Yes! The sound production was so much better today – not perfect, but much better. Thank you!
The rest of the production was just as you would expect it to be, albeit with fairly decent hosts. There wasn’t any special opening act this evening, just a quick recap from Tuesday’s Semi Final, but the interval act with Shalva Band, performing a number from the musical movie The Greatest Showman, was quite touching. We were also treated to another Eurovision History collage, which was just as good as the last one; a mind-blowing act by an Israeli magician and mentalist; and another collage from previous year’s shows called The Douze Points Party filled with clips from jury presenters ditching out their twelve points and various artists’ reactions.
May I also say I really like this year’s postcards (the short clips presenting each country/participant before each act). They’re really warm and friendly, and all artists give of themselves generously.
So, what about what we’re all here for – the competition?
Nine of the ten predicted entries made it through to the Grand Final – Azerbaijan, Denmark, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland – with Armenia being the one missing out on her ticket for Saturday’s show in favour of Albania. It’s interesting to note that all of the six acts from the last block of contestants, and only one from the first, managed to qualify. If this is due to unfortunate seeding, or viewers turning on their TVs too late, we’ll probably never know. But let’s just say the second half of this Semi Final was awesome.
All of this year’s main favourites made it through tonight, as well as all Scandinavian countries and all “Swedish” entries except Moldova. After missing out last year, both Russia and Azerbaijan are back in the Grand Final again true to their successful tradition. There’s also reason to cheer a little extra for North Macedonia and Switzerland who are back in the Grand Final for the first time since 2012 and 2014 respectively.
So, when all votes are in, staying on for the rest of the week are five women and seven men, four gospel singing mamas, some dirty dancers, a chameleon, a floating orb of light, two laser surgeon robots, a Sami joiker, a gigantic chair, an eagle, and more mirrors/holograms than you can even count.
These are the acts who proceeded to the Grand Final tomorrow, listed in the order they were announced during last night’s show.
North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska, Proud
The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence, Arcade
Albania: Jonida Maliqi, Ktheju tokësstrong>
Sweden: John Lundvik, Too Late For Love
Russia: Sergey Lazarev, Scream
Azerbaijan: Chingiz, Truth
Denmark: Leonora, Love Is Forever
Norway: KEiiNO, Spirit in the Sky
Switzerland: Luca Hänni, She Got Me
Malta: Michela, Chameleon