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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

Eurovision 2022 semi-final 1 results: Reactions from the artists

Photo credit: EBU/Andres Putting

The first semi-final of Eurovision 2022 in Turin has finished and we have our 10 qualifiers for the final.

All qualified acts took part in a press conference and below are some of their reactions to their result and/or performance.

We also have the reaction of some of the artists who sadly missed out on Saturday night.

Switzerland: Marius Bear - 'Boys Do Cry'

Marius was asked about the emotion he showed after qualifying and what he was feeling.

"I was dying, because you know, 'Boys Do Cry', is such a small song, because I have to get my voice back to "not showing off" my voice and just be there, and get emotions straight down the camera into living rooms, and it worked finally out. Because I got so much hate before, when they saw the video and when they saw the song, there was huge pressure on my shoulders.... the pressure is gone and I'm prepared for the final now," he said.

When asked about support in Australia, he had this to say:

You guys are just f*cking amazing, thank you I love you Australia. Huge love to Aussies!

Armenia: Rosa Linn - 'Snap'

"I'm such a big patriot of my country and I can't express how proud I am now. I imagine how crazy people are going back in Armenia after four years of not the finals.

We've gone through a lot these past two years, and I'm more than happy to bring happiness and smiles on my people's faces."

When asked about that tear away malfunction she said she took it in her stride.

"It was weird, it didn't happen during rehearsals, you got to deal with the moment, do what you have to, you have to carry on, whatever happens, an artist should be prepared, and I am prepared... My heart didn't "bif" not for a second. I was like "first time no, second time do it harder..." I finally broke through it."

Iceland: Systur - 'Með hækkandi sól'

"Firstly I want to congratulate all these beautiful people, we're so happy to be with you all in the final."

They were also asked about their strong message of support to the transgender community during Eurovision, saying:

"The reason we are talking about this, my son is transgender. And I didn't realise until he came out, how narrow minded people are. And we decided to go the way with spreading the message to parents. Because... some people are just ignorant about it. We don't want to judge them, we just want to spread the love and ask parents to love their children unconditionally."

Lithuania: Monika Liu - 'Sentimentai'

"It means everything, first of all, it means a lot for Lithuanians, I want them to be proud of our own language. So many people were telling me "no you should not go to Eurovision with Lithuanian language, nobody's going to understand it". I was sure and this just confirms it, I am very proud and I want every Lithuanian to be proud of our language."

Monika was also asked where she may finish on Saturday night and she shared this brilliant insight:

"I don't give a **** I made it to final. I can be the last one, I don't care, I am very happy we made it to final.

Portugal: Maro - 'Saudade, saudade'

Maro was asked about getting to perform as a full group after a positive test earlier in the week in the delegation.

"We thought we were going to play the rehearsal tonight... [the fact] that we were able to do it together was so incredibly special. It was such a joy. It's a dream, I wrote this song about my grandad, and to be able to sing it with five women that I freaking adore, and that I get to call them... some of my closest friends... it gains so much more meaning."

Norway: Subwoolfer - 'Give that Wolf a Banana'

"We are going to celebrate by singing our song one more time on Saturday. The night isn't over yet, we will have some fun....we had an amazing time on the stage."

Greece: Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord - 'Die Together'

"It felt very good, I could hear the applause through the inner ears, and that was an amazing feeling. I wasn't too nervous, I really enjoyed it, I really felt the audience and I was really happy."

Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra - 'Stefania'

"We are very happy that we managed to qualify into the final and we wanted to really thank everyone who decided to support us."

"We understand that we must be totally focused and concentrated because we are here to show that Ukrainian culture and Ukrainian music exist. They are alive. And they have a very beautiful and special signature."

Moldova: Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov - 'Trenulețul'

The group were asked about the importance of music and lyrics in their song.

"We have nice traditional music in Moldova and Romania, and this text has very nice message, for friendship, for freedom, for positive nice things."

Vasile, from the Advahov brothers, also used the opportunity to send a sweet message to his wife.

"Today's my wife birthday, the final is a present for my wife, Ionela I love you"

Netherlands: S10 - 'De Diepte'

S10 was asked about the emotion she showed during the performance, saying:

"The think the song is already pretty vulnerable, and I think the show is also vulnerable. And right before I went on stage, I was like "how am I going to do this and I gathered all the braveness I had in myself, and I was like f*** it I'm going to enjoy this, but I'm also going to tell the story so people feel seen."

Out of those who didn't qualify, these are the reactions that have been made so far.

Latvia: Citi Zēni - 'Eat Your Salad'

"We are proud and sad at the same time. We are proud of our delegation, of Europe's attention to us and of the opportunity to represent the best country in the world. We are sadded that success was not on our side tonight. Nevertheless, with a heavy heart, we have to say that Europe will not get rid of the "Citi Zēni" so easily."

Albania: Ronela Hajati - 'Sekret'

"Even if i was in the final i would be last!i know! But the amount of love I received is enormous! I won Eurovision cause i won the crowd! And the crowd is always right! LOVE U @ Turin, Italy"

Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project - 'Intention'

Although not from the band itself, the iconic BNT Eurovision account (of the broadcaster) tweeted:

Denmark: Reddi - 'The Show'

The group Reddi had one word to say: "F********k"

Austria: Lumix ft Pia Maria - 'Halo'

Best of luck to those who qualified and a big thank you to all the artists who won't be performing on Saturday night but have made Eurovision in Turin an unforgettable experience.


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