Greece’s Katerine Duska performed with fencers and acrobats. Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke sang while spinning through space on a stick. And after the confetti had settled, both women were among the 10 qualifiers from Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2019.
Eurovision 2019: Semi-Final 1 Qualifiers
- Greece: Katerine Duska with “Better Love“
- Belarus: ZENA with “Like It“
- Serbia: Nevena Bozovic with “Kruna“
- Cyprus: Tamta with “Replay“
- Estonia: Victor Crone with “Storm“
- Czech Republic: Lake Malawi with “Friend Of A Friend“
- Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke with “Zero Gravity“
- Iceland: Hatari with “Hatrið mun sigra“
- San Marino: Serhat with “Say Na Na Na“
- Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl with “Sebi“
Eurovision 2019: Semi-Final 1 Non-Qualifiers
- Portugal: Conan Osiris with “Telemoveis“
- Hungary: Joci Pápai with “Az én apám“
- Belgium: Eliot with “Wake Up“
- Poland: Tulia with “Fire of Love“
- Georgia: Oto Nemsadze with “Keep On Going“
- Finland: Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman with “Look Away“
- Montenegro: D Mol with “Heaven“
The voting results presented a number of surprises. For the first time since its Eurovision comeback in 2011, Hungary has failed to qualify for the final. It’s a big comedown for Joci Pápai who secured the country one of its best ever results on his last outing in 2017.
Another qualification streak ended for Belgian’s Wallonian broadcaster RTBF. The country swaps between Flemish and Wallonian networks every other year, and this is the first time since 2011 that the Walloons have stayed in the semis.
But perhaps the biggest shock of the night was Portugal. Conan Osíris was a firm favourite among the fan community, but his eccentricities failed to connect with the wider viewing public.
However, where there are shock non-qualifiers there must also be surprise finalists. The biggest surprise is perhaps San Marino’s Serhat. He narrowly missed out on the final in 2016, but tonight he secured the microstate only its second ever grand final appearance.
Did your favourite make it through? Who was done wrong? And who is going to make the biggest impact in Lisbon on Saturday?
Photo: EBU / Eurovision.tv (Andres Putting)