Ukraine has used a selection show called Vidbir to select its act and song for Eurovision since 2016. It seemed to work for the nation as it gave them their second ever Eurovision victory with Jamala’s ‘1944’ winning the Contest that year. 2017 and 2018 were also a success with O. Torvald and Melovin making it to the finals with ‘Time’ and ‘Under the Ladder’. This week Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC revealed that the selection show will return in 2019 and have given us some of the initial details.
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!
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.
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.
Today saw the fourth day of Eurovision 2018 rehearsals. The remaining nine acts that will perform in the second half of the second semi final took to the stage to get their first run through.
The Eurovision NI World Cup 2018 has reached its final. 43 countries began the journey a few weeks ago, but after the group stage, the round of 16, the quarter finals and the semi finals we have our two finalists!
The Eurovision NI World Cup has had its group stage, its round of 16, the quarter finals and this week you have been voting for the four remaining acts in the semi final stage. Two acts have advanced to next week’s final and it’s time to reveal the two finalists!
The Eurovision NI World Cup has had its group stage, its round of 16, earlier this week we had the quarter finals and now we move on to the semi final stage where the remaining four songs will battle it out in two head to head matches for the two spots in next week’s final. Take a look at the match ups below and be sure to vote for your favourite to make sure they make the final.