Lisbon 2018

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

Will Operación Triunfo select Spain’s Eurovision 2018 entrant?

Will Operación Triunfo select Spain’s Eurovision 2018 entrant?

Operación Triunfo is set to make a return this summer in Spain. The show was previously used to select the country’s Eurovision representative between 2002 and 2004. Whilst there is no confirmation yet, this year’s series could have the winner go on to represent them in Portugal next year. Will the winner definitely go to Eurovision? Despite speculation that the winner will go to the Eurovision Song Contest next year, nothing has been confirmed by the Spanish broadcaster, RTVE. However, when Toni Sevilla, the Director of Content at RTVE, was asked if Operación Triunfo would select their representative for Eurovision through the program, his response was: “It certainly is one of our options, but we are still studying it. We can’t confirm or deny anything.” Operación Triunfo success rate Back in the early 2000’s when the format was first used, the country achieved a good level of success. They had three consecutive Top 10 placings from 2002 to 2004 with Rosa placing 7th (2002), Beth placing 8th (2003) and Ramón placing 10th (2004). That’s pretty good for a country like Spain, if you look at their results from the last decade. They have only managed to gain a Top 10 placing on two other occasions, with Pastora Soler (2012) and Ruth Lorenzo (2014) …
RTK looking for possible Kosovo Eurovision début

RTK looking for possible Kosovo Eurovision début

If it were up to RTK, Kosovo would make their début in the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as 2018. There are some issues on the way, so how likely is it that Kosovo will début? The wish to participate RTK have published several articles on their own possible participation in Eurovision. They feel politics deserve no place at the contest and would love to take the stage as soon as they can. They’ve had that wish ever since their declaration of independence, almost ten years ago. RTK have been allowed to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest for years and have been invited to participate in Eurovision Young Dancers back in 2011. There’s no lack of possible participants either. Both Rona Nishliu and Lindita Halimi, who have represented Albania in Eurovision, are from Kosovo. There are also multiple international stars holding Kosovar citizenship, such as Rita Ora and Dua Lipa. According to Magazina, RTK have received guarantees from EBU. Those guarantees would allegedly include that Kosovo would be allowed to début if the host country of next year’s Eurovision decided that it would indeed be possible. Portugal does not seem to have issues with them, recognising their independence back in …
Slovenia Introduces Language Rule for EMA 2018

Slovenia Introduces Language Rule for EMA 2018

Many fans long for the days of the language rule, in which a country was only allowed to send a song to the Eurovision Song Contest that is sung in their national language. Slovenia have answered these fans’ prayers….kind of! The Slovenian broadcaster, RTVSLO, has announced that all participants in the Slovenian national selection, EMA 2018, will sing in Slovenian or in a language of “an indigenous ethnic community of Slovenia”. So which languages have RTVSLO permitted? This means that, along with Slovenian, participants can perform only in the following languages: Croatian German Hungarian Italian Romani Serbian RTVSLO are yet to rule out that the winner of EMA 2018 could go on to perform in English at Eurovision. Slovenian Language in Eurovision Since 1999, when the EBU abolished the language rule, only six of Slovenia’s entry have been completely in Slovenian. However, only two of these entries qualified for the final, in 2002 and 2007. On the other hand, Slovenia have sent 11 entries using the English language since 1999. Of these 11 entries, five qualified. This suggests that there really is no advantage for Slovenia to perform in a particular language! Last year, the record for the number of …
Lisbon Confirmed as Host City for 2018!

Lisbon Confirmed as Host City for 2018!

Only 2 days ago, Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 for Portugal, with his song ‘Amar Pelos Dois’. Today, the Portuguese broadcaster RTP has confirmed what many fans had already guessed: Lisbon will be the host for Eurovision 2018! Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal, with a population of 2.7 million. It is continental Europe’s westernmost capital city, and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon is recognised as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education, and tourism. It is a clear and obvious choice for Eurovision! What About The Venue? It is likely that the contest will take place in the MEO Arena. It is the largets indoor arena in Portugal, with a capacity of 20,000 people. This beats last year’s venue, which had a capacity of 10,073, and the 2016 venue, which had a capacity of 16,000. In fact, it would be the largest arena to host the contest since 2012!     The MEO arena has hosted concerts with many international stars, including Justin Bieber, Adele, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Kylie Minogue. It is clearly quite prestigious, it would …
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