Watch official online broadcast: first semi-final of Eurovision 2018
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Plus 3 automatic finalists from the Big 5 - Portugal, Spain and the UK.
... and the winners are: AUSTRIA, ESTONIA, CYPRUS, LITHUANIA, ISRAEL, CZECH REPUBLIC, BULGARIA, ALBANIA, FINLAND and IRELAND.
3, 2, 1...Voting starts!
Cesar Sampson from Austria, Yianna Terzi from Greece, Saara Aalto from Finland, Sevak from Armenia, Zibbz from Switzerland, Ryan from Ireland and hot Cyprus’s Eleni Foureira have also performed brightly.
Wind takes away sweet souvenirs...Indeed, a gorgeous performance from Sevak Khanagyan!
Here we are after the first break.
Netta from Israel, Alekseevn from Belarus, Estonian Elina Nechayeva, Equinox from Bulgaria, Eye Cue of FYR Macedonia and Croatian Franka.
We love beyond the bones! Amazing performance from Bulgarian Equinox.
Azerbaijani Aisel, Ari Olafsson from Iceland, Albanian Eugent Bushpepa, Belgium’s Sennek, Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef, and beautiful performance from Lithuania’s Ieva opened the show.
And here we go, with Azerbaijani's performer Aysel opening the first semifinal.
On your marks, ladies and gents!
Judging by intense discussions among the fans in the Internet, we have a... little change in the line-up of frontrunners here)
Just a small reminder: all those wishing to join the music feast in Europe are welcome to add the #AllAboard hashtag in their posts with relevant photos. The organizers promised to use some of the best images during the live shows of the contest - right till the final, on May 12.
While four hours are left, check the opening ceremony. The Portugese made a great show.
And the odds cahnged two days before the show: Israel remains on the first position, and Norway and Estonia have replaced Bulgaria and the Czech Republic in the top three. Before the rehearsal began both Bulgaria and the Czech Republic were a part of top-3, and Estonia and Norway were 6th and 7th.
And a bit of statistics before the start: 43 songs sung in 13 languages, over 20 various music genres! Interestingly, the world 'love' in these songs is mentioned over 60 times.
Unlike Kyiv’s ESC, when men hosted the show, this time four beautiful ladies are to host the show in Lisbon - Sílvia Alberto, Filomena Cautela, Catarina Furtado and Daniela Ruah.
The first semi final allocation draw looks like the following:
The first semi-final of Eurovision-2018 kicks off tonight in Lisbon. After Portugal has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 49 times since its debut back in the 1964 contest, Salvador Sobral won in Kyiv last year, 2017, with his Amar Pelos Dois.
This year Melovin shall perform for Ukraine in the second semifinal on May 10. His Under The Ladder is a story about the internal struggle, fight against self, temptations and difficulties that prevent from reaching success.
112.international is still proud of our native Kyiv hosting ESC2017 which was a great success.