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Europa Song Contest 8
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 19 September 2018
Semi-final 2 date 26 September 2018
Final date TBA October 2018
Host
Venue Olympic Hall
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Presenter(s) Seka Aleksić
Broadcaster BHRT
Opening act Semi-final 1: Maya Berović performing "Ljubomora"
Semi-final 2: Seka Aleksić performing "Evo"
Interval act Semi-final 1: Seka Aleksić performing "Oslobodi Me"
Semi-final 2: Eleni Foureira performing "Fuego"
Participants
Entries 47
Debuting None
Returning Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Flag of Georgia Georgia
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro
Withdrawing Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Flag of Ireland Ireland
Flag of Sweden Sweden
Voting
System Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.
Europa Song Contest
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Europa Song Contest 8, often referred to as ESC 8, was the eighth edition of the Europa Song Contest. The contest was hosted in SarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina, after Maya Berović won the seventh edition of the contest with "Nisam Normalna". It was the first time that Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted the contest. BHRT chose Olympic Hall in Sarajevo as the host venue for the edition while Seka Aleksić was selected as the presnter.

Forty-seven countries participated in the edition. Austria, Bulgaria, withdrew from the edition while Azerbaijan, Latvia and Montenegro returned after their one-edition absence and Georgia after two editions.

Location

Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a population of 275,524 in its current administrative limits. The Sarajevo metropolitan area, including Sarajevo Canton, East Sarajevo and nearby municipalities is home to 555,210 inhabitants. Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alpsand situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.

Sarajevo is the political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a prominent center of culture in the Balkans, with its region-wide influence in entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts.

Due to its long and rich history of religious and cultural diversity, Sarajevo is sometimes called the "Jerusalem of Europe" or "Jerusalem of the Balkans". It is one of only a few major European cities which have a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue within the same neighborhood. A regional center in education, the city is also home to the Balkans' first institution of tertiary education in the form of an Islamic polytechnic called the Saraybosna Osmanlı Medrese, today part of the University of Sarajevo.

Format

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 26 August 2018 in Sarajevo. The big 6 countries were then drawn to determine in which semi-final each would country vote. The rest of the forty countries were divided into six pots, based on their geographical place. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.

The six pots were the following:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Running order

The running order of the semi-finals and the final of the edition was by producers appointed by both the EBU and the host broadcaster BHRT.

Sneak peeks and betting odds

There were five sneak peeks with one to eight countries in each sneak peek. The countries were divided into the sneak peeks according to the order of the songs announcement with the songs that were announced first being in the first sneak peek. The broadcasters can post their result for each of the sneak peeks ranking the songs from first to last.

The betting odds of the edition are based on the rankings in the sneak peeks. The average rank of each country represented the country's odds to win the contest. After all 6 sneak peeks were released to the public, Croatia was on the lead of the edition with an average rank of 1.63 while Italy and the hosts, Bosnia and Herzegovina completed the top 3 with average ranks of 3.09 and 3.15 respectively. The least favorite country to win this edition was Armenia with an average rank of 6.56.

Participating countries

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     Countries in the first semi-final
     Countries voting in the first semi-final
     Countries in the second semi-final
     Countries voting in the second semi-final

Forty-seven countries confirmed their participation for the edition. Four countries returned to the contest; AzerbaijanGeorgiaLatvia and Montenegro.

However, Austria, Bulgaria, Faroe Islands, Ireland and Sweden withdrew from the edition

Returning artists

Hayko was internally selected to represent Armenia for the second time; he previously represented the country in the seventh edition along with Super Sako. Samira Efendi, who represented Azerbaijan in the sixth edition, returned to represent Azerbaijan for the second time. Nikolija, who represented Serbia in the seventh edition, returned to represent Croatia for the first time. Abir was internally selected to represent Morocco for the second time; she previously represented the country in the seventh edition. Maya Berović was internally selected to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina for the second time; she previously represented the country in the seventh edition and she won. Bobi Andonov who represented FYR Macedonia in the seventh edition, returned to represent Australia for the first time. The Motans who represented Romania in the third edition and in the seventh edition, returned to represent Moldova for the first time.

Results

Semi-final 1

Twenty countries participate in the first semi-final. Andorra, Denmark and Germany also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Beatrich "Pardon Me"
02 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Amaya "Concrete"
03 Flag of Estonia Estonia Laura "Tõusulained"
04 Flag of Hungary Hungary Follow The Flow "Plátói"
05 Flag of Australia Australia Bobi Andonov "Apartment"
06 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands O'G3NE "Clouds Across The Sun"
07 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Enisa "Reunite"
08 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Dusky Grey "A Little Bit"
09 Flag of Portugal Portugal Ana Malhoa "Viúva Negra"
10 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Beibit Kushkaliev "Laula"
11 Flag of Spain Spain Malú "Ciudad De Papel"
12 Flag of Georgia Georgia Manana "Party Music"
13 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Samira Efendi ft. Seeya "Tocame"
14 Flag Of Greece Greece Josephine "Magia"
15 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Pavel Callta "Tak Promiň"
16 Flag of France France Kendji Girac "Pour Oublier"
17 Flag of Iceland Iceland Hildur "Water"
18 Flag of Belarus Belarus ZØYA "Falling Apart"
19 Flag of Turkey Turkey Azusena "In The Water"
20 Flag of Romania Romania Yasiris ft. Ilinca "Hasta Mañana"

Semi-final 2

Twenty-one countries participate in the second semi-final. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and Serbia also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Latvia Latvia Viktoria Modesta "Fevah"
02 Flag of Italy Italy Baby K "Da Zero a Cento"
03 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Bastian Baker "All Around Us"
04 Flag of Croatia Croatia Nikolija "Malo"
05 Flag of Poland Poland Kamil Bednarek "Jak Długo Jeszcze"
06 Flag of San Marino San Marino Le Deva "L'estate tutto l'anno"
07 Flag of Armenia Armenia Ando & Rafo ft. Hayko "Lady Kobuleti"
08 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Codeko ft. Austin Mahone "Say Hi"
09 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Anna Sedokova "Ni Slova O Nem"
10 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Valanto Trifonos "Se Niko"
11 Flag of Monaco Monaco Lilian Renaud "Promis Juré"
12 Flag of Moldova Moldova Irina Rimes ft. The Motans "Cel Mai Bun DJ"
13 Flag of Norway Norway Iselin "Bathtub"
14 Flag of Morocco Morocco Cash Cash ft. Abir "Finest Hour"
15 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Foxy "Puppet"
16 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Antonia Gigovska ft. Pancho DNK "Vanilla"
17 Flag of Albania Albania Bleona "I Don't Need Your Love"
18 Flag of Malta Malta Carlo Gerada ft. Yazmin Helledie "Just Need You"
19 Flag of Belgium Belgium Billie "Love Kills Slowly"
20 Flag of Finland Finland Cyan Kicks "Gasoline"
21 Flag of Russia Russia Yulia Parshuta "Pochemu Dozhd"

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Denmark Denmark Andreas Mark ft. Himalaya "Runaway"
02 Flag of Belgium Belgium Billie "Love Kills Slowly"
03 Flag of Germany Germany VVAVES "Alive"
04 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Maya Berović "Neka Stvar"
05 Flag of Israel Israel Maor Edri "Allah Ma'ak"
06 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Bastian Baker "All Around Us"
07 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Amaya "Concrete"
08 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Dusky Grey "A Little Bit"
09 Flag of Latvia Latvia Viktoria Modesta "Fevah"
10 Flag of Belarus Belarus ZØYA "Falling Apart"
11 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Antonia Gigovska ft. Pancho DNK "Vanilla"
12 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Foxy "Puppet"
13 Flag of Estonia Estonia Laura "Tõusulained"
14 Flag of Australia Australia Bobi Andonov "Apartment"
15 Flag of Serbia Serbia Anastasija "Savršen Par"
16 Flag of Croatia Croatia Nikolija "Malo"
17 Flag of Moldova Moldova Irina Rimes ft. The Motans "Cel Mai Bun DJ"
18 Flag of Turkey Turkey Azusena "In The Water"
19 Flag of Italy Italy Baby K "Da Zero a Cento"
20 Flag of Andorra Andorra Lola Indigo "Ya No Quiero Ná"
21 Flag of Spain Spain Malú "Ciudad De Papel"
22 Flag of Morocco Morocco Cash Cash ft. Abir "Finest Hour"
23 Flag of Iceland Iceland Hildur "Water"
24 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Anna Sedokova "Ni Slova O Nem"
25 Flag of Portugal Portugal Ana Malhoa "Viúva Negra"
26 Flag Of Greece Greece Josephine "Magia"

Other countries

Further information: List of countries in the Europa Song Contest

Countries that are active members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are also eligible to participate in the Europa Song Contest. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members have been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. The following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active EBU Members

  • Flag of Austria Austria: ORF announced that the country will take one edition break a return in the ninth edition is possible.
  • Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria: BNT announced that the country won't take part in the eighth edition after the poor results in the previous editions.
  • Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands: Kringvarp Føroya announced that the country will take one edition break a return in the ninth edition is possible.
  • Flag of Ireland Ireland: RTÉ announce that the country will withdraw from the eighth edition.
  • Flag of Lebanon Lebanon: Télé Liban announce that the country will not participate in this edition.
  • Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein: 1FLT announced that the country won't return in the conteest a return in the ninth edition is very likely.
  • Flag of Sweden Sweden: The country miss the deadline so SVT was forced to withdraw.

International broadcasts and voting

Voting and spokespersons

  1. Flag of Turkey İrem Derici
  2. Flag of Spain Amaia
    (Spanish representative in the fourth edition)
  3. Flag of Serbia Severina
    (Croatian representative in the sixth edition)
  4. Flag of Belarus Rita Dakota
    (Belarusian representative in the sixth edition)
  5. Flag of FYR Macedonia Vlatko Lozanoski
  6. Flag of Portugal Cláudia Pascoal
  7. Flag of United Kingdom Phillip Schofield
  8. Flag of Finland Emelie Sederholm
    (Finnish representative in the sixth edition)
  9. Flag of Italy Mariano Di Vaio
  10. Flag of Latvia Dana Sokolova
  11. Flag of Switzerland Luca Hänni
  12. Flag of Czech Republic Mikolas Josef
  13. Flag of Greece Eleni Foureira
    (Greek representative and winner of the third edition)
  14. Flag of Poland Martin Fitch
  15. Flag of Ukraine Michelle Andrade
    (Ukrainian representative in the seventh edition)
  16. Flag of Russia Sergey Lazarev
    (Russian representative in the second edition)

  1. Flag of Slovenia July Jones
    (Slovene representative in the second and fourth edition)
  2. Flag of Hungary Gulyàs Roland
    (Hungarian representative in the fourth edition)
  3. Flag of Cyprus Ivi Adamou
    (Cypriot representative in the seventh edition)
  4. Flag of Monaco Princess Stéphanie
  5. Flag of Australia Alison Wonderland
  6. Flag of Denmark Anja Nissen
  7. Flag of Slovakia Miroslav Čech
  8. Flag of Netherlands Tim Douwsma
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