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While en-route to Bratislava yesterday, Matt and Zack from ESC United spent the hour long train ride discussing who we think will advance to the Finals from the 2 Semi-Finals that will take place next Tuesday and Thursday.  As we discussed these picks, we took into account only what has been presented so far, such as live performances, studio tracks, and recent voting patterns.  Thus, we tried our best to stay objective and not take into account our own personal tastes.

Semi-Final 1 is difficult because we feel there are a lot of songs that are highly likely to qualify for the finals.  With that said, there are limited spaces that the additional countries are fighting for.  In Semi-Final 2, we believe the number of “sure-shot” finalists is lower, leaving more spots to be fought for.  However, this may greatly change over the next few days as we begin to see the staging of the performances for each country.  We plan to provide more projections as the week progresses.  Stay tuned!

We also would like to hear from you, who do you think is going to qualify? The intent is to compare your results pre- and post rehearsals and see who did a better job: The folks who are onsite or the folks who may not be here physically but may have a more objective point of view? Vote in the poll below.

With that said, please feel free to comment on whether you agree or disagree.

SEMI-FINAL 1 (picks in bold)
Moldova
Armenia
Belgium
Netherlands
Finland
Greece
Estonia

FYR Macedonia
Serbia
Hungary
Belarus
Russia
Denmark
Albania
Romania
Georgia

Semi-Final 2 (picks in bold)
Lithuania
Ireland
San Marino
Montenegro
Malta
Norway
Portugal
Czech Republic
Israel
Latvia
Azerbaijan

Iceland
Sweden
Switzerland
Cyprus
Slovenia
Poland

As said, now it’s time for you to cast your vote. You can vote for up to 10 countries.

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