So Oslo is just a few short weeks away (conveniently screened on TV the Friday, Saturday and Sunday just after I finish uni for the semester – what a way to celebrate!) and I couldn’t BE more excited! I’ve been re-watching all my DVD’s from 2000 onwards whenever possible, making some flags for me to wave during the broadcast representing my favourite countries, and re-reading all my Eurovision books for the billionth time in earnest. Unfortunately I’ve still got tons and tons of assignments to finish so I don’t have a lot of time to blog my happiness about the event. I’m feverishly typing this one out in a break from a website I have to create, but it’s something I really want to do!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’ve once again made my predictions as to who will make it to the final from each semi. I’ve tried to take into account the jury influence which is stronger than it has been in more than a decade (which I’m secretly thrilled about) and the people’s possible voting preferences, without factoring in my own. I don’t believe I’ve ever gotten these 100% correct….maybe this is my year! Anyway, please have a read and let me know what you think of it, and who you are vouching for to make it through.
WHO I THINK WILL MAKE IT:
SEMI-FINAL #1: Iceland, Greece, Albania, Moldova, Serbia, Slovakia, Finland, Portugal, Belarus and Poland.
SEMI FINAL #2: Turkey, Georgia, Croatia, Ireland, Romania, Azerbaijan, Israel, Sweden, Armenia and Denmark.
WHO I WANT TO MAKE IT:
SF#1: Belarus, Albania, Belgium, Serbia, Slovakia, Finland, Moldova, Iceland, Portugal and Greece.
SF#2: Turkey, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Sweden OR Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Israel, Denmark, Georgia and Bulgaria.
As for who will win, I’m thinking Germany, Azerbaijan or Croatia. The latter is my absolute favourite this year, but I would love to see Germany win, both to witness a contest in a Big 4 nation for the first time since 1999, and just because I also love that song and the Germans haven’t had much luck recently in ESC, despite, in my opinion, providing some very good entries (2004 onwards). Good luck to everyone though, and may no country leave Oslo empty-handed!
Until next time.