Don’t worry… if you weren’t up before dawn’s crack this morning to watch the first of the Eurovision semi-finals, we won’t be spoiling the party here in the header. Though if you’re thinking about watching the delayed telecast of the first semi final on Friday night and wish to remain blissfully unaware, it’s probably wise that you don’t read on past here.
Ten countries out of the possible 16 made it through from this morning’s first semi final, but there were six who missed out on a place in Saturday night’s Grand Final and there’ll no doubt be questions why.
In alphabetical order, those countries that missed out are…
The Belarusians fielded a decent enough track, but the combination of Uzari and Maimuna’s vocals and the latter’s fiddling didn’t impress enough to make it into the top ten and through to the Grand Final.
Danish outfit Anti Social Media were sent along with the hopes of the nation on their shoulders, but they were a little less punk/rock as their name suggested and a bit more melodic ’60s-esque group.
The Finns took a big risk in performing their song in their native tongue. And it’s a risk that, sadly for them, didn’t pay off; Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät sent home after the first of the semis.
Despite revolving around the universal themes of love, we weren’t sure whether Daniel Kajmakoski’s song was remarkable enough to make it through to the Grand Final. Turns out… it wasn’t.
Though there was a car chase in the video, the live performance of ‘I Want Your Love’ clearly wasn’t enough for the rest of Europe to vote for Eduard Romanyuta, sending him home after one performance.
Trijntje Oosterhuis’s English language single ‘Walk Along’, though decent enough as the acoustic pop number it is, became a little repetitive for us towards the end. Clearly for the rest of Europe too.
That means, of course, that the countries moving through to the Grand Final on Saturday night to compete alongside the big five, Austria and Australia are;
Albania, Armenia, Belgium, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Russia and Serbia.