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Eurovision Semi-Final 1 - The Results

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BBC Eurovision Andrew BBC Eurovision Andrew | 22:00 UK time, Tuesday, 10 May 2011

So there you have it - 19 acts sang for your votes but only 10 of them made it through to Saturday's grand final. Congratulations to Serbia, Lithuania, Greece, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland, Russia and Iceland. 

What do you think of tonight's results? Did your favourites qualify? And which of these 10 acts do you think pose a threat to Blue's Eurovision dreams?

Have your say by leaving a comment below.


  • Comment number 1.

    Poor Norway..really liked that! It was like Eurovision meets Coming to America with Eddie Murphy! Think Azerbaijan and Finland will do well!

  • Comment number 2.

    German TV has hosted the contest twice and both times has over-run hugely. That was nearly as unprofessional as the woeful drivel spouted by Sara Cox, her startled gurning when rapid thought escaped her, those cringingly juvenile filler VTs and her missed cues. Scott Mills was better, but someone should tell him not to talk over the preview clips of the Big Five. They are the only chances semi-final audiences get to hear them, and we'd prefer to hear the music, not him.

  • Comment number 3.

    Good luck to Iceland, they had a very nice catchy song that was pleasant to listen to...made me feel good.

  • Comment number 4.

    I agree with DivDav1 in the first comment above. They both, especially Sara Cox, sounded like schoolchildren who'd overdone the cheap cider in the bus shelter before turning up. They came across an uninformed, charmless and overawed. Their "presentation" lacked any insight, wit and useful comment to the process. I hope this will be the last time they are allowed to this job. The BBC staff contains far more intelligent and witty commentators than these two.

  • Comment number 5.

    All the major threats are in thurs semifinal. what was Sara Cox doing last night, you see why she's on radio. She was like a rabbit in the headlights.

  • Comment number 6.

    As a Eurovision die-hard since '67 and someone who's slowly recovering from a very nasty chest infection (and feeling quite sorry for myself) I watched the SF part 1 hoping that it would boost the recovery process....

    The first four songs nearly caused a relapse, then along came Turkey with that strange person in a sphere. I liked the next one from Serbia - definitely more my era. The Portuguese entry nearly brought-on a mega coughing fit - in the nicest possible sense.

    No complaints about the 10 going through to the Final and congratulations to them although, personally, I would have included Croatia over Russia - but that's only my view....

    From this batch my faves are Lithuania, Iceland and Serbia but I do have a sneaky feeling that the Finnish entry will do well on Saturday - definitely a touch of the Belgian song from 2010 about it....

    Looking forward to SF part 2 on Thursday and let's hope that my rattling chest isn't rattling so much......

    Regards and good health to all.....


  • Comment number 7.

    What a great night...
    Loved the Iceland song for its simplicity, Georgian song was very catchy and the Azabaijan song was best one of night (for me...)

    Hats off to Portugal for doing the 'joke' entry - song was truly awful, but so funny !!

    Biggest disappointment... Sarah Cox - terrible presenter, so wooden and has the ability to speak a whole load of tosh every time she opens her mouth

  • Comment number 8.

    I really liked Iceland too - looked like a bunch of dads getting together after the school run (pubs obviously not open) and the obligatory 'song with message' that fell to Finland this year is quite inoffensive and will do well I think. Tomorrow nights semi finalists much stronger though - Sweden will be 'popular' (see what I did there???)

  • Comment number 9.

    Can you please not have any VTs during Thursday's semi? The videos last night were so uninteresting. Why would we find Sarah Cox walking up some stairs to the commentary box entertaining? You've got to remember that the vast majority of people watching the semi finals on BBC3 are Eurovision fans and actually want to watch EUROVISION and not some cheap pre-recorded insert. Everything that you had last night could have easily been put on this website instead or viewed on one of the many fan sites that frankly do a better job at interviewing the artists.

    I hated the part during the interval when Sara said "They're banging their drums really hard. They really want people to hear their drums." Yes. We would have liked to have heard them as well.

  • Comment number 10.

    I congratulate all of those countries who qualified for Saturday's grand final, and also the BBC THREE viewers who were able to endure Sara Cox and Scott Mills.

    Already cringing at SC's pre-ESC titles performance, I didn't get past the intro to the first song, when SM decided to talk over the intro to the song - not on Radio One now, Scotty!

    Tried tuning in later to see the results being announced, but again SM seemed too full of his own importance - talking over the show's presenters, who were talking ENGLISH, to read out self-congratulatory messages.


    In past years, most people agreed that Paddy O'Connell on BBC3 outshone Graham Norton's Saturday night starring role; was the choice of presenters last night meant to ensure that people will adore Norton's grand final commentary..?

    ...or is the BBC getting a cut of the DVD sales? (I will have to buy it now, to see what I missed - for the good of my mental health - by switching channels last night.)

  • Comment number 11.

    ^ Paddy's commentary has always outshone Wogan's commentary. It has never outshone Norton's commentary.

  • Comment number 12.

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeess...go on greece...i think that the results are right..i agree....oh im so glad. :)))

  • Comment number 13.

    To be honest, I think Scott and Sara's commentary was much better than we have previously seen in the semis - Good way to liven up the contest and make it appeal to the younger generation. ESC urgently needed to get the next generation onboard - and I think more linkages with Radio 1 are the way to go!

  • Comment number 14.

    I don't think Scott and Sara done that bad a job... it was their first time and I think they were just really excited although surely it would have been better to have both of them there?? Just a thought... Really excited to see how Blue fare this year - our best chance for victory since Jessica Garlick way back in 2002!!

  • Comment number 15.

    I have to agree with the disappointment with Sara Cox and Scott Mills, they came across unprepared and unprofessional. I like both of them on the radio, but they do not translate well to TV, especially coming at the contest with the same old, tired and ignorant view that the concert is crap that they are too good present it, that the concert is below them.

    The contest has come on in years, improved greatly and become slick and professional. One of the reasons given by others that the UK does not win is that we don't take it seriously, the presenters just lived up to that criticism. Why if musically wise this year we are taking it seriously but our presenters treat it like a freak show?

    Bring back Paddy O'Connell and Sarah Cawood!!

  • Comment number 16.

    I completely disagree with all the comments about Sara Cox and Scott Mills. I thought they were both excellent despite technical difficulties. Sara Cox is flippin hilarious. I already love Eurovision as it is, but she made it even more enjoyable. Perfect for Eurovision. . Embrace the change people!

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