Israel, Cyprus and Czech Republic all sail through to Eurovision final (Results Semi 1)

We have our first ten qualifiers for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Favourites as Cyprus, Israel and Czech Republic all made it safely through.

These countries have qualified for the Grand Final, which takes places this Saturday, 12th of May.

The full list of qualified countries from semi final 1 of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018:

Running order draw Country Artist(s) Song
 1st half Albania Eugent Bushpepa Mall
 2nd half Czech Republic Mikolas Josef Lie To Me
 1st half Lithuania Ieva Zasimauskaitė When We’re Old
 2nd half Israel Netta Barzilai Toy
 1st half Estonia Elina Nechayeva La Forza
 2nd half Bulgaria Equinox Bones
 2nd half Cyprus Eleni Foureira Fuego
 1st half Austria Cesár Sampson Nobody But You
 2nd half Finland Saara Aalto Monsters
 2nd half Ireland Ryan O’Shaughnessy Together

Azerbaijan loses their 100% track record

The exit in the semi final for Azerbaijan can be seen as a shock exit. Never in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, the country missed out on a spot in the final. Armenia and Greece are also traditional powerhouses that have not reached the final tonight. Many now compare this semi final to the shock semi in 2011, when Armenia, Turkey and Norway all got eliminated.

Redemption for Ireland and Finland

After four years of not qualifying for the final, Ryan O’Shaughnessy made Ireland return to the place the country belongs to be: The Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Irish fans had to wait until the very last envelope to get their resurrection. Finland (three years no final) and Albania (two years of elimination in the semi) also got to celebrate at Eurovision again. We will see a completely different final field, which is of course great for the spirit, unpredictability and sport-culture of the event.

FYR Macedonia hunting the Dutch non-qualification record

FYR Macedonia failed to qualify once again and is the worst performing country in the current Eurovision Song Contest by far. Eye Cue’s disappointing result is the countries sixth failed attempt in a row, but before Kaliopi’s final place in 2012 we also saw four years with no qualification. Which comes down to one final place in the last eleven years! The Balkan-nation is gaining in on The Netherlands, who had a similar streak of eight years between 2005 and 2012. Let’s hope Macedonia can finally turn the tide next year.

For Iceland, 2018 is the fourth year in a row without a final and broadcaster RÚV should seriously reconsider changing their gameplan now. After a lot of stunning results in the last couple of years, three times top-10 in the final in a row, Belgium is not even in the final, thanks to SENNEK’s Bond-song “A Matter Of Time”.

Full result of Eurovision 2018 semi final 1 not known yet

The full result of the first semi final is not made available yet. It will be done right after the results of the Grand Final are known. The ranking of the non-qualifiers will also remain a secret until Saturday night.