Summer is usually a quiet time for the Eurovision fan community but for the European Broadcasting Union, which oversees the organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest, the work continues all year round. It's also the time when participating broadcasters evaluate their efforts from the previous competition and make plans for the next season. What can you expect in the run-up to the 2018 contest?
National selection season
Participating broadcasters will reveal their plans for the coming national selection season. Many countries choose to organise a televised national final whilst others opt for an internal selection. Each country is free to decide if they send their number one star or the best new talent they can find. They have to do so before mid-March, the official deadline to send in entries for the contest.
Little by little in Lisbon
In November the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, will meet in Lisbon where plans for the upcoming competition will be discussed and key decisions around the production will be taken. We will bring you the latest from Lisbon over the coming weeks and months.
Thunder and lightning, it's getting exciting!
From September onwards the Eurovision machine goes up a gear and with each month that passes, new details about the upcoming contest will emerge. Of course, sometimes there's drama, but that's what keeps the Eurovision Song Contest interesting!