What a night it was with ecstatic fans, a great selection of competing entries as well as pop stars Darin and Agnes on stage as interval acts - here are some snapshots of it: https://picasaweb.google.com/RossKamarulBaharin/Semifinal2Qualifiers?authkey=Gv1sRgCOKuwLnagsHY3QE#slideshow/5878947666998613090
Europe has voted for ten countries to qualify from Semifinal 2 to the Grand Final on Saturday. Naturally there was some disappointment among the fans at the Malmö Arena when their favourite contestants were not selected, or when a song which was not a favourite did make it through (in this case Armenia).
There were quite audible boos going around the Malmö Arena when Armenia was called out, which to many others in the Arena was not good sportmanship and in fact was downright silly. The 11 000 attendees in the Arena are only a tiny fraction of the televoters and juries around Europe, and the majority had decided that Armenia would proceed to the Grand Final - like it or not, this is the way it is.
Before the live broadcast of Semifinal 2 started at 21:00, Euroviisuklubi had called for a gathering of fans of Finland at the Arena, and many turned up dressed in wedding finery. Even though there was a message on Facebook that Krista might be attending the gathering, in the end it was a good thing that she did not - she should save her best for the stage, which she did when she gave a tremendous performance which took Finland to the Grand Final: whoopee!
Again the Semifinal 2 press conference yielded some cute little bits of info. Overheard..
When asked if he would bring the ESC back to the Land of Fire Azerbaijan, Farid Mammadov (Azerbaijan) replied, "It's a good idea..".
When asked what she would like to say now that she had qualified to the Grand Final, Krista Siegfrid (Finland) replied, "I was wondering if Farid wants to "Marry Me"..".. To which the Azerbaijan contestant replied, "..If you will "Hold Me"..".
When asked how he felt now that Malta is in the Grand Final, Gianluca (Malta) sang, "Euphoria..!".
"Thank you..", said Eythor Ingi (Iceland) when the event hostess teased that he looked so cool.
When asked what brought Greece's entry "Alcohol is Free"to the Grand Final, Ilias Kozas of band Koza Mostra replied, "Maybe some people were a little bit drunk..?".
The Armenian contestant is a band called "Dorians", and when asked which of the five band members was actually Dorian, the reply was, "No one..".
When asked the secret of his cool demeanor on stage, ByeAlex (Hungary) ruefully said, "Actually I was really nervous..I almost fainted..I didn't have time to eat..".
When told that her many young fans usually comment that she looks like Lady Gaga, Margaret Berger (Norway) jokingly said, "..If you look at my video on Youtube from 2006, I say that Lady Gaga looks like me..!".
When asked how important it was for them to qualify to the Grand Final, Nodi Tatishvili (Georgia) replied, "..This is important not only for us, but also (to) Georgia..Today in Georgia is a mourning day because three soldiers died in Afghanistan..".
When the event hostess teased Cezar (Romania) that he was "different", a pouting Cezar replied, "Not SO different..". Then the event hostess commented that many people thought that he looked like Dracula, and Cezar (Romania) ad libbed, "..or Nadia Comaneci..".