Eurovision semi-final 1 running order: Who is performing tonight on Eurovision?

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Eurovision 2021 starts tonight (Tuesday, May 18) at 8pm on BBC Four. In round one, 16 acts will take to the stage in a bid to win a spot in Saturday’s (May, 22) Eurovision final. Who is performing tonight on Eurovision? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Who is performing tonight on Eurovision?

It is Eurovision week and fans have two semi-finals to get their teeth stuck into before Saturday’s highly-anticipated final.

There are just 26 spots in the Eurovision final and the semi-finals will see 32 acts perform across two evenings.

So far, the big five – Italy, UK, Spain, France and Germany – have secured a spot in the final alongside Eurovision 2021 host country, The Netherlands.

This means there are just 26 spots left to fill in the Eurovision 2021 final.

Semi-final one takes place tonight with semi-final number two occurring on Thursday, May 20.

The show beings at 8pm tonight on BBC Four, with coverage from Scott Mills, Sara Cox and Chelcee Grimes.

Express.co.uk has the full running order of tonight’s semi-final below:

  1. Lithuania
  2. Slovenia
  3. Russia
  4. Sweden
  5. Australia
  6. North Macedonia
  7. Ireland
  8. Cyprus
  9. Norway
  10. Croatia
  11. Belgium
  12. Israel
  13. Romania
  14. Azerbaijan
  15. Ukraine
  16. Malta

To kick off the competition, Lithuanian pop/rock band, The Roof will represent Lithuania with their performance of their song Discoteque.

At the midway point, fans will be treated to performances by Cyprus and Norway.

Representing Cyprus is Elena Tsagrinou who will sing El diablo and TIX will perform Fallen Angel for Norway.

Closing the Eurovision 2021 finale is Destiny for Malta, who will perform Je Me Casse.

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The Semi-Final allocation draw for this year’s competition took place at Stadhuis Rotterdam in January 2020.

It was originally intended to be used for the cancelled 2020 Contest and remains in place for the 2021 Contest.

After each semi-final has taken place, the successful qualifiers will be randomly drawn from a hat to determine whether they will perform in the first or second half of Saturday’s Grand Final.

The full running order for Eurovision 2021’s final will be announced in the early hours of Friday, May 21.

Ahead of tonight’s finale, Eurovision fans have been sharing their excitement online.

One fan tweeted: “It’s all kicking off today. #eurovision2021”

A second fan said: “I keep trying to select the top 10 from the list and it’s IMPOSSIBLE. #Eurovision2021 #EUROVISION.”

A third fan added: “I can’t believe I’m saying this, it feels like forever, but…Eurovision starts tonight!!! The first semi-final and I cannot wait! #Eurovision #Eurovision2021 #OpenUp.”

Eurovision 2021 starts tonight at 8pm on BBC Four

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