Eurovision 2014 semi-final one: Russian and Ukraine make Grand Final
The First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest has come to a close, giving viewers a taste of the on-stage theatrics and flamboyant outfits that contestants will arm themselves with at Saturday’s final.
Set in Copenhagen, Denmark, this year’s first ten finalists have been confirmed as: Montenegro, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan, San Marino, Sweden, The Netherlands, Iceland, Russia, and Ukraine -with the latter countries likely to deploy particularly political voting tactics in light of recent unrest in the region.
Countries which didn’t make the final cut include: Latvia, Estonia, Belgium, Portugal, Moldova, and Albania.
This means bookies favourites to qualify this evening: Aram MP3 of Armenia, Ukraine's Maria Yaremchuk, Kallay-Saunders representing Hungary, and Azerbaijan's Dilara Kazimova, will all be allowed to compete at the weekend.
France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the UK, and last year’s winner Denmark will not perform in either heat, as they are guaranteed spots in the contest.
The remaining ten contenders will be chosen in the Second Semi-Final on 8 May.
EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said the 59th Eurovision Song Contest promises two more excellent shows.
“Tonight's semi-final got the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest off to a flying start, with some wonderful performances from the artists and, of course, world-class TV pictures from Danish EBU Member DR. I'm eager to see the story of this year's contest unfold with the second Semi-Final on Thursday and the Grand Final on Saturday," he said.
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I was raped by another man. And now the Government wants to take away the one thing that saved my life
- 2 UK's biggest male rape charity Survivors UK has state funding slashed to zero despite 120% rise in men reporting sexual violence and seeking help
- 3 Ricky Gervais jokes about 'battering Danish DJ to death with a bicycle pump' after rabbit killed
- 4 Iran launches anti-Isis cartoon competition 'to expose true nature of Islamic State'
- 5 England 'favourites' to host 2018 World Cup following Fifa arrests
Stolen Instagram photo sells for $90,000
Point Break remake gets first trailer as fans of the original wonder why this is happening
Thrill of the chaste: The truth about Gandhi's sex life
Suicide Squad: leaked footage shows first look at Batmobile chasing Joker through city streets
Never Mind the Buzzcocks axed from BBC2 after 18 years
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train