Eurovision Song Contest 2014: The First Finalists Are…

Valentina Monetta (photo: Eurovision/SMTV)
Valentina Monetta (photo: Eurovision/SMTV)

Sixteen countries competed in Tuesday’s Eurovision Song Contest semi-final, but only ten advanced to Saturday’s Grand Final. Who advanced and what shockers occurred when the results were revealed?

History was made at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest during Tuesday’s semi-final in Copenhagen, Denmark. Both San Marino and Montenegro delivered solid performances of their entries, each earning a place in their first Eurovision final. The Netherlands extended its Eurovision streak to two, earning a place in the final with “The Calm After the Storm.” Although we predicted otherwise1, Iceland also advanced. Here is the full list of qualifiers in alphabetical order:

Along with being wrong about Iceland and San Marino2, we were wrong about Belgium and Estonia. Both failed entries were in the bottom half of our rankings, but I thought Estonia delivered a solid stage performance with a good—though not great—song. Belgium not qualifying was less of a shock, as most rankings had “Mother” on the bubble.

Thursday we will see the second semi-final. Ten more countries will advance to Saturday’s Grand Final. Ben will have our predictions Thursday afternoon, then we’ll watch live at Eurovision.tv and be tweeting @WEIOtv. See you there!

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final

CountryPositionArtistSongLanguageLast Win/Best
Ukraine1Mariya YaremchukTick-TockEnglish2004
Belarus2TEOCheesecakeEnglish6th (2007)
Azerbaijan3Dilara KazimovaStart a FireEnglish2011
Iceland4PollapönkNo PrejudicesEnglish2nd (2009)
Norway5Carl EspenSilent StormEnglish2009
Romania6Paula Seling & OviMiracleEnglish3rd (2010)
Armenia7Aram Mp3Not AloneEnglish4th (2008)
Montenegro8Sergej CetkovicMoj Svijet
(My World)
Montenegrin11SF (2009)
Poland9Donatan and CleoMy Słowianie
(Slavic Girls)
Polish/English2nd (1994)
Greece10Freaky Fortune feat. RiskykiddRise UpEnglish2005
Austria11Conchita WurstRise Like a PhoenixEnglish1966
Germany12ElaizaIs It RightEnglish2010
Sweden13Sanna NielsenUndoEnglish2012
France14Twin TwinMoustacheFrench1977
Russia15Tolmachevy SistersShineEnglish2008
Italy16Emma MarroneLa Mia CittaItalian1990
Slovenia17Tinkara KovacRound and RoundEnglish/Slovenian7th (2001)
Finland18SoftengineSomething BetterEnglish2006
Spain19Ruth LorenzoDancing in the RainSpanish / English1969
Switzerland20SeBAlterHunter of StarsEnglish1988
Hungary21András Kállay SaundersRunningEnglish4th (1994)
Malta22FirelightComing HomeEnglish2nd (2005)
Denmark23BasimCliché Love SongEnglish2013
Netherlands24The Common LinnetsCalm After the StormEnglish1975
San Marino25Valentina MonettaMaybe (Forse)English11SF (2013)
United Kingdom26MollyChildren of the UniverseEnglish1997
These countries will compete in the Grand Final taking place May 10.
  1. Sorry Ben  
  2. Which I’m totes okay with—YAY SAN MARINO!  

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