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!
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!
Yesterday saw the host nation and the Big Five countries get their first chance to have a run through of their performance. Check out photos from the day below!
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 third day of Eurovision 2018 rehearsals. We move into the second semi final as nine more acts get to do their first run through of their Eurovision performance. Check out some pics from the day below!
Artist: Yulia Samoilova
Song: I Won’t Break
Betting Odds: 81/1
Yulia Samoilova was chosen by Russia to represent them at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Check out the lyrics to her song ‘I Won’t Break’!
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year in 2018. Group A saw Saara Aalto, Yulia Samoilova, Equinox, Gianna Terzi and Sanja Ilic and Balkaika do battle for Finland, Russia, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia respectively for the two spots in the next round. You’ve been voting since Sunday and now it’s time to reveal the results!
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year and we kick things off with Group A. Group A Consists of Finland, Russia, Serbia, Greece and Bulgaria. Take a look at their songs below and vote for your favourite in our poll!
Yulia Samoilova has had a tumultuous relationship with Eurovision having been chosen to represent the nation in 2017 and having to subsequently withdraw from the Contest due to growing tensions with host nation Ukraine. Russian broadcaster chose the singer again in 2018 to give her a second chance and finally today we get to hear her song for the first time. Listen to ‘I Won’t Break’ below: