Update, 9 May: 7/10 for me and Stine & Lasse, who #joinedus for semi 2, 8/10 for Mik. Biggest surprises Finland and Slovenia, while Ann had FYROM/Tijana in place of Poland. Gonna miss her and Vilja, real women with personalities not taking themselves too seriously. Making up the 10 Austria, Belarus, Greece, Malta, Norway, Romania and, obvs, Switzerland.
Back on Saturday with our predictions for the final. Hint: Eurovision’s coming home…
Below are our predictions for semi 2, with a full ranking again from Mik. This time only five go – how hard can it be? Bolded is out. Check back on Friday.
Tonight’s theme is #joinus, the world. No, me neither. We’re doing this one from the sofa, tweeting at @annonescdk.
Ann: this year’s Teardrops, calibrated for the win. The dulcimer makes a welcome return to Eurovision.
Mik: Perfect jolly opener from the Maltese Von Trapps. Sibling connection does the job with this harmless fun song. (2)
Ann: Mei may have dropped her big pants but still needs some backings walking in a line. “And now it’s time for me to clean up your mess”? Just no.
Mik: Spot on! In control. Don’t have to clean up her mess. Sexy! Only maybe: too aggressive and shouty. (6)
Ann: despite/because of getting Carl in Matchmaker this makes me want to slit my wrists. Ditch the formation violinists.
Mik: Very silent, yet intimate. You understand and believe the message, and more importantly this goes for both jury and televote. (3)
Ann: guilty pleasure. Not sure if I’ve listened to it all the way through, mind.
Mik: Hippie heaven. Will do better than any Eurofan thinks. (12)
Ann: it’s ironic. Isn’t it?
Mik: Babushky polski! Cheeky and catchy: is it too much? Borderline, but you have to love the local flavour. (4)
Ann: Pollapönk pre-empted this on the red carpet (which is one reason why they went through).
Mik: Overrated, dated and tries far too hard. Gay vote is in da house, but too bizarre for the rest. (5)
Ann: love it, love Vilja. Original, creative, catchy. Best result since LT United (them again)?
Mik: Fresh, likeable and the 1 you remember, despite the shouting and repetitive chorus. Nice contemporary dance routine. Diaspora vote? (10)
Ann: this is from Finland? Gosh. Nul pointer.
Mik: Coldplay from Suomi but lacks Chris Martin’s charisma. Great stadium track. (11)
Ann: now this really is the nul pointer. At least she’s had her nails done.
Mik: Insecure performance with poor vocals, poor song and those riverdancers in kilts go back home. Definite nul pointer. (15)
Ann: don’t have a problem with this, unlike Robin Thicke
Mik: Great fun and Teo is convincing. Brings a smile to your face. (7)
Ann: Go Tijana! Women will like. Not quite the full package, but deserves it, darlings.
Mik: Superstar-diva but too static, doesn’t take me to the sky. Kati Wolf had a better song and did not do well. (13)
Ann: picked this one out from the start, folk musician, Eurovision participant, lawyer…go Sebalter!
Mik: Surprise! Warm, hearty, charming and most of all genuine. You want him to do well! (8)
Ann: who needs a trapeze when you’ve got a trampoline? Great fun.
Mik: All rise to this very catchy contemporary chart friendly poppy song. (1)
Ann: still needs to sort out her look; pleasant but doesn’t really go anywhere
Mik: Comes across as dull, grey and boring. A shame but will get a few jury votes. (14)
Ann: what’s Ovi for? I really don’t think he sees it. Shoulda done She’s after my piano instead.
Mik: Plastic Up with People, very manufactured. Will qualify, but won’t get anywhere, once there. (9)