ESCXTRA: Live from Tel Aviv

ESCXTRA Live in Tel Aviv – Coverage Overview

Hello from bright and sunny Tel Aviv. We are here, ready for the rehearsals to begin and we will be bringing you closer to the action every day between now and the Grand Final on Saturday 18th May.

Rehearsals, orange carpet and more!

We will be live from 08:45 CET today for our first nine rehearsals – the first half of semifinal 1. Starting with Cyprus and working out way through to Serbia, tune in to our live stream where our team in Israel will give you their instant reactions to each rehearsal as well as letting you know how they look on screen! You can see the full rehearsal schedule, as far as we know at the moment, here.

Throughout the two weeks, we will hopefully bring you as many artists as we can to answer your questions and we will give you all our views and opinions on this year’s 41 contenders and their presentations on stage.

We’ve listened to your feedback and this year, there will be even more new faces to get to know, new people to ask about their favourite entries and even more descriptions of each rehearsal as they are performed on stage for the very first time.

As ever, we will be at the welcome ceremony – this year with the orange carpet – to bring you the excitement, the outfits and the latest from the city when the event truly opens before the full dress rehearsals begin.

Ieva Zasimauskaitė
Ieva Zasimauskaitė from Lithuania chats to us on the Blue Carpet in Lisbon at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. © Tomodo Photography

Press poll returns

Of course, we will continue to run the press poll this year after last year’s roaring success. Stay tuned each evening for the latest from the press centre as they reveal their top rehearsals of each day – what surprised them, what impressed them and what do they see as a contender?

Plus, we will let you know how the performances all look and feel when we finally see them on stage in the full running order during the dress rehearsals!

We can’t wait to hear from you, our readers, during the next two weeks so please get involved with the live chat which runs alongside the stream. We’ll do our best to answer any questions you have and to recap the rehearsals throughout the day to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

From all of us at, we cannot wait to see what happens this year and we’re ever so thankful to have our readers along for the ride with us. Who will win in Tel Aviv? There are only two weeks until we find out…!

Watch Netta’s winning performance of “Toy” at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.


Our collaborative articles are here! Of course, it's worth saying that our favourite entry is 🇧🇬 Sofi Marinova - Love Unlimited (2012).

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