Lisbon 2018

For all the news about the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon.

Portugal: RTP wins a Meios & Publicidade Creativity Gold Award for Eurovision 2018

Portugal: RTP wins a Meios & Publicidade Creativity Gold Award for Eurovision 2018

Tel Aviv 2019 may have only just wrapped up a couple of months ago, but it was only last year that Portugal hosted contest for the first time. RTP, the Portuguese broadcaster, has been awarded with a prestigious award for their creativity behind the visuals. They had previously won RTP wins an Eyes and Ears of Europe Award in November last year. Even though RTP hosted the contest back in May 2018, the awards keep on rolling in for the Portuguese broadcaster. This month, they won the coveted Gold Award at the Meios & Publicidade Creativity Awards in the ‘Integrated Project category’. Previously, they had won an Eyes and Ears of Europe Award for their visuals and their ‘All Aboard’ slogan. Eurovision 2019 The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was held at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. The first and second semi-final took place on the 8th and 10th of May, respectively. The Grand Final took place on the 12th May. Following on from the ‘Celebrate Diversity’ theme of the 2017 contest, the contest was presented by four women; Caterina Furtado, Silvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah and Filomena Cautela co-hosted the contest. When RTP chose ‘All Aboard’ as its slogan last year, RTP spoke about the reasons behind their choice. The …
Alternative stage design for Lisbon revealed.

Alternative stage design for Lisbon revealed.

Independent Portuguese set designers HORA DO LOBO, reveal their rejected stage design bid. The stage that would have been situated inside the Altice Arena, the arena where the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 took place. As most of you readers are well aware that when a country wins the Eurovision Song Contest, they hold the right to host the following contest. If they do accept the request a bidding phase has to occur as part of the hosting rights. After a city has won it’s bid, it is usually a custom on behalf of both the city and broadcaster that they tender out the contract to design and build the stage. The stage will therefore become home of the countries and their entries when they arrive. Capital city of Portugal, Lisbon and the Portuguese broadcaster that was responsible for the hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, RTP decided that the proposal of well known Eurovision stage designer, Florian Wieder put before them was chosen. His bid was considered the best and most appropriate for the overall package that Lisbon, Portugal and RTP wanted to present to the rest of Europe and Australia. It is also worth noting that Florian Wieder won …
Eurovision continues to dominate Google Trends in 2018

Eurovision continues to dominate Google Trends in 2018

It seems as if people all across Europe were “All Aboard!” with this year’s Eurovision! Every December, Google published the search trends for each country and, just like last year, Eurovision itself and related topics have appeared on lists in many countries! Let’s take a look what Eurovision-related searches have been popular this year on Google! ‘Eurovision’ was a popular search Searches about the contest itself were a common appearance in many of the search trend lists this year. The term ‘Eurovision’ reached various top 10 most-searched topic lists across Europe in the categories of music, events and in general. The contest was seen as a popular search in Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and Ukraine. Eurovision wasn’t the only event that made lists across Europe though. National selections also made top 10 lists across Europe including Hungary’s A Dal, Italy’s Sanremo, Latvia’s Supernova, Slovenia’s EMA, Spain’s Operación Triunfo and Sweden’s Melodifestivalen. Artists also proved popular on Google It wasn’t just the contest and national selections that were searched about a lot. Many of the Eurovision artists made it onto Google Trend lists across the continent. 2018 winner, Netta Barzilai, was heavily searched for in Israel – she was in fact the most-searched for term …
RTP broadcast two part documentary on hosting Eurovision 2018

RTP broadcast two part documentary on hosting Eurovision 2018

Hosting the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is no doubt a proud moment in Portuguese modern history. Broadcaster RTP have this evening aired the first of a two part documentary, showing how the whole thing was put together. All Aboard… One more time! All Aboard – Dentro da Eurovisão 2018 (Inside the 2018 contest) premiered this evening on RTP 1 & RTP International. The documentary broadcast exclusive footage of the construction process as well as the hustle and bustle which took place behind the scenes. The film also features interviews with those involved in the show’s production. The final part of the documentary will be broadcast tomorrow evening, 28th December at 21:00 local time. International viewers can watch both episodes once they have been aired, via the broadcaster’s on demand service, RTP Play. RTP win ‘Eyes and Ears of Europe’ Award for branding Last month, the broadcaster won an Eyes and Ears of Europe award for the branding of the 2018 contest. The Eyes and Ears of Europe Awards are a recognition to outstanding design, promotion & digital achievements. 
Greece’s Eurovision 2018 budget revealed

Greece’s Eurovision 2018 budget revealed

ERT has revealed their budget spent for the 2018 Eurovision. It was revealed that a the broadcaster spent a total of €183.470 for the contest this year in Lisbon. Budget for 2018 It was revealed through diavgeia.gov.gr, the site in which all government institutions upload their acts and decisions, that the broadcaster spent a total of 183.470 Euros for the 2018 contest. The majority of the budget was allocated for the country’s participation fee. Specifically, a total of 119,000 Euros were paid to the European Broadcasting Union for allowance into the competition.  A total of 8,000 Euros were given for the rent of the commentary booth in Lisbon while 25,000 Euros of the budget were given for access to technical facilities required to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest and test the broadcast during rehearsals Finally, 31,000 Euros were given for the three shows of the Eurovision Song Contest, including the presentation of the Greek entry as well as the other songs. It also included the costs of the delegation’s stay in Lisbon Greece in Eurovision  Greece debuted in the competition back in 1975 and has competed in 39 contests so far. The country has managed to win the competition once, in 2005 with Helena Paparizou and ‘My …
RTP loses €4 million after hosting Eurovision 2018

RTP loses €4 million after hosting Eurovision 2018

According to Dinheiro vivo, RTP has recorded a loss of €4 million after investing a total of €20 million in hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The financial outlay from the Portuguese broadcaster to host the Eurovision 2018 was also accompanied by a second outlay to broadcast the World Cup 2018, giving RTP another €5.6 million loss. Therefore, RTP is in a hard financial situation for the present year.  RTP’s “budget is tight” The RTP Workers Committee wants the accounts of the broadcaster to be audited, seeing it as a high priority after the massive effort that hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was for RTP. Those affiliated with the Portuguese broadcaster point out that the expenses accrued after hosting Eurovision 2018 and broadcasting the World Cup require the broadcaster to analyse strategic options that involve the future of the workers. In response to this request, RTP’s administration says: “The situation of this year is very complicated and the budget is tight. It must be managed rigorously after investing in the Eurovision Song Contest and the World Cup.” Two global events, two financial losses Dinheiro vivo explains that the investment for hosting the Eurovision 2018 was around €20 million, culminating in …
Ireland’s RTÉ reveals: we spent €300,000 on Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s Eurovision entry

Ireland’s RTÉ reveals: we spent €300,000 on Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s Eurovision entry

The Irish broadcaster, RTÉ, sent a team of 18 people to Lisbon for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This includes Ireland’s representative, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, who managed to break Ireland’s streak of poor results – it was their first final since 2013! After The Irish Sun made a Freedom of Information request, RTÉ have revealed exactly how much their participation in this year’s Eurovision cost… A total of €304,088. Tips not included. RTÉ’s total costs for their Eurovision 2018 entry was €304,088. However, in their breakdown of the costs, there is a missing €126,309. See the full breakdown below: EBU Participation Fee – €83,861 Accommodation – €42,355 Production costs (props, set design, pyrotechnics, etc) – €27,190 Food and subsistence – €13,632 Flights (economy class) – €8,483 ‘Representation’ bill – €1,594 Airport parking and taxis – €663 This gives a total of €177,779. So where did this extra €126,309 go? It was payment given to the performers on stage in Lisbon, such as Ryan O’Shaughnessy himself. Although we can clearly see how much was given to the performers in total, RTÉ refuse to reveal how much was given to each performer as they are “independent contractors” and the information is “commercially sensitive”. …
Michael Schulte dominates Dutch radio charts at No. 1

Michael Schulte dominates Dutch radio charts at No. 1

Since the success of the grand final in Lisbon, Michael Schulte reached the top of the Dutch radio charts with his entry “You Let Me Walk Alone”. “QMusic” is one of the biggest radio stations of the Netherlands and lets their audience vote for their favourite songs. The German singer not just reached No. 1, but also stayed there since then. This comes not as a surprise as both the jury AND the televoting awarded the German entry with the maximum points! Michael Schulte celebrates success abroad Michael not just made it to No. 1 of the German iTunes Charts after his outstanding performance in Lisbon, but reached the charts in several countries all over the world. Almost a month after the contest he is still charting in different countries, for example, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Spain. It remains as one of the most successful entries from this years Eurovision. Michael Schulte represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. He finished 4th with his entry “You Let Me Walk Alone” making it the best German result since the victory by Lena in 2010!
TVR board to “impose resignations and sanctions” following Romania’s failure to qualify

TVR board to “impose resignations and sanctions” following Romania’s failure to qualify

History was made in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, with three nations all failing to qualify for the first time: Azerbaijan, Romania and Russia. This leaves only Australia and Ukraine with 100% qualification records in the contest. As a result of their country’s non-qualification, the board at Romanian broadcaster TVR are taking strong actions against those responsible as reported by adevarul.ro. “Resignations are required” Last week, Romania’s Eurovision 2018 result was amongst the topics of discussion at the TVR board meeting. According to Home Media, TVR believes that the organisers of the Romanian performance were “not up to the level international competition requires”. In addition, “following the poor showing by the Romanian delegation, resignations will be required” and “sanctions will be imposed”. Furthermore, TVR was disappointed at the Romanian delegation’s reaction to their non-qualification in Lisbon. Instead of taking responsibility, the Romanian team blamed technical problems with the voting lines in those countries with “large Romanian communities” such as in Germany and Italy. Lead singer of The Humans, Cristina Caramarcu, also posted similar claims on her social media pages following the semi-final. Establishing a consistent investment strategy Overall, the TVR board has requested that external staff involved in the 2018 Eurovision …
Netta interviewed: “There were so many setbacks, I was ready for defeat…I even collapsed”

Netta interviewed: “There were so many setbacks, I was ready for defeat…I even collapsed”

It’s been just weeks since Israel’s Netta captured the hearts of viewers across Europe with her song, Toy. Now, she has sat down for an interview with Israeli newspaper, Israel Hayom, and discussed the intensive two weeks in Lisbon, her worries in the run-up to the contest, and the crazy days following her win. The interview comes the day after the composer of Toy, Doron Medalie, claimed to be the real winner, rather than Netta. Furthermore, just days ago, the Toy music video became the most viewed video ever on the official Eurovision YouTube channel! “I was ready for Eleni, the standard thing, to win” Despite winning by a sizeable margin, Netta says that in her heart she was prepared to lose: I never had that feeling – the victory was not in my pocket at any stage. Even in Hakokhav Haba, and at every other point in my life, I always had to fight for my place, even with myself. To be honest, I fight not because of what other people think of me, but because of what I think of me. In the weeks before the final, Cyprus generated a massive amount of hype, even beating Israel to …
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