The first part of the draw will determine in which Semi-Final each of the six pre-qualified countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and host country Portugal) will broadcast and vote.
The second draw will then decide in which semi-final each of the other participating countries will perform. As in previous years, the exact running order will be determined by the producers of the show. From each Semi-Final, ten countries will proceed to the Grand Final on 12th May, joining the six pre-qualified countries. In total, 26 countries will be represented in the Grand Final.
Semi Final Allocation Pots revealed!
The 37 Semi-Finalists have 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 neighbourly voting and increases suspense in the Semi-Finals.
Let’s get the party started: EuroClub venue confirmed
The Eurovision Village will be located at Praça do Comércio, the most iconic square in Lisbon. It will open from 4th May and will feature a large screen for the public to watch the live shows. It will also be the central hub for sponsor activities and a series of concerts and performances throughout the Event Weeks.
The EuroClub, the place to party during the Eurovision Song Contest, will be located at Lust in Rio in Cais do Sodré, very close to the Eurovision Village. It will be open from 4th May with the exact schedule to be confirmed in the coming months.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Sunday 6th May. The 43 participating delegations will walk along a special blue carpet, which will be located at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), before the reception which will take place in Lisbon’s Electricity Museum.