First Semi-Final: Meet the winners at the press conference!

First Semi-Final: Meet the winners at the press conference!
Tonight's winners on stage. Sander Hesterman (EBU)
Copenhagen, Denmark -

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:

  1. Montenegro
  2. Hungary
  3. Russia
  4. Armenia
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. San Marino
  7. Ukraine
  8. Sweden
  9. The Netherlands
  10. Iceland

Azerbaijan

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.

Montenegro

"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.

Hungary

"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.

Russia

"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.

Armenia

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."

San Marino

"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.

Ukraine

"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.

Sweden

"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.

The Netherlands

"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.

Iceland

"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.


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  • Posted on 9 May 2014 at 00:18
    I am very much impressed with the Armenian representative's performance. It was shocking. Now I realise why he is considered number one favorite in ESC. It is worth mentioning that he was not only just performing the song with good vocal abilities, but he also meant what he was singing about. He has a great talant of an actor. An impression was made that he was not just a participant of the contest, but he was a world-famous glorious artist who was a special guest to ESC to open the show. GREAT JOB FROM ARMENIA!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 May 2014 at 00:09
    The performance of the Armenian representative was awsome! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 May 2014 at 20:13
    Armenia was great!!!!! I hope they will win :)) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 May 2014 at 14:31
    I'd replace Armenia (unprofessional singer), Azerbaijan (good singer but the song didn't catch me), Ukraine (I didn't like it) and Montenegro (to me it looks like male singers who perform in Serbo-Croatian (and its variants) have the same vocal tonality) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 May 2014 at 12:21
    I think it's wrong that we are talking bad about Russia. Girls-twins not guilty of that at this moment they have chosen to represent their country. Art beyond politics, isn't it? Let us enjoy the music,not to discuss what Russia is a poor country. We cannot offend girls, not even knowing them. This is wrong. I wish everyone a good day, plenty of smiles and less anger. After all, who's rich, that the share with other people! Give kindness, and it will return to you! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 May 2014 at 12:20
    Estonia should have gone through to the final. I would remove San Marino. Their song was better last year. Maybe is mediocre. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 May 2014 at 08:36
    Azerbaijan good song report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 May 2014 at 08:20
    All of the qualifiers had great performances; every country did great and these ten pulled through, congratulations! Good luck to all of them and I really like Mariya's comment from Ukraine: this competition needs to be about the music that they each make, not about politics. Go Sweden! Sanna deserves it! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 23:59
    Sergej from Montenegro was great vocally, as usual. Russia's girls, too. Ilse from the Netherlands, also, but Waylon was something like a backing vocalist for her. Sanna sounded great, and her song is one of my favourites, although it is probably influenced by Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" - and that's the reason why we like it so much. Axel from Belgium was so emotional; he almost cried so his performance wasn't as good as it could be. Never mind, this is just my opinion. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 23:30
    I like Ukraine. So happy that Mariya goes to final. Support Ukraine!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 21:04
    The Netherlands are hands down the best of the first semi final. I liked Hungary Iceland and Ukraine. But nothing beats the Dutch entry. Ilse deLange ..... what a great sparkling, delight of a woman ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 20:54
    Well, 9 of the songs I expected to qualify qualified. The only surprise for me was Iceland, even though I like that song, but it's just the fact that many people used to dislike it, that's why it was a surprise for me :) Now I see people have changed their minds. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 19:27
    I really like Sweden and Netherland. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 19:10
    The show was good .. Thanks to organizers... the most dissapointing thing is that Swden made final with his fake voice and Belgium didn't qualify !!! and alos I heard that bookies gave1st place for her ... seems everyone is blind and don't see that most of her performance is based on back vocal report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 17:44
    Russia and Iceland in the final ??? Very bad and ridiculous results

    Regret for Belgium and Estonia :((( report to the moderator