Live Blog – Eurovision 2018 first semi final

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Who sings when

Tonight from 20:00 UK (and Lisbon) time, Mo will be here to guide you through the bloodbath of the first semi-final. You’re welcome to join in and disagree. Ten songs will make the final cut, see what the web already thinks. And if you’d like to know how things went last night when the jury voted, check Phil’s live blog.

May 8, 2018 8:00 pm
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Latest update 4 years ago
22:13
Semi-smugly signing off

I'm shocked to get eight of the finalists in my list. Belgium a fairly big shame, but it was so badly staged. Azerbaijan is no loss. I'd imagine much drama for the Greeks any minute now.

Tipping Lithuania still for Saturday.

22:08
Who's through ...

Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland and Ireland!!!

22:04
Nearly time

After a really long bit of cobbled together nonsense and impressions of the big three of six, it's time to hear the reveal.

21:46
Prediction time

WOW, it is indeed tough, and here's my cut, but it could go any way. I'd reckon myself close if I get more than six. Mr Fanning insists Iceland will qualify.

  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Lithuania
  • Israel
  • Estonia
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Finland
  • Cyprus

But I’d swap Armenia with Bulgaria any day.

21:42
Scanning your comments

Have to agree with everything you've been saying. The Bulgarian lass really was miming and there have been more flat notes in the second half than first.

21:40
Interval act

A bunch of last year's acts singing Salvador's winning song in video clips. It looks very cheap, and fits with the overall feel of the show tonight.

I wanted so much to say this was proof that you don't need the LED screens and special effects, but I was wrong. Without the edge and glamour and technology, things looked a bit low key and drab, like someone had decided to save money. It was a disappointingly drab show, with the dated songs fitting in better. It seems it's down to the countries who spend a bit more to stand a chance - like Estonia for example.

21:36
Time to vote

It's probably just me but the app simply doesn't work on a tablet. I click the VOTE NOW button and it flashes up a message about using the mobile number and paying. So much for that then.

21:28
Cyprus

Not really my cup of tea, but seeing it live changed everything. If you’re going to do Euro-banger, so it this way. It’s cheap and cheerful, and Elini looks like she’d have your leg off if you said the wrong thing.

Very breathy and absolutely out of puff by the end, suggesting someone else might have carried this one.

It totally fits with the dated staging, as it's a dated banger, and I;m sure it has to be through (but only just about)

21:26
Ireland

This is the strongest Irish entry in years and it’s still a dreadfully weak song.But if someone put a gun to my head and asked me to pick out the Irish song tonight, I;d have no trouble choosing this one.

Ryan really struggled with some of the notes in the first chorus, and the gays couldn't get on stage soon enough to distract.

The staging is reasonable, though there’s an air of kitchen sink, like someone thought too hard about it. I’d love to see it eek a place in the final, but I think it might just miss out. It got one of the biggest cheers of the night though.

21:18
Switzerland

Everything about this suggests Swiss siblings  Zibbz have landed in the wrong concert hall. They’re very able, and their song would fit in a different place and time, but it’s not right for tonight. The Swiss just don’t get Eurovision at all, do they?

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ShaiD.
ShaiD.
4 years ago

Allocation draw:

Albania – 1st half

Czech Republic – 2nd half

Lithuanaia-1st half

Israel- 2nd half

Estonia – 1st half

Bulgaria – 2nd half

Austria – 1st half

Finland – 2nd half

Ireland – 2nd half

Cyprus – 2nd half

1st half of the final is shaping up as a very slow half , while the 2nd half very uptempo.
Björkman will have an headache from this.

There still 4 x 1st half places and 6 x 2nd half places

Mo Fanning
Mo Fanning
4 years ago
Reply to  ShaiD.

Fully expect this draw nonsense to quietly go away sooner or later, and the producers will simply design the show.

ShaiD.
ShaiD.
4 years ago
Reply to  Mo Fanning

I think this will be totally unfair

ShaiD.
ShaiD.
4 years ago

Azerbaijan missing the final for the 1st time – miracles happen after all

ShaiD.
ShaiD.
4 years ago

The script is forced and there is no need for 4 female presentatrices

ShaiD.
ShaiD.
4 years ago

Finland with the Nazis costume reference and she is flat

ShaiD.
ShaiD.
4 years ago

The Bulgarian female singer was miming.

Greece was aided by backing singers and you can hear and see this

Neil Fulcher
Neil Fulcher
4 years ago

I don’t know what that was in front of Netta but it wasn’t a looper

ShaiD.
ShaiD.
4 years ago
Reply to  Neil Fulcher

No it wasn’t.
She wasn’t allow to use it.

Neil Fulcher
Neil Fulcher
4 years ago

I don’t know what that was in front of Netta but it wasn’t a looper

Darren Smith
Darren Smith
4 years ago

Here’s my prediction…

Cyprus
Estonia
Israel
Austria
Lithuania
Bulgaria
Czech Republic
Finland
Azerbaijan
Greece

Mo Fanning
Mo Fanning
4 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Another proud eightie

ShaiD.
ShaiD.
4 years ago

It’s a difficult semi to predict. Anything can happens.

In performance order:
Albania
Czech Republic
Lithuania
Israel
Bulgaria
Austria
Greece
Armenia
Ireland
Cyprus

Azerbaijan is out. Not only they start with a deficit of 24 points and have less diaspora than Armenia(which will compensate the same problem they have), but Cyprus is taking votes from them on the same genre.

Belgium – . I love the song and I will be sorry to see them go but the competition is just too strong.

One between Bulgaria and Estonia is not going through. I just don’t like either of the song, although Bulgaria as a song is better. And Estonia’s dress is just not enough to convince me that this is a better song.

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