Eurovision moved from big to even bigger in 2008 with the introduction of two semi-finals. The extra shows have meant extra heartache, particularly for the acts that come close—but not close enough—to making the final. Given a slightly different mix of songs or a slightly different running order, these 11th-place finishers just might have been able to reprise their song the following Saturday.
Now we want to know which near qualifiers you think should have made it to the grand final. Below we’ve gathered the 11th-place finishers for each semi-final since 2008. For 2009 we’ve also listed the song that came 10th. As you’ll remember only the top 9 songs qualified for the final that year. The 10th spot went to an act chosen by the jury. The same thing happened in 2008 when the jury chose Sweden’s Charlotte Perrelli over FYR Macedonia’s Tamara Todevska, Vrcak & Adrian.
Review the songs and then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many contestants as you’d like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click next to each act that you want to support before pressing submit. Then share your thoughts in our comments box! This poll will close on September 1.
The Near Qualifiers
Slovenia 2008: Rebeka Dremelj with “Vrag naj vzame”
Bulgaria 2008: Deep Zone and Balthazar with “DJ, Take Me Away”
Macedonia 2008: Tamara Todevska, Vr?ak & Adrian
Macedonia 2009: Next Time with “Something That Will Remain”
Montenegro 2009: Andrea Demirovic with “Just Get Out of My Life”
Serbia 2009: Marko Kon and Milaan with “Cipela”
Ireland 2009: Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy with “Et Cetera”
Finland 2010: Kuunkuiskaajat with “Työlki ellää”
Sweden 2010: Anna Bergendahl with “This Is My Life”
Malta 2011: Glen Vella with “One Life”
Belgium 2011: Witloof Bay with “With Love Baby”
Switzerland 2012: Sinplus with “Unbreakable”
Bulgaria 2012: Sofi Marinova with “Love Unlimited”
Serbia 2013: Moje 3 with “Ljubav je svuda”
San Marino 2013: Valentina Monetta with “Crisalide (Vola)”
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)