Eurovision 2018 Lisbon: Preview18th Apr 2018 |
Europe’s biggest party (which no one wants to host) is about to roll around again with the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Spread across 5 days, 43 countries will participate across 2 semi-finals and the grand final which will all be hosted by 2017 winners, Portugal.
All the action will take place in the Altice Arena, Lisbon. It’s a venue that is more than up to the big occasion, having previously hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards and concerts for Justin Bieber, Adele, Lady Gaga, Britney and Kylie.Here are the dates that all Eurovision fans need to mark in their diaries:
- Semi-final 1: 8th May 2018
- Semi-final 2: 10th May 2018
- Grand Final: 12th May 2018
All the shows will start at 21:00 BST
Eurovision 2018 Betting Favourites…
Bulgaria – Bones
‘Love is like a black hole’ begins this dark-themed tune from Bulgarian outfit Equinox. In places, it sounds a bit like something the Chainsmokers might have produced and it certainly has a very polished feel. How the song translates into a live version on the Eurovision stage in front of an audience of millions we eagerly await to see.
It’s been bouncing between 8th and 1st places since mid-December so it’s hard to predict if this one will shine through come May. Let’s hope the dramatic feel of the tune isn’t lost with a live performance but instead enhanced.
Current Odds: 6.50 or 11/2
Czech Republic – Lie to Me
A true Timberlake/Bieber inspired ditty with plenty of trumpets, which certainly makes the Czech entry a real earworm. It’s been holding solidly as the 3rd favourite for over a month and is certainly well in the mix as we rapidly approach the finals.
Again, there are some quiet lyrics in there which could easily get lost on the big stage but if the fresh-faced 22-year-old Mikolas Josef shakes it hard enough no one will particularly care.
Current Odds: 7.50 or 13/2
Australia – We Got Love
Yes, once again the Aussies are in the mix with a catchy tune sung by Jessica Mauboy, a 28-year-old Australian R&B and pop singer, songwriter, and actress. It’s pop in its purest form with a basic message, but very often that’s what works best in Eurovision.
The song seems to have dropped a little in popularity since February but is now hovering around the 5th favourite spot. Europe seems to still be in love with having a country on the opposite side of the world involved in the contest and that should ensure a strong finish.
Current Odds: 8.75 or 31/4
Estonia – La Forza
Estonia has stepped up with the token annual classical/operatic musical entry. This time it’s powered by the angelic voice of Elina Nechayeva. It’s certain to be a ‘hairs on the back of the neck’ inducing moment in the proceedings once she unleashes the full power of her voice.
If they can pull of the same stunning visual on her outfit then they could be well on the way to clinching their second-ever Eurovision win. Estonia were holding firm in 2nd spot for a while and have only just dropped to 4th place so, they are still in with a good shout this May.
Current Odds: 10.00 or 9/1
Sweden – Dance You Off
Eurovision stalwarts Sweden are always right in the mix and 2018 is no exception. Benjamin Ingrosso is no stranger to the spotlight having performed in several bigtime musicals as a child. He’s taking a very well polished tune to Lisbon which wouldn’t sound out of place on your radio any time of the day.
It was the bookies favourite until mid-February when more competitors started to grab the public attention.
Current SuperLenny Odds: 17.25 or 65/4
Israel – TOY
Since gaining momentum in early March, Netta has been firmly placed as the bookies favourite to clinch the 2018 Eurovision crown. It’s easy to see why with the clucky chicken noises making this quirky tune instantly recognisable. The deeper message of not being a plaything for boys is sure to strike a cord in the current climate.
The only question is will the quirkiness of TOY wear thin before the grand final on the 12th May?
Current SuperLenny Odds: 2.70 or 17/10
If you’ve had too much Europop and fancy something a little darker then we’d suggest the brand new slot from Swedish doom metal outfit, Candlemass. It’s a world where behind every door there is doom… and metal!
Play House of Doom at SuperLenny.