After the semi-finals, we asked our readers which non-qualifiers had suffered the greatest injustice by not making the finals of Eurovision 2014. According to the 1,800 readers who voted in our poll for the second semi-final, Mei Finegold was totally robbed. 

From the moment we launched the poll, Mei sunk her teeth into first place and she didn’t let go. The result wasn’t surprising, since a lot of ESC fans, including our very own bloggers, were left shocked, horrified and disappointed by Israel’s elimination. Mei totally ‘slayed’ our poll by grabbing 46 percent of the votes. She’s one tough cookie. As we learned in Copenhagen, she went into labor shortly after warming up a crowd of 15,000. Nothing fazes this woman.

Can-Linn feat Kasey Smith finished as runners-up, with 573 votes or 31%. Tijana was the choice of 212 readers (11%), while Vilija (who did win something this ESC…) got the attention of 7% of our voters. Just as they did in their semi, Georgia’s The Shin and Mariko came last with their ‘Three Minutes to Earth’. At least they’re consistent…

Results: Which non-qualifier should have advanced from semi-final #2?

  1. Israel: Mei Finegold – Same Heart: 46.01%  (830 votes)
  2. Ireland: Can-Linn feat Kasey Smith – Heartbeat: 31.76%  (573 votes)
  3. F.Y.R Macedonia: Tijana – To The Sky: 11.75%  (212 votes)
  4. Lithuania: Vilija Mataciunaite – Attention: 7.48%  (135 votes)
  5. Georgia: The Shin and Mariko – Three Minutes To Earth 2.99%  (54 votes)

Do you agree with how our readers voted? Was Mei Finegold really grand final material? Discuss below in the comments!

You can read our first semi-final poll here.

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Tha
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Tha

I knew that we would see a great song not qualifying.
I thought could be Ireland (that vocals… ugh), but Israel? Pls, she was the best that night!
When they announced Finland, I was screaming for Israel, and them: Austria was in the Final.
Well, at least Finland, Switzerland and Slovenia came in to the final.

Charles
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Charles

Oh lord … get a grip and move on. There will be more dance pop trash to make you all go nuts and crazy in 2015 …

Natik Jasminum
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Natik Jasminum

Atletico Madrid was a potential winner of the Champions League UEFA…………..but Real Madrid won instead!…………………..

…….. huh, same ole’ story……………………………………………..

Erin
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Erin

I felt that the total packaging of Mei’s performance was unpleasant because it looked shabby and disconnected in almost every aspect you can think of: It lacked in any concept or focal point, it never translated into something inviting with a display of bad sense of styling, questionable choreography, hesitant camera work and senseless direction. The fact is that if you take Israel’s 4 eliminations in a row, this one got the lowest score ever! Only 6 countries out of 16 bothered to vote for it. It’s already been established that Israel gets twice or three times more points from… Read more »

Reglect
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Reglect

It’s a shame that Mei didn’t make the finals. She was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G .
But hey, we can’t do anything about it…
I completely understand if Israel withdraw from the competition.
I don’t want it. Israel send always amazing songs.
2005, 2008, 2014.
2010 was one of the best Eurovision Songs all time.

mikateriyan
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mikateriyan

israel and ireland should have defiantly qualified ahead of that balkan killing bearded lady conchita wurst…

Easpag
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Easpag

Mei not qualifying still mystifies me. She hada fantastic performance, and when you consider that Malta and Belarus qualified ahead of her… Oh, it just gives me a headache.

Ian Charlton
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Ian Charlton

I had Israel in my picks to make the final. I also think the vocals for the Irish song were really bad in the semi final. In some parts – her vocals were drowned out by the backing music. I was chatting to someone online during the final – and I said during her performance – Ireland wouldnt make it.

Just being honest
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Just being honest

I think half of the viewers are left scratching their heads when ever they find out that Israel is at Eurovision each year.

Robyn
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Robyn

There’s a rule of thumb that says that of the first three performers in each semi-final, at least one won’t qualify. I don’t know what the logic behind this is, but it’s worked out like that every year since the 50/50 jury-televote was introduced. So this year it was between Malta, Israel and Norway. Norway was a popular favourite in 6th place, while Malta came 9th but with a comfortable margin. It looks like Israel was the one that just didn’t resonate with viewers. It’s also said that fierce lady performers don’t do so well in Eurovision, and that might… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Israel could send Madonna, they wouldn’t make it to the final due to the political situation in the Middle East. People don’t vote for them.

Dhani
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israel had the BEST performance that day! I still don’t understand anything! Mei rocked the stage and were top5 material! And still, she got almost as much points as georgia wtf!!! I don’t get why Lithuania was 11th, with their horrible song!

Digi
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Digi

Ireland is better than Israel & i don’t like Norway. Ireland is real winner for me 😉

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

If Wikipedia’s Eurovision 2015 page is correct, Israel might sit out next year’s contest.

Vladimir
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Vladimir

She really deserved – both Israel and Ireland should have been in the final.

Darren
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Darren

Israel was sensational, I was almost 100% certain that it would qualify. Ireland had a bad vocal performance but Ireland were definitely better than other countries which managed to qualify ahem* Belarus* ahem.

Israel and Ireland should have qualified instead of Belarus and Slovenia

David
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David

I would have placed Ireland as number one. I think however that both acts missed that special something. Especially Israel.. Good song but the performsnce was forgettable. Basically people forgot to vote for it. Because it did not stuck into memory.