The latest number of participating countries in 2018 was 42. It was to be expected that the one ore other country could additionally be announced after the official deadline. Now FYR Macedonia has confirmed its participation as well. So now we have a total number of 43 countries.
Another exciting news is that The Netherlands have already made their internal choice, who is going to fly the Dutch flags in Lisbon. The choice felt to Waylon, the male part of the Common Linnets – together with Ilse de Lange, reached a remarkable 2nd place in Copenhagen with “Calm After The Storm”. A position The Netherlands have been dreamed for years, so close to victory. The song has become a real radio hit.
As one of the first artists Aisel Mammadova has been chosen to represent her country Azerbaijan in Lisbon next year. The 28 years old singer is an internationally kown jazz singer from Baku. Aisel has participated in several jazz festivals such as the Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland.
As one of the first countries Finland has already chosen their representative. It’s no less than Saara Aalto. She has been in the Finnish pre selection for a twice, but never made it to represent her country at Eurovision. This year Saara auditioned in the British X-Factor show and made the race. Now she has started an international career.
Due to the fact that the Portuguese host broadcaster RTP is very early in the entire organisation one of the most important points in the EBU press conference is that the ticket sale will start in November already! The Altice Arena in Lisbon will be the venue for the 2018 ESC. Beside of the three live shows there will also be several public rehearsals.
The famous Eurovision Village in Lisbon will be the “Terreiro do Paço” also known as “Praça do Comercio” in the heart of Lisbon close to the seaside. This carnival will offer various highlight all connected with the Eurovision Song Contest. There is a stage with live performances of the participants and other singers, video screens for the live transmission of the Semi Finals and the Grand Final. Furthermore there will be food stalls with local delicatessen and entertainment.
During the EBU meeting in Lisbon the picture of the 2018 ESC gets clearer. By now we have 42 countries officially confirmed by the EBU. Russia is back in the contest after the absence in Kiev this year. It’s still not confirmed if FYR Macedonia is going to participate. Lately the EBU claimed unpaid bills to the Macedonian broadcaster, but this might have been settled by now. If a country is willing to participate after the submission deadline there will be a fee to pay. So let’s wait and cross our fingers.
“All Aboard” is going to be the slogan for the 63rd ESC next year in Lisbon. The theme and slogan of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon has been revealed quite early compared to previous years.