After a tough competition in the first round of the semi-finals, ten countries have been selected to advance to the next round of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The second of the two semi-finals is followed by the grand final on Saturday, which will take place on Thursday in Turin, Italy.
Following Tuesday’s contest, musicians representing the following counties are still in dispute: Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Ukraine, Moldova and the Netherlands.
According to the Kalush Orchestra, which represents Ukraine, there is a strong preference for winning. Johnny Weir, Who hosted American coverage of the music competition on the streaming service Peacock.
In February, Eurovision’s organizers, under public pressure, decided that Russia would not be allowed to compete. The European Broadcasting Union, which hosts the competition, had initially decided that it would allow an actor to represent the country, despite the country’s invasion of Ukraine. It changed course less than 24 hours later.
“The decision reflects the concern that, in light of the extraordinary crisis in Ukraine, Russia’s involvement in the competition this year will further discredit the competition.” Statement Released on time stated in part.
Ukraine and others have asked the European Broadcasting Union to bar Russia from participating.
The Kalush Orchestra finished second in Ukraine’s national finals, but won the popular vote. He was eventually selected to replace Elena Pash, who was eliminated due to a dispute over a trip to Russian-controlled Crimea.
Seventeen countries made it to the first round of the semi-finals and 18 are ready to advance to the next round.
In the finals, the 20 qualifying nations will perform alongside the so-called Big Five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), the countries that automatically qualify for the finals. The host country is also placed in the final, but this year the host Italy was already included.