First Eurovision semi-final: Croatia and Ireland, among the many certified nations | Television | EUROtoday

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Eurovision 2024 already has its first finalists. This Tuesday on the Malmö Arena the beginning sign was given to a brand new version, and there are already seven, which Sweden hosts, after Loreen's victory final yr. A complete of 15 nations have been searching for a spot within the closing that shall be held on Saturday the eleventh and through which the host Sweden, along with the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany and Spain, already had a assured place. Those labeled within the first semi-final have been Serbia, Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Finland, Cyprus, Croatia, Ireland and Luxembourg. Nebulossa, the Spanish representatives, will carry out, though out of competitors, within the second semi-final, which is able to happen on Thursday.

This Tuesday there was already Spanish illustration on the spectacular Eurovision cross-shaped stage. The gala started with a triple efficiency that demonstrated that, to depart a mark on the competition, it’s not important to win. The Spanish Chanel (third place in 2022), the Cypriot Eleni Foureira (second in 2018) and the Swede Eric Saade (third in 2011) demonstrated it by recovering the songs with which they carried out on the contest. Chanel dazzled once more with SloMo and his potential to sing and dance with choreography renewed for the event. Saade, a Swede of Palestinian origin, was the protagonist of the primary main Eurovision controversy of the yr when he wore a Palestinian scarf tied round his wrist throughout his efficiency, a element that didn’t go unnoticed on social networks.

Singer Eric Saade, who represented Sweden at Eurovision in 2011, wore a Palestinian scarf on his left wrist during his performance at the opening of the 2024 festival.
Singer Eric Saade, who represented Sweden at Eurovision in 2011, wore a Palestinian scarf on his left wrist throughout his efficiency on the opening of the 2024 competition. Jessica Gow/TT (EFE)

Some of the favorites to win the Crystal Microphone this yr participated within the first semifinal. Croatia is properly positioned for the betting homes, already labeled on this first spherical. Rocker Baby Lasagna (actual title Marko Purišić) performs the very full of life Dim Tag Team Rim, through which the protagonist says goodbye to his household, his cat and his family members when he has to depart his city for the large metropolis. “Now I'm a big boy / I'm ready to go / Ciao, Mama, Ciao / Ay / Now I'm a big boy,” his lyrics go. If it wins on Saturday, it will be Croatia's first victory in Eurovision, a competition through which it has participated since 1993.

Another of the nations that the bets place in excessive positions is Ukraine, winner in 2022 because of the large help of the favored vote it obtained. Alyona Alyona & Jerry Heil are the Ukrainian representatives on this event. Your theme, Teresa & Maria, talks in regards to the nice weight that ladies keep on their shoulders. Ukraine already is aware of what it's wish to win Eurovision on Swedish soil: Jamala did it in 2016 with the tune 1944.

Ireland is one other of the favorites on this version with a formidable efficiency. Non-binary artist Bambie Thug performs with the tune Boomsday Blue and a really explicit model that he calls ouija pop, that mixes different rock and jazz, a proposal that places a variety of weight within the staging. Lithuania's efficiency, with Silvester Belt, was extremely applauded. Luxembourg returned on this semi-final after 31 years with out collaborating in Eurovision, and did so with Tali and the tune Fighter and reached the ultimate along with her. She additionally did Finland, which shocked her along with her humorous guess, No Rulesby Windows95man, an digital pop tune with a placing staging, particularly as a result of playfulness of this Finnish DJ's wardrobe.

Out of competitors, proposals from the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden is also seen. The British Olly Alexander, music star, actor and LGTBI+ activist, brings the tune Dizzy, additionally with a strong and spectacular staging. Isaak is the consultant of Germany with the tune Always on the Run. And the hosts additionally confirmed their candidate tune, Unforgettablecarried out by the duo Marcus & Martinus, two Norwegian twins who gained the Melodifestivalen with their pop proposal.

Before the nations that went to the ultimate have been recognized, Johnny Logan, a 69-year-old Australian nationalized Irishman, often known as Mr. Eurovision after profitable the competition twice as a performer (1980 and 1987) and as soon as as a composer, appeared on stage. (1992). At the Malmö Arena he carried out Euphoria, the tune with which the one singer who has managed to match her feat by repeating the Eurovision Song Contest victory, Loreen, gained for the primary time. Another of the performances within the closing stretch of the evening was that of the Swedish singer Benjamin Ingrosso, who represented his nation on the competition in 2018.

Like final yr, it’s the public vote that decides which nations qualify for the Eurovision closing. Since 2009, a combined jury-public system had been in control of selecting the finalists, however in 2023 that stability was deserted within the qualifying galas. Yes, the mix of the skilled and well-liked jury shall be maintained in Saturday's closing. In this primary semi-final, the nations collaborating on this qualifier have been in a position to vote, along with the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden, the three that acted as friends. On Thursday, together with the nations looking for a spot within the closing, France, Italy and Spain will be capable of vote.

On this primary evening, Poland, Iceland, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Australia have been not noted. Next Thursday at 9:00 p.m. (La 1) the second semi-final will happen. Then it will likely be the flip of Austria, Malta, Switzerland, Greece, Czech Republic, Albania, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Estonia, Georgia, Netherlands, Norway, Latvia, San Marino and Belgium to play for his or her place within the closing. in that order. This will full the checklist of the 26 nations that can face one another in Saturday's closing.

These are the ten qualifiers for the primary semi-final of Eurovision 2024:

Cyprus – Silia Kapsis – Liar

Serbia – Teya Dora – Ramonda

Lithuania – Silvester Belt – Luktelka

Ireland – Bambi Thug – Doomsday Blue

Ukraine – Alyona Alyona & Jerry Heil – Teresa & Maria

Croatia – Baby Lasagna – Dim Tag Team Rim

Slovenia – Raiven – Veronika

Finland – Windows95man – No Rules!

Portugal – iolanda – Shout

Luxembourg – Such – Fighter

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