The second dress rehearsal for the first semi final takes tonight, but why should we all be paying attention to it this evening?
The second dress rehearsal or as it is better known, the jury show will determine 50% of the votes ahead of the first semi final on Tuesday night. The juries from all of the eighteen countries competing in the first semi final as well as in Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom will be watching the performances tonight and ranking the performances from 1-17 or in the case of the three big five nations 1-18.
The new voting system of the jury and televote being added together to give a total of 24 points up for grab, instead of the traditional combined 12 points. This means that a number of performances tonight can get a major head start when in previous years a poor televote would have wiped points off the board.
Any slip up tonight can have a big impact on the results, as was seen in the second dress rehearsal for the final at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. In 2011 the United Kingdom and Russia both had poor performances vocally in their dress rehearsals, significantly pulling down their respective triumphs in the televote.
In 2016 songs that were helped by the jury to get through to the final were:
- Malta – Ira Losco – Walk On Water – 1st on jury vote – 155 points, 9th on televote
- Czech Republic – Gabriela Guncikova – 4th on jury vote – 120 points, 12th on televote
- Israel – Hovi Star – Made of Stars – 4th on jury vote – 127 points, 16th on televote
- Georgia – Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz – Midnight Gold – 7th on jury – 84 points, 11th on televote
In 2016 the songs that were stopped from qualifying by the juries were:
- Bosnia & Herzegovina – Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala – Ljubav je – 8th on televote – 78 points, 14th on jury vote
- Belarus – IVAN – Help You Fly – 9th on televote – 52 points, 12th on jury vote
- Macedonia – Kaliopi – Dona – 8th on televote – 54 points, 11th on jury vote
Looking forward to the second semi final there will be one artist who will fully understand the importance of the juries in getting through to the final. In 2014 Valentina Monetta took San Marino to the final by scoring just 1 more point that Suzy from Portugal. The split vote was as follows:
- Portugal – 7th on televote – 71 points
- San Marino – 8th on televote – 58 points
- Portugal – 16th on jury vote – 17 points
- San Marino – 13th on jury vote – 35 points
- Portugal – 11th overall – 39 points
- San Marino – 10th overall – 40 points
Keep an eye out through the evening for any signs of a slip up, one off note and your chances of Saturday night glory could well be dead.