Preview: Eurovision Song Contest 2014 First Semi-Final

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 (Photo: Eurovision)
Eurovision Song Contest 2014 (Photo: Eurovision)

The Eurovision Song Contest enters its endgame with the first of two semi-finals Tuesday. In a few hours, we will know which ten entrants will advance to Saturday’s final.

It begins! Sixteen countries will enter today’s Eurovision Song Contest semi-final, but only ten will move on to Saturday’s Grand Final. Here is the running order for today’s festivities:

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 First Semi-Final

CountryPositionArtistSongLanguageLast Win/Best
Albania6HersiOne Night's AngerEnglish5th (2012)
Belgium10Axel HirsouxMotherEnglish1986
Estonia3TanjaAmazingEnglish2001
Latvia2AarzemniekiCake to BakeEnglish2002
Moldova11Cristina ScarlatWild SoulEnglish6th (2005)
Portugal13SusyQuero Ser Tuo
(I Want to Be Yours)
Portuguese/English6th (1996)
Denmark, France, and Spain will vote in this semi-final, taking place May 6.

Methodology

The big question: which 10 entries will advance? During our review process, Ben and I have engaged in ranking each semi-finals entrants. Along with these rankings, we have kept track of how bookmakers have ranked the entries, how the press covering Eurovision in Copenhagen are ranking the entries, and YouTube views of the second round of rehearsals. After tabulating these results, we have ranked the entries according to their total points and the Top 10 are our predictions for who will advance.

Prediction

We believe the following acts (in alphabetical order) will advance to Saturday’s final:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Montenegro*
  • Netherlands
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • Ukraine

*After our tabulation, Montenegro and Iceland were tied. In the five categories where we generated scores, Montenegro received higher marks than Iceland in four of them.1

The semi-final will take place at 9 p.m. CET, which is 3 p.m. Eastern and 12 p.m. Pacific. You can watch live at Eurovision.tv. We will have a rundown following the results and press conference. SO EXCITING!

  1. Sorry Ben.  

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  • I’ve made my peace. Neither of our pet favorites this year (Iceland and Lithuania) seem poised to make it out of their respective semi-finals.

    • …maybe there is hope for Lithuania! (Probably not—I accept that this song is Mike-nip.)