ESC LISBON 2018 (63ª)

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  • Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 12 May 2018 – 21:00 CEST
  • Host – Venue & Location: Lisbon Arena (Altice Arena, MEO Arena, Pavilhão Atlântico), Lisbon, Portugal 
  • Presenter (s): Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, Catarina Furtado, Filomena Cautela (green room)
  • Musical Director:
  • Director: Troels Lund, Paula Macedo, Pedro Miguel
  • Executive Producer: João Nuno Nogueira
  • Executive Supervisor: Jon Ola Sand
  • Multicamera Director: Troels Lund, Paula Macedo & Pedro Miguel
  • Host broadcaster: Radio and Television of Portugal (RTP) | Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
  • Opening Act: 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 Act: “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”).
  • Motto: “All Aboard!” (Todos a Bordo!)
  • Participants – Number of entries: 43: Final 26 [🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇫🇷 France (49ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (12ª), 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª), Moldova (5ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (49ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (48ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (45ª)]; First Semi-Final 19 [🇲🇪 Montenegro (3ª), 🇨🇿 Czech Republic (3ª), 🇧🇪 Belgium (48ª), Belarus (6ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), Andorra (6ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (48ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇧🇬 Bulgaria (5ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia (9ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª)]; Second Semi-Final 18  [🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (40ª), 🇱🇻 Latvia (9ª), 🇷🇸 Serbia (4ª), 🇵🇱 Poland (14ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (27ª), 🇸🇰 Slovakia (4ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇸🇮 Slovenia (14ª), 🇭🇺 Hungary (8ª)🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇲🇩 Moldova (5ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (47ª)]
  • Debuting countries:
  • Return: Russia
  • Non-returning countries:
  • Vote – Voting system: Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs: the first–from a professional jury, the second–from viewers.
  • Nil Points:
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “TOY” –  Netta  –  Israel (4ª)

About/Overview. The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon. It was the first time Portugal hosted the competition. The right to host the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest came after Salvador Sobral won the 2017 edition in Kyiv with his song Amar Pelos Dois. Initially, 42 countries were announced to compete in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Shortly after the announcement, F.Y.R. Macedonia was added to the list of participants, bringing the total number of acts to 43. Lisbon was announced as Host City in July 2017 following a competitive city bid process. The Lisbon Arena, located at the capital city’s seashore, hosted the contest, which took place on Portuguese soil for the first time ever. Israel’s Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest with her song Toy, delivering Israel’s fourth Eurovision victory.

  • Dates – First Semi-Final: Tuesday, 08 May 2018 – 21:00 CEST
  • Host – Venue & Location: Lisbon Arena (Altice Arena, MEO Arena, Pavilhão Atlântico), Lisbon, Portugal 
  • Presenter (s): Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, Catarina Furtado, Filomena Cautela (green room)
  • Musical Director:
  • Director: Troels Lund, Paula Macedo, Pedro Miguel
  • Executive Producer: João Nuno Nogueira
  • Executive Supervisor: Jon Ola Sand
  • Multicamera Director: Troels Lund, Paula Macedo & Pedro Miguel
  • Host broadcaster: Radio and Television of Portugal (RTP) | Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
  • Opening Act:
  • Interval Act: “Amar pelos dois” performed by 2017 contestants, Planet Portugal (part 1), ESC-lopedia (part 1).
  • Motto: “All Aboard!” (Todos a Bordo!)
  • Participants – Number of entries: 43: Final 26 [🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇫🇷 France (49ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (12ª), 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª), Moldova (5ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (49ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (48ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (45ª)]; First Semi-Final 19 [🇲🇪 Montenegro (3ª), 🇨🇿 Czech Republic (3ª), 🇧🇪 Belgium (48ª), Belarus (6ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), Andorra (6ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (48ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇧🇬 Bulgaria (5ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia (9ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª)]; Second Semi-Final 18  [🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (40ª), 🇱🇻 Latvia (9ª), 🇷🇸 Serbia (4ª), 🇵🇱 Poland (14ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (27ª), 🇸🇰 Slovakia (4ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇸🇮 Slovenia (14ª), 🇭🇺 Hungary (8ª)🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇲🇩 Moldova (5ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (47ª)]
  • Debuting countries:
  • Return: Russia
  • Non-returning countries:
  • Vote – Voting system: Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs: the first–from a professional jury, the second–from viewers.
  • Nil Points:
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “TOY” –  Netta –  Israel (1ª)

About/Overview. The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon. It was the first time Portugal hosted the competition. The right to host the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest came after Salvador Sobral won the 2017 edition in Kyiv with his song Amar Pelos Dois. Initially, 42 countries were announced to compete in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Shortly after the announcement, F.Y.R. Macedonia was added to the list of participants, bringing the total number of acts to 43. Lisbon was announced as Host City in July 2017 following a competitive city bid process. The Lisbon Arena, located at the capital city’s seashore, hosted the contest, which took place on Portuguese soil for the first time ever. Israel’s Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest with her song Toy, delivering Israel’s fourth Eurovision victory.

  • Dates – Second Semi-Final: Thursday, 10 May 2018 – 21:00 CEST
  • Host – Venue & Location: Lisbon Arena (Altice Arena, MEO Arena, Pavilhão Atlântico), Lisbon, Portugal 
  • Presenter (s): Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, Catarina Furtado, Filomena Cautela (green room)
  • Musical Director:
  • Director: Troels Lund, Paula Macedo, Pedro Miguel
  • Executive Producer: João Nuno Nogueira
  • Executive Supervisor: Jon Ola Sand
  • Multicamera Director: Troels Lund, Paula Macedo & Pedro Miguel
  • Host broadcaster: Radio and Television of Portugal (RTP) | Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
  • Opening Act:
  • Interval Act: All of the hosts dancing to previous ESC winners, ESC-lopedia (part 2), Planet Portugal (part 2).
  • Motto: “All Aboard!” (Todos a Bordo!)
  • Participants – Number of entries: 43: Final 26 [🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇫🇷 France (49ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (12ª), 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª), Moldova (5ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (49ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (48ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (45ª)]; First Semi-Final 19 [🇲🇪 Montenegro (3ª), 🇨🇿 Czech Republic (3ª), 🇧🇪 Belgium (48ª), Belarus (6ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), Andorra (6ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (48ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇧🇬 Bulgaria (5ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia (9ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª)]; Second Semi-Final 18  [🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (40ª), 🇱🇻 Latvia (9ª), 🇷🇸 Serbia (4ª), 🇵🇱 Poland (14ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (27ª), 🇸🇰 Slovakia (4ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇸🇮 Slovenia (14ª), 🇭🇺 Hungary (8ª)🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇲🇩 Moldova (5ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (47ª)]
  • Debuting countries:
  • Return: Russia
  • Non-returning countries:
  • Vote – Voting system: Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs: the first–from a professional jury, the second–from viewers.
  • Nil Points:
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “That’s How You Write a Song” –  Alexander Rybak –  Norway (2ª)

About/Overview. The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon. It was the first time Portugal hosted the competition. The right to host the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest came after Salvador Sobral won the 2017 edition in Kyiv with his song Amar Pelos Dois. Initially, 42 countries were announced to compete in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Shortly after the announcement, F.Y.R. Macedonia was added to the list of participants, bringing the total number of acts to 43. Lisbon was announced as Host City in July 2017 following a competitive city bid process. The Lisbon Arena, located at the capital city’s seashore, hosted the contest, which took place on Portuguese soil for the first time ever. Israel’s Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest with her song Toy, delivering Israel’s fourth Eurovision victory.

Missed participation

Participation map

 

Transmitirá a 2º semifinal noutro horário. Participating countries Transmitirá a Final em direto. Did not qualify from the semi final Transmitirá a 1º semifinal em direto. Countries that participated in the past but not in 2018

ESC 2018 Scoreboard Grand Final Ι Detailed voting results:

Final:

ESC 2018 Scoreboard First Semi-Final Ι Detailed voting results:

First Semi-Final:

ESC 2018 Scoreboard Second Semi-Final Ι Detailed voting results:

Second Semi-Final:

1Location

1.1Venue 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.[4] 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.[5]

1.2Bidding phase 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.[6] 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. 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.[7] On 15 May 2017, RTP appeared to have confirmed Lisbon as the host city,[8][9] but clarified the following day that no final decision had been taken regarding both the host city and venue.[10]

The basic requirements to select a host city were set out in a document presented by the EBU to RTP following their win in Kyiv:[11]

  • 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: BragaEspinhoFaroGondomarGuimarães, and Santa Maria da Feira.[12][13][14] The mayor of PortoRui Moreira, declared he would not be interested in “spending millions of euros” to host the contest,[10] but he would support a bid from the Metropolitan Area of Porto (Espinho, Gondomar, and Santa Maria da Feira).[13]

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.[15]

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

Key dagger  Host venue

City Venue Notes
Braga Braga Exhibition Park 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.[18] Renovation works starting in 2017 and ending in the first trimester of 2018 would increase the exhibition hall capacity to 15,000.[19]
Gondomar Multiusos de Gondomar Coração de Ouro Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 2007, with a total capacity for 8,000 people (4,400 seats).[20] Hosted the 2007 UEFA Futsal Championship final tournament.[21]
Guimarães Multiusos de Guimarães Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 2001, with a total capacity for 10,000 people (3,000 seats).[22] 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.[23]
Lisbon[7] Altice Arena dagger Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 1998, it is the country’s largest indoor venue with a total capacity for 20,000 people (12,500 seats). Hosted the Expo ’98,[24] the 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship,[25] the 2000 ATP Finals,[26] the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships,[27] the 2003 World Men’s Handball Championship,[28] the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards,[29] the UEFA Futsal Cup Final Four (2001–022009–10[30] and 2014–15[31]), and since 2016 (for a three-year period, renewable) the Web Summit.[32]
Santa Maria da Feira Europarque Largest 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.[13]

1.3Other sites

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.[33]

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.[34]

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.[35]

2Format 

2.1Visual design The theme for the contest, All Aboard!, was unveiled on 7 November 2017 in a press conference held at the Lisbon Oceanarium.[36] 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 the marine ecosystem.[37]

2.2Postcards

The postcards, filmed between March and April 2018, involved the act emerging from a door into Portugal to take part in a themed activity, such as mountain biking, making a salad or pastel de nata, or visiting popular attractions. The location where the activity took place was written in Portuguese at the start of the postcard. At the end of the postcard, the act posed for the camera, the slogan’s hashtag appeared on the bottom corner of the screen, and song information was printed onto the country’s flag.[38] All the postcards had the same score, composed by Luis Figueredo.[39]

2.3Presenters

RTP and EBU announced on 8 January 2018, that the contest would be hosted for the first time by four female presenters, consisting of RTP hosts Sílvia AlbertoFilomena Cautela, and Catarina Furtado, together with actress Daniela Ruah.[40] It was the first time since 2015 that the contest did not feature a male presenter, and the second consecutive year that the presenters were all the same gender.[41][40] It was confirmed on 4 May 2018 that Cautela would host the green room.[42]

The Blue Carpet opening ceremony was hosted by actress Cláudia Semedo, radio host Inês Lopes Goncalves [pt], actor/TV host Pedro Granger and actor/director Pedro Penim. Granger and Penim moderated the press conferences, as well.[43]

2.4Semi-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 the Lisbon City Hall. The thirty-seven semi-finalists were divided over six pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest’s official televoting partner Digame. The purpose of drawing from different pots was to reduce the chance of “bloc voting” and to increase suspense in the semi-finals. The draw also determined which semi-final each of the six automatic qualifiers – host country Portugal and “Big Five” countries FranceGermanyItalySpain and the United Kingdom – would broadcast and vote in. The ceremony was hosted by contest presenters Sílvia Alberto and Filomena Cautela, and included the passing of the host city insignia from Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kyiv (host city of the previous contest) to Fernando Medina, mayor of Lisbon.[44]

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

2.5Opening 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 TavaresMayra Andrade and Dino D’Santiago.

3Participating countries It was initially announced on 7 November 2017 that forty-two countries would participate in the contest. Russia confirmed their return after their absence the previous edition, while Macedonia‘s participation was provisionally blocked by the EBU due to unpaid debts by its national broadcaster MRT.[37][51] However, ten days later, it was 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.[52]

3.1Returning 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 also sang entry No. 1500) and Waylon placed second for the Netherlands in 2014 as part of The Common Linnets performing “Calm After the Storm“.[53]

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“.[54] 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,[55] and Equinox member Vlado Mihailov backed for Bulgaria in 2017.[56] Cesár Sampson, representing Austria, backed for Bulgaria in 2016 (also as a dancer) and off-stage in 2017SuRie, representing the United Kingdom, backed for Belgium in 2015 (also as a dancer) and was the musical director again for Belgium in 2017.[57] Sara Tavares, who performed in the interval act, was the representative from Portugal in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Chamar a música” reaching 8th place.

3.2Semi-final 1 The first semi-final took place on 8 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[58] Nineteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Those countries, plus PortugalSpain, and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.[59] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

3.3Semi-final 2

The second semi-final took place on 10 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[58] Eighteen countries participated in the second semi-final. Those countries, plus FranceGermany and Italy voted in this semi-final.[59] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

With the approval from the Reference Group, Italy broadcast and voted in the second semi-final following a request from Italian 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]

3.4Final The final took place on 12 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[58] 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.

3.5.Participants and results. 

3.6.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 2018: 

• National Selections in 2018:

COUNTRY EVENT WINNER
Albania Festivali i Këngës #56 Eugent Bushpepa
Mall
 Armenia Depi Evratesil 2018 Sevak Khanagyan
Qami
 Belarus (Belarusian Selection 2018) Alekseev
Forever
 Czech Republic ESCZ 2018 Mikolas Josef
Lie to Me
 Denmark Melodi Grand Prix 2018 Rasmussen
Higher Ground
 Estonia Eesti Laul 2018 Elina Nechayeva
La forza
 Finland Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2018 (song selection) [k] Saara Aalto
Monsters
 France Destination Eurovision 2018 Madame Monsieur
Mercy
 Germany Unser Lied für Lissabon Michael Schulte
You Let Me Walk Alone
 Hungary A Dal 2018 AWS
Viszlát nyár
 Iceland Söngvakeppnin 2018 Ari Ólafsson
Our Choice
 Israel HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion (artist selection) [l] Netta Barzilai
 Italy Sanremo 2018 Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro
Non mi avete fatto niente
 Latvia Supernova 2018 Laura Rizzotto
Funny Girl
 Lithuania Eurovizijos Atranka 2018 Ieva Zasimauskaitė
When We’re Old
 Malta MESC 2018 Christabelle Borg
Taboo
 Moldova O Melodie Pentru Europa 2018 DoReDoS
My Lucky Day
 Montenegro Montevizija 2018 Vanja Radovanović
Inje
 Norway Melodi Grand Prix 2018 Alexander Rybak
That’s How You Write a Song
 Poland Krajowe Eliminacje 2018 Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer
Light Me Up
 Portugal Festival da Canção 2018 Cláudia Pascoal
O jardim
 Romania Selecția Națională 2018 The Humans
Goodbye
 San Marino 1in360 Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening
Who We Are
 Serbia Beovizija 2018 Sanja Ilić & Balkanika
Nova deca
 Slovenia EMA 2018 Lea Sirk
Hvala, ne!
 Spain Operación Triunfo Alfred & Amaia
Tu canción
 Sweden Melodifestivalen 2018 Benjamin Ingrosso
Dance You Off
 Switzerland ESC 2018 – Die Entscheidungsshow Zibbz
Stones
 Ukraine 💙💛 Vidbir 2018 Mélovin
Under the Ladder
 United Kingdom You Decide 2018 SuRie
Storm

• Internal Selections in 2018:

 Australia Jessica Mauboy
We Got Love
 Austria Cesár Sampson
Nobody But You
 Azerbaijan Aisel
X My Heart
 Belgium Sennek
A Matter of Time
 Bulgaria Equinox
Bones
 Croatia Franka
Crazy
 Cyprus Eleni Foureira
Fuego
 Georgia Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao
For You
 Greece Yianna Terzi
Oniro Mou
 Ireland Ryan O’Shaughnessy
Together
 Netherlands Waylon
Outlaw In ‘Em
 North Macedonia Eye Cue
Lost And Found
 Russia Julia Samoylova
I Won’t Break

3.7.Connections:

4Detailed voting results

4.1Semi-final 1

 Qualifiers
Split results of semi-final 1 hide
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Israel 283  Israel 167  Cyprus 173
2  Cyprus 262  Austria 115  Czech Republic 134
3  Czech Republic 232  Albania 114  Estonia 120
4  Austria 231  Bulgaria 107  Israel 116
5  Estonia 201  Czech Republic 98  Austria 116
6  Ireland 179  Cyprus 89  Ireland 108
7  Bulgaria 177  Estonia 81  Finland 73
8  Albania 162  Ireland 71  Bulgaria 70
9  Lithuania 119  Belgium 71  Lithuania 62
10  Finland 108   Switzerland 59  Greece 53
11  Azerbaijan 94  Lithuania 57  Albania 48
12  Belgium 91  Azerbaijan 47  Azerbaijan 47
13   Switzerland 86  Croatia 46  Belarus 45
14  Greece 81  Armenia 38  Armenia 41
15  Armenia 79  Finland 35   Switzerland 27
16  Belarus 65  Greece 28  Belgium 20
17  Croatia 63  Belarus 20  Croatia 17
18  Macedonia 24  Macedonia 18  Macedonia 6
19  Iceland 15  Iceland 15  Iceland 0
Detailed jury voting results of semi-final 1[67]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Jury vote
Azerbaijan
Iceland
Albania
Belgium
Czech Republic
Lithuania
Israel
Belarus
Estonia
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Croatia
Austria
Greece
Finland
Armenia
Switzerland
Ireland
Cyprus
Portugal
Spain
United Kingdom
Contestants
Azerbaijan 94 47 47 5 10 3 7 12 10
Iceland 15 15 0 1 4 7 2 1
Albania 162 114 48 7 12 4 5 1 4 12 1 6 10 4 6 8 6 5 7 5 4 7
Belgium 91 71 20 2 4 10 8 4 12 1 7 5 6 2 10
Czech Republic 232 98 134 5 10 5 3 10 7 8 10 8 2 7 8 4 1 3 7
Lithuania 119 57 62 1 3 2 10 10 8 2 2 7 12
Israel 283 167 116 4 10 10 7 12 7 6 5 5 12 12 4 12 12 5 10 12 2 12 8
Belarus 65 20 45 12 7 1
Estonia 201 81 120 1 6 4 4 3 10 8 12 8 5 8 6 6
Bulgaria 177 107 70 2 6 2 7 3 5 7 12 6 4 6 10 3 6 6 7 3 12
Macedonia 24 18 6 6 8 1 3
Croatia 63 46 17 5 6 8 2 4 6 5 4 1 5
Austria 231 115 116 7 12 1 10 12 1 12 8 8 4 6 7 3 6 8 10
Greece 81 28 53 10 1 3 3 2 1 8
Finland 108 35 73 4 2 7 3 5 1 2 5 2 1 3
Armenia 79 38 41 6 2 5 4 2 10 3 4 2
Switzerland 86 59 27 3 3 2 8 6 6 8 5 1 1 1 3 3 5 4
Ireland 179 71 108 8 5 8 12 2 6 1 7 5 4 10 2 1
Cyprus 262 89 173 8 12 3 8 3 3 2 7 7 10 4 12 10
Detailed televoting results of semi-final 1[67]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Televote
Azerbaijan
Iceland
Albania
Belgium
Czech Republic
Lithuania
Israel
Belarus
Estonia
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Croatia
Austria
Greece
Finland
Armenia
Switzerland
Ireland
Cyprus
Portugal
Spain
United Kingdom
Contestants
Azerbaijan 94 47 47 1 7 10 5 5 5 4 3 7
Iceland 15 15 0
Albania 162 114 48 3 12 4 1 10 1 10 1 5 1
Belgium 91 71 20 2 8 2 2 3 3
Czech Republic 232 98 134 8 12 2 8 7 12 8 7 3 6 10 10 6 7 7 3 4 7 1 4 2
Lithuania 119 57 62 1 3 4 6 10 2 12 3 6 3 12
Israel 283 167 116 10 8 4 3 12 1 10 1 7 3 6 2 10 4 8 5 8 2 7 5
Belarus 65 20 45 12 6 6 2 1 3 10 5
Estonia 201 81 120 3 6 6 5 5 12 7 3 4 6 3 8 12 5 1 10 6 12 2 4
Bulgaria 177 107 70 4 5 2 2 3 5 8 5 7 2 3 10 8 6
Macedonia 24 18 6 5 1
Croatia 63 46 17 10 2 1 4
Austria 231 115 116 5 7 3 10 6 10 8 4 8 8 7 8 6 12 8 1 5
Greece 81 28 53 10 1 10 4 3 8 2 12 3
Finland 108 35 73 10 8 2 1 3 6 12 1 2 5 6 4 6 7
Armenia 79 38 41 6 8 12 6 5 4
Switzerland 86 59 27 2 1 1 2 1 2 8 4 2 3 1
Ireland 179 71 108 6 4 12 4 4 4 1 5 8 12 4 6 6 2 8 12 10
Cyprus 262 89 173 7 5 12 7 7 5 10 7 4 12 7 12 7 12 5 12 7 7 10 10 8

4.1.112 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country’s professional jury and televote in the first semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

12 points awarded by juries
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7  Israel  Armenia Austria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Finland Spain
3  Austria  Belgium Estonia Israel
2  Albania  Belarus Iceland
 Bulgaria  Macedonia United Kingdom
 Cyprus  Albania Ireland
1  Azerbaijan  Greece
 Belarus  Azerbaijan
 Belgium  Bulgaria
 Estonia   Switzerland
 Ireland  Lithuania
 Lithuania  Portugal
12 points awarded by televoting
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5  Cyprus  Albania Armenia Bulgaria Croatia Greece
3  Estonia  Finland Lithuania Portugal
 Ireland  Austria Belgium Spain
2  Czech Republic  Iceland Israel
 Lithuania  Ireland United Kingdom
1  Albania  Macedonia
 Armenia  Belarus
 Austria   Switzerland
 Belarus  Azerbaijan
 Finland  Estonia
 Greece  Cyprus
 Israel  Czech Republic

4.2Semi-final 2

Qualifiers
Split results of semi-final 2 hide
Place Combined results Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Norway 266  Sweden 171  Denmark 164
2  Sweden 254  Norway 133  Moldova 153
3  Moldova 235  Australia 130  Norway 133
4  Australia 212  Netherlands 127  Ukraine 114
5  Denmark 204  Malta 93  Hungary 88
6  Ukraine 179  Latvia 92  Sweden 83
7  Netherlands 174  Moldova 82  Australia 82
8  Slovenia 132  Slovenia 67  Serbia 72
9  Serbia 117  Romania 67  Slovenia 65
10  Hungary 111  Ukraine 65  Poland 60
11  Romania 107  Serbia 45  Russia 51
12  Latvia 106  Denmark 40  Netherlands 47
13  Malta 101  Hungary 23  Romania 40
14  Poland 81  Montenegro 23  Montenegro 17
15  Russia 65  Poland 21  Latvia 14
16  Montenegro 40  San Marino 14  San Marino 14
17  San Marino 28  Russia 14  Georgia 13
18  Georgia 24  Georgia 11  Malta 8
Detailed jury voting results of semi-final 2[68]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Jury vote
Norway
Romania
Serbia
San Marino
Denmark
Russia
Moldova
Netherlands
Australia
Georgia
Poland
Malta
Hungary
Latvia
Sweden
Montenegro
Slovenia
Ukraine
France
Germany
Italy
Contestants
Norway 266 133 133 2 8 7 6 10 4 10 8 5 4 12 7 5 12 6 7 1 2 5 12
Romania 107 67 40 2 1 4 12 2 6 3 2 12 3 3 8 6 2 1
Serbia 117 45 72 6 6 1 7 1 6 12 4 1 1
San Marino 28 14 14 5 1 3 5
Denmark 204 40 164 5 1 6 8 5 1 4 10
Russia 65 14 51 4 7 3
Moldova 235 82 153 12 10 2 12 3 10 3 4 6 2 5 5 4 4
Netherlands 174 127 47 8 8 10 4 5 5 1 10 10 8 8 6 4 10 12 8 7 3
Australia 212 130 82 10 6 12 3 10 4 8 7 10 12 10 3 2 6 12 8 7
Georgia 24 11 13 1 2 8
Poland 81 21 60 1 2 2 5 4 1 4 2
Malta 101 93 8 6 10 4 8 8 2 1 3 4 1 7 4 7 8 6 6 8
Hungary 111 23 88 3 5 4 2 6 3
Latvia 106 92 14 7 1 3 5 7 3 7 5 8 7 2 7 10 10 10
Sweden 254 171 83 12 12 12 10 8 12 12 12 12 10 3 10 2 12 7 7 12 6
Montenegro 40 23 17 7 7 5 1 3
Slovenia 132 67 65 5 4 2 3 4 6 8 2 1 5 4 8 5 5 3 2
Ukraine 179 65 114 3 1 3 6 8 6 7 7 2 6 1 5 10
Detailed televoting results of semi-final 2[68]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Televote
Norway
Romania
Serbia
San Marino
Denmark
Russia
Moldova
Netherlands
Australia
Georgia
Poland
Malta
Hungary
Latvia
Sweden
Montenegro
Slovenia
Ukraine
France
Germany
Italy
Contestants
Norway 266 133 133 6 6 7 12 8 6 10 6 5 7 6 8 4 10 5 10 8 4 4 1
Romania 107 67 40 12 8 8 12
Serbia 117 45 72 1 4 6 10 1 2 4 12 12 10 6 4
San Marino 28 14 14 2 12
Denmark 204 40 164 12 8 4 12 7 4 12 12 3 8 8 12 7 12 3 8 10 5 10 7
Russia 65 14 51 1 7 1 8 6 3 12 8 3 2
Moldova 235 82 153 5 12 5 6 6 12 7 10 12 2 4 10 8 5 4 6 12 12 5 10
Netherlands 174 127 47 7 3 2 7 3 1 1 1 5 4 1 6 2 1 3
Australia 212 130 82 8 7 3 4 8 1 5 4 3 10 3 2 7 4 6 7
Georgia 24 11 13 3 5 5
Poland 81 21 60 6 4 5 1 7 8 7 7 12 3
Malta 101 93 8 1 7
Hungary 111 23 88 2 10 12 8 4 1 8 3 4 10 3 1 1 5 2 8 6
Latvia 106 92 14 2 7 4 1
Sweden 254 171 83 10 2 1 5 10 5 2 6 8 2 5 7 1 6 6 2 4 1
Montenegro 40 23 17 10 7
Slovenia 132 67 65 3 8 3 3 2 3 4 6 5 3 10 6 2 2 5
Ukraine 179 65 114 4 5 2 10 5 10 7 2 5 10 12 2 6 10 2 7 3 3 1 8

4.2.112 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country’s professional jury and televote in the second semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

12 points awarded by juries
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9  Sweden  Australia Georgia Germany Netherlands Norway Poland San Marino Serbia Slovenia
3  Australia  Denmark France Latvia
 Norway  Italy Malta Sweden
2  Moldova  Romania Russia
 Romania  Hungary Moldova
1  Netherlands  Ukraine
 Serbia  Montenegro
12 points awarded by televoting
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6  Denmark  Australia Hungary Netherlands Norway San Marino Sweden
5  Moldova