Eurovision 2012 – In less than 24 hours we will know the ten lucky countries that will qualify from semi-final one. In this editorial I would like assess each countries’ chances to qualify(according to yours truly). So here we go:
Montenegro: My 7-year old sister loves this and wants to see the “crazy song” over and over again. Unfortunately Montenegro is not funny enough for me personally to deserve a qualification. The first spot, the jury unfriendliness and the few Ex-Yugo countries in this semi make this an almost sure non-qualifier for me.
Iceland: I love this song and the performance. Usually I would say this is a sure qualifier. Let’s hope coming second won’t impact their chances. They deserve the final!
Greece: Exactly the kind of song I do not really care about at all. Maybe this will be the first time Greece stays in the semi. I admit it is very unlikely, but who would’ve thought Turkey and Norway wouldn’t make it last year. The biggest problem for Greece may be that Cyprus, coming later in the running order, has a very similar song and may attract more of the clientele.
Latvia: I absolutely hate this song at this point. It is in no way what I would call good humor. Unfortunately it creeps into your ear and insists on staying there. I’m quite sure the juries’ will kill this if it had any chance of qualifying through televoting in the first place.
Albania: Love it or hate it. Juries will love it especially in this semi, televoting may kill it, but I’m still pretty certain Rona will be screaming her heart out on Saturday as well. On stage that is…
Romania: The possible summer hit of this contest. No way in hell this will not go through! It may very possibly win the semi and for me is a contender for a Top 5 position on Saturday.
Switzerland: They are young, fresh, sexy and enthusiastic. They are a borderline case I think, but as it is the only song that could qualify as rock in this semi there is a chance Switzerland will get lucky. Gabriel and Ivan do deserve it!
Belgium: I like the song now, but it took some time… At Eurovision some time is too long. Some think the juries will save her, but with a much stronger ballad (in my opinion) coming right after, its chances are quite small me thinks… and never forget: it’s Belgium!
Finland: When I first heard it I loved it to pieces, I kind of lost sight of it after all the songs were revealed and then realized it existed and that I still quite like it. Though the 12 points from Sweden will only be able to come in the Final, Finland will be a jury and moderate televoting success and thus should qualify.
Israel: It’s different. I get that, but I can’t get into it. Many fans seem to love it, but I’m pretty sure this won’t make it.
San Marino: NO… just no
Cyprus: Insert what I wrote about Greece. I really hope just one of these two will make it, and if so that Cyprus will be back on Saturday. Ivi is just a bit more energetic, a bit less generic and her song is a bit less annoying…. But I have to stress: A BIT…
Denmark: A nice, relaxed song, the living room atmosphere is great and Denmark should have no problem to go to the final. I can’t see it go to the Top 5 there, though…
Russia: 1000000% sure qualifier. It’s Russia and there are 6 half-dead grannies on stage, they got more media coverage all over Europe than any other artist (again, my sister knew about them before I could tell her). If you have money to spare, bet it on Russia qualifying.
Hungary: When I first heard this I was sure it would do well. Despite all the negative opinions I still think this has a shot. It may beat out Switzerland as a quasi rock song.
Austria: Annoying, annoying, annoying. I loved their song in last year’S NF, but this is just unbearable… It doesn’t help that I understand (remotely) what they are singing about. I hope the juries will kill it and televoting will be indifferent. Despite the great position, I’m pretty sure it won’t make it…
Moldova: Fun, Balkan, crazy dances… His “costume” looks a bit like a …well… Nazi uniform, but maybe that’s just me. The song is catchy and the lyrics are so bluntly ridiculous and just grammatically wrong that it’s more funny than sad .. no?
Ireland: Jedward seem like a dead sure qualifier as well.. The song is quite ok and they should make it indeed. The only problem I see is that their big fan communities are in countries that are not in this semi. We’ll see, but I think they’ll be able to take a shower in front of 100 million viewers on Saturday.
Personal qualifiers: Iceland, Albania, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Moldova, Ireland
My Prediction (in descending order): Russia, Romania, Denmark, Cyprus, Ireland, Moldova, Finland, Hungary, Albania, Iceland (Greece,Switzerland)
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