Eurovision 2016 – Yesterday saw another eight countries leave this years contest after failing to qualify from Semi Final Two. Every year some songs fail to make the cut that we are surprised about. Fan favourites from Selection to the main event. Which songs this year have we lost prematurely?
Semi Final One
Semi Final One was easier to call than the second Semi Final but there were still some songs that we thought would qualify that didn’t…
|The Qualifiers||The Losers|
|Cyprus||Bosnia & Herzegovina|
It’s hard to tell what caused the issue for Iceland. They have qualified with much worst than Greta Salóme‘s “Hear them Calling”. Leading up to the contest people said she had copied the staging for Måns Zelmerlöw‘s winning song “Heroes” but the very same can be said of Sergey Lazarev‘s “You’re the Only One” which is the favourite to win the show. She sang very well with a song that usually qualifies easy for Iceland but they also failed to qualify last year. Are Iceland starting an un-qualifying slump?
Jüri Pootsmann was a fan favourite when it was chosen in Eesti Laul and was definitely a big favourites with ET readers. As the rehearsal’s went on people started to worry that “Play” wouldn’t qualify and it turned they were right but it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have qualified.
His performance reminded me of Malcolm Lincoln who represented the country in 2010 who also failed to make the final – Dark and weird. Was that an hindrance?
Greece and Bosnia & Herzegovina
Okay so… Greece was never a popular song with fans and Bosnia & Herzegovina were almost borderline but I have named them both as casualties because they both had 100% qualification rate until now.
Rap has never done well within Eurovision and both songs included rap in them. Greece have sent rap before and qualified E.g. Loucas Yiorkas ft. Stereo Mike (2011) and of course Freaky Fortune Ft Risky Kidd (2014). It is very fair to say that Argo just did not perform well though it was definitely different and it kept to it’s roots so it is a shame we lost Greece this year.
Bosnia & Herzegovina were welcomed back with open arms when they returned this year because they are always fan favourites in Eurovision. Where did they go wrong this year? The barbed wire? The costumes? The addition of the rap by Jala?
Semi Final Two
Semi Final Two was harder to call. There were three countries people were definite on qualifying – Latvia, Australia and Ukraine but the rest was always hard to tell…
|The Qualifiers||The Losers|
Okay so the song wasn’t the best but as performances go it is an absolute shame this won’t be in the Grand Final. Not many people watch the semi finals and the show could have used Ivan as a tool to get people talking about the show. Ivan did not perform badly and could have easily taken the place of Poland‘s Michal Szpak who didn’t sound too great at all.
Kaliopi has one heck of a voice and she performed “Dona” brilliantly. She even had neighbours Serbia, Bulgaria and Albania on side but still couldn’t help her to the final so what went wrong. Well, out of the 26 finalists only Austria has a song entirely in a non-English language so maybe that was a deal breaker?
Denmark and Norway
This is the 6th time Sweden have hosted the Eurovision Song Contest and Norway has never missed being in the Grand Final of the show. Denmark did not participate in 1975 as they were in the midst of a ten year break from the event but have been in the show for four of the past five times Sweden were hosts. Denmark have even won in Sweden twice (2000, 2013).
This will be the first time Norway have not been in the main show in a Swedish hosted contest so not good news of Agnete who failed them here. Denmark and Sweden have a special relationship so to see them missing from this final is also devastating news for them but they didn’t really deserve to qualify with “Soldiers of Love” by Lighthouse X or is this just me who feels this way?
So what do you think? Do you agree with the above, anyone else you feel were robbed a place of the final?