They’re two Scandinavian stars with huge followings back home and increasingly across Europe. And if the bookmakers have it right then Norway’s Alexander Rybak and Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso are also the front-runners to win Semi-Final 2 of Eurovision 2018.

Norway, who is currently second favourite to win the grand final behind Cyprus, is the front-runner in this semi-final with odds as low as 5/4.

Over the past two weeks, as other countries have faltered during their rehearsals, Norway has seen its fortunes rise. Its on-screen graphics, which will be familiar to fans of Melodi Grand Prix 2018, looks sharper and more expensive, and Alex’s charisma is squarely in tact.

On top of his strong vocals and charming staging, Alex has another advantage: He’s well known among the Russian diaspora, having placed second on the Russian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar.

Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso is currently down as second favourite with odds as low as 9/4.

The “Dance You Off” singer, who will perform at the Wiwi Jam this evening, has transplanted his slick staging from Melodifestivalen to Lisbon. It remains polished and somehow vintage, transplanting viewers into an expensive music video.

Moldova — one of the biggest growers of the year — is currently third favourite to win the semi-final, with odds as low as 6/1.

Their infectious sound and inventive staging, which sees them running in and out of a series of doors, mixes pop, folk and slapstick to great effect.

Ukraine, Australia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary and Russia round out the top 10 in terms of who will win this semi-final.

SEMI-FINAL 2 ODDS TO WIN (ACCURATE 10:00CET)

SEMI-FINAL 2 ODDS TO QUALIFY (ACCURATE 10:00CET)

For many countries, however, the main priority is making it to the Grand Final. That makes the odds to qualify perhaps more significant than the odds to win this semi.

The bookies believe these 10 acts will qualify for the final: Norway, Sweden, Moldova, Ukraine, Australia, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary and Latvia.

That means Russia, Romania, Malta, Serbia, Georgia, Montenegro, Slovenia and San Marino are out.

The non-qualifiers currently include Russia and Romania. Neither of these countries has ever been eliminated from Eurovision during the semi-finals.

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lucky
lucky
2 years ago

im glad netherlands qualified

MarBre
MarBre
2 years ago

So happy for Lea & Slovenia!!!! So well deserved! Her getting through against all odds was the highlight of the night for me 🙂

Danijel_here
Danijel_here
2 years ago

Proud of my Country well done Serbia! We have one of the best vocalists in this competition. We just nailed it! Jako smo ponosni na vas i samo dalje nije bitan plazman bitno je da se pokazemo a bgm mocni smo!!

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
2 years ago

I have a single satisfaction: we can now say SHUT UP to all pathetic people that said that Romania is qualifying just with diaspora. It was just proven that we were contenders so many years, diaspora didn’t qualify us. Some will be very happy, as I said, I’ve seen here some pathetic people in the past.

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
2 years ago

I’m afraid Poland and Netherlands could not reach the final. I start to think that also Moldova could be out. Malta could reach it. Romania is qualifying in my opinion. Still not sure about Hungary, initially I said they won’t, now I’m not that sure. Russia is out, I’m almost sure.

Eurovision fan since 2014
Eurovision fan since 2014
2 years ago

okay, Filomena nailing Euphoria dance won my heart tonight <3

M_K
M_K
2 years ago

Yeah, that was great.

Euphoric
Euphoric
2 years ago

LIVE part 9
So, as I predicted, not that much worth to vote for in this SF… I’ll vote for Romania, Denmark, Malta, Slovenia

I would like to see Poland, Hungary, Australia…

And the others are not for me this year…
Norway, Serbia, San Marino, Russia, Moldova, Sweden, Ukraine, Montenegro, Latvia, Netherlands, Georgia

M_K
M_K
2 years ago

This was my original prediction of the second semi based on the rehearsal videos: Norway, Denmark, Russia, Moldova, Australia, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Sweden, Ukraine

After the live performances I say Poland is out and the Netherlands are in but it’s still very, very open.

Euphoric
Euphoric
2 years ago

LIVE part 8 Hungary -I want more of that at ESC. Although I felt like on a rock concert, I am dissapointed. Something was missing. Maybe They fullfill it on Saturday 😉 Latvia -Lost on stage. That should be staged darker, smoother, with smoke. I didn’t feel the song. Sweden -Good pop. Good production. Bad temper. Montenegro -For me it’s not enough for 2018. Though I think it would work very well a few years ago… Slovenia -Catchy, but not as good as in EMA or videoclip. Though so far the best moment of suspence 😉 I’ll vote. Ukraine -He’s… Read more »

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
2 years ago

Slovenia, just pathetic! She tried at least!

movebitch
movebitch
2 years ago

Sorry darling! She tried & she made it 😉

Euphoric
Euphoric
2 years ago

LIVE part 7 Moldova -New idea to use a wardrobe. In the end it’s boring and stupid 😛 but well sung. That’s the trash that Sobral would say a bit about 😉 Netherlands -Potential has been lost. Australia -Unpleasant plesentation. But I like the song. I don’t like this exposed thighs… What for is that? Georgia -What should be a vocal performance, was… not. I waited for the harmonies. Barelly reached. Poland -Messy, but audience had fun at least. I would not show that much DJ. Malta -What a staging! Wow. Good job with that. Learn from that! Got my… Read more »

Euphoric
Euphoric
2 years ago

LIVE part 6
Norway -It won’t be a fairytale at all. Boooring.
Romania -What a positive surprise! Got my vote.
Serbia -Staging looked well untill they turned it into red. The song is to weak for me, though I like balkan rhythms.
San Marino -I hear Mans’s “Heroes” in the chorus. No comment.
Denmark -Wow! First goosebumps on this ESC. I’ll Vote!
Although the snow was better done by Loreen.
It could be amazing if that one would be used here.
Russia -I won’t comment.

Camilla
Camilla
2 years ago

m I the only one thinking Sweden and Slovenia are in the same category songwise? They just have a similar feel to it, so there may not be room for both songs in the final. If it comes down to personality I think Lea Sirk is more likeable but I think Ingrosso has more fans (if he hasn’t scared them off with bad behaviour). But I really hope there will be room for both because I want to see Slovenia go through.

@EugeneESCUK
2 years ago

So these are my 10 to qualify tonight (in ALPHABETICAL order) :-
.
AUSTRALIA
DENMARK
HUNGARY
MOLDOVA
NETHERLANDS
NORWAY
POLAND
RUSSIA
SWEDEN
(LATVIA or ROMANIA)
.
On my scoring system which I have developed over many years, LATVIA and ROMANIA had exactly the same score I could not split them. RUSSIA, MALTA and SLOVENIA were all very very close too.
.
SWEDEN came out on top.

@EugeneESCUK
2 years ago
Reply to  @EugeneESCUK

I got 8/10 in Semi 1 and 8/10 in Semi 2 = 16/20 = 80%

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
2 years ago

My prediction before the show, the 10 qualifiers:

Norway, Romania, Denmark, Russia, Moldova , Australia, Poland, Latvia, Sweden, Ukraine.
Something tells me that Netherlands will not qualify, even though I totally want it in the final, but from what I’ve seen he will have a quite strange show. Also I am not sure at all about Moldova, if I wold bet right now, Hungary and Moldova have very high odds in not qualifying and I don’t see Hungary qualifying at all to be sincere.

Peter
Peter
2 years ago

On my opinion, Netherlands have more chance than Hungary, but sometimes I think that They countries will be not qualifying, cause music style is so hard. Maybe Romania or Malta have pretty chance.

MarBre
MarBre
2 years ago

I’m rooting for the underdog (who shouldn’t even be the underdog). Go Lea! Shame I cannot vote for Slovenia from Brussels… hope she’ll be the Ireland of this semi & she qualifies! <3

Denis
Denis
2 years ago

I’m not going to say Norway will win. But I also won’t say they won’t win. They have a pretty big chance to become the second performer to win twice. That’s all.
Same with Sweden. Not saying it will win but not counting it out either. It has a big chance to tie Ireland’s record

Euphoric
Euphoric
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Not Sweden and not Norway.
Denmark has just appeared my favourite tonight.

emanuel
emanuel
2 years ago

Georgia > Montenegro >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Serbia

Edgar
Edgar
2 years ago

I think Montenegro and Georgia (especially Georgia) may surprise us and qualify. Russia has chances to qualify as well, considering how weak this semi final is.
And I would like to see Romanus instead of Poland in grand final.
In general, it’s a pity that we will miss a lot of great songs from semi 1 in grand final…instead, we will have less deserving songs from semi 2 in grand final.
Only Norway, Sweden., and a bit Australia, Netherlands, Ukraine are deserving acts for the grand final.

Barcelona
Barcelona
2 years ago

Isnt strange that Norway sweden and Denmark compete on the 2nd semifinal?
This 2nd makes them hace more chances ti win…………………………
Was IT PREARANGED TO MAKE THEM CUALIFY?……………….

Thanos
Thanos
2 years ago

I wish you would abandon old-fashioned odds, and replaces them with decimal odds.

Tibor
Tibor
2 years ago

Since my gut feeling worked so well in the last semi, I’ll try it again for this one. It’s surprisingly hard.
I say Denmark, Hungary, Sweden and Ukraine are safe. Slovenia and Montenegro will also get through. Georgia and probably Australia will be saved by the juries. The last two spots will go to Moldova and Norway. But neither of them will win the contest.

Tibor
Tibor
2 years ago
Reply to  Tibor

What are you voting me down for? Got 8/10. And it would have almost been 9/10, if I would have gone with my personal preference and put Serbia over Montenegro. 😉

franco
franco
2 years ago

Norway next win for Alexander Rybak 2009/2018
The next Johnny Logan

@EugeneESCUK
2 years ago

I’m now writing on the OGAE UK (FB) site and I have an OGAE UK (FB) POLL on who will win Semi 2 and who will be the 10 qualifiers tonight.

@EugeneESCUK
2 years ago

BETTING UPDATE :- THURSDAY 10TH MAY THE MAJOR CHANGES IN THE BETTING SINCE SUNDAY MORNING 29TH APRIL, 11 DAYS AGO BEFORE THE REHEARSALS STARTED. . TOP 5 IN THE BETTING THIS MORNING (Number of DAYS in the Top 5 since Sunday 29th in brackets) . 1ST CYPRUS (4) 2ND NORWAY (10) 3RD ISRAEL (11) 4TH FRANCE (11) 5th LITHUNANIA (1) —————————- 6th SWEDEN (-) 7TH ESTONIA (10) —————————-. . https://www.oddschecker.com/tv/eurovision/winner . LITHUANIA makes it’s debut in the Top 5, a surprise for many perhaps? They have advanced from 21st to 5th in 11 days. ESTONIA now drops from 4th to… Read more »

Ffs
Ffs
2 years ago

Who’s pushing Norway so blatantly ? Oh, wait …..

Madrileño
Madrileño
2 years ago

ALFRED Y AMAIA MEET AND GREET TODAY 17.00 EUROVILLAGE.
FANS DE ALFRED Y AMAIA A LAS 17.00 MEET AND GREET EN EL EUROVISION VILLAGE

vasili
vasili
2 years ago

wiwiblogs Howmuch did you make kirkorov . MOLDOVA realy bad song?

Marc
Marc
2 years ago

Is gonna be a post about Spotify results? Czech Republic is winning at the moment followed by Israel and Cyprus.

Lukas D
Lukas D
2 years ago

Men have dominated the world for so long! That 4 women are hosting the Eurovision isn’t a big deal, it’s time that women and non men take some place in this world!

Señoro español
Señoro español
2 years ago
Reply to  Lukas D

Yes. You can go to the war and not us. You can also clean the streets, drive trucks, build buildings, be an active police (not in offices),… In my country the 90% of deads in workplaces are men. Why the most dangerous works are made by us? It’s your time.

Nicolas
Nicolas
2 years ago

If Denmark 2016 didn’t qualify I would be shocked to see Poland qualfy.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  Nicolas

How are they even similar?

Maclaren
Maclaren
2 years ago

Yesterday I also accidentally bumped into Lea Sirk in the shopping mall cafetearia. She was super sweet and warm and wonderful (love her). I was going down the hall and saw a few folks with Slovenian flags. I approached them to share my admiration for Lea and it turned out to be Lea’s brother and dad. They are a very cool family and were so friendly! So after accidentally meeting Ieva’s mum I now had a pleasure of meeting Lea’s lovely family. I think our perceptions change when we get some personal experience with artists, it’s like they are not… Read more »

Natalia
Natalia
2 years ago

I’d say that sure qualifiers are Norway, Sweden, Ukraine and, unfortunately, Moldova. Then I think that probable qualifiers are Australia, Poland, Hungary, Denmark and the Netherlands. It means that there is one spot left for any of the rest of the countries. Slovenia, maybe? Malta?

M_K
M_K
2 years ago

This is my prediction of the second semi final having seen all rehearsal videos: Qualifiers: Norway, Denmark, Russia, Moldova, Australia, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Sweden, Ukraine Non-qualifiers: Romania, Serbia, San Marino, Netherlands, Georgia, Malta, Montenegro, Slovenia My personal favourites to qualify (based on the studio versions of the songs) would be (in descending order): Netherlands, Latvia, Hungary, Montenegro, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Norway and Russia I think Waylon has ruined his chances to score high with his strange performance and the weird outfit he chose. Based on the rehearsal videos, I think it’ll be very hard to get the distinctive feel… Read more »

Piotr
Piotr
2 years ago
Reply to  M_K

Netherlands will 100% qualify, Latvia will stay in the semi for sure.

Sam
Sam
2 years ago
Reply to  Piotr

Thats uncertain if Latvia qualifies or not. You cant be sure. Nobody knows. It is 50/50 chances.

M_K
M_K
2 years ago
Reply to  Sam

Well, actually it’s even a 56/44 chance that Latvia will qualify as 10 out of 18 countries will make it to the final. 🙂

M_K
M_K
2 years ago
Reply to  Piotr

I HOPE the Netherlands will qualify because, again, this is my favourite studio track in the second semi final. However, I have serious doubts if he will make it. Maybe I’ll change my mind after the live performance.

David
David
2 years ago

If Russia qualifies its only because of the disapora voting.

The song is weak and her vocals hurts my ears

vasili
vasili
2 years ago

wiwiblogs Howmuch did you make kirkorov . MOLDOVA realy bad song?

David
David
2 years ago

Sweden will win this semi. His song is so good!

Luke A
Luke A
2 years ago

I really want Australia, Malta and Denmark to go through

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

I think Montenegro will qualify instead of Latvia.

Marcus
Marcus
2 years ago

I hope Russia go through. She seems like such a sweet soul with such a positive message – don’t break, don’t give up, in adversity, in tough times. Go Yulia. Europe loves you

littlebirdie
littlebirdie
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcus

Ari from Iceland also seems to be a sweet soul with a positive message, yet he hasn’t qualified.
It is a song contest and points should not be awarded for personality traits.

Marcus
Marcus
2 years ago
Reply to  littlebirdie

Well if we considered personality traits last year we wouldn’t now have a reigning champion (Salvador) spouting hate towards other genres of music that aren’t like his own. Do we really want that again this year? The artist and the message of their song should definitely be considered.

littlebirdie
littlebirdie
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcus

Yet, should we overlook bad staging and very shaky vocals solely due to her personality and the message behind the song?

Eurofan
Eurofan
2 years ago
Reply to  littlebirdie

I’m predicting Russia will not qualify this year. Her story might not be enough to compensate for the lack of musicality.

Hope
Hope
2 years ago

Russia and Romania will follow Azerbaijan..

Juuseven
Juuseven
2 years ago

My qualifiers are (in random order) :
1- Denmark
2- Serbia
3- Sweden
4- Slovenia
5- Georgia
6- Montenegro
7- Romania
8- Moldova
9- Ukraine
10- Malta

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

Deserved qualifiers:
Poland
Malta
Montenegro
Ukraine
Romania
Sweden
Netherlands (Love it!)
Hungary
Denmark (Love it!)
Latvia (Love it!)

Camilla
Camilla
2 years ago

I think Slovenia will quality, it’s a dark horse for sure.

Eurofan
Eurofan
2 years ago

My predicted qualifiers:
Sweden, Norway, Australia, Moldova, Denmark, Netherlands, Georgia, Poland, Latvia and Slovenia

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago
Reply to  Eurofan

I don’t predict Ukraine either – tryhard ~dark~ performances like that rarely do well.

Ally
Ally
2 years ago

My qualifiers:
Ukraine, Hungary, Netherlands- top 3
Denmark- nice concept and performance
Georgia, Serbia, Montenegro- interesting ethnic sounds, beautiful voices
Poland, Sweden, Slovenia- good dance tracks.

Roby0888
Roby0888
2 years ago
Reply to  Ally

Same qualifiers 🙂

selle
selle
2 years ago

Australia / Jessica’s performance was a red hot mess. She is pretty undisciplined at the best of times when she’s on stage. However, giving her no dancers or back up singers on stage for support was a big mistake. She should have focused solely on vocals. If you look at past live performances she does much better with on stage back up. I really cannot understand why the ‘professionals’ (manager, stylist, stage designer, choreographer, SONY team….) set her up to fail knowing her obvious limitations. It’s annoying and a let down. She’s a likeable performer but this was very badly… Read more »

Eurofan
Eurofan
2 years ago
Reply to  selle

Australia could improve considerably when the cameras are live. In this semi she could stand out.

M A
M A
2 years ago

Imagine Russia, Georgia and Ukraine don’t qualify!
The 12 points from ALL the former Soviet block countries are up for grabs! One can dream

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
2 years ago
Reply to  M A

Estonia and Lithuania are former Sovjet countries and they are in soooo.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

They don’t count lol. They’re 100% Europe and they don’t associate themselves with the Soviets.

Skimur
Skimur
2 years ago

Georgia and Ukraine don’t associate themselves with the Soviets anymore. Only Russia, Belarus and Armenia remained.

Camilla
Camilla
2 years ago

Yet Estonia always vote Nordic, they are culturally closer to the North, their language is close to Finnish and people seem to forget that they were part of the Swedish kingdom for centuries and have a Swedish minority.

Sam
Sam
2 years ago
Reply to  M A

If Russia qualifies it would be very unfair. Im sorry for the girl and her condition makes me sad. But she seems to be very strong person, then I must focus on song, ok song is good, but her vocals and backvocals…I dont know which is worse… Who would like to listen to it again in the FInal??? Not even Russia!

franco
franco
2 years ago
Reply to  M A

Norway the new Johnny Logan

David
David
2 years ago

Its not a matter of if Sweden will qualify or not. It is if Benjamin will win the semi or come a “low” second or third in the semi.

I think he will likely easily win it.

Paul
Paul
2 years ago

Go Malta , such a shame the U.K. Can’t vote for you .