The producers behind Eurovision have revealed the semi-final running order. They claim it has nothing to do with playing favorites but rather with making the most entertaining show possible. Before we moan, let’s take a look.
My initial thought is that spots 5, 6, 7 and 8 are stacked with the favorites from Denmark, Russia, Ukraine and Holland. Good thing, too: the first four acts are all completely forgettable (bar, perhaps, Slovenia).
I wouldn’t have put Austria first. Yes Natalia Kelly (pictured at top) can sing. But her song is so dull folks might switch the channel and forget to come back! Why would you want to kick Eurovision 2013 off with that?
2. San Marino
3. F.Y.R. Macedonia
Why the hell would you put Latvia first? Perhaps producers are hoping TV viewers will still be getting their snacks at that point and miss the horror that is “Here We Go”.
San Marino’s Valentina Monetta will be a welcome change of pace after the nonsense of Latvia. I hope this bodes well for her. Anthony, a Wiwi reader, has made an interesting point below. Unlike the Grand Final, performing second in the semi-finals doesn’t seem to jinx contestants. As he points out it has a 70% success rate!
Interesting that Romania has been placed last. Did producers want to save the biggest joke for the end? Or did they want up end with what they consider the strongest act? Given that Serbia is closing out the first semi-final, I’ll go with the former…