Eurovision 2018 semi final one poll

The first semi-final of Eurovision 2018 brings us fire, monsters, bones and even a Pikachu. Nineteen countries will sing and, after Bulgaria’s reveal and Albania’s revamp, we now have all of their songs.

With that in mind, it’s time to ask you for your opinions. Who do you think should win Semi-Final One, and who will qualify?

Eurovision 2018: Semi-Final One

The allocation draw in January saw many people comment on just how strong the second semi-final was. The first, on the other hand, was largely written off. But in the two months that have followed, it’s all changed — and now fans worry that several of their favourites will get the chop.

There’s a considerable mix of genres and tempos in the mix. Classic ballad fans may like Iceland and Armenia, whilst drama comes via Belgium‘s Sennek.

Classic Europop enters the frame with Finland, Azerbaijan and others, whilst Greece and Albania serve the native language realness. What’s more, four of the bookies’ favourites all take part in this semi-final: Israel, Estonia, Bulgaria and Czech Republic.

That’s just scratching the surface, too. The deck is stacked high and there’s bound to be some upsets.

Semi-Final One: Participating Countries

Those are the 19 competing entries: now, it’s time to have your say. You can vote in our poll below. The same rules as usual apply: you can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once. Make sure it counts!

Poll: Who should win Semi-Final One of Eurovision 2018?

We’ll close the poll before the first semi-final on May 8. We’ll bring you updates as we get closer to the show as well.

Make sure to let us know who you voted for in the comments section as well, and let us know who you think will qualify — or who you think might miss out!

Vote in more of our Eurovision 2018 polls here

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273 Comments on "Poll: Who should win Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2018?"

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Josh
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My top 10 for Semi 1: 1) Lithuania 2) FYR Macedonia 3) Belgium 4) Israel 5) Belarus 6) Cyprus 7) Finland 8) Azerbaijan 9) Czech Republic 10) Greece Would also love to see Bulgaria, Estonia and Armenia make it, but they’re just outside my top 10 for me. Absolutely love Lithuania! Really want it to make it through, but I think it’ll struggle to get the votes. Such a beautiful song. My favourite for the year with my Australia!!! FYR Macedonia is the most underrated song of the year in my opinion. Grows on me every time I listen to… Read more »
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According to me, the strongest act of the first semi-final is Bulgaria (if the staging is great).
So, I would qualify : Bulgaria, Albania, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Switzerland and Czech Republic.

Lilac
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With semi 1 being so competitive, if Russia qualifies, Eurovision will not be worth watching.
There’re at least 13 songs here worth to be in the finals.

lea
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Eugent’s LIVE Performance at The Voice Kids
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDRByA_vEVw&t=2s

abcd
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Hey everybody go listen to Eugent’s live performance on the voice kids of albania.Im sure you will all vote for him to go to the final after you see that performance of the new rewamp.Please we need to do well this time

Søren Svend
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As a rock fan, I would be truly grateful to see Albania in the final. It is the only rock song on the first semi, so please support it! It would be a shame for a troll act to qualify while a masterpiece such as “Mall” to fall into obscurity. Let’s be fair for once! Vote for talent, not for props!

Laura
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Couldn’t agree more with you! Albania rocksss this year!

Sandra
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Personally, I will be voting for Albania and Estonia. I also like two more entries but not sufficiently to cast my vote. Sorry!

Jérôme
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My ESC Army and I have thought to vote for someone but we have long given up that crazy idea! Our votes will go to Albania (a truly deserving entry) and perhaps a few to Estonia if she doesn’t screw up. Finito!

PingGuru
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Highest voting first:

1. Estonia
2. Israel
3. Albania
4. Bulgaria
5. Belgium
6. Finland
7. Czech Republic
8. Cyprus
9. Greece
10. Belarus

Stiven
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Stiven
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Stiven
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1. Macedonia
2. Israel
3. Czech Republic
4. Cyprus
5. Austria
6. Croatia
7. Bulgaria
8. Azerbaijan
9. Ireland
10. Belarus

Tedi
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Israel, Bulgaria and Cyprus will qualify 100%, while Belarus, Switzerland, Iceland and Ireland are 100% non-qualifying countries this year. And all the rest have equal chance to qualify. However, I really want to see Macedonia and Croatia qualifying! Love both songs!

The Voting Expert
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Get real, kiddo! Croatia and FYROM ain’t passing through! The qualifiers will be as follows: Israel, Estonia, Finland, Czech Republic, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Belarus, Greece.

Tibor
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The odds really aren’t evenly distributed among the semifinals this year, this one is much stronger, and I already weep for Armenia and Albania, two of my favorites in this year’s competition, which don’t seem to have that many fans – and I am completely at loss, why that is. Israel will surely qualify, so at least one of my top 5 will make it to the final.

Clément (fr)
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I think Albania will qualify 100% because Eugent is brilliant live singer.
1st semifinal has a lot of “great songs” but some of them will fail at live such as: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Israel, Macedonia.
This group will have a lot of surprises.

Tibor
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I really hope you’re right about Eugent, although I have to disagree about Israel, obviously :). I fully believe in Netta’s live vocal capacities, even on the big and intimidating Eurovision stage. Bulgaria on the other hand is something I’m curious about, we’ll have to see if they can deliver these harmonies live. This could go either way, you’re absolutely right. “Fuego” on the other hand is not that difficult to sing, and Eleni can dance, so I’m pretty confident that this will go through. And I wouldn’t mind any of those pass into the final. The weaker and rather… Read more »
Anita
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The problem is that there are only 3 places left in SF1 because there are 7 sure qualifiers: Israel, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Czeck Republic, Estonia (I don’t get the hype), Cyprus. And that’s why I am afraid for Albania – I try to encourage people to vote! I can’t, what’s very annoying – rules need to change, but maybe we can motivate some lazy listeners?!

Clément
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Tibor – Do you still believe in Netta’s vocal capacities?! Go and check what a huge mess her live performance was!

Orbital
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Albania is definitely qualifying! It may not attract televotes, but it has the juries!

TrueStoryBro
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Can we pick all songs from second semifinal? Because this one is just a joke. I don’t see any of these songs in final unless they want to fight for last place.

Alex
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The second semi is a joke lmao. Can it be cancelled? Cause at least 14 songs here are better than every song in the second semi except for Australia and Ukraine.

Yasen
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I see Croatia as a dark horse, trust me… each show she partcipaded, she won. And her voice is magical! We will see her on stage…

user
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My Top10
Albania — Eugent Bushpepa, “Mall”
Armenia — Sevak Khanagyan, “Qami”
Austria — Cesar Sampson, “Nobody But You”
Belarus — Alekseev, “Forever”
Bulgaria — Equinox, “Bones”
Cyprus — Eleni Foureira, “Fuego”
Czech Republic — Mikolas Josef, “Lie to Me”
Greece — Gianna Terzi, “Oneiro Mou”
Ireland — Ryan O’Shaughnessy, “Together”
Switzerland — Zibbz, “Stones”

Anita
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You won’ get Albania, Armenia, Austria and Belarus through – because there are already 7 sure qualifiers. So I recommend not to devide your votes.

Nick
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Semi final 1 is so much stronger than semi final 2. I have 12 favorites in Semi-final 1 and only 3 favorites in semi-final 2.

I hope Belgium goes to the final and if we do. Do not mention us as the 10th country like the last 3 times. The tension is not good for my heart :p.

TheDrMistery
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I don’t know why Belgium and Iceland are usually announced last. That’s very odd.

Asadullah
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Most of my favorite songs are in this semi-final. I am a big fan of classical crossover, so Elina is the first in my top-songs.However, I am sure that Netta will win this semi-final, as there are a lot of fans of hers. Also, I wish Armenia a big success. Regards from Tajikistan.

Borris
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I notice on the forums Greeks endlessly favor their song, it really does not cost anything. Unobtrusive Balkan without any modern.
Absolutely not a final.
Half of the best for the final are Israel, Bulgaria, Estonia and the Czech Republic!

Jorg
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Greece will fail to qualify. With such poor quality production, the failure is confirmed!

esc3689
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where are u from?

AngieP
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This year there are many songs I like so it’s difficult to choose some songs over other songs. I think Estonia, Armenia and Greece will do well with the juries. As an overall winner of the semi, I would bet on Estonia.

Savalan
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Semi- Final 1 will be like this:

1. Austria
2. Azerbaijan
3. Belgium
4. Bulgaria
5. Czech Republic
6. Estonia
7. Finland
8. Greece
9. Israel
10. Lithuania

These songs/countries will be in the final, just wait to see it 🙂

Gwendal
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Bloodbath alert! I’ve got 13 songs for 10 spots (and I don’t include Czech Republic, that I hate, but it’ll unfortunately qualify for sure)…
I’ve picked my overall top 3, Estonia, Finland + Greece. The order from 4 to 13 may change till the 8th: http://bit.ly/GP-ESC2018-SF1

TheDrMistery
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Running order – how it can go:

SEMI-FINAL 1
1. Azerbaijan
2. Iceland
3. Israel
4. Bulgaria
5. Lithuania
6. Czech Republic
7. Estonia
8. Belarus
9. Albania
10. Belgium

11. Austria
12. Macedonia
13. Finland
14. Ireland
15. Greece
16. Croatia
17. Switzerland
18. Armenia
19. Cyprus

Mark Beckenbreur
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It can.. of it could.. in some other reality))

Andrea
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I fell in love with Armenia’s entry at first hearing. I also want Albania to make it.

Aram Babayan
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Armenian Holocost Armenian Diaspora in USA Armenian Diaspora in Russia Armenian Diaspora in European Zone ask the world for Hayastan to win Eurovision. Hayastan is the best Hayastan 2019

Y tho?
Guest

Huh?

Savalan
Guest

He is drunk, ignore him )

Mark Beckenbreur
Guest

He is not drunk.. it is worse. He is braindead azer who pretends to be Armenian.

Vogzal Odessa
Guest

My personal Top 10 for Semi Final 1:

1. Bulgaria
2. Greece
3. Belarus
4. FYR Macedonia
5. Lithuania
6. Estonia
7. Israel
8. Czech Republic
9. Austria
10. Armenia

Entries that I see as possible surprise qualifiers: Albania, Croatia, Lithuania, Belarus, (which is very high in my personal Top 10)
Entries that I see as surprise non-qualifiers: Belgium, Finland, Estonia, FYRoM
Non-deserved qualifiers (in MY opinion): Azerbaijan, Cyprus
Worst Lyrics Award: Azerbaijan

Aram Babayan
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Idiot, Hayastan is number 1 Bulgaria is number 10

Y tho?
Guest

Aram, my dear, you belong to the stadium, not to wiwibloggs.
No go take your obnoxious sense of nationalism somewhere else.

P.S: Armenia will not even qualify.

Linde
Guest

You wish Belgium will not qualify. In your dreams. haha

Mark Beckenbreur
Guest

He is not Armenian you idiot.

Aisling
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I’m thinking that Ireland could be a surprise qualifier. It all depends on the live performance.

Helen
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Israel’s song is not my cup of tea. I chose Belgium and Estonia.

Simon
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I have a feeling that this is the year where Armenia and Azerbaijan’s zero point to each other will pretty much harm their chances for qualification.

azaad
Guest

Very good point.

On a side note, I know allocation for the semis should and is random, but when two countries mutually blacklist each other due a technically ongoing war, you should put them in different semis.

MO
Guest

Estonia
Belgium
Armenia
Greece
Cyprus
Albania
Belarus

BS qualyfiers
Finland
Israel
Czechia

ANSEL
Guest

MY TEN QUALIFIERS ARE
ALBANIA. AUSTRIA .BULLGARIA KROACIA FINLAND GREECE CYPRUS ISRAEL CZECH REPUBLIC SWTZERLAND

Esc lover
Guest

My qualifiers are
Bulgaria
Armenia
Czech Republic
Belgium
Switzerland
Estonia
Greece
Israel
Austria
Cyprus

Uri
Guest

my favorites: #Israel is my homeland, and I really wish #Netta the trophy!
3 definite best qualifiers: #Austria #Finland #Macedonia
also like thease:#Estonia #Greece #Cyprus #Bulgaria

Chupacabra
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Sure Qualifiers (in parenthesis: my personal ranking): Israel (4) though her “stupid boy” with the looper might sound too aggressive Czechia (1) stands out of mass, refreshing, catchy,J.M. knows to deliver Belgium (2) solid work, good voice Estonia (13) I don´t like it, this is ESC, no competition for octaves Greece (5) Probably qualifying: Albania(12) due to diaspora votes from Montenegro, CH, A, Greece,.. Cyprus (11) a bit cheap, thnx to votes from Greece, Israel and Albania Armenia (14) thnx to Israel, Cyprus, Belarus and Estonia Bulgaria (15) a lot of fans thnx to las successes, too overpacked 4 me… Read more »
welp
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This semifinal is so LOW! Most goods songs are in second. I only like Azerbaijan, Cyprus and a little Estonia. Other songs are just cheap and boring.

Jorge B.Spain
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You’re kidding, right? Anyway sorry for the sarcasm. Everybody has different tastes. To me all the good songs are piled up in the first semi, whereas the bad ones in the second one.

Eleonor
Guest

I think these countries will reach the final:

Bulgaria
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Armenia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Greece
Israel

Tom
Guest

New version of Belarus, after the National Final the song was corrected! It’s much better! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtQWuRPkaPo?

Dave
Guest
My qualifiers are Bulgaria(I love the song, but I am afraid of staging) Armenia(Great song with great vocals, I think his taging will be great too, and it will be dark horse) Czech Republic(I love the song, and he can sing live) Belgium(Love the song) Switzerland(One of my Big favourites, but I am 90% sure, that they will not qualify) Estonia(Song is good, but I think people love it just because of singer’s vocals) Greece(Love it) Israel(This year’s Ocidentalis karma, I loved it at first, but I am kind of bored) Austria(I love the gospel vibe that the song has)… Read more »
Jo
Guest

Do you people really think all those bops and bop-wannabes are going to qualify? Have you learnt nothing from the past?
Cyprus, Czech Rep, Finland, Israel, Azerbaijan, Belarus…at least TWO of these won’t qualify.

Eve
Guest

I guess some can’t distinct reality from personal liking 😛

Kyna
Guest

I agree with you. The most weakest bop(s) among them will fail. For me it would be Azerbaijan based on the studio version.

MiYa
Guest

Azerbaijan and Belarus (since when is that a bop?) and either Finland or Cyprus, I’d say.

Kyna
Guest

I wouldn’t necessarily call them bop too, more like regular pop. I just referenced it since many people consider them as bop. If I had to choose between Finland and Cyprus, then I think Cyprus is a bit stronger than Finland. After all, the staging will determine who’s the strongest. Right now it’s hard to predict (Finland’s performance was messy and we don’t know Cyprus’ live so we can’t really compare between them yet).

Jo
Guest

That’s why I wrote “wannabes”.

Nino
Guest
My Prediction: 1. Estonia (wooow, what a voice, a certain Q) 2. Bulgaria (great song, hopefully the staging won’t be a mess) 3. Israel (it feels unique, I love it, the staging could make it look like a joke entry though) 4. Czech Republic (it definitely will stand out, amazing song and he’s such an eye candy) 5. Belgium (lovely song, lovely voice) 6. Greece (beautiful song, but the staging can bring this down I think, they need to be extremely careful) 7. Azerbaijan (catchy pop tune, amazing voice) 8. Cyprus (very catchy just like Azerbaijan, not sure about her… Read more »
Jim
Guest

A question. Why if the semi-finals are randomly picked, are they limiting the number picked from each? If one semi is strong with more competitive songs or weak without, must you pick 10 from each to pass? Why not 12 from one and 8 from the other etc? I would think it fair to try to get the most competitive songs to the final otherwise, it is not a flexible and reliable process. Thanks.

Roxy
Guest

And how do they decide which semi is the stronger one? Stronger to whom?
It’s all very subjective. So your suggestion doesn’t make much sense.

Sander
Guest

Because every song, good or bad, from either country, should have the same chance of qualifying as all the others. As Roxy said, they couldn’t just say one semi is stronger than the other because the producers have to stay objective at all times. As you said yourself, the semi-finals are randomly picked so semi final one being by far the strongest is just coincidence. Last year the semi finals were pretty even.

Ba1
Guest

I think israel deserves to win this year!

West
Guest
My top ten from sf1: 1. Belgium – I got winner vibes from it, I think at least top 5 for Belgium this year 2. Czech Republic – I still love this song even 3. Ireland – so underated and I love it – I’m gonna send it all the votes I can 4. Greece – amazing song, I’m looking forward seeing its staging 5. Armenia – I love this song, but there doesn’t seem to be many people who share my opinion 6. Bulgaria – I didn’t love it when I first heard it, but it grew on me… Read more »
Tom
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Richard
Guest

I Think

Israel, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Czechia, Estonia, Belgium, Austria and Armenia

allexo
Guest

people who think Austria,Israel, Cyprus are not qualifying are in the words of RAYA (You decide 2018): Maybe just a little bit crazy, crazy

Candice
Guest

ISRAEL! Netta is a true super star.

GiorgosGRE
Guest

I will be cheering for Belgium, Greece, Cyprus, and Azerbaijan. 🙂

Roelof Meesters
Guest
I feel that Azerbaijan will fail to reach the final, there are like 7 songs here that sound similar. Bulgaria will do well because they are one of the few acts that stand out. Croatia and Austria won’t qualify I think, but I do think Armenia will make it because they are in the second half. Israel, Belgium, Greece and Bulgaria are garanteed qualifiers, Estonia, Cyprus and Czech Republic will probably make it and I think that Finland and Macedonia will strugle but they may make it. Ireland, Iceland and Lithuania are the clear bottom three here, and I think… Read more »
Jarkko
Guest
Who I want to qualify: Albania, Armenia, Lithuania – they are mostly written off as non-qualifiers or borderline qualifiers at best, but I enjoy them so much that I put them in my top ten. I hope that at least one of them will get through, but I can’t guess who it will be. A lot (or is it everything?) depends on the staging. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, FYR Macedonia – these are the songs which I really like (actually, I LOVE Eye Cue). They seem to appeal to many ESC fans, that’s why I am less worried about… Read more »
Monica
Guest

It is such a shame that the number 11 or 12 of this semifinale could very well be the number 15 or 16 of all the songs and still miss out on the finale…

My 10 qualifiers are:
1. Austria
2. Israel
3. Czech Republic
4. Estonia
5. Belgium
6. Greece
7. Croatia
8. Azerbajan
9. Lithuania
10. Switzerland

Mikey
Guest
So my 10 favorites for the first semi would look like this (this is not what I think will happen, just what my personal taste is): Albania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Lithuania, Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Finland and Ireland. Normally I love Belarus as well, but I just can listen to him live, so I took him out. If he is really good live, I would then switch him potentially with someone. I don’t get what everyone hears in Bulgaria. Croatia (my country) got quite boring, but I am still hoping she does something interesting with her staging. Although I doubt… Read more »
Roxy
Guest

If we rely on the odds, 10 qualifiers are,

-Israel
-Estonia
-Czech Republic
-Bulgaria
-Belgium
-Greece
-Finland
-Belarus
-Austria
-Azerbaijan

I would probably exchange Finland and Azerbaijan for Macedonia and Croatia but I think I can live with this too.