Malmö – The first semi-final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Conest is over and we have our first 10 qualifyers! Click here to check who made it to the final and tell us what you thought of the contest! Some surprises, some shock results based on the official bookmakers or the press predictions are awaiting you!
As a reminder, these were the 16 entries participating tonight:
Austria: Natália Kelly – Shine
Estonia: Birgit – Et Uus Saaks Alguse
Slovenia: Hannah – Straight Into Love
Croatia: Klapa s mora – Mižerja
Denmark: Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops
Russia: Dina Garipova – What If
Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich – Gravity
The Netherlands: Anouk – Birds
Montenegro: Who See – Igranka
Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis – Something
Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh
Moldova: Aliona Moon – O Mie
Ireland: Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives
Cyprus: Despina Olympiou – An Me Thimasai
Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills
Serbia: Moje 3 – Ljubav Je Svuda
And the 10 qualifyers tonight were:
- Moldova: Aliona Moon – O Mie
- Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis – Something
- Ireland: Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives
- Estonia: Birgit – Et Uus Saaks Alguse
- Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh
- Denmark: Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops
- Russia: Dina Garipova – What If
- Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills
- Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich – Gravity
- The Netherlands: Anouk – Birds
For Moldova this is the 5th qualification in a row, they only missed qualification in 2008. However, it is their first qualification with a song without a single English word! Lithuania has now qualified three years in a row, each time almost as a surprise to many predictions. Ireland has qualified for the fourth year in a row, and the first time without Jedward since Niamh in 2010. Estonia also qualified for the third year in a row, having missed the final only once, in 2010, since the introduction of their Eesti Laul formula. And the second in a row and third overall of Eesti Laul songs performed in Estonian to do so. Belarus qualified for the first time since 2010, when they also finished last in the final. Denmark has not missed the final since 2007. Russia has always qualified to the final since the introduction to semi-finals. Belgium qualified for the second time ever from a semifinal, and it is the first time for French-speaking ORTBF to do so (coming close in 2011 missing the final for only 1 point!) Ukraine never missed the final since the introduction of the semi-final formula. Netherlands qualified for the second time ever from a semifinal, the last time being in 2004, the first year of semi-final!
At the press confernece, the 10 qualifyers will pick whether they will perform in the first half of the final or the second half, the final draw will be made, based on this, by SVT:
Estonia picked first half, Denmark picked second half, Russia picked first half, Ukraine picked second half, Netherlands picked first half, Belgium picked first half, Belarus picked first half, Moldova picked first half, Ireland picked second, Lithuania picked first half!
So what do you think of these 10 countries making it? Tell us if you got the prediction right and if you agree with the results.
Also it is time to comment on Petra’s hosting, the interval act, Lynda’s sketch, the overall design of the year, the camera shtos and directing. What do you think of the contest so far? And don’t forget to tune in for Thursday’s second semi-final!