This year’s Eurovision Song Contest bears all the hallmarks already of a few ‘blood on the carpet’ moments after this week’s two semi-finals
Ten countries qualified on both Tuesday and Thursday, while a total of 16 countries were eliminated. However, there were some significant omissions, given the below par performances in the first semi by Sweden, Greece, Australia and Belgium, who all qualified over the highly rated Norma John Band representing Finland.
If you think the UK might be miffed this Sunday morning by getting very few points, spare a thought for the Finnish elimination, which came after the piano sequence that was meant to take the metaphorical Blackbird soaring to new heights but was barely audible. Then UK television viewers heard a seemingly out of touch BBC presenter Mel Giedroyc trample all over the song’s final crescendo.
From the same semi-final Poland qualified, while half decent songs including Martina Barta from the Czech Republic and Iceland’s Svala were both eliminated.
In the second semi-final the elimination of Estonia’s song seemed to be down to the pair Koit and Laura being ‘lost’ on the giant stage and not in Verona, as the song title suggested.
There were a few surprises with many assuming Croatia would go out because of the generally naff stage presentation, but singer Jacques Houdek pulled out a fantastic vocal performance to qualify.
On the face of it, the final would appear to be between Portugal and Italy with Bulgaria also making a late showing, but don’t rule out The Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Croatia and Ukraine, with possibly Lucie Jones, the UK entrant, making a half decent showing for the minor places.
The running order of the grand final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest:
1. Israel - Imri Ziv – I Feel Alive
2. Poland – Kasia Mos - Flashlight
3. Belarus – Naviband – Story of My Life
4. Austria – Nathan Trent – Running on Air
5. Armenia –Artsvik – Fly With Me
6. The Netherlands – OG3NE – Lights and Shadows
7. Moldova – Sunstroke Project – Hey Mama
8. Hungary – Joci Pᾴpai – Origo
9. Italy – Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma
10. Denmark – Anja – Where I Am
11. Portugal – Salvado Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois
12. Azerbaijan – Dihaj - Skeletons
13. Croatia – Jacques Houdek – My Friend
14. Australia – Isaiah Firebrace – Don’t Come Easy
15. Greece – Dimitra Papadea – This Is Love
16. Spain – Manel Navarro – Do It For Your Lover
17. Norway – JOWST – Grab the Moment
18. United Kingdom – Lucie Jones – Never Give Up on You
19. Cyprus – Hovig – Gravity
20. Romania – Illinca ft Alex Florea – Yodel It
21. Germany – Levina – Perfect Life
22. Ukraine – O.Torvald - Time
23. Belgium – Blanche – City Lights
24. Sweden – Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
25. Bulgaria – Kristian Kostov – Beautiful Mess
26. France – Alma - Requiem