Yesterday we saw the first semi-final, with the first 10 countries qualifying for the Grand Final. Ahead of semi-final 2, it’s time for the juries to determine their votes for the second semi-final in tonight’s jury show, in which the participants will take on the stage for the 50% of the final outcome to be decided.
The second semi-final consists of 18 countries that will compete on stage for a ticket on Saturday. Unfortunately, only 10 will manage to earn a place in the Grand Final, meaning that a total of 26 countries will compete in Saturday’s final.
Semi-final 2 participants
As well as the jury members from the 18 semi-final 2 participating countries, jury members from Italy, France and Germany will also cast their votes tonight.
Jury show breakdown
As it has become tradition over the past number of years, each of the 3 shows’ results are determined via a combined 50% jury vote and 50% public vote.
Whilst the public are invited to vote during the live shows, the jury votes are gathered the evening before during the official jury show.
The jury show runs just as the live show would: all artists take to the stage in their finalised outfits, performing exactly how they would perform on the night of the official live show on the following evening. The jury will rank each performance on a number of different criteria, with their votes to be added together with those of the voting public.
The countries which received the highest combined scores following the count up of both the jury and public votes will advance to Saturday’s grand final, which in total will see 26 countries fighting for the Eurovision 2018 victory in the host city of Lisbon.
As is always the case, the jury show will not be broadcast. However we will be providing live updates from the press centre, so be sure to join us this evening for all of the updates!
The jury show will kick off from 21:00 CEST (20:00 local time), the same time as the official Eurovision live shows.