Photo: Corinne Cumming / EBU

Semi-Final 2 of Eurovision 2023 started with a Denmark’s Reiley singing his heart out in front of a pink hacienda. It ended with Australia’s Voyager making the most of a vintage car that at times seemed to be in motion. In between, we heard Austrian women singing about being possessed by Edgar Allan Poe, Italian singers saying they could smell us like animals, and a Lithuanian diva offering us all spiritual healing.  

Sixteen sang, but when the results were tallied only ten made it through to Saturday night’s grand final.

Eurovision 2023: Semi-Final 2 Results (Qualifiers)

The qualifiers were announced in random order. Producers wont reveal the exact placement and breakdown of the countries until after the grand final. But for now we know the Top 10 acts who made the final…and the seven who didn’t. 

Qualifiers

Non-Qualifiers

🇩🇰 Denmark: Reiley — “Breaking My Heart”

🇬🇪 Georgia: Iru — “Echo”

🇬🇷 Greece: Victor Vernicos — “What They Say”

🇮🇸 Iceland: Diljá — “Power”

🇷🇴 Romania: Theodor Andrei — “D. G. T. (Off and on)”

🇸🇲 San Marino: Piqued Jacks — “Like An Animal”

Do you think the right ten acts made it through? Which of your favourites missed out? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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Frederic le Frison
Frederic le Frison
9 months ago

This was the worst music I have aver watched. No pleasure except for Belgium and Austria. greece was appalingly bad, and San Marino, how can these people even call themselves musicians? If this is the tendancy for the future I will not watch the contast again.

Bandido
Bandido
9 months ago

Australia now might steel part of Sweden’s jury and Finland’s public votes?

Heyey
Heyey
9 months ago

I couldn’t watch the Second Semi-Final yesterday, so I watched it today. I have to say I’m sooo so so happy for Slovenia, Estonia and Albania!! Come on! In your face odds! Although I feel very sad and pity for Georgia. I mean the same situation as Latvia no qualification since 2016. That’s just sad 🙁 It kinda got lost in the show and I feel like it was more of a jury pleaser. But Georgia should feel proud of Iru, she was AMAZING and shined on that stage. One of the best entries of Georgia in Eurovision ever! Also… Read more »

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
9 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

In you face odds, but odds got 19 of 20 qualifiers correctly :)) Which is sad, the whole thing becomes boring with the odds telling you exactly what it will happen. I was pretty sure Finland will win until last night, but probably it will be Sweden, as the odds are too accurate to miss it. Even though the only chance to get another winner and not Finland is to see Finland getting somewhere of a maximum of 50 points from juries.

AussieKaz
AussieKaz
9 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

There was never any doubt that Slovenia would get through. And even though the odds thought otherwise, I knew Albania would qualify. I wasn’t as sure about Estonia but I put them in my list of qualifiers and she made it.
I got nine out of ten right, and Georgia was the one I got wrong. I was sure she would get through, so I was quite disappointed (as she was one that I voted for)

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
9 months ago

The jury absence in the semi-finals just made the whole contest a much boring one. There will be a bog lack of diversity in the final because of that and I think it is exactly why the juries were introduced from the beginning. Not to mention the lack of quality of some artists who qualified, especially Poland (really weak artist and song) and a lot of good songs that just missed it. Latvia, Netherlands, Malta, Romania would have given a much more diversity to the contest with some really good artists that were eliminated because their song was not for… Read more »

Malmoit
Malmoit
9 months ago

I think exactly the same thing

AussieKaz
AussieKaz
9 months ago

I wish Malta, Latvia and Netherlands had been in semi two.

LUO
LUO
9 months ago

I am about to place on Albania reaching the top 10. It can be far fetched, but I think it’s more possible than many people think.
The singers are from Kosovo. There will be a huge Diaspora voting.

I cannot make money betting on Sweeden or Finland… I better take my risk on an educated guess, that no one expects.

Katherine
Katherine
9 months ago

Since yesterday I am obsessed with Solo. Poland you are a dark horse this year!

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago

Blanka from Poland might not be the best singer at Eurovision but it must be noted that she is the only one doing a dance break Who sings afterwards

LondonNachos
LondonNachos
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Brunette from Armenia has a (better) dance break and then belts the chorus afterwards.

Kesha
Kesha
9 months ago

That was a very very weak semi final.

SunChine
SunChine
9 months ago
Reply to  Kesha

Very, very???? Absolutely not true. It was also more interesting to watch this semi.

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago
Reply to  Kesha

Was way more interesting to watch than so called “favorites” in semi 1 lol

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago
Reply to  Kesha

For me It was much more enjoyable: Cyprus, Slovenian, Australia, Albania, Georgia, Armenia they all were really good

Savvas
Savvas
9 months ago

After watching Georgia last night I was sure she wouldn’t qualify. Music was great, lyrics were bad and while she sang pretty good (not pitch-perfect though), the whole presentation seemed quite distant, so I doubted people would vote for her. Personally, I expected Greece qualifying. He was a sweetie.

Vivian
Vivian
9 months ago

Aww, sad about Georgia! I’m happy Australia, Austria and Slovenia are in the final, as obvious as it may be.

Poland qualifying is a sin though, that girl did NOT deserve more points than anyone else in the semifinal

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago
Reply to  Vivian

I think yesterday was the first time i listened to her song completely and I must say It was really sweet.

sknfaojsn
sknfaojsn
9 months ago

I don’t think anyone’s mentioned it so i’m gonna shout out Australia for a moment. I was filled with so much pride for those three minutes, the energy was incredible and everything really worked out- I truly do think we had the best performance tonight and I hope we do well in the final

Patrick
Patrick
9 months ago

For everyone crying about Georgia: Suddenly juries aren that bad, are they…lol

MultySky7
MultySky7
9 months ago
Reply to  Patrick

It’s not the juries (alone), it’s the approval of all these vocal effects and millions of prerecorded backing tracks and duplex on their main vocals, and all of that legitimizes lipsync (i.e. cheating) confirmed and approved by EBU/ESC and their juries.
Iru was its first victim, but sure won’t be the last if this – masking bad singing – BS, doesn’t stop.

If that BS wasn’t allowed, Iru would have Q-ed last night.

Maurier
Maurier
9 months ago
Reply to  Patrick

I loved Georgia but I don’t believe juries would have saved her. Juries tend to warm up to ballads and standard stuff in general, whereas Iru’s song was too quirky (see Konstrakta last year, she didn’t do that well with the juries).

Tibor
Tibor
9 months ago

Think what you will about the qualifiers, personally I’m certainly not happy with all of them, but I have to give credit where it’s due: Having an absolute trainwreck of a vocal performance to work with and turning it into something that’s at least not an abysmally painful listening experience, is an accomplishment in and of itself. What’s unfortunate is the fact that we have lost acts with undeniable musical skills like Latvia and now Georgia instead. I will get over it and so will the artists. It is what it is, not everyone who votes can tell the difference… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
9 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I do sometimes wonder whether it’s better to be one of those “robbed” NQers rather than scraping through and coming 22nd in the grand final. I honestly don’t know long-term which is better.

Tibor
Tibor
9 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

In the fandom the “unjust” NQs are certainly remebered and talked about more often. But I’d say a place in the final gives probably a bigger commercial boost, because way more people watch the final than the semis.

MultySky7
MultySky7
9 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I’m sorry, but with the first part of your post, you are insulting ABBA, Jamala, Celine Dion, Salvador Sobral, Marija Šerifovi?, Sertab Erner, Pastora Soler and many others who had NO prerecorded backing tracks – but live backing singers. They had no vocal effects or duplex on their main vocal – left on their playback so loud that you can hear them singing over it, or so they can lip sync instead of singing.Everything was – what you see is what you get. Their performances were full LIVE. Last night Iru was victim of these new regulations that approved (if… Read more »

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
9 months ago

WHEW!! Bookies had Albania and Estonia out of the running. The sooner Albania (my #12) was called, I had to wonder if Alika from Estonia (my #10, singing at a higher key if I’m correct) was hoping to join them. I was obviously relieved. By my card, EST was the best out there, and ALB 2nd-best. …But then came the last spot, and the fate of Slovenia (my #16), who I thought had the 3rd-best performance, not to mention they have had a bumpy ride throughout the years, the last 3 of which failed. It sounded as if the audience… Read more »

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
9 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

My bad. The last TWO of which failed.

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
9 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

As far as I know bookies had just Albania out of the qualifiers from both semi-finals. I don’t know, for me it’s strange how bookies cand be that accurate in such an unpredictable contest, as it should be, but it’s sure that the momentum is ruined by that bookies. I mean there is not more thrill when you know the qualifiers from the beginning, the moment when we were waiting for the last qualifier in the first semi-final and absolutely everyone knew it will be Norway, was just sad. There was no real hope for anyone else. I mean bookies… Read more »

Luk
Luk
9 months ago

solo solo is the best
Good luck Blanka Good luck Poland

Martin
Martin
9 months ago

I noticed that Cyprus’ song was sung mainly by the backing vocalist 🙁 and it could be such a good song.

Ian
Ian
9 months ago

Go Blanka! Such a radio friendly song! Happy for Australia and Slovenia. Cyprus qualified because of his looks – not complaining 🙂
Everything else was a disaster.
Greece had the weirdest performance. Boy Scout uniform made him look even more childish.

redfox
redfox
9 months ago

poland was a suprise. is his our level in europe, 1997

Colin
Colin
9 months ago

I have to go on a mini-rant here about how Latvia and Georgia were both robbed! Aija and Echo are both in my top 10, and I don’t understand how they failed to qualify. Especially Georgia, because it was an easier field. Belgium and Albania both had great performances, but as songs, I’d take Echo before in a heartbeat! Then there’s Poland. Look, I like its meme value, and I clapped when they made it, but come on, Georgia was better! I am usually the last person here to dwell on who wrote the song, and whether it was domestic… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

In my opinion, Latvia and Georgia are two very different cases, though. Georgia for quite some time now didn’t really seem to care about results. They sent peculiar acts that often looked and sounded good but musically had such a narrow target audience that their non-qualification streak after 2016 didn’t really come as a surprise. I was sure Iru would change that, and I still think she only narrowly missed out until proven otherwise. Be that as it may, if Georgia continues in this vein, it’s just a question of time until they will start qualifying again. With Latvia. it’s… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

You’ve read my rants already. Although you can maybe change the songs that I believe wrongly qualified ahead of them, the sentiment is pretty much the same.

Möhrant
Möhrant
9 months ago

First time hearing all the songs tonight (I wait until the night). Was definitely a much weaker field compared to semi final one.

I can’t believe Georgia didn’t make it through! Will be interesting to see how the grand final plays out.

Fabrizio
Fabrizio
9 months ago

As I did on tuesday, here’s my top 16 of the first impression of the songs. I didn´t listen to any of them until today. The exception was San Marino. (This was way harder to rank than SF1) 1- Australia: oh yeah, another car on the stage. I love this style of music, and I think I already had a Voyager’s song on my playlist. For sure there will be another. Nice attitude. 2- Austria: I was tempted too many times to listen to this one. Maybe the screen was overloaded with digital dancers, but the song is funny and… Read more »

Eth
Eth
9 months ago
Reply to  Fabrizio

For your information, Alika can easily play piano 🙂 She was not faking.

Caliope
Caliope
9 months ago

I wish I’d voted for Georgia too. I actually thought she was safe 🙁 it’s sad to see her cry when she did so well. Definitely better than others that can’t really sing cough cough Poland …
I voted for Belgium, Albania and Armenia.

Nils
Nils
9 months ago

Judging by the odds, Gustaph must have come second or first. He’s already 11th right now, having gained 17 positions today.

Prince Leila
Prince Leila
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Check esctracker. He and Blanka are the highest from sf2

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
9 months ago
Reply to  Nils

My guess is that it’s more about that crowd reaction he got in the arena. Crowd reaction is a good indicator of how the televote might’ve gone down.

Top two might be pushing it a bit but I wouldn’t be surprised if he achieved a position between 3rd and 5th. Considering the amount of bile that was thrown at him when he won his national final, he’s only just gone and become Belgium’s most competitive act since Blanche. Amazing.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago

I just finished watching semi final 2 and I have to say, I’m actually happy with most of the qualifiers, except for one. I am genuinely shocked that Georgia didn’t qualify, I haven’t been this surprised in a long time. I think you can guess who I would trade out…

On the other hand, congratulations to Austria and Slovenia for coming back to the final after such a long time out.

Jake
Jake
9 months ago

I’d personally like to congratulate Wouter Hardy who now is 3 for 3 in his songs qualifying for the final with 3 different countries…a few months ago, I was downvoted to no end when I pointed out that he has had a more successful track record than Duncan Laurence and here he is again with another winner, while Duncan wants nothing to do with poor Mia & Dion with a song he said “I wouldn’t have entered if I didn’t think it could win”

Jeroen
Jeroen
9 months ago
Reply to  Jake

That’s nonsens. First of all Burning Daylight is actually a really good song, while Bridges is kind of a borefest. It’s a shame (and unfair) they didn’t qualify. I mean Croatia, Serbia and Moldova??? Come on! Second of all, where did you read that Duncan wants nothing to do with Mia and Dion? He introduced them and put his trust in them haha. Third of all … Duncan has multiple hit singles and together they have the most streamed Eurovision song EVER. I think Duncans track record outshines the last songs Wouter Hardy introduces and which fail to impress on… Read more »

Raoul
Raoul
9 months ago

If we would strip off the visuals, pre recorded vocals, circus acts and dance moves, which song would still stand out??? As it is a SONG contest, the harvest is very poor this year.
Nowadays I still listen to Tout l’univers, Voila or Zitti e buoni. But from this year no song will end on my playlist.

Riverstone19
Riverstone19
9 months ago
Reply to  Raoul

I’ve already been listening to Evidemment. Over and over again.

Markus
Markus
9 months ago
Reply to  Raoul

Eaea!

MultySky7
MultySky7
9 months ago
Reply to  Raoul

I completely agree with you, and that’s why I was wholeheartedly rooting for Slovenia.

Matt
Matt
9 months ago

To people complaining that the juries are the reason Georgia and Latvia missed out. If they had gotten through the discourse would just be on a different country that missed out.

There’s always shock NQs whether you have juries or not. Only ten acts can go through, that’s the point.

Zanoni
Zanoni
9 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Sure, let that discourse be about Poland missing out. Juries should smack that one down.

Jordan
Jordan
9 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

Why? I want Poland to be in so it’s just your opinion. Don’t make it look like it’s something what should happen by saying ‘let that’. No, friend, the world doesn’t revolve around you and your opinions, stop the hateful narrative.

MultySky7
MultySky7
9 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

He’s not hateful, he has every right to say what’s wrong – and what happened last night was wrong. And no, I don't blame Blanka for it nore do I hate her, I blame people who changed the regulations, aprroved cheating (millions of prerecorded backing tracks, vocal effects, duplex on the main vocal = cheating) and with it enabled people with no taste at all to vote for it, to drag the musical criteria through the mud, and with it insult ABBA, Jamala, Celine Dion, Salvador Sobral, Marija Šerifovi?, Sertab Erner, Pastora Soler, Barbara Pravi and many many others. So, no… Read more »

Mililoyi
Mililoyi
9 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Yes last year they complain about Jury made Azerbaijan went through and want to get rid of Jury but now EBU get rid of jury, but they still complain?? There is no best menthod here just accept the fact that only 10 song went through. But i gues Jury only matter to them when it’s come to their favorite.

Vivian
Vivian
9 months ago
Reply to  Mililoyi

Azerbaijan qualified last year because of the alleged cheating going on in the 2nd semifinal. And besides, Nadir was actually a decent vocalist. Try saying that about Blanka

Euros
Euros
9 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Latvia was never a sure qualifier, even if juries would have voted. So many slower songs in the past ended up NQ, even though juries voted for them.

Malmoit
Malmoit
9 months ago

This semifinal was better produced and the artists were vocally better IMO: Denmark: my last place for the whole contest, boring song, too much pink and he can’t sing, everything really boring. Armenia: positively surprised by her, interesting staging and vocally good, I would mind her winning. Romania: good song and vocals but ugliest staging ever killed any chance he had. Estonia: she was way better at eesti laul, her hand movements were weird and killed the vibe, Ollie would have rocked this semifinal. Belgium: I never know how to feel about the Belgian entries. Cyprus: positively surprised by this… Read more »

Malmoit
Malmoit
9 months ago
Reply to  Malmoit

The autocorrect changed many words without me noticing it :/

Malmoit
Malmoit
9 months ago
Reply to  Malmoit

*I would not mind Armenia winning.
*positively surprised by this performance too(Cyprus).

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
9 months ago

When after performing Bojan said “see you guys on saturday” I knew they would call out Slovenia last lol

Andrea
Andrea
9 months ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

No, he actually said to the crowd: ” Seize every day! we love you.

SunChine
SunChine
9 months ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

Where he said that? He didnt said that lol

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

Literally never said that but ok

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
9 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

You can hear it right after the performance when the audience is cheering.

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
9 months ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

I think he said “seize the day guys”…

Anminona
Anminona
9 months ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

He said “Seize every day” xD

Sabrina
Sabrina
9 months ago

I was way less invested in this semi, but I’m sad for Georgia anyway. Georgia and Latvia are countries that keep trying to do their own thing when others would try to follow a formula after a sequence of bad results. I have a profound respect for that and I’ll be rooting for them to find the entry that will pay off for being stubborn in the best sense of the word.

Armenia, Australia, Austria and Slovenia were my favorites tonight, as expected. But my favorite moment was Gustaph’s reaction when Belgium qualified. He’s a darling. 🙂

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I can’t wait to see his face for the televote reveal on Saturday.

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

“trying to do their own thing when others would try to follow a formula”. That’s a very diplomatic way of describing Georgia’s approach to the English language this year 😛

Sabrina
Sabrina
9 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy

I wasn’t even thinking about the lyrics. But yeah, they were lazy.

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Armenia, Australia, Austria, Slovenia and Belgium, plus Albania, were my favourites too. I agree with you on Gustaph too, such a kind-hearted soul 🙂

His gentle caring way combined with his fabulous outfits gives me fairy godmother vibe. He’d get Cinderella ready for her ball!

Fabrizio
Fabrizio
9 months ago

There is a person right here in the comments that is so obsessed with Armenia, let me guess that they are from Turkey

Marlinken
Marlinken
9 months ago

If anyone is in Liverpool and they see Blanka talking with Martin Österdahl, take photos, make recordings. We may need them if she “wins” this thing.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Edyta was spotted on Lime Street in sunglasses with a big briefcase.

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

She’s probably being funded by Big Briefcase.

Azuro
Azuro
9 months ago
Reply to  Marlinken

She won the semi final, but won’t make Top 10 in the final. See Rybak 2018 for further details.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
9 months ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Österdahl is team Sweden, though

Mililoyi
Mililoyi
9 months ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Loser behaviour

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
9 months ago

Anyone who dared to vote for Lambrou or Blanka tonight is an absolute disgrace to the contest and should honestly refrain from ever voting again, some honest people with actual talent are suffering right now because of trolls like them.

Marlinken
Marlinken
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

Cyprus wasn’t Placido Domingo but it’s unfair to put him in the same bracket as Bejba.

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
9 months ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Why, because he decided to show up sleeveless for you? Spare me that BS, Lambrou is an absolute joke and just as bad as Blanka, no debate.

Marlinken
Marlinken
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

At least he has arms!

Knock, knock.
“Who’s there?”

Certainly not you.

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
9 months ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Only my fault for entertaining basic b*tches like you, that’s correct.

Marlinken
Marlinken
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

Ah! You’re a Serb. Figured out the bitterness.

Mililoyi
Mililoyi
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

Tell that to who vote for Croatia

Ifty
Ifty
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

Get over yourself. You’re an embarrassment.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

We’ll check with you who it’s ok to vote for next time, don’t worry. :3

Wojtek
Wojtek
9 months ago

Let’s go BEJBA.

MoGu
MoGu
9 months ago

Austria stuffed up the presentation. They should have kept the office, retro style and colours of the video clip and have the lead vocals louder.

ga89
ga89
9 months ago
Reply to  MoGu

Austria was fantastic tonight, it worked really well.

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
9 months ago
Reply to  MoGu

Austria was one of my faves but after tonights performance I didn’t really care if they qualifed. So there’s that

Anja
Anja
9 months ago
Reply to  MoGu

It lost all of its fun, that’s for sure. I don’t get the staging at all with the dancers on the screen. Where are all the good ideas from the video? Also they sounded fine, but they seemed to be really low energy, or was that just me? Their dancing looked lazy and half-assed somehow. I really like them and the song, but I don’t see a very good result anymore. Happy to be proven wrong though!

LadyLigeia
LadyLigeia
9 months ago
Reply to  Anja

I think you’ll find that there’s a maximum of 6 people allowed on stage, plus the funny satire isn’t the song’s only aspect. You don’t need to illustrate the lyrics with funny staging, just like you shouldn’t illustrate melancholic or dramatic lyrics with overly “paiiiiiiiin”ful singing, that’s just bad art. Recreating the scenes from the music video clip would just look ridiculous on stage, especially for the millions of viewers who don’t actually know the music video (see Croatia). I appreciate the fact that Austria went for a more stylish and elegant, serious staging that looked professional, sexy and grown-up.

sknfaojsn
sknfaojsn
9 months ago
Reply to  MoGu

interestingly enough even though i found the staging to be average i found it to work far better this morning- I liked the energy and the vocals far more than rehearsals

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
9 months ago

Tonight the contest has actually hit a new low, if that was even possible anymore, this is what the clueless and defeatist EBU asked for by reintroducing full televote for the semifinals, blatantly shameless lipsyncers from Cyprus and Poland getting rewarded by typically clueless voters, instead of talented and honest people like Georgian Iru and Sudden Lights. Well done to Osterdahl and all of the children who kept crying that they should get rid of the juries, both Latvia and Georgia should absolutely consider withdrawing next year, let’s see how you’ll manage with a 34-country ESC because Romania will probably… Read more »

ga89
ga89
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

“Tonight the contest has actually hit a new low”; you obviously forgot how ESC looked like before 2003…

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
9 months ago
Reply to  ga89

The results have always been a farce and a large part of the voting segment has always been hopelessly dumb, I’m more than aware of that but still…

Wok
Wok
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

It sounds like you don’t enjoy the show anymore. Maybe you should take a break from it? Focus on your inner peace?

Ifty
Ifty
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

Where’s the haters gonna hate button? Asking for a friend.

Fabrizio
Fabrizio
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

Latvia would’ve got a maximum of 10 points from the jury, sometimes they were the tasteless ones

MultySky7
MultySky7
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

It’s not the televote or presence of the jury, it’s in the point of changed regulations that approved all of these vocal effects and millions of prerecorded backing tracks and duplex on their main vocals, which legitimizes lipsync (i.e. cheating) confirmed and approved by EBU/ESC and their juries. I don’t want to fear for the Q place of some next Mimicat – because her national broadcaster gave her no money to play with staging circus and pyro, even though her performance was brilliant and based on excellent singing and song quality. I have nothing against Blanka – she used what was on the… Read more »

Euros
Euros
9 months ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

There were a lot of artists crying after NQ from Semi Final, Sweden 2010 & Israel 2013 come to mind, so EBU doesn’t care since forever.

Ifty
Ifty
9 months ago

Lowkey if San Marino would have qualified I wouldn’t have been mad AT ALL. Good for them! Unlucky to be in the same semi as Australia and Slovenia and without Italy to help.

Also, Georgia…. shooketh….

And at the end I got a Slovenian heart attack :O

I was entertained.

Amesc
Amesc
9 months ago

One day we had orchestras working the instrumentals. Because of music’s evolution, this rule fairly changed. Can’t see the reason why they still keep the pre recorded vocals though. I mean it really seems as a karaoke at some point, but we are talking about a SONG contest. The singers are doing well to use them, because they have the right to do it. But i think that EBU should do something about it
P.s. Seems like juries are getting more popular these days. Can’t say I dissagre.

Azuro
Azuro
9 months ago
Reply to  Amesc

Apart from a few Latvian and Georgian fans, not seeing the juries becoming more popular at all. Great results from both semis overall.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago
Reply to  Amesc

I always say, be careful what you wish for. There have been fans clamoring for the juries to be gone, but now that they are gone for the semi finals, they want them back because their favorites didn’t qualify.

Marlinken
Marlinken
9 months ago

“how CouLd tHey LEave oUt RoMaNia!!”

J. Hallowich
J. Hallowich
9 months ago
Reply to  Marlinken

maybe due to the refrain….„I’m begging you, take off your clothes and step on me”, wtf is that?!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
9 months ago

I feel so sad for Iceland and Georgia, I would rather have them in the final instead of Belgium and Estonia.

Ruu
Ruu
9 months ago

Next year Armenia can steal something else again, maybe something from Edgar Allan Poe perhaps? It’s not stealing when you sign it with your own name!

LondonNachos
LondonNachos
9 months ago
Reply to  Ruu

I assume you’re one of those individuals claiming she copied Israel’s dance break. As if Noa invented dancing???
So what are you implying? Did Israel also steal it from Chanel from Spain last year?

Ruu
Ruu
9 months ago

Armenians downvoting all comments that are even slightly negative about Brunette isn’t anything new, they ruined every poll on this site. Even that turquoise carpet poll!

sam
sam
9 months ago
Reply to  Ruu

not armenian, but i have been downvoting you because you are being incredibly toxic for no reason

Ifty
Ifty
9 months ago
Reply to  Ruu

Same as Sam. 100%.

Span
Span
9 months ago

Bring back the juries, The public doesn’t vote on musical merits.

MoGu
MoGu
9 months ago
Reply to  Span

No, no, no. Long ago ESC evolved from a purely song contest. There are no experts that can judge all types of music, it will always be biased, just like many public voters.

Francis
Francis
9 months ago
Reply to  MoGu

I think the jury is essential to balance the votes. The public tends to value more catchy songs that go viral on social media and, sometimes, they devalue well-constructed songs, with a good message and good lyrics. I think that both inputs (public and jury) are essential. There are times when the jury elevates good songs that the public doesn’t value. There are other moments when the public elevate songs that the jury doesn’t value. It’s a good balance.

eglutt
eglutt
9 months ago
Reply to  Francis

EXACTLY! The competition is nothing but a tik tok popularity (“stan”) showoff

Span
Span
9 months ago
Reply to  MoGu

Juries are much less biased than the public.

Itchybean
Itchybean
9 months ago
Reply to  Span

Coughs. Sweden bias

Span
Span
9 months ago
Reply to  Itchybean

There is no bias. Sweden sends quality songs almost every year. You can see that the juries didn’t vote for Sweden in 2021, with a trash song.

ga89
ga89
9 months ago
Reply to  Span

You will get juries in the final, chill.

Span
Span
9 months ago
Reply to  ga89

A final that Georgia, Latvia and Iceland won’t be a part of, because of diaspora and troll votes.

Ifty
Ifty
9 months ago
Reply to  Span

I don’t think that the jury would have saved at least 2 of these 3.

Sometimes you don’t get what you want.

Johannes
Johannes
9 months ago
Reply to  Span

Armenia has huge diaspora, while their population is around 4-5 m there are around 25 million Armenians around the world. It’s unfair plus they’re not in Europe. They should be disqualified.

Ifty
Ifty
9 months ago
Reply to  Johannes

They are geographically in Europe. The Armenian diaspora is estimated at 7-9 million, and many of not most of those are in countries that don’t participate in eurovision such as the US, Russia, Turkey and Brazil.

You’re just being toxic and kinda full of crap.

Johannes
Johannes
9 months ago
Reply to  Ifty

It’s not geographically in Europe, it’s Western Asia, and plus lots of people consider it Middle East. I’m not toxic just speaking facts

Ron
Ron
9 months ago
Reply to  Johannes

Lol you’re full of s***. Armenian diaspora worldwide is half of Turkish population in Germany alone lol

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
9 months ago
Reply to  Span

And the juries do?

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago
Reply to  Span

Juries have been ruining this contest for years. Never have them back, please.

Nikki
Nikki
9 months ago

I was scared out of my body for a hot minute there before Slovenia was called. But I got my Top 10 in full in the final, thanks to God, Allah, Odin, Ra. Zeus, I owe you a date.

Ruu
Ruu
9 months ago

I decide to be fake, steal more, dance break! I DECIDE TO BE FAKE, STEAL MORE, DANCE BREAK!

Thorula
Thorula
9 months ago
Reply to  Ruu

You have 37 songs and you will be spending your all energy on one that you don’t like. Or maybe it’s a problem with the country?

Ruu
Ruu
9 months ago
Reply to  Thorula

Girl stole someone else’s writings and signed only with her own name, this is called stealing!

Ron
Ron
9 months ago
Reply to  Thorula

Ruu is definitely a toxic Azeri. I would just ignore her/him.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago

It is ironical that a song which criticizes how poorly paid and “forgotten” songwriters are, IS staged in a way wich focus mainly on the leds and screens behind and makes the singers go as unnoticed as possible.

Azuro
Azuro
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

The meaning is completely lost unless you spend time to look into it.

Most people watching on Saturday when asked to describe the austrian song afterwards will say “oh the edgar allan poe one” nothing about spotify streaming remuneration rates.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

The black and red and “zero” part is like a Coke Zero ad.

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Don’t drink it! Poison water.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy

I don’t think that’s their slogan.

MoGu
MoGu
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Austria worst staging of all entries. Instead of 5th they end up 15th in the final.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

I dont even think people Will relate It to Edgar Allan Poe. It Will be Poepoepoe as in Lalala or wowowo.

Karl
Karl
9 months ago

When do they announce the running order?

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Karl

They need some time to think about it, and plot it all out, so it could be another two or three hours at least.

aroncido
aroncido
9 months ago
Reply to  Karl

Last year it was about 2 hours from now. 2 years ago it was 1 hour from now.

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 months ago
Reply to  aroncido

I like that that sentence makes complete sense knowing what ‘it’ means, but without it absolutely no sense and temporally confusing.

Jofty
Jofty
9 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy

“it” = how late to put Sweden in first half and what to put before and after to maximise chance of winning

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

“it” = calling Ola Jon Sand to ask him what he would do

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Ola Jon Sand? What? Sand Jon Ola!

Span
Span
9 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

They literally put the televote winners after them last year, but keep living your delusions.

Jofty
Jofty
9 months ago
Reply to  Span

So you are saying Albania must have “won” last night. It’s even more cruel than putting them second again.

Thorula
Thorula
9 months ago

Love Armenia, my personal winner. A bit sad about Georgia. Happy for Slovenia and Albania.
But can we talk about the plague from this year. Why do female performers need to add a dance part in their performance? I was not a fan of Chanel last year but it worked for her, fine. But please, do we need to copy it to make our performance look cooler ? It definitely losts its authenticity. And not even speaking about Israel. If you don’t have enough lyrics, just fill the time with a dance break.

Ruu
Ruu
9 months ago
Reply to  Thorula

Armenia’s dance break was useless!

Francis
Francis
9 months ago
Reply to  Thorula

Unfortunately, I’m starting to think that the trend will be to have a dance break to elevate the performance. It’s sad because a dance break isn’t essential. Where are the songs that bring emotion, with meaningful lyrics and interesting melody progression?

MoGu
MoGu
9 months ago

The betting market has worked it out. I wish wish wish they got the winner wrong as Loreens song is a sound alike copy of her winning song euphoria and should not be in the contest.
Only Finland has a chance, hope against the odds Finland to win.

Marlinken
Marlinken
9 months ago
Reply to  MoGu

Unfortunately, Sweden are winning. It’s good, easily in my top 10, but not my winner. It will win though.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Marlinken

An overpowering televote score could win it for Finland.

Marlinken
Marlinken
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Finland is presently my No. 2 and I will vote for him anyway. I’m not sure I want it to become a “Stop Sweden vote” though. That’s bad energy to bring to ESC.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Marlinken

I certainly don’t want it to be Stop Sweden vote, I do not want anybody to get this idea. I actually think it could genuinely get a very big mountain of points.

Marlinken
Marlinken
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I see and I think you’re right. There’s a lot of Loreen stans though. They’ll be overrepresented in the fandom but it’s still a lot of people who will be voting multiple times.

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

What? You said to me let’s start a Stop Sweden vote and centre on Finland. We already printed the posters…

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Ssshhh

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Purrrr

Francis
Francis
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I don’t really believe in that. This year the televote has a giant competition. The televote will disperse.

ga89
ga89
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

The chance that any song in near future will beat Ukrainian 400+ televote pts from last year is like 0,0001%.

Azuro
Azuro
9 months ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Same I don’t dislike the song, it’s in my Top 10, but Euphoria is one of the all time greats, but Tattoo is not.

It will win however. Sweden wins juries, Finland wins televote, Sweden wins over all.

Francis
Francis
9 months ago
Reply to  MoGu

Tatto is not a copy of Euphoria. It’s her style. It’s her way of delivering her own music to the public. You’re confusing plagiarism with a chord progression that hundreds of artists use and which is extremely frequent. Just because a song has a similar chord progression doesn’t make it plagiarism.

Ruu
Ruu
9 months ago
Reply to  Francis

It’s only a copy of several other songs!

Thorula
Thorula
9 months ago
Reply to  Francis

It’s a great song, well produced, full package. But it’s basically the same songwriters for 11 years now. We just want to hear something a bit different. And some may also think it’s a bit too dramatic as a performance.

Jofty
Jofty
9 months ago
Reply to  Francis

Are you E Sheeran?

Azuro
Azuro
9 months ago

Calling it now

Poland won this Semi Final.

Poland came after a long string of boring songs.
4 of the 6 non qualifiers were before Poland.
Austria was the pre fan fave but it flopped live.
Australia never do well with televote.

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
9 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

There’s something with it as Cyprus, Iceland and Greece all had minimalistic staging and Blanka was the first one after Belgium to share the stage with dancers.

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
9 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

That’s the most idiotic comment I’ve seen here in years. Win this semi?…6th to 8th at best

rjplopes
rjplopes
9 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

LOL!!!…. Delusional.

Marlinken
Marlinken
9 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

It’s the negativity you crave isn’t it?