Northern Europe sends the Balkans packing in first semi-final

by Juha Repo 4,530 views

Analysis: So we now have the first results from the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö.

What can be seen from the results of the first semi-final?

One thing is that Northern Europe was very successful leaving all of the ex-Yugoslavian countries out.

Also eight of the qualifiers were in English, while four entries in national languages were knocked out.

Six of the qualifiers were from countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union.

If FYR Macedonia also fails to qualify for the final this year, it will be the first time since 1985 there is no Yugoslavian country in the Eurovision Song Contest final.

This is the first time the Netherlands qualified for the final since 2004.

Belgium has only appeared in the final twice since 2004.

Russia and Ukraine have both qualified every year since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004.