Except for 2005 (when Helena Paparizou’s My Number One was prequalified thanks to Greece’s 2004 result) and 2010 (when Big Five member Germany’s Lena won with Satellite) every Eurovison winner since 2004 has qualified from its semi-final. This is true… Read moreDouble up: The Journey from Qualifier to #Eurovision Grand Final Victory
Today the 2020 Eurovision season kicked up a notch. There was the “insignia exchange ceremony” from the Tel Aviv organizers to those from Rotterdam (which is mildly interesting) and the allocation draws for the semi-finals (which is very interesting). I… Read moreThe 2020 #Eurovision semi-final allocation draw
This year the EBU has refined the pots system used to allocate semi-final spaces. The pots, which are a thoughtful but coarse method to denude the impact of voting blocs, was instituted in Belgrade 2008. This has increased the qualification record of… Read more#eurovision 2020 Pots: An Analysis
In a live, competitive competition, what you do and when you do it both are important. But how important is the “when” bit, when the immediate goal is qualifying for the Grand Final? In this article John Egan looks at the question of Grand Final qualification in the two semi-final era of the Eurovision.
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The first 2018 semi-final offered an embarrassment of riches: there being a sense of disappointment with what would follow on Thursday seemed inevitable. But even with a lowered set of expectations, what was delivered on Thursday felt, with a few… Read moreLisbon 2018 Retrospective: Semi-Final Two #eurovision #allaboard
There are few aspects of the Eurovision for which a consensus view emerges. But in 2018 there seemed to be one: that the first semi-final had more than 10 qualification-worthy entries. A corollary of this is that the second semi-final… Read moreLisbon 2018 Retrospective: Semi-Final One
My analysis of the results of the semi-final allocation for 2017 can be found here.
In our previous article we considered what sorts of outcomes from the semi-final allocation draw might impact this year’s Contest. Now that we know whether each semi-finallist will perform in either the first or second semi-final. And whether they will… Read moreDrawn in quarters: initial thoughts on the 2016 draw
In advance of next weeks draw for semi-final allocations–and the spot in the Grand Final for hosts Sweden, whose spot is never produced select for (even more) obvious conflict of interest reasons–we now know the pot allocation for the semi-finallist. … Read morePot calling kettle: implications of the 2016 allocation pots