In a surprise result, Georgia’s Nika Kocharov and the Young Georgian Lolitaz qualified from last night’s second semi final with their song ‘Midnight Gold’. The band went through to the Final of Eurovision 2016 ahead of some other strong contenders including Ireland’s Nicky Byrne, Denmark’s Lighthouse X, Agnete from Norway and Ivan from Belarus who fulfilled his dream of performing on stage naked with a wolf (albeit through CGI).
However in a press conference following the results of the show, lead singer Nika Kocharov expressed that he too was shocked that Georgia had advanced. When asked if he expected to qualify the singer said:
“Not really. But I feel relieved…I feel like anything can happen now, after today”
Many took to twitter to voice their shock at Georgia qualifying at the expense of their favourite songs which did not. Georgia seem to have benefited from the running order of the semi final, singing a lively rock song with an elaborate light show after a string of dull ballads. The nation will compete in the Grand Final in slot 23. Find out the full running order here.