The second semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was held tonight. 17 acts competed and ten of them were chosen by juries and televoting to compete in the grand final this Saturday.
The following ten countries have qualified for the final:
The following countries did not qualify tonight:
Update: This is the full line-up for Saturday in Running order:
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- United Kingdom
The esctoday.com Bigpoll predicted eight of ten qualifiers correctly. The countries that were predicted to qualify but did not make it were Croatia and Sweden. Their places were taken by Cyprus and Ukraine, which had not been seen in the top ten.
Cyprus qualified for a Eurovision Song Contest final for the first time since 2005 and Ireland will compete in a final for the first time since 2007.
Ukraine, Turkey and Romania will have competed in every Eurovision Song Contest final since the introduction of the semi final stage in 2004 after Saturday. Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia keep their 100% records of qualifying since their debuts. Israel and Denmark both qualified for the final for the third year in a row.
For the first time since the semi final stage was introduced, Sweden did not qualify for the final. It will therefore the first Eurovision Song Contest final since 1976 without Sweden competing. Croatia did not qualify for the final for the second time only. On the other hand, Switzerland did not qualify for the fourth year in a row, Bulgaria did not qualify for the fifth time in six years and Slovenia did not qualify for the sixth time in seven years.