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Eurovision 2023: The First Semi-Final Qualifiers

09 May 2023 at 23:08 CEST
Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham hosting the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest Corinne Cumming / EBU
The First Semi-Final of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest came to us live from Liverpool Arena in the United Kingdom, and we now have our first set of 10 qualifiers for Saturday night’s Grand Final.

During a TikTok live on the official Eurovision Song Contest account, before the start of the Press Conference following the Live Show, each qualifying country’s act randomly drew the half of the running order that they will perform in during the Grand Final.

Eurovision Song Contest 2023: First Semi-Final Qualifiers:

Reactions in the Green Room at the First Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena
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(Acts are listed in order of their announcement)

🇭🇷 Croatia | Let 3 - Mama ŠČ! (Second Half)

🇲🇩 Moldova | Pasha Parfeni - Soarele şi Luna (Second Half)

🇨🇭 Switzerland | Remo Forrer - Watergun (First Half)

🇫🇮 Finland | Käärijä - Cha Cha Cha (First Half)

🇨🇿 Czechia | Vesna - My Sister's Crown (Second Half)

🇮🇱 Israel | Noa Kirel - Unicorn (Second Half)

🇵🇹 Portugal | Mimicat - Ai Coração (First Half)

🇸🇪 Sweden | Loreen - Tattoo (First Half)

🇷🇸 Serbia | Luke Black - Samo Mi Se Spava (First Half)

🇳🇴 Norway | Alessandra  - Queen of Kings (Second Half)

Reactions in the Green Room at the First Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena
Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

And, of course, with all the celebrations comes a little heartbreak too… the five acts that did not qualify this evening are (in order of performance):

🇲🇹 Malta | The Busker - Dance (Our Own Party)

🇱🇻 Latvia | Sudden Lights - Aijā

🇮🇪 Ireland | Wild Youth - We Are One

🇦🇿 Azerbaijan | TuralTuranX - Tell Me More

🇳🇱 Netherlands | Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper - Burning Daylight

All of the artists this evening, regardless of if they qualified or not, put their hearts and souls into their time on the Eurovision stage, and are worthy of applause! Keep supporting your favourite acts throughout their careers by following them on their social media channels!

If you missed the First Semi-Final you can catch it on our YouTube channel (if available in your region) or via the catch-up service of your national broadcaster.

Reactions in the Green Room at the First Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena
Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

How the result was decided

The Semi-Final result was determined through televotes. The televote took place during the live broadcast of the show. The 15 participating countries, as well as France, Germany and Italy, were voting in this Semi Final.

The 10 successful qualifiers will join the qualifiers from the Second Semi-Final (on Thursday 11 May), as well as the Big Five plus reigning Contest champions Ukraine, in the Grand Final on Saturday 13 May.


You can listen to all 37 songs of Eurovision 2024 via your favourite streaming service or watch the music videos on our YouTube channel.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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