The first of the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals takes place today to decide who goes through to Saturday night’s grand final in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Kicking things off first in Tuesday’s semi-final, Armenian entry Aram Mp3 is being tipped by both bookies and fans as a strong contender for the Eurovision crown.
Sixteen songs will participate in the First Semi-Final. Six acts will be eliminated with those remaining going through. The second semi-final on Thursday will feature another 15 countries, with five being sent home.
The professional juries in each of the participating countries, as well as in Spain, France and Denmark have already voted on yesterday’s dress rehearsal. They will account for 50% of the overall total.
The EBU’s televoting partner Digame will merge the points given by the jury and the televoters tonight per individual country. If there is a tie between two or more songs between jury votes and televotes, then the song gaining the most televotes will be ranked higher.
The Contenders in first semi-final
- Armenia: Not Alone sung by Aram MP3
- Latvia: Cake To Bake sung by Aarzemnieki
- Estonia: Amazing sung by Tanja
- Sweden: Undo sung by Sanna Nielsen
- Iceland: No Prejudice sung by Pollapönk
- Albania: One Night’s Anger sung by Hersi
- Russia: Shine sung by Tolmachevy Sisters
- Azerbaijan: Start A Fire sung by Dilara Kazimova
- Ukraine: Tick-Tock sung by Mariya Yaremchuk
- Belgium: Mother sung by Axel Hirsoux
- Moldova: Wild Soul sung by Cristina Scarlat
- San Marino: Maybe (Forse) sung by Valentina Monetta
- Portugal: Quero Ser Tua sung by Suzy
- Netherlands: Calm After The Storm sung by The Common Linnets
- Montenegro: Moj Svijet sung by Sergej Ćetković
- Hungary: Running sung by András Kállay-Saunders