Well.. as live as you can get at our age!!!
I predict following finalists:BelarusEstoniaFYR MacedoniaThe NetherlandsNorwaySerbiaSloveniaSwedenTurkeyUkraineFrom Latvia...
My prediction...1. Serbia 2. Turkey 3. Ukraine 4. Sweden 5. Macedonia 6. Norway 7. Malta 8. Bosnia and Herzegovina 9. Slovenia 10. Estonia Missing out in this order...11. Lithuania 12. Netherlands 13. Georgia 14. Portugal 15. Slovakia 16. Croatia 17. Belarus 18. Bulgaria Would love to see Portugal through, and Netherlands (hate the song and the headdress, but RESPECT to them for soldiering on), I think both will score well with judges but not televote, Lithuania and Georgia being the reverse of that. The bottom 4 haven't got a prayer I feel, though I may be underestimating Croatia.
Will there ever be any talk of letting through to the final a few countries that have been left out the longest? I wonder how long the Netherlands will keep coming if they miss out every single year.
Off the back of getting 9/10 right in Semi 1, and the 10th qualifier as my "11th", I'm doubting I'm going to do as well in this semi.The qualifiers, in decreasing order of likelihood:SerbiaSwedenTurkeyUkraineNorwayBosnia-HerzegovinaSloveniaGeorgiaEstoniaCroatiaThen missing out are:FYR MacedoniaPortugalSlovakiaNetherlandsBelarusMaltaLithuaniaBulgariaUntil recently I had Slovakia as a qualifier, just because it is so different from the endless ballads in this semi. I've been persuaded by the various blogs to push it out of contention - but (even though I don't like rock) would love to see Slovakia qualify one day!Darren, Berks, UK
This semifinal got a strong geopolitical group. So, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Macedonia will enter ALL of them even rhe quality of music is poor. Maybe a common front of the non-balcanic countrys will change the balance.
http://wiwibloggs.com/2012/05/24/leaked-results-russias-buranovskiye-babushki-won-the-first-semi-final/18065/semi 1 rumours
If there's any justice Netherland will qualify tonight. Its such a good song and should be fully supported by the west. I cross my fingers for Joan <3
Those leaked results rumours come out every year, and are always false (except for in 2005 when the real semi results leaked). The EBU keep the results very secret and I find the suggestion that someone in a hotel in Baku obtained the results very implausible!I'm sure the grannies did win the Semi Final, but find it very hard to believe Greece would be in second place. We'll see....Darren, Berks, UK
I wouldn't say that all rumours in the past have been false. Last year word got out that in the first semi final Lithuania won the jury vote and Greece won the televote - rather implausible at first, but eventually proven to be correct. Considering how well dire Greek songs in recent years have fared, especially Giorgos Alkaios with his cheap Opa song in 2010, Eleftheria coming second does seem (scarily) plausible to me.