We’ve seen the two semi-finals of Eurovision 2018, with 26 songs making it to the grand final. All countries except Portugal chose either the first half or second half from a fish bowl full of lots.
And tonight, RTP and the EBU have now confirmed the running order. Producers choose the running order to create the most entertaining show possible — apart from host country Portugal, who randomly drew position #8. Part of that means providing a degree of variation in genre and feel, rather than, for instance, giving us six ballads in a row.
We’ll be getting off to a fiery start to the show, with Ukraine’s Mélovin opening with “Under the Ladder”. The closer will be Italy’s powerful “Non mi avete fatto niente”, performed by Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro.
Pre-final favourite Eleni Foureira has a superb running order slot, drawing 25th – the penultimate slot.
Eurovision 2018: Grand Final running order
09. United Kingdom
14. Czech Republic
23. The Netherlands
Does the running order tell us anything?
In previous years, the running order has given an indication of who might have done well in their semi-finals. In 2015, for example, the end of the first half saw Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow and Belgium’s Loic Nottet perform 11th and 13th, suggesting they had been put on as late as possible to keep them in contention for the win.
France’s Madame Monsieur — who have been a more or less constant top 5 position in the odds — receive the best draw of the first half acts, coming 13th in the running order.
On the other hand, Lithuania’s Ieva Zasimauskaite, who has vaulted up the odds since the first semi-final, is only placed 4th. This might suggest that Ieva did not perform as well as some people expected in the semi-final results.
It might be heartbreak for the #Almaia fans too. Spain’s Amaia y Alfred have been placed in the dreaded #2 position, which infamously has never won Eurovision.
The second half of the draw sees Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef kick things off in 14th, again suggesting that he might not have done particularly well in his semi-final. Last year, Australia’s Isaiah opened the second half off, having only qualified thanks to the jury votes in his semi-final.
There’s also set to be a particularly intense run of songs from songs 19 through 23, with Moldova, Sweden, Hungary, Israel and The Netherlands all in a row. Could that be good for Ireland’s more simple sound and effective staging, as they follow on after?
Of course, it’s important to note that the running order can’t reveal everything. If all songs that performed poorly in their semi-final were drawn in a particular half, then that might skew the way the order was compiled.
What do you think of the Eurovision 2018 grand final running order? Do you think that favourites Cyprus might have the win sealed? Or could another act still take the crown? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.