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Eurovision 2009 : The 1st Semi Final

By Krikor K.

Yesterday, May 12th 2009, took place in Moscow (Russia) inside the Olimpiyskiy Arena the first of the two Semi Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

The contest opened with theTolmachevy twins who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009! Hosts of the show were famous top model Natalia Vodianova and Russian tv presenter Andrey Malahov. Generally, people admited being dissapointed by the whole show and especially by the director.

The stage finally did not work that well for the songs as it is huge and sometimes singers on stage do not appear on tv!
18 countries from Europe performed today in order to qualify for the Grand Final. Only 10 of them managed to so and these countries are :
  • Turkey
  • Sweden
  • Israel
  • Portugal
  • Malta
  • Finland
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Romania
  • Armenia
  • Iceland
The other 8 countries which did not make it to the final are :
  • Montenegro
  • Czech Republic
  • Belgium
  • Belarus
  • Andorra
  • Switzerland
  • Bulgaria
  • FYR Maceodnia
As a surprise, Switzerland did not make it to the final, while countries like Portugal and Finland were not that sure to be on the final. Bookmarks' favorite for sure was Turkey, no matter the bad performance it did. Also Bosnia&Herzegovina, Armenia and Malta were the sure countries to make it to the final. Beautiful surprise is the entry of Romania. The very beautiful and joyful song by gorgeous Elena Gheorghe convinced people to vote for her and now she can enjoy the Final as well! Below you can watch two videos via the youtube channel. The first one is the 10 qualifying countries and the second one is a backstage video by Eurovision.tv which help you see the reaction of the singers in the Green Room...

It's worth to mention that the famous Russian girl band t.A.T.u. did the interval act for the Semi Final 1... / Time machine : t.A.T.u. represented Russia back in 2003 placing 3rd...


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