Greece and Cyprus are competing on Tuesday for a place in the final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Portugal for the first time.
Nineteen countries are competing in the semi-final. Only 10 will qualify for Saturday’s Grand Final, which means nine acts will see their Eurovision dream come to an end on Tuesday.
Greece is represented by Yianna Terzi with the song Oniro Mou that she wrote and composed alongside Aris Kalimeris, Michalis Papathanasiou and Dimitris Stamatiou.
Yianna was born in a musical family in 1980 and began performing as a professional singer herself in 2005. After releasing several successful albums she relocated from Greece to the U.S. nine years ago and worked her way into the studio with Grammy Award-winning composers.
Cyprus, which is represented by Eleni Foureira with the song Fuego, is the new favorite to win the contest, according to bookmakers.
Foureira’s odds have been dropping from 70/1 before rehearsals to 5/2 after the semi-final jury show on Sunday night.
Israel’s Netta Barzilai had been the favorite to win since her entry Toy was released in early March, but odds have drifted after Sunday’s show.
She is now 3/1 for the win at Saturday night’s Eurovision Song Contest final.
Eleni’s incredible first rehearsal saw people start to believe that Cyprus could be about to win Eurovision for the first time. Eleni’s entry Fuego is hot, modern and as the title suggest, very fiery.