Bring on the rose arrows, charge up the projection dress and get ready to spin that illuminated wheel. The first semi-final of Eurovision 2018 is almost upon us and we can already smell the fuego. Nineteen acts have completed rehearsal after rehearsal and are now ready to bring their A-game during Tuesday night’s live semi-final.
We asked you to name your favourites prior to rehearsals and Israel’s Netta came out on top. But now that you’ve seen rehearsal footage, is she still your favourite? Who do you think deserves to win Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2018?
Eurovision 2018: Semi-Final One
Semi-final 1 can be described in one word: bloodbath. Several acts in the first semi final are strong favourites among fans and the press, and many are, in fact, in contention to win the whole competition, according to bookmakers.
There’s a considerable mix of genres and tempos. 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.
Semi-Final One: Participating Countries
- Albania — Eugent Bushpepa, “Mall”
- Armenia — Sevak Khanagyan, “Qami”
- Austria — Cesar Sampson, “Nobody But You”
- Azerbaijan — Aisel, “X My Heart”
- Belarus — Alekseev, “Forever”
- Belgium — Sennek, “A Matter of Time”
- Bulgaria — Equinox, “Bones”
- Croatia — Franka, “Crazy”
- Cyprus — Eleni Foureira, “Fuego”
- Czech Republic — Mikolas Josef, “Lie to Me”
- Estonia — Elina Nechayeva, “La Forza”
- Finland — Saara Aalto, “Monsters”
- Greece — Yianna Terzi, “Oneiro Mou”
- Iceland — Ari Olafsson, “Our Choice”
- Ireland — Ryan O’Shaughnessy, “Together”
- Israel — Netta, “Toy”
- Lithuania — Ieva Zasimauskaite, “When We’re Old”
- FYR Macedonia — Eye Cue, “Lost and Found”
- Switzerland — Zibbz, “Stones”
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!
Flash Poll: Who should win Semi-Final One of Eurovision 2018?
We’ll close the poll before the first semi-final on May 8. So get voting!
Make sure to let us know who you voted for in the comments section, and let us know who you think will qualify — or who you think might miss out!