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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
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Host broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
Participants
Number of entries 36 (to date)
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]

As of 26 September 2017, thirty-six 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 for the first time in Portugal, following the country's victory in the 2017 edition with the song "Amar pelos dois", performed by Salvador Sobral,[2] after a bidding phase, the MEO Arena in Lisbon was selected as the venue by host broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The multi-purpose arena was built for the Expo '98 and has a capacity of 20,000 attendees, making it the largest indoor venue in Portugal and among the largest in Europe.[3] It is located in the heart of the modern Parque das Nações riverside district, 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.[4]

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 RTP would accept the challenge of organising the 2018 contest in case of a victory.[5] Following Sobral's triumph, the EBU's Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, issued the hosting invitation to RTP during the winner's press conference,[2] 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.[6] On 15 May 2017, RTP appeared to have confirmed Lisbon as the host city,[7][8] but clarified the following day that no final decision had been taken regarding both the host city and venue.[9]

The basic requirements to select a host city were set out in a document presented by the EBU to RTP following their win in Kiev:[10]

  • A suitable venue that can accommodate around 10,000 spectators.
  • An international press centre for 1,500 journalists with adequate facilities for all the delegates.
  • A good distribution of hotel rooms, at different price categories, able to accommodate at least 2,000 delegates, accredited journalists and spectators.
  • An efficient transport infrastructure, including a nearby international airport with readily available connections with the city, venue and hotels.

Besides Lisbon, other cities signaled their interest in bidding to host the 2018 contest: Braga, Espinho, Faro, Gondomar, Guimarães, and Santa Maria da Feira.[11][12][13] The mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, declared he would not be interested in "spending millions of euros" to host the contest,[9] but he would support a bid from the Metropolitan Area of Porto (Espinho, Gondomar and Santa Maria da Feira).[12]

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.[14]

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

Key:  dagger   Host venue

City Venue Capacity Notes
Braga Braga Exhibition Park 15,000 (after renovation) Agro-industrial park inaugurated in 1981 and further expanded in 1987 with a 6,500 m2 (70,000 sq ft) exhibition hall able to hold 3,000 people, and in 1990 with a congress centre and auditorium for 1,200 people.[17] Renovation works starting in 2017 and ending in the first trimester of 2018 would increase the exhibition hall capacity to 15,000.[18]
Gondomar Multiusos de Gondomar Coração de Ouro 8,000 Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 2007, with a total capacity for 8,000 people (4,400 seats).[19] Hosted the 2007 UEFA Futsal Championship final tournament.[20]
Guimarães Multiusos de Guimarães 10,000 Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 2001, with a total capacity for 10,000 people (3,000 seats)[21] 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.[22]
Lisbon[6] MEO Arena dagger 20,000 Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 1998, it is the country's largest indoor venue with a total capacity for 20,000 people. Hosted the Expo '98,[23] the 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship,[24] the 2000 ATP Finals,[25] the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships,[26] the 2003 World Men's Handball Championship,[27] the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards,[28] the UEFA Futsal Cup Final Four (2001–02, 2009–10[29] and 2014–15[30]), and the 2016 Web Summit.[31]
Santa Maria da Feira Europarque 11,000 Largest convention centre in the Porto Metropolitan Area, inaugurated in 1995. Hosted the European Council of June 2000, the Festival da Canção final in 2001, and the UEFA Euro 2004 final tournament draw, it was the option supported by the Metropolitan Council of Porto.[12]

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)
 Armenia[32]
 Australia[33]
 Austria[34]
 Azerbaijan[35]
 Belarus[36]
 Belgium[37]
 Bulgaria[38]
 Croatia[39]
 Cyprus[40] TBD January 2018[41] TBD January 2018[41]
 Czech Republic[42]
 Denmark[43] TBD 10 February 2018[44] TBD 10 February 2018[44]
 Estonia[45] TBD 3 March 2018[45] TBD 3 March 2018[45]
 Finland[46]
 Georgia[47]
 Greece[48]
 Iceland[49] TBD 3 March 2018[50] TBD 3 March 2018[50]
 Ireland[51]
 Latvia[52]
 Lithuania[53]
 Malta[54] TBD February 2018[55] TBD February 2018[55]
 Montenegro[56]
 Netherlands[57]
 Norway[58] TBD March 2018[59] TBD March 2018[59]
 Poland[60] TBD February 2018 TBD February 2018
 Romania[61]
 Serbia[62]
 Slovenia[63]
 Sweden[64] TBD 10 March 2018[65] TBD 10 March 2018[65]
  Switzerland[66] TBD 4 February 2018[67][68] TBD 4 February 2018[67][68]
 Ukraine[69]

Finalists

Country Artist Song Language(s)
 France[70] TBD January 2018[71] TBD January 2018[72]
 Germany[73]
 Italy[74] TBD 10 February 2018[74] TBD 10 February 2018[74]
 Portugal[75] TBD 4 March 2018[76] TBD 4 March 2018[76]
 Spain[77]
 United Kingdom[78]

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.[79]

Active EBU members

  •  Albania – Although Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, no news has been released regarding Albania's Participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
  •  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.[80]
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 18 September 2017, BHRT confirmed that Bosnia and Herzegovina will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.[81]
  •  Hungary – Although Hungary participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, no news has been released regarding Hungary's Participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
  •  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.[82]
  •  Macedonia – Although there was news regarding an official confirmation, the Macedonian broadcaster MRT has clarified that their participation has not been confirmed so far. However, the official programme booklet of MRT for 2018 reveals that a participation in Eurovision 2018 is planned.[83][84]
  •  Moldova – Although Moldova participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, no news has been released regarding Moldova's Participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
  •  Monaco – On 31 August 2017 TMC, the Monégasque broadcaster confirmed that Monaco will not participate in the 2018 contest.[85]
  •  Russia – On 22 May 2017, Russian broadcaster Russia-1 announced that Yulia Samoylova would represent them at the 2018 contest after she received a three-year ban from entering Ukraine, preventing her from representing the country at the 2017 contest.[86] However, on 27 July 2017, Samoylova announced that she was still waiting for official confirmation from Russia-1 regarding her participation in the 2018 contest and the official confirmation is yet to be made.[87]
  •  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 final in Eurovision Song Contest 2017 and has stated "There is no place for micro-states in the Eurovision Song Contest."[88]
  •  Slovakia – Eríka Rusnáková, press spokesperson of the Slovak broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), confirmed on 11 September 2017 to Czech Eurovision website Eurocontest.cz that the country would not participate in the 2018 contest.[89]
  •  Turkey – On the evening of 12 July 2017, Sertab Erener, who won for Turkey in 2003, announced on an Instagram live chat that Turkey would return and that she wishes luck to the next representative.[90] maNga, the 2010 Turkish representatives [91] and Hadise, the 2009 Turkish Representative, also expressed their interests for Turkey returning to the contest. Despite these statements, on 7 August 2017, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Bekir Bozdağ, issued a statement stating that there are no plans for a return at the moment,[92] the same day, TRT confirmed their non-participation in the contest.[93]

Associate EBU members

Non-EBU members

  •  Israel – The Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) shut down on 9 May 2017. The new broadcasting corporation, Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC), is not a member of the EBU. On 24 May 2017, IPBC applied to join the European Broadcasting Union,[96] 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.[97]
  •  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.[98]
  •  Liechtenstein – On 1 September 2017, 1 FL TV, the national broadcaster of the Principality of Liechtenstein has confirmed that the country will not debut at the upcoming Eurovision edition in Lisbon.[99]

Commentators and spokespersons

Commentators

Most countries will send commentators to Lisbon or comment from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.

Non-participating countries

See also

Notes and references

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