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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Eurovision Song Contest 2018 logo.svg
Dates
Semi-final 1 8 May 2018 (2018-05-08)
Semi-final 2 10 May 2018 (2018-05-10)
Final 12 May 2018 (2018-05-12)
Host
Venue MEO Arena, Lisbon, Portugal
Host broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
Participants
Number of entries 20 (to date)
Returning countries  Russia
Vote
Voting system Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, it will take place for the first time in Portugal, at the MEO Arena in Lisbon, following the country's first victory at the 2017 contest in Kiev with the song "Amar pelos dois", performed by Salvador Sobral. The contest will consist of two semi-finals and a final scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May 2018.[1]

Russia is expected to return after withdrawing from the 2017 edition, following the ban of their representative Yulia Samoylova from entering Ukraine. [2] As of 27 July 2017, twenty countries have confirmed their intention to participate in the contest.

Location

Venue

The venue of the contest, the MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal

The contest will take place in the MEO Arena in Lisbon, following Portugal's victory in the 2017 edition with the song "Amar pelos dois", performed by Salvador Sobral.[3]

The multi-purpose arena built for the Expo '98 has a maximum capacity of 20,000 attendees, being the largest indoor venue in Portugal and among the largest in Europe,[4] it is located in the heart of the modern Parque das Nações riverside area, which hosted the Expo '98, in the northeast of Lisbon. It is connected by metro to the nearby international airport and by train (Oriente Station) to the rest of the country and Europe.[5]

Bidding phase and host selection

Locations of the host city (blue) and remaining candidate cities (red)

On the day of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 final, it was reported that Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) would accept the challenge of organising the 2018 contest in case of a victory.[6] Following Sobral's triumph, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)'s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, issued the hosting invitation to RTP during the winner's press conference,[3] the following day, the director-general of RTP, Nuno Artur Silva, confirmed that the broadcaster would organise the contest in 2018 and mentioned the MEO Arena in Lisbon as a likely venue to host the contest.[7] On 15 May 2017, RTP appeared to have confirmed Lisbon as the host city,[8][9] but clarified the following day that no final decision had been taken regarding both the host city and venue.[10]

On 13 June 2017, RTP representatives met with the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group at the EBU headquarters in Geneva, during the meeting, RTP officials attended a workshop covering several topics related with hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and learned from the experience of the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC. They also had the opportunity to present their first plans for the 2018 contest, including multiple proposals for host city and venue.[11]

Besides Lisbon, other cities signaled their interest in bidding to host the 2018 contest: Braga, Espinho, Faro, Gondomar, Guimarães, and Santa Maria da Feira.[12][13][14] The mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, declared he would not be interested in "spending millions of euros" to host the contest,[10] but he would support a bid from the Metropolitan Area of Porto (Espinho, Gondomar and Santa Maria da Feira).[13]

On 25 July 2017, the EBU and RTP announced that Lisbon had been selected as the host city of the contest, overcoming the confirmed bids from Braga, Gondomar, Guimarães and Santa Maria da Feira;[15] in addition, they indicated the Parque das Nações, thus MEO Arena, as the venue for the shows.[16]

Key:  dagger   Host venue

City Venue Capacity Notes
Braga Parque de Exposições de Braga 3,000 (15,000 after reconstruction) Hosts fairs, exhibitions, congresses and sports events.
Gondomar Multiusos Gondomar Coração de Ouro 8,000 Hosts sports events, exhibitions and concerts.
Guimarães Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães 10,000 Hosts fairs, exhibitions, congresses, concerts and sports events. Selected by RTP to host the final of the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, the Festival da Canção, on 4 March 2018.[17]
Lisbon[7] MEO Arena dagger 20,000 Hosted Expo '98,[18] 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship,[19] 2000 ATP Finals,[20] 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships,[21] 2003 World Men's Handball Championship,[22] 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards,[23] UEFA Futsal Cup Final Four (2001–02, 2009–10[24] and 2014–15[25]) as well as concerts, political and corporate events.
Santa Maria da Feira Europarque 11,000 Largest convention center in the Porto Metropolitan Area. Hosted the European Council of June 2000, the final of the Festival da Canção in 2001, the UEFA Euro 2004 final tournament draw, as well as several concerts, political and corporate events, it was the option supported by the Metropolitan Council of Porto.[13]

Provisional list of participating countries

The following countries have expressed their provisional interest in participating in the contest:

Semi-finalists

Country Artist Song Language(s)
 Austria[26]
 Belgium[27]
 Cyprus[28]
 Czech Republic[29]
 Denmark[30]
 Estonia[31][32] TBD 3 March 2018[31][32] TBD 3 March 2018[31][32]
 Finland[33]
 Ireland[34]
 Latvia[35]
 Lithuania[36]
 Malta[37] TBD January 2018 TBD January 2018
 Norway[38]
 Poland[39]
 Romania[40]
 Russia[41] Yulia Samoylova TBC
 Sweden[42]
  Switzerland[43] TBD 4 February 2018[44][45] TBD 4 February 2018[44][45]

Finalists

Country Artist Song Language(s)
 France[46]
 Germany[47]
 Portugal[48] TBD 4 March 2018[49] TBD 4 March 2018[49]

Other countries

Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that will be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network, the EBU will issue an invitation of participation in the contest to all fifty-six active members. Several countries have provisionally confirmed their participation in the contest, while information from the remaining members regarding their participation have not yet been disclosed.[50]

Active EBU members

  •  Andorra – The Director General of Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced on 14 May 2017 that Andorra would not participate in the contest, due to financial difficulties and the restructuring of the company.[51]
  •  Bulgaria – BNT communicated through their official twitter account that their application for next year's Contest is no longer valid because the broadcaster is changing its director-general. It will be determined if the country will participate later this year.[52][53]
  •  Greece - While Greece has not yet confirmed participation for 2018, earlier in the year the chairman of broadcaster ERT said that Eurovision was "a requirement" for ERT. [54]
  •  Italy – Andrea Fabiano, Head of Rai 1, stated that he would like to see Italy as a winner of the contest in the future, and for technology used in the Sanremo Music Festival to reach the same levels as those used in Eurovision.[55]
  •  Luxembourg – Steve Schmit, the Director of Programming at the Luxembourgish broadcaster (RTL) explained last year the reasons against participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. He also underlined that Luxembourg’s chance for success in the contest is limited, "I believe that (with) the enlargement of Eurovision, the days (of victory) are gone, with the new voting system, it is very unlikely that Luxembourg is successful. Small countries are somewhat more troubled now". Luxembourg last participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993.[56]
  •  Montenegro – Head of Delegation for Montenegro Sabrija Vulić stated in an interview with RTCG on 17 May 2017 that Eurovision participation was important for the country, because it secures a promotion of Montenegro internationally. Furthermore, he stated that failure to qualify for the final should not be seen as an insult or a reason to withdraw.[57]
  •  Netherlands – Although there is no official statement from AVROTROS yet regarding participation, Alain Clark declares he could be available for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.[58]
  •  San Marino – Dr Carlo Romeo, Director General of San Marino's broadcaster San Marino RTV has questioned the country's continued participation in the contest after Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson failed to qualify for the country in Eurovision Song Contest 2017 he stated "There is no place for micro-states in the Eurovision Song Contest".[59]
  •  SloveniaRadiotelevizija Slovenija (RTVSLO), the Slovenian broadcaster has published a rule change for their Eurovision selection, announcing that no songs featuring the English language would be welcome for 2018. However, the broadcaster has yet to announce the official Eurovision participation.[60]
  •  Spain – Spain's broadcaster RTVE announced they are reviving talent show Operación Triunfo and it has been reported it will serve as the national final for Spain as it previously did between 2002 and 2004.[61] RTVE denied any decision has been taken, and stated that selecting the Spanish entrant in the 2018 Contest through Operación Triunfo is one of the options they are considering.[62][63]
  •  Turkey – After the complete staff of Turkish broadcaster TRT was changed, the possibility of a return increased. On the evening of 12 July 2017 Sertab Erener announced on an instagram live chat that Turkey would return and that she wishes luck to the next representative. If this is the case, a reliable statement can be expected in the following weeks.[64]
  •  United Kingdom – Although the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) have not yet announced their participation at the 2018 edition, it has been reported by the Swedish tabloid, Aftonbladet, that Måns Zelmerlöw (winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and co-host of the 2016 edition) has been in discussions with the BBC in regards to collaborating with the broadcaster to find their representative for Eurovision 2018.[65] The approach by the BBC follows Zelmerlöw's recent relocation to London.[66]

The following list of countries participated in the 2017 contest, although no announcements have been published so far on whether they will continue to participate in the 2018 contest.

Associate EBU members

  •  Australia – Although it is unknown whether the Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) will be invited to participate in the 2018 edition, the Head of Delegation – Paul Clarke, has stated that they would look into the possibility of holding their own national final in order to select their representatives for future contests.[67]
  •  KazakhstanKhabar Agency became an associate member of the EBU on 1 January 2016, opening up the possibility of a future participation,.[68] They broadcast all the shows in 2017. Furthermore the winner of the Turkvision Song Contest 2014, Zhanar Dugalova, said she would be interested in representing Kazakhstan in the contest.[69]

Non-EBU members

  •  Israel – The Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) announced on 20 March 2017, that they were preparing for Rising Star 2018 (the selection process for Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest), thus confirming their provisional intent to participate at Eurovision 2018.[70] However, on 9 May 2017 the IBA was shut down after the final broadcast of their regular nightly news programme,[71] as a consequence, all regular programming on television and radio were discontinued, with the television stations of the IBA displaying an informational slide and the radio stations playing music. The second semi-final and final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 were the last programmes transmitted by the IBA,[72] the new broadcasting corporation, Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC), branded as KAN (Hebrew: כאן‎, lit. 'Here'‎) is not member of the EBU, which is a requirement to participate in the Song Contest.[73] IPBC is expected to apply for EBU membership later this year and if accepted, Israel will continue to participate,[74] the government passed a law splitting new corporation into two entities - one in charge for entertainment programs and the second is for news, which may create an obstacle for either entity joining the EBU. However, the High Court of Justice issued a temporary injunction, blocking the split. If the split is cancelled permanently, the new Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation meets all requirements for joining the EBU.[75] On 24 May 2017, KAN applied to join the European Broadcasting Union,[76] the application process is expected to be completed in December 2017, which may not allow Israel to have enough time to prepare an entry. Based on this, Israeli Broadcasting Corporation and EBU signed a temporary agreement that will allow Israeli participation in 2018. [77]
  •  Kosovo – Kosovar media reports that RTK is hopeful that they will debut in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal. In an article published by RTK the Director of Television at the Kosovar broadcaster stated that he has received the support of national broadcasters across the Balkans to participate in the competition. However, both Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia have opposed such participation.[78]

See also

Notes and references

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