Norway’s Alexander Rybak fingered his fiddle. Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso channeled Michael Jackson inside a tubular display of lights. And Ukraine’s Melovin served Gothic high fashion as he portrayed a haute vampire…resting inside of a two-tier piano. And in the end all three of them qualified from Semi-Final 2 of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
This semi-final, generally regarded as the weak of the two, still made for compelling viewing. And it certainly wasn’t any easier to predict than the first. Russia and Romania, who had qualified for every Eurovision final since they started participating, were both eliminated this evening. And Poland suffered its first elimination since its return in 2014.
Their losses were other’s gains. Slovenia, which hadn’t qualified since 2015, sashayed into the final with their urban track “Hvala ne,” while Hungary continued its streak of qualifications. They’ve now made it back eight years in a row — that’s every year since they returned to the contest in 2011. Serbia returns to the final after two straight eliminations.
Eurovision 2018: Semi-final 2 results
Semi-Final 2 Qualifiers
Serbia: Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – “Nova deca”
Moldova: DoReDos – “My Lucky Day”
Hungary: AWS – “Viszlát nyár”
Ukraine: Mélovin – “Under the Ladder”
Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”
Australia: Jessica Mauboy – “We Got Love”
Norway: Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write a Song”
Denmark: Rasmussen – “Higher Ground”
Slovenia: Lea Sirk – “Hvala, ne!”
The Netherlands: Waylon – “Outlaw in ‘Em”
Latvia: Laura Rizzotto – “Funny Girl”
Poland: Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer – “Light Me Up”
Malta: Christabelle – “Taboo”
Russia: Julia Samoylova – “I Won’t Break”
Montenegro: Vanja Radovanovic – “Inje”
Romania: The Humans – “Goodbye”
Georgia: Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao – “For You”
San Marino: Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are”
Semi-Final 2 reaction video
Do you agree with tonight’s results? Did the best acts make it through? Which eliminated act was the most wronged? Let us know in the comments box below?