It’s that time of the year again!
Welcome to the first series of my Eurovision 2017 predictions where I predict the outcome of Semi-Final 1.
Eighteen countries are up to fight for the ten slots to the Grand Final for Semi-Final 1. Let’s take a look at the countries who are up for competition:
A quick observation is that Portugal seems to be the stand-out country in the languages department. It is the only country in semi-final 1 to use its native language for its entry. All the other countries use the English language.
Now, we move on to the predictions for the countries that will qualify to the Grand Finals. The Eurovision points system will be used to rank the entries and the order in which the entries will appear in the list is from highest to lowest.
Eurovision 2017 Semifinal 1 Qualifiers [predictions]
12 Points – Armenia – Artsvik with “Fly With Me”
Lauded as the favorite to qualify by the Eurovision 2017 Press Voting, Armenia has the highest chance to make it to the finals. The staging of Armenia’s entry has lots of pink in it, just like its music video. Also watch out for the vouging during the dance break of the performance.
10 Points – Greece – Demy with “This Is Love”
After years of fans begging the Greek broadcaster for Eurovision to send Demy to the contest, they finally got their wish. Enter 2017 and Demy is representing Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest. The song’s staging takes you to some underwater fantasy world. Despite being ranked as the last qualifier for SF1 by the Press Poll, it is pretty obvious that Demy can do more than just that!
I have to be honest, at first, I doubted that she’d ever qualify because her first live performance of the song (prior to the Eurovision pre-parties and the Eurovision rehearsals) was on a MADTv fashion show where she lipsynced to the song. Turns out, her live vocals are just as good as the studio vocals.
8 Points – Azerbaijan – Dihaj with “Skeletons”
Azerbaijan’s entry to the Eurovision this year is a notch higher than last year’s. Dihaj is a relatively unknown singer. However, she happens to be as good, if not, even better than the better known entrants of this year’s contest. The staging that Azerbaijan is using this year is quite unique, and probably the first of its kind to use chalkboards and a man in a horse mask.
Azerbaijan is ranked fourth in the Eurovision 2017 Press Poll for Semi Final 1
7 Points – Iceland – Svala with “Paper”
Svala is not exactly a stranger to Eurovision – take it from her father who once represented Iceland back in 1995. Her staging may not have so much on it, but that’s the beauty of it. Her presence makes up for anything lacking from the LED visuals.
Iceland ranks at 15th in the Eurovision 2017 Press Poll for Semi Final 1
6 Points – Australia – Isiah with “Don’t Come Easy”
For the second time in a row, Australia sends a ballad. What is different from the first two times that Australia entered Eurovision, is that this time, they used a fresh face to represent them. The song itself is fresh, the staging may seem ridiculous at times because we see Isiah’s face for most part, but the pyrotechnics make up for it. Does Australia have a shot at qualifying into the Grand Finals for the second time since last year? Very Likely!
Australia ranks at 7th in the Eurovision 2017 Press Poll for Semi Final 1
5 Points – Montenegro – Slavko Kalezic with “Space”
Honestly, Slavko gives out Sinon Loresca vibes on his Eurovision entry. That of course, is what makes it quirky. That’s what gives Montenegro’s entry the “kitschy” vibe, the kind of kitschy vibe that would catapult their entry straight into the finals. This is the entry that takes us back to when Eurovision had a lot of joke entries, except this one only looks like one because Slavko decided to pull a Sinon Loresca. The song itself is not a joke, thank goodness!
Montenegro ranks at 13th in the Eurovision 2017 Press Poll for Semi Final 1
4 Points – Portugal – Salvador Sobral with “Amar pelos dois”
Some people might call this a snoozer, but honestly, this is far from being a snoozer. The melody of Portugal’s Eurovision entry may be somber but it’s the kind of somber that makes you want to pay attention to the performance from start to end. It is worthy to note that due to Salvador’s health condition, his sister, Luisa, had to fill up for him on the first set of rehearsals – nevertheless, he is still up for qualification – after all, he ranks 5th on the Eurovision 2017 SF1 Press Poll.
3 Points – Georgia – Tamara Gachechiladze with “Keep The Faith”
Georgia is one of the first countries to unveil their Eurovision entry, so it is understandable why their entries would eventually end up on the bottom half of the rankings – whether in full rankings or in the Semi Final 1 rankings. However, don’t let that distract you from the beauty of the song and its staging. Georgia’s entry this year has redeeming qualities and it may very well enter the finals.
Georgia ranks 14th at the Eurovision 2017 Press Poll for Semi Final 1
2 Points – Cyprus – Hovig with “Gravity”
I was probably underwhelmed with this one because while the song itself is good, the staging seemed to have been pulled out from remnants of Russia 2016 and Belgium 2015. The staging matters in the Eurovision just as the song does.
However, fear not, Cyprus can definitely qualify. Cyprus ranks 8th in the Eurovision 2017 Press Poll for Semi Final 1.
1 Point – Belgium – Blanche with “City Lights”
The song itself is fine but people can tell you many things wrong with the performance. First off, Blanche seems uneasy. It’s like as if she’s been trapped in a staging she did not help decide (pretty much like Spain 2016, except Barei held up like a good sport). In fact, some fans could not help but point out that come the second rehearsal, she was so close to breaking into tears.
However, some fans say that her unease is her way of feeling the song, the song, which has something to do with longing. In fact, that sentiment is echoed by the people whom I asked through a Twitter poll about whether Blanche is really uneasy in the performance, or if it’s all just an act to bring the song to life
Either way, I do hope Blanche still slips into the finals. A lot of people do love her song.
Belgium ranks 18th at the Eurovision 2017 Press Poll for Semi Final 1
The predictions I made may not be 100% accurate just as anybody else’s. This is just something I do for fun like the rest of the fandom does.
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