• Ford Carter

Eurovision 2021: Semi Final 1 results


Destiny, Malta, First Semi-Final, Rotterdam Ahoy, 18 May 2021 — EBU / THOMAS HANSES

The first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Rotterdam this morning, and the first ten qualifiers into the grand final were announced.


Unfortunately, Australia’s Montaigne was unable to make it through to the final, marking our very first non-qualification.


Montaigne is the first artist in Eurovision history to have performed from a remote location.


The ten countries that qualified for the grand final from this morning’s semi final were:

  • Norway

  • Israel

  • Russia

  • Azerbaijan

  • Malta

  • Lithuania

  • Cyprus

  • Sweden

  • Belgium

  • Ukraine

These results were announced in a random order and are not indicative of where they came in the semi final.


Despite not qualifying from the semi-final, we are still so incredibly proud of the effort that Montaigne and the team at SBS have put into the staging and broadcast of the contest!



Montaigne, Australia, First Semi-Final, Live On Tape, 18 May 2021 — Photo credit: JESS GLEESON

The semi-final was opened with a performance of 'Feel Something' by the winner of the 2019 contest, Duncan Laurence, who was awarded a global platinum award for receiving 1 billion streams of his winning entry 'Arcade'.


The press conference held following the semi-final allocated in which half of the grand final each entry will perform. The results were as follows:


1st half of the grand final:

  • Belgium

  • Cyprus

  • Israel

  • Malta

  • Russia


2nd half of the grand final:

  • Azerbaijan

  • Lithuania

  • Norway

  • Sweden

  • Ukraine


The ten qualifiers will go through to compete at the grand final, which will be broadcast live at 05:00am AEST with a primetime repeat at 07:30pm AEST on Sunday on SBS and SBS On Demand.


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