Eurovision First Listen: Preview of the Second Semi-Final

The Eurovision Song Contest second semi-final running order has been revealed. Now we can engage in wild speculation!

Yesterday, my esteemed colleague Ben made his predictions for how he thinks/hopes the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest will break down based on his coverage of first impressions. I will be doing the same right now for the second semi-final. Next week, we will be swapping our semi-finals to begin discussing each entry and how each will fare in the competition. Will our predictions this week change when May rolls around?

Making the Cut

  • Norway — “Silent Storm” is one of the favorites to win the Contest outright, so it would be a real shock if the song didn’t advance.
  • Greece — Although I don’t care for this song, previous Greek entries I disliked more won their semi-finals.
  • Slovenia — The studio version of this track addressed the problems I had with the live version, and now I am really excited about this entry.
  • Poland — The English version is more of an earworm than the Polish version. Welcome back, Poland!
  • Malta — Of the folksy entries this year, Malta’s is the strongest. This entry could be a dark horse.
  • Austria — “Rise Like a Phoenix” is a solid song that has been well-received so far.
  • Romania — Lyrically the song is Eurovision bait, but the technical aspects (read: 18-second key change) give this entry legitimacy.
  • Finland — This is one of the most commercial-friendly entries this year. Hopefully it didn’t already peak.
  • Israel — As goofy as the lyrics are, I’m eager to hear the remixes this track could generate.
  • Ireland — The studio version of this song is an improvement over the stage debut, but Ireland will likely be on the bubble.

Not Quite There

  • FYR Macedonia — Yesterday the song reminded me of something you would hear while waiting for your turn at the hair salon. Radio-friendly, but instantly forgettable.
  • Lithuania — I adore this track, but the bookmakers and other Eurovision fans do not seem to share that opinion. Also, Lithuania’s friends are in the other semi.
  • Switzerland — I don’t adore this track, and the bookkeepers and other Eurovision fans do agree with me.
  • Georgia — I gave this the edge over Belarus strictly because it is a band…
  • Belarus — …but if TEO plays the maracas, it is a dead heat. Emphasis on dead.

Part 2 of our Eurovision Song Contest coverage will begin next week! Until then, here’s a reminder of the running order for the second semi-final:

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Second Semi-Final

1SerbiaTijana BogićevićIn Too Deep53459811 (-3)
2AustriaNathan TrentRunning on Air115321477
3FYR MacedoniaJana BurčeskaDance Alone29406915 (-32)
4MaltaClaudia FanielloBreathlessly5505516 (-46)
5RomaniaIlinca feat. Alex FloreaYodel It!261481746
6NetherlandsO'G3NELights and Shadows149512004
7HungaryJoci PápaiOrigo661652312
8DenmarkAnja NissenWhere I Am96510110
9IrelandBrendan MurrayDying to Try45418613 (-15)
10San MarinoValentina Monetta and Jimmie WilsonSpirit of the Night01118 (-100)
11CroatiaJacques HoudekMy Friend371041418
12NorwayJOWSTGrab the Moment137521895
13SwitzerlandTimebelleApollo48499712 (-4)
14BelarusNAVIBANDHistoryja majho žyccia55551109
15BulgariaKristian KostovBeautiful Mess1992044031
16LithuaniaFusedmarcRain of Revolution17254217 (-59)
17EstoniaKoit Toome and LauraVerona16698514 (-16)
18IsraelIMRII Feel Alive751322073
-RussiaJulia SamoylovaFlame is Burning---Withdrew
These 18 countries competed in the second semi-final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday, May 11. France, Germany, and host country Ukraine also voted during this semi-final to determine the 10 countries that advanced to the Grand Final on Saturday, May 13.

Russia withdrew from the Contest on April 13, 2017. Their artist Julia Samoylova was not permitted to enter Ukraine due to performing in Crimea after Russia annexed the region.

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