• Eurovision Semi Final 2 (Photo by Anna Velikova for the EBU) (Eurovision)Source: Eurovision
Recapping the most memorable moments of the second Semi Final of Eurovision 2016.
Chris Zeiher

13 May 2016 - 12:14 PM  UPDATED 14 May 2016 - 9:28 PM

Australia makes Eurovision history, an almost nude Belarussian, a bain-marie of Baltic beefcake, a smoke frock from Switzerland and a Scandinavian freeze out – yes, it’s the best bits of semi-final 2!


1.      Dami does it!

All hail the new Queen of Australian Pop – Dami Im enters the Eurovision history books as the first Australian act to qualify through from the Semi Finals. Im’s controlled performance, the incredibly effective staging, a frock to die for and some small variations in the song resulted in a knock-out three minutes on the Stockholm stage.

On exiting the venue, the talk of the audience turned immediately to “which European City will Australia choose to stage the 2017 contest?” The buzz in Stockholm is so strong for our delicious Diva that all of Europe are asking – could Australia win?        

What happens if Australia wins Eurovision 2016?
With Australia's Dami Im taking to the stage in Stockholm for Eurovision 2016, the question has to be asked: what happens if Australia wins?

2.      Scandinavia frozen

The big shock fall out from Thursday night’s Semi Final came with the realisation that no Scandinavian nation had secured enough votes to qualify for the final with both Norway and Denmark crashing out of the competition.   Only Sweden will perform on Saturday night due to its secure place in the Final granted by winning the previous year.         

Denmark's boy band Lighthouse X didn't make it through Eurovision 2016 Semi Final 2 (Photo by Rolf Klatt for SBS)

3.      The Power & the Passion


The power of song was displayed perfectly throughout this Semi Final.  It’s hard to pick who moved the audience the most but Israel’s melancholic “Made of Stars”, the drama of Serbia “Goodbye (Shelter)”and the Ukraine’s compelling “1944” each delivered “moments” on the Stockholm stage.


4.      Dancing Naked with Wolves (Sort of)

He promised a flesh-fest and sort of delivered.  But virtual wolves and playing with himself holographically was not enough for the big guy from Belarus to fight his way out of this incredibly tough Semi Final.  Hats off to Mans Zelmerlow’s nude(ish) post-song cameo.   

Eagle-eyed fans would have seen a sneak preview of what was to come on Mans' Instagram account yesterday:

5.      Petra and Mans – The Concert

What better way to explain Eurovision to any newcomer than with a camp as Christmas Broadway style showstopper.  Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede’s opening act will go down as one of the best performances by two hosts in Eurovision history.    


6.      Blue & Red make Purple

Eurovision lyrics can often be a little “lost in translation”.  But Slovenia’s ManuElla’s had obvious issues with the results of colour mixing in “Blue & Red”.   Best way to distract anyone from your odd lyrics is to reveal half-way through your entry a ripped shirtless male acrobat and a dash of pyrotechnics.         

7.      Leaping Lithuanians – it’s the boys from the Baltics

Donny Montell of Lithuania (Source: Eurovision.tv)

The boys from the Baltics brought their “A” game to the contest making it two from two as both Lithuania and Latvia sailed through to the Grand Final.  Both Baltic boys demonstrated that staging gimmicks are not always necessary as each act performed against effective lighting effects leaving their vocals to impress.  


8.      #PoorNicky

Ireland's Nicky Byrne performs at Eurovision 2016 Semi Final 2 (Photo by Rolf Klatt for SBS)

Poor Ireland.  Poor Nicky.  Rougish Nicky Byrne was seen as Ireland’s big chance to reverse its failing fortunes at the contest.   The gamble on Nicky did not pay off.   Sadly this marks former powerhouse Ireland’s worst ever run in modern Eurovision having missed the cut now three years in a row.  #poornicky #bringbackjedward

9.      Frock me Part 2!

Who can pick a winner in the Fashion stakes for Semi Final 2?  The smoke-frock of the Swiss Canadian? 

Switzerland's Rykka performs 'The Last of our Kind' at Eurovision 2016 Semi Final 2 (Photo by Rolf Klatt for SBS)

Switzerland's Rykka performs 'The Last of Our Kind' at Eurovision 2016 Semi Final 2 (Photo by Rolf Klatt for SBS)

Bulgaria’s “high-vis” gladiatrix?

Bulgaria's Poli Genova rocks some high-vis stripes onstage at Eurovision 2016 Semi Final 2 (Photo by Rolf Klatt for SBS)


Israel’s front perm? 

Israel's Hovi Star performs at Eurovision 2016 Semi Final 2 (Photo by Rolf Klatt for SBS)

Belgium’s funktards? 

Belgium's Laura Tesoro and crew kept it funky at Eurovision 2016 Semi Final 2 (Photo by Rolf Klatt for SBS)

The Polish Musketeer?  

Poland's Michał Szpak performs 'Color of Your Life' at Eurovision 2016 Semi Final 2 (Photo by Rolf Klatt for SBS)

Ahhhh - suffice to say we all won Semi Final 2.   


10.  Saving the Best to Last?

Belgium's Laura Tesoro at Eurovision 2016 Semi Final 2 (Photo by Rolf Klatt for SBS)

It took a long time for Belgium’s Laura Tesoro to get her shot on the Stockholm stage going up as the very last of the Semi-Finalists.   And the little Belgian made sure she owned every second of her 3 minute performance.  A little bit of white-girl funk can go a long way.  

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