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?
24 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.
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.
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.
Cypriot broadcaster CyBC has confirmed they will return to Eurovision 2018. After using internal selection for the past two years, the broadcaster will return to using a national final to pick their act for 2018.
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 is considering using a national final called Mission Eurovision.
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.
Broadcaster RUV has not formally confirmed for 2018, but reliable fan media is reporting that Iceland will be back in Lisbon and will again select their entry via the long-running national final Söngvakeppnin.
RTÉ has tentatively confirmed for Portugal. Their method of selection has not been confirmed. For the past two years, the broadcaster has used internal selection, but RTÉ is considering reintroducing some form of national selection.
Broadcaster LTV has confirmed Latvia for Eurovision 2018. Their selection method has not been confirmed, but it is likely that they will again use the national final Supernova.
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 will involve a Melodifestivalen-style tour around different Lithuanian towns.
Malta will again use its national selection, the Malta Eurovision Song Competition. Broadcaster PBS has confirmed the competition will again use 100% televote to select its winner.
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.
Russia is planning to return to the contest for 2018. Last year’s organising broadcaster Channel One Russia promised that intended 2017 act Yuliya Samoylova would have the chance to compete in 2018. However, producer Philipp Kirkorov is also said to be looking for an act.
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.
RTVE’s new Eurovision head Ana María Bordas has confirmed that Spain will participate in 2018, however no further details are available.. Broadcaster 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.
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.
- Armenia: Fan blogs are reporting that Armenia will be back for 2018. However, broadcaster AMPTV has not yet publicly confirmed this.
- Australia: The EBU will again need to invite Australia to participate. Australia’s Head of Delegation has spoken of the possibility of holding a national final to choose its selection for 2018.
- Belarus: Fan blogs are reporting that Belarus will be back for 2018. But broadcaster BTRC is yet to publicly confirm this.
- Bulgaria: Broadcaster BNT has a new director-general so has not yet committed to Eurovision 2018.
- Croatia: Broadcaster HRT has told local fan media that they have not decided if they will particpate in 2018.
- Czech Republic: While Ceska Televize has not confirmed its participation for 2018, earlier in the year the broadcaster told fan media that it is “considering” regular participation at Eurovision. The departing Head of Press has reportedly said they don’t know if the Czech Republic will be at Eurovision 2018.
- Georgia: Fan media is reporting that Georgia has confirmed. However, Georgia Public Broadcaster has not yet publicly confirmed their participation for 2018.
- Greece: Greece has not confirmed for 2018, however the chairman of broadcaster ERT earlier said that Eurovision was “a requirement” for ERT.
- 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 Rising Star as the national final.
- Italy: Broadcaster RAI has said they remain committed to Eurovision.
- Kazakhstan: Like Australia, the Central Asian country’s national broadcaster is only an associate member of the EBU so would need to be invited to compete in Eurovision.
- Kosovo: Local media report that RTK is hopeful that it will debut at Eurovision 2018. However, the broadcaster is not currently a member of the EBU so while Kosovo could broadcast the show, it would not be able to compete.
- Montenegro: Montenegro’s Head of Delegation has spoken of how participation in Eurovision is important for Montenegro.
- San Marino: Following their non-qualification in Kyiv, the director-general of SMRTV expressed his doubts about the future of San Marino at Eurovision.
- Slovakia: Despite not having competed since 2012, broadcaster RTVS has stated that it is currently undecided about a Eurovision return.
- Slovenia: RTVSLO will again hold their national final Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA). This year the contest will require that songs are performed in Slovene or one of the minority languages of the country (Croatian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Romani and Serbian.) Because of EMA 2018, it is extremely likely that Slovenia will participate in Eurovision.
These 2017 participating countries are still to confirm for 2018: Albania, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
These non-participating countries of 2017 are yet to confirm for 2018: Monaco and Morocco.
Which countries aren’t doing Eurovision 2018?
Every years 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 be returning 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.
- 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.
- 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 reason and their continued dissatisfaction with the voting system.