Semi-final 1 2018: How accurate were the bookmakers?

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In second place is Alexander Rybak, who in 2009 had already won Eurovision with the song "How to write a song".

Since the introduction of Semi-Finals, we only count songs the first time they are performed, meaning that the countries pre-qualified for the Grand Final are the last ones to be counted.


Last year's Eurovision victor has criticised one of the frontrunners for this year's contest as "horrible", in an outspoken interview.

Israel's Eurovision representative, singer Netta Barzilai, performing at the 70th-anniversary Independence Day ceremony in Jerusalem on April 18, 2018. "I only know the Portuguese song and Israel, because YouTube forced me to see it. YouTube thought I would like the Israeli song, and then I opened it and a terrible song came out of it".


Coral's John Hill said it looked like the United Kingdom was facing another "bleak year", adding: "It looks very unlikely that we will end our 21-year wait for the trophy once again". I thought: 'YouTube, thank you, but it's not what I want'. I do not think anything has changed. "Maybe in the future". I do not think so.

Fortunately, it doesn't sound like Netta is too bothered with what Salvador thinks of her musical offerings, tweeting: "Sending only love to Salvador, and to all artists of all genres".


The track was written by his sister, who performed it with him at the end of the ceremony, following his victory.

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