Eurovision 2020 Semi Final One Acts

When Russia’s Little Big dropped the much-anticipated “Uno”, the setlist for the first semi-final of Eurovision 2020 became complete. Their quirky sound is certainly distinctive but semi one has a lot more to offer. Or had…

Of course, Eurovision 2020 is no more. Therefore, we’ll never be able to definitively distinguish the tops from the flops.

However, the spirit of the 2020 contest remains very much alive. And there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from deciding on your own favourites.

Precisely who would have qualified is anyone’s guess. But who did you want to see make it? You can listen to each of this year’s first semi-final acts in the playlist below. Then vote for your favourites in our poll. You can vote for as many contestants as you like, but you can only vote ONE time, so make it count.

This poll is now closed. Results coming soon!

Eurovision 2020: Semi-Final One Contestants

  • Australia: Montaigne “Don’t Break Me” (lyrics)
  • Azerbaijan: Efendi “Cleopatra”
  • Belarus: VAL “Da vidna” (lyrics)
  • Belgium: Hooverphonic “Release Me” (10 facts)
  • Croatia: Damir Kedžo “Divlji vjetre”
  • Cyprus: Sandro “Running”
  • Ireland: Lesley Roy “Story of My Life” (lyrics)
  • Israel: Eden Alene “Feker libi” (lyrics)
  • Lithuania: The Roop “On Fire” (lyrics)
  • Malta: Destiny “All of My Love”
  • North Macedonia: Vasil “You”
  • Norway: Ulrikke “Attention” (lyrics)
  • Romania: Roxen “Alcohol You” (lyrics)
  • Russia: Little Big “Uno” (10 facts)
  • Slovenia: Ana Soklič “Voda” (lyrics)
  • Sweden: The Mamas “Move” (lyrics)
  • Ukraine: Go_A “Solovey” (10 facts)

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Colin
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Colin

My qualifiers (in random order):
– Lithuania
– Sweden
– Azerbaijan
– Romania
– Croatia
– Australia
– Ukraine
– Israel
– Norway
– Russia

………………………………
11. Belgium
12. Ireland
13. Malta
14. North Macedonia
15. Slovenia
16. Cyprus
17. Belarus

Stoner
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Stoner

When I watched the Ukrainian music video, I was shedding tears. That was great! I voted for Ukraine!

Lubko
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Lubko

Ukraine is the BEST!!!

JORDAN
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JORDAN

EDEN!!!! XXXX
Israel is my pick : )

Teddi
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Teddi

Russia, Azerbaijan, Norway and Croatia!

Banan banan
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Banan banan

So breathtaking Sloveniann revamp is last and this cheap parody of spain 2008 from Russia is third? Your years have coronavirus

ESC2020
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Ukraine in topp. Ha haha. Its The worstsong this year. But its Ukraine. People woits for them becuse its Ukraine. Its ESC little baby.
The best song its Belgium

Eddie
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Eddie

Im ukrainian and my vote for Lithuania…

Veta
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Veta

1. Ukraine (and my overall winner as well)
2. Lithuania
3. Israel
4. Croatia
5. Belgium
6. Australia
7. Norway
8. Ireland, only studio version, but I didn’t like a life performance she did on a TV show.
9. Belarus
10. Cyprus

Sniper K-Wolf
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Sniper K-Wolf

My TOP
Qualify for the final
1) Ukraine (Ukraine still won the contest with ethnic song, like in 2004 and 2016)
2) Belarus (The better song of the history of this country in the Contest)
3) Israel
4) Croatia
5) Slovenia
6) Australia (Better if she change of suit)
7) Ireland
8) Malta
9) Russia
10) Azerbaijan
Non-Qualify for the final
11) Norway
12) Cyprus (Ridicul)
13) Sweden (But as always, Top 3 of the jury)
14) Belgium
15) Lithuania
16) Romania
17) North Macedonia

Rasmus Bording Irlind
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Rasmus Bording Irlind

Da Vidna is so underrated! Sure it’s maybe a little underproduced, but I get an honest vibe from the song

Sniper K-Wolf
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Sniper K-Wolf

The singer of the band had won the Slavianski Bazaar Competition in 2015, so juries would have rewarded her and Belarus should have participated to the same semi than many slavic country (Russia, Croatia, Ukraine, Slovenia, North Macedonia) and big slavic community in Germany and Italy too, so direct for the Grand Final. I predicted the same situation for Slovenia and Serbia in 2018.

Lily
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Lily

I doubt that Croatia, Slovenia and N.Macedonia would vote for Belarus.

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

I think she would qualify 🙂
Val is 100% better than that shouting copycat girl from last year…

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

I’m sure we would see a winner in this Semi Final.
😉
*Lithuania (possible public vote winner and 5th-10th in jury vote)
* Sweden (jury vote winner plus at least top10 in public vote)
*Romania (could be a compromise between those two, dark horse, not winning in jury nor in public but winning overal)

Jeff
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Jeff

EDEN!!!

Com
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Com

Belgium’s Release Me is such a grower! Definitely a qualifier! Give it a chance people!

Hipp
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Hipp

Norway is overrated, basic ballad, nothing special about it. Reminds me of something what UK would send and finished in bottom 5.

Kosey
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Kosey

Ok, Hippster, that’s your opinion. It’s worth about the same as what I used to sometimes find on my shoe when I was allowed out walking, but you’re entitled to it I suppose.

Hipp
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Hipp

Triggered much lol? Truth hurts, what can I do. You are free to skip it and be happy snowflake.

Kosey
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Kosey

It would have been nice if you’d offered a better explanation for why you thought it was basic and “something the UK would send”.

Leo M
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Leo M

My personal Top 10 are:

1. Lithuania
2. Russia
3. Sweden
4. Ukraine
5. Malta
6. Norway
7. Ireland
8. Romania
9. Azerbaijan
10. Cyprus

Viktor
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Viktor

The best

Film
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Film

Australia, Norway, Lithuania, Belarus.

Africavision
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Africavision

My clear favorite in this semi-final is Sweden… This is the first time in ages that I actually really like their Eurovision entry.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Seriously?

yodenman
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yodenman

Bit of a kick in the gut for Ireland. The new euphoria goes out in the semi. Must do better.

Sj2020
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Sj2020

Slovenia has so little attention! The revamp is so so good!!

Laura
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Laura

Lithuania, Malta & Norway <3

Voxtaylor
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Voxtaylor

Russia is my favorite in this semifinal. Which is weird to say, since I usually never like the Russian song xD

Belgium is a close second, followed by Ukraine and Romania. Honestly I feel the semi’s we’re pretty equal this year, at least for me. Semi 1 had less bad songs than semi 2, but semi 2 has more great songs than semi 1.

Lolek
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Lolek

1. Norway
2. Azerbaijan
3. Australia
4. Israel
5. Russia
6. Lithuania
7. Ukraine
8. Malta
9. Romania
10. Sweden

Ivar
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Ivar

I voted for Ukraine, Norway, Romania and Belgium

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

1: Norway
2: lithuania
3: Russia
4: Ukraine
5: azerbaijan
6: Israel
7: Sweden
8: Malta
9: Belgium
10: Romania

Ziv
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Ziv

Wiwibloggs, would you make up a hypothetical running order? Then when you have polls like “Who will qualify from semi-final 1?”, we can take that into account.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

But why would you take a running order into account while deciding your favorites?

Ziv
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Ziv

Because the question is “Who will qualify”, not “who is your favourite”. Sometimes they are different.

Dawid
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Dawid

Went with Malta. I’ve decided to vote only once

Indiana07
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Indiana07

I love: Malta, Lithuania, Norway, Australia
I hate: Romania (especially her voice), Slovenia, Ukraine

percy
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percy

That’s very disrespectful to Roxen. Just say you don’t like the song, not that her voice is horrible. Gosh, some people can be rude.

Eddie
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Eddie

Ahaha I think you black and don’t underastand slavic music, your style is rap?

Lily
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Lily

Lithuania, Russia, Azerbaijan.

Sirius
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Sirius

yeah, they would’ve pretty much been the highlights of the semifinal.

Jo.
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Jo.

Israel and Slovenia.

TLen.
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TLen.

1. Ukraine
2. Romania
3. Norway
4. Sweden
5. Malta
6. Lithuania
7. Russia
8. Azerbaijan
9. Ireland
10. Israel

Mia
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Mia

My top:
1. Lithuania
2. Russia
3. Azerbaijan
4. Romania
5. Ukraine
6. Israel
7. Ireland
8. Croatia
9. Norway
10. Belgium

KESC
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KESC

1. Malta
2. Azerbaijan
3. Sweden
4. Israel
5. Russia
6. Ukraine
7. Lithuania
8. Romania
9. Australia
10. Norway/Belgium

Sam
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Sam

1. Norway
2. Romania
3. Malta
4. Croatia
5. Sweden

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

This would have been such a difficult and strong semi, what a shame. But it would also have been very predictable, I think Australia, Azerbaijan, Israel, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine would have been the qualifiers.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

I think Belgium would be the qualifier, juries would rank it top 3 imo.

Nachito
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Nachito

This is a difficult question because I love all the songs very much, but I have to choose just ten of them, I’d choose these:
1- Russia
2- Ireland
3- Romania
4- Israel
5- Lithuania
6-Azerbaijan
7- Malta
8- Norway
9- Sweden
10-Australia

A very difficult choice, because all the songs are wonderful!!!

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

I hope these polls don’t get hijacked. Usually, I don’t care about them but it’s the only kind of voting we’ll get this year. I’d like to have a simulation of the Eurovision voting. Like, everyone taking part could name their country and then give points from 1-12, Eurovision-style.

Sale
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Sale

Voda is extremely underrated!!

Jo.
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Jo.

Let them drink coca cola, we’ll be laughing at the age of 65.

Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

Croatia Damir Kedzo

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Lithuania the most votes? Now there’s a surprise!!!

kohen
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kohen

1.Sweden
2.Azerbaijan
3.Norway
4.Ukraine
5.Malta
6.Russia
7.Australia
8.Lithuania
9.Israel
10.Romania

Kosey
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Kosey

Lithuania, Malta and Sweden don’t make it, sorry.

Kosey
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Kosey

The explanation:
1. Lithuania – the curse of the Eurovision fan. When I first heard it, I thought: quirky, now I think: irritating
2. Malta – great singer, the song is just not unique enough to engage me on an emotional level
3. Sweden – see Malta

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Song: Romania
Singer: Malta
Overall: Romania

Can’t have a winner who doesn’t have good song material, no matter much I adore the singer, Malta.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Off the top of my head, I’d say:

1) Romania
2) Slovenia (yes, really)
3) Croatia (yes, really)
4) Israel (that’s the one I’m singing along to, though)
5) Azerbaijan
6) Belgium

I’d also want Ukraine in the final but I have no clue how to rank it.

Zenjanaal
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Zenjanaal

1.Ukraine
2. Azerbaijan
3. Russia
4. Israel
5. Lithuania
6. Romania
7. Australia
8. Norway
9. Malta
10. Sweden

Kosey
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Kosey

This really is a bloodbath. These are my personal qualifiers (in no particular order):
Australia
Azerbaijan
Norway
Russia
Israel
Romania
Ukraine
Ireland
Croatia
Slovenia

I can’t believe I didn’t find a place for Lithuania, Malta and Sweden! I am ready for the down votes as I know these songs are really popular. I like them but they just don’t connect with me on an emotional level like my qualifiers do. Wow, it would have been such a tight semi-final!

Alex
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Alex

Belgium, Cyprus, Malta, Russia, Romania, Norway, North Macedonia, Ireland, Australia, Israel

Erasmus
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Erasmus

My Top:
1. Romania
2. Belgium
3. Malta
4. Lithuania
5. Australia
6. Norway
7. Sweden
8. Ukraine
9. Israel
10. Russia
11. Azerbaijan (would also deserve to qualify)
12. Cyprus (think staging would be really good)
13. Slovenia
14. Belarus
15. Ireland
16. Croatia
17. N. Macedonia
there isn’t any bad songs, I really like my top 10,11-15 are also very decent, not a fan of Macedonia and Croatia though… Would’ve been a strong semi I think Azerbaijan and Cyprus would qualify over Australia and Israel/Ukraine though.