Eurovision 2018 semi final one poll

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

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!

Vote in more of our Eurovision 2018 polls here

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ineke corneillie
ineke corneillie
2 years ago

Please vote for sennek, she needs the votes ?

@EugeneESCUK
2 years ago

So this is my 10 to qualify (in alphabetical order) :-
.
AUSTRIA
BELGIUM
BULGARIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REP
ESTONIA
FINLAND
GREECE
ISRAEL
LITHUANIA
.
I think ESTONIA or CYPRUS will win the semi tonight
.
Good luck with your predictions and have fun tonight

Marc
Marc
2 years ago

I thought I’d leave this link here incase anyone wants to watch with the BBC commentary 🙂 https://tvcatchup.com

Ola
Ola
2 years ago

Exciting evening indeed!
Six countries are 100% certain qualifiers: Czech Republic, Israel, Estonia, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus. In each case well deserved!!
But the four remaining spots I think are wide open.

AngieP
AngieP
2 years ago

I think it will be between Israel, Estonia and Czech Republic. However, I can see Cyprus winning the semi, but I have doubts about the juries rooting for this one.

Tinou
Tinou
2 years ago

Dont forget to vote for Belgium tonight! ;D just to make it to the final! Flanders need to prove they can do as good as the south of the country. And Sennek deserves it!

quiscas
quiscas
2 years ago

I’d love to see Saara do well. She’s an amazing singer and performer. And Monsters is among the top 3 songs. But… her staging is like a garish colour vomit with a pyro overdose on top of it. It’s tacky and messy. However, I hope this is a contest looking for a good song, singer and performer… if so, Finland’s Saara should be a winner.

Leo M
Leo M
2 years ago

I hope after they perform tonight I will get a more clear picture of the top 10 but I think I will be more confused than ever. Definitely gonna lose some favourites here and also rooting for my country Ireland to get back to the final. I think they have a chance so fingers crossed.

My personal top 10 to get to final would be: Czech Republic, Lithuania, Israel, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Cyprus, Switzerland, Estonia and Albania

Aisling
Aisling
2 years ago
Reply to  Leo M

Same! I wouldn’t even care if we came last in the final i just want us to get through

Orla Debora
Orla Debora
2 years ago

https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/0405/952322-douze-points-the-who-what-why-of-eurovision-voting/
Excellent article says it all about eurovision. Voting
What a total shambles this song contest is
Poor Ireland and Uk will never win irrespective of how good a song they
Send
Seems like Armenia can send a woman banging on a pot with a stick and she will qualify lol

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
2 years ago
Reply to  Orla Debora

If the UK or Ireland would for once send a competitive song (Okay, I like Ireland this year, but it’s not going anywhere), maybe they’d achieve a top ten Placement, but they’re obviously not giving a f*ck, so why should they end up high ?

Aisling
Aisling
2 years ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

Molly sterling had a great song but the staging and running order killed it

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
2 years ago
Reply to  Aisling

Yeah the song was good, but it just didn’t stand out enough. I have to agree, the staging was pretty bad.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 years ago

But where is the Eurovision next top model poll?

Kit Kat
Kit Kat
2 years ago

Not sure she wins, but Top 3 for sure!
Still think she could say FOGO (Portuguese) instead of FUEGO (Spanish) somewhere at the end of song as a wink to host country. 🙂

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
2 years ago

Voted for Czechia, Bulgaria and Estonia. But I’d be totally fine with Cyprus… It’s not in my top 10 Overall, but I can understand the Hype.
My top 10 from semi 1:
1.Czechia
2.Bulgaria
3.Estonia
4.Albania
5.Belarus
6.Ireland
7.Cyprus
8.Lithuania
9.Greece
10.Austria

I know, this ain’t happening, especially because Israel is 100% qualifying (and I’m not mad about it), but it’s the strongest semi I’ve witnessed during my time as a Eurovision fan. I’m SO excitited about tonight, you can’t imgaine how I feel right now…. The sad Thing is, that I can’t vote.

NKG
NKG
2 years ago

Even though Fuego is not my preferred genre, I would be more than delighted to see our brothers and sisters in Cyprus win for the first time! Eleni is a wonderful performer and she deserves every success. Good luck to all countries in tonight’s semifinal.

Alex
Alex
2 years ago
Reply to  NKG

Albanian girl gonna get you guys the trophy lol

Heini
Heini
2 years ago

Estonia of course. I am very proud of our entry this year.

Ffs
Ffs
2 years ago

Cyprus TOP 3

Ana
Ana
2 years ago

You know what?
IT’S TODAY!!!
😀

#voteforeugent

Emma
Emma
2 years ago

1. Israel
2.Czech Republic
3.Estonia

Budapest Dreams
Budapest Dreams
2 years ago

I am a person who mainly values the song quality, thus I will write my personal top 10, based on studio version:
1. Albania
2. Belgium
3. Greece
4. Belarus
5. Bulgaria
6. Finland
7. Austria
8. Ireland
9. Czechia
10. Estonia

It could well be that after live performance my preference would change, but this an honest Hungarian’s opinion, who is not a typical Eurovision fan

NKG
NKG
2 years ago

Thank you from Greece! Hungary is a wonderful country and the Hungarian language is beautiful, melodic, and most extraordinary! Good luck on Thursday!

Budapest Dreams
Budapest Dreams
2 years ago
Reply to  NKG

Thank you for the greetings, this year Greece impressed me with the depth of the song, wish there would be less empty Dance songs every year and more artistic, even risky songs

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago

You have good taste and a beautiful entry! You will have 19 votes from me in the semis and I also mentioned Hungary to a lot of people who I thought might be interested to vote for the first time in Eurovision because of metal so you have some new suporters ! Good luck on Thursday, Budapest 2019!

Budapest Dreams
Budapest Dreams
2 years ago
Reply to  Yaa

It would be splendid a final top 5 for Hungary, but either Denmark, Italy, Albania or Germany would be super cool in my books to win, even if none sound too hyped by the Eurovision fans

gcse re
gcse re
2 years ago

All of you who voted for Finland above best do so tonight.

Davve
Davve
2 years ago

I voted for Cyprus

EddyKay
EddyKay
2 years ago

My guess with decreasing likelihood of qualification. What a bloodbath… 1.Cyprus 2.Estonia (scores big with Jury) 3.Czech Rep. (scores big with Public) 4.Greece — 5.Bulgaria 6.Israel (scores big with Public) — 7.Austria (scores big with Jury) 8.Croatia (scores big with Jury) 9.Azerbaijan — 10. Armenia, Albania, Finland(Juries will drag it down) or Lithuania I´d love for Macedonia and Albania to qualify but Im not really seeing it happening. The only ones I´d completely discard are Iceland, all the other ones I havent mentioned wouldnt surprise me by getting through. The only safe qualifiers for me are the first 4 in… Read more »

Mike
Mike
2 years ago

Not Cypros (we have seen a lot of such song in the beginning of 2000), Israel is sinking boat as well.
So e have France, Estonia only contenders for the win.

Im not your troll, you stupid boy
Im not your troll, you stupid boy
2 years ago

My prediction:
1.Iceland
2.Ireland
3.Croatia
4.Macedonia
5.Swtizerland
6. Belarus
7.Azerbaijan
8. Lithuania
9.Belgium
10.Finland
________________ Borderline
11. Israel
12.Czech Republic
13.Estonia
14. Austria
Last place: Cyprus.

Im not your troll, you stupid boy
Im not your troll, you stupid boy
2 years ago

And the winner is: San Marino or Russia!!

EddyKay
EddyKay
2 years ago

Probably the worst prediction I have seen lately 😛 Sorry

gcse re
gcse re
2 years ago

What planet are you on? Iceland as a winner lovely guy deserves to do well but sorry no.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
2 years ago

Oh my god guys, on what planet are you living to not notice the painfully obvious sarcasm that the guy is using???? He even has the word ”troll” in his name, jesus…..

Im not your troll, you stupid boy
Im not your troll, you stupid boy
2 years ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

Yes everybody, it was sarcasm. In the second comment i got 7 likes. Why?

Mans
Mans
2 years ago

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NOW YOU CAN WATCH MY NEW TOP

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#LaVozKidsSemifinal #firstdates633 #alliabajo #Eurovision #AllAboard

MERCYisFORpeopleWITHheart
MERCYisFORpeopleWITHheart
2 years ago

11 hours till will start.

Marcus
Marcus
2 years ago

My brain says Israel
My heart says Greece
11hrs51mins to go people!
Get excited!!!!!!! 😀

Bobo123
Bobo123
2 years ago

Go Netta!!

alessio
alessio
2 years ago
Reply to  Bobo123

oh yes Go home Netta ……… LoL

Julian
Julian
2 years ago

Cyprus and Israel are battling for the same votes. They will probably obstruct each other. And those two being first with jury votes? It would really make juries look quite bad.

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  Julian

In televoting I think Cyprus is for over 25 and predominantly male audience and Israel under 25 and predominantly women, so they can share, with juries probably Israel is above Cyprus but you never really know…

Geeky Monky
Geeky Monky
2 years ago
Reply to  Yaa

Yaa, I’m sorry for that response I gave you on a post about Ingrosso. I don’t know if you’ll see this but I apologize.

I was trying to be funny and it came out very wrong. Was expecting to get hateful responses and ended up being I with the unfunny bitter comeback.

I’m not stalking, just wanted to say this.

Im not your troll, you stupid boy
Im not your troll, you stupid boy
2 years ago

Do you really want that the next ESC-host will be in Cyprus? Its a very small island with no people on it. FYROM and Armenia are very very weird places. Greece and Lithuania are poor have I heard. Croatia is a crazy country. Belgium, good country but i dont think its good.
Austria cant host ESC, they want to ski in the alpine ski alps. Switserland loves chokolate. Estonia is very good conutry but its not better than Finland. Vote for Finland, the best country in africa!! Sorry for maybe bad english

Oscillate
Oscillate
2 years ago

Be sorry not only with your English but most importantly with your IGNORANCE!

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  Oscillate

He is happy when trolling

Sigh
Sigh
2 years ago

Comments like this don’t really do any favours to Finland. Finnish fans (although I don’t think this one is even finnish?) stop being annoying and act like we Finns act: honesty and clear competition is what matters! Muiden maiden lyttääminen tekee vaan pahaa Saaralle, positiivisuudella jatkoon!

Im not your troll, you stupid boy
Im not your troll, you stupid boy
2 years ago
Reply to  Sigh

Sigh, i am not from. Finland. Or what, maybe i am. No, we can say I am norwegian. And you should write in swedish also. Swedish is also a language in Finland.
But I dont think that so many voters read my joke-comment lol.
I think that it will be a good show tonight! Im happy that it is a” bloodbath”. Good!

Sigh
Sigh
2 years ago

Ja, jag kan också skriva på svenska men jag tycker att svenska talarna folk i Finland inte skriver skit om andra land när det kommer att Eurovision.

Nicko
Nicko
2 years ago

With which contries are you comparing Greece , while its the 10th biggest economy in Europe? And why there must be a rich country to host a tv programe Portugal is doing
It this year!

Elmo
Elmo
2 years ago

Well Cyprus is now 1st on the odds which was unexpected. I wouldn’t mind them winning although I don’t see it happening right now. The true winner will be the country who begins leading the odds after wednesdays jury rehearsal I reckon.

Alex
Alex
2 years ago
Reply to  Elmo

The juries are the deciding factor when it comes to these pop songs, I am hoping for an unexpected surprise winner. We all know who the televoters will like.

Colin
Colin
2 years ago

I voted for Estonia, Lithuania and Czech Republic.

As for expectations, I’d say –

Definitely qualifying – Israel, Estonia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece

Likely qualifying – Ireland / Lithuania (one of them is a “shocking” qualifier), Armenia / Azerbaijan (one of them will qualify, but perhaps not both), Finland (UK, Estonia voting)

A toss for – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Albania, the other one in Aze/Arm and Irl/Lit situation

Sadly, probably not qualifying – Macedonia, Switzerland, Belarus, Iceland

Colin
Colin
2 years ago
Reply to  Colin

Predicted qualifiers:
ESTONIA, BULGARIA, ISRAEL, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, GREECE, AZERBAIJAN, LITHUANIA, IRELAND, ALBANIA

Tonight, let’s see how right / wrong am I.

Tibor
Tibor
2 years ago
Reply to  Colin

I honestly don’t know why everyone’s so sure that Estonia will qualify. I mean, it probably will, but in such a close semi, you need to get as much voting power behind you as possible. And I really cannot see the juries voting for this (I will be very eager to see and discuss the split results). Most people who actually go to the opera won’t vote for this, the composition is practically non-existent and her voice is not that outstanding by opera standards. So this will have to rely heavily on the televote. The other thing is Armenia and… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
2 years ago
Reply to  Tibor

for example I m going to vote for opera song and Estonia because it is very different from others.

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  Tibor

Waw! You have positive votes! When I write the same thing about Estonia I ‘ m drowned with downvotes! You are more eloquent for sure! There was a post here with Portugal jury votes and Estonia was high, our only hope remains Italy’s voting. I trust you are good predictor, anyway!

Tibor
Tibor
2 years ago
Reply to  Yaa

I’m not saying that I don’t want Estonia to qualify. It just does not deserve to rank high with the juries, especially in a semi with so much more quality entries. But I think if the public is awed by her voice (and she has a beautiful voice, no doubt about that, it’s just not as exceptional as everybody seems to think), this certainly should go through. If on the other hand the juries put her through, then it’s a clear sign that they are absolutely useless. 🙂

Tibor
Tibor
2 years ago
Reply to  Yaa

Oh, and as for my prediction: I think she will qualify because of the televote. Personally I wouldn’t let this entry go through. And if the juries are doing what they’re supposed to do, it could come to a scenario, where she hasn’t enough support from the televote, and she stays in the semi. The strange thing for me is, that everybody seems to think she will go through because of the juries.

HoneyBS
HoneyBS
2 years ago

This semi is so confusing. The only country that I feel already in the final is Cyprus. Maybe Estonia too, but everything is possible if we think in Estonia the last two years. The only country that I feel out is Iceland, in the other hand. Now, my prediction of the others could be these (only my opinion, don’t get mad and discriminate me like the other day one greek guy did, please): -I think Azerbaijan and Armenia are out. More Armenia than Azerbaijan. Why? They’re not outstanding. In this semi, this is VERY important. Good voices, talented artists, but… Read more »

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  HoneyBS

Thank you, Honey! Fingers crossed tonight!

Dora Simão
Dora Simão
2 years ago

RTP has passed the news that France is disqualified for breaking the rules…

POOL75
POOL75
2 years ago
Reply to  Dora Simão

Fake news honey. Keep your hate and jealousy for yourself.

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  Dora Simão

But what about a copy of Portugal jury votes that was mentioned multiple times on this blog?! I really hope that is fake news also or another country should be disqualified!

Escphbelgium
Escphbelgium
2 years ago

My rank
#1 Israel
#2 Cyprus
#3 Belgium
#4 Finland
#5 Czech Republic
#6 Estonia
#7 Austria
#8 Belarus
#9 Switzerland
#10 FYROM

Oscillate
Oscillate
2 years ago

If Fuego wins it will be a slap to Salvador and his concern about fast food music. Please.

She’s a performer, no doubt. But the song is an example of fast food music.

Netta is a feminist, bad. Im not a toy.
Netta is a feminist, bad. Im not a toy.
2 years ago
Reply to  Oscillate

Fusk you, Salvador Sobral is the best ESC-winner ever.

Microb
Microb
2 years ago
Reply to  Oscillate

If Cyprus wins, Toy culture wins 😉

Kujtim Seferaj
Kujtim Seferaj
2 years ago

1.Estonia
2.Greece
3.Azerbaijan
4.Bulgaria
5.Macedonia
6.Belarus
7.Israel
8.Cyprus
9.Austria
10.Albania
This rank would makes me happy ?

Ern
Ern
2 years ago

Eleni Fourera is now 2nd behind Israel to win.

I’m starting to think she will win.

If she had represented Greece (as she originally wanted to do) she would be the #1 favorite, and this contest would be over.

Nicko
Nicko
2 years ago
Reply to  Ern

Couldnt agree more, people like Greece more than cyprus while its pretty much the same country

Matija
2 years ago

Croatia TOP

gili
gili
2 years ago

ISRAEL SHOULD WIN BUT IF NOT AT LEAST LET IT BE ESTONIA AND NOT ELENI….REAL ARTISTS SHOULD WIN NOT CHEAP BEYONVE WANNA BE WITHOUT VOICE

Stoped
Stoped
2 years ago
Reply to  gili

for me sounds weird compete trash song to real art.

Kujtim Seferaj
Kujtim Seferaj
2 years ago
Reply to  gili

Yes Estonia would be a great winner Eleni its okay
I also love israel but its kindda “kiddind” song so dont deserve to winn

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
2 years ago

Semi Final 1 Qualifiers: (Random order unless stated)
Cyprus – winner
Estonia
Israel
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Ireland
Greece
Lithuania
Croatia
Switzerland
Albania

Thoughts

Darren
Darren
2 years ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Greece, Cyprus, Ireland and Israel are my favourites of this semi so i agree with your qualifiers.

Im not your troll, you stupid boy
Im not your troll, you stupid boy
2 years ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Finland

Rimig
Rimig
2 years ago

Don’t get me wrong, I like the song and wouldn’t turn off the radio if they played it but… 43 countries… Far over 800 million inhabitants… Is “Fuego” the best song that can be composed? I somehow feel a bit embarrassed by that thought

Alex
Alex
2 years ago
Reply to  Rimig

+12 points go to you

Stoped
Stoped
2 years ago
Reply to  Rimig

i already feel embarrassed ,she can sing even ajee ajee Fuego thats it

please
please
2 years ago
Reply to  Rimig

It‘s really shallow, i agree. But i think is part of the contest to have acts that are dance numbers. It shakes things up.

Stoped
Stoped
2 years ago

Omg first hype is Estonia then Israel and now new hype Cyprus really

Chex Mix
Chex Mix
2 years ago

Not who, I think but who I’d like to see go through are:
#10 Croatia
#9 Austria
#8 Finland
#7 Bulgaria
#6 Belgium
#5 Czech Republic
#4 Israel
#3 Cyprus
#2 FYR Macedonia (I can still hope)
#1 Belarus

Claudia_
Claudia_
2 years ago

Where can we watch some of the today’s performances or at least how they went?

Darren
Darren
2 years ago

I think there could be even a tiebreaker between 10-12 place. Qualification will be so close.

Does the EBU have rules on what to do in such event? Like if 10th and 11th place have the same number of points….who ends up going through?

Matt C
Matt C
2 years ago
Reply to  Darren

The act with the highest televote breaks the tiebreak.

Colin
Colin
2 years ago
Reply to  Darren

That actually happened in 2012. Bulgaria scored 11th, but with the same amount of points as the 10th. As Matt said, televote has the advantage.

Yasi
Yasi
2 years ago
Reply to  Colin

No, the country that got points from more countries has the advantage. That’s how Norway won the tie.

Matt C
Matt C
2 years ago

Suprise winner from Cyprus maybe? She’s got the momentum on her side, betting agencies are about to place her 3rd right behind Estonia. After the semi I have a feeling Estonia AND Cyprus will overtake Israel for a 1-2. The press are loving Cyprus and Estonias performances and have gone cold turkey on Israel. Let’s wait and see, good luck to all!

Alex
Alex
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt C

Cyprus winning is not a surprise LOL It is projected to have a high chance of winning.

bercolata
bercolata
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt C

Now she is in the 2nd place and so close to Netta.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago

I just watched the predictions video and I must say that “IKEA Diaspora” is a fantastic concept! 😀 I was trying to make my own list and it’s nearly impossible to do it without regreting about leaving some country out of it. This is for sure the toughest Eurovision semi to predict ever. It will be nervewracking to watch the qualifiers announcement.

Martina
Martina
2 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I’m waiting for tomorrow .It will be a semi final full of surprises !

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago
Reply to  Martina

I hope one of them is Albania qualifying. Croatia would be nice too.

Tibor
Tibor
2 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

“It will be nervewracking to watch the qualifiers announcement.”

I have a solution; drinking. 😉

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago
Reply to  Tibor

It will be still afternoon here, Tibor. I’ll have to find another way! haha

Tibor
Tibor
2 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I always forget, you’re in Brazil … I will also try to make it through the evening with dignity … 😉

Anthony de France
Anthony de France
2 years ago

estonia should win

Orla Albanian
Orla Albanian
2 years ago

Albania ? Practically third world country
Yet always up there in the top 5
Albanians all over Europe clearly

Alex
Alex
2 years ago
Reply to  Orla Albanian

All over Eurovision too. Like Eleni and Ermal…don’t be a hater.

Claudia_
Claudia_
2 years ago
Reply to  Orla Albanian

Celebrate diversity FTW

Tom Ripley
Tom Ripley
2 years ago

Croatia is my favorite number 1! Franka is amazing!
Beside Croatia, final for the Austria too..