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Tonight: The Second Semi-Final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Takes Place

The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place tonight at 21:00 CEST, live from the capital of Portugal, Lisbon.

This evening at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, singers from 18 different countries across Europe will take to the stage for the second semi-final in the hopes of qualifying to the Grand Final.

Competing tonight is:

  1. Norway – Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write A Song”
  2. Romania – The Humans – “Goodbye”
  3. Serbia – Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – “Nova Deca”
  4. San Marino – Jessika ft. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are”
  5. Denmark – Rasmussen – “Higher Ground”
  6. Russia – Yulia Samoylova – “I Won’t Break”
  7. Moldova – DoReDos – “My Lucky Day”
  8. The Netherlands – Waylon – “Outlaw in ‘Em”
  9. Australia – Jessica Mauboy – “We Got Love”
  10. Georgia – Iriao – “For You”
  11. Poland – Gromee ft. Lukas Meijer – “Light Me Up”
  12. Malta – Christabelle – “Taboo”
  13. Hungary – AWS – “Viszlát nyár”
  14. Latvia – Laura Rizzotto – “Funny Girl”
  15. Sweden – Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”
  16. Montenegro – Vanja Radovanovic – “Inje”
  17. Slovenia – Lea Sirk – “Hvala, ne!”
  18. Ukraine – Mélovin – “Under the Ladder”

Hosting the show tonight is Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, and Catarina Furtado. Each participating country can vote in this semi-final, as well as host country Germany, Italy and France.

Only ten countries will qualify from this semi-final to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held this Saturday. These countries will join the ten countries that qualified on Tuesday. These twenty countries will then join the six countries who automatically qualify to the Final (The Big Five, consisting of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, as well as host country Portugal), making up twenty-six finalists.

Already qualified for the Grand Final are:

  • Albania – Eugent Bushpepa – Mall
  • Austria – Cesar Sampson – Nobody But You
  • Bulgaria – Equinox – Bones
  • Cyprus – Eleni Foureria – Fuego
  • Czech Republic – Mikolas Josef – Lie to Me
  • Estonia – Elina Nechayeva – La forza
  • Finland – Saara Aalto – Monsters
  • Ireland – Ryan O’Shaugnessy – Together
  • Israel – Netta – Toy
  • Lithuania – Ieva Zasimauskaite – When We’re Old

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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