Portugal are going all aboard with their nautical theme this year, and the Eurovision 2018 Opening Ceremony will be no different. As previously confirmed, the traditional red carpet is out.
Instead, the 43 acts will walk along the blue carpet as part of the opening event on May 6.
Today, RTP has confirmed full details of the blue carpet event, as well as the four hosts. They are Cláudia Semedo, Inês Lopes Gonçalves, Pedro Granger and Pedro Penim.
Eurovision 2018 Blue Carpet: About the Hosts
Three of the four hosts are all Lisbon born natives, giving the event an even greater local feel. Cláudia Semedo is an actress, journalist, movie star and more: she’s a star, y’all! She’s also helped present Playhouse Disney and is a mother to two young children. Get them in that Eurovision spirit early!
Inês Lopes Gonçalves is a familiar face to those who watched Festival da Canção. Ines was the greenroom host in this year’s edition, and is a radio and TV host across the RTP network.
Pedro Granger previously hosted The Weakest Link in Portugal, but has plenty of Eurovision connections. He was a commentator in 2012 and has also helped to write the script for this year’s show. We’ll also be seeing plenty of Pedro, as he’s also a press conference moderator this year. RTP will certainly be keeping him busy!
Finally, Pedro Penim might not be from Lisbon, but he was born in the nearby town of Sesimbra. Pedro is the founding member and the artistic director of Teatro Praga, a theatre company that has seen work presented worldwide.
There is some serious talent here and we can’t wait to see the blue carpet ceremony now!
The blue carpet will take place on the Lisbon riverside, next to the Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (MAAT). The event takes place from 1800 CET (1700 local time) and will be streamed live on YouTube. As always, we’ll be there ready to ask questions to all the artists
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