Eurovision 2016: The first semi-final results

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Tonight, we watched a show full of music, special effects and political messages. 18 countries from around Europe competed to share 10 spots in the grand final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

SVT has organised a spectacular show which showcased the full potential of each participating act and undoubtedly this served well to the audience watching from home. Since last year, when Måns Zelmerlöw won the contest in Vienna, the contest has entered the new era of special graphics.

We saw the typical wind machines and fireworks but we also saw holograms and video mapping for every country.

There were also clear political messages to this show that cannot remain without comment. It is the first time of the contest that the country flags have been removed from the song intro indents, in fact the presentation featured only the details of the song and the name of the country each time with a different typography.

No-Flags-in-Eurovision

On the other hand, the interval act featured a choreography reflecting the current political situation Europe is facing right now. Organising such a great event, the host broadcaster has two options; either turn its back to the refugee crisis or embrace it and pay a tribute to this reminding everyone where do we belong.

Overall this has been a really emotional interval act under the title The Grey People. It is about how a group of people fleeing across land and sea, hoping to reach a safer place. Direct mentions to how families are separated, children are travelling alone. As part of the act, there was even the representation of the 3 year old boy, Aylan Kurdi which was found drown in the shores of Turkey last year.

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The Grey People – image by SVT

 

The Results of the Semi-final 1

The 10 countries that made it to the final are:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Russia
  • The Netherlands
  • Hungary
  • Croatia
  • Austria
  • Armenia
  • Czech Republic
  • Cyprus
  • Malta

Stay tuned with us as tomorrow, as we will be covering live the Jury rehearsal for the second semi-final.

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  • MarioVision

    The non qualification of ICELAND was (sadly) the highlight of the 1st SF tonight.
    I had really thought that we would see Iceland & Greta straight to the Final.
    It was almost sure qualifier country for me & too many others (almost ALL of us) eurofans.

    I’m very shocked & sad about Iceland not going through :'(

  • MarioVision

    GREECE will not see the light of the Final this year for the first time ever
    after 15 whole years of being present to the Final since 2001.

    This would happen sooner or later.
    You can’t expect always the same country to qualify from the SF for 5-10-15-20+ years endlessly
    & too many others countries to be eliminated on the SF frequently
    or even rarely qualifying to the Final.

  • MarioVision

    I would prefer this scenario for my country than to see us bombing on the Final
    with finishing at the rock bottom with too few or even zero 0 points.

    Last year we even finished 3rd on the SF in the juries alone
    but we only gathered just 19 points on the Final.
    So, how good exactly do you think that we could do this year with THIS song instead??

  • MarioVision

    If we had got the qualification tonight,
    then our negative record for our worst place in a Esc Final [20th]
    would get broken for sure on Saturday.
    I don’t think that we would get placed of course higher
    than the bottom4-3-2 or maybe even last
    with our points being less than 10 or 5.
    Only CYPRUS would award us any {some} points. [not even Albania or Armenia]

    So any Greek shouldn’t feel really sorry & sad about this failure tonight.
    If we had not bombed tonight we would had surely bombed in 4 days.