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 Altice 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 accommodation!
Who are the hosts of Eurovision 2018?
Eurovision 2018 will be hosted by Portuguese television presenters Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Catarina Furtado and Portuguese-American actress and NCIS: Los Angeles star Daniela Ruah.
What is the logo and slogan of Eurovision 2018?
The branding for Eurovision 2018 has a nautical theme. The main logo is a seashell, but 12 additional sea-themed icons will also be used as part of the branding.
The slogan for Eurovision 2018 is “All aboard!”. It’s intended to represent the openness and welcoming spirit of the song contest.
Which countries are doing Eurovision 2018?
43 countries have been officially confirmed for Eurovision 2018. Russia is returning to the contest after withdrawing in 2017.
After 1 September 2018, broadcasters may reveal their selected songs or national final contenders. So far 34 artists have been announced and 21 songs have been released.
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.
Albania – Eugent Bushpepa “Mall”
Albania again selected their act via the long-running song competition Festivali i Këngës. The winner was rock singer Eugent Bushpepa with his self-written song “Mall” (Yearning). The song will be edited down to make the Eurovision time limit, but it’s less likely that any other changes will happen.
Armenia – Sevak Khanagyan “Qami”
Armenia again used their national final Depi Evratesil, but this time with original songs. The winner was X-Factor Ukraine winner Sevak Khanagyan and his song “Qami” — the first 100% Armenian-language Eurovision entry.
Australia – Jessica Mauboy
As well as being part of the inaugural Eurovision Asia Song Contest, Australia has also been invited back to participate in Eurovision 2018. Broadcaster SBS has internally selected Jessica Mauboy, who previously performed as an interval act in 2014. Her song will be released at a later date.
Austria – Cesár Sampson “Nobody But You”
The broadcaster ORF has internally selected Cesar Sampson, who has previously performed at Eurovision as a backing artist for Bulgaria. His song, tentatively titled “Nobody But You”, will be revealed in February.
Azerbaijan – Aisel
Broadcaster Ictimai has internally selected the bluesy singer Aisel. Her song will be revealed at a later date.
Belarus – Alekseev “Forever”
Belarus will be represented by the Ukraine pop star Alekseev. He will perform “Forever”, the winner of Belarus’ national final.
Belgium – Sennek
Flemish broadcaster VRT is organising Belgium’s entry this year. The broadcaster has internally selected pop/soul/electronic singer Laura Groeseneken who will perform as Sennek. Her song for Lisbon will be revealed at a later date.
Bulgaria’s broadcaster BNT is again using internal selection to choose their act. From an open selection, they have chosen the artist and song, which will be revealed on 12 March.
Croatia – Franka Batelic “Crazy”
Broadcaster HRT has internally selected Franka Batelic. She will sing “Crazy” which will be previewed on 26 February.
Cyprus – Eleni Foureira “Fuego”
After initially planning to use a national final, Cyprus broadcaster CyBC instead internally selected the Greek diva Eleni Fourieria. She will sing “Fuego”, written by Greek-Swedish hitmaker Alex P.
Czech Republic – Mikolas Josef “Lie to Me”
Denmark – Rasmussen “Higher Ground”
Broadcaster DR again used its national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. The winner was Jonas Rasmussen — best known just as Rasmussen — with his Viking saga “Higher Ground”.
Broadcaster ERR will again use the national final Eesti Laul, which will celebrate its tenth year. The competing songs in both semi-final one and semi-final two have been released. The grand final of Eesti Laul will take place on 3 March 2018.
Finland – Saara Aalto
Finnish broadcaster YLE has internally selected UMK 2016 runner-up and X Factor UK 2016 runner-up Saara Aalto. Her song will be chosen from one of three performed at the national final UMK on 3 March. Her three potential entries, “Monsters”, “Domino” and “Queens” have been released.
France – Madame Monsieur “Mercy”
Broadcaster France 2 introduced a new national final, Destination Eurovision. The televote winner and overall winner was the duo Madame Monsieur, with their song “Mercy”.
Georgia – Iriao “Sheni gulistvis”
The jazz/ethno-folk group Iriao has been internally selected by broadcaster GPB. They will perform “Sheni gulistvis” (For you), which will be released at a later date.
Germany – Michael Schulte “You Let Me Walk Alone”
Gemany used their reformulated national final, Unser Lied fur Lissabon. From six finalists, the winner was Michael Schulte and his balled “You Let Me Walk Alone”.
Greece – Gianna Terzi “Óneiró mou”
Despite plans for a national final, Greek broadcaster ERT has internally selected Gianna Terzi. She will perform “Óneiró mou” (My dream).
Hungary – AWS “Viszlát nyár”
Hungary again used its successful national final A Dal. From 30 competing acts, the winner was post-hardcore band AWS and their song “Viszlát nyár”.
Ireland – Ryan O’Shaughnessy “Together”
Irish broadcaster RTÉ internally selected their song from a public song submission. The selected artist is Britain’s Got Talent star Ryan O’Shaughnessy. He will sing the ballad “Together”, due to be released at a later date.
Israel – Netta Barzilai “Toys”
Netta Barzilai was selected as Israel’s act for Lisbon after winning the talent show Rising Star. She will perform “Toys” and has been given the OK to use her vocal loop pedal. The song will be released on 10 March.
Italy – Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro “Non mi avete fatto niente”
Italy will be represented by Sanremo veterans Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro. The Sanremo 2018 winners will perform their winning entry “Non mi avete fatto niente” (You did nothing to me).
Latvia – Laura Rizzotto “Funny Girl”
Brazilian-Latvian singer Laura Rizzotto won the national final Supernova 2018. She will perform her song “Funny Girl”.
Broadcaster LRT will again use their epic national final “Eurovizijos” dainu konkurso nacionaline atranka. The series is in progress, with an expected grand final finish of early March.
FYR Macedonia – Eye Cue “Lost and Found”
FYR Macedonia has internally selected the duo Eye Cue. They will perform “Lost and Found”, which will be released at a later date.
Malta – Christabelle “Taboo”
Moldova – DoReDos “My Lucky Day”
Moldova again used the national final O melodie pentru Europa. The winner was vocal trio DoReDos and their song “My Lucky Day”.
Montenegro – Vanja Radovanovic “Inje”
Montenegro will be represented by Vanja Radovanovic, the winner of the revived Montevizija. He will sing the Balkan ballad “Inje”.
The Netherlands – Waylon “Outlaw in ‘Em”
Broadcaster NRK will again use the national final Melodi Grand Prix. The competing acts and songs have been revealed, and future three former Norwegian Eurovision stars. The grand final will be on 10 March.
The Polish national final Krajowe Eliminacje 2018 will again be used. The ten finalists have been announced and the national final will take place on 3 March.
The host broadcaster will again use their long-running national final Festival da Canção. It will have a similar format to 2017, with invited composers and two semi-finals. The competing artists have been revealed and the grand final is scheduled for 4 March.
Romania – The Humans “Goodbye”
From an epic Selectia Nationala, involving five semi-finals, Romania selected retro rock band The Humans. They will perform their song “Goodbye” in Lisbon.
Russia – Julia Samoylova
Russia’s cancelled representative of 2017 Julia Samoylova has been given another shot. She has been confirmed as Russia’s act for Portugal and is working on her entry.
Serbia – Sanja Ilic & Balkanika “Nova deca”
RTS returned to their tradtional national final, Beovizija. The winner was Sanja Ilic & Balkanika with their song “Nova deca”.
Slovenia – Lea Sirk “Hvala, ne!”
Broadcaster RTVSLO again used their national final EMA. The winner was long-time EMA entrant Lea Sirk and her song “Hvala, ne!”.
Spain – Alfred & Amaia “Tu canción”
Spain will be represented by Operación Triunfo contestants Alfred & Amaia, who won the OT Eurovision Gala. They will perform the song “Tu canción”.
Swedish broadcaster SVT is again using the successful national selection Melodifestivalen. The 28 completing acts have been announced and the grand final will take place on 10 March.
Switzerland – Zibbz “Stones”
Ukraine – Mélovin “Under the Ladder”
Ukaine again used their national final. The winner was pop star Mélovin and his song “Under the Ladder”.
United Kingdom – SuRie “Storm”
The UK again used the national final Eurovision: You Decide, with Måns Zelmerlöw co-hosting the final. From six competing acts, the competition was won by two-time Belgian backing vocalist SuRie and her song “Storm”.
Which countries aren’t doing Eurovision 2018?
Every year fans are hopeful that these countries will make a return or debut, but sadly these countries won’t be appearing 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Liechtenstein: While the broadcaster has expressed interest in participating, it is not currently a member of the EBU and therefore unable to participate in 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.