Jessica Mauboy will be the 9th performer in the second semi final on May 10.
Guide to Eurovision 2018
Get behind Jessica Mauboy from May 9-13 on SBS
The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest is about to begin in Lisbon, Portugal, as Australia’s most recognisable, multi-platinum all round entertainer Jessica Mauboy takes the stage in front of an estimated 200 million people for the world’s biggest song competition. The contest will be broadcast live and in primetime exclusively on SBS from 9 to 13 May.
In 2014, Jessica made history when she was invited to perform as an interval act at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, being the first non-European solo artist to do so. This time, she’s competing for Australia and a shot at Eurovision glory.
Hosting duo Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey return after their debut as hosts and commentators at the 2017 contest. They will be at the helm of SBS’s Eurovision coverage, on the ground from the Altice Arena in Lisbon, to bring Australians every angle of the contest as they explore the razzmatazz, kitsch, political voting, showbiz, cultural displays and heart of Eurovision – the artists and songs. The Feed’s Jan Fran will bring audiences the colour and culture of Lisbon outside the arena.
With early morning LIVE broadcasts of Semi Final 1, Semi Final 2 and the Grand Final for immediate results and voting along with Europe, and same day primetime broadcasts for fabulous Euro-themed parties around the country, there are plenty of opportunities to get behind Jessica and join in the fun of picking favourites from the 43 competing nations, each bringing a taste of their own musical culture to the contest.
Some of this year’s standout acts include bookies pick Israel, a Swedish reality TV star, a former Eurovision winner from Norway and a previously banned contestant from Russia.
As well as full coverage of the song contest across TV, radio and online, this year SBS introduces two new programs to round out a week of Eurovision content, kicking off on Saturday 5 May with an encore of Eurovision Top 40 Songs before Semi Final 1 on Wednesday 9 May. Hosted by SBS’s favourite foodie and mega-Eurovision fan Adam Liaw, Destination Flavour Eurovision premieres on Thursday 10 May and is sure to leave audiences salivating for Semi Final 2 featuring Australia’s Jessica Mauboy on Friday 11 May. On Saturday 12 May, Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey present a brand new hilarious two hour TV special counting down Eurovision’s wildest controversies in Eurovision Top 40 Controversies.
Eurovision Top 40 Songs
Saturday 5 May, 8.30pm on SBS (Encore)
It’s the world’s ultimate song competition and Australia has been watching for 35 years. There are so many musical highlights in the contest’s history, now it’s time to feature our top 40 favourite songs. Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey present the Top 40 songs from Eurovision’s history.
The Eurovision Song Contest
Primetime evening broadcasts
Semi Final 1 – Wednesday 9 May, 7.30pm, SBS
Semi Final 2 – Friday 11 May, 7.30pm, SBS ** FEATURING JESSICA MAUBOY
Grand Final – Sunday 13 May, 7.30pm, SBS
LIVE early morning broadcasts
Semi Final 1 – Wednesday 9 May, 5am (AEST) SBS
Semi Final 2 – Friday 11 May, 5am (AEST) SBS ** FEATURING JESSICA MAUBOY
Grand Final – Sunday 13 May, 5am (AEST) SBS
Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will be in the commentary booth to guide viewers through all the acts in the Eurovision Semi Finals and Grand Final, and will also report backstage with exclusive interviews and gossip with contestants and a behind the scenes look at the contest.
Jessica is sure to make waves on the Eurovision stage in Semi Final 2 on Friday 11 May with her emotive, uplifting and powerful anthem We Got Love and must be voted through to compete in the Grand Final.
Australians will be able to vote again this year during the early morning broadcasts and then join in the conversation using the hashtag #Eurovision during the interactive evening primetime
broadcasts, with tweets and party pictures on screen.
As per the official Eurovision rules, viewers can vote in the Semi Final in which their country is participating, as well as the Grand Final. The viewers’ votes make up 50% of the final result. The other 50% of the vote is decided by a National Jury in each participating country. Australia’s jury will be announced soon. The jury and Australian public can vote for any country except Australia.
For Australian viewers, this means they will need to tune into the LIVE broadcast of Semi Final 2 on Friday 11 May at 5am (AEST) and the Grand Final Sunday 13 May, 5am (AEST) and text or call the numbers that appear on screen during these live broadcasts.
Destination Flavour Eurovision
Thursday 10 May, 8.30pm on SBS
If you can’t be at the Eurovision Song Contest in person, Adam Liaw will show you the best of Europe without using his passport – it’s all here in Australia! Our anointed Eurovision Foodie will show how the people of the European diasporas celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia – the music, the festivities, the favourite performers, and of course the food and drink. Destination Flavour Eurovision is the ultimate how-to guide for hosting your own Eurovision party.
Eurovision Top 40 Controversies
Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm on SBS
Eurovision is the wildest show on earth. Each year it creates more drama and shock than any other singing competition. Join Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey as they count down the Top 40 outrageous Eurovision Controversies. With International comedians, celebrities and Eurovision dancers, this hilarious two hour special features live performances from singing sensations Isaiah, Casey Donovan and Australia’s 2018 Eurovision artist Jessica Mauboy.
The Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Top 40 Controversies, Destination Flavour Eurovision and Eurovision Top 40 Songs are produced by SBS’s Eurovision production partner Blink TV.
The SBS Eurovision website is the hub for all the latest news from Lisbon, and articles delving into Eurovision culture, politics and the artists.
Check in with Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey; catch up on all of Jessica’s preparations for the big event, and get all the latest gossip, exclusive videos, pictures and behind-the-scenes video interviews with artists.
The Eurovision website is the number one destination for the complete interactive experience for Australians. Viewers can rate their favourite performance and join the social chatter and post party pics on Twitter and Instagram using #Eurovision and the best shots will end up on screen during SBS’s broadcast!
Join the conversation #Eurovision
SBS Radio celebrates the Eurovision Song Contest in more than 20 languages, bringing audiences exclusive news and Eurovision artist interviews in English and in language.
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For the first time, SBS will have same day replay of Eurovision semi finals. Previously the semis were shown on Friday and Saturday nights. The schedule change means no more spoilers for Eurovision fans.
But they did also show them live in the morning, for the last couple of years, with replays Friday and Saturday nights.
2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst has revealed she has been HIV-positive for several years.
Awful that someone could be that hateful to force her to reveal her HIV status.
The members of the Australian jury will be announced tomorrow.
Jury members and Australian Spokesperson
SBS is proud to announce that Australia’s 2018 Eurovision Jury members are: television legend Richard Wilkins (Chairperson), Double J host Zan Rowe, comedian and musician Jordan Raskopoulos, hip hop artist L-FRESH The LION and music executive Millie Millgate.
SBS is also delighted to announce that Australia’s Eurovision Spokesperson this year will be SBS World News and Small Business Secrets presenter Ricardo Goncalves.
The Portuguese-Australian presenter has been chosen this year because of his close ties to the host country. Ricardo Goncalves is a self-proclaimed Eurovision tragic who will have the honour of announcing Australia’s allocation of points via satellite to those gathered in his family’s homeland of Portugal… and to 200 million Eurovision viewers worldwide.
“As a Portuguese Australian, I can’t wait to make my Mum and Dad proud by being part of this huge event in their home country," Ricardo said. "Boa sorte Lisboa e boa sorte Jessica Mauboy!”
Good choice for presenter.
Lee Lin Chin will be plotting to have him destroyed as we speak
Right after a few bottles of Heineken I reckon
He gets capital letters rather than strong text?
Odds have slipped
I’m a bit surprised by this as only last week I read her odds were improving and she’d moved to 3rd behind Israel and France. I quite like the French song actually. Can’t stand Israel. Hope the gimmick fades before the contest.
Yeah I dont understand that. Her rehearsal wasn’t that bad to make her drop from 3rd favourite to 9th. Anyway I dont think this means much in terms of the final result, if she can fix her staging Jess still has a chance for a top 5 finish.
Semi-final 1: 10 songs qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2018
Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has begun! The first Semi-final has just finished in Lisbon’s Altice Arena. 19 songs competed for the 10 tickets to the Grand Final on Saturday 12 May 2018. The running order in the Grand Final will be determined by a draw (which half of the semi-final each country will compete in) and the broadcaster RTP after Thursday’s Semi-final 2.
The happy 10 qualified for the Grand Final on Saturday: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania.
EUROVISION SEMI FINAL 2
WATCH LIVE: Friday 11 May 5am AEST
Friday 11 MAY 7:30pm SBS
EUROVISION GRAND FINAL
WATCH LIVE: Sunday 13 May 5am AEST
Sunday 13 MAY 7:30pm SBS
One of the co-hosts for this year’s contest is actress Daniela Ruah. I wonder if she was recruited to boost the event’s profile in the US, given she plays Kensi on NCIS: Los Angeles and also has Portuguese heritage?
I wouldn’t think so. They probably just chose someone who is Portuguese, successful internationally and very fluent in English and usually French too.
They did the same thing in Greece in 2006 with Maria Menounos as co-host but it’s not about America.
Usually, in other countries they have had presenters who aren’t very well known to us in Australia but may be in Europe or just very popular in their own country. The important thing is that the host has to have the language skills.
I wouldn’t focus on odds too much. The favourite last year from Italy ended up coming 6th. Hopefully Mauboy’s performance will stand out given she’s gone for a fun simple vibe without too much happening on stage.
Was up for the 1st semi final this morning. Enjoyed the show. I know Julia and Sam are a tough act to follow but I think Myf and Joel are going well for their 2nd year in.
Interesting that Lisbon hasn’t gone for the big LED stage like others have done in the past. It certainly makes for some more interesting staging as acts have to rely more on their own sets/props rather than singing in front of CGI.