Eurovision 2018: Watch all the entries and see who's favourite to win

16 March 2018, 13:16

Eurovision 2018

It's nearly that time of year again!

It's that wacky night where we all sit through hours of downright strange yet brilliant music from across Europe, and for a short time pretend that the UK actually has a shot at winning. Eurovision 2018 is nearly here!

Get out last year's bunting, a decent bottle of Bucks Fizz and your trusty Cliff Richard facemask, and prepare yourself with yet another evening of anger, wonder and utter happiness.

Here is everything you need to know of the Eurovision Song Contest for 2018:

Eurovision 2018: When and where is it being held?

The semi-finals will be held on May 8 and 10, before the grand finale on May 12, 2018. It will be held at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, after Portugal triumphed last year.

The show will be hosted by local stars Filomena Cautela (an actress and TV presenter), Sílvia Alberto (ditto), Daniela Ruah (known for her role in US drama NCIS: Los Angeles), and actress Catarina Furtado. 

Who's the UK entry?

SuRie - real name Susanna - was selected by viewers of a TV vote to represent the UK with her track 'Storm'.

Royal Academy of Music graduate SuRie was announced the winner of the vote after a live ceremony in Brighton.

She was chosen via a combined public and jury vote, after which she said she would celebrate with "a bottle of something bubbly and a straw".

Eurovision 2018 semi-finals: Who's performing?

19 countries will perform in the first semi-final on May 8 – with Portugal, Spain and the UK voting. 10 countries will go through.

The performers are (click the titles to watch the videos):

  1. Albania: Eugent Bushpepa - 'Mall'
  2. Azerbaijan: Aisel - 'X My Heart'
  3. Belarus: Alexseev - 'Forever'
  4. Belgium: Sennek - 'A Matter of Time'
  5. Bulgaria: Equinox - 'Bones'
  6. Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef - 'Lie To Me'
  7. Estonia: Elena Nechayeva - 'La Forza'
  8. Iceland: Ari Ólafsson - 'Our Choice'
  9. Israel: Netta - 'Toy'
  10. Lithuania: Ieva Zasimauskaitė - 'When We're Old'
  11. Armenia: Sevak Khanagyan - 'Qami'
  12. Austria: Cesár Sampson - 'Nobody But You'
  13. Croatia: Franka - 'Crazy'
  14. Cyprus: Eleni Foureira - 'Fuego'
  15. Finland: Saara Aalto - 'Monsters'
  16. Greece: Yianna Terzi - 'Oneiro Mou'
  17. Ireland: Ryan O'Shaughnessy - 'Together'
  18. Macedonia: Eye Cue - 'Lost and Found'
  19. Switzerland: Zibbz - 'Stones'

18 countries will performed in the second semi-final on May 10 – with France, Germany and Italy voting. 10 countries will go through.

The performers are (click the titles to watch the videos):

  1. Australia: Jessica Mauboy - 'We Got Love'
  2. Denmark: Rasmussen - 'Higher Ground'
  3. Moldova: DoReDos - 'My Lucky Day'
  4. Netherlands: Waylon - 'Outlaw in 'Em'
  5. Norway: Alexander Rybak - 'That's How You Write a Song'
  6. Romania: The Humans - 'Goodbye'
  7. Russia: Julia Samoylova - 'I Won't Break'
  8. San Marino: Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening - 'Who We Are'
  9. Serbia: Sanja Ilić & Balkanika - 'Nova Deca'
  10. Georgia: Iriao - 'For You'
  11. Hungary: AWS - 'Viszlát nyár'
  12. Latvia: Laura Rizzotto - 'Funny Girl'
  13. Malta: Christabelle - 'Taboo'
  14. Montenegro: Vanja Radovanović - 'Inje'
  15. Poland: Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer - 'Light Me Up'
  16. Slovenia: Lea Sirk - 'Hvala, Ne'
  17. Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso - 'Dance You Off'
  18. Ukraine: Mélovin - 'Under the Ladder'

Interesting facts:

  • Ireland's Ryan O'Shaughnessy previously appeared in Britain's Got Talent, where he finished as a finalist.
  • Finland's Saara Alto came second in The X Factor in 2016.
  • Norway's Alexander Rybak won the competition for his country in 2009.
  • The Netherland's Waylon previously came second as part of The Common Linnets in 2014.

Eurovision 2018: Who has made the final?

France, Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain automatically qualify, regardless of their positions last year, as they are the five biggest financial contributors to the EBU. Portugal also qualify as the host nation and current champions.

1. Portugal: Cláudia Pascoal - 'O Jardim'

2. France: Madame Monsieur - 'Mercy'

3. Germany: Michael Schulte - 'You Let Me Walk Alone'

4. Italy: Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro - 'Non mi avete fatto niente'

5. Spain: Alfred & Amaia - 'Tu canción'

 

6. United Kingdom: SuRie - 'Storm'

Eurovision 2018 odds: Who's tipped to win?

The current favourite is Israel's Netta, with her chicken-noise-filled song 'Toy'. Yes, we said chicken-noise:

Estonia is the second favourite with this opera number:

As for the UK, our odds are pretty slim at 100/1 as of mid-March. Oh dear!

And the Czech Republic are the third favourites with this insanely catchy tune: