Eurovision Song Contest 2018
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Lisbon, Portugal, following the country's victory at the 2017 contest with the song "Amar pelos dois" by Salvador Sobral. It was the first time Portugal had hosted the contest - 54 years after the country made its debut. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), the contest was held at the Altice Arena, and consisted of two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May, and the final on 12 May 2018. The three live shows were presented by Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah and Catarina Furtado. It was the first Eurovision Song Contest held on the Atlantic coast.
|Eurovision Song Contest 2018|
|Semi-final 1||8 May 2018|
|Semi-final 2||10 May 2018|
|Final||12 May 2018|
|Executive supervisor||Jon Ola Sand|
|Executive producer||João Nuno Nogueira|
|Host broadcaster||Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)|
|Opening act||Final: Fado performances by Ana Moura ("Fado Loucura") and Mariza ("Barco Negro"),|
Flag parade introducing the 26 finalist countries with live music by scratching duo Beatbombers
|Number of entries||43|
|Voting system||Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.|
|Winning song|| Israel|
Forty-three countries participated in the contest, equalling the record of the 2008 and 2011 editions. Russia returned after their absence from the previous edition, and for the first time since 2011, no country withdrew.
The winner was Israel with the song "Toy", performed by Netta and written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. This was Israel's fourth victory in the contest, following their wins in 1978, 1979, and 1998, and their first top five placing in more than a decade. Cyprus, Austria, Germany and Italy rounded out the top five. Cyprus achieved their best result in their Eurovision history. Further down the table, the Czech Republic also achieved their best result to date, finishing sixth. Portugal finished in the last place of the final, making it the third time that the host country ranked in the bottom five since 2015. For the first time since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Azerbaijan, Romania, and Russia all failed to qualify for the final. Also, for the first time since 2005, no countries of the Caucasus region (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) participated in the final. The EBU reported that the contest had a worldwide audience of around 186 million viewers, surpassing the 2017 edition by over 4 million.
The Altice Arena in Lisbon is a multi-purpose indoor arena built for the Expo '98 and has a capacity of 20,000 attendees, making it the largest indoor venue in Portugal and among the largest in Europe. It is located in the Parque das Nações (Park of Nations) riverside district in the northeast of Lisbon, which was completely renovated to host the 1998 world's fair. It is connected by metro to the nearby international airport and by train (Oriente Station) to the rest of the country and Europe.
On the day of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 final, it was reported that Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) would accept the challenge of organising the 2018 contest in case of a victory. Following Sobral's triumph, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)'s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, issued the hosting invitation to RTP during the winner's press conference. The following day, the director-general of RTP, Nuno Artur Silva, confirmed that the broadcaster would organise the contest in 2018 and mentioned MEO Arena (later renamed Altice Arena) in Lisbon as a likely venue to host the contest. On 15 May 2017, RTP appeared to have confirmed Lisbon as the host city, but clarified the following day that no final decision had been taken regarding both the host city and venue.
The basic requirements to select a host city were set out in a document presented by the EBU to RTP following their win in Kyiv:
- A suitable venue that can accommodate around 10,000 spectators.
- An international press centre for 1,500 journalists with adequate facilities for all the delegates.
- A good distribution of hotel rooms, at different price categories, able to accommodate at least 2,000 delegates, accredited journalists and spectators.
- An efficient transport infrastructure, including a nearby international airport with readily available connections with the city, venue, and hotels.
Besides Lisbon, other cities signalled their interest in bidding to host the 2018 contest: Braga, Espinho, Faro, Gondomar, Guimarães, and Santa Maria da Feira. The mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, declared he would not be interested in "spending millions of euros" to host the contest, but he would support a bid from the Metropolitan Area of Porto (Espinho, Gondomar, and Santa Maria da Feira).
On 13 June 2017, RTP representatives met with the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group at the EBU headquarters in Geneva. During the meeting, RTP officials attended a workshop covering several topics related with hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and learned from the experience of the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC. They also had the opportunity to present their first plans for the 2018 contest, including multiple proposals for the host city and venue.
On 25 July 2017, the EBU and RTP announced that Lisbon had been selected as the host city, overcoming confirmed bids from Braga, Gondomar, Guimarães, and Santa Maria da Feira. In addition, RTP indicated the Parque das Nações, where Altice Arena is located, as the site for the shows.
|Braga||Braga Exhibition Park||Agro-industrial park inaugurated in 1981 and further expanded in 1987 with a 6,500 m2 (70,000 sq ft) exhibition hall able to hold 3,000 people, and in 1990 with a congress centre and auditorium for 1,200 people. Renovation works starting in 2017 and ending in the first trimester of 2018 would increase the exhibition hall capacity to 15,000.|
|Gondomar||Multiusos de Gondomar Coração de Ouro||Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 2007, with a total capacity for 8,000 people (4,400 seats). Hosted the 2007 UEFA Futsal Championship final tournament.|
|Guimarães||Multiusos de Guimarães||Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 2001, with a total capacity for 10,000 people (3,000 seats). Selected by RTP to host the final of the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, the Festival da Canção, on 4 March 2018.|
|Lisbon||Altice Arena||Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 1998, it is the country's largest indoor venue with a total capacity for 20,000 people (12,500 seats). Hosted the Expo '98, the 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, the 2000 ATP Finals, the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships, the 2003 World Men's Handball Championship, the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards, the UEFA Futsal Cup Final Four (2001–02, 2009–10 and 2014–15), and since 2016 (for a three-year period, renewable) the Web Summit.|
|Santa Maria da Feira||Europarque||Largest convention centre in the Porto Metropolitan Area, inaugurated in 1995. Hosted the European Council of June 2000, the Festival da Canção final in 2001, and the UEFA Euro 2004 final tournament draw. It was the option supported by the Metropolitan Council of Porto.|
The Eurovision Village was the official Eurovision Song Contest fan and sponsors area during the event weeks, where it was possible to watch performances by contest participants and local artists, as well as the live shows broadcast from the main venue. It was located in Lisbon's downtown Praça do Comércio (also called Terreiro do Paço), a large central square open to the Tagus river.
The EuroClub was the venue for the official after-parties and private performances by contest participants. Unlike the Eurovision Village, access to the EuroClub was restricted to accredited fans, delegations, and press. It was located at the "Ministerium" club, next to the Eurovision Village.
The "Blue Carpet" event, where all the contestants and their delegations are presented before the accredited press and fans, took place on 6 May 2018 at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon's Belém district. This preceded the official Opening Ceremony of the 2018 contest, which took place at the nearby Electricity Museum.
The theme for the contest, All Aboard!, was unveiled on 7 November 2017 in a press conference held at the Lisbon Oceanarium. Its visual design features oceanic motifs that allude to Lisbon and Portugal's location on the Atlantic coast and to the country's seafaring history. Alongside the main emblem, which depicts a stylised seashell, twelve supplemental emblems were designed to symbolise different aspects of a marine ecosystem. The contest's Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand remarked that the theme and logos "resonate with Lisbon's history and underscore Eurovision's core values, including diversity, very well. The Ocean connects all of us and its variety can provide good inspiration for each of the participating broadcasters that we look forward to seeing in Lisbon next May."
The postcards, filmed between March and April 2018, involved the act emerging from a door into Portugal to take part in a themed activity, such as Mountain Biking, making a salad or Pastel de Nata, or visiting a popular attraction or set of them. The location in Portugal where the activity took place was written in Portuguese at the start of the postcard. At the end of the postcard, the act posed for the camera, the slogan's hashtag appeared on the bottom corner of the screen, and song information was printed onto the country's flag. All the postcards had the same score, composed by Luis Figueredo.
On 8 January 2018, RTP and EBU announced that the contest would be hosted for the first time by four female presenters, consisting of RTP hosts Sílvia Alberto, Filomena Cautela, and Catarina Furtado, together with actress Daniela Ruah. It was the first time since 2015 that the contest did not feature a male presenter, and the second consecutive year that the presenters were all the same gender. It was confirmed on 4 May 2018 that Cautela would host the green room.
The Blue Carpet opening ceremony was hosted by actress Cláudia Semedo, radio host Inês Lopes Gonçalves, actor/TV host Pedro Granger, and actor/director Pedro Penim. Granger and Penim moderated the press conferences, as well.
Semi-final allocation drawEdit
The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 29 January 2018 at 13:00 CET, at Lisbon's City Hall. The thirty-seven semi-finalists had been allocated into six pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest's official televoting partner Digame. Drawing from different pots helps to reduce the chance of so-called "bloc voting" and increase suspense in the semi-finals. The draw also determined which semi-final would be broadcast and voted by each of the six automatic finalist countries (hosts Portugal and Big Five countries France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom). The ceremony was hosted by contest presenters Sílvia Alberto and Filomena Cautela, and included the passing of a Eurovision insignia from Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv (host city of the previous contest), to Fernando Medina, the Mayor of Lisbon.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4||Pot 5||Pot 6|
Opening and interval actsEdit
RTP released the first details regarding the opening and interval acts for the final on 12 March 2018. The opening act featured Portuguese fado singers Ana Moura and Mariza performing "Fado Loucura" and "Barco Negro", respectively, which was followed by a parade of flags introducing the 26 finalist participants, with live music by Portuguese scratching duo Beatbombers. The interval acts included Salvador Sobral, who performed his new single "Mano a mano" (which was also a smash hit in Portugal at the time) and his Eurovision-winning song "Amar pelos dois" (the latter in a duet with Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso), and electronic music performances by Branko featuring Sara Tavares, Mayra Andrade and Dino D'Santiago.
The EBU initially announced on 7 November 2017 that forty-two countries would participate in the contest. Russia confirmed their return after their absence the previous edition, while Macedonia's participation was provisionally blocked by the EBU due to unpaid debts by its national broadcaster. However, ten days later, the EBU announced that Macedonia would be allowed to enter the contest, raising the number of participating countries to forty-three, equaling the highest number of participants with the 2008 and 2011 editions.
The contest featured two representatives who also previously performed as lead vocalists for the same countries. Alexander Rybak won for Norway in 2009 performing "Fairytale" (and also sang entry No. 1500) and Waylon placed second for the Netherlands in 2014 as part of The Common Linnets performing "Calm After the Storm".
The contest also featured Jessica Mauboy, representing Australia, after taking part in 2014 as the interval act for the second semi-final, performing "Sea of Flags". In addition, the contest featured four lead singers previously participating as backing vocalists, two of them for the same countries. Lea Sirk backed for Slovenia in 2014 and off-stage in 2016, and Equinox member Vlado Mihailov backed for Bulgaria in 2017. Cesár Sampson, representing Austria, backed for Bulgaria in 2016 (also as a dancer) and off-stage in 2017. SuRie, representing the United Kingdom, backed for Belgium in 2015 (also as a dancer) and was the musical director again for Belgium in 2017. Sara Tavares, who performed in the interval act, was the representative from Portugal in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Chamar a música" reaching 8th place.
The first semi-final took place on 8 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST). Nineteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Those countries, plus Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.
The second semi-final took place on 10 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST). Eighteen countries participated in the second semi-final. Those countries, plus France, Germany and Italy voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.
With the approval from the Reference Group, Italy broadcast and voted in the second semi-final following a request from the broadcaster RAI, as the date of the first semi-final coincided with the scheduled final of the fifth season of The Voice of Italy.
The final took place on 12 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST). Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 43 participating countries eligible to vote. The running order for the final was revealed after the press conference of the second semi-final qualifiers on 10 May.
|Split results (Semi-final 1)|
|Voting procedure used:
100% Jury vote
|Voting procedure used:
100% Jury vote
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the first semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|7||Israel||Armenia, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Spain|
|3||Austria||Belgium, Estonia, Israel|
|Bulgaria||Macedonia, United Kingdom|
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|5||Cyprus||Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece|
|3||Estonia||Finland, Lithuania, Portugal|
|Ireland||Austria, Belgium, Spain|
|2||Czech Republic||Iceland, Israel|
|Lithuania||Ireland, United Kingdom|
|Split results (Semi-final 2)|
|16||San Marino||14||San Marino||14|
|Voting procedure used:
100% Jury vote
|Voting procedure used:
100% Jury vote
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the second semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|9||Sweden||Australia, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia|
|3||Australia||Denmark, France, Latvia|
|Norway||Italy, Malta, Sweden|
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|6||Denmark||Australia, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden|
|5||Moldova||France, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine|
|Split results (Final)|
|Voting procedure used:
100% Jury vote
|Voting procedure used:
100% Jury vote
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|9||Austria||Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Iceland, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom|
|8||Sweden||Armenia, Australia, Cyprus, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Serbia, Slovenia|
|6||Cyprus||Belarus, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Spain, Sweden|
|5||Israel||Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, San Marino|
|4||Germany||Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland|
|3||Estonia||Macedonia, Moldova, Portugal|
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|8||Israel||Australia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Moldova, San Marino, Spain, Ukraine|
|5||Lithuania||Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, United Kingdom|
|4||Serbia||Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland|
|3||Cyprus||Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece|
|Denmark||Hungary, Iceland, Sweden|
|Italy||Albania, Germany, Malta|
|Ukraine||Belarus, Czech Republic, Poland|
|Czech Republic||Austria, Israel|
Active EBU membersEdit
- Andorra – The Director General of Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced on 14 May 2017 that Andorra would not participate in the contest, due to financial difficulties and the restructuring of the company.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 18 September 2017, BHRT confirmed that Bosnia and Herzegovina would not return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.
- Luxembourg – Steve Schmit, the Director of Programming at the Luxembourgish broadcaster (RTL), explained last year the reasons against participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. He also underlined that Luxembourg's chance for success in the contest is limited: "I believe that (with) the enlargement of Eurovision, the days (of victory) are gone. With the new voting system, it is very unlikely that Luxembourg is successful. Small countries are somewhat more troubled now". Luxembourg last participated in 1993.
- Monaco – On 31 August 2017, Monegasque broadcaster TMC confirmed that Monaco would not participate in the 2018 contest.
- Slovakia – Eríka Rusnáková, press spokesperson of the Slovak broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), confirmed on 11 September 2017 to Czech Eurovision website Eurocontest.cz that the country would not participate in the 2018 contest.
- Turkey – On 12 July 2017, Sertab Erener, who won for Turkey in 2003, announced on an Instagram live chat that Turkey would return and wished luck to the next representative. maNga, the 2010 Turkish representatives, and Hadise, the 2009 Turkish representative, also expressed their interests for Turkey returning to the contest. Despite these statements, on 7 August 2017, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Bekir Bozdağ, issued a statement saying that there were no plans for a return. The same day, TRT confirmed their non-participation in the 2018 contest.
Associate EBU membersEdit
- Kazakhstan – Khabar Agency became an associate member of the EBU on 1 January 2016, opening up the possibility of future participation. They broadcast all the shows in 2017. Furthermore, the winner of the Turkvision Song Contest 2014, Zhanar Dugalova, said she would be interested in representing Kazakhstan in the contest. However, on 25 September, Khabar Agency told Esctoday that: "We have no information about Kazakshtan’s participation in Eurovision 2018 yet", maintaining the possibility of the country being invited by the EBU, as it is entirely at the EBU's discretion to extend an invitation like in the case of Australia. The EBU however, chose not to invite Kazakhstan, as seen in the list of participants. On 22 December 2017, it was claimed that Channel 31 had finalised negotiations with the EBU, allowing Kazakhstan to debut in 2019, however, on 23 December 2017, the EBU told Esctoday that: "Channel 31 Kazakhstan has indeed expressed interest in becoming a Member of the EBU and hence participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. However, since Channel 31 is outside the European Broadcasting Area and is also not a member of the Council of Europe, it is not eligible to become an active Member of the EBU".
- Kosovo – Kosovar media reported that RTK was hopeful that they would debut in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal. In an article published by RTK the Director of Television at the Kosovar broadcaster stated that he had received the support of national broadcasters across the Balkans to participate in the competition. However, both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia had opposed such participation. The EBU then sent a letter to RTK explaining that Kosovo cannot participate in the ESC, because it is not a UN member and it is not a fully recognised state.
- Liechtenstein – On 1 September 2017, 1 FL TV, the national broadcaster of the Principality of Liechtenstein confirmed that the country would not debut in 2018. However, on 4 November 2017, 1 FL TV announced that they are planning a debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.
Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersonsEdit
The European Broadcasting Union provided international live streams of both semi-finals and the grand final through their official YouTube channel with no commentary. The live streams were geo-blocked to viewers in Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela due to "rights limitations."
The spokespersons announced the 12-point score from their respective country's national jury in the following order:
- Ukraine – Natalia Zhyzhchenko
- Azerbaijan – Tural Asadov
- Belarus – Naviband (Belarusian representative in 2017)
- San Marino – John Kennedy O'Connor
- Netherlands – O'G3NE (Dutch representatives in 2017)
- Macedonia – Jana Burčeska (Macedonian representative in 2017)
- Malta – Lara Azzopardi
- Georgia – Tamara Gachechiladze (Georgian representative in 2017)
- Spain – Nieves Álvarez
- Austria – Kati Bellowitsch
- Denmark – Ulla Essendrop
- United Kingdom – Mel Giedroyc
- Sweden – Felix Sandman
- Latvia – Dagmāra Legante
- Albania – Andri Xhahu
- Croatia – Uršula Tolj
- Ireland – Nicky Byrne (Irish representative in 2016)
- Romania – Sonia Argint-Ionescu
- Czech Republic – Radka Rosická
- Iceland – Edda Sif Pálsdóttir
- Moldova – Djulieta Ardovan
- Belgium – Danira Boukhriss Terkessidis
- Norway – Aleksander Walmann and JOWST (Norwegian representatives in 2017)
- France – Élodie Gossuin
- Italy – Giulia Valentina Palermo
- Australia – Ricardo Gonçalves
- Estonia – Ott Evestus
- Serbia – Dragana Kosjerina
- Cyprus – Hovig (Cypriot representative in 2017)
- Armenia – Arsen Grigoryan
- Bulgaria – Joanna Dragneva (Bulgarian representative in 2008)
- Greece – Olina Xenopoulou
- Hungary – Bence Forró
- Montenegro – Nataša Šotra
- Germany – Barbara Schöneberger
- Finland – Anna Abreu
- Russia – Alsou (Russian representative in 2000 and host of the final in 2009)
- Switzerland – Letícia Carvalho
- Israel – Lucy Ayoub (later co-presenter of the 2019 contest)
- Poland – Mateusz Szymkowiak
- Lithuania – Eglė Daugėlaitė
- Slovenia – Maja Keuc (Slovenian representative in 2011)
- Portugal – Pedro Fernandes
Broadcasters and commentatorsEdit
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Countries may add commentary from commentators working on-location or remotely at the broadcaster. Commentators can add insight to the participating entries and the provision of voting information.
|Albania||All shows||RTSH, RTSH Muzikë and Radio Tirana||Andri Xhahu|||
|Armenia||All shows||Armenia 1 and Public Radio of Armenia||Avet Barseghyan and Felix Khachatryan|||
|Australia||All shows||SBS||Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey|||
|Austria||All shows||ORF1||Andi Knoll|||
|Azerbaijan||All shows||iTV||Azər Süleymanlı|||
|Belarus||All shows||Belarus 1 and Belarus 24||Evgeny Perlin|||
|Belgium||All shows||Eén||Dutch: Peter Van de Veire|||
|All shows||La Une||French: Maureen Louys and Jean-Louis Lahaye||[h]|
|Bulgaria||All shows||BNT 1||Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev|||
|Croatia||All shows||HRT 1 and HR 2||Duško Ćurlić|||
|Cyprus||All shows||CyBC||Costas Constantinou and Vaso Komninou|||
|Czech Republic||Both semi–finals||ČT2||Libor Bouček|||
|Denmark||All shows||DR1||Ole Tøpholm|||
|Estonia||All shows||ETV||Estonian: Marko Reikop|||
|1st semi-final and final||Raadio 2||Estonian: Mart Juur and Andrus Kivirähk|||
|All shows||ETV+||Russian: Aleksandr Hobotov and Julia Kalenda|||
|Finland||1st semi-final and final||Yle TV2||Finnish: Mikko Silvennoinen|||
|2nd semi-final||Finnish: Mikko Silvennoinen and Saara Aalto|
|Both semi–finals||Yle Radio Suomi||Finnish: Anna Keränen|
|Final||Finnish: Anna Keränen, Aija Puurtinen, and Sami Sykkö|
|All shows||Yle TV2 and Yle X3M||Swedish: Johan Lindroos and Eva Frantz|
|France||Both semi–finals||France 4||Christophe Willem and André Manoukian|||
|Final||France 2||Stéphane Bern, Christophe Willem and Alma|
|Georgia||All shows||First Channel||Demetre Ergemlidze|||
|Germany||Both semi–finals||One||Peter Urban|||
|Final||One, Das Erste, and Deutsche Welle|
|Greece||All shows||ERT2 and ERT Sports HD||Alexandros Lizardos and Daphne Skalioni|||
|Second Programme and Voice of Greece||Dimitris Meidanis|||
|Hungary||All shows||Duna||Krisztina Rátonyi and Freddie|||
|Iceland||All shows||RÚV||Gísli Marteinn Baldursson|||
|Ireland||Both semi–finals||RTÉ2||Marty Whelan|||
|2nd semi-final||RTÉ Radio 1||Neil Doherty and Zbyszek Zalinski|||
|Israel||1st semi-final||Kan 11 and Kan 88||Asaf Liberman and Shir Reuven|||
|2nd semi-final||Itai Herman and Goel Pinto|||
|Final||Erez Tal and Idit Hershkowitz|||
|Italy||Both semi–finals||Rai 4||Carolina Di Domenico and Saverio Raimondo|||
|Final||Rai 1||Serena Rossi and Federico Russo|||
|Rai Radio 2||Carolina Di Domenico and Ema Stokholma|
|Latvia||Both semi–finals||LTV||Toms Grēviņš|||
|Final||Toms Grēviņš and Magnuss Eriņš|
|Lithuania||All shows||LRT televizija and LRT Radijas||Darius Užkuraitis and Gerūta Griniūtė|||
|Macedonia||All shows||MRT 1, MRT 2, Macedonian radio||Karolina Petkovska|||
|Malta||Unknown||TVM||N/A|| [better source needed]|
|Moldova||Unknown||Teleradio-Moldova||N/A|| [better source needed]|
|Montenegro||All shows||TVCG 1 and TVCG SAT||Dražen Bauković and Tijana Mišković|||
|Netherlands||All shows||NPO 1||Jan Smit and Cornald Maas|||
|Norway||All shows||NRK1||Olav Viksmo-Slettan|||
|Final||NRK3||Ronny Brede Aase, Silje Nordnes and Markus Neby|||
|NRK P1||Ole-Christian Øen|||
|Poland||All shows||TVP1, TVP Polonia||Artur Orzech|||
|Portugal||All shows||RTP1, RTP África, RTP Internacional||Nuno Galopim and Hélder Reis|||
|Final||Antena 1, RDP África, RDP Internacional||Noémia Gonçalves, António Macedo and Tozé Brito|||
|Romania||All shows||TVR1, TVR HD, TVRi||Liliana Ștefan and Radu Andrei Tudor|||
|Russia||All shows||Channel One||Yuriy Aksuta and Yana Churikova||[i]|
|San Marino||All shows||San Marino RTV and Radio San Marino||Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo|||
|Serbia||1st semi-final||RTS1, RTS HD, RTS Svet, RTS Planeta||Silvana Grujić and Tamara Petković|||
|2nd-semi-final and final||Duška Vučinić|
|Slovenia||Both semifinals||RTVSLO2||Andrej Hofer||[j]|
|Spain||Both semifinals||La 2||Tony Aguilar and Julia Varela|||
|Sweden||All shows||SVT1||Sanna Nielsen and Edward af Sillén|||
|Switzerland||Both semifinals||SRF zwei||German: Sven Epiney|||
|Both semifinals||RSI La 2||Italian: Clarissa Tami|||
|Final||RSI La 1|
|2nd semi-final||RTS Deux||French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner||[better source needed]|
|Final||RTS Un|||
|Ukraine||All shows||STB||Serhiy Prytula|||
|1st semi-final||UA:First||Timur Miroshnychenko and Mariya Yaremchuk|||
|2nd semi-final||Timur Miroshnychenko and Alyosha|
|Final||Timur Miroshnychenko and Jamala|
|United Kingdom||Both semifinals||BBC Four||Scott Mills and Rylan Clark-Neal|||
|Final||BBC One||Graham Norton|
|BBC Radio 2||Ken Bruce|
|China||1st semi-final||Mango TV||Duan Yixuan and Hei Nan||[k]|
|Kazakhstan||All shows||Khabar TV||Kaldybek Zhaysanbay and Diana Snegina|||
|Kosovo||All shows||RTK||Alma Bektashi and Agron Krasniqi|||
|Slovakia||Final||Radio FM||Daniel Baláž, Pavol Hubinák, Juraj Malíček, Ela Tolstová and Celeste Buckingham|||
|United States||Final||Logo TV||English: Ross Mathews and Shangela|||
|WJFD-FM||English: Ewan Spence and Lisa-Jayne Lewis|||
|Portuguese: Ana Filipa Rosa|
Accusations of cultural appropriationEdit
Following Israel's Netta Barzilai's performance of her song "Toy", critics of the song accused Netta of culturally appropriating Japanese culture, with several users taking to social media such as Twitter to call the performance "offensive". The accusations were made after she wore a kimono and buns, as well as Maneki-nekos being shown during the performance.
The topic was debated on British morning show Good Morning Britain on 14 May 2018 in response, with television presenters Trisha Goddard and Piers Morgan defending Netta by stating that she was simply implementing elements of Japanese culture due to her own appreciation of it. English journalist Rebecca Reid disagreed, arguing "It's not a beautiful, loving representation of real Japanese culture. It's a costume".
Belarusian song submissionEdit
On 10 January 2018, it had emerged on Russian networking site VK that Ukrainian singer Alekseev had performed a Russian-language version of his EuroFest entry "Forever" (as Navsegda) in May 2017 in Stavropol – before 1 September 2017, the submission deadline set by the EBU, potentially violating the rules of the contest. Six artists threatened to withdraw from the selection if it were allowed to compete, with Sofi Lapina actually doing so. Alekseev was ultimately allowed to compete by BTRC following a melodic revamp of the song, and went on to win the selection, thus representing Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. However, on 23 February 2018, it was reported that the EBU had given Alekseev permission to perform his original English-language version of the song at the contest, and he would opt to sing that version of the song in May. A few weeks after that announcement, on 28 March 2018 Alekseev premiered a new official version of his Eurovision entry with a lighter intro and additional choir at the end of the track. He also confirmed that this version would be the one performed in Lisbon.
Czech rehearsal injuriesEdit
On 29 April 2018, during the first rehearsal of the Czech Republic's performance, singer Mikolas Josef reportedly sustained injuries to his back while rehearsing and was subsequently taken to hospital. The singer updated his fans on Instagram, stating "I can confirm that I got injured during the rehearsal and the situation got worse after several hours. I can't even walk now. Got back from the first hospital and I am now heading to another one". He stated that he would, however, "perform no matter what". Josef performed in the first semi-final on 8 May with a slightly altered performance, owing to his injuries, and ultimately finished 6th in the Grand Final on 12 May, achieving the Czech Republic's best result to date. He was also the second Czech contestant to qualify for the Grand Final, the other being Gabriela Gunčíková in 2016.
China’s Mango TV censorshipEdit
During the Chinese broadcast of the first semi-final on Mango TV, both Albania and Ireland were edited out of the show, along with their snippets in the recap of all 19 entries. Albania was skipped due to a ban on television performers displaying tattoos that took effect in January 2018, while Ireland was censored due to its representation of a homosexual couple on-stage. In addition, the LGBT flag and tattoos on other performers were also blurred out from the broadcast. As a result, the EBU has terminated its partnership with Mango TV, citing that censorship "is not in line with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and its proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music," which led to a ban on televising the second semi-final and the grand final in the country. A spokesperson for the broadcaster's owner Hunan TV said they "weren't aware" of the edits made to the programme. Ireland's representative, Ryan O'Shaughnessy told the BBC in an interview, "they haven't taken this lightly and I think it's a move in the right direction, so I'm happy about it."
United Kingdom stage invasionEdit
The performance of SuRie, representing the United Kingdom, in the final was disrupted by a man who rushed onto the stage and grabbed her microphone, reportedly shouting "Modern Nazis of the UK media, we demand freedom! War is not peace."[why?] The man, later identified as 'Dr ACactivism', a political activist from London, climbed into a camera run to get access to the stage. SuRie was able to complete her performance, and after the song the broadcast cut to an unscheduled interview in the green room. The EBU offered SuRie and her team the opportunity to perform again, but she declined. SuRie later revealed that she had suffered several bruises on her right hand. For official release on YouTube, Eurovision edited out the interrupted performance and substituted SuRie's Jury Night performance from the previous evening. The official video retains the unscheduled green room interview with the Ukrainian delegation that followed the stage invasion. The official DVD release also replaces the grand final performance with the previous evening's jury show performance. However, the United Kingdom's national broadcaster, the BBC uploaded the original Saturday performance, including the stage invasion, to their YouTube channel.
In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The OGAE (French: Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision, English: General Organisation of Eurovision Fans) voting poll also took place before the contest.
Marcel Bezençon AwardsEdit
The Marcel Bezençon Awards honour the best competing songs in the final. Named after the founder of the contest, the awards were created and first handed at the 2002 contest by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 contest and the country's current Head of Delegation), and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys who won the 1984 contest for Sweden). The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award, Composers Award, and Press Award. The winners are revealed shortly before the Eurovision final.
|Artistic Award||Cyprus||"Fuego"||Eleni Foureira||Alex Papaconstantinou, Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov Didrick|
|Composers Award||Bulgaria||"Bones"||Equinox||Borislav Milanov, Trey Campbell, Joacim Persson, Dag Lundberg|
|Press Award||France||"Mercy"||Madame Monsieur||Émilie Satt, Jean-Karl Lucas|
OGAE is an international organisation which conducts a voting poll for the favourite songs among its members before the annual contest. It consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, with 44 member clubs voting this year.
|Australia||Jessica Mauboy||"We Got Love"||202|
|Czech Republic||Mikolas Josef||"Lie to Me"||181|
Barbara Dex AwardEdit
The Barbara Dex Award is a humorous fan award given to the worst dressed artist each year. Named after Belgium's representative who came last in the 1993 contest, wearing her self-designed dress, the award was handed by the fansite House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016 and is being carried out by the fansite songfestival.be since 2017.
|Eurovision Song Contest: Lisbon 2018|
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|Released||20 April 2018|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
Eurovision Song Contest: Lisbon 2018 is the official compilation album of the contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by Universal Music Group digitally on 6 April 2018 and physically on 20 April 2018. The album features all 43 participating entries, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify for the grand final.
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||14|
|Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)||22|
|German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||2|
|Irish Compilation Albums (IRMA)||3|
|Greek Albums (IFPI)||9|
- Contains two lines in Lithuanian.
- Contains several words in Hebrew.
- Although the lyrics are in English, the Spanish title 'Fuego' is repeated throughout the song.
- Contains some phrases in the Torlakian dialect.
- Contains a phrase repeated twice in Icelandic.
- Although the title is in English, the song itself is entirely in Georgian.
- Contains a phrase in Portuguese.
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- Mango TV, an online video streaming platform, was initially scheduled to transmit all three shows in China. After showing the first semi-final on a nine-hour delay the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) terminated their agreement with Mango TV and banned the service from transmitting the second semi-final and grand final in China due to its censorship of the first semi-final.
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