The first semi-final of Eurovision 2013 took place last night in Malmo ushering ten competitors to the finals. On Saturday an audience of 125 million is expected to vote for this year’s Eurovision song champion.
After the results of this first elimination round the contestants going through are:
Estonia’s Birgit With Et Uus Saaks Alguse
Denmark: Emmelie de Forest With Only Teardrops
Russia’s Dina Garipova With What If
Ukraine’s Zlata Ognevich With Gravity
The Netherlands’ Anouk With Birds
Lithuania’s Andrius Pojavis With Something
Belarus’ Alyona Lanskaya With Solayoh
Moldova’s Aliona Moon With O Mie
Ireland’s Ryan Dolan With Only Love Survives
Belgium’s Roberto Bellarosa With Love Kills
Tomorrow night 17 more countries vie for their place among the finalists. Austria, Montenegro, Croatia, Cyprus (a favorite of ours) Serbia and Slovenia were all eliminated last night. Curiously the draw for this first semi-final seemed to have a disproportionate number of favored contestants somehow. We look forward to Thursday’s competition to see who rounds out the contest for the ultimate title. Here’s a personal favorite preview.
Photo credits:Feature image and Emmelie De Forest – Courtesy Sander Hesterman (EBU) First Semi-Final: Live Show