A total of 33 countries competed in the two semi-finals of Eurovision 2021. Sadly, only twenty could make it through to the final. Among the 13 non-qualifiers, we saw fierce dance moves and stunning light shows, and heard beautiful voices working both ballads and bops. We saw Uku Suviste drowning in a pool of water, Lesley Roy running through an enchanted forest made of paper, and Montaigne living her best “Technicolour” fantasy in a vast expanse of black. In the case of Croatia’s Albina, we even saw a singer who made the Top 10 with both the jury and the public, but still managed to fall just short on the final scoreboard.

This all leads us to a very important question: Which non-qualifier of Eurovision 2021 was your favourite? You can vote for as many acts as you’d like, but you can only hit the submit button once. Be sure to tick the box next to each act you want to support before submitting.

We are hiding the results to prevent tampering. We’ll reveal the winner of the poll next Sunday 7 June. Happy voting!

If you want to remind yourself of where acts finished in their semi-final, just scroll down beyond the poll.

Eurovision 2021: Which Semi-Final non-qualifier was your favourite?

Eurovision 2021 may be over, but the analysis of the results has only just begun. The EBU have now revealed the full results breakdown for semi-final one.

Malta’s Destiny came out on top of semi-final one. Meanwhile Croatia’s Albina finished unlucky eleventh and just missed out on a qualification place.

The rankings below reveal the combined and split televote/jury results for semi-final one.

Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final 1 non-qualifiers

  1. Malta: Destiny – “Je Me Casse” (325 points)
  2. Ukraine: Go_A – “Shum” (267 points)
  3. Russia: Manizha – “Russian Woman” (225 points)
  4. Lithuania: The Roop – “Discoteque” (203 points)
  5. Israel: Eden Alene – “Set Me Free” (192 points)
  6. Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou – “El Diablo” (170 points)
  7. Sweden: Tusse – “Voices” (142 points)
  8. Azerbaijan: Efendi – “Mata Hari” (138 points)
  9. Belgium: Hooverphonic – “The Wrong Place” (117 points)
  10. Norway: TIX – “Fallen Angel” (115 points)
  11. Croatia: Albina – “Tick Tock” (110 points)
  12. Romania: Roxen – “Amnesia” (85 points)
  13. Slovenia: Ana Soklic – “Amen” (44 points)
  14. Australia: Montaigne – “Technicolour” (28 points)
  15. North Macedonia: Vasil – “Here I Stand” (23 points)
  16. Ireland: Lesley Roy – “Maps” (20 points)

Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final 1 split results

Televote Jury
1. Ukraine (164 points) Malta (174 points)
2. Malta (151 points) Russia (117 points)
3. Lithuania (137 points) Ukraine (103 points)
4. Russia (108 points) Israel (99 points)
5. Israel (93 points) Cyprus (92 points)
6. Azerbaijan (91 points) Sweden (91 points)
7. Cyprus (78 points) Belgium (70 points)
8. Norway (77 points) Lithuania (66 points)
9. Croatia (53 points) Romania (58 points)
10. Sweden (51 points) Croatia (57 points)
11. Belgium (47 points) Azerbaijan (47 points)
12. Romania (27 points) Norway (38 points)
13. North Macedonia (11 points) Slovenia (36 points)
14. Slovenia (8 points) Australia (26 points)
15. Ireland (4 points) Ireland (16 points)
16. Australia (2 points) North Macedonia (12 points)

 

Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final 2 non-qualifiers

  1. Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – “Tout l’Univers” (291 points)
  2. Iceland: Daði & Gagnamagnið – “10 Years” (288 points)
  3. Bulgaria: VICTORIA – “Growing Up Is Getting Old” (250 points)
  4. Portugal: The Black Mamba – “Love Is On My Side” (239 points)
  5. Finland: Blind Channel – “Dark Side” (234 points)
  6. Greece: Stefania – “Last Dance” (184 points)
  7. Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Sugar” (179 points)
  8. Serbia: Hurricane – “Loco Loco” (124 points)
  9. San Marino: Senhit (feat. Flo Rida) – “Adrenalina” (118 points)
  10. Albania: Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma” (112 points)
  11. Denmark: Fyr Og Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden” (89 points)
  12. Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Amen” (66 points)
  13. Estonia: Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One” (58 points)
  14. Poland: Rafał  – “The Ride” (35 points)
  15. Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – “Omaga” (23 points)
  16. Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – “You” (16 points)
  17. Latvia: Samanta Tīna – “The Moon Is Rising” (14 points)

Eurovision 2021 semi-final two split results

Televote Jury
1. Finland (150 points) Switzerland (156 points)
2. Iceland (148 points) Bulgaria (149 points)
3. Switzerland (135 points) Iceland (140 points)
4. Moldova (123 points) Portugal (128 points)
5. Portugal (111 points) Greece (104 points)
6. Bulgaria (101 points) Finland (84 points)
7. Denmark (80 points) San Marino (76 points)
8. Greece (80 points) Albania (74 points)
9. Serbia (68 points) Serbia (56 points)
10. San Marino (42 points) Moldova (56 points)
11. Albania (38 points) Austria (53 points)
12. Estonia (29 points) Estonia (29 points)
13. Poland (17 points) Czech Republic (23 points)
14. Georgia (15 points) Poland (18 points)
15. Austria (13 points) Denmark (9 points)
16. Latvia (10 points) Latvia (4 points)
17. Czech Republic (0 points) Georgia (1 point)

 

 

Who did you vote for? What do you think made the difference between your favourite making it and not making it? Could they have qualified from the other semi? Let us know in the comments box down below!

Photo: EBU / Thomas Hanses

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PP77
PP77
12 days ago

From 1st semi final final deserved North Macedonia, Croatia instead Azerbaijan and Sweden
From 2nd semi final final deserved Austria, Denmark instead Bulgaria and Portugal.

Han
Han
12 days ago

Semi 1 I was surprised when Croatia didn’t qualify, I thought for sure decent song combined with two voting block partners would see her sailing through. But even with the full 24 televote points from Slovenia and Croatia it wasn’t enough Romania and Ireland were my number 1 and 2 in the studio format but I was disappointed in how they came over live and had already given up on them qualifying after the 2nd rehearsal. Semi 2 I really liked Austria once I realised the true meaning behind it and kinda wished he had qualified Being half Danish I… Read more »

David
David
12 days ago

Romania Overated, 38th in My Top

Han
Han
12 days ago
Reply to  David

The studio version was great. My favourite this year being someone who can really relate to the message of the song. Admittedly she wasnt great on stage

David
David
12 days ago
Reply to  Han

A Lot Of my hate is down to people overhyping it everywhere you see is romania.
Same With Serbia

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago

I truly despise Denmark’s song this year. The song itself cheesy, annoying and made my ears hurt. I’m sorry guys, I really hate it it’s my 39th in Eurovision this year, It is not robbed, Denmark wasn’t that I predicted in my 10 qualifiers in semi 2. Danish may be a good language but god, whenever I hear this song, it made my ears hurt immediately. I expected all qualifiers in semi 2 (tbh, Moldova was one of my guilty pleasures).

Han
Han
12 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

No song is ever robbed. No song has the right to a place in the final.

however natalia hurt my ears with her inability to sing in key for the televote performance. I know she can do better as I’ve seen rehearsal footage of her doing better.
Being half Danish I was rooting for Denmark and genuinely felt they gave a better performance than Moldova, however I wish Austria had qualified over both.

Colin
Colin
13 days ago

There wasn’t one big robbery on the level of Blackbird or Play, but IMHO Romania, Croatia, and Czech Republic should have qualified. Despite Roxen’s accent and breathy performance, and despite Benny’s low on energy performance, the songs were final-ready. I am mostly sorry for Albina, who gave a great performance of a great song, and was denied by a mere technical anomaly. Still, these three are my NQ winners. 🙂 I also enjoyed Australia, Ireland, and Denmark, even though by sheer statistics their NQ was understandable. A special note goes to Poland – It was a trainwreck, but it was… Read more »

Last edited 13 days ago by Colin
Han
Han
12 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Czech republic and Romania had dodgey vocals (ireland too of course). Czech republic got 0 televotes which is even more impressive than getting 0 televotes in the final.
Nearly half of Croatia’s televotes came from her fellow ex Yugoslavia countries, meaning in general she wasn’t too popular with televoters. The non qualification was fair and not unprecedented if a little unusual.

Colin
Colin
12 days ago
Reply to  Han

Czech republic and Romania had dodgey vocals (ireland too of course).” Nobody is denying that (even if the level of their ”dodginess” isn’t the same as, say Serhat or Yulya Samoylova), but this is a *song contest*, so an outstanding song with a so-so vocalist should probably still qualify over a so-so song with an outstanding vocalist.

”The non qualification was fair and not unprecedented” Fair is highly subjective, but it definitely is unprecedented by an objective definition. It is the first song to qualify on both fronts, and yet fail to qualify altogether.

Jonas
Jonas
12 days ago
Reply to  Colin

I don’t think there was anything wrong with Roxen’s accent, or Jendrik’s.

Aeria
Aeria
13 days ago

I honestly think there is no NQ I am particularly upset about. Everyone who qualified 100% deserved to (except Moldova lol) and everyone made this year a fantastic one to remember in the future.

Closest thing I can think of to a favorite NQ, is Australia

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
13 days ago

romania and the czech republic are in my top 10, but i can see why they failed to qualify with those performances

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago

After Georgia failed to qualify for 4 times, the country could be withdrawing in 2022 like Montenegro did? Because I don’t like countries to withdraw.

Azaad
Azaad
13 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

I get Georgia’s frustration but their last three entries were always going to have limited appeal despite their quality.

Nils
Nils
13 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

I don´t think they will withdraw. I believe that they just want to bring something special to Eurovision and don´t really care about the result.
Some countries don´t do Eurovision for winning. An important aspect is that you get 3 live shows in television with high public interest for cheap money.
Germany acts like this aswell.

Azaad
Azaad
13 days ago
Reply to  Nils

If that’s the case, power to them! And for what it’s worth, their songs should get better results in general.

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

I agree. I was confident that Take Me As I am was going to qualify in 2020. It’s a pity the contest was cancelled the year Georgia was a contender for a top 15 in the final.

Azaad
Azaad
13 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

Don’t know if it was a surefire qualifier, but at worst it would’ve been 11th-12th in the semi.

Veta
Veta
12 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

Take Me As I Am for me would’ve been the best Georgian entry by far in their history. And judging by this year’s trends for rock, a similar eargasmic rock song from Tornike could’ve even score in the top 10 of the GF. Switching from that to a bland love ballad was the definition of bad fortune and “not feeling it” for Georgia.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Nils

Georgia withdrew in 2009 due to the controversy, right? It is the only year that Georgia didn’t participate.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
13 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

none of them was a surprising nq, everyone expected it, so they should just step up their game

Nils
Nils
10 days ago

If stepping up their game means not sending something as beautiful as Iriao again, then I don’t want them to step up their game.

Han
Han
12 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

I used to love Georgia’s songs, they will make it again. It’s also worth noting that its Romania’s third consecutive non qualification.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago

I love – Croatia
I like – Romania
OK – Estonia and Ireland
Don’t like – Latvia, Georgia, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria and Australia
I hate – Poland and Denmark

Film
Film
13 days ago

Estonia, Czech, Romania, Australia, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia

Mr X
Mr X
13 days ago

Denmark and Ireland ! Followed by Georgia (so far better than Portugal) and Croatia (better than Cyprus and Moldova)

Really bad are Poland and Slovenia

Last edited 13 days ago by Mr X
Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Mr X

IMO, the worst ones are Denmark and Poland for NQs.

Veta
Veta
13 days ago

I love all of them except Austria, Estonia, Croatia and Georgia. The rest of the 13 I would’ve pulled through although I have absolutely no idea how. I can see why Czech Republic, Ireland, Romania, Poland (bad vocals), as well as North Macedonia (unispired melody) and Denmark (came off as a troll entry because of the vocalist’s facial expressions) didn’t make it. But I’m really gutted about Australia and Slovenia tho. Slovenia’s masterpiece is also my mom’s winner and we both were astonished by Ana’s NQ. For my most favourite NQ I’m tied between it and another masterpiece from Ireland… Read more »

Last edited 13 days ago by Veta
Veta
Veta
13 days ago
Reply to  Veta

Ah yeah, Ana performed under the cursed 2d position, ugh, how could I forget…

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Veta

I like all except Denmark, Poland, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and Australia. I find Estonia is OK.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
13 days ago

Despite the song’s lyrics, I really enjoyed Vincent’s performance of “Amen,” and I thought Austria would have qualified.

Croatia – Yeah, this is one of those statistical anomalies. Technically speaking they were 9th (Televote) and 10th (Jury) yet still lost out on collective points. That’s harsh. I would have put them through, but then again, technically they were put through only to be stung by mathematics. So, not much we can do about that.

I’d put Estonia through next. This was a pretty solid performance and an okay song. 🙂

Colin
Colin
13 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Oh, so you changed your stance on Austria and Estonia, then? I admit that the performances were quite convincing, but I still find the songs quite beige.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
12 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Yes, and indeed. 🙂

pastel de nata
pastel de nata
13 days ago

Australia and the Czech Republic!

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
13 days ago

the wave of sudden love for Denmark is very concerning to me. but anyway, australia and Croatia should have gone through. still cant wrap my head around how australia came last in the televote when Slovenia and North Macedonia were in the same semi

Azaad
Azaad
13 days ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

I think a certain portion of the fandom will love a song if it’s a native language (especially from a country that often sends English entries) even if the song itself isn’t that great. Also, the Danish entry was a fun throwback.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
13 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

I gotta say, I’m partial to non-english language songs. but only when they are good, which Ove os pa hinanden to me was not

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
13 days ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

I do like Denmark sending something in danish for once, but if they rly wanted to they could have gone with star lige her

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

I think that Star Lige Her was better composed than Øve os pa hinanden, but less suitable to partecipate in a contest, since it’s more a radio song than a competitive and charismatic song. In a field full of heart-breaking ballads, classic and elegant acts, crazy upbeat songs, insanely catchy rock songs, etc… she would have failed to stand out, at least speaking about televoting, I don’t know (and honestly don’t care much) where juries could have placed Emma. Anyway I can’t say I think Denmark is that great masterpiece, but to me the whole performance felt authentic (not just… Read more »

Anhel
Anhel
13 days ago

I voted for Ireland, and I also like Australia, Romania and Denmark. And while I can understand why the first three didn’t qualify, I’m still unhappy about Denmark. It was the only fun entry that didn’t take itself seriously while at the same time not being crap.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Anhel

I’m happy that Denmark didn’t qualify. It’s an annoying entry itself and it’s such a crap since NF’s.

hhhhurricane
hhhhurricane
13 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

So pressed and for what? People enjoying cheesy songs which are designed to be loved by a niche audience? Get a grip honestly, not like they were close to Q anyways

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  hhhhurricane

I know, everyone has different opinions I don’t like Denmark’s song since NF, I find it annoying.

Sankseniva
Sankseniva
13 days ago

Croatia all the way, but Latvia and Australia too. I did not like the live, I think Latvia was a deserved NQ but she actually had one of the best songs this year, tho the performance and staging were bad tho

Anhel
Anhel
13 days ago
Reply to  Sankseniva

Latvia’s song is my least favorite of all 39 songs this year.

herveraim
herveraim
13 days ago

As a forty+ years old, Denmark’s entry turned out to be my “madeleine de Proust” of the SF and I loved it 😉

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  herveraim

No. Just no.

herveraim
herveraim
13 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

You hated it and it’s fine by me. As far as I’m concerned, I loved the 80’s vibes, the colors, the outfits, the clumsy dancing, the Danish language (which can be pleasant obviously)… This brought back many emotional memories from a long time ago 🙂

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  herveraim

I find Denmark’s song annoying everyone has a different taste.

David
David
12 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

Your Taste Is Wrong

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
12 days ago
Reply to  David

Comparing to Ben & Tan, Fyr og Flamme’s song disappoints and annoys me, so I do agree with ParalimniVoice, the only topper I mostly agree with. Denmark was also his 39th same goes to me.

Dick
13 days ago

Still loving Australia, Croatia and Denmark

Darren
13 days ago
Reply to  Dick

Still loving your username

Robert
Robert
13 days ago

Norway taking Croatia’s spot is the crime of the century. PeriodT.

Alex
Alex
13 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Norway took nothing. 77 points with televote was enough. People voted

Robert
Robert
13 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Music professionals voted too.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago

Croatia is the only one I liked from NQ. The rest of them are toilet breaks.

Darren
13 days ago

Lesley’s vocals completely collapsed at the beginning of the song. And while she recovered towards the end, it was already too late I think part of the problem was the camera breaking. I think it got her off guard when Chantal said right here’s Ireland, after delaying for a bit. They just jumped straight into the performance, when they probably should have shown the postcard again. It probably left her a bit nervous and wanting to rush through it just incase it broke again mid song. They probably should have taken a minute or two to allow Lesley to compose… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
13 days ago
Reply to  Darren

The same thing happened to The Common Linnets at the 2014 final, it didn’t hurt them.

Darren
13 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I don’t remember that in 2014.
Did it cause the presenters to come on and kill time?
And anyway, everyone reacts differently to situations.
Common Linnets staging was much more simple too.

Last edited 13 days ago by Darren
Jonas
Jonas
13 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Yeah, Lise had to come on and think of something to say just as the song was about to start. Anyway, it still wouldn’t explain poor Lesley’s jury result.

Darren
13 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Fair point I guess.

Dawid
Dawid
13 days ago

I guess Croatia. I’m pretty happy with results overal. I wanted Denmark in GL to boost variety of genres, but that’s ok. Romania and Czech Republic really disappointed me. Ireland was really messy – I literally thought operator messed up shoot at some point but then it turned out it was on purpose (but how are people watching supposed to know that?).

If I could change results, I’d put Croatia and Denmark in and kicked Sweden and Azerbaijan out.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Dawid

Sorry, Denmark’s song is terrible this year, but I agree how great is Croatia.

Veta
Veta
13 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

Euro Fan, sorry, and it seems my opinion is unpopular, but for me Croatia was BAD. Like, really bad. Those lyrics about an unhealthy relationship of two emotionally abusive manipulators and the clash of their egos before breaking up give me nausea. “But play the game my way and you’ll be begging: «please baby don’t go»”. Biggest Ew. The song itself musically was really uninspired, and on the top of everything Albina’s vocals were one of the worst, if not the worst. The most deserved NQ this year in my opinion. But yet again, I wouldn’t let other generic pop… Read more »

Amaan Storm
Amaan Storm
13 days ago
Reply to  Dawid

100% agree with putting Croatia and Denmark in.
I’d have put Croatia in, and taken out either Norway or Israel in semi 1. I liked Tix and I loved Eden, but their songs just weren’t all that.

In semi 2 I’d have put Denmark in over Greece. I really didn’t enjoy her staging or her performance. Denmark may not have had the strongest song, but it was so visually exciting and channelled the true heart of Eurovision.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Amaan Storm

But I loved the Greek song this year, Stefania is soo talented, how dare you putting Denmark over Greece!!! Denmark’s song is really bad, I’m sorry.

lol
lol
13 days ago

croatia, romania, ireland, australia. so many songs deserved to qualify from semi 1 it was such quality their were literally no bad songs.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  lol

For me, the bad ones in semi 1 are Slovenia, Australia (sorry, not a fan), Romania (weak performance) and North Macedonia. I’m actually not a big fan of Semi 1

Last edited 13 days ago by Euro Fan
Cheerios
Cheerios
13 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

Romania was my favourite song from Semi 1 tbh. Totally robbed.

lol
lol
13 days ago
Reply to  Cheerios

100%. my heart broke for her 🙁 roxen deserved better

Last edited 13 days ago by lol
Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  lol

I think it’s like Eliot or Sennek right? Roxen could be like these two after their weak performance, I guess?

btw
btw
13 days ago

Croatia definitely.

Mqe
Mqe
13 days ago

Ireland :((
Yeah, the performance wasn’t necessarily great and the staging might have been too much, but the song was SO good & at least they tried something unique. They deserved better!

Last edited 13 days ago by Mqe
Veta
Veta
13 days ago
Reply to  Mqe

I agree, Maps is awesome musically and a masterpiece lyrically.

Darren
13 days ago

Croatians should be angry about how Albina came in the Top 10 in both the juries and the televote but still didn’t qualify….like…how does that even happen?

Jonas
Jonas
13 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Points. There’s no reason to be angry.

Darren
13 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Well angry was slightly for dramatic effect.
I meant more disappointed

Colono
Colono
13 days ago

Denmark!

One another reason to hate jury votes.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Colono

Why does people like Denmark’s song this year? It is such a cheesy and terrible song since I’ve listened in the NFs. The song itself unoriginal.

Amaan Storm
Amaan Storm
13 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

Everyone said the same things about Portugal and look where that ended up?!

The Danish song is very original. In a sea of a modern pop slop, Denmark stood out for its high energy, colourful, kitch and retro sound. Their staging and energy was great and they gave a real feel good vibe.
The song itsself wasn’t anything to write home about, but a some of the qualifiers weren’t either. Denmark really brought it when they performed in the semi. I feel they should have gone through. Good to see they came close.

Last edited 13 days ago by Amaan Storm
pms
pms
13 days ago
Reply to  Amaan Storm

It might have been very original circa 1987, right now it sounded and looked awful and was rightly downvoted by the juries… As for Portugal you can argue it was boring but at least musically it was interesting and it was well sung.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Amaan Storm

I find the Danish song itself annoying and unoriginal, it’s your opinion, Denmark is my 39th place out of these 39 songs.

Jo.
Jo.
13 days ago

I’m ok with the results tbh, possibly qualifying Croatia instead of Norway in SF1. Faves nq were Croatia in sf1 and Austria in sf2.

Miguel
Miguel
13 days ago

For me its Croatia and Latvia.
Particulary Albina who made it to the top10 in both the jury vote and the televote.

Héctor
Héctor
13 days ago

It has to be Ireland and the Czech Republic for me. I might add Denmark.

Alex
Alex
13 days ago

As for Croatia. Albina is very good but her staging wasn’t effective to my view. It was like a music video, very polished and all of that yet a bit boring. And they didn’t even show the stage until the end.. And was probably already too late to grab/connect with people at home.

Last edited 13 days ago by Alex
Alex
Alex
13 days ago

Very easy for me. Denmark all the way.
Still sad seeing Denmark being this genuine yet not making it because of juries.

Erik
Erik
13 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Genuine? It was a joke act for sure

Darren
13 days ago
Reply to  Erik

I think they mean genuine by singing in their national language for once. Something rare up in the Nordics.
I could be wrong though

Fred
Fred
13 days ago
Reply to  Erik

Not a joke act, it was sort of a love-letter to the 80’ies

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Erik

I agree with you.

Alex
Alex
13 days ago
Reply to  Erik

Genuine. As it didn’t feel it was made or calculate for Eurovision.
DMGP has usually some Melfest rejects or songs written by Lise Cabble. Danes went different this time.
Fyr og Flamme was a fresh air and they came across as very genuine yes.
Their song was enjoyable and pleasant as well.. At least for me and for people at home who voted

Last edited 13 days ago by Alex
Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Denmark is a joke entry, it is a big NO NO for me, I’m sorry. Juries deserved it

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

While Sugar and Loco Loco are quality material right?

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
13 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

At least none of them ran and jumped around hysterically. The song itself was sickly sweet, the outfits were awful, staging nonexistent. Moldova and especially Serbia put in the work and elevated their songs.

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Moldova elevate their song? Indeed? The stage was nothing, the song was ripetitive and bad composed (same melody repeated for 3 minutes, only the end part was different) and the singer was the worse of the whole 39 contestants, makong big use of the pre recorded vocals rules. Serbia was only saved by Sanja, becausw Ivan can’t sing, it’s not because I hate her, but Ksenjia and Sanja always supported her in the few parts she had to sing alone, as they know her vocals are extremely weak. Ksenjia’s vocals are decent but not anything special. Besides, they were not… Read more »

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago

Just a fun fact regarding the Albina thing. The Albina thing. Basing on the official results, Albina is the first act ever to qualify with both juries and televoters, but not making it in the end. However, we always don’t take into account the fact EBU makes up Sammarinese televoting ranking. If we take out points from San Marino, in 2017 Serbia woulf have been 10th with both televoting and juries, but in the end Tijana failed to qualify anyway

Jonas
Jonas
13 days ago

Benny Cristo.

Dawid
Dawid
13 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

When he said “Yeah.”, I felt that.

Eugenie
Eugenie
13 days ago

For me there’s only two strange NQs this year: Croatia and Australia. Yeah, I understand that Albina’s song is absolutely unoriginal and unauthentic, but what about Malta, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Cyprus? Malta qualified cuz Destiny is a cool performer and because of female improvement songs advantage (I think it exists, though it’s not a ticket to final). Azerbaijan and Cyprus qualified because of good staging. It’s despite the fact of similarity between previous Azeri entry and this year’s and despite the fact of pure Lady Gaga/ Rita Ora plagiarism from Cyprus. But qualifiying of Moldova is a pure shock to… Read more »

pms
pms
13 days ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Australia was the “love it or hate it” entry of this year. Clearly most people hated…I must admit that on my first hearing I found it totally annoying. I don’t think it would have gained much by being live in Rotterdam, judging by the votes it got. It was clear that at least one of the bops of the first sf was going to nq, simply because there were too many of them. Clearly Albina was the least popular with the voting public, so that has to be accepted. She probably would have qualified on the other sf, though.

Last edited 13 days ago by pms
Eugenie
Eugenie
13 days ago
Reply to  pms

Agree with you. However, I still think that “love it or hate it” entries are better than predictable stuff. ESC in 00s turned into Swedish factory contest and I’m rooting this era to end. Montagne was memorable. But , maybe, it’s all because I feel love to a lot of love/hate entries.

I’m not a huge fan of bop genre, so definitely I am disappointed with quantity of them this year. They’re absolutely unoriginal and meaningless. Albina’s song was the only I could stand from bops this year. It’s not a good sign for the rest, I guess.

Mr X
Mr X
13 days ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Thank you for this opinion about Cyprus and Moldova. I absolutely agree with you.

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Whisker
Whisker
13 days ago

The lack of jury love for Denmark is outrageous! All countries but one (Moldova) gave them points in the televote.

Moldova was the worst vocal yet they got the “Nightmare team solidarity” votes – which EBU could look into, and 8 sets of 12pts in the semi televote – which EBU could look into as well.

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Exactly this. It looks suspicious even for a kid to see all the countries in top 7 with the public getting televoting points from all the voting countries except one at worst. Every country in the top 7, except Moldova, which got many 12 points than the other acts in the top 7 together, but even a big set of 0 points. Are we all paranoid or EBU just doesn’t care?

Whisker
Whisker
13 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

We are not all paranoid and that’s a fact.

pms
pms
13 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

I preferred Moldova over Denmark tbf… Vocals were terrible, of course, but overall the song and staging clearly were better. And DK vocals were weak too. I live in Portugal and the high Televote for them is from Moldovan and Romanian expats, and that is a common pattern every year. Something that should not be overlooked in these kind of analisis… Finally if the juries vote was so low for Denmark maybe you should draw the conclusion that perhaps music professionals saw it for what it is (ie a copy and paste from an 80s track poorly sung and performed)… Read more »

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago
Reply to  pms

You preferred Moldova over Denmark, but Denmark had its own values live; it’s an ’80s song which was fun, well performed (yes, extremely well), fun and genuine with quite weak vocals yes, but the only really weak point was after the singer run through the stage, while Natalia had a terribly-written song (the music repeated the same melody all the time, no variations in music), almost lyp-sinced (and no, Albina and Efendi didn’t sing playback, neitger did Natalia, but she barely sang over the studio version to save her voice for the empty parts) and tried to break the record… Read more »

Veta
Veta
13 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

Cyprus got 5 points from Russian televote in the semi, and 12(!) in the final. While Ukraine 12 in the semi and 7 in the final. I find it very weird, way more weird.

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago
Reply to  Veta

I’m not a fan of Cyprus, but I don’t think they cheated at all. Some little discrepancies are common between Semi Finals and Final, because in the final more people vote, but nothing can explain why… for example in Estonia, Moldova got 12 points in the semi final and Finland got 10 (with a strong song; Finland historically got 12 with totally non competitive song from this country), while in the final Finland got 12 and Moldova 0 with 19th place, ranking below all the other countries from SF2 who qualified.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
12 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

everyone remember that just because your favourite didnt quality doesn’t mean there was foul play.

shin
shin
13 days ago

my favourites are denmark, australia, austria and slovenia. wasn’t a big fan of Croatia since the beginning, but albina has great vocals. had high expectations from ireland , but even though it didn’t qualify, maps is still one of my go lucky songs. ballads from semi 1 and 2 sound amazing . still really wished that australia and denmark went through.

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
13 days ago

Amnesia’s studio version was one of my favourites this year, but the live performance was so disappointing. I get that they wanted to recreate the choreography and the vibe of the music video, but somehow, it didn’t really transmit the same emotions to me. Her vocals were also bad. A pity cause I loved Amnesia more than Alcohol You.

I also loved Tick Tock and still do think that she should have qualified instead of Israel or Sweden.

Dawid
Dawid
13 days ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

Same. Roxen pulled out Sennek 2.0

Film
Film
13 days ago
Reply to  Dawid

and i was hoping for Blanche scenario.

Grft
Grft
13 days ago

Australia !!!! By far

Veta
Veta
13 days ago
Reply to  Grft

Such a powerful LGBT anthem. Definitely robbed.

Azaad
Azaad
13 days ago

My heart says Montaigne, but after she couldn’t go to Rotterdam it almost seemed like a mercy kill. I know the song and the performance wasn’t there, but I feel so bad for Samanta. She’s tried for so long to get to ESC, had one edition cancelled on her, and then when she finally makes it to Rotterdam she comes in 39th place, as in dead last. And if they keep on doing Supernova, she can’t redeem herself. Kudos to Albina for possibly being the first act ever to individually qualify with both televoters and juries but miss out on… Read more »

Sot
Sot
13 days ago

I decided to give my vote to 5 countries and these were (in alphabetical order):

Australia (one of the biggest growers of the year)
Czech Republic (he really IS a performer!)
Denmark (the wholesomeness of those two was truly exceptional)
Estonia (guilty pleasure from the start)
Ireland (not the best vocals, still a robbery)

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Sot

Don’t downvote me, please, this is just my opinion. I hated Denmark, I dislike Australia, I find Ireland and Estonia are OK,

pms
pms
13 days ago
Reply to  Sot

All of them were terrible and are very deserved nq… You can make a point for the ballads (Slovenia, North Macedonia and Austria, because they were in the wrong place) or for Croatia, cause she got unlucky with the combination of televotes and juries. Rating bad singers, bad songs or terrible performers (like Benny, for God’s sake he even missed a line) just because you find them nice or cute or like the counties that they come from is ok, but maybe you should think that there is someone who made a better job than them that had to stay… Read more »

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  pms

I agree with you, I also dislike Denmark’s

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Sot
Sot
13 days ago
Reply to  pms

He lost a line on purpose because it was a high note while Samanta on the other hand clearly messed up with the lyrics and got the place she deserved (for the song)

Taco
Taco
13 days ago

The one that was good enough for the final for me was Austria. Vincent Bueno was fantastic, his vocals were great, the staging was simple but effective and it all looked very classy. I felt his emotions and I was really sorry he did not get through.

Darren
13 days ago

For me, in no particular order it is:
Croatia, Romania, Czech Republic Australia and Ireland

Still shocked at how Norway, Azerbaijan and Moldova managed to make it. But yet I’m not that shocked too.

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Azaad
Azaad
13 days ago
Reply to  Darren

On the basis of merit yeah those countries making it through is….interesting. But it makes sense if you consider other factors.

Darren
13 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

The Kirkorov factor for Moldova.
The staged social media ship for Efendi and Tix.
Everyone talking about Tix’s wings, glasses, history, dice, headband, staging, disability and not the actual song, the main part, which was by and large, incredibly bland.
So yeah, not too surprising all things considered.

Jenny
Jenny
13 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Well in previous years Azerbaijan has offered it’s own citizens living abroad 100 prepaid cards so they’d vote Azerbaijan to the final, that’s why it get’s always into the final because of the public vote. Jury wouldn’t have given them a spot in the final.

Una
Una
13 days ago

There are several entries I like to some extent:

Semi1:
Croatia for the performance of charismatic Albina.
North Macedonia for Vasil’s vocal.
Romania for the song and that impactful line: “for every shout that went unheard”.
Slovenia for Ana’s vocal.

Semi2:
Czechia for Benny, the song and the broadcaster.
Denmark for Jesper and Laurits, the song, the Danish language, the backings’ claps, and the overall performance and staging and choreo.

So my winner is *Denmark*; Romania in second place for the song.

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago
Reply to  Una

I totally agree with you, but would replacd Benny with Vincent, although I love Benny’s personality more than most of the other contestants.

Una
Una
13 days ago
Reply to  Giolo

Well, Benny co-wrote the song (as he wrote “Kemama” last year) – I value tremendously the performer’s input in my assessment.

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago
Reply to  Una

Yes, that’s fair and it’s an important criteria, but I also think good vocals are very important for a live performance, that’s why I would replace Benny with Vincent.

Jonny B
Jonny B
13 days ago

Switch Belgium for Croatia and it would have been my ideal final.

Giolo
Giolo
13 days ago
Reply to  Jonny B

It would have been a loss for music though. It doesn’t feel right to kick Hooverphonic out. I think Albina would have maybe deserved a Q spot in the second semi final, but not in SF1. Even Roxen, who was one of my favorites before the show didn’t deserve a Q from that hard semi

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Robert
Robert
13 days ago

Gotta say both the Amen songs do everything to me.. Love them

Anita
Anita
13 days ago

I can understand that Lesley is hugely disappointed. I don’t understand her delegation that she didn’t get better help concerning her vocals since this year all kind of support with prerecorded vocals plus backing vocals could have helped her. I think that also the staging idea was not the fitting choice. What she did in the music video was much better, just her singing, doing her moves and Irish landscape in the backdrop; means more focus on the music and the emotions this song conveyed in the video would have been the better choice. The kind of staging they did… Read more »

Nils
Nils
13 days ago
Reply to  Anita

Totally agree. Her music video really felt personal, while her staging was just messy.

Alo
Alo
13 days ago

Maybe Croatia although I can understand why they didn’t qualify.
Overall I think that the right countries qualified for the final from both semis(even moldova which was bad but in a good way)

Sot
Sot
13 days ago
Reply to  Alo

Moldova seemed like they were trying to NQ (though that’s obviously not true)

Shaky vocals
Awkward smile
Disappointing staging
Stolen spinning platform
Unoriginal dress
Fire alarm instead of a high note
“EUROPEEEEEE”

And don’t forget the accidental mic drop in the final

Alo
Alo
13 days ago
Reply to  Sot

Yes we all noticed that lol.
She’s the meme of the year

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Alo

My biggest guilty pleasure this year, LOL 😀

Whisker
Whisker
13 days ago

DENMARK and NORTH MACEDONIA.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
13 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Both of them are really bad, I’m sorry