Eurovision 2018: Semi-Final 1

We’ve had our first semi-final for Eurovision 2018! Last night, we saw our first semi-final and the countries safely through to the grand final on Saturday are:

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Lithuania

 

eurovisionThese countries join the hosts Portugal along with France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK in the grand final on Saturday. The Czech Republic artist did have to go to hospital after sustaining an injury to his neck during rehearsals. Hopefully he’ll be back to full strength for the grand final on Saturday!

Albania, Lithuania will be singing in their native tongues, while Estonia will be signing in Italian. This semi-final also included Greece and Armenia who were singing in their native languages – unfortunately they didn’t make it through to the grand final this year.

Us Brits might notice some artists this year as well. Finland’s entry was once in the X Factor. Saara Aalto came close to clinching the title 2 years ago, so no doubt will get some UK support on Saturday. Another familiar face comes from Ireland: Ryan O’Shaughnessy once competed in Britain’s Got Talent in 2012. Being our closest neighbour plus the added talent show note, Ireland could be looking at getting quite a sizeable vote from the UK.

 

Semi-final 2 – Thursday 10th May

In the second semi-final for Eurovision the following countries sing for their place in the grand final:

Norway, Romania, Serbia, San Marino, Denmark, Russia, Moldova, Netherlands, Australia, Georgia, Poland, Malta, Hungary, Latvia, Sweden, Montenegro, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Serbia, Georgia, Hungary, Montenegro and Slovenia will all be singing in their native language with Denmark using some Icelandic phrases in their song. We wish them the best of luck and hopefully we’ll see a few of these at the final!

 

We’re also supporting the Aussies, because why not eh! Maybe we can persuade Eurovision to let in Canada one day! After all, Celine Dion has sung at Eurovision in the past (just not for her home country!)