The Eurovision song contest First Semi-Final on Tuesday broke once again the TV audience record with hundred thousands of fans watching live the show and boosting up the tourism in the capital of Portugal.
More than 200 million people around the world were nailed last night in front of the TV screen to watch live from the Altice Arena stage the song contest from the first 19 European countries.
The nights of the Eurovision Song Contest are being broadcasted simultaneously on giant screens on the Lisbon’s main Commerce Square, where music lovers are party for free with live shows throughout the event until the May 12 finals.
The eyes of the European music world are embedded all this week in the Portuguese city of Lisbon thanks to Salvador Sobral who won last year’s contest in Ukraine’s capital Kiev.
This year bookmakers have predicted Cyprus with best odds, represented by the Albanian singer Eleni Foureira with a fiery song “Fuego”, Israel’s Netta Barzilai singing “I’m Not Your Toy”, a fast-paced dance mix with a women’s empowerment twist and Finland’s Saara Aalto singing “Monsters"
The event marks the return of Russia after it boycotted the contest last year amid tensions with Ukraine following Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014. Russia this year will be represented by the last year eliminated Julia Samoylova singing “I Won’t Break”.
Although in the Yearly European Song Contest is supposed to participate only the country part of European continent the organizers of the show are continuously expanding the show by allowing the participation such as Israel, Azerbaijan, Morocco, and Australia.
On Thursday, May 10th, the first 10 songs of the second Semi-Final will walk to take place on the Final night of the Show on Saturday, May 12.