It has been quite an intense evening. A total of 18 entries performed during the Second Semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 and only 10 of them made it to the Grand Final. Even though, I strongly hoped even until the final qualifier was announced that Romania would make it and well…we didn’t. It’s the second year when we are actually failing at this and we are becoming the next San Marino, ok maybe not this worse but more like Bulgaria between 2009 – 2013. It doesn’t feel ok but after all, this is just a contest and the results will just be results after all.
Eurovision is full of diversity and voting was and will always be subjective. Even though a song doesn’t qualify this doesn’t necessarily make it bad. It’s a matter of taste, geo-political voting and lots of other factors. I’ve been closely watching this contest for exactly 10 years now and what I’ve learned so far is that Eurovision is really not about the results, it’s 100% about feelings, music and a huge international vibe. If you are watching Eurovision just in May, then you are clearly not a fan. Eurovision actually starts in September each year when any song launched after September 1st is eligible to compete in this great contest. From November the National Finals Season is set to kick in and the hard-core fans are watching National Selections all across Europe and beyond (Australia). In January each year the busy season of the National Selections settles and there are many Super Saturdays or Sundays when several National Selections run simultaneously. And yes, there are fans, including me, who are watching on several screens because damn yes it’s fascinating.
Nothing compares to the feeling of your favorite winning the National Selection of any country and supporting it till the end (Malta 2015, Estonia 2014, Denmark 2013 and so on). Obviously, sometimes your favorite doesn’t win but in the end, you are happy because you discovered a new artist and a new song which you can listen through all the year. Everything culminates with the rehearsals starting two weeks before the Semifinals are organized and obviously the eurovision week which is short, dramatic and brings the infamous PED – Post Eurovision Depression. After the Grand Final ends, a complete silence settles in and well…all you have left is to continuously listen to all those songs throughout the summer until….September comes back again.
This might seem quite weird for those who don’t understand Eurovision but this cycle is absolutely normal and I’m living it for 10 years now. I love it and I will probably love it till the end of my days even though some of my favorites don’t actually win or qualify. My point is that Eurovision is not about your country qualifying into the Grand Final but more like the experience itself which obviously can be made better with your favorites ending in the top 10. I can’t wait to see the Grand Final on Saturday and support the countries that I liked in the Semifinals. Good luck to everyone and enjoy it! 🙂