And that’s it! We’ve got our final ten qualifiers, and our lineup for Saturday night (although, of course, the official running order will have to wait until the Powers That Be do their number crunching and determine which order would optimize the Grand Final’s potential to create the best show possible).
Let’s take a look at tonight’s results, shall we, and the qualification prowess of our 2015 grand finalists.
- Lithuania: 6 of 11, first since “Something” in 2013.
- Montenegro: 2 of 7, second consecutive qualification.
- Norway: 7 of 9, fourth consecutive qualification.
- Israel: 5 of 11, first since “Milim” in 2010.
- Latvia: 4 of 11, first since “Wolves of the Sea” in 2008.
- Azerbaijan: Perfect qualification record maintained, 7 of 7.
- Sweden: 8 of 9, fifth consecutive qualification.
- Cyprus: 4 of 10, first since “La La Love” in 2012.
- Slovenia: 4 of 12, second consecutive qualification.
- Poland: 3 of 9, second consecutive qualification.
Let’s take a look at the non-qualifiers from this evening:
- Ireland: Their record is now 5 of 9, with their second Final miss in a row.
- San Marino: The microstate’s record is now 1 of 6.
- Malta: 5 of 10, and their first non-qualification since 2011.
- Portugal: 3 of 11, meaning we haven’t seen Portugal in a Final since 2010.
- Czech Republic: 0 of 4, making them the only nation participating at Eurovision to never have been seen on Saturday night.
- Iceland: 7 of 11, marking their first Final miss since 2007.
- Switzerland: The nation’s record is now 3 of 11.
Drawn into the First Half of the Final are:
- Israel, Cyprus, Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden.
Drawn into the Second Half are:
- Azerbaijan, Latvia, Montenegro, and Poland.
As for some other stats dug up from this evening’s results:
- It appears that only three songs qualified from songs 1-8, and seven qualified from songs 9-17.
- Out of the five duets shown tonight, three qualified (Lithuania, Norway, and Slovenia), while two (San Marino, Czech Republic) were left by the wayside.
- Out of the nations of Former Yugoslavia, only Macedonia will not be seen on Saturday.
- This is the first time since 2002 that all three Baltic states will be competing in the Final.
- The average BPM for the qualifiers in this semifinal is 99, as opposed to 90 for the non-qualifiers.
- All of tonight’s qualifiers took part in the Eurovision in Concert preview event in Amsterdam.
- Two songs were performed in languages other than English. One qualified (Montenegro), while the other did not (Portugal).
- Out of the songs with familial connections, all qualified: Montenegro (Knez’s daughter on backup), Slovenia (Maraaya are made up of a married couple, Marjetka and Raay), and Poland (the song was composed by Monika’s husband, Jakub “Kuba” Raczyński)
- Many of the songs performed in Semifinal Two were composed by Eurovision veterans. Of those songs, only San Marino’s “Chain of Light”, by Ralph Siegel, missed out on qualification.
(Correction: an earlier version of this article put the wrong past qualification rate for Poland. Please pardon the error!)