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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 2 February 2019
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.
Winner Flag of Andorra Andorra
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

ESC 8 SF Map.svg
     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" 18 65
02 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Amaya "Concrete" 7 145
03 Flag of Estonia Estonia Laura "Tõusulained" 5 161
04 Flag of Hungary Hungary Follow The Flow "Plátói" 17 77
05 Flag of Australia Australia Bobi Andonov "Apartment" 4 205
06 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands O'G3NE "Clouds Across The Sun" 15 106
07 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Enisa "Reunite" 11 133
08 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Dusky Grey "A Little Bit" 8 142
09 Flag of Portugal Portugal Ana Malhoa "Viúva Negra" 6 148
10 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Beibit Kushkaliev "Laula" 13 121
11 Flag of Spain Spain Malú "Ciudad De Papel" 10 136
12 Flag of Georgia Georgia Manana "Party Music" 12 129
13 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Samira Efendi ft. Seeya "Tocame" 14 117
14 Flag Of Greece Greece Josephine "Magia" 2 228
15 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Pavel Callta "Tak Promiň" 16 81
16 Flag of France France Kendji Girac "Pour Oublier" 19 62
17 Flag of Iceland Iceland Hildur "Water" 3 217
18 Flag of Belarus Belarus ZØYA "Falling Apart" 9 139
19 Flag of Turkey Turkey Azusena "In The Water" 1 235
20 Flag of Romania Romania Yasiris ft. Ilinca "Hasta Mañana" 20 47

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" 8 149
02 Flag of Italy Italy Baby K "Da Zero a Cento" 3 201
03 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Bastian Baker "All Around Us" 4 197
04 Flag of Croatia Croatia Nikolija "Malo" 1 248
05 Flag of Poland Poland Kamil Bednarek "Jak Długo Jeszcze" 17 94
06 Flag of San Marino San Marino Le Deva "L'estate tutto l'anno" 13 128
07 Flag of Armenia Armenia Ando & Rafo ft. Hayko "Lady Kobuleti" 21 31
08 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Codeko ft. Austin Mahone "Say Hi" 12 130
09 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Anna Sedokova "Ni Slova O Nem" 6 159
10 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Valanto Trifonos "Se Niko" 16 99
11 Flag of Monaco Monaco Lilian Renaud "Promis Juré" 20 54
12 Flag of Moldova Moldova Irina Rimes ft. The Motans "Cel Mai Bun DJ" 7 156
13 Flag of Norway Norway Iselin "Bathtub" 14 120
14 Flag of Morocco Morocco Cash Cash ft. Abir "Finest Hour" 5 181
15 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Foxy "Puppet" 10 132
16 Flag of FYR Macedonia North Macedonia Antonia Gigovska ft. Pancho DNK "Vanilla" 9 144
17 Flag of Albania Albania Bleona "I Don't Need Your Love" 19 75
18 Flag of Malta Malta Carlo Gerada ft. Yazmin Helledie "Just Need You" 11 132
19 Flag of Belgium Belgium Billie "Love Kills Slowly" 2 232
20 Flag of Finland Finland Cyan Kicks "Gasoline" 15 115
21 Flag of Russia Russia Yulia Parshuta "Pochemu Dozhd" 18 80

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Denmark Denmark Andreas Mark ft. Himalaya "Runaway" 25 78
02 Flag of Belgium Belgium Billie "Love Kills Slowly" 7 255
03 Flag of Germany Germany VVAVES "Alive" 21 135
04 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Maya Berović "Neka Stvar" 17 151
05 Flag of Israel Israel Maor Edri "Allah Ma'ak" 26 57
06 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Bastian Baker "All Around Us" 6 258
07 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Amaya "Concrete" 14 172
08 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Dusky Grey "A Little Bit" 24 105
09 Flag of Latvia Latvia Viktoria Modesta "Fevah" 23 123
10 Flag of Belarus Belarus ZØYA "Falling Apart" 19 149
11 Flag of FYR Macedonia North Macedonia Antonia Gigovska ft. Pancho DNK "Vanilla" 20 143
12 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Foxy "Puppet" 16 165
13 Flag of Estonia Estonia Laura "Tõusulained" 18 151
14 Flag of Australia Australia Bobi Andonov "Apartment" 11 218
15 Flag of Serbia Serbia Anastasija "Savršen Par" 22 135
16 Flag of Croatia Croatia Nikolija "Malo" 5 276
17 Flag of Moldova Moldova Irina Rimes ft. The Motans "Cel Mai Bun DJ" 12 202
18 Flag of Turkey Turkey Azusena "In The Water" 2 354
19 Flag of Italy Italy Baby K "Da Zero a Cento" 4 305
20 Flag of Andorra Andorra Lola Indigo "Ya No Quiero Ná" 1 387
21 Flag of Spain Spain Malú "Ciudad De Papel" 10 237
22 Flag of Morocco Morocco Cash Cash ft. Abir "Finest Hour" 9 244
23 Flag of Iceland Iceland Hildur "Water" 8 250
24 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Anna Sedokova "Ni Slova O Nem" 15 167
25 Flag of Portugal Portugal Ana Malhoa "Viúva Negra" 13 175
26 Flag Of Greece Greece Josephine "Magia" 3 352

Voting grids

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag Of Greece Greece 142 Flag of Turkey Turkey 120
2 Flag of Australia Australia 133 Flag of Iceland Iceland 112
3 Flag of Turkey Turkey 115 Flag of Estonia Estonia 100
4 Flag of Georgia Georgia 107 Flag of Portugal Portugal 97
5 Flag of Iceland Iceland 103 Flag of Spain Spain 90
6 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 77 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 89
7 Flag of United Kingdom UK 76 Flag Of Greece Greece 86
8 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 66 Flag of Belarus Belarus 83
9 Flag of Estonia Estonia 61 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 79
10 Flag of France France 54 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 75
11 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 53 Flag of Australia Australia 72
12 Flag of Belarus Belarus 53 Flag of United Kingdom UK 66
13 Flag of Hungary Hungary 52 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 64
14 Flag of Portugal Portugal 51 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 50
15 Flag of Spain Spain 46 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 44
16 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 44 Flag of Czech Republic Czech R. 38
17 Flag of Czech Republic Czech R. 43 Flag of Romania Romania 28
18 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 31 Flag of Hungary Hungary 25
19 Flag of Romania Romania 19 Flag of Georgia Georgia 22
20 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 15 Flag of France France 8
Semi-final 2
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Croatia Croatia 135 Flag of Belgium Belgium 150
2 Flag of Italy Italy 112 Flag of Croatia Croatia 113
3 Flag of Morocco Morocco 109 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 100
4 Flag of FYR Macedonia N. Macedonia 105 Flag of Malta Malta 96
5 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 97 Flag of Italy Italy 89
6 Flag of Norway Norway 88 Flag of Moldova Moldova 87
7 Flag of Belgium Belgium 82 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 87
8 Flag of San Marino San Marino 80 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 86
9 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 77 Flag of Latvia Latvia 85
10 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 72 Flag of Morocco Morocco 72
11 Flag of Moldova Moldova 69 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 67
12 Flag of Latvia Latvia 64 Flag of Finland Finland 55
13 Flag of Finland Finland 60 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 53
14 Flag of Russia Russia 52 Flag of Poland Poland 51
15 Flag of Albania Albania 50 Flag of San Marino San Marino 48
16 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 48 Flag of Monaco Monaco 43
17 Flag of Poland Poland 43 Flag of FYR Macedonia N. Macedonia 39
18 Flag of Malta Malta 36 Flag of Norway Norway 32
19 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 32 Flag of Russia Russia 28
20 Flag of Armenia Armenia 19 Flag of Albania Albania 25
21 Flag of Monaco Monaco 11 Flag of Armenia Armenia 12
Final
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag Of Greece Greece 243 Flag of Iceland Iceland 198
2 Flag of Italy Italy 214 Flag of Belgium Belgium 193
3 Flag of Andorra Andorra 201 Flag of Turkey Turkey 192
4 Flag of Morocco Morocco 164 Flag of Spain Spain 189
5 Flag of Turkey Turkey 162 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 189
6 Flag of Croatia Croatia 151 Flag of Andorra Andorra 186
7 Flag of Macedonia N. Macedonia 115 Flag of Australia Australia 128
8 Flag of Australia Australia 90 Flag of Croatia Croatia 127
9 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 88 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 122
10 Flag of Moldova Moldova 86 Flag of Moldova Moldova 116
11 Flag of Serbia Serbia 84 Flag of Portugal Portugal 111
12 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 76 Flag Of Greece Greece 109
13 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 69 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 107
14 Flag of Portugal Portugal 64 Flag of Estonia Estonia 98
15 Flag of Belgium Belgium 62 Flag of Germany Germany 95
16 Flag of Belarus Belarus 61 Flag of Italy Italy 91
17 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 58 Flag of Belarus Belarus 88
18 Flag of Estonia Estonia 53 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 84
19 Flag of Iceland Iceland 52 Flag of Morocco Morocco 80
20 Flag of Latvia Latvia 51 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 75
21 Flag of Spain Spain 48 Flag of Latvia Latvia 72
22 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 45 Flag of United Kingdom UK 66
23 Flag of Denmark Denmark 42 Flag of Serbia Serbia 51
24 Flag of Germany Germany 40 Flag of Denmark Denmark 36
25 Flag of United Kingdom UK 39 Flag of Israel Israel 35
26 Flag of Israel Israel 22 Flag of FYR Macedonia N. Macedonia 28

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.

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