In the heart of the Ukrainian capital, 18 hopeful acts took to the world’s most popular stage but only 10 have qualified in what has been an exciting first Semi-Final broadcast. In order of announcement, the first 10 countries that will be joining Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, France and Ukraine in the Grand Final are:
Armenia: Artsvik – Fly With Me
Australia: Isaiah – Don’t Come Easy
Azerbaijan: Dihaj – Skeletons
Belgium: Blanche – City Lights
Cyprus: Hovig – Gravity
Greece: Demy – This Is Love
Moldova: Sunstroke Project – Hey, Mamma!
Portugal: Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois
Poland: Kasia Moś – Flashlight
Sweden: Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
While this is Cyprus’ third consecutive year qualifying from the Semi Finals, Moldova had failed to qualify in their last three attempts before tonight’s success. For Portugal, this evening’s qualification is not only good news for Salvador but for his family too, as their entry was written by his sister Luisa.
18 acts performed for the chance to appear in this year’s Grand Final leaving 8 countries unable to qualify. In alphabetical order, the 8 acts who did not make it through were:
- Albania: Lindita – World
- Czech Republic: Martina Bárta – My Turn
- Finland: Norma John – Blackbird
- Georgia: Tamara Gachechiladze – Keep the Faith
- Iceland: Svala – Paper
- Montenegro: Slavko Kalezić – Space
- Solvenia: Omar Naber – On My Way
- Latvia: Triana Park – Line
Acts were awarded scores based on points awarded by national Expert Juries and televoting. These points were then combined to reveal an overall score for each act that determined the final outcome.
The Expert Juries voted last night on yesterday’s Semi-Final 1 Jury Show; a non-broadcast, live feed of the performances in a dry-run. Televoting took place tonight during the transmission of the live show.
The second semi-final Jury Show will take place on Wednesday 10 May and the live broadcast will be on Thursday 11 May.