Grand Final: Running Order Analysis

So tomorrow’s the big day, and William and I sat down to strategise over the running order which was released late last night. Read below for the order and our key takeaways.

The running order is as follows:

1. France
2. Lithuania
3. Moldova
4. Finland
5. Spain
6. Belgium
7. Estonia
8. Belarus
9. Malta
10. Russia
11. Germany
12. Armenia
13. The Netherlands
14. Romania
15. United Kingdom
16. Sweden
17. Hungary
18. Denmark
19. Iceland
20. Azerbaijan
21. Greece
22. Ukraine
23. Italy
24. Norway
25. Georgia
26. Ireland

Now before we get into analysing this order, it’s worth reminding everyone that the running order was determined in a different fashion this year.  At the winning press conference after each semi-final, each qualifying act drew a ballot to be placed in either the first or second half of the show.  However, SVT controlled the specific placement, under the argument that it would make for a better show for TV viewers by preventing numerous front runners or crappy sub-par songs from being in a row.

So what do we make of the order?

— SVT has done a good job of mixing up genres and of placing ‘filler songs’ (aka crappy songs) in between the top favourites

— The 2nd half of the draw is infinitely stronger than the 1st, which makes placings even more important

— Scandinavia has been given a major boost by the Swedish producers, with Denmark and Norway both in plumb positions (18th and 24th, respectively).  Denmark is particularly well placed, with no other strong contenders between 14th and 20th.  Cray cray!  Could the rumours running around the press centre be true that the EBU is desperate to keep the contest in the West next year in an attempt to prevent western countries from abandoning the competition?

— France has gotten majorly screwed.  She’s perhaps the strongest of the Big 5, and one of the best vocalists of the night, and yet because she sings with such emotion she has been thrown under the bus to kick off things with a passionate start.

— All of the front runners (Germany, Netherlands, and Russia) that were unlucky enough to draw the first half of the running order have been placed at the very end of that section.  Netherlands must have done quite well in their semi-final, because they were placed in the last possible position, after Russia.

— Finland has been thrown in as 4th to liven up things and create controversy early enough to keep viewers watching until these favourites roll through.  Will Turkish TRT let people see it??

— We were wondering where the hell they would place the weakest song of the night.  How do you hide a problem like Armenia?  Well, they’ve done a damn good job by sandwiching it between Germany, Russia and the Netherlands.  You know what they say — if you put an ugly person among a group of models, people may start to actually believe he/she looks half decent.  Armenia, look in the mirror…you need to go!

— Sweden has given itself a royal drawing.  Robin supposedly drew 16th earlier in the year, and SVT has put three of the worst 2nd half acts surrounding it — UK, Hungary and Romania.

You can read our song reviews on the Wiwi Jury page. Then read the lyrics to this year’s entries on our contestants page. And then vote for your favourite contestants in our various polls.