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The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be the 63rd of its kind and will be held in Lisbon, Portugal at the MEO Arena following Salvador Sobral's win in Kiev the previous year. The official dates for this contest announced by the EBU are as follows:

  • Semifinal 1: 8 May 2018
  • Semifinal 2: 10 May 2018
  • Grand Final: 12 May 2018

The provisional list of participating countries is as follows:


Format

Presenters

Theme

Incidents

Participants

The semi-final allocation draw will be held on __ 2018 at __, and hosted by __ and __. The insignia handover ceremony will take place before the draw begins, officially beginning the countdown to the contest.

The pots will be as follows, calculated by the EBU's voting providers Digame and based on voting patterns over the past 10 years:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6 Finalists
Flag of Portugal Portugal (Host)
France France
Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of Italy Italy
Flag of Spain Spain
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom

Pre-Allocations

Semi Final One

__, __ and __ will vote and perform in this semi. It will take place on 8 May 2018.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
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Semi Final Two

__, __ and __ will vote and perform in this semi. It will take place on 10 May 2018.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
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Grand Final

All countries will vote. The final will take place on 12 May 2018. Portugal's place in the running order will be decided during the Head of Delegations meetings in March 2018.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
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Withdrawing/Uncertain

  • Flag of Andorra Andorra - RTVA confirmed on 14 May 2017 the country would not return to the 2018 contest, citing financial issues. [38]
  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT confirmed on 18 September 2017 that Bosnia and Herzegovina will not return for 2018.
  • Flag of Israel Israel - Israel's new public broadcaster IPBC (KAN) launched on 15 May 2017. The Israeli High Court has put a temporary injunction on a split between the news side and the general entertainment side (all EBU member stations must have an active news department) and the new station would meet all requirements if the split was cancelled permanently. On 24 May 2017, IPBC applied for full EBU membership.
  • Flag of Liechtenstein 1FLTV confirmed on 1 September 2017 that Liechtenstein will not debut in 2018.
  • Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg - RTL confirmed on 22 May 2017 that Luxembourg would not return for 2018.
  • Flag of Monaco Monaco - TMC confirmed on 31 August 2017 that Monaco would not return for 2018.
  • Flag of Slovakia Slovakia - RTVS confirmed on 11 September 2017 that Slovakia would not return for 2018.
  • Flag of Turkey Turkey - After numerous rumors from past artists including 2003 winner Sertab Erener and 2010 runner-up maNga, TRT confirmed on 7 August 2017 that Turkey will not return for 2018.

Other Countries

  • Flag of the United States It was confirmed by Michelle Visage on 28 August 2017 that she and Ross Matthews would return to do commentary for the United States at the 2018 contest on Logo TV.

References

  1. https://eurovoix.com/2017/03/22/russia-regardless-host-country-yulia-will-compete-eurovision-2018/
  2. http://www.escportugal.pt/2017/08/esc2018-amptv-aprova-participacao-no.html
  3. http://wiwibloggs.com/2017/07/07/orf-confirms-internal-selection-austrias-eurovision/192936/
  4. http://esctoday.com/149281/australia-sbs-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  5. http://esctoday.com/149209/azerbaijan-ictimai-confirms-participation-in-eurovision-2018/
  6. http://esctoday.com/149364/belarus-btrc-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  7. https://songfestival.be/en/landen/be/geen-eurosong-2018-vrt-kiest-intern/
  8. https://eurovoix.com/2017/09/17/bulgaria-bnt-confirms-eurovision-2018-participation/
  9. http://esctoday.com/149382/croatia-hrt-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  10. http://infegreece.gr/me-ethniko-teliko-i-kipros-gia-ti-eurovision-2018/
  11. https://eurovoix.com/2017/05/16/czech-republic-ceska-televize-plans-regular-eurovision-participation/
  12. https://eurovoix.com/2017/07/04/denmark-dansk-melodi-grand-prix-undergoes-revamp-2018/
  13. https://eurovoix.com/2017/05/02/estonia-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  14. https://yle.fi/aihe/artikkeli/2017/01/28/osallistu-uuden-musiikin-kilpailun-2018-syyskuussa
  15. http://www.escapenews.org/georgia-will-compete-in-the-2018-eurovision/
  16. http://www.zappit.gr/psychagogia/eurovision-2017-dionysis-tsaknis-eurovision-einai-mia-ypochreosi-tis-ert/907277
  17. http://esctoday.com/149171/iceland-ruv-confirms-participation-in-eurovision-2018/
  18. http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/perhaps-its-time-for-national-song-contest-to-come-back-marty-whelan-on-eurovision-35780907.html
  19. https://eurovoix.com/2017/06/27/latvia-confirms-eurovision-2018-participation/
  20. https://eurovoix.com/2017/02/18/lithuania-klaipeda-final-changes-format/
  21. https://eurovoix.com/2017/09/20/fyr-macedonia-mrt-confirms-eurovision-2018-participation/
  22. https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170516/local/no-change-to-eurovision-selection-process-despite-worst-result-in-10.648129
  23. http://www.montevizija.ml/vidimo-se-u-portugalu-crna-gora-potvrdila-ucesce-na-pjesmi-evrovizije-2018.html
  24. http://esctoday.com/149247/the-netherlands-avrotros-confirms-participation-in-eurovision-2018/
  25. https://www.nrk.no/mgp/mgp-frir-til-norges-beste-komponister-1.13318930
  26. https://eurovoix.com/2017/05/15/poland-tvp-provisionally-confirmed-eurovision-2018/
  27. http://wiwibloggs.com/2017/07/07/romania-tvr-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/192942/
  28. http://esctoday.com/149156/serbia-rts-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  29. http://esctoday.com/149336/slovenia-rtvslo-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  30. https://www.svt.se/melodifestivalen/melodifestivalen-och-eurovision-vanliga-fragor
  31. https://eurovoix.com/2017/06/30/switzerland-eurovision-2018-participation-confirmed/
  32. http://esctoday.com/149366/ukraine-uapbc-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  33. http://www.toutelatele.com/mission-eurovision-france-2-veut-un-talent-show-pour-le-successeur-d-alma-et-amir-en-2018-90928
  34. http://blog.prinz.de/grand-prix/pressestatement-von-thomas-schreiber-mit-levina/
  35. http://esctoday.com/149361/italy-rai-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  36. http://esctoday.com/149348/spain-tve-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  37. http://esctoday.com/149439/united-kingdom-bbc-intends-participate-eurovision-2018/
  38. https://eurovoix.com/2017/05/14/andorra-no-return-eurovision-song-contest-2018/

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