The first show of ESC-Songcheck has concluded in Germany, with Israel topping the results with the jury and the online vote.
Netta has won the first show of ESC-Songcheck scoring an average of 11 points between the jury and the online vote. Netta is currently the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, topping the betting odds, Eurojury, the OGAE and INFE polls.
The results of the show were as follows:
- Israel – Netta – Toy – 11 points
- Czech Republic – Mikolas Josef – 10. 2 points
- Bulgaria – Equinox – Bones – 8.1 points
- Belgium – Sennek – A Matter of Time – 7.7 points
- Portugal – Claudia Pascoal – O jardim – 6.3 points
- Estonia – Elina Nechayeva – La Forza – 5.5 points
- Albania – Eugent Bushpepa – Mall – 5.4 points
- Azerbaijan – Aisel – X My Heart – 5.2 points
- Lithaunia – Ieva Zasimauskaite – When We’re Old – 3.5 points
- Belarus – Alekseev – Forever – 3.4 points
- Iceland – Ari Olafsson – Our Choice – 2.6 points
Germany will broadcast a further three episodes of the show ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. In recent years Sweden has dropped their preview show, leaving Finland, San Marino, Germany, Iceland and Norway as the only nations broadcasting preview shows.
Germany was one of seven countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The country has taken part in every contest since then, apart from in 1996 when they failed to make it through the qualifying round. To date Germany has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1982 when Nicole sang “Ein Bisschen Frieden” in Harrogate, which later became a global hit. Germany didn’t win again until 2010, when Lena sang “Satellite” in Oslo. She received 9 sets of 12 points, scoring 236 points overall. Germany has not placed above second last in their last participation’s.