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Following Salvador Sobral's win with "Amar pelos dois" at the 2017 edition in Kiev, Ukraine the 63nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, in May 2018. Again, there will be three live shows: Two semi-finals (May 8th and 10th) and the grand final (May 12th).

 

This is the first time that Portugal will host the Contest. The country has participated in the ESC since 1964 but never even came close to winning before the 2017 edition.


43 countries have confirmed their participation:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia (was absent in 2017)
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

 

2017 participants that will not compete in 2018:

  • – none –
     

Former participants that will not return:

  • Andorra (last participation was in 2009)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina (last participation was in 2016)
  • Luxembourg (last participation was in 1993)
  • Monaco (last participation was in 2006)
  • Slovakia (last participation was in 2012)
  • Turkey (last participation was in 2012)

 

All 43 songs will be selected either via national finals or internal selections by the national broadcasters. As usual, Albania will be the first country to pick their song on December 23rd.

 

The semi-final allocation draw will take place in late January.

 

Recap of the 2017 Contest

 

Semi-Final 1

 

 

Semi-Final 2

 

 

Grand Final

 

 

 

 

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The re-introduction of the national juries in 2009 has caused some controversies since there are usually huge differences between the jury votes and the televote.

 

I think the juries are very much needed since some countries were clearly disadvantaged during the televoting only years. In addition, the re-introduction of the juries luckily decreased the number of joke and plastic entries – a genre that prevailed in the noughties.

 

 

 

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First 4 entries for 2018:

 

Albania 2018: Eugent Bushpepa / "Mall"
Winner of the Albanian national final. The song needs to be shortened to 3 minutes for Eurovision.
Language: Albanian.

 

 

Czech Republic 2018: Mikolas Josef / "Lie to Me"
Winner of the Czech national final.
Language: English.

 

 

France 2018: Madame Monsieur / "Mercy"
Winner of the French national final.
Language: French.

 

 

Spain 2018: Alfred & Amaia / "Tu canción"
Winner of the Spanish national final.
Language: Spanish.

 

 

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Denmark 2018: Rasmussen / "Higher Ground"
Winner of the Danish national final.
Language: English.

 

 

Italy 2018: Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro / "Non mi avete fatto niente"
Winner of the San Remo Festival 2018.
Language: Italian.

 

 

Malta 2018: Christabelle / "Taboo"
Winner of the Maltese national final.
Language: English.

 

 

Switzerland 2018: Zibbz / "Stones"
Winner of the Swiss national final.
Language: English.

 

 

United Kingdom 2018: SuRie / "Storm"

Winner of the British national final.

Language: English.

 

 

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On 14.2.2018 at 6:35 PM, I Am A Swede said:

I realize that they don't care all that much about this contest in the UK anymore, but still I'm disappointed every year that they can't send something better.  

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I think their entry last year was quite good – it's just that the singer's ailing looks might've cost them a few points. This year's song isn't bad either, it just needs a revamp.

 

Armenia 2018: Sevak Khanagyan / "Qami"
Winner of the Armenian national final.
Language: Armenian.
 

 

 

Cyprus 2018: Eleni Foureira / "Fuego"

Internal choice.
Language: English.

 

 

Germany 2018: Michael Schulte / "You Let Me Walk Alone"

Winner of the German national final.
Language: English.

 

 

Greece 2018: Yianna Terzi / "Óneiró mou"

Internal choice.
Language: Greek.

 

 

Hungary 2018: AWS / "Viszlát Nyár"
Winner of the Hungarian national final.
Language: Hungarian.

 

 

Latvia 2018: Laura Rizzotto / "Funny Girl"

Winner of the Latvian national final.
Language: English.

 

 

Moldova 2018: DoReDos / "My Lucky Day"
Winner of the Moldovan national final.
Language: English.

 

 

Montenegro 2018: Vanja Radovanovic / "Inje"
Winner of the Montenegrin national final.
Language: Montenegrin.

 

 

The Netherlands 2018: Waylon / "Outlaw In 'Em"

Internal choice.
Language: English.

 

 

Romania 2018: The Humans / "Goodbye"

Winner of the Romanian national final.
Language: English.

 

 

Serbia 2018: Sanja Ilic & Balkanika / "Nova Deca"
Winner of the Serbian national final.
Language: Serbian.

 

 

Slovenia 2018: Lea Sirk / "Hvala, Ne"
Winner of the Slovenian national final.
Language: Slovene.

 

 

Ukraine 2018: MELOVIN / "Under the Ladder"
Winner of the Ukrainian national final.
Language: English.

 

 

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Estonia 2018: Elina Nechayeva / "La Forza"
Winner of the Estonian national final.

Language: Italian.

(For me, the only real contender for 1st place so far.)

 

 

 

Finland 2018: Saara Aalto / "Monsters"
Winner of the Finnish national final. The singer was internally chosen by Finnish broadcaster YLE. The public could chose between three songs.
Language: English.

 

 

Iceland 2018: Ari Ólafsson / "Our Choice"
Winner of the Icelandic national final.

Language: English.

 

 

Poland 2018: Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer / "Light Me Up"
Winner of the Polish national final.
Language: English.

 

 

San Marino 2018: Jessika feat. Jenifer Brenig / "Who We Are"
Winner of the (very fishy) San Marinese national final.
Language: English.

 

 

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This year's field is almost complete. Only 9 countries haven't chosen their entry yet.

 

Australia 2018: Jessica Mauboy / "#We Got Love"
Internal choice.
Language: English.

 

 

Austria 2018: Cesár Sampson / "Nobody But You"

Internal choice.
Language: English.

 

 

Azerbaijan 2018: Aisel / "X My Heart"
Internal choice.
Language: English.

 

 

Belarus 2018: Alekseev / "Forever"
Winner of the Belarusian national final.
Language: English.

 

 

Belgium 2018: Sennek / "A Matter of Time"
Internal choice.

Language: English.

 

 

Croatia 2018: Franka / "Crazy"

Internal choice.

Language: English.

 

 

Portugal 2018: Cláudia Pascal / "O Jardim"

Winner of the Portuguese national final.
Language: Portuguese.

 

 

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So many incredibly bad songs!!

I do think some of them would improve if the artists didn't sing in English, because then you wouldn't cringe at the horribly bad lyrics.

 

For me there are two songs that stand out from the rest: Australia and Greece. In third place, but not quite in the same league I have France.

If the remaining countries don't come up with something extraordinary then surely Australia must be the favourite to win. They have the best song by a mile, and the most professional singer.

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On 9.3.2018 at 8:46 PM, I Am A Swede said:

So many incredibly bad songs!!

I do think some of them would improve if the artists didn't sing in English, because then you wouldn't cringe at the horribly bad lyrics.

 

For me there are two songs that stand out from the rest: Australia and Greece. In third place, but not quite in the same league I have France.

If the remaining countries don't come up with something extraordinary then surely Australia must be the favourite to win. They have the best song by a mile, and the most professional singer.

 

Don't we say that about every year? 

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I think 2/3 of the songs are very decent. My favorites so far are France, Denmark, Azerbaijan, Croatia and Finland.

 

Israel 2018: Netta / "TOY"

Internal choice.

Language: English.

 

 

Ireland 2018: Ryan O'Shaughnessy / "Together"

Internal choice.
Language: English.

 

 

Lithuania 2018: Ieva Zasimauskaitė / "When We're Old"
Winner of the Lithuanian national final.
Language: English.

 

 

FYR Macedonia 2018: Eye Cue / "Lost and Found"
Internal choice.
Language: English.

 

 

Norway 2018: Alexander Rybak / "That's How You Write a Song"
Winner of the Norwegian national final. Rybak's a former ESC winner – he won the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Fairytale".

Language: English.

 

 

Russia 2018: Julia Samoylova / "I Won't Break"
Internal choice. Samoylova was supposed to represent Russia in the 2017 Contest but was banned from entering host country Ukraine. In response, Russia withdrew from the 2017 Contest.
Language: English.

 

 

Sweden 2018: Benjamin Ingrosso / "Dance You Off"
Winner of the Swedish national final.
Language: English.

 

 

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20 hours ago, Huntress said:

 

Don't we say that about every year? 

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Yes probably, but that doesn't make it untrue.  

 

I do think that many of the songs would improve if they chose to sing in their own native language. When they sing in English you realize how cringeworthy many of the lyrics are and how uncomfortable many of the artists are with singing in English. I think it was a mistake to allow everyone to sing in the language of their choice. I know many, if not most, would disagree with that, but it's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

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On 12.3.2018 at 7:52 PM, I Am A Swede said:

I do think that many of the songs would improve if they chose to sing in their own native language. When they sing in English you realize how cringeworthy many of the lyrics are and how uncomfortable many of the artists are with singing in English. I think it was a mistake to allow everyone to sing in the language of their choice. I know many, if not most, would disagree with that, but it's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

 

To me, it depends on the song. A bad song (= bad composition) stays a bad song, no matter what language it is sung in. I appreciate hearing different languages, but I certainly don't mind a good (for my standards) pop song in English.

What I don't like is when a song wins a country's national final in their native language and then gets translated to English for the Contest.

 

Here are all 43 songs that are competing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest:

 

 

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