Eurovision isn’t just intrguing for its intoxicating mix of music and mayhem. It’s also interesting because of the inevitible controversies (real or imagined) over bloc voting and allegations of fraud and corruption. If we look into our crystall ball we know we’ll see one thing next year: dram-uh, honey!
But this morning I spied something else in my crystall ball. Let’s rewind to the second semi-final of Eurovision 2012. The running order went as follows:
Both Slovenia and Croatia failed to make it through, and Sweden’s Loreen wound up winning.
Now, fast forward to the first semi-final at Eurovision 2013. The running order went as follows:
Once again Slovenia and Croatia crashed out, and Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest went on to win it all.
As every real Eurovision knows, the running order wasn’t decided by the drawing of numbers this year, but instead by producers. Were they trying to recreate 2012 in 2013? The new formula for success appears to be follow two Balkan failures, and win…
If it’s not a coincidence, Croatia should be proud of the fact that it is the only country that has the ability to predict the winner. At least for the past two years, anyway.
Mario Saucedo contributed this report from Croatia. Follow the team from WiwiBloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs. And while you’re at it, like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)