Officials from the Eurovision Broadcasting Union have already revealed that the jury and televoters only agreed on six of the ten finalists, and that two countries tied for tenth position. But what they didn’t reveal was the rank order of Thursday’s second semi-final. Fortunately the team from WiwiBloggs.Com slipped into their tightest swimwear and visited the Hyatt Regency pool on Friday. Home to acts including Ireland’s Jedward, Austria’s Trackshittaz (who we spotted sunbathing) and Sweden’s Loreen, it’s a hot house of Eurovision news and gossip. We cozied up to our ESC insider, and he claimed to have once again seen the televoting and jury votes.
As you can see below, Sweden won the semi-final as predicted by bookmakers and the press. Turkey, a perennial contender, finished second, followed by Serbia and the Ukraine. No big surprises there. What’s interesting, however, is that Tooji—who was ranked third by most British betting agencies—only finished sixth. This makes sense. His vocals seemed slightly off during the live broadcast on Thursday.
The jury and televoters did not agree on the countries ranked seventh through tenth. According to our source, Malta and Estonia need to thank the jury for pushing them into the final, while Lithuania and Bosnia owe their spot in the final to the televoters. Our source claims that Bosnia tied with its Balkan ally Slovenia for the tenth spot.