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Running order for ESC 2018 semi-finals revealed

by | Apr 3, 2018

Running order for ESC 2018 semi-finals revealed

by | Apr 3, 2018 | Eurovision, Featured |

After weeks of speculation, this lunchtime the running order for the semi-finals of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was officially revealed.

Azerbaijan will open the first semi-final. As we confidently predicted in our recent post, they will be followed by Iceland in the “cannon fodder” second position. Bookies’ favourite Israel gets a comfortable 7th slot in the semi 1 running order, while – as we speculated – the producers have opted to give the intimate Irish entry a late starting position, although it is Cyprus who will have the honour of closing the show.

In the second semi-final, the producers clearly believe that Alexander Rybak’s path to the final will be unhindered by opening proceedings, so viewers will get to enjoy his tips on how to write a song before judging his 17 competitors on the same criteria. The back-to-back Georgia and Hungary option in the second half of the semi has been avoided (boo), but we were right to think that Mélovin from Ukraine could close the show – does this mean he’s definitely bringing the steps, the piano, the pyro and all?

The full running order is as follows:

SEMI-FINAL 1 SEMI-FINAL 2
1. Azerbaijan
2. Iceland
3. Albania
4. Belgium
5. Czech Republic
6. Lithuania
7. Israel
8. Belarus
9. Estonia
10. Bulgaria
11. Macedonia
12. Croatia
13. Austria
14. Greece
15. Finland
16. Armenia
17. Switzerland
18. Ireland
19. Cyprus
1. Norway
2. Romania
3. Serbia
4. San Marino
5. Denmark
6. Russia
7. Moldova
8. Netherlands
9. Australia
10. Georgia
11. Poland
12. Malta
13. Hungary
14. Latvia
15. Sweden
16. Montenegro
17. Slovenia
18. Ukraine

The countries had previously been drawn into halves of each semi-final at the allocation draw in January.

The semi-finals of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Tuesday 8 May and Thursday 10 May.

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