Eurovision 2018

#TOP10 – Top 10 Fun Facts for Eurovision 2018!

Who doesn’t love a Top 10? All Eurovision fans do! So here are our Top 10 Fun Facts for you to impress your friends with during tomorrow’s Grande Final!

1 – This is the first time Lisbon has hosted a Eurovision event! It took Portugal 53 years of trying before Salvador lifted the trophy for them!

2 – Two countries competing tonight have not been seen together in a Eurovision grand final for 16 years! Cyprus and Finland have a habit of missing each other when it comes to Eurovision as only one of them usually qualifies.

3 – This year saw 3 countries losing their perfect qualification records during the Semi Finals. Prior to 2018, Russia, Azerbaijan and Romania had qualified for the final every year they entered.

4 – Tonight’s show will have 4 hosts, namely Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah and Catarina Furtado. This is the second time in recent years that 4 hosts have overseen the contest, as Arabella Kiesbauer, Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumlerdid and Conchita Wurst did in Vienna in 2015

5 – Out of the 6 automatic finalists, 5 of them are singing in their native languages tonight. Only Germany isn’t, opting to sing in English.

6 – After failing to qualify on Tuesday night, Macedonia have now been absent from the final for 6 years! They were last on stage for the grand final in Baku in 2012.

7 – If Sweden win tonight, it will be their 7th Eurovision victory. This will equal the record currently held by Ireland, something we know Sweden have their eye on. But…

8 – If Ireland win tonight (best of luck Ryan!!) it would mean their 8th Eurovision win and increase their already record breaking margin.

9 – Nine countries taking part in tonight’s final have never won Eurovision before. These are Hungary, Moldova, Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Albania, Lithuania, Slovenia and Cyprus.

10 – The songs in tonight’s final are sung in no less than 10 languages! These are English, French, Spanish, Italian, Slovene, Serbian, Portuguese, Albanian, Hungarian and Rasmussen’s Higher Ground even features a few words of Icelandic too!

Wherever you are in the world tonight, all of us here at Eurovision Ireland hope that you enjoy the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Author: James Scanlan

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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