Malta will perform first in the Eurovision final

Michela Pace will be the first artist to step on the stage of the Eurovision final night in Tel Aviv

Michela Pace on stage in Thursday's Eurovision semi-final in Tel Aviv
Michela Pace on stage in Thursday's Eurovision semi-final in Tel Aviv

The running order for the Eurovision song contest final has been announced and Malta will be performing first.

On Thursday, Michela Pace went up against 17 other countries in the second semi-final of the contest, victoriously making it through to the final. Dramatically, Malta was the last country to be called out. Ten countries made it through to Saturday's show from each of the two semi-finals.

While it's always nerve-wracking to open the show, research does suggest it could help Michela when it comes to voting.  Studies have shown that people tend to remember the first and last act, and are more likely to forget the middle group.

Running order for final night

1. Malta
2. Albania
3. Czechia
4. Germany
5. Russia
6. Denmark
7. San Marino
8. North Macedonia
9. Sweden
10. Slovenia
11. Cyprus
12. Netherlands
13. Greece
14. Israel
15. Norway
16. United Kingdom
17. Iceland
18. Estonia
19. Belarus
20. Azerbaijan
21. France
22. Italy
23. Serbia
24. Switzerland
25. Australia
26. Spain

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