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Monsters, Metaphors and Military Chic: Saara Aalto on Stage and the Queer Politics of Kitsch
Saara Aalto, Eurovision 2018 (Andreas Putting/EBU)

What’s going on with Saara Aalto’s ‘Monsters’? Is there more to the staging than a kitchen sink approach? Catherine Baker takes a closer look at this year’s Finnish entry to discover what the visuals are saying.

Eurovision’s Second Rule Of Momentum – Grand Final Voting, First The Jury Then The Public

The way results have been reported since 2016 has changed—improved it, many would agree—the Grand Final experience for viewers. John Egan takes a look at how what happens as the jury scores come in that might portend who the ultimate winner will be.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Lisbon, Friday 11th May
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Friday’s edition of the daily podcast from the Big Orange Sofa in Lisbon – Ewan, Ross, and Ellie review the second Semi Final; and we review the qualifiers for the Grand Final. Ewan Spence and ESC Insight bring you all the news from backstage at Eurovision 2018.

2018 Grand Final Running Order
Semi Final Draw, Eurovision 2018 (

As in recent years, the production team burned the midnight oil to give us the running order for Saturday’s Grand Final. John Egan gives us an overview of the order and what it might portend for our 2018 overall results.

We Have Our Finalists: Semi Final 2 Qualifiers
The Eurovision Song Contest stage 2018 (EBU)

Semi Final 2 qualifiers are Australia, Denmark, Hungary, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Ukraine.

Spotter’s Guide: Eurovision 2018 Semi Final Two

Singing vikings, dancing robots and the return of Rybak… John Lucas presents a rundown of what to watch out for in tonight’s second Semi Final of Eurovision 2018.

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