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article imageEurovision Song Contest 2013: First Semi-Final results

By Mathew Wace Peck     May 15, 2013 in Entertainment
Tuesday saw ten countries progress through to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Final, which will be held this coming Saturday.
Sixteen countries took part in last night’s contest, which was held in Malmö, Sweden. The venue – the Malmö Arena – was packed with an audience of 11,000 people.
Organised annually by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 is the 58th to be held since its inauguration in 1956. This year’s host nation, Sweden, won the contest in 2012, with Loreen’s “Euphoria”.
The ten acts who to go through are:
• Estonia: Birgit – “Et Uus Saaks Alguse”
• Denmark: Emmelie de Forest – “Only Teardrops”
• Russia: Dina Garipova – “What If”
• Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich – “Gravity”
• The Netherlands: Anouk – “Birds”
• Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis – “Something”
• Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya – “Solayoh”
• Moldova: Aliona Moon – “O Mie”
• Ireland: Ryan Dolan – “Only Love Survives”
• Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa – “Love Kills”
All the former Soviet Union countries who took part in last night’s semi-final were selected, but not one of the former Yugoslav countries were. Lithuania’s selection was the surprise choice of the evening, the performance being described as a cross between karaoke and pidgin English, while The Netherlands’ selection breaks nine years of their failure to get through to the final.
Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia were all knocked out of the competition.
A further 17 countries will take part in the Second Semi-Final on Thursday, when ten more countries will be chosen. On Saturday, a total of 26 countries will compete in the Final, the remaining six being made up of the so-called Big Five countries – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom – who qualify automatically as they finance the musical extravaganza, and Sweden, the winners of last year’s contest. Denmark is the favourite to win this year’s Contest.
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