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?
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Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland
Categories: Eurovision 2018