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Two points separated #10 and #11 in first Eurovision semi, says Jon Ola Sand

The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, has commented on last night’s results of the first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest. The difference between qualification and going home early was tiny!

Two points in it

There was a lot of surprise around the qualifiers last night. Not only did San Marino qualify for just the second time ever, we also focused on those that didn’t make the cut. Belgium’s RTBF have been confronted with their first non-qualification since sending Witloof Bay to Düsseldorf back in 2011 and Hungary failed to make the cut for the first time since returning to the show in 2011. It is therefore also the first time the winner of A Dal fails to qualify, despite high hopes for Joci Pápai.

Jon Ola Sand has now released a teaser on Twitter. He revealed that just two points separated the last qualifier and the first non-qualifier. He obviously did not reveal who the countries in question were. The gap of two points is the smallest since the introduction of the new points system in 2016. Previously, the record was in the hands of Tijana Bogićević, who missed out on the final by three points in 2017 for Serbia. Back then, Denmark’s Anja Nissen scored 101 points to claim #10.

Differing opinion

In his tweet, he also said not every qualifier was agreed upon by the juries and televoters. The two separate votings had the same eight qualifiers, with two countries on each side being different. This will be interesting on Saturday, when we find out the splits in the semifinals. Who received jury support to make it through and who needed the televoters to save them from an early flight home?

Who do you think the unlucky #11 is? And who was saved by either juries or televoters? Let us know what you think!

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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