[Eurovision 2009] The results

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Im just looking at the results of the Eurovision Voting. Ireland came 11th in the  televote vote just missing out. Well done Girls!

We got 52 votes in total including 10 points from Spain! Croatia who came 13th in our semi were the ones saved by the Jury.

The Irish vote in the Semi was dominated by our new migrants. 12 points went to Lithuania, 10 Points went to Poland and only 8 Points to Norway in the Semi.

In the first Semi, Finland were saved by the jury, which I think is surprising. Iceland won this semi with 174 points just beating Turkey by 2 points!

Norway of course qualified easily in our Semi with 201 points who went on to win the Final with a record breaking 387 points. They receieved 12 points from 15 countries and they recieved points from every participating country. The lowest being 2 points from Turkey.

I think you could see the Jurys having an influence in how the voting went and I hope they retain this system.

So who’s going to Norway?

PS: the full results are on the Eurovision Website

(Oh and this is probably my last Eurovision Song Contest post, next up will be the Eurovision Dance Contest in Spetember!)

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[Eurovision 2009] The Final

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So tonight see the final of the 54th Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. 25 countries will be competing for the glory and the right to host the contest next year. So who is in the Final? (In running order)

  1. Lithuania – Sasha Son with “Love
  2. Israel – Noa & Mira Award with “There Must be Another Way
  3. France – Patricia Kaas with “Et S’il Fallait Le Faire
  4. Sweden – Malena Ernman with “La Voix
  5. Croatia – Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea with “Lijepa Tena
  6. Portugal – Flor-de-Lis with “Todas As Ruas Do Amor
  7. Iceland – Yohanna with “Is it True
  8. Greece – Sakis Rouvas with “This is Our Night
  9. Armenia – Inga & Anush with “Jan Jan
  10. Russia – Anastasia Prikhodko with “Mamo
  11. Azerbaijan – AySel & Arash with “Always
  12. Bosnia & Herzegovina – Regina with “Bistra Voda
  13. Moldova – Nelly Ciobanu with “Hora Din Moldova
  14. Malta – Chiara with “What if We
  15. Estonia – Urban Symphony with “Rändajad
  16. Denmark – Brinck with “Believe Again”
  17. Germany – Alex Swings Oscar Sings with “Miss Kiss Kiss Bang
  18. Turkey – Hadise with Düm Tek Tek
  19. AlbaniaKejsi Tola with “Carry Me In Your Dreams
  20. Norway – Alexander Rybak with “Fairytale
  21. Ukraine – Svetlana Loboda with “Be My Valentine (Anti-Crisi Girl)
  22. Romania – Elena with “The Balkan Girls
  23. United Kingdom – Jade Ewan with “Its My Time
  24. Finland – Waldo’s People with “Loose Control
  25. Spain – Soraya with “La Noche Es Para Mí (The Night Is For Me)

I am not going to predict anything tonight as the Final is near impossible to predict, but I will give my top 5. In no particular order:

Norway

Alexander Rybak is favourite to win, but I think its all hype. They will do well, but will it be enough to bring it to Oslo?

Germany

Germany have a fantastic entry this year with Alex Swings Oscar Sings. They also have Dita Von Teese dancing with them, so it will be a great perfromance.

Portugal

Portugal’s Flor-De-Lis did fantastic on Tuesday night and could do really well. Portugal has been in the Eurovision since 1974 and has never won it so its about time I think!

Ukraine

Svetlana gave a great performance on Thursday and its a good song. Could do well.

Malta

Will Chiara make it third time lucky for Malta? Its a nice song could do and got a good reaction.

Sean has also listed who to watch on his blog.

Who do ye think could do it?

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Eurovision Final!!! Preview

Well last nights semi was very surprising, only 1 of my predictions got through and that was Turkey, which means no Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Denmark or Andorra (my favourites). I voted for Andorra and Denmark, I think my predictions are a kiss of death. I got 4 right last year. Anyway the final is on tomorrow night on RTÉ2 and BBC 2 at 8:00pm. I shall be Instinct watching it on the big screen, so if your around come say hi! Now I’ll run through the finalists, with links to their songs and their betting odds from paddypower.com.

Bosnia & Herzegovina (Youtube) 80-1

This year Bosnia and Herzegovina is represented by Marija Sestic with ‘Rijeka Bez Imena’. A nice uplifting song. Don’t think it will do well.

Spain (Youtube) 66-1

Spain is represented by D’nash with ‘I love you mi vida’. Really upbeat song, surprised its so low in the odds, as one of the big four its guaranteed to be in the final next year. A song that I really like!

Belarus (Youtube) 4-1

The first to qualifiers from last nights semi-final, meant to pick this to get through but too late now…. I missed the performance as i was rushing home from work, but Dmitry Koldun obviously impressed with ‘Work Your Magic’

Ireland 33-1

Have to show the video, its the Irish entry! Its Dervish with ‘They Can’t Stop The Spring’. Not in my opinion a great Eurovision song, but they’ve done a lot of work on it and its sounding great! Could do well as Dervish are known on the continent!

Finland (Youtube) 25-1

Well Finland is represented by Hanna Pakarinen with ‘Leave Me Alone’. Its definitely a Lordi influence, why change a winning formula??

FYR Macedonia (Youtube) 40-1

Macedonia qualified last night with ‘Mojot Svet’ by Karolina Goceva. Nice song! Did very well last night.

Slovenia (Youtube) 25-1

Slovenia also qualified from last night. Very opera as a friend in Kildare remarked last night!!! Its Alenka Gotar with ‘Cvet Z Juga’

Hungary (Youtube) 16-1

Hungary also qualified last night represented by Magdi Ruzsa with ‘Unsubstantial Blues’. An excellent performance, and should do well. Loving this song.

Lithuania (Youtube) 150-1

An outsider according to the bookies, Lithuania is represented by 4Fun with ‘Love Or Leave’. very gentle melodic song. Latin influences definitely to be heard in the beat and guitar.

Greece (Youtube) 16-1

One of my favourite songs in the final its Sarbel with ‘Yassou Maria’. In with a good shout, hes gorgeous!!! Real dance one!

Georgia (Youtube) 40-1

Georgia, through the final on their first try! Sopho was fab with ‘Visionary Dream’

Sweden (Youtube) 6-1

One of this years favourites (and my mums!) its Sweden represented by the Ark with ‘The worrying kind’. With the ESC move next door to Sweden? I hope so, my hopes are on this one at the moment (Spillane kiss of death again?) come on Sweden!!!!!!!!

France (Youtube) 50-1

One of the best French entries in recent years! They are represented by Les Fatals Picards with ‘L’amour à la française’. I really like. As ferance is part of the bug four they are automatically in next year!

Latvia (Youtube) 14-1

This proved very popular and performed in the coveted last place in the show. Good odds here and looks like they ahve a shoe in!

Russia (Youtube) 10-1

Russia is represented by Serebro with ‘Song Number One’. Really good song, i really like it!! Wonder will win it? Russia have been waiting awhile for it.

Germany (Youtube) 14-1

Germany, another one of the Big 4, is represented by Roger Cicero with ‘Frauen Regier’n Die Welt’. Its a very rat pack song. Think it will do well, its growing on me!

Serbia (Youtube) 5-1

One this years favourites, performed very well last night, hence why its here!!! Its Marija Serifovic with ‘Molitva’. What a singer!

Ukraine (Youtube) 7-2

This year the Ukraine are represented by Verka Serdyuchka with ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbai’. Very strange song, but fun! Its a guy btw… there was war over that!!! They are also the favourites i think (I get very confused with odds like 7-2!)

United Kingdom (Youtube) 33-1

Its Scooch! Singing ‘Flying the flag for You’. Loving this song!! So gay! lol!!! It should do well!

Romania (Youtube) 40-1

Romania is represented by Todomondo with ‘Liubi, Liubi, I Love You’. Really nice song. Its sung in a few languages so its great fun!!!! Hope it does well!!!

Bulgaria (Youtube) 8-1

Well Elitsa & Stoyan got in with ‘Water’. I missed the performance, but i still dont like the song!

Turkey (Youtube) 25-1

My only prediction to get in! Its Kenan DOĞULU with ‘Shake It Up Shekerim’! Went down very well last night and I enjoyed the performance, it with a good shout!!!

Armenia (Youtube) 80-1

An outsider in the betting, Armenia is represented by Hayko with ‘Anytime You Need’. Hes quite good looking! NIce ballad of song, but no fast paced chorus, cant see it doing well!

Moldova (Youtube) 25-1

Was she wearing a pants last night? Thought it was going to fall off her! Natalia Barbu with ‘Fight’ qualified for Moldova last night. It was a giood performance!!

Well thats it. I’ve given sweden the kiss of death, who do you think will win? Leave a comment or email me!