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Eurovision semi final 1 Top 3

Semifinal 1: Which countries will be among the top three?

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Eurovision 2018 is scheduled during the 2nd week of May. The contest will be held at the Altice Arena in Lisbon and will consist of two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May and a final on 12 May 2018. The three live shows will be hosted by Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah and Catarina Furtado.

Forty-three countries will participate in the contest, equalling the record of the 2008 and 2011 editions. Russia will return after their absence from the previous edition, and for the first time since 2011, no country will be withdrawing from the contest.

The opening semifinal is the strongest of the 2, even though it features some countries that haven’t recently enjoyed success in the competition: Israel, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland or Switzerland. Contenders for a top 3 finish here, are basically few of the sure qualifiers to the Grand Final seem to be Israel, Czech Republic, Estonia, Bulgaria, Greece or even Belgium.

The Baltic country Estonia will bring the world of "belcanto" in Lisbon. The song is pure magic and the staging is spectacular; but, it is also true that, when proposing a lyrical theme for the festival, this also entails a risk; about it, remember the case of France that started as one of the favorites in the 2011 edition with the lyrical piece "Sognu" sung by Amaury Vassilli and ended in a disappointing fifteenth place.

The Czech Republic is the real surprise of this year offering a pop song with a catchy chorus and that will make it difficult to resist dancing, in addition, the Czech representative is young and handsome and that always helps.

Israel would be, according to a lot of bookmakers, the winner of this year  and the reason is not missing: the song is a mixture of pop with oriental sounds with touches of beat box that leaves the listener hypnotized, in addition, the Israeli theme has a mandatory message: women are not toys in the hands of men.

Belgium, one more year, returns to aim at the highest; the song to be performed in Lisbon is an alternative pop with touches of the soundtrack of the James Bond films; the piece is good and Sennek's voice gives him a touch of magic. Possible winner.

Favorite for the victory long before the official version to be performed at the festival, Bulgaria is, at this time, according to the betting website, in seventh place to get the much-desired crystal microphone. The song is a pop theme with "dark" sounds, in the style of eighties groups such as Depeche Mode or New Order. Top 3-5 insurance.

Not as moody as ‘Skeletons’ from 2017, Azerbaijan’s song is a revert back to a big pop number such as ‘Miracle’ in 2016. While Aisel’s entry is not a expected winner, it could see Azerbaijan move back into the top ten for the first time in many years. Those who prefer songs with meaning will likely dismiss this, while neutrals will find it pleasing enough – the juries may not appreciate it.