Predictions for the First Semifinal

Eurovision week is finally here, and it’s time for us to make our predictions. Today, we look ahead to tomorrow and make our calls on the first Semifinal.

Jen:

  • Norway
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Turkey
  • Russia (Winner on the night)
  • Georgia
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Azerbaijan
  • Greece
Chris:

  • Norway
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Turkey
  • Russia
  • Georgia
  • Iceland
  • Hungary
  • Azerbaijan (Winner on the night)
  • Greece

As you can see, Jen and I are almost completely of one mind here. It comes down to this: will the public be more supportive of a late singer or THE ENTIRE EARTH? I’m going with the former and picking Iceland to go through.

We both share the concern that we’re picking heavily from the top half of the draw. But frankly, most of the songs in the bottom half are forgettable, so we’re confident in our picks.

Of course, there’s the danger that friendly & diaspora voting could come into play with the Balkan entries, but I’m guessing not, because Croatia’s entry is awful and Serbia’s, while adorable, is too retro. Of course, if I’m wrong, I hope Serbia beats out Georgia, who also has a musty, dated song. I just think the hard rock song is going to attract more people than the Duffy-style song.