Rehearsals for Eurovision 2018 have been taking place all last week but the contest opens properly tonight with the Blue Carpet Opening Ceremony.
Six nations automatically qualify for the Eurovision final. This is the host nation Portugal and the so-called ‘Big Five’ nations; France, Spain, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom. Portugal, as hosts got to choose the slot they would perform in at the final and last month chose number 8 spot. Today the Big Five took part in the draw to find out which half of the final they would compete in.
For the past five weeks we have asked you to vote for your favourite songs in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in the third year of our Eurovision NI World Cup competition. This year saw Ukraine’s Melovin and Finland’s Saara Aalto make it to the final. You have been voting all week and we’ve received over 9,000 votes and it’s time to reveal the results.