Really don’t have the time to write the usual kind of post tonight, was even considering just throwing my classification here and nothing else, but I’m squeezing in the few other comments as well and leaving the comments about the top songs, both in the actual classification and in mine, for a later time. May be Monday, but I’m not making promises at the moment, so let’s just say I’ll post it when I’ll post it.
Overall, it was a decent edition, and that assessment applies to the majority of the entries. There were a few particularly good voices that weren’t, in my view, helped enough by the songs, and this also applies to the winner. Past this, in a couple of cases a great voice was paired with a fairly good song but sadly lacked show value, while on the other hand one act was in a league of its own in terms of said show value. Very few acts were actually poor, and that’s also counting those that didn’t make it into the final, as from those that did I was only actually bothered by one.
Once again, though I didn’t start following as early as in some other years in the past, I knew all songs before the competition, though one or two that were modified quite late did surprise me with the new versions that were actually performed. Also knew pretty much nothing about the performances, as I didn’t even glance at anything about rehearsals or any of the updates posted in the days right before the competition, and that’s because I didn’t follow the other developments that closely after Romania was thrown out. Won’t comment any more about that at the moment though, since I already did so at the time of the announcement, but I do want to post a link to “Moment of Silence” here as well, as it deserved to and should have been performed along with the rest.
My ranking system is still the same, giving one mark for song and another for show value, plus a positive, neutral or negative modifier, and ranking first according to the overall mark that is the result of averaging the song and show ones, then according to the song mark and then, if both marks are equal, according to the modifier. In case all three are equal, the ranking is the result of me trying to quickly compare the performances in question at the end.
Once again, still largely for my own use, I’ll list all the information here, with the first number being the position in my classification, the one between parentheses that follows it being the actual position, the first number that follows the country name being the overall mark, the second being the song mark and the modifier, if not neutral, being listed at the end. All links are from the official channel, so they shouldn’t vanish.
1. (3.) Russia (7.5, 6.5)
2. (8.) Poland (7, 8)
3. (2.) Australia (7, 7)
4. (16.) Italy (7, 7)
5. (25.) Czech Republic (6.75, 8)
6. (21.) Cyprus (6.75, 6.5, plus)
7. (17.) Azerbaijan (6.75, 6.5, plus)
8. (14.) Israel (6.75, 6.5)
9. (26.) Germany (6.75, 6.5)
10. (7.) Armenia (6.75, 6.5)
11. (13.) Austria (6.5, 7, plus)
12. (18.) Serbia (6.5, 6.5, plus)
13. (4.) Bulgaria (6.5, 6.5, plus)
14. (23.) Croatia (6.5, 6.5, plus)
15. (11.) Netherlands (6.5, 6.5)
16. (12.) Malta (6.5, 6.5)
17. (19.) Hungary (6.5, 6.5)
18. (22.) Spain (6.5, 6.5)
19. (9.) Lithuania (6.5, 6.5, minus)
20. (10.) Belgium (6.25, 6.5, plus)
21. (24.) United Kingdom (6.25, 6.5)
22. (15.) Latvia (6, 6.5)
23. (6.) France (6, 6.5)
24. (1.) Ukraine (6, 6, plus)
25. (5.) Sweden (5.75, 6, plus)
26. (20.) Georgia (5.75, 5.5)
My ranking didn’t match the actual results for any entry, but was only one place off for Australia, two places off for Austria, Hungary and Russia, and three places off for Armenia and the United Kingdom. On the other hand, I was at least ten places off for Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy and Lithuania, and even 20 or more places off for the Czech Republic, Sweden and, obviously, Ukraine.
As for the semifinals, I must say they were similar to last year, in the sense that they were rather different from each other.
If not quite so clearly separated as last time, the first was again pretty clear, though my system had the Czech entry outside the top ten and I really wanted it through, so I kept considering adding an additional half a point after the fact and eventually did so when it was announced that it did get through, knocking Iceland outside the top ten. Admittedly, that’s a bit of cheating, but I’ll go with it and say that, this way, the only difference was that Hungary made it instead of Bosnia, but I guess that rapping part justifies that, as I pretty much pretended it wasn’t there when rating the rest of the performance.
In the second, on the other hand, while I was able to select a top ten, the last two, Ireland and Denmark, were in it just to get to ten and another one, Belarus, purely due to the show value. Would have liked Norway to make it, but it was outside the top ten in my classification and couldn’t in all honesty give it the needed boost. Either way, out of those that did end up in my top ten, only five qualified, the differences being that Belgium, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine made it instead of those I already mentioned and Macedonia and Slovenia, these two being performances I’d have liked to see through. Or at the very least Macedonia instead of whatever that thing from Georgia was, since Ukraine and Latvia were probably objectively pretty good but simply not my thing and Belgium and Lithuania pretty average and in a sense quite interchangeable with some of those I ranked higher up.