#11: First!

This week we begin our analysis of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in earnest. First up: the first half of the first semi-final! Which entries are locks for advancing to the Grand Final? Who might get help from the running order? Why is Staples playing Eurovision songs from 2016?

Episode Summary

  • Eurovision Viewing Parties (3:50)
  • Why is Staples playing “Sunlight”? (5:20)
  • Analyzing the semi-final (9:36)

First Semi-Final Running Order

  1. Azerbaijan – Aisel – X My Heart (9:36)
  2. Iceland – Ari Olafsson – Our Choice (14:48)
  3. Albania – Eugent Bushpepa – Mall (19:52)
  4. Belgium – SENNEK – A Matter of Time (27:16)
  5. Czech Republic – Mikolas Josef – Lie to Me (31:27)
  6. Lithuania – Ieva Zasimauskaitė – When We’re Old (37:44)
  7. Israel – Netta – Toy (43:29)
  8. Belarus – Alekseev – Forever (47:44)
  9. Estonia – Elina Netšajeva – La Forza (52:22)
  10. Bulgaria – Equinox – Bones (58:09)

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