We have our first ten finalists!

We have our first ten finalists!
Winners on stage. Photo: Sander Hesterman (EBU)
Malmö, Sweden -

Tonight in the first two hour show of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, broadcasted LIVE from Malmö Arena, 16 countries took part in the First Semi-final in order to qualify for 10 places available in Saturday's final. We have our ten qualifiers, and these are as follows, in the order they were announced.

  • Moldova
  • Lithuania
  • Ireland
  • Estonia
  • Belarus
  • Denmark
  • Russia
  • Belgium
  • Ukraine
  • The Netherlands

The 16 acts were 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 First Semi-final page.

First Semi-Final concludes

The first ten finalists (beside those already known, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and last year’s winning country Sweden), will take part in the Grand Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place on Saturday the 18th of May. Another ten finalists will be chosen in the Second Semi-Final on 16th of May.

The result was determined by way of a 50/50 split between national expert juries and televoting. The combined scores created the final outcome. In yesterday's Jury Final, the expert juries already determined their votes for the First Semi-Final by watching the live performances. Televoting took place tonight during the live show.

If you missed the show, you can still watch it here.

16 Songs: 19 countries voted

Sixteen songs have participated in the First Semi-Final, and professional juries and viewers in each of the participating countries, as well as in Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom have voted tonight. For the first time, smartphone and tablet users had a chance to vote using the official Eurovision app.

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Each jury is comprised of five members, (including a chairperson). Each jury member ranked last night all the songs in the show and TV viewers have voted during tonight's show. The EBU's televoting partner Digame merged the points given by the jury and the televoters per individual country.

About the show

The First Semi-Final was open with a three-minute clip called Euphoria from Baku to Malmö, showing different "interpretations" of last year's winning song from different corners of Europe and Israel. Then the view switched to the stage, where a children's choir performed Euphoria including a translation into sign language. Later they are being joined by Loreen.

After the intro, Petra Mede, the host of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest entered the stage - she lifted onto the stage on a podium from below. Of course, as it has been a tradition since the 1950's, she greeted TV viewers from all over Europe and beyond in English and French.

After the performance of 16 contestants, the audience in the Malmö Arena and millions of viewers across Europe could enjoy the interval act called Northern Lights.


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  • Posted on 18 May 2013 at 14:08
    I'm mostly pleased with the results of semi-final 1. However I wasn't expecting Estonia or Lithuania to qualify for the final; Austria, Croatia or Montenegro would have been better alternatives. Flawless performance by Anouk, Netherlands finally qualifies for a Eurovision final. The staging of Anouk's song was perfect, classic Eurovision without effects or dancers. Just a beautiful voice singing a poetic ballad backed by three singers and simple stage imagery. Wonderful performance by Roberto Bellarosa, massive improvement compared to the national finals. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2013 at 18:15
    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 17 May 2013 at 17:03
    Part 2 of my post :)

    Neighbouring countries are sticking together, yes, but that happens in every single region. Main reason for that is that countries in the same region have similar music taste. In the end though, the songs that are liked all over Europe are the ones that advance to finals and the winner (top 5, even top 10 songs) are really the songs that get points from many countries. Almost nobody can do well with only the help from their neighbours. Only exception are the countries that have many citizens living in many countries all over Europe (for example, Russia).

    Finally, the 6 ex-Soviet countries that advanced, were mostly beautiful songs with professional performance and magical strong artists (both voice and artist wise). I personally don't like all of the songs that got to final show but I can see the reasons why people voted for them. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2013 at 17:01
    I am getting seriously pissed at the uneducated masses talking about the Soviet Union (which does not exist anymore!) and the countries that used to be part of it voting for each other. I usually avoid posting in caps but I will make an exception here.

    THE ONLY SIMILARITY THAT THE EX-SOVIET COUNTRIES HAVE IS THE HISTORY. THEY WERE ALL OCCUPIED BY THE SOVIET UNION. THE CULTURE AND TASTE IN MUSIC VARIES BIG TIME.

    It's not like all the 15 ex-soviet countries are neighbours. These countries have developed very differently, the culture, traditions, languages etc are very different. And not all of those countries vote for each other because we are not a group of countries sticking together (we never have been). report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2013 at 16:54
    Finally....
    The Netherlands is through report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2013 at 15:00
    Let's go DENMARK! I fell in love with Emmelie. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2013 at 13:07
    Congratulations! Ukraine, Russia and Belarus are the best! Good luck girls! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2013 at 12:26
    We are so happy for Alyona! Belarus is the best! Good luck in the final! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2013 at 10:38
    I was sick of reading comments that the Balkan countries always share points of each other. See former SSSR countries, look at the Scandinavian countries. Every year, I know exactly who will give highest points, for the example, for Sweden, Russia or Germany. It is rare that votes surprised me. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2013 at 10:22
    watch the official videoclip op anouk
    so so beautiful


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPDYbuaXlA8 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2013 at 23:17
    Shame for ex yugoslavian music, and its musicians for not passing in the grand finales. Sorry about that.
    More luck next time. Although, last time when Sweden was Host of Euro Song, Yugoslavia in that time did not had its representative. So, it is a bit bad luck for musicians from here, maybe.
    But, good luck to all you who past to grand final. Let the best win.

    All the best to Sweden. As a Host, you show once again that you know to prepare good show. Everything is excellent, including this site.

    Sinisa from Bosnia. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2013 at 19:24
    I always liked non standard eurovision songs. In first semi final I have seen only 2 songs, Lithuania and Netherlands. Lithuanian song has light rock style (reminds a little bit the killers), simple, smiling guy without show elements. Nytherlands also performed quite good, but song is sad and not often listening, however musical performance is high. Others countries forgetting that this is not circus, but song contest. Everyone tries to show incredible show elements (discoballs, astronaut suits, fireworks and so on) and singing the same bullshit, dramatic love ballads or screaming...wtf?.. and every year the same. So I decided 5 years ago to watch this contest not seriously, just for fun, because of clowns on stage. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2013 at 19:15
    I am so impressed by Sweden's eurovision! I love the smaller arena with the beautiful lights over the crowd! And the crowd seems so near each other and makes it all seem so cosy! :) I love the whole concept of this show this year! It's so modern! And also that Petra Mede is a really great host and to accept this big task all alone is just wow! Good job Sweden! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2013 at 16:26
    I think that Lithuania and Russia deserve to win Eurovision;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2013 at 15:52
    Im so happy that Denmark is in the final. I love this song. I really hope she is gonna win :)

    Im also happy over Estonia, Ireland and Belgium is in the final.

    But Austria.... Sad sad sad :( report to the moderator