Tuesday night saw the first semi-final for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, with all the hopefuls from around the world lining up for their shot against the Big Five competing countries (the UK, Spain, Italy, France and Germany) and whoever qualifies from the second semi-final this Thursday.
And a firm favourite among viewers on the night was Montenegro’s Slavko Kalezic, with his song Space (which challenges binary notions of gender) and long ponytail-whipping routine hailed as the true spirit of Eurovision by fans online.
— Natalie Lester (@NatalieLester1) May 9, 2017
— ♔PinkIsTheNewBlack♔ (@ManuBlinkVIP) May 9, 2017
If Montenegro doesn't get through I will kill you all #Eurovision
— Glamorous Matt (@Glamorous_Matt) May 9, 2017
However, when the voting closed and the 10 finallists were announced, fans were shocked to discover that Montenegro has missed out on one of the coveted spots, with final places instead going to Moldova, Azerbaijan, Greece, Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Armenia, Australia, Cyprus and Belgium.
It’s fair to say that some viewers were fairly perturbed by the news.
— Bradley Tubb (@BradTubb) May 9, 2017
— Natalia Álvarez (@Natalia_Who) May 9, 2017
— #Hellone (@lelerabit) May 9, 2017
I had hopes for Montenegro ???? #eurovision
— Luke ➐ (@JaneFondaCox) May 9, 2017
montenegro was the only one which held the True Spirit of the #eurovision, and then didn't qualify. i am shocked and upset.
— adri // d-159 ✨ (@pikajong) May 9, 2017
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) May 9, 2017
OK – let’s say VERY perturbed.
— Vee ☀ SaveHannibal (@writingvee) May 9, 2017
Montenegro ponytail was SNATCHED!!!! That performance hits the #Eurovision brief 10/10.
Just look at this. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/4FV7cPcLPS
— e.g. (@gauwed) May 9, 2017
#EUROVISION heeey, i don't understand why Montenegro didn't make it? I'm sad ????
— Daria Fadeeva (@FaDarya) May 9, 2017
JUSTICE FOR MONTENEGRO #Eurovision
— Mia (@sqrrlbot) May 9, 2017
Still, at least we can take some comfort from the fact that the dancing gorilla and horse-headed man on a stepladder (featuring in Italy and Azerbaijan’s respective acts) will definitely be in the final.
Don’t worry guys – Eurovision’s weird and wonderful spirit still lives on.
The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final takes place on Saturday in Kiev, Ukraine, and will be broadcast live on BBC1 with commentator Graham Norton