Eurovision Song Contest 2014: The Second Finalists Are…

Conchita Wurst (Photo: Eurovision / ORF / Thomas Ramstorfer)
Conchita Wurst (Photo: Eurovision / ORF / Thomas Ramstorfer)

Fifteen countries competed in Thursday’s Eurovision Song Contest semi-final, but only ten advanced to Saturday’s Grand Final. Who advanced and what shockers occurred when the results were revealed?

Ben and I were so confident going into Thursday’s Eurovision Song Contest semi-final. We each had the same top 10, which matched what we presented.1 The bookies and the press both swapped Slovenia for Switzerland, which didn’t seem too farfetched, particular as rehearsal footage went live. Despite these markers, we were only 8 for 10 in predicting which acts would advance to Saturday’s Grand Final:

  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland

As stated before, Switzerland advancing was not a huge shock. However, when it was revealed soon after that Slovenia would be advancing, I knew that we were in for a huge shock somewhere down the line. Then Belarus was announced. WHAT?! Because of these two surprises, Ireland and Israel found themselves sitting on the sidelines. Ireland may not have been that shocking—the group’s performance was low energy and there seemed to be some tech issues. Israel, though, was a favorite across the board.

The true favorite though may be Austria’s Conchita Wurst. During an intermission green room interview, the audience in the B&W Hallerne arena were going nuts—I don’t recall anything quite like it with any Eurovision contestant. Between the end of the semi-final and the beginning of the press conference, Austria moved into third place behind Sweden and The Netherlands(!) in the betting odds. It has since moved up to second.

Saturday’s Grand Final swiftly approaches. Ben and I will have an extended preview going up before Saturday’s show. During the show, follow us on Twitter (Ben @BenMSmith and Mike @WEIOtv) for our commentary. There is no doubt: this will be an exciting show.

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final

CountryPositionArtistSongLanguageLast Win/Best
Ukraine1Mariya YaremchukTick-TockEnglish2004
Belarus2TEOCheesecakeEnglish6th (2007)
Azerbaijan3Dilara KazimovaStart a FireEnglish2011
Iceland4PollapönkNo PrejudicesEnglish2nd (2009)
Norway5Carl EspenSilent StormEnglish2009
Romania6Paula Seling & OviMiracleEnglish3rd (2010)
Armenia7Aram Mp3Not AloneEnglish4th (2008)
Montenegro8Sergej CetkovicMoj Svijet
(My World)
Montenegrin11SF (2009)
Poland9Donatan and CleoMy Słowianie
(Slavic Girls)
Polish/English2nd (1994)
Greece10Freaky Fortune feat. RiskykiddRise UpEnglish2005
Austria11Conchita WurstRise Like a PhoenixEnglish1966
Germany12ElaizaIs It RightEnglish2010
Sweden13Sanna NielsenUndoEnglish2012
France14Twin TwinMoustacheFrench1977
Russia15Tolmachevy SistersShineEnglish2008
Italy16Emma MarroneLa Mia CittaItalian1990
Slovenia17Tinkara KovacRound and RoundEnglish/Slovenian7th (2001)
Finland18SoftengineSomething BetterEnglish2006
Spain19Ruth LorenzoDancing in the RainSpanish / English1969
Switzerland20SeBAlterHunter of StarsEnglish1988
Hungary21András Kállay SaundersRunningEnglish4th (1994)
Malta22FirelightComing HomeEnglish2nd (2005)
Denmark23BasimCliché Love SongEnglish2013
Netherlands24The Common LinnetsCalm After the StormEnglish1975
San Marino25Valentina MonettaMaybe (Forse)English11SF (2013)
United Kingdom26MollyChildren of the UniverseEnglish1997
These countries will compete in the Grand Final taking place May 10.
  1. Though wildly different opinions and how the individual entries measured up.  

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Mike has been writing about TV online since 2008, when he started the blog WTF Little House on the Prairie? The blog was a project to practice writing about television analytically prior to getting an MA in Television-Radio-Film from Syracuse University, or as he likes to call it “TV Camp.” After a lengthy stint at TVLatest, Mike wanted to launch a site that brought in classic TV, diamonds in the rough, and the shows everybody watches. E-mail: mike@whatelseison.tv