Eurovision 2018

#ESC2019 – Things to remember when your favourite doesn’t qualify

Eurovision is an emotional time of year. We’ve look forward to it all year long, we’ve endured months of national finals and gone wild for the smallest scrap of information about the upcoming event. Then the big day itself finally comes! It’s the start of the Eurovision Song Contest with the first semi final!!

You have your favourite songs picked and know who will sail into the final. They perform on the night, and of course it’s amazing! Then the phone lines close. And the envelops comes out. Places in Saturday’s final begin to dwindle. There’s one spot left… but it’s OK… that must be for your favourite… the tension builds… they call the name – and it’s not them. Your favourite’s Eurovision journey is at an end.

There are many stages of Eurovision grief. Sadness. Anger. Denial. Pleading. But as easy as it is to get caught up in the drama of it all, here are some things to help you cope with your favourite song missing out on the Eurovision Grand Final.

1 – It Doesn’t Reflect On The Song/Performer

When you have to rank 26 songs, someone has to come first and the others have to fall in line behind it. That doesn’t mean that the acts coming further down the list have bad songs or that the performers are no good – it’s not personal, it’s just how the game is played. It was once said that not getting what you want can be a remarkable stroke of luck. Take a look at Slavko Kalezić – 16th in the semi final in 2017, has gone on to perform around the world and has a successful career. A night at Eurovision isn’t the end – it’s often a beginning!

2 – They Get To Have Fun Now!

Don’t be too sad about your favourite artist not making it to the final – after all, without dress rehearsals, jury finals and family shows to prepare for, the rest of their week is now pretty open! Tel Aviv is a wonderful city with miles of beaches, wonderful locals and nightlife galore. Trust me, once the initial disappointment of not qualifying wears off, your favourite act is happy to having a well deserved holiday and enjoying a host city they’d probably see very little of otherwise!

3 – There’s Always Next Year

Eurovision is an annual event. If your country doesn’t get to the final, failing flouncing off in a huff for half a decade (like Lithuania did in 1994!) there is always next time. Think of it as a chance to take time and reflect on what worked, what can be improved on and gear up get a song into the final next time. OK, admittedly as someone who spent a lot of his youth supporting various songs from San Marino, Andorra and Slovakia, this doesn’t always turn out as you’d want! But then when you get the miracle moment and you get to the final, like Valentina’s triumphant qualification in 2014, it’s all the more sweet.

4 – It’s Just A TV Show

At the end of the day, Eurovision is a TV show. Yes, it’s a TV show that is a big part of many fans’ lives and a highlight of our year, but still just a TV show. As upsetting as it is, if your favourite doesn’t make it to the final, then it isn’t the end of the world. It’s a competition. Someone has to win, and a lot of other songs won’t. But they’re still a part of the history of this amazing phenomena. You still have 3 special nights with 3 exciting and entertaining programmes to watch. Enjoy them! After all, Eurovision is a time to celebrate!

What advice would you give to someone whose favourite didn’t make it to the final? How do you cope with it?

Let us know what you think!

Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland

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Categories: Eurovision 2018

5 replies »

  1. Great article. I was disappointed Poland didn’t progress. I enjoyed listening to the song on my headphones, but watching it performed on stage I thought it was a hard song to make a good presentation with.

    I can imagine though the drop in enthusiasm and momentum for the rest of the contest in a country that didn’t qualify. Netherlands always tried their best and failed so many times. They have qualified easily of late and if they win this weekend then how sweet that must be for a country and a fanbase that has proved really loyal.

    • “Netherlands always tried their best and failed so many times. They have qualified easily of late and if they win this weekend then how sweet that must be for a country and a fanbase that has proved really loyal.”

      Unlike most of my countrymen I care nothing for The Netherlands. Not in this year and hardly ever in another year.

  2. This is an excellent article, thank you! I am a bit sad for Hungary and Georgia today but they both did a tremendous job.

    Well, at least it spares you the humilation to get a last place in the final (greetings from Germany, we fear the worst for saturday. Being Big 5 is not at all glorious).

    I want to add another point. Almost all of the people over there look as if they are having the time of their lifes. Of course it is still a competition but mainly it is one big party where Europe (and parts of Asia and Australia) celebrate peacefully together. How awesome is that?

    • Thank you for your feedback Tamara! I was also sad for Hungary and Georgia, I was convinced both would qualify.

      You’re very right, contestants are having the time of their lives at Eurovision and whoever wins or comes last, it still makes them part of this huge and wonderful celebration of music and cornerstone of European culture!

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