Only three of this year’s Eurovision songs have entered the UK Singles Chart this weekend.
There has been pressure for a number of European nations to withdraw from next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to be hosted by Israel in May 2019. After Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the Contest in Lisbon last week for her song ‘Toy’, she announced ‘Next Year in Jerusalem!’. Although there has yet to be any official announcement from the national broadcaster IPBC or the EBU, many sources point towards Jerusalem as the host city for 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his interest in Jerusalem hosting the Contest and the other main rival city Tel Aviv have stated they have no interest in putting a bid in.
The news is not welcomed by all, and some politicians, political groups and other individuals have expressed their disgust at the recent and historic violence that the Israeli state has carried out on the Palestinian people on the Gaza Strip. In the wake of the Eurovision result, there has been widespread attacks on Palestinians following the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Among those expressing that their nation should boycott the Contest in 2019 in protest are former winner Charlie McGettigan (Ireland) and a petition started by an Icelandic native has garnered almost 20,000 signatures.
Netta Barzilai has been crowned the winner of Eurovision 2018 for Israel. The singer wowed both juries and the public throughout Europe and Australia with her song ‘Toy’, a reaction to the recent #MeToo Movement. The song beat off stiff competition from Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira who finished in second with song ‘Fuego’, Austria’s Cezar Sampson was a surprise hit with the juries coming in third, former winner Alexander Rybak (Norway) and former runner up Waylon (The Netherlands). Netta totaled 529 points between the jury and televote.
Bookies have made Cyprus’s Eleni Foureira the favourite to win this year’s Eurovision Final on Saturday 12 May. The odds for her song ‘Fuego’ were dramatically slashed following her flame filled pop romp at the semi final on Tuesday. Having been a rank outsider at 100/1 before rehearsals began she now is the outright favourite at 11/8.
Now that we’ve got the results of the two semi final shows which were held on Tuesday and Thursday, the allocation draws have been done and the Portuguese broadcaster RTP have announced the running order for the Grand Final on Saturday night.
The second semi final for Eurovision 2018 took place earlier this evening. 18 countries battled it out for the ten remaining spots in the Grand Final on Saturday. Find out which countries made it through!
Eurovision continues tomorrow night with the second of the semi finals. Before this takes place, we make our predictions as to which ten of the eighteen countries will make it to Saturday’s final.
On the eve of the second semi final we take a look at the bookies’ betting odds for each of the countries taking part in Semi Final 2!
Nineteen acts battled it out in the first of this year’s semi finals for Eurovision. Only ten of them could make it through and the standard was particularly high for this semi final. Find out if your favourite songs made the cut!
Artist: Eleni Foureira
Betting Odds: 81/1