The first semi-final of Eurovision 2013 has come to an end, and we can now reveal the 10 qualifiers advancing to the grand finale, and the six acts who will be checking out of their hotel a bit earlier. Brace yourself, people. Here are the semi-final results.
The ten countries advancing to the final are:
The six acts going home are:
Team Wiwi sat through the qualifiers’ press conference and have now transcribed all of it for you. Read it here.
Quick thoughts on these results from Team Wiwi.
1. It was really touching to see Lithuania go through. The Wiwi Jury backed him really strongly earlier this year and everyone thought we were crazy. He likely benefitted from the camera effects—it went all blurry, remember—which reminds us of the Anastasiya Petryk effect from Junior Eurovision.
2. In fact, maybe we can add Estonia to that list of countries that benefited from camera tricks. She starts her act out in black and white and made it through…which completely shocked me. But she’s got lots of fans, and a tiny part of me is finally starting to understand why. She looked amazing and her vocals were on point!
3. Sadly that didn’t work for Montenegro, which also used the same effect.
4. Some of us are traumatized that Moje 3 didn’t advance.
5. Anouk is so funny. At her press conference she said she wasn’t nervous about tonight until it got to spot #9 and she still hadn’t been called. You can read more about that in our press conference post. Zlata, on the other hand, said she was a nervous wreck.
6. Inside the Arena Zlata Ognevich didn’t get as big of an applause as we anticipated. This may simply be because her act is geared for the television voting audience, which isn’t a bad thing.
Photo: Thomas Hanses, Sander Hesterman (EBU)