The Netherlands are in the semi-finals of the first Eurovision Song Contest and why Spain is already in the final

The first semi-final will be played in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Tuesday 9th May from 9pm. There are 15 participants, 10 of whom go to the final on Saturday, May 13, which this year will not be held in Ukraine, but in the United Kingdom. Dutch pair Mia Nicolai and Dianne Cooper are in the semi-finals and are the fourteenth entrant, while Belgian Gustaf is fifth in the second semi-final with ‘Bigass of You’. But Spain automatically takes part in the final. Why is that though?

On that day Tuesday May 9 The following countries and artists will compete in the first semi-final: 1. Norway: Alessandra – Queen of Kings; 2. Malta: The Busker – Dance (Our Own Party); 3. Serbia: Luke Black – Samo Mi Se Spava; 4. Latvia: Sudden Lights – Aija; 5. Portugal: Mimicat – I Coraco; 6. Ireland: Wild Youth – We Are One; 7. Croatia: Let 3 – Sama SC!; 8. Switzerland: Remo Forer – Watergun; 9. Israel: Noah Kral – Unicorn; 10. Moldova: Pasha Perfeni – Sorele C Luna; 11. Sweden: Lorraine – green; 12. Azerbaijan: TuralTuranX – Tell me more; 13. Czech Republic: Vesna – My Sister’s Crown; 14. Netherlands: Mia Nicolai & Dianne Cooper – Burning Daylight; 15. Finland: Käärijä – Cha Cha Cha.

On that day Wednesday, May 10 The following countries and artists will perform in the second semi-final: 1. Denmark: Reilly – Breaks My Heart; 2. Armenia: beauty – future lover; 3. Romania: Theodor Andre – TGD (Off and On); 4. Estonia: Alika – Bridges; 5. Belgium: Gustaf – By You; 6. Cyprus: Andrew Lambrew – Break A Broken Heart; 7. Iceland: Diljá – Power; 8. Greece: Victor Vernikos – What They Say; 9. Poland: Blanka – Single; 10. Slovenia: Joker Out – Carpe Diem; 11. Georgia: Bi – Echo; 12. San Marino: Piqued Jacks – like an animal; 13. Austria: Thea & Salena – Who’s Edgar?; 14. Albania: Albina & Familja Kelmendi – Duje; 15. Lithuania: Monika Linkytè – Stay; 16. Australia: Voyager – The Promise.

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Why does Spain always participate?

Spain sent flamenco singer Blanca Paloma to Liverpool this year with the song ‘EaEa’. However, Spain has never had to make the semi-finals because, as a ‘big’ European country, it’s always in the final, which is a good thing, otherwise sometimes they don’t get past the preliminary rounds.

Spain regularly takes part every year as a participant of one of the main European (paying?) countries that are always in the finals like Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy. Spain always has a chance to win the Eurovision Song Contest, which has rarely happened before.

Spain has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest every year for more than 50 years since 1961. During those years, the country won the festival twice, namely in 1968 with Masil’s song “La, La, La” and in 1969 with Salome’s song “Vivo Cantando”. However, this last victory had to be shared with the Netherlands, France and Great Britain.

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