Sixteen countries took the stage, and ten got the lucky golden ticket to the finals. But tonight all the entries were at their best, and no one should feel they didn’t give their best try. Two countries qualified for the first time ever, Montenegro and San Marino. Very happy for both of them and for goofy pop jokesters Pollaponk from Iceland, who qualified despite all the betting odds being totally against them.
Here are the qualifiers from tonight’s competition:
Here are the happy qualifiers on the stage rejoicing after the obligatory rainfall of confetti streamers.