Semi-final 2 is over, and now the last thing SVT needs to do is complete the running order for the final. This time I actually got to watch the semi (outside of Poland through Serbia due to running errands), and unlike the first (read: bloodbath) semi, I felt pretty confident that my favorites were going to make it through.
Who I predicted would qualify for the final: Latvia, Poland, Israel, Serbia, Macedonia (FYR), Australia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ukraine, Georgia
Who actually qualified for the final: Latvia, Poland, Israel, Serbia, Lithuania, Australia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia, Belgium
So all the Caucasus states are in the final, all the Nordics except for Sweden are out of the final, two of the three Baltic states are in (If only Estonia could be in with), and only two of the ex-Yugo states are in. And out of four acts representing Uralic-language speaking areas (Estonia, Finland, Hungary, and Norway because Agnete is from Sápmi), only Hungary, which was overrated as hell IMO, qualified for the final.
This time I don’t feel the need to swap out any undeserved qualifiers. The ones that didn’t make it either a) were really low in the odds to begin with, b) didn’t reach through the TV screen as well. Out of the performances that didn’t go through, I just have to ask a few questions:
Ireland: The lyrics mention sunlight. I understand that Ireland doesn’t get as much sun as other countries, but maybe the sun depicted on the background could be yellow instead of red? If the sun is red a) it’s not emitting as much energy out, b) it’s dying, and c) it would probably swallow the earth. So I was a little confused. Or was the red sun supposed to depict Ireland’s performance record at Eurovision?
Albania: People on Twitter said that Eneda looked like an Oscar statuette. Why an Oscar when ESC clearly looks more like the Tony Awards? (Then again, Oscar awards look like people while Tony awards don’t.)
Slovenia: ManuElla chose red at EMA in Switzerland. There was some purple, but no red in the performance. Did her printer run out of red/magenta ink?
Tonight I’m probably going to sleep well and just wait for the final running order. Hope it doesn’t look too biased towards anyone…