Just five weeks remain until the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest take place in Lisbon, Portugal, as thirty-seven artists battle it out for twenty places in the grand final on May 12th. This morning, the running orders of semi-finals one and two were announced by the European Broadcasting Union.
The running order is seen as a make or break factor for a lot of the competing entries, as a poor place could, in theory, prevent an artist from qualifying, or showcase one artist over another to give them the edge they need to reach the final. Statistically, songs in the second half of each semi-final have a better chance of qualifying than those in the first. This aspect of the running order was drawn at random during the Host City Insignia earlier this year.
SEMI FINAL ONE
5. Czech Republic
SEMI FINAL TWO
4. San Marino
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place on 8th ,10th and 12th of May in Lisbon, Portugal. It will be fronted by four female hosts and will have 43 competing countries. Host broadcaster, RTP, are aiming for “the most economical, yet most creative edition ever.”
The official slogan for this year’s contest is “All Aboard!”, and was chosen to represent a celebration of Europe and music. The slogan was inspired by Lisbon’s longstanding history as an important global seaport and the importance of the ocean in Portugal’s history. The ocean has connected Portugal to the rest of the world for centuries, and this connectivity is intended to invite people from across the world to come together to celebrate music and Eurovision.