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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
All Aboard!
Eurovision Song Contest 2018.svg
Dates
Semi-final 18 May 2018 (2018-05-08)
Semi-final 210 May 2018 (2018-05-10)
Final12 May 2018 (2018-05-12)
Host
VenueAltice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal
Presenter(s)
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Executive producerJoão Nuno Nogueira[1]
Host broadcasterRádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
Opening actFinal: 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
Interval actFinal: "Mano a mano" and "Amar pelos dois" (together with Caetano Veloso) performed by Salvador Sobral
Electronic music performances by Branko featuring Sara Tavares ("Ter Peito e Espaço"), Dino D'Santiago ("Nova Lisboa") and Mayra Andrade ("Reserva Pra Dois")
Participants
Number of entries43
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries Russia
Withdrawing countriesNone
Vote
Voting systemEach 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.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song Israel
"Toy"

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was the 63rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place for the first time in Portugal following the country's first victory at the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine with the song "Amar pelos dois", performed by Salvador Sobral. The contest was held at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, and consisted of two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May, and the final on 12 May 2018.[2] The three live shows were hosted by Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah and Catarina Furtado.

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 from the contest.

The winner was Israel with the song "Toy", performed by Netta. 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. This edition also saw Cyprus and the Czech Republic achieve the best placing in their Eurovision history, coming in second and sixth place, respectively. Portugal finished in the last place, making this 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 failed to qualify for the final. Also, no Caucasus countries participated in the final for the first time since 2005. The EBU reported that the contest had a worldwide audience of around 186 million viewers, surpassing the 2017 edition by over 4 million.[3]

Location

The contest took place for the first time in Portugal, following the country's victory in the 2017 edition with the song "Amar pelos dois", performed by Salvador Sobral.[4]

Venue

The venue of the contest, Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal

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.[5] 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.[6]

Bidding phase and host city selection

Location of the host city (blue) and other candidate cities (red)

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.[7] 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.[4] 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.[8] On 15 May 2017, RTP appeared to have confirmed Lisbon as the host city,[9][10] but clarified the following day that no final decision had been taken regarding both the host city and venue.[11]

The basic requirements to select a host city were set out in a document presented by the EBU to RTP following their win in Kiev:[12]

  • 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.[13][14][15] The mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, declared he would not be interested in "spending millions of euros" to host the contest,[11] but he would support a bid from the Metropolitan Area of Porto (Espinho, Gondomar, and Santa Maria da Feira).[14]

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.[16]

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.[17] In addition, RTP indicated the Parque das Nações, where Altice Arena is located, as the site for the shows.[18]

Key:  dagger   Host venue

CityVenueCapacityNotes
BragaBraga Exhibition Park15,000 (after renovation)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.[19] Renovation works starting in 2017 and ending in the first trimester of 2018 would increase the exhibition hall capacity to 15,000.[20]
GondomarMultiusos de Gondomar Coração de Ouro8,000Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 2007, with a total capacity for 8,000 people (4,400 seats).[21] Hosted the 2007 UEFA Futsal Championship final tournament.[22]
GuimarãesMultiusos de Guimarães10,000Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 2001, with a total capacity for 10,000 people (3,000 seats).[23] 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.[24]
Lisbon[8]Altice Arena dagger20,000Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 1998, it is the country's largest indoor venue with a total capacity for 20,000 people. Hosted the Expo '98,[25] the 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship,[26] the 2000 ATP Finals,[27] the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships,[28] the 2003 World Men's Handball Championship,[29] the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards,[30] the UEFA Futsal Cup Final Four (2001–02, 2009–10[31] and 2014–15[32]), and since 2016 (for a three-year period, renewable) the Web Summit.[33]
Santa Maria da FeiraEuroparque11,000Largest 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.[14]

Other sites

Location of host venue (red) and other contest-related sites and events (blue)

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.[34]

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.[35]

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.[36]

Format

Visual design

The twelve supplemental emblems for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

The theme for the contest, All Aboard!, was unveiled on 7 November 2017 in a press conference held at the Lisbon Oceanarium.[37] 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."[38]

Presenters

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.[39] It will be the first time since 2015 that the contest does not feature a male presenter, and the second consecutive year that the presenters are all the same gender.[40][39] It was confirmed on 4 May 2018 that Cautela would host the green room.[41]

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.[42]

Semi-final allocation draw

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 Kiev (host city of the previous contest), to Fernando Medina, the Mayor of Lisbon.[43]

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4Pot 5Pot 6

Opening and interval acts

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" 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 (Portuguese representative in 1994), Mayra Andrade and Dino D'Santiago.[44][45][46][47][48][49]

Participating countries

  Participating countries in the first semi-final
  Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the first semi-final
  Participating countries in the second semi-final
  Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the second semi-final

The EBU announced on 7 November 2017 that forty-two countries would participate in the contest. Russia confirmed their return after withdrawing from the previous edition, while Macedonia's participation was provisionally blocked by the EBU due to unpaid debts by its national broadcaster.[38][50] 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.[51]

Returning artists

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 Waylon placed second for the Netherlands in 2014 as part of The Common Linnets performing "Calm After the Storm".[52]

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".[53] 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,[54] and Equinox member Vlado Mihailov backed for Bulgaria in 2017.[55] 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.[56]

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final took place on 8 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[57] Nineteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Those countries, plus Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.[58] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw[59]Country[59]Artist[59]SongLanguage(s)Place[60]Points
01 AzerbaijanAisel"X My Heart"English1194
02 IcelandAri Ólafsson"Our Choice"English1915
03 AlbaniaEugent Bushpepa"Mall"Albanian8162
04 BelgiumSennek"A Matter of Time"English1291
05 Czech RepublicMikolas Josef"Lie to Me"English3232
06 LithuaniaIeva Zasimauskaitė"When We're Old"English[a]9119
07 IsraelNetta"Toy"English[b]1283
08 BelarusAlekseev"Forever"English1665
09 EstoniaElina Nechayeva"La forza"Italian5201
10 BulgariaEquinox"Bones"English7177
11 MacedoniaEye Cue"Lost and Found"English1824
12 CroatiaFranka"Crazy"English1763
13 AustriaCesár Sampson"Nobody but You"English4231
14 GreeceYianna Terzi"Oniro mou" (Όνειρό μου)Greek1481
15 FinlandSaara Aalto"Monsters"English10108
16 ArmeniaSevak Khanagyan"Qami" (Քամի)Armenian1579
17  SwitzerlandZibbz"Stones"English1386
18 IrelandRyan O'Shaughnessy"Together"English6179
19 CyprusEleni Foureira"Fuego"English[c]2262

Semi-final 2

The second semi-final took place on 10 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[57] Eighteen countries participated in the second semi-final. Those countries, plus France, Germany and Italy voted in this semi-final.[58]

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.[61]

The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw[62]Country[62]Artist[62]SongLanguage(s)Place[60]Points
01 NorwayAlexander Rybak"That's How You Write a Song"English1266
02 RomaniaThe Humans"Goodbye"English11107
03 SerbiaSanja Ilić & Balkanika"Nova deca" (Нова деца)Serbian[d]9117
04 San MarinoJessika feat. Jenifer Brening"Who We Are"English1728
05 DenmarkRasmussen"Higher Ground"English[e]5204
06 RussiaJulia Samoylova"I Won't Break"English1565
07 MoldovaDoReDoS"My Lucky Day"English3235
08 NetherlandsWaylon"Outlaw in 'Em"English7174
09 AustraliaJessica Mauboy"We Got Love"English4212
10 GeorgiaEthno-Jazz Band Iriao"For You"Georgian[f]1824
11 PolandGromee feat. Lukas Meijer"Light Me Up"English1481
12 MaltaChristabelle"Taboo"English13101
13 HungaryAWS"Viszlát nyár"Hungarian10111
14 LatviaLaura Rizzotto"Funny Girl"English12106
15 SwedenBenjamin Ingrosso"Dance You Off"English2254
16 MontenegroVanja Radovanović"Inje"Montenegrin1640
17 SloveniaLea Sirk"Hvala, ne!"Slovene[g]8132
18 UkraineMélovin"Under the Ladder"English6179

Final

The final took place on 12 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[57] 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.[65]

Draw[65]Country[65]Artist[65]SongLanguage(s)PlacePoints
01 UkraineMélovin"Under the Ladder"English17130
02 SpainAmaia & Alfred"Tu canción"Spanish2361
03 SloveniaLea Sirk"Hvala, ne!"Slovene[g]2264
04 LithuaniaIeva Zasimauskaitė"When We're Old"English[a]12181
05 AustriaCesár Sampson"Nobody but You"English3342
06 EstoniaElina Nechayeva"La forza"Italian8245
07 NorwayAlexander Rybak"That's How You Write a Song"English15144
08 PortugalCláudia Pascoal[h]"O jardim"Portuguese2639
09 United KingdomSuRie"Storm"English2448
10 SerbiaSanja Ilić & Balkanika"Nova deca" (Нова деца)Serbian[d]19113
11 GermanyMichael Schulte"You Let Me Walk Alone"English4340
12 AlbaniaEugent Bushpepa"Mall"Albanian11184
13 FranceMadame Monsieur"Mercy"French13173
14 Czech RepublicMikolas Josef"Lie to Me"English6281
15 DenmarkRasmussen"Higher Ground"English[e]9226
16 AustraliaJessica Mauboy"We Got Love"English2099
17 FinlandSaara Aalto"Monsters"English2546
18 BulgariaEquinox"Bones"English14166
19 MoldovaDoReDoS"My Lucky Day"English10209
20 SwedenBenjamin Ingrosso"Dance You Off"English7274
21 HungaryAWS"Viszlát nyár"Hungarian2193
22 IsraelNetta"Toy"English[b]1529
23 NetherlandsWaylon"Outlaw in 'Em"English18121
24 IrelandRyan O'Shaughnessy"Together"English16136
25 CyprusEleni Foureira"Fuego"English[c]2436
26 ItalyErmal Meta & Fabrizio Moro"Non mi avete fatto niente"Italian5308

Scoreboard

Semi-final 1

Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Voting results (Jury vote)[66]
Total Score
Televoting Score
Azerbaijan
Iceland
Albania
Belgium
Czech Republic
Lithuania
Israel
Belarus
Estonia
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Croatia
Austria
Greece
Finland
Armenia
Switzerland
Ireland
Cyprus
Portugal
Spain
United Kingdom
ContestantsAzerbaijan9447510371210
Iceland15014721
Albania162487124514121610468657547
Belgium9120241084121756210
Czech Republic2321345105310781082784137
Lithuania119621321010822712
Israel283116410107127655121241212510122128
Belarus65451271
Estonia201120164431081285866
Bulgaria17770262735712646103667312
Macedonia2466813
Croatia63175682465415
Austria231116712110121128846736810
Greece815310133218
Finland1087342735125213
Armenia79416254210342
Switzerland8627332866851113354
Ireland179108858122617541021
Cyprus26217381238332771041210
Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Voting results (Televoting vote)[66]
Total Score
Jury Score
Azerbaijan
Iceland
Albania
Belgium
Czech Republic
Lithuania
Israel
Belarus
Estonia
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Croatia
Austria
Greece
Finland
Armenia
Switzerland
Ireland
Cyprus
Portugal
Spain
United Kingdom
ContestantsAzerbaijan94471710555437
Iceland1515
Albania1621143124110110151
Belgium9171282233
Czech Republic232988122871287361010677347142
Lithuania1195713461021236312
Israel283167108431211017362104858275
Belarus65201266213105
Estonia20181366551273463812511061224
Bulgaria177107452235857231086
Macedonia241851
Croatia634610214
Austria23111557310610848878612815
Greece8128101104382123
Finland108351082136121256467
Armenia79386812654
Switzerland865921121284231
Ireland17971641244415812466281210
Cyprus2628975127751074127127125127710108

12 points

Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

Jury

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury in the first semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
7IsraelArmenia, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Spain
3AustriaBelgium, Estonia, Israel
2AlbaniaBelarus, Iceland
BulgariaMacedonia, United Kingdom
CyprusAlbania, Ireland
1AzerbaijanGreece
BelarusAzerbaijan
BelgiumBulgaria
EstoniaSwitzerland
IrelandLithuania
LithuaniaPortugal
Televoting

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's televote in the first semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
5CyprusAlbania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece
3EstoniaFinland, Lithuania, Portugal
IrelandAustria, Belgium, Spain
2Czech RepublicIceland, Israel
LithuaniaIreland, United Kingdom
1AlbaniaMacedonia
ArmeniaBelarus
AustriaSwitzerland
BelarusAzerbaijan
FinlandEstonia
GreeceCyprus
IsraelCzech Republic

Semi-final 2

Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Voting results (Jury vote)[67]
Total Score
Televoting Score
Norway
Romania
Serbia
San Marino
Denmark
Russia
Moldova
Netherlands
Australia
Georgia
Poland
Malta
Hungary
Latvia
Sweden
Montenegro
Slovenia
Ukraine
France
Germany
Italy
ContestantsNorway2661332876104108541275126712512
Romania1074021412263212338621
Serbia1177266171612411
San Marino28145135
Denmark204164516851410
Russia6551473
Moldova235153121021231034625544
Netherlands1744788104551101088641012873
Australia21282106123104871012103261287
Georgia2413128
Poland816012254142
Malta1018610488213417478668
Hungary11188354263
Latvia10614713573758727101010
Sweden25483121212108121212121031021277126
Montenegro401777513
Slovenia132655423468215485532
Ukraine17911431368677261510
Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Voting results (Televoting vote)[67]
Total Score
Jury Score
Norway
Romania
Serbia
San Marino
Denmark
Russia
Moldova
Netherlands
Australia
Georgia
Poland
Malta
Hungary
Latvia
Sweden
Montenegro
Slovenia
Ukraine
France
Germany
Italy
ContestantsNorway266133667128610657684105108441
Romania10767128812
Serbia117451461012412121064
San Marino2814212
Denmark204401284127412123881271238105107
Russia651417186312832
Moldova235825125661271012241085461212510
Netherlands174127732731115416213
Australia21213087348154310327467
Georgia2411355
Poland812164517877123
Malta1019317
Hungary1112321012841834103115286
Latvia106922741
Sweden25417110215105268257166241
Montenegro4023107
Slovenia132673833234653106225
Ukraine179654521051072510122610273318

12 points

Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

Jury

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury in the second semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
9SwedenAustralia, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia
3AustraliaDenmark, France, Latvia
NorwayItaly, Malta, Sweden
2MoldovaRomania, Russia
RomaniaHungary, Moldova
1NetherlandsUkraine
SerbiaMontenegro
Televoting

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's televote in the second semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
6DenmarkAustralia, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden
5MoldovaFrance, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine
2RomaniaItaly, Moldova
SerbiaMontenegro, Slovenia
1HungarySerbia
NorwayDenmark
PolandGermany
RussiaLatvia
San MarinoMalta
UkrainePoland

Final

Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Voting results (Jury vote)[68]
Total Score
Televoting Score
UkraineAzerbaijanBelarusSan MarinoNetherlandsMacedoniaMaltaGeorgiaSpainAustriaDenmarkUnited KingdomSwedenLatviaAlbaniaCroatiaIrelandRomaniaCzech RepublicIcelandMoldovaBelgiumNorwayFranceItalyAustraliaEstoniaSerbiaCyprusArmeniaBulgariaGreeceHungaryMontenegroGermanyFinlandRussiaSwitzerlandIsraelPolandLithuaniaSloveniaPortugal
ContestantsUkraine13011965
Spain611861110127762
Slovenia6423546125117243
Lithuania1819157241261331010543816
Austria34271710101888121075125123128775124211281074121212108
Estonia2451021354121012768337124831352610512
Norway144848345252124627
Portugal391826337
United Kingdom4825223628
Serbia1137510383212
Germany3401362101237710121368464512810106105614125105
Albania184581276477126102167710107410
France17359128625107643373455521025
Czech Republic2812154645431417415683
Denmark226188331812632
Australia9992223108627610277574
Finland4623543326
Bulgaria1666652661868710487102127
Moldova20911577287251010108126
Sweden274216188771228421248581051125121212281128105106812
Hungary93658246332
Israel52931710112516310123107510712810612262844611281611
Netherlands121328515811046173435837
Ireland1366215434310411541382654
Cyprus43625341261012125121012526453873121367718
Italy3082494103128814414
Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Voting results (Televoting vote)[68]
Total Score
Jury Score
UkraineAzerbaijanBelarusSan MarinoNetherlandsMacedoniaMaltaGeorgiaSpainAustriaDenmarkUnited KingdomSwedenLatviaAlbaniaCroatiaIrelandRomaniaCzech RepublicIcelandMoldovaBelgiumNorwayFranceItalyAustraliaEstoniaSerbiaCyprusArmeniaBulgariaGreeceHungaryMontenegroGermanyFinlandRussiaSwitzerlandIsraelPolandLithuaniaSloveniaPortugal
ContestantsUkraine130118125483121048241787124
Spain61435112
Slovenia64412786
Lithuania181902571271212121264
Austria3422713110225386643534132
Estonia2451433621044517642241238127
Norway144607101388245123573555
Portugal3921810
United Kingdom482311331061
Serbia1133810812117121212
Germany3402043412466123583843842632321631248
Albania184126122412101071
France1731147445681154635
Czech Republic2816610651065310126534573106143558837885212488
Denmark22638876822521252227125102410841231072461072
Australia9990621
Finland462363410
Bulgaria1661001177566151321254
Moldova20994646213471126610511181212106
Sweden2742532723214
Hungary932812231022312532873
Israel5292121212812103812127710816681071210712712710101061011071051011
Netherlands1218951312542
Ireland13674341441071448723
Cyprus43618341037581010811841108578177235741012121275614328665
Italy308595548761257106121062861076736868126685571010

12 points

Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

Jury
N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
9AustriaBelgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Iceland, Israel, Lithuania, Romania, Poland, United Kingdom
8SwedenArmenia, Australia, Cyprus, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Serbia, Slovenia
6CyprusBelarus, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Spain, Sweden
5IsraelAustria, Czech Republic, France, Finland, San Marino
4GermanyDenmark, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland
3EstoniaMacedonia, Moldova, Portugal
1AlbaniaAzerbaijan
DenmarkHungary
FranceUkraine
ItalyAlbania
LithuaniaCroatia
MoldovaRussia
NorwayItaly
SerbiaMontenegro
Televoting
N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
8IsraelAustralia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Moldova, San Marino, Spain, Ukraine
5LithuaniaEstonia, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, United Kingdom
4SerbiaCroatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland
3CyprusArmenia, Bulgaria, Greece
DenmarkHungary, Iceland, Sweden
ItalyAlbania, Germany, Malta
UkraineBelarus, Czech Republic, Poland
2AlbaniaItaly, Macedonia
Czech RepublicAustria, Israel
EstoniaFinland, Lithuania
GermanyDenmark, Netherlands
MoldovaRomania, Russia
1BulgariaCyprus
HungarySerbia
NetherlandsBelgium
SpainPortugal

Other countries

Eligibility for participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership,[69] or a special invitation from the EBU as in the case of Australia.

Active EBU members

  •  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.[70]
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 18 September 2017, BHRT confirmed that Bosnia and Herzegovina would not return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.[71]
  •  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 the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993.[72]
  •  Monaco – On 31 August 2017, Monegasque broadcaster TMC confirmed that Monaco would not participate in the 2018 contest.[73]
  •  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.[74]
  •  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.[75] maNga, the 2010 Turkish representatives,[76] 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.[77] The same day, TRT confirmed their non-participation in the 2018 contest.[78]

Associate EBU members

  •  KazakhstanKhabar Agency became an associate member of the EBU on 1 January 2016, opening up the possibility of future participation.[79] 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.[80] However, on 25 September, Khabar Agency told Esctoday that: "We have no information about Kazakshtan’s participation in Eurovison 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.[81] The EBU however, chose not to invite Kazakhstan, as seen in the list of participants.[82] On 22 December 2017, it was claimed that Channel 31 had finalised negotiations with the EBU, allowing Kazakhstan to debut in 2019,[83] 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".[84]

Non-EBU members

  •  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.[85] 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.[86]
  •  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.[87] However, on 4 November 2017, 1 FL TV announced that they are planning a debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.[88]

Commentators and spokespersons

Spokespersons

The spokespersons announced the 12-point score from their respective country's national jury in the following order:[89]

  1.  UkraineNatalia Zhyzhchenko
  2.  Azerbaijan – Tural Asadov
  3.  BelarusNaviband (Belarusian representative in 2017)
  4.  San MarinoJohn Kennedy O'Connor
  5.  NetherlandsO'G3NE (Dutch representatives in 2017)
  6.  MacedoniaJana Burčeska (Macedonian representative in 2017)
  7.  Malta – Lara Azzopardi
  8.  GeorgiaTamara Gachechiladze (Georgian representative in 2017)
  9.  SpainNieves Álvarez
  10.  AustriaKati Bellowitsch
  11.  DenmarkUlla Essendrop
  12.  United KingdomMel Giedroyc
  13.  SwedenFelix Sandman
  14.  Latvia – Dagmāra Legante
  15.  AlbaniaAndri Xhahu
  16.  Croatia – Uršula Tolj
  17.  IrelandNicky Byrne (Irish representative in 2016)
  18.  Romania – Sonia Argint-Ionescu
  19.  Czech Republic – Radka Rosická
  20.  Iceland – Edda Sif Pálsdóttir
  21.  Moldova – Djulieta Ardovan
  22.  Belgium – Danira Boukhriss Terkessidis
  23.  NorwayAleksander Walmann and JOWST (Norwegian representatives in 2017)
  24.  FranceÉlodie Gossuin
  25.  Italy – Giulia Valentina Palermo
  26.  Australia – Ricardo Gonçalves
  27.  Estonia – Ott Evestus
  28.  Serbia – Dragana Kosjerina
  29.  CyprusHovig (Cypriot representative in 2017)
  30.  ArmeniaArsen Grigoryan
  31.  BulgariaJoanna Dragneva (Bulgarian representative in 2008)
  32.  Greece – Olina Xenopoulou
  33.  Hungary – Bence Forró
  34.  Montenegro – Nataša Šotra
  35.  GermanyBarbara Schöneberger
  36.  FinlandAnna Abreu
  37.  RussiaAlsou (Russian representative in 2000 and host of the final in 2009)
  38.   Switzerland – Letícia Carvalho
  39.  Israel – Lucy Ayoub
  40.  Poland – Mateusz Szymkowiak
  41.  Lithuania – Eglė Daugėlaitė
  42.  SloveniaMaja Keuc (Slovenian representative in 2011)
  43.  Portugal – Pedro Fernandes

Commentators

Most countries sent commentators to Lisbon or commented from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.

Non-participating countries

Incidents

Accusations of cultural appropriation

Following the performance of Israel's Netta Barzilai and 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.[142][143][144]

The topic was debated on British morning show Good Morning Britain on 14 May 2018 in response,[145] 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".[146]

Belarusian song submission

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.[147] Six artists threatened to withdraw from the selection if it were allowed to compete,[148] with Sofi Lapina actually doing so.[149] 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.[150] 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.[151] 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.[152]

Czech rehearsal injuries

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 rushed 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".[153] 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 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.[citation needed]

Mango TV censorship

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.[154] 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.[155] In addition, the LGBT flag and tattoos on other performers were also blurred out from the broadcast.[156] 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.[136][157] A spokesperson for the broadcaster's parent company Hunan TV said they "weren't aware" of the edits made to the programme.[158] 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."[156]

United Kingdom stage invasion

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."[159][160] The man, later identified as 'Dr ACactivism', a political activist from London,[161] climbed into a camera run to get access to the stage.[162] SuRie was able to complete her performance, and after the song the broadcast cut to an unscheduled interview in the green room.[163][164] The EBU offered SuRie and her team the opportunity to perform again, but she declined.[159] SuRie later revealed that she had suffered several bruises on her right hand.[165] 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.

Other awards

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award will be contested during the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Additionally, the OGAE voting poll took place before the final.

Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia, honouring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 and the current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys and the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[166] The awards are divided into three categories: Press Award, Artistic Award, and Composer Award. The winners are revealed shortly before the Eurovision final.

CategoryCountrySongPerformer(s)Composer(s)
Artistic Award Cyprus"Fuego"Eleni FoureiraAlex Papaconstantinou, Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov Didrick
Composer Award Bulgaria"Bones"EquinoxBorislav Milanov, Trey Campbell, Joacim Persson, Dag Lundberg
Press Award France"Mercy"Madame MonsieurÉmilie Satt, Jean-Karl Lucas

OGAE

Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[167] The organisation consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit company.[168] In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll took place before the main Eurovision Song Contest allowing members from over 40 clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the contest.

CountryPerformer(s)SongOGAE result[169]
 IsraelNetta"Toy"456
 FranceMadame Monsieur"Mercy"352
 FinlandSaara Aalto"Monsters"226
 AustraliaJessica Mauboy"We Got Love"202
 Czech RepublicMikolas Josef"Lie to Me"181

*Table reflects the 2018 voting results from all 44 OGAE clubs.

Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award is a fan award originally awarded by House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016, and since 2017 by songfestival.be. This is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest, and was named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993, in which she wore her own self-designed dress.

PlaceCountryPerformer(s)
1 MacedoniaEye Cue
2 AustraliaJessica Mauboy
3 BelgiumSennek
4 MontenegroVanja Radovanović
5 IsraelNetta

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Lisbon 2018
Compilation album by Eurovision Song Contest
Released20 April 2018
GenrePop
Length
  • 66:03 (CD 1)
  • 62:39 (CD 2)
LabelUniversal
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Kyiv 2017
(2017)
''Eurovision Song Contest: Lisbon 2018''
(2018)

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.[170] The album features all 43 participating entries, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify for the grand final.

CD 1
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Mall" (Albania)Eugent Bushpepa3ː07
2."Qami" (Armenia)Sevak Khanagyan2ː57
3."We Got Love" (Australia)Jessica Mauboy3ː04
4."Nobody but You" (Austria)Cesár Sampson3ː03
5."X My Heart" (Azerbaijan)Aisel3ː01
6."A Matter of Time" (Belgium)Sennek3ː00
7."Bones" (Bulgaria)Equinox2ː59
8."Forever" (Belarus)Alekseev3ː00
9."Stones" (Switzerland)Zibbz2ː57
10."Fuego" (Cyprus)Eleni Foureira3ː03
11."Lie to Me" (Czech Republic)Mikolas Josef2ː50
12."You Let Me Walk Alone" (Germany)Michael Schulte2ː57
13."Higher Ground" (Denmark)Rasmussen3ː03
14."Tu canción" (Spain)Amaia and Alfred2ː59
15."La forza" (Estonia)Elina Nechayeva3ː04
16."Monsters" (Finland)Saara Aalto3ː00
17."Mercy" (France)Madame Monsieur3ː02
18."Storm" (United Kingdom)SuRie2ː57
19."For You" (Georgia)Iriao2ː59
20."Oniro mou" (Greece)Gianna Terzi3ː04
21."Crazy" (Croatia)Franka3ː00
22."Viszlát nyár" (Hungary)AWS2ː57
Total length:66ː03
CD 2
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Together" (Ireland)Ryan O'Shaughnessy2ː54
2."Our Choice" (Iceland)Ari Ólafsson2ː59
3."Toy" (Israel)Netta3ː00
4."Non mi avete fatto niente" (Italy)Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro3ː02
5."When We're Old" (Lithuania)Ieva Zasimauskaitė3ː00
6."Funny Girl" (Latvia)Laura Rizzotto3ː03
7."My Lucky Day" (Moldova)DoReDoS3ː02
8."Lost and Found" (Macedonia)Eye Cue3ː03
9."Taboo" (Malta)Christabelle3ː01
10."Inje" (Montenegro)Vanja Radovanović3ː00
11."Outlaw in 'Em" (Netherlands)Waylon2ː54
12."That's How You Write a Song" (Norway)Alexander Rybak3ː00
13."Light Me Up" (Poland)Gromee and Lukas Meijer3ː00
14."O jardim" (Portugal)Cláudia Pascoal2ː38
15."Goodbye" (Romania)The Humans2ː58
16."I Won't Break" (Russia)Julia Samoylova2ː59
17."Who We Are" (San Marino)Jessika and Jenifer Brening3ː00
18."Nova deca" (Serbia)Sanja Ilić and Balkanika3ː07
19."Hvala, ne!" (Slovenia)Lea Sirk3ː00
20."Dance You Off" (Sweden)Benjamin Ingrosso3ː00
21."Under the Ladder" (Ukraine)Mélovin2ː59
Total length:62ː39

Charts

Chart (2018)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[171]14
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[172]22
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[173]2
Greek Albums (IFPI)[174]9

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Contains two lines in Lithuanian.
  2. ^ a b Contains several words in Hebrew and Japanese{citation needed}.
  3. ^ a b Although the lyrics are in English, the Spanish title 'Fuego' is repeated throughout the song.
  4. ^ a b Contains some phrases in the Torlakian dialect.[63]
  5. ^ a b Contains a phrase repeated twice in Icelandic.[64]
  6. ^ Although the title is in English, the song itself is entirely in Georgian.
  7. ^ a b Contains some phrases in Portuguese.
  8. ^ "O jardim" features uncredited vocals from Portuguese singer Isaura.
  9. ^ Mango TV was banned from transmitting the second semi-final and grand final due to its censorship of the first semi-final.

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