When 10 of the entries are toss-ups for qualifying, you know it’s going to be a good Eurovision semi-final. In all the years we have covered the Eurovision Song Contest–both here and other sites–we have not encountered a semi-final quite as tricky to predict as this year’s second semi-final. There is very little consensus among the telESCope staff or the external metrics (YouTube views, odds, etc.), which means the bubble/margin of error is quite large. Regardless, we have picked ten entries that we expect to move on to Saturday’s Grand Final. Maybe “expect” is too strong a word, but we know mathematically that at least two of our guesses will be correct… Belarus Bulgaria Denmark FYR Macedonia Hungary Israel Netherlands Norway Romania Serbia Bulgaria, Denmark, and the Netherlands are the only entries we feel certain about, as they have been in the top 10 of all metrics throughout the season. The only other entry to receive all thumbs up from the telESCope staff in the most recent rankings (done Wednesday) was Austria, but those rankings were all near the cutoff and held down by lower rankings in other metrics. The other area of consensus was in the realm of what […] [Read more…]
Croatia may be playing spoiler in the second semi-final, making this year’s Eurovision Song Contest that much more unpredictable. Sunday’s Eurovision Song Contest festivities in Kyiv included the second round of rehearsals for the Big Five and host country Ukraine, as well as the red carpet opening ceremony for this year’s competition. With 24 hours worth of data for the entire second semi-final field, let’s take a look at how the rankings of those videos may indicated popularity going into Thursday’s performances. Here are the top 10 videos from the second semi-final second rehearsals, as of 10:30pm CET / 4:30pm Eastern: Netherlands Serbia Croatia Bulgaria FYR Macedonia Denmark Belarus Romania Israel Austria Lithuania and Estonia dropped out of the top 10 from when we looked at the first rehearsal footage, and I fear this may be bad news for both countries. Lithuania sits in 13th and Estonia is in 15th, with at least 10,000 views behind Austria. In terms of the combined viewership for both rehearsals, here’s how the field shakes out: Netherlands FYR Macedonia Croatia Bulgaria Serbia Belarus Romania Lithuania Israel Denmark Croatia is poised to play spoiler based on earlier predictions. Hungary sits in 11th, trailing by fewer […] [Read more…]
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Will Hungary find peace with Boggie’s “Wars for Nothing” at the Eurovision Song Contest next month?
It may be “Time” for Belarus to make a move in the Eurovision Song Contest, as the track by Uzari and Maimuna may be the country’s strongest entry ever.
War protest songs are great for doing reasonably well, while virtually guaranteeing you won’t have to host next year’s contest. Good job, country whose name means ten arrows!
Montenegro will try to get into the Eurovision Song Contest final for the first time with “Moj Svijet” by Sergej Ćetković. Though pretty, is the song too safe to leave an impression?
Hungary could be a contender to win the Eurovision Song Contest with “Running” by András Kállay Saunders. Might the subject matter of the song prove to be too heavy for voters?
It wouldn’t be Eurovision without a song about everyone just getting along. Enter Iceland’s Pollapönk with their punk-infused track “No Prejudice.” Will audiences get along with this song?
Maybe San Marino will finally make it to the Eurovision Song Contest final with “Maybe” by Valentina Monetta. For the third time to be a charm, it may require some errors from ESC heavyweights.