All Eurovision fans are feeling the tension piling up. Tonight’s the night for Michela! Whilst there are strong odds on Michela to reach the Eurovision final, the Eurovision is always kind of unpredictable when it comes to voting…

Michela will take the stage in Tel Aviv this evening for the Eurovision Song Contest semi-final in high spirits as one of the favourites to qualify for the Grand Final on Saturday. She will be 11th on stage for the second semi-final with her song ‘Chameleon’.

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Bookmakers have given Michela strong odds of making it through: across 20 major betting companies, Malta has been given an 84% chance of being among the 10 qualifiers, the sixth strongest odds on the night. That sounds so exciting since Malta has failed to qualify from the semi-final in three of the last four years.

Chameleon – written and composed by Joacim Persson, Paula Winger, Borislav Milanov and Johan Alkanas – has impressed critics and became the most-viewed YouTube video of any of this year’s Eurovision entries. Popular Eurovision review website wiwibloggs wrote: “It feels like it’s the first time in a long while that the Maltese artist has a song both modern and age-appropriate. Combined with Michela’s known great live performances, all I can say is welcome back to the final, Malta.”

The qualifying acts in the semi-final will be chosen through a 50/50 voting system by an expert jury – who voted during a dress rehearsal yesterday – and voting by the TV audience this evening.