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It’s almost time to reveal what we have all been waiting for, but first we must see what #YOU thought of our last entry to face the panel, Ukraine!

Alaska49 (Forum) – “He is so good live isn’t he? The lyrics remain nebulous and possibly in a different language but he nails the performance and his style stands out and “Hey Mamma” just happened so bad English matters zero. I think this will finally be the time when a Ukrainian man will place better than a Ukrainian woman in Eurovision since I think he will be better than Loboda’s 12th”

PeterLPZ (Forum) – “I don’t know why, but I can’t find anything in this song. So only 5 points from me.”

lolita (Forum) – “Totally mediocre song for me, it is not that good, not bad song for sure, but the only part I hear here is: ‘The decision has to be made, ooo…” Everything else is barely recognizable. It would be better if he would sing it in his own language, since he doesn’t speak English at all.”

revallsay (Forum) – “I have a feeling we may come back to Kiev next year. The performance from the NF is great. The song is strong. I will vote for Ukraine in the semi.”

A mixed response for Ukraine but they end up with a ‘televote’ score of 70 points. Will this be enough to finish high in the scoreboard? Let’s see…

  1. 🇮🇱 Israel – Netta – Toy (157)
  2. 🇫🇷 France – Madame Monsieur – Mercy (153)
  3. 🇦🇹 Austria – Cesár Sampson – Nobody But You (153)
  4. 🇧🇬 Bulgaria – Equinox – Bones (153)
  5. 🇲🇰 (FYR) Macedonia – Eye Cue – Lost and Found (153)
  6. 🇬🇷 Greece – Yianna Terzi – Oniro Mou (144)
  7. 🇵🇹 Portugal – Cláudia Pascoal – O jardim (144)
  8. 🇮🇹 Italy – Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – Non mi avete fatto niente (142)
  9. 🇫🇮 Finland – Saara Aalto – Monsters (142)
  10. 🇧🇪 Belgium – Sennek – A Matter of Time (139)
  11. 🇪🇪 Estonia – Elina Nechayeva – La Forza (139)
  12. 🇳🇱 Netherlands – Waylon – Outlaw in ’em (137)
  13. Ukraine – Mélovin – Under the Ladder (134)
  14. 🇨🇾 Cyprus – Eleni Foureira – Fuego (130)
  15. 🇦🇺 Australia – Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love (130)
  16. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Zibbz – Stones (129)
  17. 🇩🇰 Denmark – Rasmussen – Higher Ground (128)
  18. 🇭🇺 Hungary – AWS – Viszlát nyár (127)
  19. 🇷🇴 Romania – The Humans – Goodbye (127)
  20. 🇵🇱 Poland – Gromee ft. Lukas Meijer – Light Me Up (126)
  21. 🇨🇿 Czech Republic – Mikolas Josef – Lie to Me (120)
  22. 🇩🇪 Germany – Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone (120)
  23. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off (118)
  24. 🇦🇲 Armenia – Sevak Khanagyan – Qami (116)
  25. 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – Aisel – X My Heart (116)
  26. 🇦🇱 Albania – Eugent Bushpepa – Mall (115)
  27. 🇭🇷 Croatia – Franka – Crazy (113)
  28. 🇲🇪 Montenegro – Vanja Radovanovic – Inje (113)
  29. 🇪🇸 Spain – Alfred & Amaia – Tu canción (112)
  30. 🇸🇮 Slovenia – Lea Sirk – Hvala, ne! (109)
  31. 🇷🇸 Serbia – Sanja Ilić & Balkanika – Nova deca (109)
  32. 🇲🇹 Malta – Christabelle – Taboo (107)
  33. 🇱🇻 Latvia – Laura Rizzotto – Funny Girl (107)
  34. 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – SuRie – Storm (104)
  35. 🇬🇪 Georgia – Iriao – For You (104)
  36. 🇮🇪 Ireland – Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Together (103)
  37. 🇱🇹 Lithuania – Ieva Zasimauskaite – When We’re Old (102)
  38. 🇧🇾 Belarus – Alekseev – Forever (96)
  39. 🇲🇩 Moldova – DoReDos – My Lucky Day (96)
  40. 🇳🇴 Norway – Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write a Song (88)
  41. 🇮🇸 Iceland – Ari Ólafsson – Our Choice (81)
  42. 🇸🇲 San Marino – Jessika ft. Jenifer B – Who We Are (76)
  43. 🇷🇺 Russia – Yulia Samoylova – I Won’t Break (66)

And so the decision is clear! It’s Israel that have won this year’s “Expert” Panel with 157 points and a four-point margin over the four second-placed entries of France, Austria, Bulgaria and (FYR) Macedonia. Russia bring up the rear of the scoreboard with 66 points, then San Marino on 76 and Iceland with 81.

And that concludes the voting part of this year’s “Expert” Panel, but fear not as there is more to come! Tomorrow we will be taking a look at how the ‘televote’ and the ‘jury’ votes compared and contrasted, and also looking at how we voted compared to each other, so stay tuned!

What do #YOU think – is Israel a deserving “Expert” Panel winner? Share your thoughts with us on our forum HERE or join the discussion below and on social media!

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