Tonight eighteen acts will sing in Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2017. But only ten will survive and make it to the grand final this Saturday. But the nail-biting process kicked off on Monday evening with the jury final, which accounts for 50% of the overall score.

Azerbaijan’s Dihaj vogued in a fantasy world that included chalkboards and horses, Poland’s Kasia Mos celebrated freedom in a white bandage dress and Montenegro’s Slavko Kalezic went giddy-up as he trotted and thrust across the stage.

But who among them improved their chances of qualifying? Below you can watch our review video, filmed seconds after the jury final. You can also scroll down to read some of our rough notes.

Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 1 Jury Show (Review)

Sweden: Robin Bengtsson – “I Can’t Go On” 

Serving sex face and charisma, Robin has hit his stride and nailed both his choreography and his vocals. At times we’ve moaned about his potentially wooden delivery. But wood can also make fire and tonight we definitely felt the heat. The opening shot in particular showed his swagger as he looked directly into the camera and flicked his chin with abandon. Slick, safe and polished, it’s a strong show opener and one producers can rely on. We can also rely on this sailing through to the final.

Georgia: Tamara Gachechiladze – “Keep the Faith”

Miss Gachechiladze likes a big crowd — and it’s clear she performs best when in front of one. She erased our memories of her underwhelming rehearsals by hitting note after note, and by doing so with more attitude than an angry drag queen. She pumped up her hair and her stage presence, remaining the focus of the performance even as massive flames shot up around the stage. This had a sleek, James Bond feel that gave the song some much-needed dynamism. In our minds this has gone from borderline qualifier at best to a song that could do some real damage. This Tako comes with chilli sauce… feel the heat!

Australia: Isaiah – “Don’t Come Easy”

Australia’s team have finally arrived at their dreamscape, bringing Isaiah into technicolour focus with a series of stunning LED images of the singer in blue and pink. There are moments when the camera cuts off all sense of the arena and audience, allowing us to bask in Isaiah’s melodic voice and the high-impact but soothing colours on the wall. The Lazy Susan turntable seems less prominent — and we no longer see its undercarriage — helping keep us in that fantasy. As much as this has improved, its “moment” — a pyro rainfall — isn’t particularly memorable. Following Tamara’s performance, this felt somehow sleepy and quiet.

Albania: Lindita – “World”

Tamara’s performance cast a very long shadow, and some felt that it extended to Albania’s performance. Lindita’s vocals seemed slightly off, and at one point a colleague suggested she was trying too hard. Even so, her vocal flourishes remained impressive and her moment — spaceships colliding with ships as she freestyles — did draw applause. The visuals still don’t seem to marry to the song (even with Lindita dressed as an intergalactic space diva) but it doesn’t matter. Tomorrow is another day and the strength of Lindita’s vocals could help her win over the public — assuming she returns to top form.

Belgium: Blanche – “City Lights”

Blanche traded her white dress for a black one. Up close it looked rather nice, but at times it seemed to camouflage her against the black floor. The lighting effects — lots of white lines on the LED floor, plenty of spotlights shining down in circular arrays — are very strong. In the final half of the song it seemed like Blanche might break down and cry. She may have been scared, but it had the effect of bringing the song to life and showed the passion that should accompany a song about longing. Some will see her fragility as a weakness and others as a strength. But if she can continue to express something rather than nothing (as she did during her first rehearsal), this may avoid the favourite-to-flop scenario many envision.

Montenegro: Slavko Kalezic – “Space”

His personality is so big it could fill the entire International Exhibition Centre. And Slavko put it to good use during his jury performance, serving character, frivolity and artistry in equal measure. Unfortunately the stage still felt empty and at times his ad libs didn’t quite work out. However, he did draw big applause in the press room and first-time viewers will find his antics — including the twirling of his hair braid — charming and hilar. Montenegro always faces an uphill fight. Slavko is taking his with a smile and good cheer.

Finland: Norma John – “Blackbird”

Forget the blackbird. Let’s talk about the dark horse. This was absolutely stunning and, for the first time since the UMK final, gave me proper chills. Leena has risen to the occasion repeatedly and she did so again this evening, delivering her powerful vocals with precision and control. Owing to the LED smoke, dark lighting and wide camera shots, the stage looked enormous. But Leena still remained the focus. Meditating on loss and longing is a real downer. Yet owing to the magic of the performance this is somehow uplifting.

Azerbaijan: Dihaj – “Skeletons”

Visually arresting and totally original, this takes the viewer to another world, where men dress as horses and where Dihaj dominates visually, musically and sensually. It’s slick and polished and oozes high art. Dihaj’s opening vocals are always very breathy, and initially I worried she might stumble. But she held it together and looked incredibly confident. It’s sailing through to the final.

Portugal: Salvador Sobral – “Amar Pelos Dois”

The wait was worth it. Salvador delivered a stunning performance that left the press room silent (before it erupted with rapturous applause). When he sings he goes somewhere else mentally and spiritually. You get the sense he isn’t aware of the audience — and yet he somehow has them in the palm of his hand. Oozing joy as much as nostalgia and longing, he ad-libbed violin playing, showing he’s not rigid — he’s loose and in the moment. Three minutes of joy. A potential winner.

Greece: Demy – “This Is Love”

Demy dropped the register of the line “this is love”, singing an octave lower. It seemed like a wise move, given the difficulties the team has faced mixing backing and lead vocals. But at the end of the show — after all 18 countries had sung — the hosts told us that Demy would be performing again owing to technical difficulties. And when she did it became clear that it’s her backing vocalists who hold the high note. Funnily enough, the adjusted version from the first take sounded fine — the song still had life and the staging went perfectly. Performing the song again may simply have highlighted to jurors that Demy isn’t hitting the high note on her own. Either way this should go through — the staging works and Demy sold it well.

Poland: Kasia Mos – “Flashlight”

She’s been growing in confidence with each run through and tonight she reached a new high. Wearing a stunning white bandage dress, Kasia poured her soul into this and you could feel it through the screen. Yes, the Polish diaspora will support her. But we have a feeling the international jurors will as well.

Moldova: Sunstroke Project — “Hey Mamma”

They’ve stood out all week for mixing fun, musicality and just the right amount of crazy. And everything seemed to go according to plan this evening. Lead singer Sergey was particularly forceful with his dance moves, matching Epic Sax Guy in the energy stakes. Interestingly, producers go to Epic Sax Guy during a break and talk about his meme going viral. It’s a subtle nod to his popularity and suggests producers want to help the group through.

Iceland: Svala – “Paper”

My lingering memory is of Svala’s chest, which is on fine display in her skin-tight outfit which will surely turn heads. Unfortunately the song feels languid and the staging doesn’t erase that. The stage seems to swallow her and there’s not a wow moment to remember during the voting interval. She’s a stellar singer but the overall package feels somehow empty.

Czech Republic: Martina Bárta – “My Turn”

It’s one of the simpler performances of the year, yet it’s so inviting you want to watch it over again and again. Martina didn’t falter and, following a somewhat cold performance from Iceland, this got a bit of a boost.

Cyprus: Hovig – “Gravity”

His choreography has proved tricky in recent days, but Hovig finally nailed it when it counted, balancing on one foot and hitting the majority of his marks. He was slightly off-centre when he laid down on the LED skyscape, but it’s a minor point. He and his dancers were generally in-sync. The song has left many underwhelmed, so the fight remains a tough one. But Hovig has won over plenty of haters and tonight’s performance likely won over a few more.

Armenia: Artsvik – “Fly with Me”

Talk about a cock-up! Producers accidentally played the Czech Republic’s backing track during Armenia’s performance. After taking a moment to sort it out, the show went on and Artsvik absolutely nailed it. Lesser artists would have been fazed and stumbled, but she pushed through, hitting one of the most visually captivating performances of recent years. The glorious bird that flies out of her heart at the end of the performance appeared on the screen at the beginning this evening — perhaps another error from producers — but it made no difference whatsoever. This was stellar and a potential winner of the semi.

Slovenia: Omar Naber – “On My Way”

Producers have done a good job giving this dated song a more contemporary vibe through the staging. But following the ethno-glam of Artsvik it’s just extra underwhelming.

Latvia: Triana Park — “Walk the Line”

Slovenia’s largely blue stage gave way to Latvia’s explosion of splatter paint, which looked extra bright and vibrant. Agnese delivered as always, bending and snapping with sass and edge. Yet somehow, when filming the recap, I slightly forgot about this, which is strange given how energetic and colourful it is.

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Buffy

I want Latvia to qualify so badly! They deserve it much more than this boring Australian ballad which will probably win the jury vote in this semi BECAUSE IT IS AUSTRALIA

TheRainFromAbove
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TheRainFromAbove

Ny votes 2night will go to Triana Park!

Diego
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Diego

Can you guys answer trully… Just for People from the countrys votting tonight:
Whos going to vote in Portugal tonight?
Thank you

Veronique
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Veronique

I will not vote for that song. I don’t like it, and it’s not because that guy is quirky and all.. I simply do not like the song.

Héctor
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Héctor

After the rehearsals, I want to make my prediction too. In this SF1 is harder for the countries to qualify than in SF2 , but is easier to predict most of the qualifiers. In SF2, there are a lot of possible qualifiers, in fact, I would say Bulgaria is the only sure qualifier there. Said that, this is my prediction with a percentage showing the possibility of qualifying for each country and my opinon between brackets: – Sweden 100% (Like it, great show) – Armenia 95% (Something experimental, isn’t my fav, but I don’t mind seeing it in the final.… Read more »

Nikos
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Nikos

Lol, I loved in your reaction video where you talked about “My Turn” replaying before Artsvik’s performance, and were like “It’s NOT your turn!” 🙂

Gulp
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Gulp

Please let Latvia and Moldova go to the grand final! Please!

cheesecake
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cheesecake

My prediction for tonight:
Sweden 95%
Finland / Azerbaijan / Portugal 90%
Armenia 85%
Belgium 80%
Latvia 75%
Poland 70%
Moldova 60%
Australia 55%
___________
Greece 50%
Cyprus 45%
Albania 40%
Georgia 35%
Czech Republic 25%
Iceland / Montenegro 15%
Slovenia 5%

positively
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positively

My prediction:
1. Armenia
2. Azerbaijan
3. Finland
4. Moldova
5. Portugal
6. Sweden
7. Poland
8. Latvia
9. Greece
10. Australia (unfortunately)

11. Czech Republic
12. Iceland
13. Cyprus
14. Georgia
15. Montenegro
16. Belgium
17. Albania
18. Slovenia

Arc
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Arc

My guess for qualifiers in order of personal preference:

Portugal
Finland
Azerbaijan
Armenia
Moldova
Sweden
Belgium
Poland
Australia
Greece

However, I think there are more than ten worthy qualifiers. As always, anything could happen. I’m so excited for tonight, good luck everyone!

JoJo
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JoJo

May Salvador save Eurovision!

What a song! Congratulations!

AngieP
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AngieP

OMG! What happened with Greece? I was totally surprised when I heard the news! I can’t say I was confident about the high note, but backing vocalists where supposed to hit it! As it was a technical issue it was fixed at the 2nd run through! However, we couldn’t hear them at all, it was like Demy was singing all by herself! And it’s a song that needs the backing vocals! Fair enough to perform again! Also, Armenia was about to perform and suddenly we hear the music of “My turn” instead of “Fly with me”! Generally, we saw some… Read more »

José doggie
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José doggie

I will definitely vote for Azerbaijan! Also Portugal may get some votes from me. 😀

Fatima
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Fatima

I’ll put my head above the parapet and say that I still don’t see all the fuss about Portugal. When you see all the staging moments and big notes which come with every other song, Portugal appears sloppy and lazy to me. Yes, it would be great if the country finally won the contest. That’s the only positive I see in the hysteria.

Bernhardina
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Bernhardina

I will probably vote for Georgia, Albania and Azerbaijan! Love from Sweden <3

Guðrún Karlsdóttir
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Guðrún Karlsdóttir

I am so excited!!! My favourites for tonight’s show are Azerbaijan, Portugal and Finland. 🙂

Anabela SakamTe
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Anabela SakamTe

Prediction for this semifinal
1. Portugal (jury winner)
2. Sweden (televoting winner)
3. Azerbaijan
4. Finland
5. Armenia
6. Moldova
7. Greece
8. Georgia
9. Belgium
10. Poland

Enthusiast
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Enthusiast

It’s not my prediction, but who I would like to qualify – in alphabet order:
Armenia
Albania
Australia
Belgium
Cyprus
Georgia
Moldova
Poland
Portugal
Sweden

Only Azerbaijan, Finland and Greece are replaced by Albania, Australia and Cyprus in my list. I can not vote but soon we’ll see who will make it to the final 🙂

My suggestion for the future of the Eurovision is to change the rules so all counties that would like to broadcast the show to be able to vote for whoever they like except for their country if they have entry. When even Japan, USA or Mexico could vote will be great! 🙂

kyle
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kyle

Is there people that realy like Greece? open your ears please and hear I mean common that girl is having problems!! I dont understand why everyone has her in there Top 10 for tonight!
My personal qualifiers
1. Portugal
2. Sweden
3. Armania
4. Azerbaijan
5. Finland
6. Cyprus
7. Moldova
8. Australia
9. Georgia
10. Belgium

Milla
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Milla

It would be great if Portugal won the whole thing. But lets be real. Is it a potential HIT after the contest? It seems as a “only for Eurovision” song. Isn’t that what the juries look for too, a potential hit?
And I don’t believe that my country Sweden will do as well as some people say. We will probobly qualify, but it’s definetely not a top 5 in the final. Might not even a top 10? It’s Robin himself that is the problem in my opinion.

nes
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nes

What is wrong with Robin himself ?
People like men that have also a little shyness, not like plastic Mans.

Eve
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Eve

He is NOT shy, the problem is not having fake smile all the time 😛

nes
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nes

His performance does not need to show all teeth all the time, and hes smile is just fine. Be more worried about those who look like they are advertising for toothpaste. They are the fake ones.

Milla
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Milla

nes
I mean that he’s too stiff. He needs to loosen up more. There’s nothing wrong with being shy, but he can’t hide that he can’t dance or move to the rythm without really concentrating. It’s the dancers that really make the show happen.

Stan
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Stan

I think, in the end, it’s about the total package… I only see Sweden, Belgium and Australia hitting the charts from the entries in this semi-final. Portugal’s song is great, even though not that many people might actually buy it. That said, I’m not a fan of the way acts like Armenia are going with the festival. Armenia’s song seems to be more of a soundtrack to magnificent staging. Let’s see where it brings them this year. Last year, that approach was already well rewarded

Denis
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Denis

Robin will do better than Frans, he has support from both juries and fans. Frans didn’t have support from anybody and managed to do well. Robin should do better.

Kai
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Kai

eurovision is not to choose a hit…thats too commercial and too easy. We only need a nice record company deal…with sony music or BMG…

SpirK
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SpirK

After reading the jury show evaluations and seeing the rehearsals here is my prediction of the qualifiers (+possibility of qualifying)
– Sweden (100%)
– Armenia (100%)
– Finland (85%)
– Azerbaijan (80%)
– Greece (75%)
– Portugal (75%)
– Moldova (65%)
– Australia (60%)
– Belgium (50%)
– Latvia (50%)
……………………….
Poland (40%)
Georgia (40%)
Cyprus (35%)
Czech Republic (15%)
Albania (15%)
Iceland (15%)
Montenegro (10%)
Slovenia (10%)
And here’s my top 18
1. Finland
2. Latvia
3. Greece
4. Belgium
5. Czech Republic
6. Albania
7. Poland
8. Iceland
9. Australia
10. Azerbaijan
11. Armenia
12. Sweden
13. Slovenia
14. Moldova
15. Georgia
16. Montenegro
17. Portugal
18. Cyprus

loving_ya_harder
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loving_ya_harder

LOVE: Finland, Azerbaijan, Moldova
Like: Portugal, Sweden, Georgia
Don’t like: Australia, Poland, Armenia, Greece, Albania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Belgium
Terrible: Iceland, Slovenia, Montenegro

Maniac
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Maniac

Qualifiers:
Sweden
Georgia
Azerbaijan
Armenia
Australia
Greece
Cyprus
Portugal
Poland
Finland

Leo M
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Leo M

Sweden, Australia, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Moldova, Armenia will definetly reach the final and then it will be three of Latvia, Belgium, Greece, Poland or Cyprus. Latvia, Greece and Poland will probably get in but I would rather have Cyprus over Greece

Roxana Montoya
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Roxana Montoya

I just want to see Portugal, Finland, Azerbaijan and Moldova qualifying, I don’t care for others…

Yossarian
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Yossarian

I want those four, plus Belgium, Armenia and Latvia.

go for it
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go for it

Azerbaijan and Portugal have my support tonight! Also I think that Australia will be surprise non-qualifier of this semifinal.

W
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W

My hope is that Sweden is found out for what it is – empty trash lacking even a proper vocalist!

Jakob
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Jakob

My top 3:
1. Armenia
2. Portugal
3. Poland

God-Emperor
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God-Emperor

Salvador will win big league with the juries. It’ll be a Gulazzi type of score with a huge margin from the rest.
Go Mr. Salvador!

Denis
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Denis

When was the last time the juries put a non- English song at top? Even Gualazzi had some English. Juries favor English-language songs, that’s almost for certian.

George
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The technical problem with Greece was the platform not closing properly and bouncing up and down for a good 1 minute. Demy literally had to jump when she was supposed to step down from the platform and almost fell. You missed that one

Maxim
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Maxim

This is the first time since I started watching Eurovision (2006), that it is so difficult to predict the qualifiers. However, I think every song is very good and, in my opinion, everyone deserves to qualify. As a Belgian myself, I really hope Blanche will qualify. Maybe, she will finish 9th or 10th. It will be a borderline qualifier, but it should be possible… These are in my opinion sure non-qualifiers: Czech Republic (lovely woman, but you don’t remember her song that easily) , Slovenia, Iceland (although I really love the song, but her performance doesn’t convince), Albania (one of… Read more »

Samuel
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Samuel

My 6 qualifiers: Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Latvia
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The other 4: Finland, Portugal, Poland Moldova
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Belgium use to be my favourite but I’m afraid it might be in the danger zone. Her performance has slightly improved but is still worse than other borderline qualifers or non qualifiers. The only good thing is the music clip.

ErvinSass
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ErvinSass

Here is what I WANT to happen:
1. Finland
2. Portugal
3. Azerbaijan
4. Czech Republic
5. Moldova
6. Belgium
7. Georgia
8. Australia
9. Sweden
10. Armenia

and here is what I THINK will happen:
1. Portugal
2. Azerbaijan
3. Sweden
4. Finland
5. Armenia
6. Greece
7. Moldova
8. Belgium
9. Poland
10. Georgia or Austria (not sure)

ErvinSass
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ErvinSass

Georgia or Australia*

peter
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peter

I will vote for Portugal, Azerbaijan and Finland. 🙂

Igal
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Igal

Here’s hoping that Portugal wins eurovision 2017 and gives hope again to what has become the ultra, uber trash of music. Portugal rerurns the contest to its classic quaity of the past while being mpdern. Well done, Portugal

Denis
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Denis

Modern? Maybe if you live in Portugal. Personally I haven’t heard songs like that on modern radio ever. Or Spotify.

Arie
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Arie

My personal qualifiers for tonight:
1. Portugal
2. Azerbaijan
3. Finland
4. Sweden
5. Armenia
6. Greece
7. Moldova
8. Georgia
9. Australia
10. Belgium

Erin
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Erin

I would replace Cyprus with Greece ! she has little chance now after last night! all the others are also my qualifiers! 🙂

Erin
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Erin

I mean replace Greece with Cyprus!

Erin
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Erin

I think that the Greek entry was just a disaster I realy thought they could have pulled it off and fix it but still not very good! even the dancers were off little at reahearsal! I am hearing now that she has a little chance to make final! but if she does it not going to be High! I think it’s one those last places in the final! to bad for GREECE they realy had a good chance to make it Top 10 in final!
good luck you need it!

Grete Paia
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Grete Paia

I just would want a tight futuristic dark dress for Blanche. She should show her nice titty because she is in the danger zone. Her timed arm movements are on point. 12 points and hugs from Cydonia

esc1234
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esc1234

Salvador sush the audience ?!!?! He should chill because he is not perfoming in a local pub, and maybe he is too sure that he ll get through…

Grete Paia
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Grete Paia

They must try not to upset Portugal. He is very ill and any stress could trigger a meltdown. He is in kyiv with a huge medical team.

nes
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nes

If he could not ignore some journalists speaking with each other, it means that today he will be shocked to find out how noisy the full arena can be.

Colin
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Colin

My Semi-final 1 *personal* qualifiers: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Sweden

My Semi-final 1 *personal* winner: Finland!

My Semi-final 1 *predicted* qualifiers: Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Portugal. Sweden

Belgium *might* qualify too. In that case, either Latvia or Greece is out.
Second dark horses would be Georgia or Albania.
Likely out: Slovenia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Iceland, Cyprus

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Cyprus, Greece and Albania flopped hard. Poland’s song sounds so bad live, also – not because of her vocals, but because she has to scream it out instead of making it breathy. I’m keeping the faith in Georgia as a surprise qualifier.

Darren
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Darren

Who I want in the final: Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belgium, Latvia, Iceland, Greece, Montenegro

Likely qualifiers: Sweden, Australia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Moldova (or Montenegro)

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

Portugal is gonna be jury’s favorite this year. Like with Australia last year and The Netherlands in 2014.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Italy and Portugal being the top 2 would be amazing.

W
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W

Both going for non-English – hurrah!

Denis
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Denis

Might do well but be favourite? When juries are told to look for hit factor? Nothing about Portugal spells hit, unless your idea of hit is Tony Bennet.
Portugal might do well due to vocal performance but lack of hit factor might downvote it.

And when did a non-English entry ever impress the juries? Good Non-English entries does well but rarely win. Juries favour English language-songs, that’s almost for certain..

Jo
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Jo

The problem is that there are many ballads with jury appeal: UK, Finland, Portugal, Bulgaria, The Netherlands. So one might hurt another.
Conchita won the juries in 2014, followed but Sanna Nielsen tied (almost) with N’lands.

Colin
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Colin

What is the point of having a separate show for the jury? Why they cannot just watch the same show? 1. I imagine this is more exhausting for the participants. It would be better that they use that one day to relax or rehearse. 2. While they try to make it the same, it will never be 100% the same. People feel better or worse, more or less confident… ect. So, it’s quite possible that someone makes a mistake, or is simply tired, when the jury rates it, and is much better when the audience sees it, or vice-versa. So,… Read more »

José
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José

Perhaps because it is logistically in real time more difficult to coordinate the processing (processing)? And because in case of technical failure there is a voting ready and available?

Eve
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Eve

Colin, agree with you, this makes no sense.

nes
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nes

Agree, Jon Ola Sand doesn’t learn the jury vote in the moment when spoke-person is on the screen. Actually the spoke-persons are useless, because the results are already known by EBU.

nes
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nes

I agree with Jose.

AndersP
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AndersP

I always thought it was to give the EBU the chance to examine the votes for collusion and irregularities. Also (correct me if I’m wrong), I think it’s still the case that they set the order of voting in the final based on the jury results so that there isn’t a clear winner immediately – I don’t know if that changed with the introduction of split voting.

Denis
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Denis

It makes sense. It’s more difficult to organize the process in real time. Logistics and all. Not to mention the actual show would have to be more than 2 hours in length. And if anything should go wrong with the technical issue there is already a vote. No,they don’t judge the same show. Which is why televoting balances it. And yes spokespersons are useless but then again seeing how Jon Ola Sand already knows the winner so is the whole voting process. Technically he can just announce a winner the moment he gets all the results. But where is the… Read more »

nes
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nes

Spoke-persons are there just for fun, I agree, a chance to see again Verka or Krista or other well known faces, is just part of the show, the results are known hours earlier.

jrn
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jrn

Some conclusions after watching the show yesterday in Kyiv 2017 is an excellent year, with 18 strong performers in semi 1. For the first time in a semi final I really enjoyed watching them all. Liked Moldova, although I hardly listened to the song before, but their performance was fantastic to watch. Top 5 in the final, or even more? Another song I hardly listened to before was the Georgian, found it boring, but on stage it works, pure power and imo going to the final. But lets hope this years best song (Belgium) will go to the final. And… Read more »

Zack
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Zack

I feel its gonna be down between Sweden (Televote winner) and Armenia (Jury Winner) to win this Semi-Final. Portugal and Finland will both fight for the ballad of the night spot and split jury votes (depending on public support) to round out the Top 3.

Rhingo
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Rhingo

Ok, quick prediction based on the rehearsals.
Q: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Moldova, Finland, Portugal
Last 4 spots are probably for Belgium, Poland, Georgia, Australia

PP
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PP

Georgia was best last nigh in juries dress rehearsal and they will jump in final instead of Belgium (not good live and not even last night ,maybe her best rehearsals but not enough for final, only if televote push her tonight, but with that singing and charisma on stage I don t think that viewers will react good ). I think in final will go this countries in order of appearance Sweden, Georgia, Australia (thanks to juries) ,Finland,Azerbaijan,Portugal,Greece,Poland,Moldova,Armenia For Portugal in this semi, The Netherlands in II semi and UK in final, all 3 countires are overrated by some fans,… Read more »

Kai
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Kai

Portugal´s song is not from 1958…thats a teenager point of view…

PP
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PP

That kinds of song we heard at Eurovison from 1956 to maybe 1967 , change in music was happened when Luxembourg 1965 and UK 1967 won with modern pop song not classic ballad from that period. Portugal song is like mix of Luxembourg song from 1961 and stage presentatiton from Yugoslavia 1962.

Racal
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Racal

“In the final half of the song it seemed like Blanche might break down and cry. She may have been scared” … These comments really make me laugh, as they really show that no one pays attention to the lyrics in Eurovision. Some artists like Alma, Francesca Michielin or Lindita decided to translate (part of) their songs to English with the excuse that they want their message to go through… And yet even when a girl sings IN ENGLISH (a language that everyone understands) that she’s “all alone in the danger zone, all alone with the flame of doubt, that… Read more »

Racal
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Racal

That being said, I REALLY want Belgium, Portugal and Finland to go through.

I don’t really have a strong opinion for the other qualifiers, but I’d say Sweden, Australia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Iceland and Armenia somewhat deserve to qualify.

Yossarian
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Yossarian

Come on, people do get the mood of the song and nobody expects her to “jump around”. But it’s obvious that she’s extremely nervous on stage. It just shows. But as Mattias Sollerman pointed out, she might very well make it work in the end, as it rather fits the lyrics indeed. 🙂
Good luck, Blanche!

Racal
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Racal

It was pretty obvious she was very nervous in the 1st rehearsal (and that performance was quite bad). But the 2nd rehearsal and the jury show yesterday were very good, and the girl is simply interpreting her song.

Yes, good luck to her! 🙂

Ay Jo
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Ay Jo

I agree with you, this happens with Dihaj as well who sings about dark secrets. People are asking why she is not smiling in her profile video,lol
Blanche has improved a lot. In live tv show she will sound better (hopefully). I just would want a futuristic dark dress on her, instead of a gown. The other thing lights and staging.:( She still has difficulty in expressing her emotions (facial), but she is so young and it is normal for her age. Overall, I liked it. A lot of people like the song will vote for Blanche.

Laburnum
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Laburnum

I doubt Australia will actually qualify

Darren
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Darren

Of course they will, it’s Australia! They’ll get Top 10 just for that.

How would Eurovision ever cope without them?!?