Eurovision 2018 Semi-Final 1: The Nine Countries That Failed To Make It To The Grand Final

The first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 took place last night (8 May 2018) and what a fierce competition it was. A total of 19 acts represented their countries on stage, but only 10 could go through.

We knew it was going to be a tough competition and there were some surprises. Everyone has their favourites so it’s not a surprise that some of them didn’t make it to the Grand Final. We are gutted about Switzerland’s ZiBBZ who sang “Stones”. They were one of our favourites and they were an honour to interview prior to the competition.

Others shockers included Azerbaijan’s AISEL, who becomes the first act from that country not to make it through to the Grand Final since their debut in 2008. It is also Armenia’s first time not making it to the Grand Final since they returned to the competition in 2013.

Regardless, we commemorate them for gracing that wonderous stage and giving it their all. It certainly is a once in a lifetime opportunity and they clearly all loved every single minute of being there. Check out our facts and stats article on all 43 countries and their acts that are competing this year.

Here are all nine Semi-Final 1 acts who didn’t make it to the Grand Final. Were you shocked by any of these? You can still vote for them in our poll.

Here Are The Nine Contestants Who Went Through To the Eurovision Song Contest 2018’s Grand Final:

Azerbaijan: AISEL – X My Heart

Iceland: Ari Ólafsson – Our Choice

Belgium: Sennek – A Matter Of Time

Belarus: Alekseev – Forever

Macedonia: Eye Cue – Lost And Found

Croatia: Franka – Crazy

Greece: Yianna Terzi – Oniro Mou

Armenia: Sevak Khanagyan – Qami

Switzerland: ZiBBZ – Stones

The second Semi-Final will take place tomorrow. Why not check out our facts and stats article on all 43 countries and acts that are competing this year. And, if you have your favourites, you should totally vote for them in our reader’s poll. We also suggest that you check out our Semi-Final 1 Lyric Quiz, test your knowledge on the words of all 19 songs that took part in the first Semi-Final.

If you haven’t already, we also urge you to check out which ten acts did make the Grand Final, which will take place on Saturday 12 May 2018.

Did your favourites from the first Semi-Final go through to the Grand Final? Let us know all of your thoughts on Twitter @CelebMix.

Written by Jonathan Currinn

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