First Semi-Final: The qualifiers and their Final starting positions!

First Semi-Final: The qualifiers and their Final starting positions!
Tonight's qualifiers on stage. Source: Alain Douit (EBU)
Düsseldorf, Germany -

Tonight, the First Semi-Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest took place in the Düsseldorf Arena, with 10 out of 19 countries qualifying for the Grand Final. Find out who are the lucky ones!

From 21:00 to 23:00 on May 10th, the First Semi-Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest was held. The show was hosted by Judith Rakers, Anke Engelke and Stefan Raab. Find out more about the show, the voting, and the interval act in our featured article:

Out of the 19 countries that were represented in the First Semi-Final, the following qualified for the Final, to be held on May 14th (in the order of the announcement in the live show, running order drawn during the winners press conference in brackets):

  • Serbia (Running order position in the Final: 24)
  • Lithuania (Running order position in the Final: 4)
  • Greece (Running order position in the Final: 9)
  • Azerbaijan (Running order position in the Final: 19)
  • Georgia (Running order position in the Final: 25)
  • Switzerland (Running order position in the Final: 13)
  • Hungary (Running order position in the Final: 5)
  • Finland (Running order position in the Final: 1)
  • Russia (Running order position in the Final: 10)
  • Iceland (Running order position in the Final: 21)

The qualifiers were announced in random order. You can find the complete line-up of the First Semi-Final on our Event Page. Check out the final running order in our Grand Final event page.

Watch some impressions what people thought before the First Semi-Final:

The Second Semi-Final will take place on May 12th, from 21:00 to 23:00 CET.


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  • Posted on 14/May 2011 at 00:31
    Dear Europe,

    This contest should be about the songs and fun. It should bring the countries closer to eachother. Don't you get it? Problems can happen anytime anywhere. You cannot blame them on the hosting country. For example everything worked for me properly.

    Europe! Why do you have to be so mean to everybody? Songs have gotten into the final and others haven't. Get over it. You cannot change now! Show must go on. They can't reorganize everything!

    Europe, you should be happy about he finalists but you are just complaning everytime!! Please stop being so childish. Why cannot you accept the result? Stop hurting others! Don't blame things on others.
    Europe, just one thing: Keep calm & carry on!

    Lilla from Hungary (who's happy for Kati and for the other finalists :)) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/May 2011 at 17:22
    Markham, I would not vote for UK but it is enough of boybands. There are hundreds of boyband and they do the same style, same performance, same dance. It has been boring since Take That. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/May 2011 at 12:07
    ESC 2012 Budapest, make it happen!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/May 2011 at 06:01
    fghjggbb

    stop advertising under news it is disturbing and not allowed. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/May 2011 at 03:01
    Zürich 2012 ;D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/May 2011 at 01:33
    The man who wrote this song was going to sing it but then he suddently died while watching his two sons (2 and 5 years old) and the 5 year old called 112(icelandic 911) and i think thats so sad, those are his friends who sang this song for him and it made it to eurovision, i hope it wins, the man was a good man and deserves it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY2l00PC0JA report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 23:51
    No TURKEY. really disappointing. than we had last year, 2nd: D
    AZERBAIJAN But in the final. I am really very glad.
    I think a more fair than the semi-finals 1st 2nd semi-final.
    Azerbaijan is always this year. good luck brother country <3 <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 23:41
    I enjoyd the esc tonight not because im irish and we came 4th =] but bcause ppl frm ireland said they wudnt do wel and im glad they proved our country proud :D every1 did there own country proud even the countrys that didnt make it to saturday.. there are some good countrys that didnt make it.. i miss not havn turkey in the esc they have won a few times.. some of the songs are somethin ud hear in a circus.. i read some1 on this said irelands song was a something from a circus?? thats defo not trew look at spain?? they had clowns last yr on stage and now this yr they have another circus song..
    Best of luck to the 25 countrys on sat
    Greetings from Ireland report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 23:04
    Yes,
    they HAVE to EXPLAIN us, why most favorite songs of EUROVISION 2011
    of Poland, Turkey, Armenia, Norway are out of competition???
    WHY Voting from number of countries in Europe was closed in First-Semifinal day?
    For example, I couldnot vote from the Netherlands (strange, because our country was not in the First-Semi Final), Same situation was in Belgium, they couldnot vote on that day...

    Why it was so? It seems it was some special action against those countries...Previous years they were in the Top 10!!!
    Very Sorry, songs of Poland, Turkey, Armenia, Norway were really good for the Eurovision Final 2011.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 21:03
    Imagine you vote for your favorite song and you receive the reply:

    Voting has been completed.

    Then you are informed that your favorite song did not qualify for the final even though it was a favorite in the semifinal.

    If this had happened to just one person...
    Unfortunately this has happened to hundreds of thousand or millions. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 19:58
    Please Europe Vote for the United Kingdom in the Eurovision song contest

    ESC 2012 - LONDON !!!

    MAKE IT HAPPEN VOTE FOR UK

    We are number 14 to perform.

    Thankyou report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 19:28
    As a turkish,i didn't like our song too so i didn't get suprized when we out.Especially after Manga's success,it was the worst band we'd ever select for eurovision.so thanks to TRT.btw the organisation was really awful.Our commentator's voice was coming very awful from mobile phone so i couldn't stand to keep watching it and i didnt enjoy while i was watching it.it was the worst organisation of eurovision recently.anyway now i will watch and enjoy if everthing goes normal.now my favourite is obviously UK.i wish they can win.and for me the other good songs are from;Russia,Azerbaijan,Iceland,Georgia and Finland.
    i miss last year :) we had been successful for a long time but this time was different anyway i wish we can come with GOOD song next year.so Good Luck For All :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 19:23
    Armenia, Poland, Turkey and Norway have been wronged!
    Everybody is writing about the problem of the vote, and somehow no one responds! what is it? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 19:13
    5 songs are victims...
    Garmany shame... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/May 2011 at 17:52
    You are talking well , cuz your countries qualified because of that problem for ex Greece. For the first 5's it is really UNFAİR . They are working for 6 months or more and they are coming and eliminated because of the that STUPID PROBLEM. Yes everyone could send mail after 30 munites but they sent before and they tought its okay. WAS NOT ARMENIA TURKEY NORWAY POLAND ARE FAVORITES ? please we want to JUST FAİR.

    I SENT A MESSAGE FOR ARMENIA BUT I DONT HAVE ANY ACCEPTED MESSAGE THEN I DID NOT SEND AGAIN I THOUGHT IT WILL BE SEND

    WHERE IS THE FAIR , HUH ? report to the moderator