Ten acts have qualified from the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, securing them a place in Saturday night’s Grand Final.
The second semi-final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast live from the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal last night. Performers from 18 countries competed in the hopes of representing their nation onstage at the Grand Final on Saturday.
Tonight’s competing entries were (qualifiers in bold):
- Norway – Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write A Song”
- Romania – The Humans – “Goodbye”
- Serbia – Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – “Nova Deca”
- San Marino – Jessika ft. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are”
- Denmark – Rasmussen – “Higher Ground”
- Russia – Yulia Samoylova – “I Won’t Break”
- Moldova – DoReDos – “My Lucky Day”
- The Netherlands – Waylon – “Outlaw in ‘Em”
- Australia – Jessica Mauboy – “We Got Love”
- Georgia – Iriao – “For You”
- Poland – Gromee ft. Lukas Meijer – “Light Me Up”
- Malta – Christabelle – “Taboo”
- Hungary – AWS – “Viszlát nyár”
- Latvia – Laura Rizzotto – “Funny Girl”
- Sweden – Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”
- Montenegro – Vanja Radovanovic – “Inje”
- Slovenia – Lea Sirk – “Hvala, ne!”
- Ukraine – Mélovin – “Under the Ladder”
Tonight’s show was hosted by Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, and Catarina Furtado. Each of the semi-final’s participating countries were allowed to vote, as well as three of the Big Five pre-qualified countries: France, Italy, and Germany. The results were decided upon with a combination of a jury vote and and a televote from each voting nation.
At the Grand Final on Saturday, these ten qualifiers will join the ten who made it through from the first semi-final: Albania, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Israel, Estonia, Bulgaria, Austria, Finland, Ireland, and Cyprus. They will also be joined by the six automatic qualifiers, the host country Portugal, and the Big Five: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In all, twenty-six songs will be competing for the grand prize on Saturday night’s big show.
The contest was brought to Portugal for the first time in the history of the contest after Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv, Ukraine last year. Salvador received 758 points in the Grand Final with his song “Amar Pelos Dois”.
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.
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