Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
All Aboard!
Dates
Semi-final 18 May 2018 (2018-05-08)
Semi-final 210 May 2018 (2018-05-10)
Final12 May 2018 (2018-05-12)
Host
VenueLisbon Arena
Lisbon, Portugal
Presenter(s)
Directed by
  • Troels Lund
  • Paula Macedo
  • Pedro Miguel
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Executive producerJoão Nuno Nogueira[1]
Host broadcasterRádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
Websiteeurovision.tv/event/lisbon-2018 Edit this at Wikidata
Participants
Number of entries43
Number of finalists26
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries Russia
Non-returning countriesNone
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         Finalist countries     Countries eliminated in the semi-finals     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2018
Vote
Voting systemEach country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to ten songs.
Winning song Israel
"Toy"
2017 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Lisbon, Portugal, following the country's victory at the 2017 contest with the song "Amar pelos dois" by Salvador Sobral. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), the contest was held at the Lisbon Arena, and consisted of two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May, and a final on 12 May 2018.[2] The three live shows were presented by Portuguese television presenters Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto and Catarina Furtado, and Portuguese-American actress Daniela Ruah, marking the first time that the contest was presented by four hosts.

Forty-three countries participated in the contest, equalling the record of the 2008 and 2011 editions. Russia returned after their absence from the previous edition, and for the first time since 2011, no country that participated in the previous edition withdrew.

The winner was Israel with the song "Toy", performed by Netta and written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. Cyprus, Austria, Germany and Italy rounded out the top five, with Cyprus achieving their best result to date. Israel won the public vote, and came third in the jury vote behind Austria and Sweden. Further down the table, the Czech Republic also achieved its best result to date, finishing sixth.

The EBU reported that the contest had a worldwide audience of around 186 million viewers, surpassing the 2017 edition by over 4 million.[3]

Location[edit]

Lisbon Arena, host venue of the 2018 contest.

Venue[edit]

The Lisbon Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena built for the Expo '98 and has a capacity of 20,000 attendees, making it the largest indoor venue in Portugal and among the largest in Europe.[4] It is located in the Parque das Nações (Park of Nations) riverside district in the northeast of Lisbon, which was completely renovated to host the 1998 world's fair. It is connected by metro to the nearby international airport and by train (Oriente Station) to the rest of the country and Europe.[5]

Bidding phase[edit]

Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue, while the eliminated cities are marked in red.

On the day of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 final, it was reported that Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) would accept the challenge of organising the 2018 contest in case of a victory.[6] Following Sobral's triumph, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)'s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, issued the hosting invitation to RTP during the winner's press conference. The following day, the director-general of RTP, Nuno Artur Silva, confirmed that the broadcaster would organise the contest in 2018 and mentioned the Lisbon Arena as a likely venue to host the contest.[7] On 15 May 2017, RTP appeared to have confirmed Lisbon as the host city,[8][9] but clarified the following day that no final decision had been taken regarding both the host city and venue.[10]

The basic requirements to select a host city were set out in a document presented by the EBU to RTP following their win in Kyiv:[11]

  • A suitable venue that can accommodate around 10,000 spectators.
  • An international press centre for 1,500 journalists with adequate facilities for all the delegates.
  • A good distribution of hotel rooms, at different price categories, able to accommodate at least 2,000 delegates, accredited journalists and spectators.
  • An efficient transport infrastructure, including a nearby international airport with readily available connections with the city, venue, and hotels.

Besides Lisbon, other cities signalled their interest in bidding to host the 2018 contest: Braga, Espinho, Faro, Gondomar, Guimarães, and Santa Maria da Feira.[12][13][14] The mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, declared he would not be interested in "spending millions of euros" to host the contest,[10] but he would support a bid from the Metropolitan Area of Porto (Espinho, Gondomar, and Santa Maria da Feira).[13]

On 13 June 2017, RTP representatives met with the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group at the EBU headquarters in Geneva. During the meeting, RTP officials attended a workshop covering several topics related with hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and learned from the experience of the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC. They also had the opportunity to present their first plans for the 2018 contest, including multiple proposals for the host city and venue.[15]

On 25 July 2017, the EBU and RTP announced that Lisbon had been selected as the host city, overcoming confirmed bids from Braga, Gondomar, Guimarães, and Santa Maria da Feira.[16] In addition, RTP indicated the Parque das Nações, where the Lisbon Arena is located, as the site for the shows.[17]

Key:  †  Host venue

City Venue Notes
Braga Braga Exhibition Park Agro-industrial park inaugurated in 1981 and further expanded in 1987 with a 6,500 m2 (70,000 sq ft) exhibition hall able to hold 3,000 people, and in 1990 with a congress centre and auditorium for 1,200 people.[18] Renovation works starting in 2017 and ending in the first trimester of 2018 would increase the exhibition hall capacity to 15,000.[19]
Gondomar Multiusos de Gondomar Coração de Ouro Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 2007, with a total capacity for 8,000 people (4,400 seats).[20] Hosted the 2007 UEFA Futsal Championship final tournament.[21]
Guimarães Multiusos de Guimarães Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 2001, with a total capacity for 10,000 people (3,000 seats).[22] Selected by RTP to host the final of the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, the Festival da Canção, on 4 March 2018.[23]
Lisbon[7] Lisbon Arena Multi-purpose indoor arena inaugurated in 1998. It is the country's largest indoor venue, with a total capacity for 20,000 people (12,500 seats). Hosted the Expo '98,[24] the 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship,[25] the 2000 ATP Finals,[26] the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships,[27] the 2003 World Men's Handball Championship,[28] the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards,[29] the UEFA Futsal Cup Final Four (2001–02, 2009–10[30] and 2014–15[31]), and since 2016 (for a three-year period, renewable) the Web Summit.[32]
Santa Maria da Feira Europarque Largest convention centre in the Porto Metropolitan Area, inaugurated in 1995. Hosted the European Council of June 2000, the Festival da Canção final in 2001, and the UEFA Euro 2004 final tournament draw. It was the option supported by the Metropolitan Council of Porto.[13]

Other sites[edit]

Location of host venue (red) and other contest-related sites and events (blue)

The Eurovision Village was the official Eurovision Song Contest fan and sponsors area during the event weeks, where it was possible to watch performances by contest participants and local artists, as well as the live shows broadcast from the main venue. It was located in Lisbon's downtown Praça do Comércio (also called Terreiro do Paço), a large central square open to the Tagus river.[33]

The EuroClub was the venue for the official after-parties and private performances by contest participants. Unlike the Eurovision Village, access to the EuroClub was restricted to accredited fans, delegations, and press. It was located at the "Ministerium" club, next to the Eurovision Village.[34]

The "Blue Carpet" event, where all the contestants and their delegations are presented before the accredited press and fans, took place on 6 May 2018 at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon's Belém district. This preceded the official Opening Ceremony of the 2018 contest, which took place at the nearby Electricity Museum.[35]

Participating countries[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest 2018 – Participation summaries by country

Eligibility for participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership,[36] or a special invitation from the EBU as in the case of Australia.

It was initially announced on 7 November 2017 that forty-two countries would participate in the contest. Russia confirmed their return after their absence the previous edition, while Macedonia's participation was provisionally blocked by the EBU due to unpaid debts by its national broadcaster MRT.[37][38] However, ten days later, it was announced that Macedonia would be allowed to enter the contest, raising the number of participating countries to forty-three, equaling the highest number of participants with the 2008 and 2011 editions.[39]

Participants of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018[40]
Country Broadcaster Artist Song Language Songwriter(s)
 Albania RTSH Eugent Bushpepa "Mall" Albanian Eugent Bushpepa
 Armenia AMPTV Sevak Khanagyan "Qami" (Քամի) Armenian
 Australia SBS Jessica Mauboy "We Got Love" English
 Austria ORF Cesár Sampson "Nobody but You" English
 Azerbaijan İTV Aisel "X My Heart" English
 Belarus BTRC Alekseev "Forever" English
  • Yevgeny Matyushenko
  • Kirill Pavlov
 Belgium VRT Sennek "A Matter of Time" English
 Bulgaria BNT Equinox "Bones" English
 Croatia HRT Franka "Crazy" English
 Cyprus CyBC Eleni Foureira "Fuego" English
 Czech Republic ČT Mikolas Josef "Lie to Me" English Mikolas Josef
 Denmark DR Rasmussen "Higher Ground" English
  • Niclas Arn
  • Karl Eurén
 Estonia ERR Elina Nechayeva "La forza" Italian
 Finland Yle Saara Aalto "Monsters" English
 France France Télévisions Madame Monsieur "Mercy" French
 Georgia GPB Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao "For You" Georgian
  • David Malazonia
  • Mikheil Mdinaradze
  • Irina Sanikidze
 Germany NDR[a] Michael Schulte "You Let Me Walk Alone" English
 Greece ERT Yianna Terzi "Oniro mou" (Όνειρό μου) Greek
  • Aris Kalimeris
  • Michalis Papathanasiou
  • Dimitris Stamatiou
  • Yianna Terzi
 Hungary MTVA AWS "Viszlát nyár" Hungarian
  • Bence Brucker
  • Dániel Kökényes
  • Soma Schiszler
  • Örs Siklósi
  • Áron Veress
 Iceland RÚV Ari Ólafsson "Our Choice" English Þórunn Clausen
 Ireland RTÉ Ryan O'Shaughnessy "Together" English
 Israel IPBC Netta "Toy" English
 Italy RAI Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro "Non mi avete fatto niente" Italian
 Latvia LTV Laura Rizzotto "Funny Girl" English Laura Rizzotto
 Lithuania LRT Ieva Zasimauskaitė "When We're Old" English Vytautas Bikus
 Macedonia MRT Eye Cue "Lost and Found" English
 Malta PBS Christabelle "Taboo" English
 Moldova TRM DoReDoS "My Lucky Day" English
 Montenegro RTCG Vanja Radovanović "Inje" (Иње) Montenegrin Vladimir Radovanović
 Netherlands AVROTROS Waylon "Outlaw in 'Em" English
 Norway NRK Alexander Rybak "That's How You Write a Song" English Alexander Rybak
 Poland TVP Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer "Light Me Up" English
 Portugal RTP Cláudia Pascoal[b] "O jardim" Portuguese Isaura
 Romania TVR The Humans "Goodbye" English
  • Cristina Caramarcu
  • Alexandru Matei
  • Alin Neagoe
 Russia C1R Julia Samoylova "I Won't Break" English
  • Arie Burshtein
  • Leonid Gutkin
  • Netta Nimrodi
 San Marino SMRTV Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening "Who We Are" English
 Serbia RTS Sanja Ilić and Balkanika "Nova deca" (Нова деца) Serbian
 Slovenia RTVSLO Lea Sirk "Hvala, ne!" Slovene
 Spain RTVE Amaia and Alfred "Tu canción" Spanish
  • Raúl Gómez García
  • Sylvia Ruth Santoro López
 Sweden SVT Benjamin Ingrosso "Dance You Off" English
  Switzerland SRG SSR Zibbz "Stones" English
 Ukraine UA:PBC Mélovin "Under the Ladder" English
 United Kingdom BBC SuRie "Storm" English
  • Nicole Blair
  • Sean Hargreaves
  • Gil Lewis

Returning artists[edit]

The contest featured two representatives who also previously performed as lead vocalists for the same countries. Alexander Rybak won for Norway in 2009 performing "Fairytale" (and also sang entry No. 1500) and Waylon placed second for the Netherlands in 2014 as part of The Common Linnets performing "Calm After the Storm".[42]

The contest also featured Jessica Mauboy, representing Australia, after taking part in 2014 as the interval act for the second semi-final, performing "Sea of Flags".[43] In addition, the contest featured four lead singers previously participating as backing vocalists, two of them for the same countries. Lea Sirk backed for Slovenia in 2014 and off-stage in 2016,[44] and Equinox member Vlado Mihailov backed for Bulgaria in 2017.[45] Cesár Sampson, representing Austria, backed for Bulgaria in 2016 (also as a dancer) and off-stage in 2017. SuRie, representing the United Kingdom, backed for Belgium in 2015 (also as a dancer) and was the musical director again for Belgium in 2017.[46] Sara Tavares, who performed in the interval act, was the representative from Portugal in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Chamar a música" reaching 8th place.

Other countries[edit]

Active EBU members[edit]

Active EBU member broadcasters in Andorra, Luxembourg and Slovakia confirmed non-participation prior to the announcement of the participants list by the EBU.[47][48][49] Despite hopes expressed by past Turkish representatives Sertab Erener (2003 winner), Hadise (2009) and maNga (2010),[50][51] Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Bekir Bozdağ and Turkish broadcaster TRT denied any plans for a return of the country.[52][53]

Associate EBU members[edit]

Kazakh broadcaster Khabar Agency became an associate member of the EBU on 1 January 2016. This opened up the possibility of their participation since 2017,[54] under the condition of a special invitation, as for Australia.[55] The country was not invited in 2017 but broadcast all the shows. Turkvision Song Contest 2014 winner Zhanar Dugalova expressed interest in representing her country at the 2018 contest;[56] however, the country was not invited in 2018 either and it did not appear on the final list of participants.[57]

Non-EBU members[edit]

Kosovan broadcaster RTK, with the support of national broadcasters across the Balkans (except for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia), expressed hopes to become an EBU member in order to debut at the 2018 contest;[58] however, the EBU clarified that this was not possible due to the limited international recognition of Kosovo and the country not being a UN member.[59]

Production[edit]

Visual design[edit]

The theme for the contest, "All Aboard!", was unveiled on 7 November 2017 in a press conference held at the Lisbon Oceanarium.[60] Its visual design features oceanic motifs that allude to Lisbon and Portugal's location on the Atlantic coast and to the country's seafaring history. Alongside the main emblem, which depicts a stylised seashell, twelve supplemental emblems were designed to symbolise different aspects of the marine ecosystem.[37]

Stage design[edit]

The stage in the arena
The stage in the arena

The stage design for the 2018 contest was revealed on 5 December 2017 and was designed by German production designer Florian Wieder, who also devised the stage concepts for the 2011–12, 2015 and 2017 contests.[61] Drawing inspiration from Portugal's nautical heritage and culture, the circular stage consisted of a series of overhead LED edge-lit concentric circles depicting an armillary sphere, with 28 pairs of 4.5m × 13.5m vertical wooden 'ribs' at the rear of the stage to represent sea waves.[62]

Unlike in previous years, RTP decided against implementing LED screens or projections into the stage design, influenced by the stage performance of "Amar pelos dois" the year prior and Sobral's comments upon receiving the winner's trophy, where he stated "music isn't fireworks, music is feeling."[63][64] The decision was not embraced by all participating countries; some delegations opted to continue using video content, computer-generated graphics and "more [props] than ever before" during performances, which was met by mixed reaction.[65][66][67]

Postcards[edit]

The postcards, filmed between March and April 2018, involved the act emerging from a door into Portugal to take part in a themed activity, such as mountain biking, making a salad or pastel de nata, or visiting popular attractions. The location where the activity took place was written in Portuguese at the start of the postcard. At the end of the postcard, the act posed for the camera, the slogan's hashtag appeared on the bottom corner of the screen, and song information was printed onto the country's flag.[68] All the postcards had the same score, composed by Luis Figueredo.[69]

Presenters[edit]

Presenters from left to right: Daniela Ruah, Sílvia Alberto, Catarina Furtado and Filomena Cautela

RTP and EBU announced on 8 January 2018, that the contest would be hosted for the first time by four female presenters, consisting of RTP hosts Sílvia Alberto, Filomena Cautela, and Catarina Furtado, together with actress Daniela Ruah.[70] It was the first time since 2015 that the contest did not feature a male presenter, and the second consecutive year that the presenters were all the same gender.[71][70] It was confirmed on 4 May 2018 that Cautela would also host the green room.[72]

The Blue Carpet opening ceremony was hosted by actress Cláudia Semedo [pt], radio host Inês Lopes Goncalves [pt], actor/TV host Pedro Granger [pt] and actor/director Pedro Penim [pt]. Granger and Penim moderated the press conferences, as well.[73]

Format[edit]

Voting system changes[edit]

On 27 April 2018, the EBU announced changes to the jury voting system for the 2018 contest.[74] Each ranking position between first and last would be assigned a predefined value, starting with the value of 12 for a first rank and decreasing exponentially for lower ranks. The sum of these scores for all twenty-six songs from the five jury members then create the national jury result for each participating country. The exponential weight model gives more weight to higher-ranked songs, thereby lessening the impact of an individual juror placing a song lower in their rankings on the final result.[75]

Semi-final allocation draw[edit]

Results of the semi-final allocation draw
  Participating countries in the first semi-final
  Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the first semi-final
  Participating countries in the second semi-final
  Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the second semi-final

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 29 January 2018 at 13:00 CET, at the Lisbon City Hall. The thirty-seven semi-finalists were divided over six pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest's official televoting partner Digame. The purpose of drawing from different pots was to reduce the chance of "bloc voting" and to increase suspense in the semi-finals. The draw also determined which semi-final each of the six automatic qualifiers – host country Portugal and "Big Five" countries France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom – would broadcast and vote in. The ceremony was hosted by contest presenters Sílvia Alberto and Filomena Cautela, and included the passing of the host city insignia from Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kyiv (host city of the previous contest) to Fernando Medina, mayor of Lisbon.[76]

With the approval from the contest's reference group, Italy broadcast and voted in the second semi-final following a request from Italian broadcaster RAI, as the date of the first semi-final coincided with the scheduled final of the fifth season of The Voice of Italy.[77]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Contest overview[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final took place on 8 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[78] Nineteen countries participated in this semi-final, with the running order published on 3 April 2018.[79] Israel won the most points, followed by Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Austria, Estonia, Ireland, Bulgaria, Albania, Lithuania and Finland. The countries that failed to reach the final were Azerbaijan, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Macedonia, and Iceland. All the countries competing in this semi-final were eligible to vote, plus Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.[80]

The interval, which solely consisted of pre-recorded segments, included a performance of "Amar pelos dois" by 2017 entrants Alma, Blanche, Kristian Kostov, Manel Navarro, Martina Bárta, Norma John, and Svala; "Planet Portugal", a video sketch inspired by National Geographic featuring Herman José; and "Esclopedia", a video skit about the contest's history. The Portuguese, Spanish and British artists were then interviewed, and clips of their competing songs were played.[81][82]

  Qualifiers
R/O Country Artist Song Points Place[83]
1  Azerbaijan Aisel "X My Heart" 94 11
2  Iceland Ari Ólafsson "Our Choice" 15 19
3  Albania Eugent Bushpepa "Mall" 162 8
4  Belgium Sennek "A Matter of Time" 91 12
5  Czech Republic Mikolas Josef "Lie to Me" 232 3
6  Lithuania Ieva Zasimauskaitė "When We're Old" 119 9
7  Israel Netta "Toy" 283 1
8  Belarus Alekseev "Forever" 65 16
9  Estonia Elina Nechayeva "La forza" 201 5
10  Bulgaria Equinox "Bones" 177 7
11  Macedonia Eye Cue "Lost and Found" 24 18
12  Croatia Franka "Crazy" 63 17
13  Austria Cesár Sampson "Nobody but You" 231 4
14  Greece Yianna Terzi "Oniro mou" 81 14
15  Finland Saara Aalto "Monsters" 108 10
16  Armenia Sevak Khanagyan "Qami" 79 15
17   Switzerland Zibbz "Stones" 86 13
18  Ireland Ryan O'Shaughnessy "Together" 179 6
19  Cyprus Eleni Foureira "Fuego" 262 2

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final took place on 10 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[78] Eighteen countries participated in this semi-final, with the running order published on 3 April 2018.[79] Norway won the most points, followed by Sweden, Moldova, Australia, Denmark, Ukraine, Netherlands, Slovenia, Serbia, and Hungary. The countries that failed to reach the final were Romania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Russia, Montenegro, San Marino, and Georgia. All the countries competing in this semi-final were eligible to vote, plus France, Germany and Italy.[80]

The interval acts included a dance medley of "Puppet on a String", "Dschinghis Khan", "Making Your Mind Up", "Euphoria" and Riverdance, performed by the presenters; a pre-recorded segment depicting the recording of the postcards; a short documentary about the Portuguese 1974 entry "E depois do adeus" and its impact on the Carnation Revolution; plus new instalments of "Esclopedia" and "Planet Portugal". The French, German and Italian artists were then interviewed, and clips of their competing songs were played.[84][82]

  Qualifiers
R/O Country Artist Song Points Place[85]
1  Norway Alexander Rybak "That's How You Write a Song" 266 1
2  Romania The Humans "Goodbye" 107 11
3  Serbia Sanja Ilić and Balkanika "Nova deca" 117 9
4  San Marino Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening "Who We Are" 28 17
5  Denmark Rasmussen "Higher Ground" 204 5
6  Russia Julia Samoylova "I Won't Break" 65 15
7  Moldova DoReDoS "My Lucky Day" 235 3
8  Netherlands Waylon "Outlaw in 'Em" 174 7
9  Australia Jessica Mauboy "We Got Love" 212 4
10  Georgia Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao "For You" 24 18
11  Poland Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer "Light Me Up" 81 14
12  Malta Christabelle "Taboo" 101 13
13  Hungary AWS "Viszlát nyár" 111 10
14  Latvia Laura Rizzotto "Funny Girl" 106 12
15  Sweden Benjamin Ingrosso "Dance You Off" 254 2
16  Montenegro Vanja Radovanović "Inje" 40 16
17  Slovenia Lea Sirk "Hvala, ne!" 132 8
18  Ukraine Mélovin "Under the Ladder" 179 6

Final[edit]

The final took place on 12 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[78] Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all forty-three participating countries eligible to vote. The running order for the final was published on 10 May 2023.[86] Israel won the contest with the song "Toy", performed by Netta and written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger.[87] Israel won with 529 points, also winning the televote. Cyprus came second with 436 points, with Austria (who won the jury vote), Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, and Moldova completing the top ten. Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Finland, and Portugal occupied the bottom five positions.[88]

The final was opened by Portuguese fado singers Ana Moura and Mariza performing "Fado loucura" and "Barco negro" respectively. This was followed by the flag parade, introducing all twenty-six finalists, accompanied with music by Portuguese scratching duo Beatbombers. The interval acts included a medley of "Ter peito e espaço", "Nova Lisboa", and "Reserva pra dois", performed by DJ Branko and featuring Sara Tavares, Dino D'Santiago, and Mayra Andrade respectively; a video sketch about the history of Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest, featuring Suzy; an interview with Polina Bogusevich, winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017; and Salvador Sobral, who performed his new single "Mano a mano" and his winning song "Amar pelos dois", the latter in a duet with Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso, with both songs featuring piano accompaniment by Júlio Resende.[89][90][91][92][93][94][95]

  Winner
R/O Country Artist Song Points Place[96]
1  Ukraine Mélovin "Under the Ladder" 130 17
2  Spain Amaia and Alfred "Tu canción" 61 23
3  Slovenia Lea Sirk "Hvala, ne!" 64 22
4  Lithuania Ieva Zasimauskaitė "When We're Old" 181 12
5  Austria Cesár Sampson "Nobody but You" 342 3
6  Estonia Elina Nechayeva "La forza" 245 8
7  Norway Alexander Rybak "That's How You Write a Song" 144 15
8  Portugal Cláudia Pascoal[b] "O jardim" 39 26
9  United Kingdom SuRie "Storm" 48 24
10  Serbia Sanja Ilić and Balkanika "Nova deca" 113 19
11  Germany Michael Schulte "You Let Me Walk Alone" 340 4
12  Albania Eugent Bushpepa "Mall" 184 11
13  France Madame Monsieur "Mercy" 173 13
14  Czech Republic Mikolas Josef "Lie to Me" 281 6
15  Denmark Rasmussen "Higher Ground" 226 9
16  Australia Jessica Mauboy "We Got Love" 99 20
17  Finland Saara Aalto "Monsters" 46 25
18  Bulgaria Equinox "Bones" 166 14
19  Moldova DoReDoS "My Lucky Day" 209 10
20  Sweden Benjamin Ingrosso "Dance You Off" 274 7
21  Hungary AWS "Viszlát nyár" 93 21
22  Israel Netta "Toy" 529 1
23  Netherlands Waylon "Outlaw in 'Em" 121 18
24  Ireland Ryan O'Shaughnessy "Together" 136 16
25  Cyprus Eleni Foureira "Fuego" 436 2
26  Italy Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro "Non mi avete fatto niente" 308 5

Spokespersons[edit]

The spokespersons announced the 12-point score from their respective country's national jury in the following order:[97]

  1.  Ukraine – Natalia Zhyzhchenko [uk]
  2.  Azerbaijan – Tural Asadov
  3.  Belarus – Naviband
  4.  San Marino – John Kennedy O'Connor
  5.  Netherlands – OG3NE
  6.  Macedonia – Jana Burčeska
  7.  Malta – Lara Azzopardi
  8.  Georgia – Tamara Gachechiladze
  9.  Spain – Nieves Álvarez
  10.  Austria – Kati Bellowitsch
  11.  Denmark – Ulla Essendrop
  12.  United Kingdom – Mel Giedroyc
  13.  Sweden – Felix Sandman
  14.  Latvia – Dagmāra Legante
  15.  Albania – Andri Xhahu
  16.  Croatia – Uršula Tolj
  17.  Ireland – Nicky Byrne
  18.  Romania – Sonia Argint-Ionescu
  19.  Czech Republic – Radka Rosická [cs]
  20.  Iceland – Edda Sif Pálsdóttir
  21.  Moldova – Djulieta Ardovan
  22.  Belgium – Danira Boukhriss
  23.  Norway – Aleksander Walmann and Jowst
  24.  France – Élodie Gossuin
  25.  Italy – Giulia Valentina Palermo
  26.  Australia – Ricardo Gonçalves
  27.  Estonia – Ott Evestus [et]
  28.  Serbia – Dragana Kosjerina
  29.  Cyprus – Hovig
  30.  Armenia – Arsen Grigoryan
  31.  Bulgaria – Joanna Dragneva [bg]
  32.  Greece – Olina Xenopoulou
  33.  Hungary – Bence Forró [hu]
  34.  Montenegro – Nataša Šotra
  35.  Germany – Barbara Schöneberger
  36.  Finland – Anna Abreu
  37.  Russia – Alsou
  38.   Switzerland – Letícia Carvalho
  39.  Israel – Lucy Ayoub
  40.  Poland – Mateusz Szymkowiak
  41.  Lithuania – Eglė Daugėlaitė
  42.  Slovenia – Maja Keuc
  43.  Portugal – Pedro Fernandes [pt]

Detailed voting results[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

Split results of semi-final 1
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Israel 283  Israel 167  Cyprus 173
2  Cyprus 262  Austria 115  Czech Republic 134
3  Czech Republic 232  Albania 114  Estonia 120
4  Austria 231  Bulgaria 107  Israel 116
5  Estonia 201  Czech Republic 98  Austria 116
6  Ireland 179  Cyprus 89  Ireland 108
7  Bulgaria 177  Estonia 81  Finland 73
8  Albania 162  Ireland 71  Bulgaria 70
9  Lithuania 119  Belgium 71  Lithuania 62
10  Finland 108   Switzerland 59  Greece 53
11  Azerbaijan 94  Lithuania 57  Albania 48
12  Belgium 91  Azerbaijan 47  Azerbaijan 47
13   Switzerland 86  Croatia 46  Belarus 45
14  Greece 81  Armenia 38  Armenia 41
15  Armenia 79  Finland 35   Switzerland 27
16  Belarus 65  Greece 28  Belgium 20
17  Croatia 63  Belarus 20  Croatia 17
18  Macedonia 24  Macedonia 18  Macedonia 6
19  Iceland 15  Iceland 15  Iceland 0

The ten qualifiers from the first semi-final were determined by televoting and/or SMS-voting (50%) and five-member juries (50%).[98] All nineteen countries competing in the first semi-final voted, alongside Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.[80] The ten qualifying countries were announced in no particular order, and the full results of how each country voted was published after the final had been held.

  Qualifiers
Detailed jury voting results of semi-final 1[99]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Jury vote
Azerbaijan
Iceland
Albania
Belgium
Czech Republic
Lithuania
Israel
Belarus
Estonia
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Croatia
Austria
Greece
Finland
Armenia
Switzerland
Ireland
Cyprus
Portugal
Spain
United Kingdom
Contestants
Azerbaijan 94 47 47 5 10 3 7 12 10
Iceland 15 15 0 1 4 7 2 1
Albania 162 114 48 7 12 4 5 1 4 12 1 6 10 4 6 8 6 5 7 5 4 7
Belgium 91 71 20 2 4 10 8 4 12 1 7 5 6 2 10
Czech Republic 232 98 134 5 10 5 3 10 7 8 10 8 2 7 8 4 1 3 7
Lithuania 119 57 62 1 3 2 10 10 8 2 2 7 12
Israel 283 167 116 4 10 10 7 12 7 6 5 5 12 12 4 12 12 5 10 12 2 12 8
Belarus 65 20 45 12 7 1
Estonia 201 81 120 1 6 4 4 3 10 8 12 8 5 8 6 6
Bulgaria 177 107 70 2 6 2 7 3 5 7 12 6 4 6 10 3 6 6 7 3 12
Macedonia 24 18 6 6 8 1 3
Croatia 63 46 17 5 6 8 2 4 6 5 4 1 5
Austria 231 115 116 7 12 1 10 12 1 12 8 8 4 6 7 3 6 8 10
Greece 81 28 53 10 1 3 3 2 1 8
Finland 108 35 73 4 2 7 3 5 1 2 5 2 1 3
Armenia 79 38 41 6 2 5 4 2 10 3 4 2
Switzerland 86 59 27 3 3 2 8 6 6 8 5 1 1 1 3 3 5 4
Ireland 179 71 108 8 5 8 12 2 6 1 7 5 4 10 2 1
Cyprus 262 89 173 8 12 3 8 3 3 2 7 7 10 4 12 10
Detailed televoting results of semi-final 1[99]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Televote
Azerbaijan
Iceland
Albania
Belgium
Czech Republic
Lithuania
Israel
Belarus
Estonia
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Croatia
Austria
Greece
Finland
Armenia
Switzerland
Ireland
Cyprus
Portugal
Spain
United Kingdom
Contestants
Azerbaijan 94 47 47 1 7 10 5 5 5 4 3 7
Iceland 15 15 0
Albania 162 114 48 3 12 4 1 10 1 10 1 5 1
Belgium 91 71 20 2 8 2 2 3 3
Czech Republic 232 98 134 8 12 2 8 7 12 8 7 3 6 10 10 6 7 7 3 4 7 1 4 2
Lithuania 119 57 62 1 3 4 6 10 2 12 3 6 3 12
Israel 283 167 116 10 8 4 3 12 1 10 1 7 3 6 2 10 4 8 5 8 2 7 5
Belarus 65 20 45 12 6 6 2 1 3 10 5
Estonia 201 81 120 3 6 6 5 5 12 7 3 4 6 3 8 12 5 1 10 6 12 2 4
Bulgaria 177 107 70 4 5 2 2 3 5 8 5 7 2 3 10 8 6
Macedonia 24 18 6 5 1
Croatia 63 46 17 10 2 1 4
Austria 231 115 116 5 7 3 10 6 10 8 4 8 8 7 8 6 12 8 1 5
Greece 81 28 53 10 1 10 4 3 8 2 12 3
Finland 108 35 73 10 8 2 1 3 6 12 1 2 5 6 4 6 7
Armenia 79 38 41 6 8 12 6 5 4
Switzerland 86 59 27 2 1 1 2 1 2 8 4 2 3 1
Ireland 179 71 108 6 4 12 4 4 4 1 5 8 12 4 6 6 2 8 12 10
Cyprus 262 89 173 7 5 12 7 7 5 10 7 4 12 7 12 7 12 5 12 7 7 10 10 8

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points received in the first semi-final. In the jury vote, Israel received the maximum score of 12 points from seven countries, with Austria receiving three sets of 12 points. Albania, Bulgaria, and Cyprus were awarded two sets of 12 points each, and Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Estonia, Ireland, and Lithuania were each awarded one set of 12 points. In the public vote, Cyprus received the maximum score of 12 points from five countries, with Estonia and Ireland receiving three sets of 12 points. Czech Republic and Lithuania were awarded one set of 12 points each, and Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Finland, Greece, and Israel were each awarded one set of 12 points.[83]

12 points awarded by juries
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7  Israel  Armenia,  Austria,  Croatia,  Cyprus,  Czech Republic,  Finland,  Spain
3  Austria  Belgium,  Estonia,  Israel
2  Albania  Belarus,  Iceland
 Bulgaria  Macedonia,  United Kingdom
 Cyprus  Albania,  Ireland
1  Azerbaijan  Greece
 Belarus  Azerbaijan
 Belgium  Bulgaria
 Estonia   Switzerland
 Ireland  Lithuania
 Lithuania  Portugal
12 points awarded by televoting
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5  Cyprus  Albania,  Armenia,  Bulgaria,  Croatia,  Greece
3  Estonia  Finland,  Lithuania,  Portugal
 Ireland  Austria,  Belgium,  Spain
2  Czech Republic  Iceland,  Israel
 Lithuania  Ireland,  United Kingdom
1  Albania  Macedonia
 Armenia  Belarus
 Austria   Switzerland
 Belarus  Azerbaijan
 Finland  Estonia
 Greece  Cyprus
 Israel  Czech Republic

Semi-final 2[edit]

Split results of semi-final 2
Place Combined results Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Norway 266  Sweden 171  Denmark 164
2  Sweden 254  Norway 133  Moldova 153
3  Moldova 235  Australia 130  Norway 133
4  Australia 212  Netherlands 127  Ukraine 114
5  Denmark 204  Malta 93  Hungary 88
6  Ukraine 179  Latvia 92  Sweden 83
7  Netherlands 174  Moldova 82  Australia 82
8  Slovenia 132  Slovenia 67  Serbia 72
9  Serbia 117  Romania 67  Slovenia 65
10  Hungary 111  Ukraine 65  Poland 60
11  Romania 107  Serbia 45  Russia 51
12  Latvia 106  Denmark 40  Netherlands 47
13  Malta 101  Hungary 23  Romania 40
14  Poland 81  Montenegro 23  Montenegro 17
15  Russia 65  Poland 21  Latvia 14
16  Montenegro 40  San Marino 14  San Marino 14
17  San Marino 28  Russia 14  Georgia 13
18  Georgia 24  Georgia 11  Malta 8

The ten qualifiers from the second semi-final were determined by televoting and/or SMS-voting (50%) and five-member juries (50%).[98] All eighteen countries competing in the second semi-final voted, alongside France, Germany, and Italy.[80] The ten qualifying countries were announced in no particular order, and the full results of how each country voted was published after the final had been held.

  Qualifiers
Detailed jury voting results of semi-final 2[100]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Jury vote
Norway
Romania
Serbia
San Marino
Denmark
Russia
Moldova
Netherlands
Australia
Georgia
Poland
Malta
Hungary
Latvia
Sweden
Montenegro
Slovenia
Ukraine
France
Germany
Italy
Contestants
Norway 266 133 133 2 8 7 6 10 4 10 8 5 4 12 7 5 12 6 7 1 2 5 12
Romania 107 67 40 2 1 4 12 2 6 3 2 12 3 3 8 6 2 1
Serbia 117 45 72 6 6 1 7 1 6 12 4 1 1
San Marino 28 14 14 5 1 3 5
Denmark 204 40 164 5 1 6 8 5 1 4 10
Russia 65 14 51 4 7 3
Moldova 235 82 153 12 10 2 12 3 10 3 4 6 2 5 5 4 4
Netherlands 174 127 47 8 8 10 4 5 5 1 10 10 8 8 6 4 10 12 8 7 3
Australia 212 130 82 10 6 12 3 10 4 8 7 10 12 10 3 2 6 12 8 7
Georgia 24 11 13 1 2 8
Poland 81 21 60 1 2 2 5 4 1 4 2
Malta 101 93 8 6 10 4 8 8 2 1 3 4 1 7 4 7 8 6 6 8
Hungary 111 23 88 3 5 4 2 6 3
Latvia 106 92 14 7 1 3 5 7 3 7 5 8 7 2 7 10 10 10
Sweden 254 171 83 12 12 12 10 8 12 12 12 12 10 3 10 2 12 7 7 12 6
Montenegro 40 23 17 7 7 5 1 3
Slovenia 132 67 65 5 4 2 3 4 6 8 2 1 5 4 8 5 5 3 2
Ukraine 179 65 114 3 1 3 6 8 6 7 7 2 6 1 5 10
Detailed televoting results of semi-final 2[100]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Televote
Norway
Romania
Serbia
San Marino
Denmark
Russia
Moldova
Netherlands
Australia
Georgia
Poland
Malta
Hungary
Latvia
Sweden
Montenegro
Slovenia
Ukraine
France
Germany
Italy
Contestants
Norway 266 133 133 6 6 7 12 8 6 10 6 5 7 6 8 4 10 5 10 8 4 4 1
Romania 107 67 40 12 8 8 12
Serbia 117 45 72 1 4 6 10 1 2 4 12 12 10 6 4
San Marino 28 14 14 2 12
Denmark 204 40 164 12 8 4 12 7 4 12 12 3 8 8 12 7 12 3 8 10 5 10 7
Russia 65 14 51 1 7 1 8 6 3 12 8 3 2
Moldova 235 82 153 5 12 5 6 6 12 7 10 12 2 4 10 8 5 4 6 12 12 5 10
Netherlands 174 127 47 7 3 2 7 3 1 1 1 5 4 1 6 2 1 3
Australia 212 130 82 8 7 3 4 8 1 5 4 3 10 3 2 7 4 6 7
Georgia 24 11 13 3 5 5
Poland 81 21 60 6 4 5 1 7 8 7 7 12 3
Malta 101 93 8 1 7
Hungary 111 23 88 2 10 12 8 4 1 8 3 4 10 3 1 1 5 2 8 6
Latvia 106 92 14 2 7 4 1
Sweden 254 171 83 10 2 1 5 10 5 2 6 8 2 5 7 1 6 6 2 4 1
Montenegro 40 23 17 10 7
Slovenia 132 67 65 3 8 3 3 2 3 4 6 5 3 10 6 2 2 5
Ukraine 179 65 114 4 5 2 10 5 10 7 2 5 10 12 2 6 10 2 7 3 3 1 8

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points received in the second semi-final. In the jury vote, Sweden received the maximum score of 12 points from nine countries, with Australia and Norway receiving three sets of 12 points. Moldova and Romania were awarded two sets of 12 points each, and the Netherlands and Serbia were each awarded one set of 12 points. In the public vote, Denmark received the maximum score of 12 points from six countries, with Moldova receiving five sets of 12 points. Romania and Serbia were awarded two sets of 12 points each, and Hungary, Norway, Poland, Russia, San Marino, and Ukraine were each awarded one set of 12 points.[100]

12 points awarded by juries
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9  Sweden  Australia,  Georgia,  Germany,  Netherlands,  Norway,  Poland,  San Marino,  Serbia,  Slovenia
3  Australia  Denmark,  France,  Latvia
 Norway  Italy,  Malta,  Sweden
2  Moldova  Romania,  Russia
 Romania  Hungary,  Moldova
1  Netherlands  Ukraine
 Serbia  Montenegro
12 points awarded by televoting
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6  Denmark  Australia,  Hungary,  Netherlands,  Norway,  San Marino,  Sweden
5  Moldova  France,  Georgia,  Romania,  Russia,  Ukraine
2  Romania  Italy,  Moldova
 Serbia  Montenegro,  Slovenia
1  Hungary  Serbia
 Norway  Denmark
 Poland  Germany
 Russia  Latvia
 San Marino  Malta
 Ukraine  Poland

Final[edit]

Split results of the final
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Israel 529  Austria 271  Israel 317
2  Cyprus 436  Sweden 253  Cyprus 253
3  Austria 342  Israel 212  Italy 249
4  Germany 340  Germany 204  Czech Republic 215
5  Italy 308  Cyprus 183  Denmark 188
6  Czech Republic 281  Estonia 143  Germany 136
7  Sweden 274  Albania 126  Ukraine 119
8  Estonia 245  France 114  Moldova 115
9  Denmark 226  Bulgaria 100  Estonia 102
10  Moldova 209  Moldova 94  Lithuania 91
11  Albania 184  Lithuania 90  Norway 84
12  Lithuania 181  Australia 90  Serbia 75
13  France 173  Netherlands 89  Austria 71
14  Bulgaria 166  Ireland 74  Bulgaria 66
15  Norway 144  Czech Republic 66  Hungary 65
16  Ireland 136  Norway 60  Ireland 62
17  Ukraine 130  Italy 59  France 59
18  Netherlands 121  Spain 43  Albania 58
19  Serbia 113  Slovenia 41  Netherlands 32
20  Australia 99  Denmark 38  United Kingdom 25
21  Hungary 93  Serbia 38  Finland 23
22  Slovenia 64  Hungary 28  Slovenia 23
23  Spain 61  United Kingdom 23  Sweden 21
24  United Kingdom 48  Finland 23  Spain 18
25  Finland 46  Portugal 21  Portugal 18
26  Portugal 39  Ukraine 11  Australia 9

The results of the final were determined by televoting and jury voting in all forty-three participating countries.[98] The announcement of the jury points was conducted by each country individually, with the country's spokesperson announcing their jury's favourite entry that received 12 points, with the remaining points shown on screen. Following the completion of the jury points announcement, the public points were announced as an aggregate by the contest hosts in ascending order starting from the country which received the fewest points from the televoting.

  Winner
Detailed jury voting results of the final[88]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Jury vote
Ukraine
Azerbaijan
Belarus
San Marino
Netherlands
Macedonia
Malta
Georgia
Spain
Austria
Denmark
United Kingdom
Sweden
Latvia
Albania
Croatia
Ireland
Romania
Czech Republic
Iceland
Moldova
Belgium
Norway
France
Italy
Australia
Estonia
Serbia
Cyprus
Armenia
Bulgaria
Greece
Hungary
Montenegro
Germany
Finland
Russia
Switzerland
Israel
Poland
Lithuania
Slovenia
Portugal
Contestants
Ukraine 130 11 119 6 5
Spain 61 43 18 6 1 1 10 1 2 7 7 6 2
Slovenia 64 41 23 5 4 6 1 2 5 1 1 7 2 4 3
Lithuania 181 90 91 5 7 2 4 12 6 1 3 3 10 10 5 4 3 8 1 6
Austria 342 271 71 7 10 10 1 8 8 8 12 10 7 5 12 5 12 3 12 8 7 7 5 12 4 2 1 12 8 10 7 4 12 12 12 10 8
Estonia 245 143 102 1 3 5 4 12 10 1 2 7 6 8 3 3 7 12 4 8 3 1 3 5 2 6 10 5 12
Norway 144 60 84 8 3 4 5 2 5 2 12 4 6 2 7
Portugal 39 21 18 2 6 3 3 7
United Kingdom 48 23 25 2 2 3 6 2 8
Serbia 113 38 75 10 3 8 3 2 12
Germany 340 204 136 2 10 12 3 7 7 10 12 1 3 6 8 4 6 4 5 12 8 10 10 6 10 5 6 1 4 12 5 10 5
Albania 184 126 58 12 7 6 4 7 7 1 2 6 10 2 1 6 7 7 10 10 7 4 10
France 173 114 59 12 8 6 2 5 10 7 6 4 3 3 7 3 4 5 5 5 2 10 2 5
Czech Republic 281 66 215 4 6 4 5 4 3 1 4 1 7 4 1 5 6 8 3
Denmark 226 38 188 3 3 1 8 12 6 3 2
Australia 99 90 9 2 2 2 3 10 8 6 2 7 6 10 2 7 7 5 7 4
Finland 46 23 23 5 4 3 3 2 6
Bulgaria 166 100 66 5 2 6 6 1 8 6 8 7 10 4 8 7 10 2 1 2 7
Moldova 209 94 115 7 7 2 8 7 2 5 10 10 10 8 12 6
Sweden 274 253 21 6 1 8 8 7 7 12 2 8 4 2 12 4 8 5 8 10 5 1 12 5 12 12 12 2 8 1 12 8 10 5 10 6 8 12
Hungary 93 28 65 8 2 4 6 3 3 2
Israel 529 212 317 10 1 12 5 1 6 3 10 12 3 10 7 5 10 7 12 8 10 6 12 2 6 2 8 4 4 6 1 12 8 1 6 1 1
Netherlands 121 89 32 8 5 1 5 8 1 10 4 6 1 7 3 4 3 5 8 3 7
Ireland 136 74 62 1 5 4 3 4 3 10 4 1 1 5 4 1 3 8 2 6 5 4
Cyprus 436 183 253 4 12 6 10 12 12 5 12 10 12 5 2 6 4 5 3 8 7 3 12 1 3 6 7 7 1 8
Italy 308 59 249 4 10 3 12 8 8 1 4 4 1 4
Detailed televoting results of the final[88]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Televote
Ukraine
Azerbaijan
Belarus
San Marino
Netherlands
Macedonia
Malta
Georgia
Spain
Austria
Denmark
United Kingdom
Sweden
Latvia
Albania
Croatia
Ireland
Romania
Czech Republic
Iceland
Moldova
Belgium
Norway
France
Italy
Australia
Estonia
Serbia
Cyprus
Armenia
Bulgaria
Greece
Hungary
Montenegro
Germany
Finland
Russia
Switzerland
Israel
Poland
Lithuania
Slovenia
Portugal
Contestants
Ukraine 130 11 119 8 12 5 4 8 3 12 10 4 8 2 4 1 7 8 7 12 4
Spain 61 43 18 5 1 12
Slovenia 64 41 23 2 7 8 6
Lithuania 181 90 91 2 5 7 12 7 12 12 12 12 6 4
Austria 342 271 71 3 1 10 2 2 5 3 8 6 6 4 3 5 3 4 1 3 2
Estonia 245 143 102 3 6 2 10 4 4 5 1 7 6 4 2 2 4 12 3 8 12 7
Norway 144 60 84 7 10 1 3 8 8 2 4 5 1 2 3 5 7 3 5 5 5
Portugal 39 21 18 8 10
United Kingdom 48 23 25 1 1 3 3 10 6 1
Serbia 113 38 75 10 8 12 1 1 7 12 12 12
Germany 340 204 136 3 4 12 4 6 6 12 3 5 8 3 8 4 3 8 4 2 6 3 2 3 2 1 6 3 1 2 4 8
Albania 184 126 58 12 2 4 12 10 10 7 1
France 173 114 59 7 4 4 5 6 8 1 1 5 4 6 3 5
Czech Republic 281 66 215 10 6 5 10 6 5 3 10 12 6 5 3 4 5 7 3 10 6 1 4 3 5 5 8 8 3 7 8 8 5 2 12 4 8 8
Denmark 226 38 188 8 7 6 8 2 2 5 2 12 5 2 2 2 7 12 5 10 2 4 10 8 4 12 3 10 7 2 4 6 10 7 2
Australia 99 90 9 6 2 1
Finland 46 23 23 6 3 4 10
Bulgaria 166 100 66 1 1 7 7 5 6 6 1 5 1 3 2 12 5 4
Moldova 209 94 115 6 4 6 2 1 3 4 7 1 12 6 6 10 5 1 1 1 8 1 2 12 10 6
Sweden 274 253 21 2 7 2 3 2 1 4
Hungary 93 28 65 1 2 2 3 10 2 2 3 12 5 3 2 8 7 3
Israel 529 212 317 12 12 8 12 10 3 8 12 12 7 7 10 8 1 6 6 8 10 7 12 10 7 12 7 12 7 10 10 10 6 10 1 10 7 10 5 10 1 1
Netherlands 121 89 32 5 1 3 12 5 4 2
Ireland 136 74 62 3 4 1 4 4 10 7 1 4 4 8 7 2 3
Cyprus 436 183 253 4 10 3 7 5 8 10 10 8 1 1 8 4 1 10 8 5 7 8 1 7 7 2 3 5 7 4 10 12 12 12 7 5 6 1 4 3 2 8 6 6 5
Italy 308 59 249 5 5 4 8 7 6 12 5 7 10 6 12 10 6 2 8 6 10 7 6 7 3 6 8 6 8 12 6 6 8 5 5 7 10 10

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points received in the final. In the jury vote, Austria received the maximum score of 12 points from nine countries, with Sweden receiving eight sets of 12 points. Cyprus received the maximum score from six countries, Israel was awarded five sets of 12 points, and Germany received four sets of 12 points. Estonia was awarded two sets of 12 points each, and Albania, Denmark, France, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, and Serbia were each awarded one set of 12 points.

In the public vote, Israel received the maximum score of 12 points from eight countries, with Lithuania receiving five sets of 12 points. Serbia received the maximum score from four countries, and Cyprus, Denmark, Italy, and Ukraine were each awarded three sets of 12 points. Albania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, and Moldova received two sets of maximum scores each, and Bulgaria, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Spain were each awarded one set of 12 points.[88]

12 points awarded by juries
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9  Austria  Belgium,  Bulgaria,  Estonia,  Iceland,  Israel,  Lithuania,  Poland,  Romania,  United Kingdom
8  Sweden  Armenia,  Australia,  Cyprus,  Georgia,  Germany,  Latvia,  Serbia,  Slovenia
6  Cyprus  Belarus,  Greece,  Ireland,  Malta,  Spain,  Sweden
5  Israel  Austria,  Czech Republic,  Finland,  France,  San Marino
4  Germany  Denmark,  Netherlands,  Norway,   Switzerland
3  Estonia  Macedonia,  Moldova,  Portugal
1  Albania  Azerbaijan
 Denmark  Hungary
 France  Ukraine
 Italy  Albania
 Lithuania  Croatia
 Moldova  Russia
 Norway  Italy
 Serbia  Montenegro
12 points awarded by televoting
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
8  Israel  Australia,  Azerbaijan,  France,  Georgia,  Moldova,  San Marino,  Spain,  Ukraine
5  Lithuania  Estonia,  Ireland,  Latvia,  Norway,  United Kingdom
4  Serbia  Croatia,  Montenegro,  Slovenia,   Switzerland
3  Cyprus  Armenia,  Bulgaria,  Greece
 Denmark  Hungary,  Iceland,  Sweden
 Italy  Albania,  Germany,  Malta
 Ukraine  Belarus,  Czech Republic,  Poland
2  Albania  Italy,  Macedonia
 Czech Republic  Austria,  Israel
 Estonia  Finland,  Lithuania
 Germany  Denmark,  Netherlands
 Moldova  Romania,  Russia
1  Bulgaria  Cyprus
 Hungary  Serbia
 Netherlands  Belgium
 Spain  Portugal

Broadcasts[edit]

The European Broadcasting Union provided international live streams with no commentary of both semi-finals and the final through their official YouTube channel. The live streams were geo-blocked to viewers in Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela due to rights limitations.[101][102][103]

Countries may add commentary from commentators working on-location or remotely at the broadcaster. Commentators can add insight to the participating entries and the provision of voting information.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Albania All shows RTSH, RTSH Muzikë, Radio Tirana Andri Xhahu [104]
 Armenia All shows Armenia 1, Public Radio of Armenia Avet Barseghyan and Felix Khachatryan [hy] [105]
 Australia All shows SBS Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey [106]
 Austria All shows ORF eins Andi Knoll [107]
 Azerbaijan All shows İTV Azer Suleymanli [108]
 Belarus All shows Belarus-1, Belarus 24 Evgeny Perlin [109][110][111]
 Belgium All shows één Peter Van de Veire [112]
All shows[c] La Une Jean-Louis Lahaye [fr] and Maureen Louys [113]
 Bulgaria All shows BNT 1 Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev [114][115][116][117]
 Croatia All shows HRT 1, HR 2 Duško Ćurlić [118][119][120]
 Cyprus All shows CyBC Costas Constantinou and Vaso Komninou [121]
 Czech Republic Semi-finals ČT2 Libor Bouček [cs] [122]
Final ČT1
 Denmark All shows DR1 Ole Tøpholm [123]
 Estonia All shows ETV Marko Reikop [124]
ETV+ Aleksandr Hobotov and Julia Kalenda [125]
SF1/Final Raadio 2 Mart Juur and Andrus Kivirähk [126]
 Finland All shows Yle TV2
[127]
SF2 Finnish: Saara Aalto
All shows Yle Radio Suomi Anna Keränen
Final Aija Puurtinen [fi] and Sami Sykkö [fi]
All shows Yle X3M Eva Frantz [fi] and Johan Lindroos
 France Semi-finals France 4 Christophe Willem and André Manoukian [128][129]
Final France 2 Stéphane Bern, Christophe Willem and Alma
 Georgia All shows 1TV Demetre Ergemlidze [130]
 Germany All shows One Peter Urban [131][132]
Final Das Erste, Deutsche Welle
 Greece All shows ERT2, ERT HD Alexandros Lizardos and Daphne Skalioni [133]
Deftero Programma, Voice of Greece Dimitris Meidanis [134]
 Hungary All shows Duna Krisztina Rátonyi and Freddie [135]
 Iceland All shows RÚV Gísli Marteinn Baldursson [136]
 Ireland Semi-finals RTÉ2 Marty Whelan [137][138]
Final RTÉ One
SF1 RTÉ Radio 1 Neil Doherty and Zbyszek Zalinski [139][140]
Final RTÉ 2fm
 Israel SF1 Kan 11, Kan 88 Asaf Liberman [he] and Shir Reuven [he] [141]
SF2 Itai Herman [he] and Goel Pinto [he] [142]
Final Erez Tal and Idit Hershkowitz [143][144]
 Italy Semi-finals Rai 4 Carolina Di Domenico and Saverio Raimondo [it] [77]
Final Rai 1 Serena Rossi and Federico Russo [145]
Rai Radio 2 Carolina Di Domenico and Ema Stokholma [it]
 Latvia Semi-finals LTV Toms Grēviņš [lv] [146]
Final Toms Grēviņš and Magnuss Eriņš
 Lithuania All shows LRT, LRT Radijas Darius Užkuraitis [lt] and Gerūta Griniūtė [147]
 Macedonia All shows MRT 1, MRT 2 Karolina Petkovska [148][149]
 Malta All shows TVM [150][151]
 Moldova All shows Moldova 1, Radio Moldova [152] [153][154][155]
 Montenegro All shows TVCG 1, TVCG SAT Dražen Bauković and Tijana Mišković [156]
 Netherlands All shows NPO 1 Jan Smit and Cornald Maas [157]
 Norway All shows NRK1 Olav Viksmo-Slettan [158]
Final NRK3 Ronny Brede Aase [no], Silje Nordnes [no] and Markus Neby [no] [159]
NRK P1 Ole-Christian Øen [160]
 Poland All shows TVP1, TVP Polonia Artur Orzech [161]
 Portugal All shows RTP1, RTP Internacional Hélder Reis [pt] and Nuno Galopim [162][163][164]
Final Antena 1, RDP África, RDP Internacional Noémia Gonçalves, António Macedo [pt] and Tozé Brito [pt] [165][166][167]
 Romania All shows TVR 1, TVR HD, TVRi Liliana Ștefan and Radu Andrei Tudor [168]
 Russia All shows[d] Channel One Yana Churikova and Yuriy Aksyuta [ru] [169]
 San Marino All shows San Marino RTV, Radio San Marino Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo [170]
 Serbia SF1 RTS1, RTS HD, RTS SAT, RTS Planeta Silvana Grujić and Tamara Petković [171][172][173]
SF2/Final Duška Vučinić
 Slovenia Semi-finals TV SLO 2 Andrej Hofer [sl] [174][175][176][177]
Final TV SLO 1
 Spain Semi-finals La 2 Tony Aguilar and Julia Varela [178][179]
Final La 1
 Sweden All shows SVT1 Sanna Nielsen and Edward af Sillén [180]
  Switzerland Semi-finals SRF zwei Sven Epiney [181]
Final SRF 1
SF2 RTS Deux Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner [182][183]
Final RTS Un [184]
Semi-finals RSI La 2 Clarissa Tami [it] [185]
Final RSI La 1
 Ukraine All shows STB Serhiy Prytula [186]
SF1 UA:First Timur Miroshnychenko and Mariya Yaremchuk [187]
SF2 Timur Miroshnychenko and Alyosha
Final Timur Miroshnychenko and Jamala
 United Kingdom Semi-finals BBC Four Scott Mills and Rylan Clark-Neal [188]
Final BBC One Graham Norton
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country/Territory Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 China SF1 Mango TV Duan Yixuan and Hei Nan [e]
 Kazakhstan All shows Khabar TV Diana Snegina and Kaldybek Zhaysanbay [191]
 Kosovo All shows RTK Alma Bektashi [sq] and Agron Krasniqi [192]
 Slovakia Final Rádio FM Daniel Baláž [sk], Pavol Hubinák, Juraj Malíček [sk], Ela Tolstová and Celeste Buckingham [193]
 United States Final Logo TV Ross Mathews and Shangela [194]
WJFD-FM
[195]


Incidents[edit]

Accusations of cultural appropriation[edit]

Following eventual winner Netta's performance of her song "Toy", critics of the song accused Netta of culturally appropriating Japanese culture, with several users taking to social media to call the performance "offensive". The accusations were made after she wore a kimono and buns, as well as Maneki-nekos being shown during the performance.[196][197][198]

The topic was debated on British morning show Good Morning Britain on 14 May 2018 in response,[199] with television presenters Trisha Goddard and Piers Morgan defending Netta by stating that she was simply implementing elements of Japanese culture due to her own appreciation of it. English journalist Rebecca Reid disagreed, arguing, "It's not a beautiful, loving representation of real Japanese culture. It's a costume".[200]

Belarusian song submission[edit]

On 10 January 2018, it had emerged on Russian social media site VK that Alekseev had performed a Russian-language version of his EuroFest entry "Forever" (as "Navsegda") in May 2017 in Stavropol – before 1 September 2017, the submission deadline set by the EBU, potentially violating the rules of the contest.[201] Six artists threatened to withdraw from the selection if it were allowed to compete,[202] with Sofi Lapina actually doing so.[203] Alekseev was ultimately allowed to compete by BTRC following a melodic revamp of the song, and went on to win the selection, thus earning the right to represent Belarus in the contest.[204] However, on 23 February 2018, it was reported that the EBU had given Alekseev permission to perform his original English-language version of the song at the contest, and he would opt to sing that version of the song in May.[205] A few weeks after that announcement, on 28 March 2018, Alekseev premiered a new version of his entry with a lighter intro and additional choir at the end of the track. He also confirmed that this version would be the one performed in Lisbon.[206]

Czech rehearsal injuries[edit]

On 29 April 2018, during the first rehearsal of the Czech Republic's performance, Mikolas Josef reportedly sustained injuries to his back while rehearsing and was subsequently hospitalised. Josef subsequently posted an update on his Instagram, stating, "I can confirm that I got injured during the rehearsal and the situation got worse after several hours. I can't even walk now. Got back from the first hospital and I am now heading to another one". He also stated that he would, however, "perform no matter what".[207] Josef's performance in the first semi-final on 8 May was slightly altered to accommodate his injuries.

Censorship in the Chinese broadcast[edit]

During the Chinese broadcast of the first semi-final on Mango TV, the performances of Albania and Ireland were edited out of the show, along with their snippets in the recap of all 19 entries.[208] Albania was cut due to a ban on television performers displaying tattoos that took effect in January 2018, while Ireland was censored due to its representation of a homosexual couple on-stage.[209] In addition, the LGBT flag and tattoos on other performers were also blurred out from the broadcast.[210] As a result, the EBU terminated its partnership with Mango TV, citing that censorship "is not in line with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and its proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music," which led to a ban on televising the second semi-final and the final in the country.[190][211] A spokesperson for the broadcaster's owner Hunan TV said they "weren't aware" of the edits made to the programme.[212] Ireland's representative Ryan O'Shaughnessy told the BBC in an interview that "they haven't taken this lightly and I think it's a move in the right direction, so I'm happy about it."[210]

United Kingdom stage invasion[edit]

The performance of SuRie, who represented the United Kingdom, in the final was disrupted by a man who rushed onto the stage and grabbed her microphone, reportedly shouting "For the Nazis of the UK media, we demand freedom! War is not peace."[213][214] The man, later identified as 'Dr ACactivism', a political activist from London,[215] climbed into a camera run to get access to the stage.[216] SuRie was able to complete her performance, and after the song the broadcast cut to an unscheduled interview in the green room.[217][218] The EBU offered SuRie and her team the opportunity to perform again, but she declined.[213] SuRie later revealed that she had suffered several bruises on her right hand.[219] Shortly after the live broadcast on YouTube, the final was taken down and reuploaded in its entirety, with SuRie's interrupted performance edited out and substituted with her jury show performance from the previous evening. The official reupload also retains the unscheduled green room interview with the Ukrainian delegation that followed the stage invasion. The official DVD release also replaces the interrupted final performance with the previous evening's jury show performance.[220] However, the BBC uploaded the original performance, including the stage invasion, to its YouTube channel.

Other awards[edit]

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The OGAE, "General Organisation of Eurovision Fans" voting poll also took place before the contest.

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

The Marcel Bezençon Awards, organised since 2002 by Sweden's then-Head of Delegation and 1992 representative Christer Björkman, and 1984 winner Richard Herrey, honours songs in the contest's final.[221] The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award, Composers Award, and Press Award.[222] The winners were revealed shortly before the Eurovision final on 12 May.

Category Country Song Performer(s) Songwriter(s)
Artistic Award  Cyprus "Fuego" Eleni Foureira
Composers Award  Bulgaria "Bones" Equinox
Press Award  France "Mercy" Madame Monsieur
  • Émilie Satt
  • Jean-Karl Lucas

OGAE[edit]

OGAE, an organisation of over forty Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, conducts an annual voting poll first held in 2002 as the Marcel Bezençon Fan Award. After all votes were cast, the top-ranked entry in the 2018 poll was also the winner of the contest, "Toy" performed by Netta; the top five results are shown below.[223][224][225]

Country Song Performer(s) OGAE result
 Israel "Toy" Netta 456
 France "Mercy" Madame Monsieur 352
 Finland "Monsters" Saara Aalto 226
 Australia "We Got Love" Jessica Mauboy 202
 Czech Republic "Lie to Me" Mikolas Josef 181

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

The Barbara Dex Award is a humorous fan award given to the worst dressed artist each year. Named after Belgium's representative who came last in the 1993 contest, wearing her self-designed dress, the award was handed by the fansite House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016 and is being carried out by the fansite Songfestival.be since 2017.[226]

Place Country Performer(s)
1  Macedonia Eye Cue
2  Australia Jessica Mauboy
3  Belgium Sennek
4  Montenegro Vanja Radovanović
5