Last week it was confirmed that 42 countries will participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. There are just six months to go until the Grand Final takes place in May. What do we know so far?
Last week was a key milestone in the planning for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, met in Lisbon to discuss and approve the latest plans for the forthcoming event. The theme artwork and slogan were also revealed alongside the list of participating countries.
All Aboard in 2018!
The ocean serves as the inspiration for the 2018 slogan, All Aboard, inviting the international community to come together for the competition in Portugal. The main logo, depicting a shell, comes with twelve other derivations. You can find out more about the theme artwork for 2018 here.
RTP, Host Broadcaster of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest revealed that instead of having a red carpet at the Opening Ceremony, there would be a blue carpet, reflecting the theme for the 2018 competition. The Blue Carpet Ceremony will take place near the The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT). Further details will be confirmed in due course.
The Eurovision Village for 2018 will be located in Lisbon's Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço. The area is one of Lisbon's main squares located in the heart of town beside the shores of the Tagus River.
Acts announced so far
Belgium was the first country to announce its act for 2018. Laura Groeseneken will represent the country in Lisbon in May. Her song will be revealed in the coming months. Azerbaijan opted for an internal selection again and will be represented by the jazz singer Aisel Mammadova. Her song will be released in 2018.
For the first time ever, Finland opted for an internal selection to choose its artist. Saara Alto will fly the flag for her country in 2018. She will sing all three songs in the national selection which will be held in March. The Netherlands was the fourth country to announce its act for Lisbon 2018. Singer Waylon, who previously finished second in 2014 as part of The Common Linnets, will take to the stage again. As with the other three selected artists, his song will be unveiled at a later date.
The next key milestone in the planning of the 2018 contest is the Semi-Final Allocation Draw and Host City Insignia Exchange which will take place in Lisbon on January.