EDITORIAL – Few days before the launch of our annual EUROPREDICTION we gathered online with friends and colleagues this weekend to watch, listen and discuss the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest entries.
Yes, we made sure we have the first listening in audio and a second listening with the music video. We made up our minds and here is what we think of the songs.
For our boss, Fotis views on the 16 entries started of course with a good outcome regarding the ousting of Belarus from the contest. Not only for the sake of the contest but also for the image of the few democratic and transparent Eurovision working team in BTRC who would have seen their entry slammed by the press, the fans and the general sentiment.
The opening of the contest by Lithuania is not a good sign for them. Yes, they will probably qualify and actually very easy, but this is not a good thing for them. It seems that Ireland, Cyprus and Norway are having a good spot while it’s clear that Malta is heavily boosted in the running order.
He is not sure about the future of Russia as there aren’t many allies for the voting (especially with the jury voting) keeping in mind not only the recent EU embargo towards Moscow but also the recent diplomatic escalation with Lithuania.
Our Greek colleague Chris thoughts about the song focus on two entries that seem to have been underrated so far. For him, Croatia and Israel should be noticed. It seems that this semi-final is strong enough with Australia and Ukraine leaving good impressions, with the latter especially been actually the pure ethnic song of the year.
Malta has a great entry and now a great running order. Perfect vocals will lead Destiny to the Grand Final, although we have seen this country been voted in the top by the juries (in the semi-finals) and almost ignored in the final.
For our Italian partner, Andrea Croatia, Israel, Azerbaijan and Ukraine are songs which we have ignored so far. We tend to take notes from the booking offices but we ignore one thing: Betting odds (as presented in the overall tables) estimate the chances for the trophy and not for the ranking.
For him, the first semi-final is quite difficult and now with only 16 countries, it will be a real battle. He doubts Cyprus will qualify as well as Belgium.
Cousing George was also asked to comment as a pure outsider but somehow, a follower of the contest. For him Malta and Azerbaijan seem to be already confirmed qualifiers, he kinda likes Cyprus and he expressed everyone by saying that Sweden will qualify to the final just because it’s Sweden and just because everyone says so.
For him North Macedonia, Ireland, Russia and Romania will pay the price of having descent and good entries but placed in a bad order of appearance.
Following the preview of the songs (audio and video), we also asked our close friends on social to vote and we have accumulated 19 voting sheets in the following OIKOPANEL result of potential qualifiers for the FIRST SEMI-FINAL. This vote will be added to the international jury of EUROPREDICTION® 2021 which kicks off on April 1st, in which you can apply for membership in the international jury panel representing your country.
OIKOPANEL’S FIRST SEMI-FINAL QUALIFIERS