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Semi-Finals

Well, before we know it Eurovision Week has arrived and we are getting closer to finding out the remaining contestants that will be participating in Saturday’s Grand Final. As the rehearsals started later, I even managed to sneak a trip to Jerusalem. Fellow ESCXTRA member Riccardo and I even had the chance to see the venue that last hosted the contest in Jerusalem back in 1999.

Semi-Final 1

It’s Tuesday and we begin to find out the first ten finalists that are joining the six pre-qualified countries. I was in the arena, along with my “reasonably priced” Golden Circle ticket. It was a great experience and I really hope that I get to go to attend the show like this once again.

As for the results, I managed to correctly predict eight out of ten of the qualifiers of the night. Personally, I was really gutted that Eliot did not qualify for the Grand Final. I really liked his performance and the message the song has. I really hope he comes back to Eurovision at some point in the future.

Semi-Final 2

A couple of days later, the second Semi-Final took place. This time, I was really nervous as most of my favourites are in this Semi-Final, including my overall winner which was Duncan Laurence… of course!

For this semi-final, I managed to predict nine out of the ten qualifiers. This had some important qualifiers, including North Macedonia (finally!) qualifying after many attempts. You can see me breaking people’s eardrums below! What surprised me even further is that the last six countries performing in this Semi-Final all qualified for the Grand Final.

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