Tonight, the first semi final of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Liverpool, where 15 countries competed. Now, the first ten qualifiers for the final have been revealed.
How are qualifiers decided?
In a sharp change announced late last year it was revealed that the previous system of voting to select the qualifiers for the Eurovision final that had been in place for over a decade would be overhauled. Prior to the change the change the finalists were decided by an equally weighted televote and jury vote. With each country (excluding San Marino which had a bespoke system in place) having a simple televote combined with a five person jury in each country to pick the finalists. Instead, the jury system has been removed, meaning that only the public will decide the fate of the semi finalists. The change does not affect final itself. Additionally, for the first time ever, the rest of the world had been allowed to vote. People outside of broadcast countries could vote via the internet and were added together and counted as a single country.
Please note that the exact breakdown of results are not revealed until after the results of the final have been announce.
Who are the qualifiers?
Countries listed in bold have made it to the final
|1||Norway||Alessandra||Queen of Kings||Q|
|2||Malta||The Buskers||Dance |
(our own party)
|3||Serbia||Luke Black||Samo Mi Se Spava|
(Само ми се спава)
|6||Ireland||Wild Youth||We Are One||NQ|
|7||Croatia||Let 3||Mama ŠČ!||Q|
|10||Moldova||Pasha Parfeni||Soarele și luna||Q|
|12||Azerbaijan||TuralTuranX||Tell Me More||NQ|
|13||Czechia||Vesna||My Sister’s Crown||Q|
|14||The Netherlands||Mia & Dion||Burning Daylight||NQ|
|15||Finland||Käärijä||Cha Cha Cha||Q|
What happens next?
Once the show has finished, the ten qualifying artists are taken to a press conference where after taking a few questions from the press, will then draw which half of the final they will perform in.
Tomorrow, the family and preview shows for the second semi final will take place, with the live shows that will decide the remaining finalists for Saturday’s final taking place on Thursday.
Although Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, due to the ongoing Russian invasion they are unable to host the 2023 event. Instead, the United Kingdom stepped in, as 2022’s runner-up. Liverpool will host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May 2023. The contest will take place at the M&S Arena, with 37 countries taking part. The full production team behind the 2023 contest is listed here. The contest is a co-production between host broadcaster the BBC and last year’s winning broadcaster, Suspilne.
Alesha Dixon, Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham will host the semi-finals. Graham Norton will join the presenting team for the grand final.
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