Cyprus’s Eleni Foureira whipped her hair like Beyoncé. Israel’s Netta Barzilai dropped a cappella sounds before a wall of Japanese maneki-neko cats. And Estonia’s Elina Nechayeva hit the highest of high notes while wearing a a 60,000 euro projection dress. And after the confetti and glitter had settled on Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2018, all three of them had qualified for the grand final on Saturday.
Eurovision 2018: Semi-Final 1 Qualifiers
- Austria: Cesár Sampson – “Nobody But You”
- Estonia: Elina Netsajeva – “La forza”
- Cyprus: Eleni Foureira – “Fuego”
- Lithuania: Ieva Zasimauskaite – “When We’re Old”
- Israel: Netta Barzilai – “Toy”
- Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef – “Lie to Me”
- Bulgaria: Equinox – “Bones”
- Albania: Eugent Bushpepa – “Mall”
- Finland: Saara Aalto – “Monsters”
- Ireland: Ryan O’Shaughnessy – “Together”
Semi-Final 1: Eliminated acts
- Switzerland: Zibbz – “Stones”
- Azerbaijan: Aisel – “X My Heart”
- Iceland: Ari Ólafsson – “Our Choice”
- Belgium: Sennek – “A Matter of Time”
- Belarus: Alekseev – “Forever”
- FYR Macedonia: Eye Cue – “Lost and Found”
- Croatia: Franka — “Crazy”
- Greece: Yianna Terzi – “Oneiro mou”
- Armenia: Sevak Khanagyan – “Qami”
Eurovision 2018: Semi-Final 1 Reaction
The voting results presented a number of surprises. Albania’s Eugent Bushpepa had been a fan favourite ever since he won Festivali i Kenges back in December. But hype had subsided and the bookies thought he was out. But he is most definitely in. He’s also the first male soloist from Albania ever to make the final. He’ll be joined in the final by fellow Albanians Eleni Foureira from Cyprus and Ermal Meta from Italy.
Another surprise? Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy. The bookies wrote him off long ago. And while his fans have consistently been behind him, even some of them worried that the staging may not be enough to push him through. After his tasteful and atmospheric performance, haters are definitely eating their words.
Azerbaijan, which had to open the show, fell short and won’t sing in the final for the first time in its Eurovision history. Armenia also fell short. Despite a sound performance, Sevak won’t sing “Qami” again in the grand final this Saturday. The last time Armenia was eliminated was in 2011 when Emmy sang “Boom Boom”.
Greece also failed to make the final for the second time in its history. The last time it sat out the final was in 2016 in Stockholm.
Did your favourite make it through? Who was done wrong? And who is going to make the biggest impact in Lisbon on Saturday?