After another exciting Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, tonight's ten qualifiers gathered for a press conference to talk about their experience. After answering questions from the press, each drew from a bowl to find out whether they would perform in the first or second half of the Grand Final on Saturday, the 12th of May.
The qualifiers were full of energy while sharing their Semi-Final victory with the press!
Serbia: Nova Deca by Sanja Ilić & Balkanika
"More than positive"
Serbia was first up in the press conference. They wrote a positive song about the future, but were they also positive about qualifying for the Grand Final? “We are more than positive. It is really important that people understand what we’re saying about love and children who will make the world better.”
Serbia drew to perform in the FIRST HALF in Saturday's Grand Final.
Moldova: My Lucky Day by DoReDoS
"We want to thank you!"
Moldova followed, quickly sharing that they were very proud of the effort they gave and the musical they created on stage. Keeping it short, sweet and to the point, they thanked their countrypeople: "We want to thank all Moldovans, all people, that voted for us."
Moldova drew to perform in the SECOND HALF in Saturday's Grand Final.
Hungary: Viszlát Nyár by AWS
"AWS: A Walking Star"
Earlier this week in the press centre, AWS was asked about the meaning of their name and they didn’t have an answer. After qualifying, do they have any ideas? Their Head of Press answered that question for them: “This is a surprise for the boys as well, but they were just invited to perform in the biggest metal festival in Germany! So ‘A Walking Star’ would be a good name!”
Hungry drew to perform in the SECOND HALF in Saturday's Grand Final.
Ukraine: Under The Ladder by MELOVIN
"Set the hearts of the people on fire"
MELOVIN from Ukraine was thrilled to be in the Grand Final. He shared that the infamous Verka Serduchka contacted him earlier in the day to wish him good luck for his performance. "I got a text from Verka this morning, and it said: 'Set this on fire, set the hearts of the people on fire.' And that's what we did."
Ukraine drew to perform in the FIRST HALF in Saturday's Grand Final.
Sweden: Dance You Off by Benjamin Ingrosso
"This is a great win in itself"
Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso was asked by Swedish press if he was going for their seventh victory. Karen, his Head of Delegation, answered: “Benjamin is having the time of his life on stage. But I don’t want to jinx anything. The final is tough; there are so many great songs!” Benjamin then added: “This is a great win in itself. It is already amazing to go to the Grand Final.”
Sweden drew to perform in the SECOND HALF in Saturday's Grand Final.
Australia: We Got Love by Jessica Mauboy
"We have love tonight"
Australian delegate Jessica Mauboy was grinning ear to ear from the moment she stepped into the press conference. About the sea of Australian flags in front of her as she performed tonight, she said: "It still felt nerve-wracking, but with that kind of crowd, there was just so much love. That is what my song is about, feeling the love, or maybe the synergy, and I felt that back - it was amazing. Because of you guys, we have love tonight."
Australia drew to perform in the SECOND HALF in Saturday's Grand Final.
Norway: That's How You Write A Song by Alexander Rybak
"I just really want to entertain people"
Norway’s Alexander Rybak has already won Eurovision once, and even though we love to have former Eurovision winners back in the competition, does he feel more pressure now? He replied: “I feel a little bit of pressure. I feel pressure to perform and entertain. I’ve done this before, but I just really want to entertain people. People remember me from Fairytale, and that is my calling card, but I also want people to remember That’s How You Write A Song.”
Norway drew to perform in the FIRST HALF in Saturday's Grand Final.
Denmark: Higher Ground by Rasmussen
"Anyone that hits the right note on Saturday could take it"
After being thanked for bringing Vikings back in fashion, Denmark's Rasmussen was asked by the press to describe his Eurovision experience through a musical. He responded: "It would be... that's hard. A musical needs a down before the up in the end, and we haven't had that down yet. The Book of Mormon, maybe?" Regarding the competition ahead, he said: "I think that anyone that hits the right note on Saturday could take it."
Denmark drew to perform in the SECOND HALF in Saturday's Grand Final.
Slovenia: Hvala, ne! by Lea Sirk
"I just try to find good grooves"
Slovenia’s Lea Sirk was asked about how important tonight was for her as a writer for the electronic music genre: “I actually don’t know what electronic music is, I just try to find good grooves. I can not say that I’m writing electronic music, because all genres are mixed together. But it is something special in Eurovision, and I like people dancing and singing along.”
Slovenia drew to perform in the FIRST HALF in Saturday's Grand Final.
The Netherlands: Outlaw In 'Em by Waylon
"Stay true to your craft and stay true to who you are"
The Netherlands' Waylon spoke about representing a less-than-traditional genre in Eurovision. "Stay true to your craft and stay true to who you are. You have the right to try it your way at least once. It's the only thing you can do; it's in your heart and in your soul. And stand by it. Eurovision is a good stage for all kinds of music, for all cultures, and I think it's beautiful."
The Netherlands drew to perform in the SECOND HALF in Saturday's Grand Final.