Lord Have Mercy..
Surprises tonight at the end of Semifinal 1. The biggest surprise (”shock” is actually the word) is that Finland did not qualify, and disappointment among the Arena crowd (Finns and non-Finns alike) was big: I understand the emotions of those Finns who walked out of the Arena after the results were announced.
As suspected the jury vote, which is usually different to televote results, influenced the qualification of some unlikely candidates (Portugal comes to mind..). Personally, 6 of my favourites did qualify to the Final (yes, Russia was one of them, ha-ha to you too..), and my sympathies for Latvia, Poland and Slovakia.
In any case, the decision has been made, so congratulations to the 10 qualifiers and good luck!
Remember to tune in to the Final on 29 May at 22:00.