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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 Altice 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

43 countries will participate, Russia returning after a 1-year absence. This equals the record set in 2008 and 2011.

The provisional list of participating countries is as follows:


Format

Presenters

Theme

The theme of the 2018 contest is All Aboard! The central image is a seashell with 12 other marine images supporting the central theme - an invitation to the international community to come together to celebrate the event. It also symbolizes Portugal's connection and affinity with the sea.

The message behind the theme is expressed by the EBU like this:

"Europe is a collective of many, and this has also inspired RTP’s design team to introduce multiple logos for 2018, rather than a single image. The main logo, depicting a shell, will be used alongside 12 other versions. They are designed around the concept of the varying life in the oceans which depict the wonders of a floating world, such as plankton and a range of other organisms which are essential for balance in aquatic ecosystems. Through these multiple logos, the creative concept portrays key themes such as diversity, respect and tolerance."

Incidents

Participants

The semi-final allocation draw will be held on 29 January 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.

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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 Countries

  • Flag of Andorra Andorra - RTVA confirmed on 14 May 2017 the country would not return to the 2018 contest, citing financial issues. [42]
  • 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 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan has expressed their desire to debut in 2018. However, as their broadcaster (Khabar Agency) is an associate EBU member like Australia's SBS, they will require being invited by the EBU and/or RTP.
  • Flag of Kosovo RTK confirmed on 27 September 2017 that Kosovo will not debut in 2018. The broadcaster is not a full or associate member of the EBU, nor is it a member of the International Telecommunications Union, which is a requirement under EBU statutes for membership.
  • Flag of Liechtenstein 1FLTV confirmed on 1 September 2017 that Liechtenstein will not debut in 2018. They are planning to debut in 2019.[43]
  • 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

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  3. http://www.escportugal.pt/2017/08/esc2018-amptv-aprova-participacao-no.html
  4. http://wiwibloggs.com/2017/07/07/orf-confirms-internal-selection-austrias-eurovision/192936/
  5. http://esctoday.com/149281/australia-sbs-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  6. http://esctoday.com/149209/azerbaijan-ictimai-confirms-participation-in-eurovision-2018/
  7. http://esctoday.com/149364/belarus-btrc-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
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  32. http://esctoday.com/149156/serbia-rts-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  33. http://esctoday.com/149336/slovenia-rtvslo-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
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  38. http://blog.prinz.de/grand-prix/pressestatement-von-thomas-schreiber-mit-levina/
  39. http://esctoday.com/149361/italy-rai-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  40. http://esctoday.com/149348/spain-tve-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  41. http://esctoday.com/149439/united-kingdom-bbc-intends-participate-eurovision-2018/
  42. https://eurovoix.com/2017/05/14/andorra-no-return-eurovision-song-contest-2018/
  43. https://eurovoix.com/2017/11/07/liechtenstein-details-regarding-planned-2019-debut-released/

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