Our Predictions for the Eurovision 2013 Final

Jen:

  1. Azerbaijan
  2. Denmark
  3. Netherlands
  4. Italy
  5. Greece
  6. Iceland
  7. Russia
  8. Ukraine
  9. Georgia
  10. Ireland

Last Place: Spain

Chris:

  1. Netherlands
  2. Denmark
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Italy
  5. Russia
  6. Iceland
  7. Sweden
  8. Ukraine
  9. Georgia
  10. Norway

Last Place: Spain

First off, having just watched all of the songs in the Final in order, we have to say the SVT producers have put together a great running order for the big show. It really does flow and build. Of course, we doubt if the EBU is going to let the TV show producers have the power to determine the running order after this year because a) someone is always going to feel slighted, and b) well, imagine if Azerbaijan or Armenia won and had the power to pick where Armenia or Azerbaijan performed in the final. That would not go well.

Now, to our predictions. I dropped the routine of picking flags out of a hat for the final, since I didn’t want to risk pulling Lithuania’s flag out of a hat and looking foolish. Plus I had some definite ideas about who was going to finish top 10.

Let’s make this clear: neither Jen or I really have any idea whatsoever about who is going to win.

The story of this Eurovision seems to be “if not Denmark, then who?” I suppose we should default to Denmark, since they’ve been the bookies’ favorites from the get-go, but we both feel like they’re going to come up short.

Jen thinks Azerbaijan could pull it off, because their staging is so well done and Farid Mammadov has got charisma to spare. I think Netherlands is going to win because I like “Birds” a lot and Germany won with “Satellite.” Neither are rational reasons, but why be rational when “Something” and “It’s My Life” both made the Final?

As an irrational side note, I also irrationally believe that Iceland could win too. Don’t ask me why, don’t ask me how.

Generally, we’ve picked similar top 10 finishers, with a couple of differences: Jen thinks Greece is top five, whereas I think they’re just going to miss the top 10. And I think Norway is going to finish in the top 10 and Jen thinks Margaret Berger is going to flop. Not flop to the bottom of the table, mind you, since that spot is reserved for Spain this year.

If you’re curious about Kieran’s picks, here they are: