Even if you have your mates in the semi, it's not guaranteed to get you through. NO Ex-Yugoslav countries out of the 4 in the so-called bloc got a sniff of the final - that could also be because, shockingly, the decent songs got through.
Austria - Didn't get through because she screwed up the Jury final - they stopped scoring her about 40 seconds into the performance, classic UK style failure.
Croatia - .... because Europe didn't get it - the Juries probably did but..
Serbia - ... because dressing people in silly outfits and a bad song is a great idea.... said no televoter ever..
Slovenia - because Hannah buggered up the jury performance as well and it was a weak song weaker than a weak thing performed weakly. Crowd went mad because its uptempo but real people saw right through it.
Cyprus.... because no matter how hard you tried, the song simply wasn't good enough.
Montenegro.... spacesuits seems a good idea to us, but...... possibly not.