen 2014: Vilija Matačiūnaitė – “Attention” (Lithuania)

Eurovision 2014 seems to be full of curveballs, and looks like to be one of the hardest to predict for a while. Lithuania are hard enough to predict as it is, responsible for a number of unexpected qualifiers over the years.

LithuaniaThey might not have the strongest track record in the contest, though they took novelty song “We are the winners” to 6th place in 2006. But you never know, the right song at the right time might do the trick for them. Just look at Latvia (no, actually don’t).

The lengthy Eurovizijos selection event chose the song and the artist independently, with Vilija coming out on top with a speedy rendition of winning song “Attention”. It’s a bit of a strange one, with some almost rapping segments in the bridge.

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Vilnius calling: Lithuania’s 2014 Eurovision selection (Eurovizijos)

We’ve got TEN more of these selections to get through. Ten!! Who has the time? Apparently me, although I’ve been staring blankly at my laptop for a little while. But yes, trying to catch up now as we look at Lithuania, who had one of the longest and strangest selection processes of the lot – but I’m just going to focus on the last bit.

LithuaniaLithuania, in contrast to its Baltic compatriots, former winners Estonia & Latvia, hasn’t quite made its mark in Eurovision yet. A sole top 10 finish came in 2006, and I’d really rather not revisit that one. 2014 is their 20th year in the contest, and 15th entry. Could they finally make it this year?

Well, they certainly want to make sure. Way back before Christmas, 20 hopefuls took part in two heats that thinned out half of the field. Each week, another finalist was knocked out. So far, so X-Factor, right? Well, once down to a final eight, they performed eight of the 16 potential entries and the least popular entrant left the running. The following week, the seven finalists sang seven more entries, with the previous week’s eliminated singer singing the 16th entry. A vote decided the least popular entrant, and a simultaneous vote picked the four least popular songs. Still following?

From then on, each singer sang two of the remaining songs (different ones each time). One singer and two songs would leave the contest in separate votes. Eventually the winning song was picked, and the three finalists sang it one last time to decide the Lithuanian representative at Eurovision. A fiendish system, very interesting, I just hope it works out for them!

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