The Semi Final 1 has brought the first ten qualifiers for the Grand Final on Saturday: Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, the Netherlands, Ireland and the Ukraine. For sure, the big favourite Denmark has qualified, but the big surprises were that Belgium and Lithuania made it. The biggest question mark was if the Netherlands could get to the Grand Final again, and Anouk made it! Congratulations!
None of the Balkan countries Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro made it into the final. Also Austria could not shine in the Grand Final, as well as Cyprus.
The atmosphere in the really well filled Malmö Arena was unbelievable. The best thing beside of the opening with the children’s choir and Loreen singing “Euphoria” that the audience in the arena is very well integrated in the show was the LED bracelets for all the guests which changed their colours with the performances. For the first time there is a standing area, which is preliminary reserved for the fan clubs to push the applause.
In the following press conference the ten winners could determine if they start in the first or second half of the Grand Final. The qualifiers in the first half of the Grand Final are: Belarus, Belgium, Estonia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, the Netherlands, in the second part of the Grand Final will start Denmark, Ukraine and Ireland.