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

RTP had named Lisbon as the host city a couple days following the 2017 contest, but the cities of Braga, Gondomar and Santa Maria da Feira have also shown interest. A bidding process is due to start shortly.

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 __ 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 __ 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 __ May 2018. __'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. [21]
  • Flag of Australia Australia - It is not known at this point if RTP will send an invitation to Australian broadcaster SBS to participate. In any event, Australian head of delegation Paul Clarke said they would look into holding a national selection process to choose future entrants.
  • 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 Luxembourg Luxembourg - RTL confirmed on 22 May 2017 that Luxembourg would not return for 2018.

References

  1. https://eurovoix.com/2017/03/22/russia-regardless-host-country-yulia-will-compete-eurovision-2018/
  2. http://wiwibloggs.com/2017/07/07/orf-confirms-internal-selection-austrias-eurovision/192936/
  3. https://songfestival.be/en/landen/be/geen-eurosong-2018-vrt-kiest-intern/
  4. http://infegreece.gr/me-ethniko-teliko-i-kipros-gia-ti-eurovision-2018/
  5. https://eurovoix.com/2017/05/16/czech-republic-ceska-televize-plans-regular-eurovision-participation/
  6. https://eurovoix.com/2017/05/02/estonia-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/
  7. https://yle.fi/aihe/artikkeli/2017/01/28/osallistu-uuden-musiikin-kilpailun-2018-syyskuussa
  8. http://www.zappit.gr/psychagogia/eurovision-2017-dionysis-tsaknis-eurovision-einai-mia-ypochreosi-tis-ert/907277
  9. http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/perhaps-its-time-for-national-song-contest-to-come-back-marty-whelan-on-eurovision-35780907.html
  10. https://eurovoix.com/2017/06/27/latvia-confirms-eurovision-2018-participation/
  11. https://eurovoix.com/2017/02/18/lithuania-klaipeda-final-changes-format/
  12. https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170516/local/no-change-to-eurovision-selection-process-despite-worst-result-in-10.648129
  13. https://www.nrk.no/mgp/mgp-frir-til-norges-beste-komponister-1.13318930
  14. https://eurovoix.com/2017/05/15/poland-tvp-provisionally-confirmed-eurovision-2018/
  15. http://wiwibloggs.com/2017/07/07/romania-tvr-confirms-participation-eurovision-2018/192942/
  16. https://eurovoix.com/2017/03/22/russia-regardless-host-country-yulia-will-compete-eurovision-2018/
  17. https://www.svt.se/melodifestivalen/melodifestivalen-och-eurovision-vanliga-fragor
  18. https://eurovoix.com/2017/06/30/switzerland-eurovision-2018-participation-confirmed/
  19. http://www.toutelatele.com/mission-eurovision-france-2-veut-un-talent-show-pour-le-successeur-d-alma-et-amir-en-2018-90928
  20. http://blog.prinz.de/grand-prix/pressestatement-von-thomas-schreiber-mit-levina/
  21. https://eurovoix.com/2017/05/14/andorra-no-return-eurovision-song-contest-2018/

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