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?
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 are expected to be revealed later in 2017.
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 four artists and no songs have been confirmed.
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.
Armenia will again use their national final Depi Evratestil. This year the contest is looking for original songs as well as singers, and the contest is open to both Armenian citizens and anyone of Armenian ancestry.
As well as being part of the inaugural Eurovision Asia Song Contest, Australia has also been invited back to participate in Eurovision 2018. They will again internally select their artist for Eurovision.
The broadcaster ORF will again use internal selection to choose their act for Lisbon. They have accepted public song submissions.
Azerbaijan – Aisel
Broadcaster Ictimai has internally selected the bluesy singer Aisel. Her song will be revealed at a later date.
Broadcaster BTRC will again use their national final to select their entry.
Belgium – Laura Groeseneken
Flemish broadcaster VRT is organising Belgium’s entry this year. The broadcaster has internally selected pop/soul/electronic singer Laura Groeseneken. Her song for Lisbon will be revealed at a later date.
Bulgaria’s broadcaster BNT will again use internal selection to choose their act. They are looking for an established artist with creative ideas who is able to financially partner with the broadcaster.
Broadcaster HRT has not yet confirmed their selection method for Lisbon. However, it is likely they will again use internal selection.
Cypriot broadcaster CyBC 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.
Broadcaster Czech Television will again use internal selection to choose their act for Lisbon. Public submissions have been accepted.
Danish broadcaster DR is making changes to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. The grand final will take place on 10 February.
Broadcaster ERR will again use the national final Eesti Laul, which will celebrate its tenth year. The competing acts have been revealed.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.
While in previous years broadcaster France 2 has selected their act via internal selection, for 2018 the broadcaster will hold a national final in January, Destination Eurovision.
The broadcaster’s selection method has not been confirmed, but in recent years GPB has used some form of national final, but on very different scales.
Germany will again use a national final, this time inviting established acts and using an international panel to select the finalists.
Greek broadcaster ERT is in the process of selecting acts to use in a potential national final. This year the broadcaster is looking for a song with in a traditional Greek style and with Greek lyrics.
Hungary will again use their highly successful national final, A Dal, to select their entry for Lisbon. The grand final will be held on 24 February.
RUV will again select their entry via the long-running national final Söngvakeppnin, with the grand final scheduled for 3 March.
Irish broadcaster RTÉ will select their entry using internal selection, with entry open to the public.
Despite still being in the middle of having their EBU membership finalised, the EBU has given new Israeli broadcaster IPBC special permission to enter Eurovision 2018. Israel will again use the talent show Rising Star to select their act for Eurovision.
The winner of the Sanremo Song Festival 2018 will have first refusal to be Italy’s act for Lisbon.
Broadcaster LTV will again use the national final Supernova. The acts for the final have been selected and preparations begin, however, the songs won’t be released until 24 January.
Broadcaster LRT will again use their epic national final “Eurovizijos” dainu konkurso nacionaline atranka.
After resolving EBU debt issues, broadcaster MRT will back for 2018. It’s not know how MRT will choose their act for Lisbon, but internal selection is likely.
Broadcaster TVM has not made any comment on their participation for 2018. It is expected they will again use the national final O melodie pentru Europa.
Broadcaster RTCG is bringing back the national final Montevizija, with the grand final scheduled for February 17.
The Netherlands – Waylon
Broadcaster AVROTROS has internally selected the country singer Waylon to again represent The Netherlands. He previously competed in 2014 as part of the Common Linnets.
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 plans to hold a national selection to choose the Polish act for Lisbon.
The host broadcaster will again use their long-running national final Festival da Canção. It is will have a similar format to 2017, with invited composers and two semi-finals. The grand final is scheduled for 4 March.
Romania will again use the national final Selectia Nationala which will involve five semi-finals. The grand final will be held on 11 February, and will reportedly be held in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania.
The Russian broadcaster has no made any comment on their participation in 2018. It is thought that Russia will again use internal selection.
This year San Marino will use a web platform to find their act for Eurovision. The winning artist will be chosen by public vote in February.
Broadcaster RTS will return to using their original national final, Beovizija.
Broadcaster RTVSLO will again hold their national final EMA, which will most likely also be their Eurovision selection method.
Broadcaster RTVE has relaunched 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 is again using the successful national selection Melodifestivalen. The competing artists will be announced in November, and the grand final will take place on 10 March.
Switzerland will use the revamped national final ESC 2018 – Entscheidungsshow. The competition will now emphasise songwriting and it will pair up shortlisted songs with suitable artists. The national final will be held on 4 February 2018.
Ukraine will again use their national final, though without a public wildcard this time.
The UK will use the national final Eurovision: You Decide, with Måns Zelmerlöw co-hosting the final. Public submissions are being accepted, as well as invited entries from established songwriters.
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.