Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Eurovision Song Contest 2018 logo.svg
Semi-final 1 TBA May 2018
Semi-final 2 TBA May 2018
Final TBA May 2018
Venue TBA, Portugal
Host broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
Number of entries 17 (to date)
Returning countries  Russia
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, 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 comprise two semi-finals and a final scheduled to be held in May 2018.

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


Location of potential host cities

The contest is scheduled to take place in Portugal, following the country's victory at the 2017 edition with the song "Amar pelos dois", performed by Salvador Sobral.[1] The European Broadcasting Union (EBU)'s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, issued the hosting invitation to Portuguese public broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) during the winner's press conference, and it is expected that a bidding phase in order to select the host city and venue will be carried out similarly to the previous contests.[1] The dates for the contest are yet to be determined, although it is expected to be held in May 2018.[2]

Bidding phase[edit]

A Portuguese Eurovision website reported on the day of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final that RTP would accept the challenge of organising the 2018 edition in case of victory.[3] The following day, this intention was further validated by the broadcaster's director-general, Nuno Artur Silva, who mentioned the MEO Arena in Lisbon as a likely venue to host the contest.[4] On 15 May 2017, RTP appeared to have confirmed Lisbon as the host city,[5][6] but clarified the following day that no final decision had yet been made regarding both the host city and the venue.[7]

A bidding process is expected to be launched within a few weeks after the 2017 contest.[8] Besides Lisbon, other cities have signaled their interest in hosting the 2018 contest: Guimarães, Gondomar, Faro and Santa Maria da Feira.[9] The mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, declared he would not be interested in "spending millions of euros" to host the contest.[7]

City Venue Capacity Notes
Lisbon MEO Arena[4] 20,000 Hosted: Expo '98,[10] 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship,[11] 2000 ATP Finals,[12] 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships,[13] 2003 World Men's Handball Championship,[14] 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards,[15] UEFA Futsal Cup Final Four (2001–02, 2009–10[16] and 2014–15[17]) and several concerts throughout the years.

Provisional list of participating countries[edit]

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


Country Artist Song Language(s)
 Czech Republic[21]
 Estonia[22][23] TBD 3 March 2018[22][23] TBD 3 March 2018[22][23]
 Russia[30] Yulia Samoylova


Country Artist Song Language(s)
 Portugal[34] TBD March 2018 TBD March 2018

Other countries[edit]

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.[36]

Active EBU members[edit]

  •  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 the financial and restructuring of the company.[37]
  •  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.[38]
  •  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.[39]
  •  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.[40]
  •  Romania – Although no official statement regarding Romania's participation at the 2018 edition has yet been made, head of delegation Iuliana Marciuc stated that preparations for Eurovision 2018 would start soon when interviewed Romanian tabloid Libertatea.[41]
  •  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".[42]
  •  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.[43] The approach by the BBC follows Zelmerlöw's recent relocation to London.[44]

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[edit]

  •  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.[45]

Non-EBU members[edit]

  •  Israel – The Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) had 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.[48] However, on 9 May 2017 the IBA was shut down after the final broadcast of their regular nightly news programme.[49] 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.[50] 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.[51] IPBC is expected to apply for EBU membership later this year and if accepted, Israel will continue to participate.[52] 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.[53] On 24 May 2017, KAN applied to join the European Broadcasting Union.[54]

Notes and references[edit]


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