The second Semi-Final winners' press conference

The press await the arrival of the ten winners from the second Semi-Final Andres Putting (EBU)
Vienna, Austria

The second Semi-Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest was held on 21 May, with 10 countries qualifying for the Grand Final on Saturday. After the show the lucky winners gathered at the press conference area to share their emotions with the press, and to be drawn to one half of the Grand Final. 

We are keeping this article updated throughout the press conference. You can watch the press conference online on Eurovision.tv.

The following countries have qualified for the Grand Final in tonight's First Semi-Final:

  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Montenegro
  • Cyprus
  • Azerbaijan
  • Latvia
  • Israel

All ten qualifying delegations are being asked two questions each, in the order they were announced in tonight's show, before being drawn to one half of the Grand Final. Their exact draw position will be determined by the producers of the show.

Lithuania

Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila were asked about their kiss in the middle of the song. "With this kiss on stage we had tonight, it was not just a surprise to the show. We were bringing the message that Lithuania are integrating in Europe - equal rights for everyone", Vaidas replied.

Lithuania was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.

Vaidas and Monika drew the first half of the Final show for Lithuania Andres Putting (EBU)

Poland

The first question to Monika Kuszyńska was if she felt any pressure in the Grand Final. "I feel that everyone feels a little bit of pressure but I try my best. I am very happy and surprised, it's a dream come true. I already feel like a winner because I have won my life again. I hope it could be an inspiration for many people who don't believe in their lives", Monika answered.

Is she a better artist after all she had gone through? Monika: "Now I feel that I have something to say, it's deeper - I put a message in my song. It's the good part of what happened because sometimes we can only see the dark side. I always look at the bright side. That's why I am here."

Poland was drawn to perform in the second half of the Grand Final.

Monika from Poland chose the 2nd half of the show for Poland. Andres Putting (EBU)

Slovenia

The first question for Maraaya was if they could move more in the Final. Marjetka replied: "Thank you for your suggestion. I came to a conclusion: It is not about a stage act but it's about a person. I feel that tonight everything worked, I had a great performance, at least the one I enjoyed the most so far, maybe that's what worked and not the number!"

Raay is the only composer to bring Slovenia to the Final two times in a row. "We came here to give people our emotions and present our music. We will do the same on Saturday - it's all about music", Raay stated.

Slovenia was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.

Maraaya drew the first half of the Final show for Slovenia Andres Putting (EBU)

Sweden

Måns Zelmerlöw first stated: "It was a great night and I am both happy and relieved."

The first question was what were the main things standing between him and victory. "There are several good songs in the Final. I think there were several things I could have done better tonight - I was a bit rushed in the second verse. So I am hoping I can be the champ on Saturday", Måns said.

The next question was on similarities with the song Lovers On The Sun by David Guetta feat. Avicii as tweeted by one of tonight's contestants. Måns: "I don't think they are that similar - there are just two tones in a row that are the same."

Sweden was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.

Måns Zelmerlöw drew the first half of the Final show for Sweden Andres Putting (EBU)

Norway

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett were first asked what was the "something awful" refering to in their song. "The song is about accepting people how they are no matter what happened in the past", Mørland explained.

Did they think they could do the Nordic countries proud. "I think it's really awesome that two of the Nordic countries made it to the Final. It's really great to be here", Debrah replied.

Norway was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett drew the first half of the Final show for Norway Andres Putting (EBU)

Montenegro

The first question to Knez was about the fact that he dedicated the performance to his father. "I've never felt better in my career. It's the time of my life. Tonight he was with me", he emotionally replied.

Knez commented on his feelings: "It's very good for Montenegro that we did it tonight. We are satisfied and so happy. My daughter is here with me, and I am so happy."

Montenegro was drawn to perform in the second half of the Grand Final.

Montenegro's Knez draws the second half of the Grand Final. Andres Putting (EBU)

Cyprus

John Karayiannis first stated: "I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everyone who supported Cyprus. They must have believed in my song and that means a lot to me."

Is there one country that didn't go to the Final which John is missing? "Right now everyone is so happy but I am kind of sad - seven nations didn't make it. I am in a weird place now, full of mixed feelings."

What was his first thought after being announced as a finalist? "Loads of stuff going on in my mind at that time. I think 'yeah' was the first thing that came to my mind. I wanna thank my vocal coach Christos!"

Cyprus was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.

John Karayiannis from Cyprus drew to perform in the first half of the Grand Final. Andres Putting (EBU)

Azerbaijan

The first request for Elnur Huseynov was to express his feelings with a song. "Honestly speaking I cannot sing a happy and cheerful song in this moment", Elnur replied.

Will he sleep tonight, one journalist asked, refering to the song lyrics. "I'll be happy to", Elnur said, smiling.

Azerbaijan was drawn to perform in the second half of the Grand Final.

Elnur Huseynov from Azerbaijan was drawn to perform in the second half of the Grand Final. Andres Putting (EBU)

Latvia

Aminata was first asked about her debut album Inner Voice. Is it similar to Love Injected? "I cannot say that all songs are similar. I put everything there I liked - ethnic motives, pop songs. It's an album about my personal experiences, about my relationships and love", she said.

What kind of support was most important for her? Aminata: "I felt the support, the storm of emotions that I wanted to feel. Just thank you!"

Latvia was drawn to perform in the second half of the Grand Final.

Latvia's Aminata drew to perform in the second half of the Grand Final. Andres Putting (EBU)

Israel

Last to answer questions was 16 year old Nadav Guedj. First the audience sang Hava Nagilah for him. "I am super happy to be here. I never thought I would do something huge like Eurovision. Thank you to all the guys I met here and I had fun with. Thanks to my team", Nadav stated.

Will Nadav Guedj be the Golden Boy of Europe? "I hope so! We came here to do our best. I hope you all join us to party on Saturday."

Israel was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.

Israel's Nadav Guedj was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final. Andres Putting (EBU)

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