Ten of the 15 acts in the first semi-final qualify for the final on May 13. In addition to the participating semi-final countries, Germany, France and Italy will also vote in the first semi as the so-called Big Five countries.
Which country starts in which semi-final was drawn on January 31 in the so-called Allocation Draw in Liverpool. The starting order will be determined by the show’s producers based on dramaturgical aspects and was announced on March 22nd.
Interval acts in the first semi
Rita Ora appears as a guest star in the first ESC semi-final. The British singer with Kosovar-Albanian roots performs a medley of her greatest hits as well as her current song “Praising You” during the voting phase. The former Ukrainian ESC participants also appear Alyosha up. She tells her personal story with a re-imagining of the Duran Duran hit “Ordinary World”. Her performance will be accompanied by Liverpool singer Rebecca Ferguson.
Tickets for the ESC shows in Liverpool
Ticket sales started on March 7th at 1 p.m. (CET). All nine ESC shows are sold out. Further ticket sales are currently not planned. Tickets were only available through Ticketmaster UK and cost between £30 and £290 for the semi-final shows and between £80 and £380 for the final shows. Advance tickets have been available since April 24th. The final is sold out.
As every year, the EBU warns all fans not to buy tickets for the ESC shows on the black market or via anything other than the official online ticket platform. These cards are usually not only overpriced, but they could also be counterfeit and therefore not valid.
New rules for the ESC semi-finals
As of this year, the jury in the ESC semi-final shows will be abolished. Only the televoting should decide which acts will move into the final – ten from the first and ten from the second semi-final.
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