The First Semi-Final From Malmö

The First Semi-Final From Malmö
The Malmö stage from above. Photo: Sander Hesterman (EBU)
Malmö, Sweden -

The First Semi-Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast live from the Malmö Arena, Sweden, from 21:00 to 23:00 CET on May 14th. Watch it again on demand here on!

Tonight, the First Semi-Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast LIVE from the Malmö Arena in Sweden, where 16 countries will compete for 10 places in the Grand Final.

The broadcast will be hosted by Pedra Mede who is eager to welcome the millions of viewers to Malmö for tonight's show!

The 16 acts competing in the First Semi-Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in order of appearance are:

  1. Austria: Natália Kelly - Shine
  2. Estonia: Birgit - Et Uus Saaks Alguse
  3. Slovenia: Hannah - Straight Into Love
  4. Croatia: Klapa s mora - Mižerja
  5. Denmark: Emmelie de Forest - Only Teardrops
  6. Russia: Dina Garipova - What If
  7. Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich - Gravity
  8. The Netherlands: Anouk - Birds
  9. Montenegro: Who See - Igranka
  10. Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis - Something
  11. Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya - Solayoh
  12. Moldova: Aliona Moon - O Mie
  13. Ireland: Ryan Dolan - Only Love Survives
  14. Cyprus: Despina Olympiou - An Me Thimasai
  15. Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa - Love Kills
  16. Serbia: Moje 3 - Ljubav Je Svuda

You can find more information about tonight's participants on our event page for the First Semi-Final.

Of the 16 entries, 10 will qualify to the Grand Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place on Saturday the 18th of May. The result will be determined by way of a 50/50 split between national expert juries and televoting. The combined scores will create the final outcome.

In yesterday's Jury Semi-Final, the expert juries already determined their votes by watching the live performances. These results have however not been revealed. The televoting will take place during the live show once the final performance has taken place.

The viewers of the 16 competing nations as well as the viewers watching in Sweden, Italy and United Kingdom will have the opportunity to televote for their favourite song with the numbers being revealed by their respective national broadcaster during the live show.

Once the televotes have been collected, these will be combined with the jury votes and centrally added up. The countries successful in qualifying for the final will then be announced in random order with the opening of virtual envelopes on screen.

Remember that you can watch the First Semi-Final LIVE right here on via our ESCTV player, streaming Europe's Favourite TV Show right to your computer.

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  • Posted on 12 June 2013 at 21:02
    Thanks to Everybody who made my hometown shine up with you thousands of visitors ... And I hope that all (175 million?) had a spectacular time :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2013 at 18:17
    Emmelie sing very well with soul, feeling, strength and passion.
    You have a very beautiful song and your performance on stage is spectacular
    I'm rooting for you to win.
    Force razes Emmelie report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2013 at 19:53
    @odinhallbjar for me to,for sure...they open my eyes that never watch this show again...
    i didnt believe when first time i hear in 2009 that this show is set up already before even start,but after last night im sure i will never watch it again....
    i say to my self,its not possible this is song contest not football game ,so bookmakers can take a lot of money ,but i made a mistake...lithuania ,estonia,belgium was on the bottom of bookmakers for final,so...they earn a lot of money ,they have help from juries wich sweden chose ,so shameless..i didnt expect this from sweden and scandinavian country...they was always fair,but ...its seems ..they have to listen what chef said... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2013 at 09:27
    What a pathetic result...Slovenia, Austria and Montenegro eliminated?! Your Soviet block basically stole the competition and NO, Belarus, Lithuania and Belgium most certainly don't deserve to be in the final. What a joke. ESC is dead for me... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 21:01
    Good Luck Belgium!!!!!:* :* :* report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 21:00
    Belgium forward!!!!!Good luck Roberto! :* :* :*Bonne chance Belgique!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 20:47
    Estonia (like last year) have by far the classiest song so get my vote report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 20:09
    UKRAINE must win over denmark,
    denmark, netherlands overrated
    Austria VERY OVERrated

    Belarus good report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 20:00
    ireland deserves to qualify too.
    ukraine much better than denmark (very overrated imo) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 19:59
    well done despina for singing in native language and for your professionalism all the way. cyprus might not have had the money to promote its entry and there may have been voices that argued that cyprus should have withdrawn this year but cyprus loves eurovision and this is one of the most stylish and professional singers represented cyprus in recent years. the song is very nice, sang beautifully by Despina in native language and reminds some good entries of cyprus of the late 90s and early 00s. extremely difficult for cyprus to qualify in a semifinal with countries that have different musical tastes, compared to semi-final 2 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 19:55
    im so excited.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 19:31
    Austria, Denmark, Russia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Montenegro, Lithuania, Moldova, Ireland and Serbia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 19:21
    3.The Netherlands

    GOOD LUCK ALL COUNTRIES. KISSES FROM POLAND :*** report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 19:15
    My semi-final 1:
    1. Ukraine
    2. Montenegro
    5. Russia
    6. Serbia
    7. Austria
    8. Moldova
    9. Ireland
    10. Slovenia
    11. The Netherlands
    12. Lithuania
    13. Croatia
    14. Belgium
    15. Estonia
    16. Cyprus report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2013 at 18:59
    My Finalists of 1st Semi-Final is:
    4.The Netherlands
    10.Belgium or Slovenia report to the moderator