About a week ago, I posted my top twelve choices for Eurovision 2015 based on either their studio recordings or their performances in their respective countries’ national finals. The funny thing about watching the songs in the semifinals is that some songs that sounded great in the studio fell flat onstage (often due to the discovery that the singers can’t really sing without studio trickery) and some songs that were just so-so really soared when the singer had the electricity of a competitive live performance coursing through them. There’s also a few other songs that failed to make an impression on me even after several listens but finally began to sink in at the semifinals. Here then, are my choices for each semifinal.

Note: Italy and Austria, my #5 and #6 choices, don’t appear on the list below as they will not appear until the final.

Semifinal 1, May 19 2015
Country Pre-Contest My Choice ESC Results
Moldova 09
Armenia 02 10
Belgium 09 06
Netherlands
Finland 08 03
Greece
Estonia
Macedonia
Serbia 12 02
Hungary 01 01
Belarus 08
Russia 05
Denmark
Albania
Romania 04
Georgia 07
Semifinal 1, May 21 2015
Country Pre-Contest My Choice ESC Results
Lithuania 08
Ireland
San Marino
Montenegro 07 02
Malta
Norway
Portugal
Czech Republic 09
Israel 10 06
Latvia 03 01
Azerbaijan 07
Iceland
Sweden 11 10
Switzerland
Cyprus 05
Slovenia 04 03
Poland 04

 

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