The second of the Eurovision semi finals wrapped up in Sweden just an hour or so ago, with another ten countries moving through to Saturday night’s Grand Final.
Those ten countries will join the ten already qualified from Tuesday night’s semi, along with the “big five” of Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the UK and host nation Sweden.
As always, we’re not just going to blurt out the countries who’ve made it through, just in case you’re champing at the bit to watch this semi final re-broadcast on SBS tomorrow night. If that’s the case, turn away now…
Before we get into the countries that didn’t make it through, this was Australia’s semi final; Dami Im performing her DNA-penned ballad ‘Sound Of Silence’. And, as expected, she’s made it through to tomorrow night’s Grand Final. She did a great job too (watch HERE).
But eight countries left the Eurovision competition this morning, failing to impress with their performances. Those countries (with links to our stories and edited comments on each) are;
“It’ll be altogether forgettable for most of Europe. Cinq points.”
“Stands a very good chance of making it through the second of the semi finals.”
“Plenty of commercial appeal, but is it extraordinary enough to win? Huit points.”
“Is it special enough to win the whole thing? Nup. Six points.”
“Kudos for being one of very few countries performing in their national tongue, but ‘Dona’ isn’t special enough for us. Quatre points.
“It’s very Eurovision. It’s a bit unusual. It’s getting huit points from us.”
“It’s got a key change and a Bucks Fizz-esque costume rip that, if performed on the night, might give her some extra points.
“Switzerland should easily make it through to the final. Neuf points.”
Seems we were a little off in some of our predictions for the second semi final then… Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne will have taken a bit of a hit to the ego, after failing to take Ireland through and naked-with-wolves-guy Ivan from Belarus also failed to make the cut (he didn’t perform naked, or with wolves).
So the countries going through to tomorrow night’s Grand Final (in alphabetical order) are…;
Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia and Ukraine.
The performance order has already been worked out for the Grand Final and Australia will perform second, right behind host nation Sweden. The UK’s Joe and Jake will wrap proceedings before Europe goes about voting.
Here’s when to catch each of the events on SBS One, kicking off with a re-telecast of Tuesday night’s first semi final tonight;
Friday May 13 @ 7:30pm – Semi Final 1 (re-broadcast)
Saturday May 14 @ 7:30pm – Semi Final 2 (re-broadcast)
Sunday May 15 @ 5:00am AEST – Grand Final (LIVE)
Sunday May 15 @ 7:30m – Grand Final (re-broadcast)