Eighteen acts came to the second semi-final of Eurovision 2018, but only 10 made it to the qualifiers’ press conference. They dried their tears, fielded questions and then let loose. Here’s what went down.

Serbia: Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – “Nova deca”

First half

Were you confident that you’d qualify? “Of course. It’s really important that people understood the things we are about to say, or were saying, about new children, about love and about those children who make a better world for us. We are those new children, so start making this world better. Have you heard it?”

How did you feel when you were the first announced to have qualified? “I feel really, really great because my mother didn’t have to wait for 10th or eight of ninth. She suffers from stress and everything.”

Will Beovizija return, HoD? “Yes, it is popular not just in Serbia, but also in the region.”

Moldova: DoReDos – “My Lucky Day”

Second half

Composer Philipp Kirkorov: “I am proud of my guys. We tried to make a three-minute musical spectacular on the Eurovision stage. It’s very hard, but we are here.”

“Thank you for all who give out our vote. I am so, so happy and exciiiiiting. Please vote in the final. Thank you.”

Philipp: “We have an international team — Russia, Greece and I am Bulgaria, we have Ukrainian [dancer] and tonight I was really sad about our Russian girl Julia. I am Russian I am sad. She is brilliant. She has a very big heart. I think she is brave. Julia, you are brave. You are strong. I am Russian.”

Hungary: AWS – “Viszlát nyár”

Second half

“I studied statistics in university, but I don’t yet [if we will win]. We want to do another metal show. Let’s work it out and maybe it will win.”

Ukraine: Mélovin – “Under the Ladder”

First half

What will your perfume be if you win Eurovision? “I say it will smell like sex”.

Did any Eurovision stars call you to wish you luck or congratulate you? “Actually I was texted by Verka Serduchka and he already congratulated me, but the phone is in the dressing room. Before the show Verka told me, ‘Set the hearts of people on fire.'”

@melovin_official likes to keep his flag tidy! #eurovision #semifinal #qualifiers

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Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”

Second half

Are you going to win our seventh victory on Saturday? “I don’t know. First of all I just want to say thank you all for voting for me on social media and stuff. I am so thankful and blessed to be here. I’m so honoured to represent my country Sweden in the final.”

HoD: “Benjamin is amazing. he’s a great performer. Benjamin is really having the time of his life on stage. But you know I don’t want to jinx everything. let’s see what happens on Saturday. The final is going to be so tough. There are so many great songs. ”

“Going to the final is amazing.”

“No. There is nothing I can do if the lights don’t work. With or without lights, I think I’m going to perform.”

Australia: Jessica Mauboy – “We Got Love”

Second half

“It felt nerve-racking, but at the same time with that type of crowd — there is so much love. What my song represents is that and the crowd. It’s meant to make you feel something. I honestly felt that back. It’s a wonderful feeling.

The difference is I’m competing this time amongst greatness. It’s always completely changing — every step of the rehearsal you’re getting better at it and you’re changing things. We have such a great team we’ve brought with us. We’re a tight group and we’ve made it a great show. Bringing the song ‘We Got Love’ to life…you write something and then you feel it there and then you go with it at that point.

“It is the crowd, it is the audience. It’s completely silent. No one is in there besides the production crew, the camera team. When you have so many people who travel from around the world…it’s amazing. We were watching the screen in the events center and I felt my heart was about to jump out of my body. It is that feeling. You can’t deny the love within the room and the people’s love for the show. There are so many people coming together in different languages.

Norway: Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write a Song”

First half

“I have to wake up from a deep dream now. Isn’t she [Jessica Mauboy] an angel?”

“I feel pressure to perform and to entertain. I’ve done this before and now I’m taking up some other’s place. i just want to entertain people.”

We have lost a lot of Eastern European countries. How do you feel about this? “I will see about the votes. Regarding the bloodbath, I would call it a strong music competition. Bloodbaths are kind of serious, but this is a serious music competition. I hope people will vote for me in the Eastern European countries as well. Everything is up to our show.”

“It’s a very fun experience. Fairytale in 2009 will forever be my calling card. It’s a huge thing for an artist to have a song or event people remember you by. But of course I want to make such a strong impression this year so that people think of me this year they will think yeah that’s how you write a song.”

Denmark: Rasmussen – “Higher Ground”

Second half

“For me the competition is more recent now. We made it to the final and I believe that anyone can hit the right mood on Saturday and just take it.”

“We would have felt more pressure if Denmark always sailed through to the final. Not that much pressure. We just really wanted to go through to the final.”

Which musical describes your Eurovision experience? “A musical has to have a down and an up in the end…we haven’t had that.”

The Vikings are getting their flag ready #eurovision #pressconference #semifinal

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Slovenia: Lea Sirk – “Hvala, ne!”

First half

“It’s really funny because to every country you are talking about your last win was 13 years ago…Slovenia never won!”

“The difference is I am here as a leading vocalist, last time I was a backing vocalist so I didn’t see the press conference nobody asked me anything. It’s not a competition of songs, but of souls. They are all beautiful songs. I am happy to be here. I didn’t expect it.”

“I wrote my song in 10 minutes. That’s why it sounds like that. I wrote it in 10 minutes right before sending it to the national selection. I will change the colour of my hair, but I can’t change it now before the final. I like my song, but I’m really excited to write my next one.”

“I actually don’t know what is electronic music. I just try to find the good grooves when I am alone with my machine at home…women in electronics, women with Slovenian electronics? I don’t know what that means. I’m writing songs and I find it good in the final because it’s something good in Eurovision. I like people singing and dancing with me. I love it.”

The Netherlands: Waylon – “Outlaw in ‘Em”

Second half

“2014 the same story. We were called last in the semi-finals. But we’re so happy.”

“Stay true to your craft and do what you feel. You have the right to try it your way at least once? Stand by it. Don’t care about what other people say about it. My song is written by a Russian, and an American and a Dutchie. I’ve got dancers from the Congo doing a different style.”

Some media gave the act negative reviews. How do you feel about it now? “Still the same. We went over here with a team — and the team is the most important thing to stay true too. I stay true to the team. The thing with the dancers…the only thing I really would like to say is we’re all different people and we all do what we believe in. I hope, at least. The things that I read on the Internet about the dancers and the staging. Some people should be so fucking ashamed of themselves for real.”

“When I first saw these guys dance  it was so natural. What these guys do is natural to them, and what I do is natural to me. i want to thank these guys from the bottom of my heart. These guys are my brothers for real.”

 

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Escmat
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Sloveniaaaa….. I’m so happy to see lea in the final… gotta say odds can surprise us all sometimes, even i loved lea’s song from the first time but gotta say that i was skeptical about lea in the final…… but still she deserved it amazing performance amazing energy amazing vocals…… this is lea, and yeah those who sad the black out in the performance didn’t work for barei from spain and will not for lea well guess what lea is not barei…. lea did it!!!!

blondboybc
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Given the order and the strength of the finalists, I feel that this year is more open than other years. However, I’m still seeing Estonia as a possible winner now that the dust has settled. With most of the former East Bloc out, it’ll likely benefit Moldova or Ukraine who I foresee in the top ten.

Cissile
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It migh also benefit the belarussian performing for Norway…

StannyB
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RUNNING ORDER FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVENT SEEN IT YET

01. Ukraine
02. Spain
03. Slovenia
04. Lithuania
05. Austria
06. Estonia
07. Norway
08. Portugal
— break position
09. United Kingdom
10. Serbia
11. Germany
12. Albania
13. France
14. Czech Republic
15. Denmark
16. Australia
— break position
17. Finland
18. Bulgaria
19. Moldova
20. Sweden
21. Hungary
22. Israel
23. The Netherlands
24. Ireland
25. Cyprus
26. Italy

Alex
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Thank you!

Davve
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Sweden will shine in the second half with so many weaker pop songs!!!

Telmo
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Ireland and Norway can shine… Both are so different from the rest of each half.

Perrs
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Agree with you. With so many uptempo song in second half Cyprus and Israel is in trouble now. I think Norway is winner , because many ex Soviet countries will vote for them and Moldova, and Norway will get many points from nordick countries. Sweden will suffer because all nordick countries is in final (only out Iceland). I don t see Cyprus, Lithuania as winner of Eurovision. I think dark horse this year can be Slovenia, Ireland .

Sabrina
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I tried to make some running order here and Mr. Björkman is probably dealing with a headache right now. Ireland is the only slow paced song on the second half. On the first half, he’ll have to sacrifice one or two acts with terrible spots, because he can’t use Slovenia, Serbia, Albania and the UK right away, otherwise he’ll have a parade of slow songs. Also, Albania and Serbia already got bad spots on the semis. At least he got also Norway and Ukraine to play with.

StannyB
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Am i the only one who feels like we will have a very suprising winner this year? I think both Israel and Cyprus will do well but neither will win. Honestly think songs like Hungary, Italy, Germany and Lithuania could suprise us.

Telmo
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I think France instead of Italy, but yes It will be a no expected one.

StannyB
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I agree France could be a potential suprise winner but i felt like it would be less of a suprise so thats why i didnt put them there but totally agree yeah.

Sabrina
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I think there’s a good possibility of an unexpected winner. I can see many countries getting 12 points here and there. So those who can score with all kinds of countries and juries have a chance to surprise.

Susan
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Yes agree, I also like to add that a lot comed down how artist perform to juries and to us, because maybe some can’t deal with pressure and so on. Very interesting saturday night is going to be ?

Sabrina
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Yeah, sadly we only watch half of it. So someone can be great on one night and terrible on the other one.

Susan
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Yes. I think that Jessica from Australia is doomed and no juries or televote can help her. Her voice is so tired already and with tomorrow performances, I will be suprised if she even can sing on saturday. Sad for her, she gave us powerful performances at ESC pre parties.

CyxCy
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All my compassion to the organizers to decide the final order of passage … Lisbon will be out of aspirin!

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Peter
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France can shine in the first half like Salvador did

StannyB
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Honestly im going to feel really bad for whoever gets to perform before and after Hungary in the second half. Because i feel theyre gonna get slaughtered which also killed Malta in the semi. Will be a death sentence for anyone even Cyprus or Israel to perfom after/before them because the energy they bring is unmatched this year.

Nicolas
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It happens to be Sweden and Israel. May you be right 😉

Jo.
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Btw, Lithuania is 3rd at the bookies now. I think she won the juries, and Cyprus the televoting, in the 1st semifinal.

Zack
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Israel won the Jury …heard on the grapevine

Misia
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I’m little afraid of MELOVIN performing at 1st half, cause this isn’t good position and his my favourite.

StannyB
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yeah i think he should be glad to be in first half, since almost all uptempo songs are in second half.

David F
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Running Order guesses?

I think Serbia might be 1st
U.K. 2nd or 4th.

Lithuania 11th?
Norway 12th?
Estonia 13th?

Denmark 14th?
Australia 15th?
Sweden 19th?

Cyprus 24th?
Finland 25th?
Hungary 26th?

Egle
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1 slovenia
2 germany/austria/lithuania/spain
3 uk
5 serbia
8 portugal
9 albania
10 estonia
11 norway
12 france
13 ukraine

2nd half is impossible

David F
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I hope Germany doesn’t go 2nd. I still think Michael could win but 2nd would almost certainly kill that chance.

I’d be more than happy with a return visit to Düsseldorf. Or maybe Berlin might have finally finished its international airport by May 2019.

jkjkjk
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It’s more possible for the UK to win Eurovision than us finishing that damn airport.

Kyna
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Funny how they don’t realize (the press) that getting in the 2nd half is not good this year for uptempo songs, nor even for the 1st half for slower songs. Very few got lucky to be different among their half. Really unbalanced just like the semis this year.

Giorgio
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What makes you think they don’t realize? Or do you think you’re smarter than the press lol

Kyna
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The loud cheering when entry drew 2nd half and lukewarm cheering for 1st half, that’s why.

Ally
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Yeah, for uptempo songs should be cheering to be in 1st instead of 2nd 😀
Ireland has great spot in 2nd half

Misia
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Yeah, I think that Ukraine got lucky to be in 1st half

Apple
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Yeah I think Slovenia stands out a lot more in the first half

Perrs
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I think if EBU and producer want to final open uptempo song , than Slovenia will open the final (like they did in 2015). If they want rock open like in 2013 (Bjorkman was than) then Albania or Ukraine will open semi final, but I think in that case will be Albania.
Norway is lucky , uptempo song in first half with so many slow ballads .
Second half have so much uptempo song Cyprus, Israel, , Czech Republic, Australia, Finland, Molodva 6 of 13.ž
Who will get unliky second spot in final.

Jo.
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Yeah, Albania is an option…but I’d feel sad because he already got a terrible running order in the semifinal.

Bgc
Guest

“Who will get unliky second spot in final.”

Think it could be the UK or Spain. Spain’s chances of doing well have pretty much vanished now that Lithuania has stolen their thunder! And despite SuRie’s best efforts the UK were never going to do well with that song anyway, so she may as well go 2nd, get it over with and then she can relax and enjoy the rest of the show.

Alex
Guest

when do we get to see the official running order?

Egle
Guest

By morning we should have this I think..

Alex
Guest

Thanks!

David F
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Usually 1-2am UK time.

Alex
Guest

Awesome, so fast ! Thnx

David F
Guest

You’re welcome 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the shows?
I really think SF1 was the best Eurovision semi ever.

The Final is packed with talent. I thought 2016 would be very hard to top but this year has certainly matched it, so many strong contenders for the crown.

Alex
Guest

Yes, they were amazing! I agree semi-final 1 was the best!! The final will be epic! 🙂

Jo.
Guest

In few hours we should have it.

Alex
Guest

Thnx 🙂

DaOneFame
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I am so happy for Serbia and Slovenia!! And I think Slovenia will open the show on Saturday! ? ?

Mateo
Guest

Would Moldova work as an opening act? their door-act might be interesting as a starter.

Apple
Guest

Moldova is going in the second half, but I can see them going first for the 2nd half, so 14th

esc1234
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The allocation didnt really help the impartial Bjorkam… *eyeroll*. Lets see what he came up with, and how sweden will perform after the 18th spot…

Jo.
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If you have an uptempo song, you shouldn’t be happy for being drawn 2nd half. Anyway… Ukraine is probably going to open the show, which follows the trend of the last performing act in the 2nd semifinal (Belgium 2016, Israel 2017). Albania, UK and Slovenia are also options, but I don’t think so (unless Melovin finished 2nd or 1st in the semifinal). Norway won’t open it because he already did in the semifinal. Many Many Many options to close the show, but my guess is Bulgaria. Perhaps Finland. Lithuania and France are probably going to perform 9th-13th. My guess is… Read more »
Gloria
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This year will prove that running order won’t matter as the second half is STACKED with quality songs and we will see new number positions who will rank high on the scoreboard.

Ysabella
Guest

I think Slovenia is opening the grand final…

David F
Guest

A performance that suggests the show is poorly organised would be a bad start to the show (for me).

I don’t think gimmicks like that should be allowed

moop
Guest

Is it fair to make Slovenia/Ukraine open after they already had to do it in 2014/2015?