Eurovision 2018 for Dummies – Here’s the running order

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New readers start here: On Saturday, 26 songs will compete to win the annual Eurovision Song Contest. If you’re already struggling, we’ve put together a handy explanation of the competition.

There have been two semi-finals already, and seventeen potential contenders have been consigned to the loading bay of Lisbon’s Altice Arena. Late last night, the producers huddled to decide who they wanted to win who sings when.

Here is the running order

The commercial breaks will happen after Portugal and Australia to allow set-up of the stage for the UK and Finland.

CountryPerformerSample lyricConcept
Under the ladder
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, yeahConjunctivitis
SpainAmaia & Alfred
Tu canción
I never got to imagine that traveling to the moon would be for realManchego
SloveniaLea Sirk
Hvala, ne
True art cannot have a price tagFake break
LithuaniaIeva Zasimauskaitė
When we're old
From your very first smile I knew that I’d walk a mileEarly John Lewis Xmas ad
AustriaCesár Sampson
Nobody but you
Lord I’m gonna get so high tonightHammertime
EstoniaElina Nechayeva
La forza
I would like it to be a fairy tale around usSay yes to the dress
NorwayAlexander Rybak
That's how you write a a song
Shubidubi-dab-dab Shubidubi-dab-dab Shubaduba-hey Shubaduba-hey SayViolin
PortugalCláudia Pascoal
O Jardim
I’ll take care of your gardenHigh school musical angst
Am I making you proud or could I do better?Annie Lennox sings Nicki French
SerbiaSanja Ilić & Balkanika
Nova Deca
Happiness is achievable, grab itBalkania
GermanyMichael Schulte
You let me walk alone
We were three kids and a loving mumSheeran
AlbaniaEugent Bushpepa
This yearning that burns knows no distance, no bounds in this worldGruffalo
FranceMadame Monsieur
Merci, merci, merci, merciTurtle necks
Czech RepublicMikolas Josef
Lie to me
The way she moved got me making a puddleBack-brace Bieber
Higher ground
Call it surrender, still won't feel like defeatBoaty McBeardface
AustraliaJessica Mauboy
We got love
Don’t you think it’s just a waste of time when we’re always fighting over material, trivial things in this life?Drunken auntie at wedding
FinlandSaara Aalto
I’m gonna roll the dice, you better believe itGay Nazi chic
Love is like a black holeSia +4
My lucky day
And something tells me we ain’t gonna loose itFlatpack fun
SwedenBenjamin Ingrosso
Dance you off
I dug you like you were treasureTanning salon
Viszlát Nyár
My blood will keep running in your veinsThe one with all the shouting
You're stupid just like your smart phoneFamily bag of Skittles, two litres of Fanta
Outlaw in 'em
A new tattoo that you can’t keep hiddenBlacksploitation
IrelandRyan O'Shaughnessy
We were drifting like two icebergs out on the oceanSnowbound gayzers
CyprusEleni Foureira
You got me pelican fly-fly-flyin' Yeah, yeah, fire
ItalyErmal Meta & Fabrizio Moro
Non mi avete fatto niente
In London it always rainsIll-judged holiday romance that won't stop calling

The show begins on Saturday at 20:00 UK time (21:00 CET) and you can watch it on your telly box, or here online.

Live blogs

Tonight, Mr Phil will talk you through the jury final. Tomorrow, Mo Fanning will be on hand for those who need emotional support – along with cocktail and snack suggestions – with our last LIVE BLOG of the season.

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4 years ago

Hey all. Been following and enjoying the reports from Lisbon over the last two weeks. Keep up the good work.

Some very interesting choices in that running order.

1- From a look at this it seems that they are setting it up for Cyprus in a big way. They knew they couldn’t put it last again so one from last is as close as they could get. I’m not ruling out Israel either given it’s late draw but I think it coming after Sweden blows Benji’s chances out of the water and I don’t think the EBU would have any problem with that.

2- Even more startling is that in the first half we have all the favourites – Lithuania, Austria, Estonia and Norway – in one super block. That seems a very controversial choice as there’s plenty of songs they could have used to spread them out, To me this is very much an attempt to dilute the effectiveness of those songs in favour of what comes later.
3 – Finally the choice of Ukraine as an opener is a bit strange given the weird nature of the song and the staging. There’s quite a chance of putting casual viewers off right at the start of the show. While I knew they couldn’t have Norway open again they could have opted for Austria or the UK to kick things off as both are good strong upbeat songs with straightforward staging.

Of course you never know how things turn out but the Eastern Med (Cyprus/Israel) next May is looking like a strong possibility.

Mo Fanning
Mo Fanning
4 years ago
Reply to  Jayuu

Ukraine is an odd opener, especially since he starts entombed in his coffin, but I suppose it is Eurovision …