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Stockholm Revisited Part Eight: Semi-Final 2

Paul Jordan
Paul Jordan
Posted 22 July, 2016, 17:00

On Thursday 12th May 2016 the second live show of the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast from Stockholm's Globe Arena. 10 more countries competed for a coveted place in the Grand Final. In part eight of our Stockholm Revisited series we look back at the Second Semi-Final which completed the line-up of the Grand Final that took place two days later. 

As with the First Semi-Final, hosts Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw opened, with the audience spontaneously chanting Petra's name in a warm show of appreciation. Petra and Måns' opening number, The Story of the Eurovision Song Contest, took viewers on a musical journey providing them with a humorous lesson on the history of the show. 
Hosts Petra and Måns perform during the opening of the show
Hosts Petra and Måns perform during the opening of the show
Ukraine won the televote ahead of Australia, which won the Second Semi-Final overall. FYR Macedonia narrowly missed out on a place in the Grand Final, after Kaliopi, who represented her country in 2012, finished in 11th place. Ireland failed to qualify for the third year in a row despite being represented by one of the biggest names in the country, Nicky Byrne. Bulgaria qualified for the second time after a strong performance from Poli Genova who also participated in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. 
The ten qualifiers from the Second Semi-Final:
  • Latvia
  • Georgia
  • Bulgaria
  • Australia
  • Ukraine
  • Serbia
  • Poland
  • Israel
  • Lithuania
  • Belgium
After the Second Semi-Final the producers of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest decided on the running order for the Grand Final. The final line-up was proposed by the producers of show (SVT) and approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and by the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling. The following morning the qualifying acts took to the stage once more to begin rehearsals for the Grand Final and the biggest audience of their careers. 
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