“The results will be announced in a random order.” That is the standard fare of any Eurovision semi-final. Some are quick to be announced and are rather uncontroversial (see: Russia every year), while others are held until the end in order to build massive amounts of suspense. What we saw Tuesday night was Belgium’s name being called last, and last night Israel being announced last as well.
A former darling of the bookies turned cautious tale of avant-garde staging and choppy live vocals was in serious jeopardy of not qualifying, as was Azerbaijan, who was called quite late. What are the chances, then, of a song with a shaky chance of making it to the final, qualifying at the very last second? It’s low, and it could be a coincidence.
Or, to quote The Incredibles…
Last year’s second semi-final had a similar situation. While the qualifiers of the second semi-final were being announced, the last spot was really focused on between Ireland, Israel, and the eventual winner, Austria. All three were considered likely to qualify, but were not stand-out favorites. Yet, when Austria was announced, a huge amount of tension was relieved. During last year’s first semi-final, three favorites to win – Hungary, Russia, and Armenia – were announced almost immediately. No suspense, no friction, just a matter of fact “You qualified! But that was practically guaranteed!”
In 2011, a similar thing happened with Sweden (who were trying to recuperate from a humiliating non-qualification in 2010), and Ireland in 2012 (there’s no way a golden ticket is that circumstantial), and Albania and Iceland in 2010. While we don’t know the results of this year’s semi-finals yet, we can only speculate. If these were truly random, then songs very likely to qualify would also be announced very late on, but alas they don’t.
It’s nearly impossible for all of these to be coincidences. Eurovision cannot go on claiming that the order is random when in reality it is being manipulated for drama and views. But the question is why? Y’all already have the audience. What need is there to fudge with the truth?
Is it a play with the bookies? A gimmick to drive numbers? Who knows, but the point is, it’s a little too suspicious for it be “random”.