Nevena Bozovic from Serbia at the Halfinale in Tel Aviv. Photo: AP

On Tuesday evening, 17 countries appeared in the first semifinals and offered a typical mix for the ESC with partly over-turned, partly by light shows superimposed, but partly also musically strong performances.

Tel Aviv – Australia has qualified for the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC ) this Saturday with a spectacular stage show . The singer Kate Miller-Heidke convinced on Tuesday evening in the first semifinals of the ESC in Tel Aviv, not only the audience, but also managed at the bookmakers, at least for now, the leap into the narrow favorite circle. Also nine other countries qualified for the final.

The ESC finals will be attended by 26 countries. Host Israel, as well as the competition’s top five sponsors, is seated, and half of the 20 seats will be shared by the viewers and juries in each of the semi-finals.

On Tuesday evening, 17 countries appeared in the first semifinals and offered a typical mix for the ESC with partly over-turned, partly by light shows superimposed, but partly also musically strong performances. The Australian singer Miller-Heidke hovered on a several-meter-long pole above the stage and made so next to her operatic vocals, especially visually for impression.

These countries are in the final

 

Australia, an associate member of the European Broadcasting Union EBU since 2015, has qualified for the ESC for the fifth time in a row.

Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia may also compete in the final. Even the dwarf state of San Marino managed surprisingly the finals, also Slovenia. Iceland is also in the final. His competition entry, whose title literally translates as “hatred will win,” is considered a top ten candidate.

Among the countries that retired prematurely, surprisingly Portugal. Two years ago, the Portuguese Salvador Sobral had yet to win the competition, the ESC finals 2018 therefore took place in Lisbon. Finland, Poland, Hungary and Belgium also left, as did Montenegro and Georgia.

At least the betting odds according to the biggest favorites starters Netherlands, Sweden and Russia occur only in the second semifinals on Thursday evening.

Already set for the ESC final is the German duo S! Sters, which starts with the song “Sister”. In the betting offices and fan polls, the Germans are considered blatant outsiders – last year, the German Michael Schulte had surprised with a fourth place positive.

The ESC final will take place this year in Tel Aviv due to the victory of Israeli starter Netta last year. The motto of the 64th edition of the song contest is “dare to dream” – dare to dream. The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s most respected music competition, with around 200 million viewers expected.