Preview: Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Second Semi-Final

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

The Eurovision Song Contest gets closer to Saturday’s Grand Final with the second of two semi-finals Thursday. In a few hours, we will know which ten entrants will join the 16 already advancing to Saturday’s final.

Fifteen more countries 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 Second Semi-Final

CountryPositionArtistSongLanguageLast Win/Best
Israel2Mei FeingoldSame HeartEnglish/Hebrew1998
Georgia4The Shin and MarikoThree Minutes to EarthEnglish9th (2011)
Lithuania7Vilija MatačiūnaitėAttentionEnglish6th (2006)
Ireland9Can-linn feat. Kasey SmithHeartbeatEnglish1996
FYR Macedonia11TijanaTo the SkyEnglish12th (2006)
Germany, Italy, and United Kingdom will vote in this semi-final, taking place May 8.

Methodology

The big question: which 10 entries will advance? During our review process, Mike 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:

  • Austria
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovenia

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. GET EXCITED!

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