Producers at DR have released the running order for the grand final of Eurovision 2014. Ukraine’s Mariya Yaremchuk will open the show, and the UK’s Molly will close it out. Pre-contest favourite Aram Mp3 from Armenia is performing seventh, while current favourite Sanna Nielsen from Sweden is singing 13th. Our analysis of the running order follows below. But for now here is the start order.
Running order for the Eurovision final
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
So, what do we make of this order? Here are some of our key thoughts:
1) Ukraine is being used to get people’s attention at the beginning of the show, but it’s a serious shame for Mariya, who has a stellar act. She must not have placed top in her semi, though, or else she would not have been seen as ‘sacrificeable’.
2) Sweden clearly won her Semi as she has been placed as late as possible in her half of the draw. If you look at the next songs after her, none of them is a serious contender (France, Russia, Italy, Slovenia, Finland), showing that the EBU wants her to stand out even more.
3) Armenia must not have the chances people once thought Aram MP3 had. Otherwise he wouldn’t have been sandwiched in between Norway, Romania, and Montenegro, which are all quality acts. Our theory is that all four of these acts were 3rd/4th/5th qualifiers from their semi and so putting them back-to-back will build attention without harming the final results too much.
4) Greece and Austria likely placed top in their semi tonight, because they have been sandwiched between less contending acts Poland and Germany toward the end of the first half.
5) Not a surprise, but Belarus and Iceland clearly didn’t do that well in their semi qualifications as they have been allotted 2nd and 4th.
6) The first half of the show is stacked. It reminds us of 2011 when all of the best acts were also in the front…
7) Hungary and the Netherlands have been given magic spots – Hungary in particular, with no huge threats in Kallay-Saunders’ immediate vicinity.
8) The UK has been placed last, signifying that the EBU thinks the same of them as they do of Ukraine. A great way to end the show, but not a real winner. The same cannot be said for Spain, which has been given a magical 19th spot, sandwiched by a whole lot of mediocre acts.
9) Russia, Italy, Slovenia, and Finland are all being used to build up suspense for the better acts in the second half, implying that the semi-final qualifiers must not have done that well.
10) San Marino is being used as an amuse-bouche in between the Netherlands and the UK.
Photo: Andreas Putting (EBU)