Tonight should have been the first semi-final of Eurovision 2020. But, instead of gathering together in Rotterdam, Eurovision fans are spreading the love virtually at home following the contest’s cancellation. To replace the semi-final one show, the EBU premiered the first part of Eurovision Song Celebration 2020 on its YouTube channel for fans to watch instead.
As part of this, the music videos of all 17 entries that were set to compete in the first semi-final were shown. But, to add extra excitement to this, the songs were played in the running order that producers had originally decided upon for the actual contest.
Many fans enjoy scrutinising the running order to predict which entries might have been given the best opportunity to shine, and which entries could have been buried between favourites. And now, we have the opportunity to do just that for semi-final one of Eurovision 2020.
Eurovision 2020 semi-final one running order
- 🇸🇪 Sweden: The Mamas – “Move”
- 🇧🇾 Belarus: VAL – “Da Vidna”
- 🇦🇺 Australia: Montaigne – “Don’t Break Me”
- 🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Vasil – “You”
- 🇸🇮 Slovenia: Ana Soklič – “Voda”
- 🇱🇹 Lithuania: The Roop – “On Fire”
- 🇮🇪 Ireland: Lesley Roy – “Story Of My Life”
- 🇷🇺 Russia: Little Big – “Uno”
- 🇧🇪 Belgium: Hooverphonic – “Release Me”
- 🇲🇹 Malta: Destiny – “All Of My Love”
- 🇭🇷 Croatia: Damir Kedžo – “Divlji vjetre”
- 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Efendi – “Cleopatra”
- 🇨🇾 Cyprus: Sandro – “Running”
- 🇳🇴 Norway: Ulrikke – “Attention”
- 🇮🇱 Israel: Eden Alene – “Feker Libi”
- 🇷🇴 Romania: Roxen – “Alcohol You”
- 🇺🇦 Ukraine: Go_A – “Solovey”
?? Here's the official running order for the First Semi-Final which was premiered on Eurovision Song Celebration tonight!
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) May 12, 2020
Eurovision Song Celebration 2020
In addition to the running order reveal, we also got some other fun surprises as part of the first episode of Eurovision Song Celebration 2020.
The participants were tasked with singing their song in a different genre. Australia’s Montaigne turned “Don’t Break Me” into an opera. Meanwhile, Damir Kedžo from Croatia turned the bpm up on his song “Divlji vjetre”, treating us to a full-on Euroclub banger.
Some of this year’s stars also revealed what their favourite Eurovision entries of all-time are. Norway’s Ulrikke and Ukraine’s Go_A both showed some love to Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen. Ana Soklič shared her passion for Rona Nishliu’s “Suus” (Albania 2012).
The Mamas came together and chose “Proud” by Tamara Todevska (North Macedonia 2019). Lesley Roy gave a shout out to Eurovision 1993 winner Niamh Kavanagh. Finally, Vasil selected “Bandido” by Azucar Moreno (Spain 1990) as his favourite.
The music videos for Italy’s, Germany’s and The Netherlands’ entries were also shown. These countries had been selected as the three automatic qualifiers that would have been able to vote in the first semi-final.
A number of YouTube creators from various countries were also given the opportunity to give their opinions on some of this year’s songs.
Finally, the recap of the semi-final one entries at the end of the show was made up of clips submitted by fans from across Europe and the entire globe. We got to see people performing their own versions of the songs and enjoying the music that the Eurovision 2020 artists have gifted us.
Eurovision Song Celebration 2020 will return on Thursday 14th May at 21:00 CEST.
The acts from the second semi-final will be showcased, again in the intended running order decided by producers.
What do you make of the semi-final one running order? Who do you think would have benefited and suffered the most from their placing? Let us know in the comments below!