Eurovision 2016 – The Grand Final!

eurovisionwinnersTonight the Grand Final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest 2016 gets under way in Stockholm. 26 countries have made it to the final. 10 from each of the two Semi-Finals and 6 who are automatically qualified. The hosts Sweden, and the Big Five France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Semi Final 1 Results
Semi Final 2 Results

The Semi’s produced some interesting results, with Greece and Bosnia Herzegovina missing out on qualification for the first time since the introduction of the Semi-Finals. While the Czech Republic qualified for the final for the first time since they joined the contest in 2007.

The running order was released yesterday morning and the Juries voted last night. Tonight is up to us!

What we know about tonight is that we have a wide-ranging interval act that includes Justin Timberlake! I’m sure SVT will put on a show to remember! I can’t wait!

Mans-Zelmerlow-Petra-Mede-2016-Eurovision-Song-ContestSVT along with Petra Mede and last years winner Måns Zelmerlöw have kept us entertained all week and we expect the same tonight!

But the big question is, who will win the Eurovision Song Contest 2016? Lets have a look.

First we have the no-hopers. These countries while having good songs and performances are missing that magic component to be a Eurovision Winner. This year they are:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Czech Republic (the dreaded 2nd starting position)
  • Germany
  • Georgia
  • Croatia
  • Poland
  • Lithuania
  • Cyprus
  • Spain

The next group are all possible top 10 finishers but will more then likely finish outside the top 10.

  • Hungary
  • Belgium
  • Israel
  • Sweden
  • Latvia
  • Austria
  • United Kingdom

That leaves a possible Top 10?

  • Russia
  • Australia
  • Ukraine
  • France
  • Bulgaria
  • Netherlands
  • Armenia
  • Malta
  • Italy
  • Serbia

But who will win?

Netherlands, Serbia and France (OGAE Poll winner) are dark horses and if they get the backing of the fans across Europe they will win. But the real competition is between Russia, Australia and Ukraine. I’m not going to call a winner, but its going to one of those three!

Who do you think will win?

The 61st Eurovision Song Contest will air at 8pm on RTÉ One with Marty Whelan and on BBC One with Graham Norton. I shall be on the @UCCExpress Twitter account with some observations!

 

Eurovision 2016 – Grand Final The Running Order

svteurovisionLast night after the Qualifiers Press Conference where starting half’s were drawn SVT announced the running order for the Grand Final on Saturday night.

Belgium, Bulgaria, Australia, Israel, Poland were drawn for the first half while Georgia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Serbia, Latvia were drawn for the second half.

The full running order was proposed by the shows producers at SVT and approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and by the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling.

  1. Belgium
  2. Czech Republic
  3. The Netherlands
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Hungary
  6. Italy
  7. Israel
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Sweden
  10. Germany
  11. France
  12. Poland
  13. Australia
  14. Cyprus
  15. Serbia
  16. Lithuania
  17. Croatia
  18. Russia
  19. Spain
  20. Latvia
  21. Ukraine
  22. Malta
  23. Georgia
  24. Austria
  25. United Kingdom
  26. Armenia

The Czech Republic get the dreaded 2nd position, no country has won the contest from this position.

Following the semifinal’s, I for one am looking forward to see what SVT, Petra and Mans have in store for us on Saturday night!

Eurovision 2016 – Semi Final 2 Results

semi2qualifiersThe Second Semi Final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest took place tonight in Stockholm and what a Semi it was. From start to finish, Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw but on an amazing show. Well done to the host broadcaster SVT, I’m really looking forward to Saturdays show! (I especially liked Mans here…)

The show started off with an amazing opening act on “What is Eurovision?” Do watch it, it reminded me of the interval act from 2013, the Swedish Smörgåsbord  also starring Petra.

We also got a bit of history of the Eurovision Song Contest in the form of Numbers which amazed the nerds like me…

So on to the qualifiers. The ten countries that made it to the Grand Final are:

  • Latvia
  • Georgia
  • Bulgaria
  • Australia
  • Ukraine
  • Serbia
  • Poland
  • Israel
  • Lithuania
  • Belgium

So hard luck to Ireland, Switzerland, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Slovenia, Denmark, Norway and Albania who don’t make it through.

For those wondering I got 9/10 again on my predictions! Damn you Georgia!

We shall find out the running order for the final tomorrow ahead of the Jury Final tomorrow night. Join me again on the @UCCExpress Twitter account for some views and opinions on the final which will air at 8pm on Saturday Night on RTÉ One with Marty Whelan and on BBC One with Graham Norton.

 

Eurovision 2016 – Semi Final 2 Predictions

eurovision-rte-1Tonight the second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 takes place in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Another 18 countries are battling it out for the remaining 10 places in Saturdays Grand Final.

Tonight of course is a big night for Irish Eurovision fans, as Nicky Byrne will be flying the flag for us and performing 7th tonight.

As well as the 18 countries taking part, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom will be voting. We will also get to see snippets of their rehearsals after the voting window has closed.

Here’s a reminder of what we will be seeing tonight and here’s the preview I wrote

So who will qualify?

In no particular order

  • Bulgaria
  • Australia
  • Serbia
  • Latvia
  • Israel
  • Ukraine
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Belgium
  • FYR Macedonia

Do you agree? Let me know your predictions in the comments!

Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final 2 will be shown tonight at 8pm on RTÉ 2 with Marty Whelan or on BBC 4 with Scott Mills and Mel Giedroyc

I shall be tweeting from @UCCExpress throughout the show.

Eurovision 2016 – Semi Final 1 Prediction

At 8pm (GMT+1) the 1st Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final will be on our screens live from the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. 18 countries are vying for the 10 slots in the grand final where the will join hosts Sweden and the Big Five automatic qualifiers.. The juries voted last night and tonight is the televote. As well as the 18 countries taking part France, Spain and Sweden will vote tonight.

Here is a quick recap of the entries and be sure to check out my preview of Semi Final 1.

So what are my predictions for the 10 qualifier?

Just like when they are announced tonight, these are in no particular order.

  • Russia
  • Armenia
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Estonia
  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Azerbaijan

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final 1 will be shown tonight at 8pm on RTÉ 2 with Marty Whelan or on BBC 4 with Scott Mills and Mel Giedroyc

I shall be tweeting from @UCCExpress throughout the show.

Eurovision 2016 – My Top 5

I am going to try and put up a post a day on Eurovision this week and today I am going to post my Top 5 entries to the 61st Eurovision Song Contest. Do you agree? Whats yours? Let me know in the comments

5 Lithuania

4 Russia

3 Bulgaria

2 Sweden

1 France

 

Eurovision 2016 – Grand Final Preview

Its Eurovision week!!! Its just two days to the First Semi-Final on Tuesday followed by the Second Semi-Final on Thursday. So I am a tad excited! (That may be an understatement). Check out my previews of Semi-Final 1 and Semi-Final 2

So its time to look at the automatic qualifiers for the Grand Final which takes place on Saturday 14th of May. They will be joined by 10 acts from each of the Semi Finals. So who are the automatic finalists? They are our Host’s Sweden and the Big Five contributors to the European Broadcasting Union, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Only Sweden’s place in the show is known and it will be Friday before the running order for the Final will be known. Sweden will perform 9th on the night.

So lets take a look at the songs we will definitely be seeing next Saturday.

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Eurovision 2016 – Semi-Final 2 *UPDATED*

Welcome to my Preview of Semi-Final 2 of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest which takes place on Thursday May 12th in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Eurovision is getting that bit closer and its time to look at the contestants!

*UPDATE* Today April 22nd the European Broadcasting Union has withdrawn membership services to Romanian Broadcaster TVR following non-payment of debts totalling over €14.5m (CHF 16m). This means that only 42 contestants will compete at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with 18 in each Semi-Final. There is no change to running order.

Semi Final 1 takes place on Tuesday May 10th, check out my preview here.

The new voting system will also apply to the Semi-Finals, but we won’t know the full details of the results until after the Grand Final which takes place on Saturday May 14th. Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom are automatically qualified for the Final.

19 Countries are competing for the 10 places in the Grand Final available and Irish hopes rest on Nicky Byrne. Hopes will be raised as the United Kingdom will be voting and performing tonight along with Germany and Italy.

Semi-Final 2 seems to be the tougher of the two Semi’s with some excellent songs (and some not so great) from countries who normally do well. Getting out of this Semi will be quite the task for many of the entries and will be dependent on good performances for the Juries and Televoting Public!

So on with the show!

All betting odds are from PaddyPower for outright winner and taken on 20/04/16
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Eurovision 2016 – Semi Final 1 Preview

Its that time of year again. Eurovision is less then a month away. Its been some time since I have done a Eurovision Preview so it’s time to get back into it, especially since I got the 2016 Album on Friday and have been listening to it since!

Now I posted about the new voting system already and this will also apply to the Semi Finals, but we wont know the actual result until after the Grand Final. We will only find out the names of the 10 qualifiers who will join Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom in the Grand Final on May 14th.

So on with the show

Semi Final One takes place on Tuesday May 10th in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. 18 Countries will be hoping for one of the 10 qualification places for the Grand Final. Voting AND performing in this Semi will be France, Spain and Sweden. So lets look at the participants. Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 – Semi Final 1 Preview”