On Tuesday 10th May 2016 the first live show of the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast from Stockholm's Globe Arena. 10 countries battled for a place in the Grand Final. In part seven of our Stockholm Revisited series we look back at the First Semi-Final and relive the drama and backstage tension as it unfolded in Sweden.
The First Semi-Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest opened with previous winner Måns Zelmerlöw reprising a new version of his song Heroes, supported by a choir of children before he was joined by Petra Mede who also hosted the show in Malmö in 2013.
Europe faces many challenges today and Host Broadcaster SVT did not shy away from tackling these difficult issues during the live broadcast which was reflected in the interval act, The Grey People.
The First Semi-Final saw the Czech Republic qualify for the Grand Final for the first time since they joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. Croatia also qualified for the first time since 2009.
However it wasn't all smiles with Greece and Bosnia & Herzegovina failing to qualify for the first time, meaning that only Azerbaijan, Romania, Russia and Ukraine have a 100% qualification records. Greta Salóme who represented Iceland in 2012 failed to make it through as did Deen, who finished 9th in the Grand Final in 2004. However, there was good news in Malta as Ira Losco, who finished second in 2002, took her country to the Grand Final for the first time since 2014.
The ten qualifiers from the First Semi-Final were:
- The Netherlands
- Czech Republic
Which songs do you think should have qualified for the Grand Final?