Analysis of the second semifinal

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Last night saw the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 taking place. As usual, esctoday.com takes a deeper look at the results and dives into the facts and figures of the show.

 

Taking into the consideration the style or genre of the qualifying entries, four of them fit the ‘up-tempo’ category, three ballads, two blending both styles and a ‘mid-tempo’ song.

 

The qualifyers

 

Donny Montell – Love is blind

Lithuania qualified for the final for the second consecutive year, equalling the country’s record from 2006-2007. Tomorrow, Donny Montell will perform with the 14th spot in the running order.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 5/9 (55.5%)

 

Bosnia & Herzegovina – Korake ti znam

Bosnia & Herzegovina qualified once again for the Eurovision final. They have always been successful in qualifying. Maya Sar will be the 5th act to perfom on Saturday.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 9/9 (100%)

 

Zeljko Joksimovic – Nije ljubav stvar

Being one of this year’s favourite entries in the Eurovision Song Contest, Serbia had no problems to qualify for the final. 2012 marks the country’s third qualification in a row. Zeljko Joksimovic will sing close to the end of tomorrow’s performances, on the spot number 24.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 6/9 (66.6%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 5/6 (83.3%)

 

Gaitana – Be my guest

Ukraine has always qualified for the final since the semifinals were introduced and this year’s Eurovision will not be an exception. This Saturday Gaitana will be the 25th act to perform.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 9/9 (100%)

 

Loreen – Euphoria

As expected, Sweden will not miss the final of Eurovision 2012. Since the introduction of the semifinals, the country has stayed out of the final once. Loreen holds the spot number 17 in the running order for tomorrow’s show.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 8/9 (88.9%)

 

Kaliopi – Crno i belo

FYR Macedonia’s curse in the Eurovision Song Contest has come to an end, thus ending 4 years of failed attempts. The country’s representative Kaliopi has been drawn 22nd in the final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 5/9 (55.5%)

 

Tooji – Stay

Norway will be seen again at the Eurovision final after last year’s miss. The country’s representative Tooji will perform tomorrow with the 12th starting position.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 7/9 (77.8%)

 

Ott Lepland – Kuula

Estonia managed to qualify for the final for the second consecutive year, something that never happened before. However, the country continues to have a poor overall outcome, with just 3 qualifications in 9 years. Ott Lepland will be the 11th act to perform on the stage of the Baku Crystal Hall.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 3/9 (33.3%)

 

Kurt Calleja – This is the night

Malta will be back in a Eurovision final for the first time since 2009, thus breaking a 2-year spell of bad luck. Kurt Calleja got the 21st spot in the draw held right after the second semifinal.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 5/9 (55.5%)

 

Can Bonomo – Love me back

Turkey is back on track after last year’s failure, which came as a shock to many. Can Bonomo has been drawn to perform on the 18th starting position tomorrow.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 8/9 (88.9%)

 

The non-qualifyers

 

Joan Franka – You and me

The Dutch curse didn’t came to an end this year. The last eight Eurovision participations of The Netherlands have ended up in failure, which is one of the worst records in Europe.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 1/4 (11.1%)

 

Litesound – We are the heroes

Belarus will be missing the Eurovision final for the third consecutive year, matching the country’s worst record from 2004 to 2006.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 2/9 (22.2%)

 

Filipa Sousa – Vida minha

After three successful attempts in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Portugal stayed in the semis last year and this time the country has faced the same fate.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 3/9 (33.3%)

 

Sofi Marinova – Love unlimited

After 2007, the only time Bulgaria managed to qualify for the final, the country has stayed in the semis ever since. Sofi Marinova and her uptempo song have not been strong enough to break the Bulgarian curse in Eurovision.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 8/9 (88.9%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 1/8 (12.5%)

 

Eva Boto – Verjamem

Slovenia qualified last year thanks to Maja Keuc and her song No one, however this year Eva Boto hasn’t been able to follow the footsteps of her predecessor.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 2/9 (22.2%)

 

Nina Badric – Nebo

Croatia will miss the Eurovision final for the third consecutive year, thus making the worst record for the country since the semifinals were introduced.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 9/9 (100%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 5/9 (55.5%)

 

Anri Jokhadze – I’m a joker

Georgia will not be attending a Eurovision final for the first time in the country’s short history in the contest.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 5/9 (55.5%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 4/5 (80%)

 

Max Jason Mai – Don’t close your eyes

Since Slovakia’s return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, the country has never made the finals. Last year, Slovakia was close to qualify as they ended up on the 13th position in their semifinal.

  • Number of participations since the introduction of the semifinals: 4/9 (44.4%)
  • Number of times to qualify for the final: 0/4 (0%)

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