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Who Got Through The Eurovision Semi Final 1 And Qualified For The Final?

Jasmyne Jeffery May 10, 2023

We’re only days away from the final, with only 20 singers able to make it through to join the big five. After last night’s competition, here’s who go through Eurovision Semi Final 1, and who got knocked out.

Airing on BBC last night, 15 countries battled it out for a place in the Eurovision Grand Final. Hosted by Alesha Dixon, Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham, it was certainly a night to remember and has upped the ante for Saturday’s show.

Unfortunately, for some entries, Semi Final 1 was as far as they were going to make it. Fingers crossed you didn’t have any of the countries who were knocked out in your Eurovision sweepstake.

Who Got Through Eurovision Semi Final 1?

These are the countries who qualified for the final from last night’s (Tuesday, May 9) semi-final:

  • Croatia: Let 3 – Mama ŠČ!
  • Czechia: Vesna – Tell Me More
  • Finland: Käärijä – Cha Cha Cha
  • Israel: Noa Kirel – Unicorn
  • Moldova: Pasha Parfeni – Soarele și Luna
  • Norway: Alessandra – Queen of Kings
  • Portugal: Mimicat – Ai Coroção
  • Serbia: Luke Black – Samo Mi Se Spava
  • Sweden: Loreen – Tattoo
  • Switzerland: Remo Forrer – Watergun

These are simply in alphabetical order, so don’t read into the ordering too much. These ten countries join Italy, France, Germany and Spain, as well as host the United Kingdom and Ukraine on Saturday.

It’s no surprise that lots of those made it through, being in the top ten favourites to win the competition. In fact, Loreen if Sweden ranks at number one.

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Who Got Knocked Out Of Eurovision?

Ending their Eurovision 2023 journey, the following countries will have to try again next year:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands

The competition is far from over. Semi Final 2 will kick off on Thursday, May 11 on BBC One, with 16 countries fighting over those ten spaces into the final. Competing tomorrow are:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovenia

Austria, with their act Teya & Salena, is the only one out of the above to rank in the top ten favourites to win, so the second semi-final could be anyone’s game.

As honourary hosts for Eurovision 2023 and members of the Big Five, the United Kingdom are straight through to the grand final. Mae Muller of TikTok fame will be performing her number, I Wrote A Song, and hoping for the same success Sam Ryder had back in 2022.

Tune in at 8 pm on Saturday, May 13 to watch the final of Eurovision 2023! Whether you’re routing for the UK or you have your own favourite, it will certainly be an event in music TV that you won’t want to miss.

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.