Semi-Final 1: 10 Countries Qualify to Grand Final

On Tuesday the Eurovision week officially began with the first semi-final. Nineteen countries took part of the first show, out of which 10 got through the the Grand Final taking place on Saturday night. Take a look and listen to the songs that will be joining last year's finner, Portugal, and the big five - UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Semi-finals were introduced back in 2005 due to an increasing number of countries participating in the contest. Initially, the contest only had one semi-final, in order to make the grand final shorter, more entertaining, and competitive. In 2008, the second-semi final was added where 10 countries from each would get through to the Grand Final.

Valev Laube

235 East 62nd Street, New York, NY, 10065, United States

Valev Laube is an Estonian-born brand manager, artist, and designer currently based in New York.

He is an alumnus of the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) and the United World College of the Adriatic (Duino, Italy). 
His works have been exhibited both in the United States and Canada, and his performed world-wide.

His most recent projects include a web presence and design project for a world-wide brand consultancy Marquee Brand Builder, branding for a promotional goods design and production company Sacatelle, and many other design work for companies such Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and many others. His most recent independent projects include organizing a multidisciplinary concert "Tonality of Culture" (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), creating a music video for an Estonian-Finnish indie-pop band Popidiot, branding and curating works for The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters (New York, NY).

In 2016 and 2017 he was the creative director of the Estonian Cultural Days in New York, and collaborated as a video artist on a performance-art show "Reflection Spectrum" at Anita's Way (New York, NY).