It might only be months since Salvador Sobral gave Portugal its first ever victory at Eurovision 2017, but we’re already thinking about Eurovision 2018. There’s a lot of organising to do from both the host country and all the competing countries.
Where is the contest being held and what countries will be participating in Eurovision 2018? Here’s all the information you need!
Where is Eurovision 2018 being held?
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, hosted by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP). The contest will be held at MEO Arena, alongside the Tagus River in Lisbon.
When will Eurovision 2018 be held?
The semi-finals will be held on 8 and 10 May 2018, while the grand final of Eurovision 2018 will be held on 12 May 2018. These dates have been locked in, so you can go ahead and book your flights and accomodation!
Who are the hosts of Eurovision 2018?
The hosts of Eurovision 2018 haven’t been confirmed yet. It is expected that RTP will select bilingual Portuguese stars with event hosting experience.
What is the logo and slogan of Eurovision 2018?
These have not been revealed yet. It is believed that broadcaster RTP is in the process of selecting the branding for Eurovision 2018. The logo and slogan for Lisbon is expected to be revealed laster in 2017.
Which countries are doing Eurovision 2018?
32 countries have provisionally confirmed for Eurovision 2018. Further confirmed countries will continue to be revealed over the next month. Broadcasters have until 15 September to withdraw without penalty.
After 1 September 2018, broadcasters may reveal their selected songs or national final contenders.
Some countries will select their act and song via internal selection, while others will use some form of national final to let the public decide.
As well as being part of the inaugural Eurovision Asia Song Contest, Australia has also been invited back to participate in Eurovision 2018. Their method of selection has not been confirmed. In previous years SBS has internally selected their act, but there is speculation that the broadcaster will introduce a national selection for 2018.
Broadcaster ORF has confirmed that Austria will return to Eurovision 2018. The broadcaster will again use internal selection and is currently accepting song submissions.
Broadcaster Ictimai has confirmed to reputable fan media that Azerbaijan will return for 2018. Their method of selection is not currently known, but since 2015 Azerbaijan has used internal selection.
Broadcaster BTRC has confirmed to reputable fan media that Belarus will compete in Lisbon. The broadcaster will again use their national final to select their entry.
Flemish broadcaster VRT will be organising Belgium’s entry this year. The broadcaster has confirmed that they will choose their act via internal selection rather than via their usual Eurosong national final.
After a change of leadership at the national broadcaster BNT, Bulgaria has now confirmed for Eurovision 2018. Their method of selection has not been confirmed, but in the past two years they have looked for a partnership with an established commercial artist.
Broadcaster HRT has confirmed that Croatia will be back. Their method of selection has not been confirmed, but it is likely they will again use internal selection.
Cypriot broadcaster CyBC has confirmed they will return to Eurovision 2018. The broadcaster will use a national final to select their act for Lisbon. The song, however, will be internally selected later, and will be written by top songwriter Alex Papaconstantinou.
Denmark is back for another year and broadcaster DR is making changes. They will again use the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, but with a new team and new outlook.
Broadcaster ERR has confirmed Estonia will return to Lisbon. They will again use the national final Eesti Laul, which will celebrate its tenth year. The grand final of Eesti Laul will take place on 3 March 2018.
Finnish broadcaster UMK has confirmed their participation for 2018. They will again use the national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, which still take place in early 2018.
Broadcaster France 2 has confirmed their participation for 2018. While in previous years the broadcaster has selected their act via internal selection, for 2018 the broadcaster will hold a national final in January, Eurovision, Qui Portera Nos Couleurs.
They may have had disappointing results for three years running, but German broadcaster NDR has confirmed they will return to Eurovision 2018. Their method of selection has not been confirmed, but it is likely they will use some form of their national selection Unser Song.
The Greek broadcaster ERT has confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2018. The method of selection has not been confirmed, but in recent years Greece has used a national final, internal selection, and a combination of both.
RUV has confirmed that Iceland will be back in Lisbon. They will again select their entry via the long-running national final Söngvakeppnin, with the grand final scheduled for 3 March.
RTÉ has confirmed for Portugal. The broadcaster will select their entry using internal selection, with entry open to the public.
RAI has confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2018. While they haven’t confirmed Italy’s method of selection, it is very likely this will involve the Sanremo Song Festival, due to take place in February 2018.
Broadcaster LTV has confirmed Latvia for Eurovision 2018. They will again use the national final Supernova, this year open to partnerships with foreign songwriters.
Broadcaster LRT has confirmed Lithuania for 2018. They will again use their epic national final “Eurovizijos” dainu konkurso nacionaline atranka. There has been suggestion that the 2018 series may involve a Melodifestivalen-style tour around different Lithuanian towns.
Broadcaster AVROTROS has confirmed to reputable fan media that the Netherlands will be back in 2018. Their method of selection for Lisbon has not been confirmed, but it is very likely that the broadcaster will again use internal selection.
Broadcaster NRK will participate in 2018. They will again use the national final Melodi Grand Prix. Entries are currently open and will close on 10th September 2017.
Broadcaster TVP has provisionally confirmed their participation for 2018, and plans to hold a national final to select their act for Lisbon.
The host broadcaster will of course be back for 2018. Portugal will again use their long-running national final Festival da Canção. It is expected to have a similar format to 2017, with invited composers and two semi-finals.
Broadcaster TVR has confirmed that Romania will be back. They will again use the national final Selectia Nationala and have promised that preparations for the 2018 edition will begin earlier than in previous years. The national final will be held on 11 February, and will reportedly be held in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania.
While an official statement has not yet been made, broadcaster RTS has confirmed to fan media that Serbia will return to Eurovision 2018. The method of selection for their song has not been confirmed, but since 2016 Serbia has used internal selection.
Broadcaster RTVSLO has confirmed that Slovenia will participate in Lisbon. While their exact method of selection has not been confirmed, the broadcaster has opened entries for the selection. In previous years Slovenia has used the national final EMA.
Broadcaster RTVE has confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2018. RTVE will also relaunch the talent show Operación triunfo and while it has been rumoured this will serve as the national selection, this has not been confirmed.
Swedish broadcaster SVT will be back for 2018. They will again use the successful national selection Melodifestivalen. Applications for Melfest will open on 1 September 2017.
Switzerland will also be back for 2018. They will use the revamped national final ESC 2018 – Entscheidungsshow. The competition will now emphasise songwriting, and will pair up shortlisted songs with suitable artists. The national final will be held on 4 February 2018.
Ukraine’s broadcaster UA:PBC has confirmed to reputable fan media that the 2017 host will be back as a competitor in 2018. Their method of selection is not known, but in recent years they have used a national final.
Broadcaster BBC has not officially confirmed for 2018 yet, but reputable fan media is reporting that the UK will be part of Eurovision 2018. Their method of selection is not known, but it is likely they will again use the national final Eurovision: Your Decision.
Which countries still haven’t confirmed for Eurovision 2018?
It’s likely most of these countries will participate at Eurovision 2018, though a few are less likely.
- Albania: There’s been no word from RTSH yet, but it is expected Albania will return and will again use the national selection Festivali i Këngës.
- Armenia: Fan blogs report that Armenia will be back for 2018. However, broadcaster AMPTV has not yet publicly confirmed this.
- Czech Republic: Ceska Televize has not confirmed its participation for 2018, but the 2017 Head of Delegation has said Czech participation in Lisbon is “likely”.
- Georgia: Fan media reports that Georgia has confirmed for Lisbon. However, Georgia Public Broadcaster has not yet publicly confirmed their participation for 2018.
- Hungary: There’s been no word from Hungary’s broadcaster, but it is expected they will participate in Lisbon and will again use the national final A Dal.
- Israel: National broadcaster broadcaster IBA closed in 2017 and new broadcaster KAN is in the process of becoming a member of the EBU. Once that membership has been confirmed, Israel will be able to enter Eurovision 2018. It is likely that Israel would again use talent show Rising Star as the artist selection.
- Kazakhstan: Like Australia, the Central Asian country’s national broadcaster is only an associate member of the EBU so would need to be specifically invited to compete in Eurovision.
- Macedonia: There’s been no word from broadcaster MRT on whether Macedonia will compete in 2018.
- Moldova: Broadcaster TVM has not yet confirmed their participation for 2018, but after the success of Moldova in Kyiv, it is expect they will return and will likely use the national final O melodie pentru Europa.
- Montenegro: Montenegro’s Head of Delegation has spoken of how participation in Eurovision is important for Montenegro.
- Russia: Earlier in the year, 2017 organising broadcaster Channel One Russia promised that Russia would be back for 2018, but this has not been officially confirmed by either Channel One or Russia-1.
- San Marino: Following San Marino’s non-qualification in Kyiv, the director-general of SMRTV expressed his doubts about the future of San Marino at Eurovision.
Which countries aren’t doing Eurovision 2018?
Every year fans are hopeful that these countries will make a return, but sadly the broadcasters have chosen not to participate at Eurovision 2018.
- Andorra: RTVA has confirmed that Andorra will not return to Eurovision, due to financial reasons.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: While the country’s television licence collection issues have been resolved, broadcaster BHRT has told fan media that finances are still an issue and it is “not realistic” for Bosnia and Herzegovina to return in 2018.
- Kosovo: While local media is hopeful for a debut, the EBU has confirmed that as RTK is not currently a member of the EBU, Kosovo is ineligible to enter Eurovision.
- Luxembourg: Despite an active local fan community, broadcaster RTL has confirmed that Luxembourg will not return to Eurovision, due to the usual reasons of budget and size.
- Monaco: Last seen at Eurovision in 2006, the tiny principality has confirmed they will not return to Eurovision 2018.
- Morocco: While broadcaster SNRT has not commented on any potential participation, the North African country has only participated at Eurovision once, 37 years ago. Their return is extremely unlikely.
- Slovakia: Broadcaster RTVS has confirmed to fan media that Slovakia will not return to Eurovision in 2018.
- Turkey: The annual glimmer of hope for a Turkish return came and went. Broadcaster TRT confirmed that Turkey will not make a comeback in Lisbon, due to financial reasons and the broadcaster’s continued dissatisfaction with the voting system.