Semi 1 winners Andres Putting (EBU)

Eurovision 2016 Semifinal 1 Quickfire Recap

Eurovision week has finally been brought to our TV screens and it’s wonderful. For those who missed it (or can’t get enough) here’s our recap of the first semifinal. And remember if your favourite got eliminated you can pick a new one here!

Tuesday night saw 18 countries competing for 10 places in the Grand Final – click on the country names below to go to a video of that performance or alternatively read only our descriptions and let your imaginations run wild for Saturday!

Argo have fun on stage Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)
Argo have fun on stage Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)

Finland #ModernDisco – Woman in slightly ill-fitting catsuit sings aggressive disco and makes full use of the island stages. Out.

Greece #TraditionalRap? – Perpetual qualifiers do simple group choroegraphy to eurofolk/rap mash-up. Out.

Moldova #Astronaut – Actual silver-haired astronaut doesn’t quite manage to spice up eurodance ballad. Out.

Hungary #BackingWhistlers – Man in desperate need of a throat sweet sings mid-tempo poprock with Kung Fu drummer. Qualified.

Croatia #Dress – Futuristic balladeer wears 18kgs of awful dress to bring you a message of faith. Qualified.

Netherlands #10SecondsOfSilence – Country crooner says we all need a break and almost proposes to audience member. Qualified.

Plaing with fire, Iveta Mukuchyan Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)
Plaing with fire, Iveta Mukuchyan Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)

Armenia #Swimsuit – Warrior tackles multiple genres at once and dances with the hologram likeness of herself. Qualified.

San Marino #ClassicDisco – Turkish TV presenter surrounds himself with other people also not from San Marino to talk his way out of the final. Out.

Russia #ClimbingWall – Bookies favourite pulls off great performance thanks to impressive stage prop. Qualified.

Czechia #Ballad – Powerful vocal stands out against simple yet elegant stage design for first ever qualification. Qualified.

Cyprus #Howl – Bearded rockers re-jig The Killers ‘Somebody Told Me’ surrounded by cages and lots of dry ice. Qualified.

Austria #BarbiePrincess – Young starlet walks through a kitsch wonderland whilst singing in French. Qualified.

Jack of Hearts? Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)
Jack of Hearts? Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)

Estonia #CardTrick – Baritone pop prince glares into camera and performs slight of hand to sultry pop backing. Out.

Azerbaijan #Gold – Gold lines, gold pyrotechnics and gold-clad dancers surround gold-wearing pop songstress. Qualified.

Montenegro #ProfessionalHeadbanger – Electrorockers mosh to their own song whilst accompanied by an isolated dancer. Out.

Iceland #Shadows – Fan favourite plays in the shadows to deliver folksy pop song. Out.

Bosnia and Herzegovina #BarbedWire – Man and woman duet to cello accompaniment until interrupted by bearded rapper. Out.

Malta #Pregnant – Mother-to-be delivers electro-tinged pop ballad whilst serenaded by contemporary dancer. Qualified.

Dalal & Deen at the Jury Final Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Dalal & Deen at the Jury Final Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

What else?

TV viewers got three minutes worth of Big 6 preview clips from the French, Spanish and Swedish rehearsals. Måns and Petra were on top form with the jokes and the half-time show touched on the refugee crisis.

All caught up? Now find out who deserves your 12 points!