In alphabetical order, they are: Evgeni Bozhanov, Ran Dank, Alessandro Deljavan, Kim Kyu-yeon, Eduard Kunz, Andrea Lam, Michail Lifits, Son Yeol-eum, Nobuyuki Tsujii, Mariangela Vacatello, Di Wu, and Zhang Haochen.
The question uppermost in my mind is, what do the judges have against Stephen Beus?
Still, I'm actually pretty pleased overall with the selections. I'll be looking forward to quite a few of the semi performances.
I'm coining the term "Tsujii Tsunami" for future use, but I'm hoping the actual phenomenon doesn't happen. Everyone would be better off if he lost now, came back in four or eight years a more mature musician, and won.
Well, I'm off to take a break from all the piano music tomorrow. My ears will welcome it.