The speculating is over. At the end of January, Portugal played host to the semi-final allocation draw. Since then, fans around the world have been trying to work out when their favourite country might be performing.
Well now we can see if their predictions have come true. RTP’s producers have revealed their decision on the Eurovision 2018 semi-final running order today.
The honour of opening the shows falls to Azerbaijan and Norway. The shows will then be closed out by Cyprus and Ukraine.
You can check out the full running order draw below:
Semi-Final 1 Running Order
- Czech Republic
- FYR Macedonia
Azerbaijan’s Aisel will give an up-tempo opening to the contest, as has been the case for the last few years. Iceland, meanwhile, may have a tall order to qualify from 2nd place.
Pre-contest favourite Netta from Israel performs 7th, between Lithuania and Belarus. If “Toy” performs as expected, could Netta potentially overshadow these two nations?
There’s a run of favourites in the middle, with Estonia’s Elina Nechayeva, Bulgaria’s Equinox and FYR Macedonia’s Eye Cue performing between 9th-11th.
Finally, the show will be closed out by Switzerland, Ireland and Cyprus. “Fuego” is set to be a scorcher to close us out! Could it also be good news for Switzerland and Ireland’s chances to finally return to the final?
Semi-Final 2 Running Order
- San Marino
- The Netherlands
It’s probably no surprise to see Alexander Rybak opening the show — the most familiar face in the contest, he’ll be a big name to draw viewers in. This is a TV show, y’all!
As in 2016, Australia have the plum draw of the acts drawn to perform in the first half of the semi-final. Jessica Mauboy performs 9th with “We Got Love”. Another returning name, The Netherlands’ Waylon, performs just before her in 8th.
Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso doesn’t have to perform as early as Robin Bengtsson did in 2017. He’ll perform 15th, after Latvia and before Montenegro. With commercial breaks usually around this point, does that imply his Melfest staging is coming too?
Finally, the second semi-final is closed out by Ukraine’s Melovin.
We’ll be bringing you more coverage and reaction to the running order throughout the day, so make sure to keep checking back here on wiwibloggs for more info!
What do you think of the running orders? Do you think it’s helped any country with their push for qualification? Let us know all your thoughts down in the comments section below.