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7 things that the Eurovision movie predicted

In honour of the Eurovision Song Contest returning to screens this week, I re-watched “Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga”, and it was creepy how many things it had correctly predicted.

Here are seven predictions that “Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga” got right.

1. The UK hosting the contest (without winning)

In the Eurovision Movie…

Edinburgh is the host city for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. It’s customary for the previous year’s winner to host the next contest. In the movie, this rule is even mentioned as a plot point, with some Icelanders worried about the cost of hosting. During the contest, the Russian entry, Alexander Lemtov, asserts that the UK is unpopular and always does poorly.

So, if the UK does so poorly – how did they manage to win it the previous year? This plot hole garnered attention from fans, who speculated that Australia had won the contest, and the UK had stepped in to host.

In reality…

There was no 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, due to COVID-19. However, the contest is set to be hosted in the UK, this year – but in Liverpool. However, just like in the movie, the UK still haven’t ended their winless drought. Instead, the UK have stepped in to host due to the winners being Ukraine, who are unable to host due to the ongoing war with Russia.

2. Semi-Final Rule Changes

In the Eurovision Movie…

In the movie, Iceland have a disastrous semi-final performance. Their man-sized wheel crashes off the stage, both singers end up injured and things, ultimately, do not go to plan. However, they ultimately manage to qualify to the final. Typically, in Eurovision, 50% of the votes come from the audience (who may have felt sympathetic or amused by the chaos) and 50% come from professional jurors. Under that voting system, it’s incredibly unlikely that the jurors would’ve granted them enough points to qualify to the final.

In reality…

It was announced that Eurovision 2023 would see a change in semi-final rules. Rather than having the semi-finals decided by half-jury and half-audience, it was decided to give the voting audience full control over the qualifiers. It’s far more likely that a disastrous act like Fire Saga would qualify under this system, than they would under a jury-based system. Unless, of course…

3. Irregularities with the Juries

In the Eurovision Movie…

Iceland do receive points from the different juries, in an emotional scene in the latter half of the movie. It’s never outright stated, but it’s implied that there could be something shady happening with this. Dan Stevens’ Alexander Lemtov, the Russian representative, is shown to be a very influential man – with lots of houses around the world. He takes a liking to Iceland’s entry and is very supportive of Rachel McAdams’ Sigrit especially. Commentator Graham Norton comments that most of the jury votes for Iceland seem to be coming from the “Eastern Bloc”. Is this the area where Lemtov has the most influence?

In reality…

During the results of Eurovision 2022, the EBU had to remove six countries from the jury vote – due to irregularities with the voting. There was no real follow-up on this, but it seemed that six countries had made an alliance during the semi-finals, to ensure that all of them had the best chance of qualifying. Shady stuff.

4. Iceland winning (if not for disaster)

In the Eurovision Movie…

Everything’s looking good for Iceland, as Demi Lovato’s Katiana looks set to be an early favourite for the contest. That is until a dastardly scheme ends up with her being killed in an explosion. Iceland have never won the Eurovision Song Contest (despite coming 2nd in 1999 and 2009), so it was particularly heart-breaking to watch their dreams crushed by an external disaster.

In reality…

In 2020, Iceland struck gold with their Daði & Gagnamagnið and their song “Think About Things”. The song was an international hit and was fourth in the odds, regarded by many fans as the most likely winner. However, they never had the chance to compete – as the 2020 contest was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The band returned in 2021 with the song “10 Years”, however, disaster struck again. The band were unable to perform live, due to some of the members catching COVID. As a result, a video of their performance was played instead. They ended up placing 4th.

Iceland’s 2020 entry was a favourite to win, but it wasn’t to be.

5. American stars coming to Eurovision

In the Eurovision Movie…

Iceland are represented by Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell. Not playing themselves, of course, but Will Ferrell is actually lending his singing voice to the film. Americans don’t tend to pay much attention to Eurovision, as represented by the Americans in this movie. When they attempted an American Eurovision, it went down like a bag of cold sick.

In reality…

In 2021, fans were shocked by the announcement that American rapper Flo Rida would be representing San Marino at Eurovision. The news was treated as bizarre and many couldn’t believe it. However, it seems that the Story of Fire Saga was bang on the money about Americans appearing on the big stage.

Flo Rida made a surprise appearance in San Marino’s Eurovision 2021 entry.

6. A Eurovision Love Story

In the Eurovision Movie…

“Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga” is a bit of a romantic comedy. There’s a bit of a strange love square between the main representatives that we meet – Iceland’s Lars and Sigrit, Russia’s Alexander and Greece’s Mita. This leads to a lot of mingling between these competitors, with lots of sleeping together and romance shared. Alexander dreams of bringing Sigrit away with him after the contest is over, though she ultimately ends up with Lars.

In reality…

While it’s likely that some frolicking between contestants has happened in the past, none of it was quite as public as “Efentix” in 2021. This was the ship name given to Azerbaijan’s Efendi and Norway’s TIX – who used many avenues of the contest to flirt with each other. The two even visited each other after the contest was over, hinting that a romance was real. It doesn’t seem like the relationship went anywhere; but it’s clear that sparks really do fly at Eurovision.

7. The return of the Icelandic language

In the Eurovision Movie…

Sigrit concludes the film with a powerful rendition of her song “Húsavík”. The song is part-English and part-Icelandic. The movie makes quite a few references to the Icelandic language, with Lars stating that an Icelandic song could “never win Eurovision”. When “Húsavík” reaches the Icelandic part, some of the viewers are shocked to hear it – with Iceland usually sending entries in English.

In reality…

This prediction was, perhaps, a bit stale by the time of the movie’s release. However, it’s likely at the time of writing that Iceland’s 2019 entry “Hatrið mun sigra” from Hatari hadn’t been revealed it. The song is sung completely in Icelandic and performed very well, placing 10th.

Hatari’s 2019 entry, sung in Icelandic.

To confirm it wasn’t a fluke, Iceland sent another Icelandic song in 2022. Systur’s “Með Hækkandi Sól” could not be any more different from Hatari’s heavy sound, but still managed to qualify to the Grand Final of the contest. This is a higher feat than most of Iceland’s English entries in the 2010s accomplished.

Iceland’s 2022 entry from Systur was also sung in Icelandic

With the movie only being a few years old, who knows what other predictions could come true. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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