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Eurovision Song Celebration Semi-Final 2: What happened?

Eurovision Song Contest's official YouTube channel treats fans with a second installment of a special semi-final replacement show

Today in Rotterdam, the second semi-final would have been held with 18 countries battling out for a place in the final for Saturday 16 May. France, Spain and the United Kingdom, would have voted in this semi-final and also presented their entry.

A few weeks ago it was announced that an alternative show, the Eurovision Song Celebration would be replacing the idea of a contest for the one of a celebration in order to pay homage to the entries. Tuesday 12 May, the first show was broadcast on YouTube.

Similar to the first show, we were joined by Janouk Kelderman who is hosting the celebration and sharing with the viewers surprises, emotional moments and even a running order.

Eurovision Song Celebration: Semi-Final 2 - Running Order

  1. Greece: Stefania – Supergirl
  2. Estonia: Uku Suviste – What Love Is
  3. Austria: Vincent Bueno – Alive
  4. Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – Prison
  5. San Marino: Senhit – Freaky!
  6. Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – Kemama
  7. Serbia: Hurricane – Hasta La Vista
  8. Poland: Alicja – Empires
  9. Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið – Think About Things
  10. Switzerland: Gjon's Tears – Répondez-moi
  11. Denmark: Ben & Tan – Yes
  12. Albania: Arilena Ara – Fall From The Sky
  13. Finland: Aksel – Looking Back
  14. Armenia: Athena Manoukian – Chains on You
  15. Portugal: Elisa – Medo de sentir
  16. Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – Take Me as I Am
  17. Bulgaria: Victoria – Tears Getting Sober
  18. Latvia: Samanta Tīna – Still Breathing

After the semi finalists were presented, the entries of three from the Big 5 countries were also introduced:

  1. France: Tom Leeb – Mon alliée (The Best in Me)
  2. United Kingdom: James Newman – My Last Breath
  3. Spain: Blas Cantó – Universo

Eurovision Song Celebration: Semi-Final 2– The Show

The second semi-final kicked off at 21:00 CEST. After a short introduction by Janouk Kelderman, the songs presentation started.

Once the first five songs were seen, Samanta Tina (Latvia 2020), Alicja (Poland 2020) and Vincent Bueno (Austria 2020) sang a snippet of their entry in their native language.

After the first ten songs we watched some clips from Eurovision Home Contests which were being uploaded on a weekly basis through the Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel. Gjon's Tears (Switzerland 2020), Stefania (Greece 2020) James Newman (United Kingdom 2020) and Tom Leeb (France 2020) gave us a virtual home tour while Senhit (San Marino 2020) talked about her dog pet, Buddy.

Famous YouTubers return and reacted to a few songs of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

We also watched a second fan recap that featured fans from all over the world dancing, singing and lip syncing to the songs presented tonight.

About the author: Steven Spiteri (Malta)

authorSteven has been a huge Eurovision fan since 1995. He comes from a small town called Birkirkara located in Malta and graduated in Business & Administration. Steven follows all the national finals and Eurovision Song Contests every year especially Melodifestivalen and Eesti Laul. He has an endless list of favorites but the all time favorite entry would be Italy's 2016 entry "Nessun grado di separazione" by Francesca Michielin whilst Lisbon 2018 is his favorite Eurovision edition.

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