The ninth esctoday.com TOP TEN list continues today with the places 3 and 2 being announced. As revealed on Saturday, this week's topic are the TOP TEN fallen favourites.
The list features acts and songs that have been considered favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest according to bookmakers, media and predictions. Fan favourites (e.g. as detemined in OGAE votings) will not be onsidered. The ranking is based on the placing an entry achieved in the contest compared to the number of contestants competing. (In the years since 2004, if an entry reached the final, the number of contestants in the final is considered but if an entry was elminated in the semi final, the total number of contestants is considered. This is due to the fact that betting odds and predictions are usually updated after the semi final results are in.)
So we continue…
No. 3 – Corinna May with I can't live without music (Germany 2002)
In 2002, it was the 20th anniversary of the first German victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country once again tried to repeat this success with a song written by the winning team of 1982, Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger. The singer to perform I can't live without music was Corinna May, who had previously won the 1999 German national final but was disqualified. She also finished second in 2000. Although there was only mild enthusiasm concerning this song in Germany, it was seen as the top favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn according to the British bookmakers.
Corinna May could not keep up with the expectations. At the end of the voting, Germany was in 21st place among the 24 competing countries on the scoreboard. I can't live without music was given no more than 17 points in total. If you have been following this list since Monday, you may have noticed that it was often Malta that gave the most points to the fallen favourites featured here, and again it was Malta that gave the highest number of points to Germany in 2002: four.
No. 2 – Xandee with 1 life (Belgium 2004)
In 2004, Belgium was represented by Xandee, who had previously formed a duo with Sergio, Belgian representative in 2002. Her song 1 life was a number one hit in Belgium and it was seen as an early favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest along with Shake it from Greece and Wild dances from Ukraine. Serbia & Montenegro's Lane moje joined the group of the top favourites after the semi final performance.
1 life was no success in the Eurovision Song Contest. Xandee only finished equal 22nd and hence third last in the final. Belgium received seven points in total that year – one from Andorra, one from Cyprus and five from the Netherlands. Various reasons for the failure have been named, the most common one is the unlucky draw: Belgium had to perform at 13th place in the final, right after the break.
Tomorrow, we will reveal the no. 1 on the list.