Eurovision Song Contest picks 10 finalists (5/8)
On Tuesday (May 8) the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest took place in the Altice Arena in Lisbon and it has sent 10 countries’ performers to the Grand Final, ending the dream of nine others.
Contestants from Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland and Ireland were chosen to advance in the competition after votes by a professional jury and the general public.
On the other hand, performers from Greece, Switzerland, Armenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Belarus, Belgium, Iceland and Azerbaijan went home.
The second semifinal involving 18 countries is Thursday (May 10). That will also send 10 contestants on to the Grand Final, which will feature 26 contestants on Saturday (May 12). Five other countries (Italy, France, UK, Spain, Germany) and host Portugal automatically qualified for the final.
We remind you that even though the United States obviously does not participate, you can still watch it all stateside. To watch in the United States, your best bet is a cable subscription that includes the LOGO network, which broadcasts the contest exclusively in the U.S. for the third year. But we’ll get only the Grand Final show — live and commercial free — on Saturday. (For the semifinals, this site is worth a shot: rtp.pt/play.)
The broadcast starts at 3 p.m. (ET) May 12 on LOGO. The LOGO broadcast will feature commentary from Michelle Visage of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and comedian Ross Mathews.
In addition to this, you have streaming options. The show will simulcast on Logo’s website and the LogoTV mobile app, which will likely require a cable password. But there’s also a simulcast on Logo’s YouTube channel, and that likely will not require a cable password. Needless to say that individual performances from Eurovision will go up on YouTube the day after.