The results are in and FINLAND made it to the final once again, prompting one journalist to ask the the attending Finnish delegation whether this is proof that the UMK (Uuden Musiikin Kiilpailu / New Music Competition) event is actually successful in producing good entries for the country now and in the future. In typical Finnish understatement the reply was, ”You will just have to see”.
One journalist commented that bloc voting by region must be absent in Semifinal 2 if only Slovenia made it through from the ex-Yugoslavia (and only Belarus from the ex-USSR), which means that the songs qualified on their own merits. TEO (Belarus) expressed thanks to voters from other countries for choosing his song, but Cleo (Poland) mischievously suspected that Slavic men everywhere had voted for her ”Slavic Girls” song.
Conchita Wurst (Austria) had a very worried look on television screens moments before Austria was announced as the last qualifier to the Grand Final on Saturday. When asked if she was sure that Austria would be called out as the last qualifier, the glamorous diva said self-deprecatingly that looking behind her there were so many great artistes, and Israel was specifically mentioned as one country which she thought might be called out instead of Austria.
More from the Semifinal 2 Qualifiers Press Conference here: http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=second_semi-final_the_winners_press_conference
The final line up for the Grand Final is now confirmed here: http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=Array_running_order_for_the_grand_final_revealed
So tune to YLE2 on Saturday 10 May at 22:00 Finnish time to discover who will win the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.