Following the two semi-finals of Eurovision 2017, the qualifying artists each drew “first half” or “second half” slots from an oversized fish bowl.

And tonight producers finally revealed the grand final running order, which they developed to create the most entertaining show possible. Part of that means providing a degree of variation in genre and feel, rather than, for instance, giving us six ballads in a row.

UA:PBC, the host broadcaster, drafted the running order, which was then approved by Jon Ola Sand (the EBU Executive Supervisor) and Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, the Chairman of the Reference Group.

Israel’s Imri Ziv closed his semi-final on Thursday. But on Saturday he’ll open the show with his song “I Feel Alive”. It makes sense — the song is upbeat and he’s easy on the eyes, both of which will help draw viewers in and hopefully keep them there. This marks the second year in a row that an act closing their semi-final will open the grand final. Belgium’s Laura Tesoro did so last year (and she also from the second semi-final).

Eurovision 2017: Grand final running order

  1. Israel
  2. Poland
  3. Belarus
  4. Austria
  5. Armenia
  6. The Netherlands
  7. Moldova
  8. Hungary
  9. Italy
  10. Denmark
  11. Portugal
  12. Azerbaijan
  13. Croatia
  14. Australia
  15. Greece
  16. Spain
  17. Norway
  18. United Kingdom
  19. Cyprus
  20. Romania
  21. Germany
  22. Ukraine
  23. Belgium
  24. Sweden
  25. Bulgaria
  26. France

Does the running order tell us anything?

It’s obviously a guessing game at this point, as we can never really know the producers’ motivations. But that won’t prevent us from making a few guesses.

Italy, the pre-contest favourite, will sing in ninth position, while Portugal, who has stolen much of the momentum in recent days, performs just two spots later in eleventh. The contrast between the two acts is stark — from upbeat Francesco Gabbani with his colourful and deliberately cutesy staging to Salvador’s pared-back and simple performance.

Dividing them is Denmark’s Anja Nissen, who could be considered something of a sacrificial lamb. Her song’s many vocal flourishes may leave viewers exasperated and in need of a cool down, making them ripe to listen to Portugal’s soothing melody.

Australia, which drew second half, has been put on as early as possible, which may mean he barely scraped through his semi-final.

The United Kingdom’s Lucie Jones appears to have been given a favourable position. She sings 18th — the exact same spot as pre-contest favourite Sergey Lazarev last year. She’s also sandwiched between Norway and Cyprus — two borderline qualifiers with songs that sound nothing like her musical theatre-esque number “Never Give Up On You”.

Many in the press room have suggested that Romania’s cartoon graphics and playful sound will appeal to children and younger voters. Putting them on so late in the running order — 20th — may work against that. However, it could also be a sign they did rather well in the televote.

Interestingly, the countries in 23, 24 and 25 — Belgium, Sweden and Bulgaria — were all pre-contest favourites, suggesting they may have lived up to the the hype in their semis.

That Bulgaria has been given the next-to-last spot, with only Big 5 nation France singing afterwards, suggests he won his semi-final.

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Pgonc
Pgonc
4 years ago

During the last years, the standardization of the musical production presented in Eurovision increased at the same time that the stage paraphernalia, the choreographies and the spectacularization of the presentations grew. It’s true that the Eurovision Song Contest has always had something of a kitsch, which is part of its identity and should continue to be. The problem is that it has become “kitsch trying to look modern”, which, let’s face it, it’s not interesting. In Eurovision we are so used to so much plastic and make-up that when we see skin and a beating heart, we are instantly moved.… Read more »

Caz
Caz
4 years ago

As a swede I hope that Robin Bengtsson will be in the top 5 tomorrow, at least in top 10. But the winner? Is it Italy or Portugal? The answer is – Bulgaria.

Allie
Allie
4 years ago
Reply to  Caz

I agree. He stands out, will get both jury and televote. Also he really bridges the East and West, unlike Francesco or Salvador. I think Armenia is underrated and with the staging and the disapora will do better than predicted. But Kris has a great place in the running order and Blanche will be overshadowed by him.

Caz
Caz
4 years ago
Reply to  Allie

Blanche song is great but her performance is dull, after her comes Robin who has nothing to loose (but wont win) and will outshine Blanche. After that the stage is all Kristians, tada! The winner takes it all! And the extrem italy and portugese fans will be shocked when they favorites end up in 5 th and 3 rd place. This is my prediction.

Ren Kaidou
Ren Kaidou
4 years ago

Underestimated: Belgium
Overrated: Bulgaria

Caz
Caz
4 years ago
Reply to  Ren Kaidou

Absolutely not! Most overrated is Portugal (hope he doesn’t win, then next year will be a sleeping pill-contest again). Same as this year after Jamala victory. Prefer Italy in front of Portugal, will be more action then next years action. But I am quite sure that Bulgaria wins tomorrow.

Bogdan Melnik
Bogdan Melnik
4 years ago

Armenian diaspora and Russian trolls rule!

Ron
Ron
4 years ago
Reply to  Bogdan Melnik

You literally posted this under the last 10 articles. Get a life

Megz
Megz
4 years ago

There are some great songs this year! I really hope everyone votes purely for the best performances – best singing voice, staging, song, entertainment, rather than sometimes basing it on which countries neighbour each other. For example, Lucie has one of, if not the best voice and staging, in the contest – this is purely an example – A lot of voices and performances stand out – I hope they are get the result they deserve.

Sass
Sass
4 years ago

Strong entries in a row at the very end with France putting a beautiful final note to the contest.

Mark
Mark
4 years ago

What ever song they put second last is a song they don’t expect to do well, just look at Joe and Jake, Elhaida Dani, Valentina Monetta and Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani. None fared well with the votes.

Tells me that Bulgaria is a load of fan wank this year.

quince
quince
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark

amen!

Luke
Luke
4 years ago

The UK is the biggest wildcard this year l, they are this year’s Poland but with Jury’s instead, I think Portugal, Bulgaria or possibly Sweden could win it all depends how the public will vote on the night it’s so open I feel this year

quince
quince
4 years ago
Reply to  Luke

This year’s Poland is Croatia. The cheesiest act in in the bunch, that will get a fair share of the housewives vote… lol

marlin
marlin
4 years ago

Salvador literally does not give a sh*t about Eurovision, if you look at his interviews or rehearsals he just makes fun of it, at least I hope someone wins who actually deserves it and cares about it, and that is not Salvador.

quince
quince
4 years ago
Reply to  marlin

it’s still the best song, with francesco.

Viking
Viking
4 years ago
Reply to  marlin

He’s not making fun of Eurovision. He’s having fun with Eurovision, in his own very particular way. And sharing it with the audience. He hates to rehearse the same song ever and ever again, so he’s using the least important rehearsals to have fun and be less serious. That’s what jazz musicians usually do. He already stated that he wants to win, but that the MUSIC (the lyrical, melodic and emotional content of it) is the most important thing after all, and that’s what he’s focused on delivering tomorrow. Well, he did it already last Tuesday, or were you watching… Read more »

Jana
Jana
4 years ago
Reply to  marlin

He does care, he’s just having fun. A person shouldn’t have fun in what they’re doing? He did what he did in the last rehearsal because he’s tired of singing it always the same way, in the interviews I do not see anything wrong, he is like he always is.
And people vote in whoever they want, not because you said no to…
Shouldn’t you focus on support Italy? Not sharing hate comments about the other singers/songs? It’s starting to be rediculous…

Mark
Mark
4 years ago
Reply to  marlin

I agree in the fact that I don’t want Salvador to win. However I don’t want him to win because although his song is lovely, it’s not the style of music that Eurovision should be heading towards. Eurovision needs to modernise if it wishes to remain as popular as it currently is. Jamala winning last year was a big blow to the contest’s credibility as a contest for modern music. We can see the result with the lack of modern songs this year. Having two winners, one after the other, not with modern songs is a bad message. If Portugal… Read more »

mthan
mthan
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark

COMPLETELY AGREE!

Martyna
Martyna
4 years ago
Reply to  marlin

Yes, I agree. I hope he won’t win.

gil
gil
4 years ago

If israel was chosen to be the opener it means that the producers see it as a strong entry, IMRI sould finish top 10 for bringing the party to kyiv alone!!! He slayed in the semi…woke up all the sleepers(:

Mark W
Mark W
4 years ago

Okay I have finally come to a disappointing realisation, well for most of you anyway. I created a playlist with all the full song performances in the correct running order and damn did it teach me some things. After watching all 26 the only song I can remember from the first half is Moldova. Italy and Portugal I’m afraid to say just faded. In the second half the UK really shines in spot 18 and is certainly in with a fighting chance tbh. Romania was incredible which left Germany and Ukraine looking terrible. Now here is where things get interesting.… Read more »

Mark W
Mark W
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark W

Also just FYI I get all my friends and family to watch and listen to these songs for months. None of them like Portugal or Italy, they consider them generic boring Eurovision songs. Instead they like: Belgium, Bulgaria, Norway (by far most liked),Cyprus, Romania & Moldova. Ijs.

Jana
Jana
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark W

Eurovision is watched by over 200 million poeple, so even if your friends don’t like Italy or Portugal, I sure there will be people that will
And, Italy and Portugal are not generic at all…

Mark W
Mark W
4 years ago
Reply to  Jana

Suuuuuure they’re not generic

Mark W
Mark W
4 years ago
Reply to  Jana

But beside my passive aggressiveness you didn’t seem to get my point. These are the people that just watch Eurovision on the night (if it wasn’t for me anyway) and then vote. They’re not inside this Eurovision fan bubble. Also you completely skipped over my point of not being to remember them after the 26 songs in order.

Jana
Jana
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark W

I read it all and I also got your point.
Remembering or not, it’s relative. You can have forgoten one song, but the other person don’t.

Neil PP2
Neil PP2
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark W

Oh God, you were doing well until the point when you said “Romania was incredible”. I can’t listen that girl screaming nonsense for more than 10 seconds, it’s one of the most annoying songs in the history of Eurovision.

So as you see, everyone has a different taste.

quince
quince
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark W

Bulgaria will win. They have way many more friendly countries this year than any of the opponents. Bias vote will (again) decide the winner this year.

Jana
Jana
4 years ago
Reply to  quince

I think it’s better to stop saying ” (Country) will win”. How about we wait for the show and see?

Andy_ebu
Andy_ebu
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark W

One thing you do need to take in consideration, are the mini breaks. There is a large break between 17. Norway and 18.united kingdom.

I don’t know if having a break before you is a good or bad? I always thought it would be good thing because they get refreshed from constant songs. I don’t think it is that much of problem though. Not as bad as going first or last. Apparently the United Kingdom put in a request to go in somewhere near a mini break.

Liam Alan Lindsay
Liam Alan Lindsay
4 years ago

With the running order now revealed. Here is my Final take on what’s going to happen: Portugal and the UK are the two Jury favourites (1st and 2nd in the jury vote respectively), and seeing as Portugal is performing in 11th and the UK in 18th they have the best chances for huge televote scores as well, also before you start quoting Brexit and other UK politics may I just remind you that countries like Russia and Azerbaijan have bigger political issues than the UK and they usually score Top 8 every year, so enough with politics affecting ESC. Italy,… Read more »

mkiou
mkiou
4 years ago

UK may do well but they ain’t gonna win.

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
4 years ago

As much as I want UK to win I really cannot see it happening. I think top 5 is possible IF the televoters get behind us but it usually takes an awful lot for that to happen. Portugal have now over taken Italy in the odds, I won’t be surprised if they win. I also think Bulgaria can win but it’s not one of my personal faves. In any case, I think we (UK) can be proud of our entry and it’s going to be a fantastic show for sure!!

quince
quince
4 years ago

The advantage will unfortunately come from friends:

Belgium’s friends: HOL, fra.
Italy’s friends: MAL, ALB, swi, sma, mon.
Portugal’s friends: ESP, FRA, SWI.
Sweden’s friends: NOR, FIN, DEN, ICE, uk, ire, est, lat.

Bulgaria’s traditional friends: MAC, GRE, CYP, rom, slo, srb + Bulgaria’s new friends (Russian diaspora up for grabs): BLR, UKR, MLD, ARM, AZB, ISR, est, lat, lit, geo.

With 16 country friends in ESC2017, this tedious forgettable song will likely be the winner. ?

Stan
Stan
4 years ago
Reply to  quince

If,you believe the televote is that biassed, then why watch? And why has Russia won only once?

i’m not expecting the televote to shift from your own country to someone who was born in your country but competes for another.. also: you’re completely wrong about France and Belgium. Belgium’s best friend in recent years actually is Australia ?

My winners are Portugal and Belgium: quality songs, tastefull staging and tons of authenticity! Even if they don’t win the whole thing.

Maria
Maria
4 years ago

UK won’t win. As much as the staging is good, the song is forgettable and Lucie doesn’t stand out among several female ballads. Top ten? Surely, but it’d be pretty impossible for her to pull off a win. And I think Francesco will be in the top #3 for the televoting, the song was a hit before and people will remember it regardless of the running order (a dancing gorilla? Catchy song? Those dance moves? There is no way they’re going to forget). Portugal is much more divisive btw.

EmanAE
EmanAE
4 years ago
Reply to  Maria

Have to agree. Not enough people will like the song for it to be a contender. I can see possibly top 7 with juries and maybe 15th-ish with televote so we’ll probably and hopefully finish around 9th-13th. Plus despite everyone saying we got a good placement, our odds have risen. Portugal/Italy/Bulgaria for the win

Da
Da
4 years ago

I just was thinking. Everyone knows that Björkman will always help Sweden. But he placed Robin between Belgium and Bulgaria. I am wondering if that is a sign that the betting and fans are mistaken about the success of said songs. Björkman would not place him there if it did not benefit him.

miaj
miaj
4 years ago
Reply to  Da

There is a break right before Robin, so yeah it does benefit him.

Neil PP2
Neil PP2
4 years ago

In fact the correct odds are (in decimal)

Portugal – 2.78
Italy – 2.96
Bulgaria – 5.8
Belgium – 23
Sweden – 42
UK – 44
Croatia – 80
Romania – 95
all others are 150+

Italy is no longer favorite

Kate.
Kate.
4 years ago

Never mind the running order, I hope the tv sound quality improves for tomorrow nights show

Neil PP2
Neil PP2
4 years ago

Portugal is already favourite to win on the betting sites. Italy is now second.

miaj
miaj
4 years ago
Reply to  Neil PP2

Italy is still the first

Neil PP2
Neil PP2
4 years ago
Reply to  miaj

No, sorry. Go take a look on Betfair. Portugal is 2.82 , Italy is 2.94

other bookies will follow, that’s for sure

miaj
miaj
4 years ago
Reply to  Neil PP2

Don’t check just a particular site, the overall odds still have Italy as the first.
https://www.oddschecker.com/tv/eurovision/winner

Neil PP2
Neil PP2
4 years ago
Reply to  miaj

not really

Rich
Rich
4 years ago
Reply to  Neil PP2

Being favourite isn’t necessarily a guarantee. Portugal being favourite in some sites will help Italy for now.

Gabbani is a charasmatic performer who knows his audience, he will have his audience in his hands that’s for sure.The dancing ape is infectious! The song “Occidentali Karma” will certainly not be forgotten. It never really has since winning San Remo with the increasing momentum it has so far, it’s Gabbani’s to lose that’s for certain in my own opinion.

Forza Italia!

quince
quince
4 years ago

5 out of 18 betting brokers have turned to giving Portugal as a winner in the last hour!

Viking
Viking
4 years ago
Reply to  quince

It’s gonna be the most beautiful winning EVER! 62 years waiting for it… I’m having goosebumps and I’m not even Portuguese.

quince
quince
4 years ago

The advantage will unfortunately come from friends:

Belgium’s friends: HOL, fra.
Italy’s friends: MAL, ALB, swi, sma, mon.
Portugal’s friends: ESP, FRA, SWI.
Sweden’s friends: NOR, FIN, DEN, ICE, uk, ire, est, lat.

Bulgaria’s traditional friends: MAC, GRE, CYP, rom, slo, srb + Bulgaria’s new friends (Russian diaspora up for grabs): BLR, UKR, MLD, ARM, AZB, ISR, est, lat, lit, geo.

With 16 country friends in ESC2017, this tedious forgettable song will likely be the winner. 🙁

wim
wim
4 years ago

In my opion it will be between Belgium, Portugal and Italy for the win

Jack
Jack
4 years ago

I don’t undersand why people are saying one country has a specific advantage..

Conchita and Måns won from 11th/10th place (Portugal and Italy)
Jamala won from 21st (Sweden, Belgium and Bulgaria)
Loreen and Emilie won from 17th/18th (UK)

Daniel_2017
Daniel_2017
4 years ago

I am actually horrified about all the support for the Bulgaria’s song and the fact that many people think it might actually win!!! It’s not a bad song, but it’s soooooo generic!!!! When you have Portugal, Italy or Belgium (with a good live performance) in the final, all very good and unique songs / voices, Bulgaria’s win would be a travesty! I strongly point out that I have nothing against Bulgaria as a country!

Jay
Jay
4 years ago

I think the top 5 in the final will be

Juries

1. Bulgaria
2. Portugal
3. UK
4. Belgium
5. Israel

Televote

1. Portugal
2. Italy
3. Bulgaria
4. Romania
5, Sweden

mthan
mthan
4 years ago
Reply to  Jay

Seriously??? you really think juries would put Israel that high??

Jay
Jay
4 years ago
Reply to  mthan

Maybe with further reflection I may be wrong about Israel. What do you think about the UK, so you see them in the top ten since 2009

mthan
mthan
4 years ago
Reply to  Jay

I think UK can go either way, she could be top 5 or she could end up 20th, it depends on how people would react, so I can’t make a certain prediction about this one. but I’d be happy to see them do well.

Emma
Emma
4 years ago

If there’s any consolation I’m pretty happy Lucie is performing in the same spot as Emmelie! Just seems right ??????

Jay
Jay
4 years ago
Reply to  Emma

I hope Lucie does well she deserves it. If we come bottom I will be very disappointed

Ddraven
Ddraven
4 years ago
Reply to  Emma

I wouldn’t mind seeing her win, she definitely deserve we it, but I find it not very likely, but I am definitely no psychic so who knows. She definitely HAS to be top 10, any lower and she will have been robbed.

sasa
sasa
4 years ago

croatia stays the biggest curve-ball of this years esc..
they gave it great position….i’m curious why?

Mark W
Mark W
4 years ago

I created a playlist of all the performances in the correct running order if anyone is interested: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGfcoQboyKk-FdOFCpOApRAIZbc3AlFTG

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 years ago

Bulgaria has the best spot in the grand final. Also late like in the semis. Probably got the highest jury/televotes in semi finals.

Italy and Portugal’s order seems like they are being pitted against each other since they are hot favorites to win.

Looks like Top 3 will be Italy, Bulgaria and Portugal.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 years ago

Last year, Björkman complained to UK about mocking ESC and so they performed before Armenia who overshadowed them with Iveta’s explosive performance. I wonder if he still feels same way after watching Lucie Jones’ rehearsals?

Azaad
Azaad
4 years ago

Didn’t the UK perform 25th last year and come next to last with the televote? Obviously Bulgaria is a lot better but with how long the interval acts and skits take performing last doesn’t give an act that big of an advantage anymore. Of course Alma is 26th so I’m hoping that being last works in her favour!

Darren
Darren
4 years ago

Can’t blame them, although the song was terrible, they will never qualify ever again. I think countries like San Marino, Ireland, FYR Macedonia, need to leave. Eurovision is for a select few countries and it is the same countries every year. It seems a trend that when countries leave and come back after a few years, they do quite well (Italy, Austria, Poland, Cyprus, Croatia, Hungary, Portugal) so who knows? Take a few years out and come back and win. As for now, countries like San Marino, Ireland and FYRM will continue to be ignored. Iceland, Finland, Ireland, Serbia and… Read more »

Darren
Darren
4 years ago
Reply to  Darren

Never mind that comment 🙂 Wrong post …damn iPhone!

Jane
Jane
4 years ago

I don’t like this order. Anyway, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Italy, France, Belgium, Israel, Norway, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. Cheers and good luck!

LightvsDarkness
LightvsDarkness
4 years ago

#18 #23 #25 #26 for the win!

Igal
Igal
4 years ago

Ok, the best 2 songs of the entire thing, in my opinion, are Portugal and Italy, for entirely different reasons as they are obviously not similar at all. If there is musical justice, Portugal should easily win. Their song is superb. It is also proof that not only dance or fun songs should win the competition. For all those of you who have been bitching about ballads (and there are many of you out there!) – ballads are songs too. The only determinant should be the song quality. If you think only fun and dance songs ought to participate –… Read more »

yaaas
yaaas
4 years ago
Reply to  Igal

Wasn’t 1944 last year enought proof that not only dance or fun songs should win? We don’t need two boring ballads winning 2 years in a row. And we don’t need an gorilla to have the trophy either.

Katsu
Katsu
4 years ago

I’ve already mentioned initial favorites in another post: (Portugal, Italy and Austria) Currently I would say that nothing has changed much, thought Italy’s stage didn’t really convinced me. On other hand I must now had to this ones Azerbaijan. I really liked it. Seeing the running order (I’m no expert) I just find odd the Belgium, Sweden, Bulgaria and France…so many strong songs following each other. I guess seing this I would say France, being last following all those big songs, is kind of dammed. Poor Alma. For the other 3 I think that it will really depend on Belgium.… Read more »

ESCfan
ESCfan
4 years ago

If Poland had Margaret this year they would win. What You Do is amazing. https://youtu.be/oHfKURVUCnc

Jane
Jane
4 years ago
Reply to  ESCfan

Nope, we wouldn’t. I’m sick of this. Stop talking about Margaret, she said she doesn’t wan’t to go to Eurovision again. Deal with it.

ESCfan
ESCfan
4 years ago
Reply to  Jane

I know, just want to promote her new song 😛

Napaw
Napaw
4 years ago
Reply to  ESCfan

MARGARET! Yes! She absolutely should try again. So man people (including Kasia) say so.

Étoile
Étoile
4 years ago

My country is closing ESC. Well we will have a very bad result. It’s too late. It’s sad Alma will miss a top 10 or 15 because of a decision decided by someone, it seems so random. Thanks to Amir the contest regained popularity and I guess it will return to oblivion. My expectations are super mega low now. I’m so sad! Good luck to the others.

TJ
TJ
4 years ago
Reply to  Étoile

It’s a great song but yes its a pity its the last one. Maybe she will give it enough to leave a lasting impression

Étoile
Étoile
4 years ago
Reply to  TJ

And we were so happy to finally be in second-half. Well yes we’ll see on Saturday. I still hope she’ll be in top 15 but I’m sure anymore. Good ESC! -:)

Étoile
Étoile
4 years ago
Reply to  Étoile

Not so sure*

co
co
4 years ago
Reply to  Étoile

In 2015, Il Volo were last and they won televote.

Norvege
Norvege
4 years ago
Reply to  co

Thank you for pointing that out. People tend to forget that sometimes.

DR
DR
4 years ago
Reply to  Étoile

Don’t be so annoyed just yet. People who have performed last in previous years have come in all sort of places. It’s neither a bad thing nor a good thing. I think people put more emphasis on running order than needed. Especially at the end. I’m still trying to work out why performing last is a bad thing. The song will be the freshest in the minds of the viewers In previous year the last place has come. 2009: 24th 2010: 4th 2011: 9th 2012: 11th 2013: last 2014: 14th 2015: 3rd 2016: 7th So it shows if you have… Read more »

milkyy
milkyy
4 years ago
Reply to  DR

In 2014 Poland came 14th and they performed 9th. The UK was the last country and they came 17th.

Étoile
Étoile
4 years ago
Reply to  DR

Thanks Cassandra and DR. We’ll see. Good luck for your countries too. -:)

qqch
qqch
4 years ago

Do you really believe that producers want to make this show more enjoyable? For example… Greece – Spain – Norway. There should be the UK or Bulgaria instead of Spain, but hell no, some countries are more appreciated than others, so we should give them a better spot, no matter that three dance songs are in a row.
Eurovision is so fake!
I really hope that Sweden, Australia, the UK and Portugal will fail on Saturday.

qqch
qqch
4 years ago
Reply to  qqch

It should be something like this…
Greece
Australia
Spain
United Kingdom
Norway
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Belgium
Romania
Ukraine
Norway
France
Sweden

kilaude
kilaude
4 years ago
Reply to  qqch

Good thing nobody cares about your opinion. Such terrible musical taste.

PavlosGr
PavlosGr
4 years ago

Hope to win : Italy, Portugal, Belgium
Don’t mind see them winning : Bulgaria, France, UK
Don’t want to see winning : Sweeden.

Caz
Caz
4 years ago
Reply to  PavlosGr

Of course you don’t Sweden to win, whatever we sends doesn’t matter to some people. If we send the same song as Italy or Portugal everyone would call it for a disaster. But don’t worry, I am absolutely sure that we will see Eurovision in Sofia next year! 😉

AngieP
AngieP
4 years ago

Ok, here we go: Israel is a great opener! However, I expected Moldova in this position! Poland got the unlucky number 2! Armenia will stand out between Austria and the Netherlands. Now, Italy 9th, Denmark 10th, Portugal 11th! I expected 10th and 12th for the 2 favourites. It’s good for Portugal being after Italy, they’re as late as possible at the 1st half! I would prefer Italy later but anyway! Also, poor Denmark being between them! I’ll agree that Australia is too early at the 2nd half so maybe this is not a good sign! Also, Greece has a good… Read more »

TJ
TJ
4 years ago
Reply to  AngieP

Predicted top 5 and any of these could win: Bulgaria – from the comments here but I would prefer France. Not a bad song but not that memorable… lucky it is near the end. France – such a shame she is the last performance as it may be too late – the voter’s minds are made up by the last song. My favourite though. Italy – could have peaked too early, bad position and the staging looks weird. Hence the 3rd placing. Sweden – its Sweden, upbeat and near the end. Sweden doesn’t miss top 5 that often. Portugal –… Read more »

Amor A.
Amor A.
4 years ago
Reply to  TJ

I feel as if I found a kindred spirit in my feelings toward Portugal. I really don’t think it deserves to win.

Bee
Bee
4 years ago
Reply to  Amor A.

I don’t enjoy Portugal either. It’s not bad, but it’s nothing unique, nothing interesting, I’ve heard it all before, classic lovesong with predictable lyrics. He is a lovely singer though.

PavlosGr
PavlosGr
4 years ago

I think that the winner will be among italy, portugal and Bulgaria. Italy: Radio friendly song, funny, nice presentation. Will propably be in the top 3 of televoting and top 3 of juries. Portugal: Unique song with a moving voice. The simplicity of the presantation can move anybody imo. Top 3 of televoting, propably will be top 2 (1 imo) with the juries. Bulgaria: Radio friendly song and great voice. It’s the only song that has the ppssibility to top both juries and trlevoting due to the absence of Russia and former yogoslavic countries. Only romania can stand on his… Read more »

Andy_ebu
Andy_ebu
4 years ago

Does anyone know when the Grand Final Jury rehearsal takes place? The rehearsal when the Jury votes on the show?

Ysabella
Ysabella
4 years ago
Reply to  Andy_ebu

Today, 9 pm CET

mkiou
mkiou
4 years ago
Reply to  Andy_ebu

Tonight. 21:00 till 00:30 CEST time.

PP
PP
4 years ago

1 Israel – Never mind toned body – where’s the vocalist? 2 Poland – Respectable – but like a heavy pudding 3 Belarus – Wave your hands – then what? 4 Austria – A wonderful soufflé with stunning, consistent voclas! 5 Armenia – Ok, but seen it all before 6 The Netherlands – Never boring – again magical vocals! 7 Moldova – One-trick pony – NEXT! 8 Hungary – Beautiful – don’t like the rapping. 9 Italy – Go for it, Francesco – you truly deserve your win! 10 Denmark – Screaming and more screaming – where’s the tune? 11… Read more »

Steven
Steven
4 years ago
Reply to  PP

Pffft okay girl. Norway top 5? Another generic dance song that lacks substance, yeah we need more of that.

skurwysynjebany
skurwysynjebany
4 years ago
Reply to  PP

Great analysis. Funny and at point.

MS
MS
4 years ago

Here some votes from an ordinary swedish mother whith an ESC passion!

1Portugal
2 Belgium.(can change if she do better or worse. )
3 Hungary
4 Bulgaria
5 France

Sorry, I don’t like Italy

skurwysynjebany
skurwysynjebany
4 years ago
Reply to  MS

But Italy likes you, and ape loves all of us…

D
D
4 years ago

Sweden has a great start position! Thanks Björkman! Secured top3 placement.

Josh
Josh
4 years ago

I still think it’s Italy’s to lose this year but I reckon it will be closer than first thought!!

Cesar
Cesar
4 years ago

Bulgaria will get the votes that Russia would get. He is russian after all.

And also famous in Eastern Europe. It just makes sense for them to vote Bulgaria.

Portugal may hope to get some televotes from Western European countries but that won’t suffice. If Portugal doesn’t win jury vote, that’s the end of a possible win.

I think that jury favourites, Italy and Portugal (from what it seems), may split the votes but then Bulgaria could come in 3rd for jury votes and then win public vote, thus winning the competition.

Zebb
Zebb
4 years ago

How much breaks there usually were in final? Italy Denmark and Portugal might be separated somehow, right?

Thomas.simunovic@me.com
4 years ago

Get in! UK have a great slot! This year could be our year!

Andy_ebu
Andy_ebu
4 years ago

LUCIE JONES UNITED KINGDOM?

I am hoping for a top 5 finish for the United Kingdom. Then if that didn’t come to fruition, I wouldn’t mind a top 10 finish. I remember when jade ewen came 5th, I was very happy with that result.

Lucie jones has been bouncing around between 5th & 6th in the bookies. I think the uks belief in political voting, is stoping them from reaching a higher position. They also have a good placing.

Do you think it’s possible for the United Kingdom to come in the TOP 10? Or even Top 5?

Prima
Prima
4 years ago
Reply to  Andy_ebu

Totally! That song is top 5, IMO. And the stage performance is mesmerizing. Portugal and Italy have already stolen a lot of hearts, but for the ones in doubt, UK will be a choice.

mio
mio
4 years ago

This is the first year since I’ve been following Eurovision that my two favorite songs are both considered contenders: Portugal and Italy. I would be happy to see either of of them win, but Ultimately my heart is with Portugal. Seeing that they are both in the first half of the show, I started wondering how likely is it that they could place 1st and 2nd, or if not that, at least both in the top 3. Hoping to find some fuel for optimism, I did a late night analysis of the top 10 songs -and their running orders –… Read more »

ArianaG
ArianaG
4 years ago

What do you think about it? Who for whom?

Zebb
Zebb
4 years ago

In my opinion Belgium will stay safe there. Rock song isn’t for everyone, swedish song won’t exceed expectations because of weak singer. However, bulgarian guy will benefit the most there.