The EuroWhat? #16: Semi-Final Preview

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Israel, Moldova, Norway, Ukraine, Australia, and Sweden are expected to do well in the semi-final rounds in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. (Photos courtesy of EBU) Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Israel, Moldova, Norway, Ukraine, Australia, and Sweden are expected to do well in the semi-final rounds in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. (Photos courtesy of EBU)

It’s showtime! 37 countries will be competing in the Eurovision semi-final rounds Tuesday and Thursday. We share our thoughts on the rehearsals as well as suggestions for how to make your Eurovision party on Saturday a fun experience for everyone.

Our preview begins with an explanation of how Eurovision’s complicated points system works. If you are hosting a Eurovision party this year, we offer recommendations on food, party games, and viewing options in case Logo’s coverage isn’t your thing. Then the crew talks about the semi-final rehearsals, including which acts are most improved, which have fizzled, and which we’re most excited to see. It’s Eurovision Week!

Episode Summary

  • How does Eurovision scoring work in the semi-final and Grand Final? (3:07)
  • Tips for Hosting a Eurovision party (18:43)
  • How to Watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the US (25:26)
  • Talking about the semi-final rehearsals (30:26)
  • Which countries are the most improved? (32:25)
  • Which countries have fizzled? (41:40)
  • Which entries are we most interested to see? (54:45)

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