First Semi-Final: Meet the winners at the press conference!
Tonight the First Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest has taken place in the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen. Check out our comprehensive report from the winners' press conference, and learn which artists were drawn to perform in which half of the Grand Final on Saturday!
Those are the winning countries of the First Semi-Final:
- San Marino
- The Netherlands
The first question of the evening went to the delegation of Azerbaijan. "Will you start a fire on Saturday?" was the first question for Dilara Kazimova. She replied by thanking her fans, and she said: "I will do my best in the Final."
Azerbaijan was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.
"I am happy that Montenegro is finally in the Final", Sergej stated in the beginning. "For Montenegro it has been a hard task. It's normal for many countries, but for Montenegro is special - we've tried five times but haven't qualified. We don't have Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina this year, so I am also singing for them."
Montenegro was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.
"It's great, I can't believe this is actually happening", András first states. Journalists had wondered before if András could be successful with a song about domestic abuse. "I said this before and I'll say it again: The beautiful thing about music is that there are no boundaries. I don't always want to sing about love, but this time I decided for something more serious because this is happening every day."
Hungary was drawn to perform in the second half of the Grand Final.
"We want to thank all of you for your support, we are full of emotion", Nastya and Masha stated. "Many people congratulated us after the show, and we were so happy to hear the wishes. We are happy that everything went well and we are pleased with our performance", they told the press.
Russia was drawn to perform in the second half of the Grand Final.
How was it to be first on stage? "To be the first on stage is an honour, but in the Final I don't want to be first", Aram MP3 stated about opening the show.
Armenia was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final. Aram commented: "Then I think I'm going to be first again."
"This is very important for me", Valentina Monetta stated about qualifying on her third attempt. "It's an incredible experience for me, I scream love, I have a lot of love inside me. Thank you very much", she shared her feelings. Was taking part for the third time the key for success: "This was my desire since I was a child, I want to thank my mum, my father and my brother."
San Marino was drawn to perform in the second half of the Grand Final.
"Thank you Europe for the second try to enter this stage", Mariya Yaremchuk stated. "I am proud to be Ukrainian, and I am singing for all the Ukrainians - there are 46 million of them. My main message is that time is now, and there are more important things than politics. Eurovision is a better way to unite people than politics."
Ukraine was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.
"I didn't want to go off the stage! There was so much screaming that I didn't even hear the music. It was amazing", Sanna Nielsen said. Does being first in the betting odds put pressure on her? "I don't feel any pressure, I am flattered to be one of the favourites", she replied. About her feelings on being announced as a finalist, she said: "It was a relief! I had to call my mum first. But it was really amazing!"
Sweden was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.
"I love the diversity of the music in Eurovision. I am very happy to be here, especially because there are only three chords in our song! And now I am even seated next to Sanna, that's amazing", Ilse Delange first stated. Can The Common Linnets win for The Netherlands - are they fast enough? "Yeah, we are fast enough", Waylon gave as a short answer.
The Netherlands were drawn to perform in the second half of the Grand Final.
"It feels fantastic, and it means that we can take our 'No Prejudice' message to a higher level. Prejudices already happen in childhood, and it's the job of the adults to break this circle of prejudices", the singers first stated. Will their message make a difference? "We hope so. We are a small country, but there are many small countries in Eurovision, and together we are many", Haraldur, one of the musicians of Pollapönk, answered.
Iceland was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.