🇮🇸 The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest expects that “one day” the contest will be held in Iceland. Speaking in an interview with the Icelandic broadcaster RUV, Jon Ola Sand said: “Portugal have never held the contest before this year. It also happens in Iceland. It may take many years but if you participate you can win the race and hold it… Of course, we come to Iceland one day. “
🇬🇷 The fans are furious with ERT (and not with Yianna Terzi who in general gave a dignified and up to what she could do, performance), demanding the Eurovision Team to resign for thee incompetence. The first report of the semi final Tv ratings give a number of 23-24% somehow low for a Eurovision show in which Greece participates.
🇦🇿 Following Azerbaijan’s first ever non-qualification, Aisel who represented the nation at this years Eurovision Song Contest has taken to social media. The singer posted on Instagram that: “Dear Friends, thank you very much for all your kind words. Of course, as for all of you it was a huge surprise for us as well, as for several month we have been working extremely hard and put our soul into this performance… unfortunately, it is kind of hard to predict the algorithm of Eurovision.”
🇪🇺 The contest according to the current Director General has a “life beyond Europe” and that this is something that the EBU is working one expanding: “The Eurovision song contest is going from strength to strength and we need to consider what its life is beyond Europe It is such a phenomenon now in European broadcasting. That I think we all believe that it has a life beyond Europe and we need to be careful how we look at that.”
🇷🇺 Dima Bilan has shown his support for this year’s Belarusian Eurovision entrant Alekseev: “Randomness is not accidental! In the magic of numbers I believe! In the first semifinal, I give my preference to him! Vote for Belarus! Nikita, good luck! “Everything will turn out!”
🇱🇹 According to Oddschecker, Lithuania is now amongst the top favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Of course this website should mark out (loud) that we don’t endorse betting.
PRESS ON THE FIRST SEMI FINAL
EURONEWS – Among them, two favourites: Israel and Cyprus, which may have taken Portugal’s loser’s mantle, having failed to win since joining in 1981. Both countries are sending upbeat pop acts, performing in English as the rules have allowed since 1999. If sparkle is what wins it, Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira has this one in the bag. Her set was all hip shaking and glitter.
TELEGRAPH – Israel’s Netta was the clear bookies’ favourite to win in the lead-up to Eurovision, but that’s not always a good place to be so far in advance of the competition. Last year, Italy were the runaway favourites for weeks in advance, but they were eventually soundly beaten by Portugal. Cyprus’s Eleni Foureira then ended the night with an outrageous display of red-hot dancing and hair-flicking in an instant classic of a Europop song, Fuego. The song instantly raced up the betting. I wondered at first if it looked too much like a lesser imitation of Beyoncé, but then the hardcore pyrotechnics came out, the dancing kicked up a gear and Foureira might as well have just burned down the arena, stolen the trophy and left it at that. Fuego is the kind of party song that can suddenly do very well in the glitzy atmosphere of the Saturday night finals, especially when delivered with the thermonuclear sass that Foureira was serving.
INDEPENDENT – Following the first round of semi-finals, Cyprus has emerged as one of the favourites of Eurovision 2018. The country – represented by contestant Eleni Foureira – will perform her song “Fuego” at the Grand Final. Her odds of winning went from 66-1 to 5-2 after tonight’s semi-finals at Lisbon’s Altice Arena. Israel has been a longstanding favourite of bookmakers, but after this competition singer Netta’s odds have dropped 11-4.
METRO – Greek superstar Eleni Foureira is now the clear favourite to win Saturday night’s Eurovision Song Contest for Cyprus after Fuego stormed through to the final. We sat down with Eleni this week to talk about her fiery entry and we’re not surprised to see this one soaring. Lithuania Eurovision hopes are still alive with Ieva Zasimauskaite’s When We’re Old. This one is a tear jerker of a ballad and she performed to perfection. We tipped this one to get through and Lithuania are now 5th favourites for the Eurovision win.
THE SUN – Israel, Cyprus and Finland – featuring former X Factor contestant Saara Aalto – were among the other nine countries who progressed. Greece and Belgium failed to make it through.
MIRROR – 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.