And here we go again…..
Posted by Caroline on May 13, 2009
……with predictions for who’ll be qualifying from the second semi-final on Thursday……
NORWAY – because if he doesn’t he’ll ride down from Hogwarts on his broomstick and (STOP IT RIGHT NOW – Ed), er, we meant because it’s the hottest favourite in years and there is no question of it qualifying. The real question is whether it can win – and we’re beginning to sense that with one of the strongest final line-ups in years looming large that Alexander may find it tougher than he thinks. A lot will of course depend on where he lands in the running order – 16th would be pretty good but if he ends up going first then we can potentially wave bye bye to Hammerfest 2010….
AZERBAIJAN – because they are always on our minds. And because they’ll be dancing to this one on the beaches in Benidorm this summer, mark my words – ’tis a fab summery pop tune and as far as we’re concerned the final would be a poorer place without it.
GREECE – because even though the song is a tad ordinary there are millions of dribbling masses of both sexes all across Europe who are more than happy to pick up the phone and vote for Sakis’ biceps.
DENMARK – because we like the idea of a full house for Scandinavia, and simply because it’s a damn good pop song of the sort Denmark are very good at (and Ronan Keating of course). Another one of the dark horses, we suspect.
UKRAINE – because Svetlana is barking. And we need barking people in the final.
ESTONIA – because (and we never thought we’d find ourselves saying this about an Estonian entry) it deserves to, damn it! After several years in the semi-final wilderness they have finally come up with a decent, classy tune, and it ought to be there. And if it isn’t we will sulk.
MOLDOVA – because the editor’s three-year-old daughter (hereafter referred to as ‘Junior Eurovision’ caught a snatch of it the other day and proudly declared, “that’s YOU singing, Mummy!” (Editor is now changing her name to Nelly with immediate effect……) And also because we liked this from the second we heard it and you just know the stage show is going to be bonkers.
ALBANIA – because we’ve fallen in love with it, and anybody who performs on stage with an odd-looking blue gimp while dressed like something out of The Wizard of Oz certainly gets our vote.
SERBIA – because they are Serbia. And as ridiculous as their song Cipolata (It’s Cipela, actually – Ed) might be we love the fact they have diverted from their formulaic po-faced ballads, and for that reason they deserve to be in the final.
LITHUANIA – close run thing between them and Croatia but we have plumped for Sasha Son because even though we’re not keen on the song it seems to have a lot of fans. This, incidentally, is also our bet to kick off the final although obviously it has to qualify first. But it wouldn’t surprise us if it was Croatia. Hmmmmmm, think we have covered our backs there 🙂
Close but no cigar
Latvia – because we’ve debated this one long and hard and have a hunch about it. Quite why we’re not sure but there’s a part of us that thinks this may have some strange appeal, if this and Serbia don’t cancel each other out that is.
Ireland – because we like this one and always have done even though it sounds like Josie And The Pussycats meets Hannah Montana. It’s probably a bit of a no-hope if we’re being honest but if the younger audience take to it then who knows what could happen?
Onwards and upwards to Thursday……