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First ten finalists chosen – eight ChatVote finalists qualify

by | May 11, 2016 | 2016 ESC General, Uncategorized

First ten finalists chosen – eight ChatVote finalists qualify

by | May 11, 2016 | 2016 ESC General, Uncategorized

The first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 is over! Time to look at some facts and give a personal verdict on the show.

The ten happy qualifiers are:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Russia
  • The Netherlands
  • Hungary
  • Croatia
  • Austria
  • Armenia
  • Czech Republic
  • Cyprus
  • Malta

The ChatVote analysis

Comparing this outcome with the ChatVote 2016 results, we are very happy to say that eight of our ten finalists qualified for the real final on Saturday.

While our voters didn’t go for Hungary and Malta in our own first semi-final back in early April, our ChatVote finalists Estonia and Iceland will be missing from the real final. All in all, having 8/10 of our favourites qualified is a prettty good outcome.

ChatVote 2016 final results

ChatVote 2016 final results

Felix’s personal verdict

You will be able to read Martin’s and Shi’s personal verdict in their upcoming articles, but for now here is mine.

My personal, overall impression of the show was that, while being extremely professional and perfect, I didn’t quite connect with the stage and the artists on them and thought the show lacked warmth and emotions. While good in certain doses, the LED screens and video effects became too dominant in parts. I find myself comparing this Eurovision Song Contest with the one from twenty years ago, when Ingvild Bryn found herself in a virtual reality environment to present the voting:

Back to 2016 – well, I hope that this extent of video and hologram use is just a one-off, and that in future, reality and virtual reality won’t blend too much. I wonder how Eurovision 2036 will look like.

Personally, I’m very happy for Austria and especially the Czech Republic. Also Croatia is a nice surprise, which was much better on stage than expected. Let’s see what the second semi-final brings!

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