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Editorial: Our preview of Semi-Final Two of Eurovision 2015!

So guys, what a show last night was! Eurovision 2015 really did kick off in style, with Europe picking its ten faovurite songs to go through and even though we lost countries like Belarus, Denmark and the Netherlands, we have to move on and tomorrow, another 17 countries will be vying for the ten remaining spots in the Final by the end of the show on Thursday, we’ll know who will have the chance to win and go on to host the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest! ..Well, now, we’ll be offering you who we think will qualify from Semi-Final 2, along with the results of a poll we had created in the great Eurovision group ‘Eurovision Debate’. So who’s going to qualify, in our opinions?

Okay, so we are planning to do an editorial for each show like this and it will consist of:

  • The results of a poll we published in the Facebook group ‘Eurovision Debate’ in which we asked the members to vote for the ten countries they think SHOULD qualify to the Grand Final – they normally are the best group at telling which country will win, so it’s fair to say we could rely on them!
  • Our own predictions as to who will qualify for the Final on Saturday, along with a couple of words explaining why.
  • We’ll then give you some interesting facts and statistics about each show. This could range from betting odds to notable people on a certain country’s jury, to a country’s staging! Whatever interesting things we know about the show, we’ll be sure to tell you!

Does that make sense, guys? If so, let’s proceed with the first part of the article – the results of the Eurovision Debate poll!

EUROVISION DEBATE POLL – WHO DO THE FANS THINK WILL QUALIFY?

Just to give a little bit of context – we posted this poll in the Facebook group ‘Eurovision Debate’ on Friday morning, giving the fans a good 3 days in which to vote. As we said in the preview for Semi-Final 1, a lot more people decided to vote in the Semi-Final 2 poll than they did in the first semi-final. However, that doesn’t change the fact that we have a result! Here are the scores in full, taken at Monday 18th May at 17:00 GMT:

1. Sweden – 36 votes                                       = Norway – 36 votes

3. Slovenia – 35 votes                                        4. Azerbaijan – 34 votes

5. Lithuania – 28 votes                                             = Israel – 28 votes

7. Iceland – 27 votes                                          8. Ireland – 24 votes

9. Latvia – 23 votes                                               10. Malta – 20 votes

11. Poland – 17 votes                            = Montenegro – 17 votes

13. Czech Republic  – 13 votes                          14. Cyprus – 12 votes

15. Switzerland – 6 votes                               16. San Marino – 4 votes

                                            17. Portugal – 3 votes

Semi-Final 2 has come across as being much more definite than its predecessor did, with three ties within all the 17 countries – most notably the tie for first place between Sweden and Norway, tied on 36 votes. According to you Eurofans, the most anticipated returning country – the Czech Republic – isn’t going to qualify for the first time ever…will you be right? Bringing up the rear is Portugal, who at only 3 votes, is really not getting the support other countries are getting for their song – will she qualify? It’s entirely up you!!  So will this be the final result on Thursday? We’ll just have to wait and see..

OUR PREDICTIONS – WHO DO WE THINK WILL QUALIFY (in no particular order)?

Rory –   So, these are my qualifiers for tomorrow evening!

Latvia – I feel like Latvia has been pretty understated over this process – support for Aminata has both soared and plunged, but I have a feeling that she will ace it on the night and finally give Latvia its first qualification since 2008.

Azerbaijan – I’m really not a fan of Azerbaijan anyway, so this is just another song that’s in the queue for me…but because Azerbaijan normally qualifies every year, I’m sure this year will be no exception!

Lithuania – After the horror of ‘Attention’ last year (Very sorry, James!), Lithuania is finally coming back with a good song and it’s something that has got to be an uplifting start to the show! Not sure about Monika’s scaly dress, but other than that, I’m holding out a lot of hope for them!

Czech Republic – Speaking of hope, I’d love for the Czech Republic to make it through to the final! My opinion of the song has varied since its release, but with strong rehearsals from both Martá and Václav, I’m sure they are gonna kick ass tomorrow night…..hopefully!

Sweden – Hate it. ABSOLUTELY hate it. But it’ll qualify anyway. That’s it.

Norway – Norway has slowly grown on me since it was picked…I think the duet is very strong and Kjetil & Debrah help each other to sound incredibly strong and after seeing such grand rehearsal, not only is qualification a sure-fire thing, they are definitely a contender for the top 3!

Poland – I’m really touched by Monika’s story of overcoming fear and pain by continuing her journey with music, but after seeing PKN fail in the semi-final, I’m less sure of Poland getting through. The song is pretty repetitive, and even though her vocals are amazing, the staging is just a tad too simple..Possible borderline qualifier, but I really hope she does better than just 10th place..

Iceland – For me, Iceland continues to be the best Nordic entry of the lot this year. María has really strong vocals on her own, and the whole thing with the gold feet ***SPOILER ALERT*** is really quite groundbreaking – fair play to her! And of course, everyone has seen Hera Björk and Friðrík Dór too….at least you should have!

Ireland – Okay, I might get done for being biased because Ireland is my home country, but you have to admit, Molly’s rehearsals have been strong! The song is a tad slow and dull in parts, but it’s practically “När jag blundar” Version 2.0!! Come on, people – she’s only 17!!

Slovenia – It’s been a bit of a saddening sight to see Slovenia shoot down the betting odds while Serbia and co completely take up the majority of the favourites’ spots. However, Slovenia have been offering some good vocals – their one stumbling block might be headphones – could first-time-listeners look past the accessory? I have no clue..

Well, that’s who I think will qualify..how about you, Lauren?

Lauren – Well Rory, these are my qualifiers:

Ireland: Despite being quite underrated, this one is sweet and slow.  Hwever, there wouldn’t be too much to set it apart from the other ballads, were it not for Molly Sterling’s lovely voice.

Malta: Warrior shares a name with Georgia’s entry this year.  This one will probably qualify, not only because of the interesting sound, but because it’s not a ballad.

Norway: Yeah, let’s face it.  A Monster Like Me will definitely qualify.  It’s a great song, albeit strongly reminiscent of Adele (nothing wrong with that, mind you…)

Portugal: ‘Há um mar que nos separa’ is one of the few songs to be sung in a native language as opposed to English.  This gives it a nice effect, and makes it stand out – and standing out is the key to qualifying.

Israel: Good God.  What starts as another ballad quickly has an ascent to awesome within about thirty seconds.  This one will qualify, without a doubt.

Azerbaijan: It’s another ballad, but there must be a reason why these ballads keep getting entered; obviously, somebody loves them.  Besides, it’s a pretty good song.

Iceland: Unbroken is a peppy pop song that sounds like something your little sister and her friends would blast from your shared bedroom at 12 am.  This is not a bad thing.  It’s a great song, and I would be VERY surprised if it didn’t qualify.

Sweden: As much as I hate to say this…yeah, Sweden’s gonna qualify.  Like the rest of Scandinavia it generally takes the whole contest quite seriously (which is more than can be said for the UK, at any rate), so it makes sense that they’d enter in something like this.  It’s very similar to a lot of popular music nowadays, which makes its’ qualification reasons stronger.

Montenegro: Although there isn’t a great deal to set this one apart, it has a very ethnic feel to it, which will definitely win some brownie points.  In addition, it’s sung in a native language! Always nice.

San Marino: Now, I don’t retract my earlier statement about this song.  However, it is catchy, and what will really make it qualify (if it does) is definitely the singers’ ages.  Pretentious and cheesy? Yep.  Somewhat annoying and bad? Definitely.  Will it qualify? Probably.  No one wants to seem like an asshole and upset two kids.

Reece – Here are who I think are going to qualify:

Sweden – Almost guaranteed to finish in the top six, this slice of unoriginal Scandinavian pop will go down a treat with voters across Europe. Might not be strong enough to win, but who knows?

Norway – One of the strongest of the year, no question. Mysterious lyrics, simple staging, decent vocals – this all adds up to a sure-fire qualifier in my eyes.

Slovenia – Poor rehearsals, but contemporary, catchy and quirky. It could be time for Slovenia to have their most successful year yet in the competition. Not a winner though.

Azerbaijan – They always reach the final, and Elnur will continue that streak, even if his song is rather forgettable, and likely to become lost in the mix of other ballads. Will do better than last year however.

Israel – Surely it’s back to the final at last for Israel. A fun, bouncy number that really deserves a lot of points, but what will the juries make of this? Won’t win the semi-final, or indeed the final, but mid-table will be satisfying for ‘Golden Boy.’

Latvia – Not sure what the fascination is with this entry, but the strong chorus, impressive vocal delivery by Aminata, and all-round un-Eurovision feel may make this the darkest of dark horses this year. Should qualify.

Lithuania – Very sweet, although perhaps a little too cutesy for some. Saying that, it’s always nice to have a song like this every year in Eurovision, so Lithuania should pick up enough points to see them qualify.

Iceland – Well performed, with just a hint of Disney thrown in for good measure. A great entry that may well end up totally underrated. Hard to say how well it will do, but the final is highly likely at the very least.

Malta – Cruised to victory in the Maltese national final, ‘Warrior’ may not be as strong as Georgia’s song of the same name. I have a feeling the juries will love this, meaning alongside the public votes, Malta could reach the final, but only by a small margin.

Montenegro – Just the sort of bland entry that would qualify, ‘Adio’ is by no means a smashing entry. Can’t really fault the performance though. A second consecutive final is possible, but the Czechs, the Polish, and the Irish (who really deserve to make it) will run them close.

How about you, Lewis?

Lewis – No opinions yet, but I’ll add them in due course!

Israel

Lithuania

Poland

Cyprus

Malta

Slovenia

Norway

Sweden

Iceland

Azerbaijan

‘STATS & FACTS’ FOR THE SECOND SEMI-FINAL

So, here are some nice stats about what’s happening in the second semi-final:

  • From the latest checking at Oddschecker.com, it’s pretty obvious that Sweden is the outright favourite both to win the semi-final and to win the whole show outright, at odds  of 2/5 and 2/1 respectively. And now, after all of the shuffling around of the betting odds because of the first semi-final, the next two countries that are in Semi-Final 2 that are set to do well in punters’ eyes are Norway and Azerbaijan, but at worse odds than Sweden, with both countries weighing in at 33/1 and 40/1 respectively. At least if you place a bet now and one of them ends up winning, you’ll be making a good bit of money!
  • Out of all the countries in the semi-final, the Czech Republic has the worst track record. Of course,if we disregard the fact they haven’t been taking part since 2009, the most amount of points the country has ever garnered in a Contest was 9 in 2008. Hopefully though, that’s gonna change tomorrow night! Hope Never Dies, eh? 😉
  • If you haven’t been watching the rehearsals, be sure to look out for Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Latvia. Their stagings will definitely boast something to talk about after the show..minimalistic stagings are always pleasant to see instead of all the kitchness – I know I said the same thing in the other preview, but it is a true statement!
  • Sweden and Azerbaijan have the best track records for qualifying from the semi-finals. In every showing in Eurovision, Azerbaijan has featured in the final since their début in 2008. Sweden, on the other hand has only ever missed one final since the introduction of the semi-finals back in 2004, when Anna Bergendahl just missed out on qualifying in 2010 – other than her, Sweden has also featured in every other final! In terms of betting odds, Sweden, as already mentioned, is the favourite to win the entire competition with odds at 2/1, so if you want a sure bet, chuck a little bit of money on Måns, if you want! Azerbaijan’s odds, as also already mentioned, are a bit further out compared to Sweden’s..but, should Azerbaijan qualify, expect that to change very quickly so if anyone is to bet on Azerjijibin Azerbizja ……. Baku-land winning the show – make sure you get the odds while they’re at their best!

Well, I hope that this semi-final will be a great second chapter of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and we hope that you will #JoinUs for the result! Best of luck to everybody!

Your views:

Which countries do you think will qualify from the second semi-final?
Which countries do you think will qualify from the second semi-final?

Lydia Lanmann from the United Kingdom: I’m really looking forward to seeing Mans from Sweden win the semi-final…I also like Poland too, but I don’t think it’ll do as well.

Elisabeth Normansson from Norway: I’m backing our own Mørland and Debrah, as well as María from Iceland…This semi-final is a hard one, but it’s gonna be a great show!

Malgorzata Jozny from Poland: I’m not going to support Monika tonight, but I shall support Mans and I will also support Ireland too – she is a sweet girl and she needs a place in final!

Svana Lístí Agnarsdóttir from Iceland: I think Sweden, Norway and Azerbaijan are going to do well, but I hope people will like María tonight, she’s our angel and we need her to make the final – for the Icelandic people!!

So it’s fair to say that a lot of people are going to be supporting Måns in Vienna tomorrow, but will he do as well as everyone thinks he will? We’ll have to wait and see! In the meantime, we here at ESC Views wanna know what you think! Is there gonna be a country that comes out of nowhere and qualifies, like Armenia? Is there going to be a favourite who doesn’t qualify, like Trijntje from the Netherlands? And who do you think will win the semi-final? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!!!

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Editorial: Our preview of Semi-Final One of Eurovision 2015!

So guys, this is it! Eurovision 2015 starts in just over 24  hours and by the end of the show on Saturday, we know who will be triumphant and go on to host the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest! However, before we even get to the Final on Saturday, we have to go through two strong semi-finals to find out which twenty countries will accompany the Big 6 and Australia..well, now, we’ll be offering you who we think will qualify from Semi-Final 1, along with the results of a poll we had created in the great Eurovision group ‘Eurovision Debate’. So who’s going to qualify, in our opinions?


Okay, so we are planning to do an editorial for each show like this and it will consist of:

  • The results of a poll we published in the Facebook group ‘Eurovision Debate’ in which we asked the members to vote for the ten countries they think SHOULD qualify to the Grand Final – they normally are the best group at telling which country will win, so it’s fair to say we could rely on them!
  • Our own predictions as to who will qualify for the Final on Saturday, along with a couple of words explaining why.
  • We’ll then give you some interesting facts and statistics about each show. This could range from betting odds to notable people on a certain country’s jury, to a country’s staging! Whatever interesting things we know about the show, we’ll be sure to tell you!

Does that make sense, guys? If so, let’s proceed with the first part of the article – the results of the Eurovision Debate poll!

EUROVISION DEBATE POLL – WHO DO THE FANS THINK WILL QUALIFY?

Just to give a little bit of context – we posted this poll in the Facebook group ‘Eurovision Debate’ on Friday morning, giving the fans a good 3 days in which to vote. We also posted the poll for Semi-Final 2 at the same time and, to be honest, a lot more people decided to vote in the Semi-Final 2 poll than they did in Semi-Final 1. However, that doesn’t change the fact that we have a result! Here are the scores in full, taken at Monday 18th May at 17:00 GMT:

1. Belgium – 32 votes                                   2. Russia – 29 votes

= Estonia – 29 votes                                                 4. Romania – 22 votes

= Albania – 22 votes                                      = The Netherlands – 22 votes

= Greece – 22 votes                                          = Serbia – 20 votes

9. Belarus – 17 votes                                     = FYR Macedonia – 17 votes

11. Georgia – 15 votes                                        12. Armenia – 14 votes

= Finland  – 14 votes                                           14. Denmark – 13 votes

15. Hungary – 11 votes                                            16. Moldova – 7 votes

Semi-Final 1 has come across as being very undecided, with several ties within the top 10 – especially the four-way-tie for fourth place between Romania, Albania, Greece and the Netherlands. What’s most surprising is that major favourite Georgia only just missed out in making it into the top 10, getting just two votes less than FYR Macedonia – which surprisingly made it into the top 10 – a fluke maybe? Moldova managed to make just under a third of their neighbour’s  – Romania’s – votes; to some people, it’s not surprising. So will this be the result on Tuesday? We’ll just have to wait and see..

OUR PREDICTIONS – WHO DO WE THINK WILL QUALIFY (in no particular order)?

Rory – For me, the first semi-final isn’t as strong as I’d hope it to be, basing that purely on rehearsals – it’s been very hit and miss with a few countries. Nevertheless, these are the ten countries I think will qualify on Tuesday:

Belgium – Easily my favourite of the entire competition, but fans have taken to it quite strongly, as have the press! And with such an intricate performance, I have a feeling this might be one to look out for!
Hungary – Despite having such a sensitive topic, the song is very uplifting and informative at the same time..and if it doesn’t strike a chord with the first-time-listeners, well then it’s gonna flop: BIG TIME!
Georgia – I’m really quite astounded at how much fans aren’t supporting Nina – especially the punters too! The song is loud, in your face and aggressive, but for a voice like Nina’s, that’s needed!
Russia – Although it isn’t exactly my favourite of the competition, Polina has really proven to be a very strong vocalist in rehearsals, and it is a whole deal better than the sh*t the Tolmachevy Sisters came out with last year.
The Netherlands – Yeah yeah, we had the whole Dressgate Part II with Trijntje’s attire on Day 1 of rehearsals, but this shouldn’t take away the fact that Trijntje kills it onstage with her vocals! It might be a borderline non-qualifier, but it all comes down to the final performance!
Greece – Purely because they’ve never missed a final so far, and I expect that this year shall be no different, even though I personally feel like they don’t deserve to!
Estonia – It’s 100% going to be a sure qualifier, there’s no doubt about it. I mean, come on Elina’s vocals and Stig’s indifference – it’s a perfect combination!
Albania – Pretty much the same with Estonia, Elhaida has really got the vocal capability to work it onstage thanks to being on the Voice of Italy – and the high notes – qualification is in the bag!
Belarus – Having a vocalist/violin duo has never really been done like this before at Eurovision – it’s a borderline qualifier, whereby people have to either get it instantly, or Belarus hasn’t got a chance!
Finland – Seriously, even though people literally loathe the 1:30 song, I have a feeling that Europe will take pity on PKN, purely because they’re mentally disabled. They won’t have a hope in hell of winning, but qualification, I can almost sense it!

Well, that’s who I think will qualify..how about you, Lauren?

Lauren – Well Rory, these are my qualifiers:

Belgium: I personally think that this one is completely average, but it’s certainly not the worst this year, and a lot of people seem to really like it. In fact, I’d be surprised if it didn’t qualify.

Armenia: The idea of taking an artist from each continent is really interesting, and the song itself is good too – I think it’ll definitely qualify, but I don’t know how well it’ll do in the final.

Finland: Okay, so Aina mun pitää is one of the most ear-splittingly worst things I’ve ever heard, but this one will probably qualify, mainly because people don’t want to come across as assholes.

Serbia: Beauty Never Lies is a very positive song, all about loving and accepting yourself. I’m sure that people are going to love this one.

Belarus: Aside from being one of my personal favourites this year, Time is one of those songs that just has an inexplicable charm to it. It’s the sort of thing people are gonna go crazy for.

Hungary: Everyone likes a song about world peace, right? Especially the hippies. Okay, so most of the songs this year have a positive theme to them – Love yourself! Be yourself! End war! And Wars For Nothing is no exception. It’s a nice sounding song that the public are gonna like.

Denmark: This one sounds kind of similar to Iceland’s entry last year, Pollaponk’s No Prejudice. That one obviously qualified, so I don’t see why this one shouldn’t – which is a pretty good song in its’ own right.

Georgia: This song is powerful and intense. I’d be shocked if it didn’t qualify, and the theme of the song (female empowerment) will definitely appeal to many people.

FYR Macedonia: Many songs this year are ballads, and in truth, it’s quite boring. Autumn Leaves is an exception, though – it’s a lovely song, but it’ll only qualify with an exceptional performance.

Albania: I’m Alive is basically guaranteed to qualify for a multitude of reasons, but the catchy song itself is one of the reasons. Yeah, Albania’s probably going to qualify.

How about you, Reece?

Reece – Here are who I think are going to qualify:

Estonia – Always going to qualify, the staging is clever and somewhat unusual (but in a good way), and I believe their voices go well together. A potential winner.

Russia – The lyrics are cliché, but Polina has a very strong voice, and the song is on the whole far from poor. Will sail through and could reach the top five.

Albania – I don’t see much in this one, but fans have responded warmly to Elhaida. The bland grey graphics on stage don’t help, but they will reach the final regardless.

Georgia – Nina has decent stage presence, and the song is powerful and loud. After last year’s limp showing, it’s back to the final for the Georgians.

Belgium – Contemporary and quirky, Belgium have upped their game significantly, and the public should vote for this enough to see it progress.

Romania – They always qualify, and this year’s entry-with-a-message will continue Romania’s superb track record, even if most people will pop out the room for a cup of tea when they are on.

Belarus – A bit disappointing in rehearsals, but the upbeat nature of the tune may well be enough. In the final, mid-table is most likely.

Greece – Again, another country that always go through and could send any old thing if they wanted. Impressive vocals, but a drab song. Result? The final, and a weak push for the top half.

The Netherlands – Some find it annoying, others summery and pleasant. Another strong female vocalist, and just the right amount of support means the Dutch ought to be in the final.

Denmark – No idea why so many don’t like ‘The Way You Are.’ Yes, it isn’t Denmark’s strongest by any means, but the somewhat sweet, catchy chorus may sway the public and jury. It’ll be close (with Armenia and Hungary), but I say Denmark in the final.

Finally, I’ll let Lewis share his opinions!

Lewis No opinions yet, but I’ll add them in due course!

Russia

Hungary

Belgium

Estonia

Romania

Greece

Albania

FYR Macedonia

Georgia

The Netherlands

‘STATS & FACTS’ FOR THE FIRST SEMI-FINAL

So, here are some nice stats about what’s happening in the first semi-final:

  • From the latest checking at Oddschecker.com, it’s really a three-horse-race in terms of not just qualifying but in terms of winning the whole thing – Estonia, Russia and Finland are those from Semi-Final 1 that have the greatest chance of winning the entire show with odds at 9/1, 10/1 and 16/1 respectively. The next country that’s in Semi-Final 1 that has a chance of winning would be Belgium, with odds at 50/1.
  • Out of all the countries in the semi-final, FYR Macedonia has the worst track record. If we look back at everybody’s two previous years of qualification for example, FYR Macedonia is the only country that hasn’t qualified for the final, whereas everyone else….well, has. Sorry FYR Macedonia, you gotta just up your game!
  • If you haven’t been watching the rehearsals, be sure to look out for Belgium, Hungary, Russia, Georgia and Estonia. Their staging will definitely boast something to talk about after the show..minimalistic stagings are always pleasant to see instead of all the kitchness!
  • Russia and Romania have the best track record for qualifying from the semi-final. In every showing in Eurovision, both countries have featured in the final since the introduction of the semi-finals back in 2004. In terms of betting odds, Russia, as already mentioned, is now the fifth favourite to win the entire competition with odds at 10/1, and has always been one that’s quite near the favourite’s spot. Romania’s odds, on the other hand are ten times as large as Russia’s (100/1), so if anyone is to bet on Romania winning the show – either be prepared to lose or be prepared to have a huge amount of money coming your way!

Well, I hope that this semi-final will be a great opening to the Eurovision Song Contest and we hope that you will #JoinUs for the result! Best of luck to everybody!

Your views:

Which countries do you think will qualify from the first semi-final?
Which countries do you think will qualify from the first semi-final?

Mette Pedersen from Denmark: I hope Estonia, Macedonia, Armenia, Albania, Romania, Greece, Russia, Denmark, Moldova and Hungary!!

Svana Lístí Agnarsdótir from Iceland: Even though my country Iceland is not in this semifinal, I hope that Estonia and Belgium qualify..and the Netherlands too!

Stephanie Saczawa from Canada: I think Finland and Moldova will definitely be eliminated.

Harriette Minström from Sweden: I’m looking forward to seeing Hungary and Armenia qualify – they will definitely be ones to look out for – I just love their stagings!

So it seems people are very split when it comes to the countries they think will qualify and not – will anyone’s predictions come true? We’ll have to wait and see tomorrow night! In the meantime, we wanna know what you think! Do you think that someone might not be so out of the woods as fans are thinking? Is there gonna be a country that will shock everyone and qualify, even though they were the outsider? Who are you looking to see perform on stage? Feel free to let us know your thoughts by commenting below!!

Pre-Contest Vote 2015: United Kingdom

Welcome back to the ESC Views’ Pre-Contest Vote 2015! If you are unfamiliar with what this involves, do go ahead and click this link to take you to the ‘Launch Page’ of the competition. As more and more of these articles are written, they will be added to this page, so you can navigate between each country as you so wish. Continue reading Pre-Contest Vote 2015: United Kingdom