Europe spoke during the first semi-final—but not all of our readers agreed with what they had to say. In the aftermath of the voting results, we asked which non-qualifier most deserved a spot in the final. More than 2,000 of our readers voted, but they struggled to reach to a consensus. Three women stayed close to the top, but in the end Hersi Matmuja grabbed victory: 624 voters thought she should have been in the final with her song ‘One Night’s Anger’.
Portugal’s Suzy finished only eight votes behind with 616 votes, or nearly 26%. It’s not surprising since Suzy fell on the left side of the scoreboard at Eurovision, just one point behind qualifier Valentina Monetta of San Marino.
569 readers, or around 24 percent who voted, believed that Estonia’s Tanja should have advanced.
A big gap opened up after that. Moldova’s Cristina, who wants to return to Eurovision, Came fourth. Belgium’s Axel Hirsoux, who’s disappointing result caused a heated debate about the Belgian national final, came fifth, while Latvia’s Aarzemnieki finished last.
Semi-final #1: Which non-qualifier should have made the final?
- Albania: Hersi – One Night’s Anger 26.28% (624 votes)
- Portugal: Suzy – Quero Ser Tua 25.95% (616 votes)
- Estonia: Tanja – Amazing 23.97% (569 votes)
- Moldova: Cristina Scarlat – Wild Soul 8.8% (209 votes)
- Belgium: Axel Hirsoux – Mother 7.79% (185 votes)
- Latvia: Aarzemnieki – Cake To Bake 7.2% (171 votes)
See the results of our poll for the second semi-final.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)