#eurovision 2018 semi-final one performance order

With less than four weeks to go until rehearsals start, Lisbon 2018 is simmering away. The Altice Arena is in the possession of RTP. Eurovision versions of songs are being released. The final batch of ticket sales to the public happen in mere hours.

And the producers have released the performance order for the two semi-finals. Here are some thoughts.

The list

Draw Country
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

Predictions

Aside from being supporters of a random draw (which we say every year), our analysis predicts the following:

Easily qualifying: Czechia, Israel, Estonia, Cyprus, Finland, Armenia

Probably qualifying: Albania, Lithuania, Croatia, Ireland

Not qualifying: Azerbaijan, Iceland, Belgium, Belarus, Macedonia, Austria, Greece, Switzerland

Some of these are not at all related to the performance order. Estonia and Israel, in particular, will qualify from anywhere in the order (if they deliver on the night). While the ex-Soviet bloc tends to do really well in any semi-final, Belarus’ diction is terrible and the Azeri song isn’t suited to the singers obvious talent.

Acoustic Ireland (Source: YouTube/2 35 Film Production)

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