Eurovision 2018: The Jury Show completed

Eurovision 2018: The Jury Show completed

After two weeks of events,rehearsals and music, we now know all the 26 finalists for tomorrow’s Grand Final of ESC 2018.

A day before the Grand Event, all the contestants have to appear in front of the Jury for last time, making their last rehearsal and simultaneously getting their ranking from the juries. As known, this rank gives the 50% of the final result as the rest 50% will be judged by the audience tomorrow night.

Noting that, today’s show will be taped for safety reasons in case something will go wrong in the live show. The participants will perform following the running order announced yesterday, which means:

01. Ukraine
02. Spain
03. Slovenia
04. Lithuania
05. Austria
06. Estonia
07. Norway
08. Portugal
09. United Kingdom
10. Serbia
11. Germany
12. Albania
13. France
14. Czech Republic
15. Denmark
16. Australia
17. Finland
18. Bulgaria
19. Moldova
20. Sweden
21. Hungary
22. Israel
23. The Netherlands
24. Ireland
25. Cyprus
26. Italy
Let’s start: The opening is quite simple and  it does not remind the impressive start of previous competitions. First, we see the famous country singer Ana Moura, and then Mariza. The parade of countries follows  then under the sounds of fado music.
The competition starts dynamically with Melovin from Ukraine. Bets placed him at 21-22. Full of energy and good vocals once again from the young singer. Impressive end with fires and Melovin on piano. Big applause.
Spain got the worst position statistically “got”, and  definitely it was expecting something better. The whole arena has its mobile turned on. Spain is like playing at home so expect a lot of support from the arena.
Many consider Sloveni  as one of the surprises of the semi-final. The singer herself said at the press conference that she considers her song bad and that she will write a better after the final, adding that she wrote it within 10 minutes. Nevertheless it takes a lot of applause.
A song that became favorite here in Lisbon after rehearsals and the semifinal. Without a particular stage show, but with Ieva’s voice and her song gun, Lithuania has bowed for it best position ever in the competition.

Austria managed to get to the final for another year. Cesar asks the applause of the audience and it gives it to him generously. It will probably be based on juries.Estonia

Elina has come here as one of the big favorites to win, but now she is in 10th place in the bets. Very big applause, perhaps the biggest one so far.


Alexander Rybak first raised the bar very high but eventually the bets in the last few hours have put him out of wedlock. Nonetheless, he is a charismatic performer who will get  another high place for his country.

The hosting country  insists competing without fire, fireworks and other effects. Emotion by Claudia who can not hold her tears.
United Kingdom
Altice Arena is singing along with SuRie. SuRie is clearly excited and give another excellent interpretation of her song. By far,her  best appearance.
Serbia’s qualification was the biggest surprise of the semi-finals. A purely Balkan song that will gather enough points from the TV broadcasting of the countries of the former Yugoslavia.
A song that became a candidate even for the victory. A wonderful presentation and a very good performer who creates  a feeling on stage.
Eugent is clearly the best man’s voice in this year’s Eurovision. He deserved the final although he has  the simplest stage presentation by all the contestants. His presence here proves that Eurovision remains a song contest.
Great response for Madame Monsieur, from the first notes of the song. The French want the victory a lot and remain on prize route. Very big applause.
Czech republic
The fact that Mikolas manages to sing in the final of the cont est  is itself important if one thinks of the serious injury he had in the first days here in Lisbon. A dance song that she likes a lot.
Portuguese like Denmark very much to the,perhaps because of the theme of the song. Perhaps Denmark is higher than all Scandinavian countries. Great applause here too.

Fotis Kourouvanis

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