It’s a Eurovision miracle, y’all: we once again made the exact same predictions! We can’t decide if this is a really easy year, Chris is getting better at this, or Jen is getting worse.
Lithuania: Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila – “This Time”
Q. Confidence: medium. Even if that kiss seems a bit cheesy, the moment is memorable enough to stick with you the whole evening.
Ireland: Molly Sterling – “Playing with Numbers”
Q. Confidence: low. If Molly can connect with the camera, she should qualify. However, that seems to be a big if.
San Marino: Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini – “Chain of Lights”
NQ. Confidence: high. It’s not the worst song San Marino has contributed in the past five years, but that’s about the only nice thing we can say about it.
Montenegro: Knez – “Adio”
NQ. Confidence: low. We don’t predict great things for “Adio.” Knez doesn’t radiate a lot of warmth as a performer, and he’s paired with Željko on songwriting autopilot. It’s stale.
Malta: Amber – “Warrior”
NQ. Confidence: high. There is nothing inspired or inspiring about this “Warrior.”
Norway: Mørland and Debrah Scarlett – “A Monster Lke Me”
Q. Confidence: medium. Norway has dropped the memorable swirling steadicam shot they did in the National Final. But Mørland and Debrah sound great together and that should be enough to see them through.
Portugal: Leonor Andrade – “Há um mar que nos separa”
NQ. Confidence: high. We think this is going to be one of those entries that we will have forgotten about when we rewatch Semifinal 2 in a couple of years.
Czech Republic: Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta – “Hope Never Dies”
NQ. Confidence: low. Watching clips of Marta and Václav in Vienna makes us wish that their natural charm and wit were on display on stage.
Israel: Nadav Guedj – “Golden Boy”
Q. Confidence: medium. Any energy, even if it might be a little unfocused, is welcome at this point in the evening.
Latvia: Aminata – “Love Injected”
Q. Confidence: medium. When Aminata blasts that chorus, we get goosebumps. We’re not going to be the only ones.
Azerbaijan: Elnur Hüseynov – “Hour of the Wolf”
Q. Confidence: medium. Elnur is in total control of his own performance while there is chaos dancing around him. He should tame this wolf enough to make the Final.
Iceland: María Ólafsdóttir – “Unbroken”
Q. Confidence: medium. It is relentlessly precious, but it is also a contemporary pop song should qualify easily if performed well.
Sweden: Måns Zelmerlöw – “Heroes”
Q. Confidence: high. Obviously.
Switzerland: Mélanie René – “Time to Shine”
NQ. Confidence: low. “Time to Shine” desperately needed a dynamic staging to stand out. That’s not what it got.
Cyprus: John Karagiannis – “One Thing I Should Have Done”
Q. Confidence: medium. Sigh, so dreamy.
Slovenia: Maraaya – “Here for You”
Q. Confidence: high. It’s got a beat and you can dance to it. Throw on some headphones and let’s have a party on Saturday night.
Poland: Monika Kuszyńska – “In the Name of Love”
NQ. Confidence: medium. We feel like Slovenia’s modern coolness is going to make “In the Name of Love” sound awfully old-fashioned. If Monika does not sing well, then Poland is going home Thursday night.