2018 Breaking News Latest News Eurovision 2018: Ten acts qualify, final halves drawn By Sean Tarbuck Posted on May 8, 2018 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr And there we have it, what a shocking first night of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest! Nineteen acts gave it their all to reach the grand final but ultimately only ten countries could make it through to Saturday’s final… and there were some against the odds qualifiers! The ten acts that reached the final are; Albania Czech Republic Lithuania Israel Estonia Bulgaria Austria Finland Ireland Cyprus Later on in the evening, at the winners’ press conference, all ten of the acts picked their draw halves for the final. These are the allocations for the final running order; First Half – Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Albania Second Half – Cyprus, Israel, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland We now turn our attention to the second semi-final, where eighteen more countries will perform. We will be back with the live streams tomorrow as the first dress rehearsal begins at 14:00 CET so stay tuned to #escYOUnited for further updates from Lisbon! Image credit: Andres Putting What do #YOU think of the qualifiers? Share your thoughts with us on our forum HERE or join the discussion below and on social media!