First Eurovision 2018 semi-final winners revealed

The first Eurovision 2018 semi-final winners have been announced.

It’s official, the first 10 countries to qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest have been revealed in Lisbon, Portugal and broadcast in the live semi-final on BBC Four.

The finalists to make it through were Estonia (Elina Nechayeva, La Forza), Austria (Cesar Sampson, Nobody But You), Cyprus (Eleni Foureira, Fuego), Lithuania (Ieva Zasimauskaite, When We’re Old), Israel (Netta Barzilai, Toy), Czech Republic (Mikolas Josef, Lie To Me), Bulgaria (Equinox, Bones), Albania (Eugent Bushpepa, Mall), Finland (Saara Alto, Monsters) and Ireland (Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Together).

Azerbaijan missed out on the final for the first time in 10 years after their act Aisel failed to impress with their song X My Heart.

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Greece (Yianna Terzi) and Switzerland (Zibbz) also missed out on a spot in Saturday’s grand final.

It almost appeared as though Ireland would miss out on the final for the fifth year in a row tonight as it came down to the last act being announced for the final. Thankfully, however, they were called out and bagged the final place.

X Factor finalist Saara Alto also impressed enough this evening to sing in the final on Saturday.

A surprise hit tonight was Cyprus’ act Eleni Foureira, who many think could now win the competition.

The 31-year-old has tried to represent Greece on several occasions. And it looks like they may be regretting the decision after they were knocked out this evening while she became one of the favourites…

The five acts guaranteed a place in the final are:

  • UK – SuRie (Storm)
  • Spain – Alfred and Amaia (Tu Cancion)
  • France – Madame Monsieur (Mercy)
  • Germany – Michael Schulte (You Let Me Walk Alone)
  • Italy – Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro (Non mi avete fatto niente)

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