The first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 took place in Liverpool this evening/morning, and the first ten qualifiers into the Grand Final were announced. Australia is set to compete on Friday morning (in Australia) during semi-final 2.
The ten countries that qualified for the grand final from this morning’s semi-final were:
This meant that these nations unfortunately missed out:
The results were announced in a random order and are not indicative of where each country placed in the semi-final.
Notably the show was opened by Alessandra for Norway and closed by Käärijä for Finland with pre-contest favourite Sweden also performing in this semi-final.
The semi-final was opened by co-presenter Julia Sanina performing 'Mayak' and 'Together in Electric Dreams', while the interval featured Ukraine's 2010 representative Alyosha performing 'Ordinary World' with British singer Rebecca Ferguson. Popstar Rita Ora, who moved to the United Kingdom from Kosovo as a baby also performed a medley of her hits along with new single 'Praising You'.
You can see the live reaction from some of the Aussievision team to the results below:
After the show, the artists who qualified drew which half of the Grand Final they would perform in. You can read more about the draw here.
The results were as follows:
1st half of the Grand Final (joining France, Italy & Spain):
2nd half of the Grand Final (joining Germany, Ukraine & United Kingdom):
The complete running order for the show will be determined after semi-final 2 on Thursday evening (Friday morning Australian time).
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