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It should’ve been me! Songs that Didn’t Pass the Semi-Finals #TeamTopics

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It’s that time of year again! The songs are all in – the running order has been announced – so you know what that means! Semi-finals, here we come!!

Since 2004, competing Eurovision nations have had to battle it out for a place in Saturday night’s main event. Between 2004 and 2007, there was only a single semi-final, from which 10 countries would join the previous year’s Top 10 along and the Big 4. From 2008 onwards, all countries (with the exception of the Big 4/5 and the Host Nation) had to go through one of two semi-finals to earn a place in that year’s final.

Although the semi-finals add to the overall excitement of the contest, they can also prove heart-breaking for fans. After all, this is where the Eurovision dream ends for some of our contestants!

We here at Eurovision Ireland put our heads together and these are just some of our favourite Eurovision hits that missed out on the Grand Final. As you can probably tell, the pain still runs deep for some of us even after all these years later!!

 

Elaine:

For me, it has to be Haba Haba!!! I loved the song, it was upbeat, smack you in the face, get up and shake your booty, fan-bloomin-tastic. I cannot listen to this without a huge smile on my face! Unfortunately I sometimes think music snobbery comes over people and rather than just enjoy a song for what it is they have to try and be “credible” and “modern” This song was always gonna be marmite with the fans and did not stand much of a chance with the juries!!!

 

Lisa-Jayne:

Easy! For me it’s the Czech Republic 2015, ‘Hope Never Dies’. Admittedly, the song hadn’t really come across my radar until I saw them live at London Eurovision Party last year. After that I was in love with that song and really wanted them to qualify.

 

 

James:

If there was ever a song that deserved to qualify but didn’t, it has to be San Marino’s 2013 entry ‘Crisalide’. It had everything a Eurovision ballad should have: beautiful lyrics, original and memorable staging and most importantly, was performed with gusto! So what went wrong? I have no idea.  How it didn’t qualify over other, (in my opinion) much less worthy entries, I’ll never know!

 

 

Imanol:

If I have to pick only one that would be Monaco 2005. Lise Darly – Tout de Moi. Beautiful melody, wonderful lyrics, good staging and a flawless live performance! SHE WAS ROBBED!!!

 

John:

Horehronie from Slovakia not qualifying in 2010 was probably one of the biggest travesties in a semi-final (in my humble opinion anyway). The song was different, bouncy, catchy, and should have made a bigger impression than it did. Perhaps if Kristína had sold out and sung the song in English, it might have had a wider appeal. The free-language rule, however, is another story. I was in the Oslo audience that night, and was fuming, especially when Russia came out of the final; envelope. I hope that results like this don’t put Slovakia off for too long, as I would love to see them back

 

How do you rate our choices? Which songs did we miss? What’s your favourite song that didn’t qualify for the final?

Let us know what you think!

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Author: James Scanlan

Source: Eurovision Ireland

 

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5 replies »

  1. I chose one country who deserved to be in final from 2004 to 2007 for me , and one country from both semifinal who deserved to be in final .
    2004. Estonia
    2005. The Netherlands
    2006. Belgium
    2007. Iceland
    2008. Andorra in first semi and Bulgaria in second semi
    2009. Belarus and Ireland
    2010. F.Y.R Macedonia and Croatia
    2011. San Marino and Bulgaria
    2012. Israel and Bulgaria
    2013. Montenegro in first and both San Marino and Israel in second semifinal
    2014. Estonia and Israel
    2015. Belarus and Icelan

  2. I chose one country who deserved to be in final from 2004 to 2007 for me , and one country from both semifinal who deserved to be in final .
    2004. Estonia
    2005. The Netherlands
    2006. Belgium
    2007. Iceland
    2008. Andorra in first semi and Bulgaria in second semi
    2009. Belarus and Ireland
    2010. F.Y.R Macedonia and Croatia
    2011. San Marino and Bulgaria
    2012. Israel and Bulgaria
    2013. Montenegro in first and both San Marino and Israel in second semifinal
    2014. Estonia and Israel
    2015. Belarus and Iceland

  3. Some quality songs that should have made it!

    2004: belarus, Estonia
    2005: Slovenia, Austria
    2006: Albania, Belarus
    2007: Czech Rep, Andorra, Croatia, belgium, icelnd, Austria
    2008: Bulgaria, Lithuenia
    2009: Belarus, Switzerland, ireland, latvi, Slovenia, Anodrra,
    2010: Estonia, Slovenia, Macedonia
    2011: Belgium, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, latvia
    2012: Israel, Switzerland, Finland, Slovakia, Netherlands
    2013: Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Latvia
    2014: Georgia, Lithaunia
    2015: Finland

    How on earth can songs like Lithuania 06 & 11, latvia 08, Croatia / malta 09 etc get through instead of those? Far too much infustice in ESC

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