Caffe` Latte` presents…
THAT FAILED TO QUALIFY
AT THE SEMI-FINALS
As more countries wished to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, Semi-Finals became necessary by 1993 in order to limit the duration of the Grand Final. This countdown looks back on 45 culled – but worthy- entries that failed to progress from a Semi-Final and therefore missed out on competing in the Grand Final:
With Italy still boycotting Eurovision at the time, an entry sung in Italian was likely to fare better than the fate awaiting soloist Paolo Meneguzzi who performed the Swiss song in 2008. The tune started slowly but then picked up pace. In Semi-Final 2, his song entitled "Era Stupendo" finished 13th out of 19 countries.
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