London Eurovision Party 2018 Best Performance

London calling! On Thursday, 18 stars of Eurovision 2018 along with fans and a few selected special guests, flocked to the city that never sleeps to attend the London Eurovision Party 2018.

Needless to say, the party was a big hit and each and every act shone bright like a diamond. From Iceland to Bulgaria, this year’s contestants were there to give us a wee glimpse of what to expect in Lisbon in just one month’s time.

Café de Paris was filled with glamour and anticipation as the stars stepped on stage to deliver their songs live and maybe perform a cover or two. Ballads, Europop, Soul, and R&B were just some of genres to be heard last night.

But who had the best performance? You can watch all 18 performance clips in the playlist below. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many performances as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to check the box next to every act you want to support before submitting your votes.

Eurovision 2018 songs at the London Eurovision Party 2018

  • Australia: Jessica Mauboy “We Got Love”
  • Austria: Cesár Sampson “Nobody But You”
  • Bulgaria: Equinox “Bones”
  • Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef “Lie To Me”
  • Denmark: Rasmussen “Higher Ground”
  • Finland: Saara Aalto “Monsters”
  • France: Madame Monsieur “Mercy”
  • Germany: Michael Schulte “You Let Me Walk Alone”
  • Iceland: Ari Ólafsson “Our Choice”
  • Ireland: Ryan O´Shaughnessy “Together”
  • Lithuania: Ieva Zazimauskaite “When We’re Old”
  • Montenegro: Vanja Radovanovic “Inje”
  • Poland: Gromee feat.Lukas Meijer “Light Me Up”
  • San Marino: Jessica and Jenifer Brening “Who We Are”
  • Spain: Alfred & Amaia “Tu canción”
  • Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso “Dance You Off”
  • Switzerland: Zibbz “Stones”
  • UK: SuRie “Storm”

Despite being billed to attend, Albania’s Eugent Bushpepa was forced to withdraw due to visa issues.

London Eurovision Party 2018: Which Eurovision 2018 performance was your favourite? Vote now!

Click HERE if you have trouble viewing the poll.

In addition to the class of 2018, there were many artists from contests past, as well as a sprinkling of national final favourites. The VIP list included Luxembourg’s Eurovision 1983 winner Corinne Hermès along with Lucie Jones and Nicki French from the UK (2017 and 2000 respectively).

The Noridics were well represented, with Melodifestivalen 2018’s FELIX SANDMAN joining a trio of ladies from Norway — 2013’s Margaret Berger, 2011’s Stella Mwangi, and MGP 2018’s Alexandra Rotan. 

And of course, Eurovision 2014’s Suzy was representing for this year’s host nation.

You can watch their performances, along with those of the Eurovision 2018 acts in the playlist below.

Who was your favourite? Who are you looking forward to seeing the most in Lisbon? Let us know in the comments below.

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Stanzhel
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Stanzhel

For those who have problem with Zhana’s vocals at the end of the song. Check this out!
https://youtu.be/bwOZpHchhA4

Nat
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Nat

Austria (THIS IS WINNER MATERIAL, I THINK HE IS THE DARK HORSE THIS YEAR!)
Bulgaria
France

Emnola Guri
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Emnola Guri

Great article! My friend Bernadette is running a blog about European music and it is amazing! Check out her blog http://passportamusica.bestonlineblogs.com for unique content!

Spoon
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Spoon

BULGARIA – WTAF?!?! That rocks. (I don’t really like the girl though…)

Selenamarlenamakarena
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Selenamarlenamakarena

Lithuania was the best performance live common guys.when we were ooooolld?

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AngieP
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AngieP

First of all, why were people always talking during the performances? They don’t respect the artists who perform. If they didn’t want to see them, why would they go anyway? Generally, most of the artist were great live. My favourite was France, hands down! I loved their performance! I also loved the stripped version in English. They should have done it in the french version. It would be stunning!! Another performance I enjoyed is Australia’s. Jessica is so talented and she has such a great voice and energy. By the way, her interview gave me life. She’s adorable! Almaia gave… Read more »

Tomas
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Tomas

Bulgaria! Unbelieveble! Winners!

Aaron
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Aaron

Bulgaria, Finland, France, and Australia really impressed me, especially Bulgaria (though some of their harmonies could be a bit more polished and tighter). All of the artists did well in my opinion. I can see some people complaining regarding the “playback” thing. I think all of them definitely sang live. Some of them had pre-recorded vocals (mainly backing vocals), and for me there is nothing wrong with that. Because of course they are not yet required to have their performances 100% live in these pre-parties, that’s for the actual contest itself. BTW in Bulgaria’s case, the one who is mostly… Read more »

MoonStep
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MoonStep

1. Bulgaria
2. Greece
3. Estonia

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WHICH LONDON EUROVISION 2018 ACT IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST WITH THEIR LIVE PERFORMANCE?

This about the PRE-PARTY. 🙂

Madrileño
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Madrileño

Hahahaha some people just are on another thing

Kim
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All this politicing for your own counties.Out of the 43 songs and mind you I haven ‘t heard all of them the majority of them are good.It’s going to be who can perform the best on the night , who can get the majority of the Tele votes and the judges votes , and how many can nip over a boarder and vote for their own country.Don’t take polls seriously-they are inevitablely wrong , so are the bookies.this is probably the tightest Eurovision contest ever and you may find that we have a repeat of a few years ago and… Read more »

Jamie H
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Jamie H

The top 5 performers were:

1. Bulgaria
2. France
3. Australia
4. Ireland
5. Spain

Avi
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Avi

France is a beautiful song with a simple but heartfelt message that will transcend. Bulgaria and a Australia keep bringing it consistently every year. The Irish song is forgettable until it is heard live. It is like a different song. It is creeping up and impressing( I am surprised to say). Spain is a fairytale and brings a Disney moment. It makes you go ‘awh’ and smile which is always a good thing.

Steve
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Steve

Ireland is impressive live. Ryan elevated the song and it will clearly stand out on the night of his semi. It is a dark horse!

Madrileño
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Madrileño

I love The Irish entry
GOOD LUCK IRLAND
WHEN I WAS A TEEN I LEARN THERE MY ENGLISH.
THANKS.

Solo
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Solo

When I hear Bulgarian music, I see a flock of sheep 🙂

Solo
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Solo

How beautiful, people sing together: “When We’re Old” 🙂

Gav
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Gav

Only boring people are bored.

James
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James

Well yesterday I listened to the Portuguese singer for the first time well I don’t know if it will not surprise us again…well done PORTUGAL…

@EugeneESCUK
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Yes definitely one of my Dark Horses, should really be higher in the betting, we shall see?

Mel
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Mel

Portugal’s song is beautiful but it’s also such a copy of “To Build a Home” by the Cinematic Orchestra (a song Claudia has also performed at the Voice of Portugal Gala). I can’t unhear it. Kind of ruins it for me.

Mel
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Mel

Her vocals were on point, though. And I loved the cheeky nod to the audience in the first “creatures that are hiding there under my bed” part. She should definitely keep that. The performance in Lithuania is still her best in my opinion. I wish she would hold the long note, it would be more of a moment that way.

Mel
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Mel

Bulgaria was head and shoulders above the rest.

Mel
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Mel

Also have to add that Spain was wonderful. I think a similar staging could work really well in Lisbon. Their charisma and chemistry were much more apparent here. It felt more natural and easy. Great harmonies.

@EugeneESCUK
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I would expect to see Bulgaria go 3rd in the betting at some stage and perhaps Czech Republic go on the drift to perhaps 5th. Currently the Top 5 are now moving away from the pack but still plenty to come.

@EugeneESCUK
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I agree with the poll leader, Bulgaria was impressive, one to watch, I’ve certainly changed my opinion on their entry now. It’s out of Israel, Estonia and Bulgaria for me now, vocals and staging will decide this with support from both juries and televote a must now.

The main countries not at LEP, interesting :-

Israel
Estonia
Belgium
Norway
Greece
Netherlands
Italy
Belarus
Portugal
Cyprus

Malin
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Malin

What do you think about Benjmin, a hopefull sweed : / . Know you are not a fan, but… ?
Love, love peace, peace ; )

@EugeneESCUK
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The staging for Benjamin is really impressive and that will elevate the entry perhaps to Top 10, difficult to really say until we see all staging and hear all vocals in May. It’s going to be a year for staging though, a “prop” fest, sad to say. Any entry will need a strong song, really good staging and top tops vocals. I think Top 10 would be a decent result for Sweden. Love love peace peace. The betting top 5 is sorting itself out now. Why don’t you honestly rate your own country’s entry out of 10 for, (mine in… Read more »

Malin
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Malin

Eugene, I really like ”dance you off”. It’s my tast and I love it and I am proud of it. Difficult to rate when it comes from my own country. But I think it’s more for the US market. Benjamins music is’t what we usaly can hear on the radio in sweden, and I mait have wrong, but I think it’s the same in other europén countries. Some of his singels that he has relised are played on radio in LA, but not here in sweden. It was intresting to lisen to the interwiev from the London pre-party discussing his… Read more »

@EugeneESCUK
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Jedd :- Personally I don’t think the Bookies are quite there yet, traditionally Sweden and Australia will be in the Top 10 for sure regardless of staging, there are a few in the current Top 10 which will need wow staging to keep it ion the Top 10 for me :-

Israel
Czech republic
Belgium

Norway has a novel staging concept, not so sure about the song.

I do however have a list of “Dark Horses” in the Top 20 who could do really well depending on live vocals and staging.

Anold91
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Anold91

So Bulgaria, Estonia and Israel will be battle for the 1st place?

@EugeneESCUK
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Anold91 :- It’s very silly to make predictions at this stage as you could look very foolish. After the 2nd dress rehearsals in May, that’s when we will have the movers and the shakers in the betting and a clearer picture of what is really going on and the betting could look completely different in May. I use a complicated scoring system which I have developed over many years which has done very well for me over the years and I always publish my Top 10 predictions. I have had to remove Israel from my scoring this year as it… Read more »

togravus
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togravus

Vanja had stellar vocals.

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

Ok..but no Alexander Rybak? what’s wrong with him…is he this afraid of ESC fans that he won’t participate in another ESC party event? he should take advantage of this oppurtunity to showcase his modern pop-dance music. Shed off that classical Fairytale image he once had ?

Pasadena
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Pasadena

As usual the perception of many songs start to change during the pre-parties. Ireland and Australia were mediocre songs for me, but they were hugely elevated in these live performances. And France totally won me over with the English lyrics version.

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I wonder if UK will ever have to host ESC itself, will they give visas to all participants?

Matt
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Matt

Giving visa to artists??? But what if they harm their national security??!! You know, it makes a lot of sense, criminal singers using esc to go to uk and make crimes there using their own nation’s name, isn’t it a genius idea?? Crime is defenitely more sofisticated than ever nowadays.. Better watch out ??

Matt
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Matt

😉

Matt
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Matt

Absolutely, because they can not go in any other place.. Uk is the best of all countries XD :p

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Stop it with the visa thing. Eurovision is a cultural event and has nothing to do with a country’s policies and laws, even if they are unfair!

KGB
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KGB

Moldova couldn’t get the visa, probably because UK was afraid Kirkorov is Putin’s agent, sent to attack them with bad outfits and scary make up.

Sasha
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Sasha

Wow I never realized the Mildovans were the biggest threat on the continent. I need to re-evaluate my life!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

So we’re only allowed to love songs and singers that have the best chances to qualify? So, a song’s odds to qualify or win should tell us which songs or artists we should support? I’m reading all kinds of nonsense in this blog lately.

beccaboo1212
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I really want Eugent to bring Albania back to the final. 🙁

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Me too, but even if he doesn’t qualify, this won’t make me love the song less and it won’t make me like the songs that will qualify more. Except for 4-5 songs that are really good and deserve the hype, I think the rest of semi 1 is being overhyped and is beneath his song’s and vocals’ quality,

Harper
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Harper

There’s points where Jessica Mauboy turns the microphone to the crowd, and you can definitely tell she is not singing with backing vocals. She’s singing 100% live.

She totally nailed it in my option.

Kim
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If you can’t sing live in Australia you don’t have any singing career.Singing live is an apprenticeship of sorts for anyone entering the music business in Oz . If you can handle a bunch of drunk aussies singing off key and fighting amongst themselves and still be able to sing live and perform then you are golden.Its been three years now since Australia entered Eurovision but we still get accused of being over produced.Its a video you see first not the live version .Europe you should have worked out by now that Australia can bring it live.Every Friday night and… Read more »

anothermike
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anothermike

how can you be a eurovision fan and support brexit ???
eurovision is all about unity and bringing down walls and borders….

GodDontSave
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GodDontSave

Yea… Like, really really bad trolling. You should just crawl back to your mother’s basement and try to learn how to do it better.

Sorry.

Maclaren
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Maclaren

Sorry may I just puke on this comment. I am not being rude, this is just an allergic reaction of a Brit who hates Brexit and was so looking forward to Eugent singing in London

Jo
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Jo

They could be plotting a terrorist attack, or even an invasion by sea…who knows??!!

Hannah
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Hannah

Ieva definetly had the best performance. The way she managed to steal the crowd’s attention with a ballad is very professional. Hopefully she can do the same in Lisbon.

Maclaren
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Maclaren

I was very impressed by Bulgaria. In the official video they came across as cold, distant, almost vampiresque – there is no way I would vote for this. But live they seem to be like fairly friendly chaps and I appreciated Zhanna’s fragility and humbleness (especially when she talks about her past and addiction problems). This is rapidly growing in me. If I may I would just warn the BNT producers against the attempts to portray them as too ethereal, alien and cold. More soul and bones please

Jo
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Jo

WOW people are really mad down below. Be aware.

UnaOne
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UnaOne

I have seen the contestants and my view the Finland’s song is the best. I love the dancing and choreography. Just the best over others.

Jon Smith
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Jon Smith

# SOFIA 2019

Michel
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Michel

Well done Bulgaria !!! Well done!!

ESClover
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ESClover

It’s just me or some of the performances weren’t fully live. Wasn’t this supposed to be a live concert otherwise we all have you tube thank god, to hear studio versions. I enjoyed more Iceland’s performance though it’s my 43rd ranked song, than some of the top10 or top15 ranked ones. That’s how they came to me it doesn’t mean I’m right though.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

All these pre-parties are not entirely live. All the songs have the recorded version in the background. If you remember last year, Albania’s singer interrupted her performance in Amsterdam and asked them to stop the playback so that she could sing. Yesterday also most of them were singing on the playback. Some were mostly live I think ( Ireland for example), but many others were a mix between live and playback.

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

SuRie. Her song really is a proper eurovision song and she deserves to win because of that. Birmingham 2019!

tt
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tt

LOL!

Aspida
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Aspida
Paul
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Paul

“It is the venue’s duty to inform fans in advance about any cancellations”
-that you are correct on.
Warranty, however, you are not entitled to with anything in life. This is not an appliance, it’s an event. I’m sorry your night got ruined and the artist you were excited for did not show up.
Also this is a blog so I am free as a bird to post my opinion/comments just like you are. My only advise to you is to try and lead your arguments without insults – they’re unnecessary and will take you nowhere!

Bastian
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Bastian

I must be the only one who is not wow-ed by Jessica Mauboy’s vocals? Thought she sounded weak in some parts of the song. Its still one of my fave’s though.

Chania
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Chania

Ssssh can’t say anything but bad about Australia it’s not allowed. Everything has to be perfect

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

LOL. What delicious irony.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

I thought that was the rules for the overrated Bulgarian Sia band.

Bastian
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Bastian

haha 🙂

Kim
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Dude did you actually listen to her sing or did she get drowned out by the drunk dudes next to you trying to sing with her .Jessica has sung as the warm up act to Beyoncé when she toured Australia.Do you really think Queen B would have a performer who can’t carry a tune be her warm up act? You were obviously listening to the drunk dudes next to you trying to sing and got confused as to what you were listening to.

Anya
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Anya

We are going to Sofia in 2019!!!!
They were great, I like Johny so much and was shocked realising that he is going to sing in eurovision.

Juju
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Juju

A large portion of it was pre recorded. They wont be allowed to pre record in may

Bastian
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Bastian

I agree, i dont understand why people are so impressed? I want to hear them 100% live, without pre recorded voices.

Aspida
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Aspida
Green
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Green

Bulgaria was definitely the best, honestly the rest of the Eurovision acts (save Italy and France) feel amateurish compared to this package.

Viktor Krum
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Viktor Krum

Bulgaria – pure perfection and epicness

TruFeminist
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TruFeminist

After last night’s performance it’s fair to say that Bulgaria is favorite no.1 to go to the end in Lisabon. Israel just won’t stand a chance, especially in the eyes and ears of jury (eastern European at least) who will hesitate to award points to, what is and will always be no matter what they say – a mocking song. (If they didn’t like Francesco Gabanna with actually good song just because of gorilla, you really think they gonna vote for the chicken?) Bulgaria has it all – eurovision song from head to toe – with great performers perfectly match… Read more »

Cin
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Cin

Actually, it’s hard to tell how and by what standards the juries actually judge – ideally, they should judge the songs based on artistic value, voice performance, etc. But that’s not the case, for example last year Moldova got a lot of jury votes – now I loved Moldova even though it was cheesy, but you’d expect the juries vote for something more ambitious. As for Israel personally I love the song, it’s in my top 10 and I wouldn’t mind it winning (and I’m from Eastern Europe, so it shouldn’t be possible according to you). I think however that… Read more »

GodDontSave
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GodDontSave

As I said – juries from Eastern Europe (like ex-USSR and ex-Yugoslavian) have what could be called an outline of the songs they vote for. And Israel, just like Italy, is just too off the limits for them. It’s substantial amount of points that could be crucial especially in a year like this when you need a points from all across the continent to have a chance. On the other hand, we have Bulgaria that will throw a stunning staging as they used to do in previous years, with song that fits in the outline of “winning song”, and Czech… Read more »

Cin
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Cin

So you think Eastern Europe juries won’t vote for Israel because it is “too alternative”? Anyway, my point is that some people just don’t like this kind of music, they just hear a mess and can’t hear an artistic value to it, and you can see it in some comments. It’s like with, I dunno, Beyonce’s ‘Who Runs The World’ – some people just love her old pop and rnb songs, and her new songs are too ‘alternative’ to them. So I think Israel might be too much for conservative or casual viewers. And it doesn’t matter where they are… Read more »

Cin
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Cin

And yeah, taking that into consideration I think Czech Republic and Bulgaria might have better chances, but it’s so hard to tell, because I think the juries in general will support Israel, and if it will be the majority of young people who will be voting it might get a lot of televotes. If it will be older people voting I’m not so sure..

Nelly
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Nelly

Perfect sond doesn’t exi…. wtf Bulgaria DAMN !!!

Corsica
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Corsica

FACK YOU France

Ron
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Ron

Brexit I assume. I believe the UK immigration authorities are getting much stricter now that they’re leaving the EU.

Rytis
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Rytis

Ron, neither Albania nor Moldova are part of the EU so it makes no sense.

Silvìa Night
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Silvìa Night

The UK are getting a lot stricter on border enforcement since we voted to leave the EU. Conchita was going to bring a Syrian migrant band to perform with her in the UK, but they were denied access (due to visas).

Cin
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Cin

I’m really happy for Bulgaria – I love the studio version, and now we know they sound amazing live as well. This song is just amazing – so original, classy, modern, mysterious, smooth, beautifully produced. The voices are out of this world. I wish it all the best, I think it deserves 1st place, because of artistic value, performance, the effort and the risks Bulgaria has taken with it. Also I’ve seen an interview with them, from London, where they sing a fragment live if you are interested. I love Lithuania’s performance – it’s not a commercial song but it… Read more »