Predictions for the Second Semifinal

Well, those first Semifinal predictions didn’t exactly pan out, huh? But seriously, who picks against Turkey? Wahnsinn. I was happy to be wrong about both Armenia (awful, awful performance) and Serbia (despite the seizure-inducing LED graphics).

So let’s try this again. Here are our picks for tomorrow night’s Semifinal.

Jen:

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina (Winner on the night)
  • Austria
  • Ukraine
  • Moldova
  • Sweden
  • Slovenia
  • Romania
  • Estonia
  • Denmark
  • Ireland
Chris:

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Austria
  • Ukraine
  • Moldova
  • Bulgaria
  • Slovenia
  • Romania
  • Estonia
  • Denmark
  • Ireland (Winner on the night)

After the results from the first Semi, I think we both got into our heads a bit. We started to over-analyze the picks we had already made, then began looking at friendly voting patterns and so forth. Ultimately Jen stayed true to her original picks, whereas I made a couple of changes.

The only difference in our predictions is that Jen is picking Sweden to go through and I went with Bulgaria instead. I keep resisting the temptation of picking Israel to go through based on Dana International being Eurovision royalty, because the song is really terrible. Plus, I don’t want Jen to hold this over me if I’m wrong.

We’re both scared for Austria. Going second does them no favors. And while we’re convinced that Nadine will bring a strong performance, Aurela Gaçe brought a strong performance for Albania on Tuesday and look where it got her. Still if “C’est Ma Vie” can get through, why not “The Secret Is Love?”

It kills me to be picking Romania, because I really think their staging is awful. But they’ve got friends here, particularly Moldova, so I really can’t bet against them. Of course, at this point, I wouldn’t be shocked by anything, like FYR Macedonia making it through. Which I wouldn’t mind, actually, since it would mean that I didn’t sit through the Macedonian national final for nothing.