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!
Eurovision will kick off tomorrow night with the first of the semi finals. Before this takes place, we make our predictions as to which ten of the nineteen countries will make it to Saturday’s final.
For the most part Eurovision is a celebration of a range of European identities, a chance for nations to express and showcase their national individuality and prowess. On a whole this is about celebrating the music and culture of these nations and usually sees widespread generic messages evoking peace, love and tolerance. Eurovision rules state that:
‘The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC [Eurovision Song Contest] as such or the EBU [European Broadcasting Union] into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC.’
However there have been moments in Eurovision’s history that have flouted this rule and has seen rising tensions between countries who are at odds with come to the fore and play out through the Contest.
The Eurovision 2018 rehearsals continued today with nine more countries taking to the stage in Lisbon’s Altice Arena. Here’s a sneak peak at their performances!
Betting Odds: 501/1
Switzerland have chosen for the band Zibbz for Eurovision 2018. Check out the lyrics to their song ‘Stones’!
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year in 2018. Group B saw The Humans, Madame Monsieur, Eugent Bushpepa, Zibbz, Eye Cue and Ari Olafsson do battle for Romania, France, Albania, Switzerland, Macedonia and Iceland respectively for the two spots in the next round. You’ve been voting since Thursday and now it’s time to reveal the results!
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year and we continue the contest with our second group Group B. Group B consists of Iceland, Switzerland, Macedonia, Albania, France and Romania. Take a look at their songs below and vote for your favourite in our poll!
Get to know the band that Switzerland have chosen for Eurovision 2018 with 10 Things About…Zibbz!
The Swiss national final Entscheidungshow 2018 aired this evening with six songs vying to be named the Eurovision pick for Switzerland in 2018. There could only be one winner though and the Swiss opted for ‘Stones’ by Zibbz.