Well, we have our first ten winners (in no particular order, of course)…and our first six losers. Let’s take a look at this year’s Semi One qualifiers, in order of their performance tonight:
Tonight’s qualification brings their record to 8 Final appearances of 9 attempts.
3 Final appearances of 11 attempts (with 2 of the 3 sponsored by Walloon broadcaster RTBF). This marks their first Final appearance since 2013.
Greece’s perfect qualification record has been maintained, making it 9 of 9.
5 of 12, first Final appearance since 2013.
5 of 7, first Final appearance since 2012.
7 of 9, continuing their qualification streak that’s been going since their Eurovision return in 2011.
Perfect qualification record maintained, 8 of 8.
Albania’s record is now 6 of 11, and they perform on a Saturday night for the first time since 2012.
Perfect qualification record maintained, 9 of 9.
Following last year’s last place finish in their semifinal, Georgia comes back to the Final, making their qualification record 6 of 8.
Keep in mind, some of these nations had appeared in more Finals, but those Saturday night performances were due to high scores the previous year.
Drawn into the Grand Final’s first half are:
Armenia, Belgium, Estonia, Serbia
Drawn into the Grand Final’s second half are:
Albania, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Russia
Of course, we still have to see Thursday’s qualifiers, but it appears that with the exception of Georgia, the latter half of the Final is beginning to appear more ballad-heavy. Let’s see what the next few days brings.
As for some other stats seen from today’s First Semifinal:
- Out of this year’s non-qualifiers, we say goodbye to Moldova (marking the first time that Moldova has missed out on two consecutive Finals in their history), the Netherlands, Belarus, Finland (all three of whom are missing the Final for the first time since 2013), Macedonia (making this their third consecutive Semifinal drop-out), and Denmark, who are missing out on the Final for the first time since 2007.
- This year, four of this year’s qualifiers were performed in the first half of the Semifinal, with the other six performed in the bottom half.
- We’ve lost both of this Semifinal’s Scandinavian entrants; what will this mean for Thursday’s Semi, or Saturday’s Grand Final?
- Bands in this semifinal had a 50% qualification rate tonight (Romania and Armenia in, Finland and Denmark out), as did duets (Estonia in, Belarus out). Songs performed primarily in other languages also faced a 50% elimination rate (Finland out, Romania in).
- The average BPM (beats per minute) rate of tonight’s qualifiers was 92, as opposed to 109 BPM for the evening’s non-qualifiers.