Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
All Aboard!
Eurovision Song Contest 2018.svg
Dates
Semi-final 18 May 2018 (2018-05-08)
Semi-final 210 May 2018 (2018-05-10)
Final12 May 2018 (2018-05-12)
Host
VenueAltice Arena
Lisbon, Portugal
Presenter(s)
Directed by
  • Troels Lund
  • Paula Macedo
  • Pedro Miguel
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Executive producerJoão Nuno Nogueira[1][better source needed]
Host broadcasterRádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
Opening actFinal: Fado performances by Ana Moura ("Fado Loucura") and Mariza ("Barco Negro")
Flag parade introducing the 26 finalist countries with live music by scratching duo Beatbombers
Interval act
Websiteeurovision.tv/event/lisbon-2018 Edit this at Wikidata
Participants
Number of entries43
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries Russia
Non-returning countriesNone
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    About this image
         Participating countries     Did not qualify from the semi final     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2018
Vote
Voting systemEach country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs: the first–from a professional jury, the second–from viewers.
Nul points in finalNone
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 Altice 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. Further down the table, the Czech Republic also achieved their best result to date, finishing sixth. Portugal finished in last place of the final, making it the third time that the host country ranked in the bottom five since 2015. For the first time since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Azerbaijan, Romania, and Russia all failed to qualify for the final. Also, for the first time since 2005, no countries of the Caucasus region (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) participated in the final.

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]

Altice Arena, Lisbon - host venue of the 2018 contest

Venue[edit]

The Altice Arena in Lisbon 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 MEO Arena (later renamed Altice Arena) in Lisbon 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 Altice Arena is located, as the site for the shows.[17]

Key:  dagger  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] Altice Arena dagger 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]

Format[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.[36] 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]

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.[38] All the postcards had the same score, composed by Luis Figueredo.[39]

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.[40] 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.[41][40] It was confirmed on 4 May 2018 that Cautela would host the green room.[42]

The Blue Carpet opening ceremony was hosted by actress Cláudia Semedo, radio host Inês Lopes Goncalves [pt], actor/TV host Pedro Granger and actor/director Pedro Penim. Granger and Penim moderated the press conferences, as well.[43]

Semi-final allocation draw[edit]

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.[44]

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

Opening and interval acts[edit]

RTP released the first details regarding the opening and interval acts for the final on 12 March 2018. The opening act featured Portuguese fado singers Ana Moura and Mariza performing "Fado Loucura" and "Barco Negro", respectively, which was followed by a parade of flags introducing the 26 finalist participants, with live music by Portuguese scratching duo Beatbombers. The interval acts included Salvador Sobral, who performed his new single "Mano a mano" and his Eurovision-winning song "Amar pelos dois" (the latter in a duet with Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso), and electronic music performances by Branko featuring Sara Tavares, Mayra Andrade and Dino D'Santiago.[45][46][47][48][49][50]

Participating countries[edit]

  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

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][51] 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.[52]

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".[53]

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".[54] 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,[55] and Equinox member Vlado Mihailov backed for Bulgaria in 2017.[56] 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.[57] 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.

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final took place on 8 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[58] Nineteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Those countries, plus Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.[59] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

  Qualifiers
R/O Country Artist Song Language Points Place[60]
1  Azerbaijan Aisel "X My Heart" English 94 11
2  Iceland Ari Ólafsson "Our Choice" English 15 19
3  Albania Eugent Bushpepa "Mall" Albanian 162 8
4  Belgium Sennek "A Matter of Time" English 91 12
5  Czech Republic Mikolas Josef "Lie to Me" English 232 3
6  Lithuania Ieva Zasimauskaitė "When We're Old" English[a] 119 9
7  Israel Netta "Toy" English[b] 283 1
8  Belarus Alekseev "Forever" English 65 16
9  Estonia Elina Nechayeva "La forza" Italian 201 5
10  Bulgaria Equinox "Bones" English 177 7
11  Macedonia Eye Cue "Lost and Found" English 24 18
12  Croatia Franka "Crazy" English 63 17
13  Austria Cesár Sampson "Nobody but You" English 231 4
14  Greece Yianna Terzi "Oniro mou" (Όνειρό μου) Greek 81 14
15  Finland Saara Aalto "Monsters" English 108 10
16  Armenia Sevak Khanagyan "Qami" (Քամի) Armenian 79 15
17   Switzerland Zibbz "Stones" English 86 13
18  Ireland Ryan O'Shaughnessy "Together" English 179 6
19  Cyprus Eleni Foureira "Fuego" English[c] 262 2

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final took place on 10 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[58] Eighteen countries participated in the second semi-final. Those countries, plus France, Germany and Italy voted in this semi-final.[59] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

With the approval from the 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.[61]

  Qualifiers
R/O Country Artist Song Language Points Place[62]
1  Norway Alexander Rybak "That's How You Write a Song" English 266 1
2  Romania The Humans "Goodbye" English 107 11
3  Serbia Sanja Ilić and Balkanika "Nova deca" (Нова деца) Serbian[d] 117 9
4  San Marino Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening "Who We Are" English 28 17
5  Denmark Rasmussen "Higher Ground" English[e] 204 5
6  Russia Julia Samoylova "I Won't Break" English 65 15
7  Moldova DoReDoS "My Lucky Day" English 235 3
8  Netherlands Waylon "Outlaw in 'Em" English 174 7
9  Australia Jessica Mauboy "We Got Love" English 212 4
10  Georgia Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao "For You" Georgian[f] 24 18
11  Poland Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer "Light Me Up" English 81 14
12  Malta Christabelle "Taboo" English 101 13
13  Hungary AWS "Viszlát nyár" Hungarian 111 10
14  Latvia Laura Rizzotto "Funny Girl" English 106 12
15  Sweden Benjamin Ingrosso "Dance You Off" English 254 2
16  Montenegro Vanja Radovanović "Inje" (Иње) Montenegrin 40 16
17  Slovenia Lea Sirk "Hvala, ne!" Slovene[g] 132 8
18  Ukraine Mélovin "Under the Ladder" English 179 6

Final[edit]

The final took place on 12 May 2018 at 20:00 WEST (21:00 CEST).[58] Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 43 participating countries eligible to vote. The running order for the final was revealed after the press conference of the second semi-final qualifiers on 10 May.[65]

  Winner
R/O Country Artist Song Language Points Place[66]
1  Ukraine Mélovin "Under the Ladder" English 130 17
2  Spain Amaia and Alfred "Tu canción" Spanish 61 23
3  Slovenia Lea Sirk "Hvala, ne!" Slovene[g] 64 22
4  Lithuania Ieva Zasimauskaitė "When We're Old" English[a] 181 12
5  Austria Cesár Sampson "Nobody but You" English 342 3
6  Estonia Elina Nechayeva "La forza" Italian 245 8
7  Norway Alexander Rybak "That's How You Write a Song" English 144 15
8  Portugal Cláudia Pascoal "O jardim" Portuguese 39 26
9  United Kingdom SuRie "Storm" English 48 24
10  Serbia Sanja Ilić and Balkanika "Nova deca" (Нова деца) Serbian[d] 113 19
11  Germany Michael Schulte "You Let Me Walk Alone" English 340 4
12  Albania Eugent Bushpepa "Mall" Albanian 184 11
13  France Madame Monsieur "Mercy" French 173 13
14  Czech Republic Mikolas Josef "Lie to Me" English 281 6
15  Denmark Rasmussen "Higher Ground" English[e] 226 9
16  Australia Jessica Mauboy "We Got Love" English 99 20
17  Finland Saara Aalto "Monsters" English 46 25
18  Bulgaria Equinox "Bones" English 166 14
19  Moldova DoReDoS "My Lucky Day" English 209 10
20  Sweden Benjamin Ingrosso "Dance You Off" English 274 7
21  Hungary AWS "Viszlát nyár" Hungarian 93 21
22  Israel Netta "Toy" English[b] 529 1
23  Netherlands Waylon "Outlaw in 'Em" English 121 18
24  Ireland Ryan O'Shaughnessy "Together" English 136 16
25  Cyprus Eleni Foureira "Fuego" English[c] 436 2
26  Italy Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro "Non mi avete fatto niente" Italian 308 5

Detailed voting results[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

  Qualifiers
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
Detailed jury voting results of semi-final 1[67]
  • 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[67]
  • 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 the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the first semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

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]

  Qualifiers
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
Detailed jury voting results of semi-final 2[68]
  • 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[68]
  • 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 the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the second semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

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]

  Winner
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
Detailed jury voting results of the final[69]
  • 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[69]
  • 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 the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

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

Spokespersons[edit]

The spokespersons announced the 12-point score from their respective country's national jury in the following order:[70]

  1.  Ukraine – Natalia Zhyzhchenko [uk]
  2.  Azerbaijan – Tural Asadov
  3.  Belarus – Naviband
  4.  San Marino – John Kennedy O'Connor
  5.  Netherlands – O'G3NE
  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 [sr]
  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]

Other countries[edit]

Eligibility for participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership,[71] or a special invitation from the EBU as in the case of Australia.

Active EBU members[edit]

  •  Andorra – The Director General of Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced on 14 May 2017 that Andorra would not participate in the contest, due to financial difficulties and the restructuring of the company.[72]
  •  Luxembourg – Steve Schmit, the Director of Programming at the Luxembourgish broadcaster (RTL), explained last year the reasons against participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. He also underlined that Luxembourg's chance for success in the contest is limited: "I believe that (with) the enlargement of Eurovision, the days (of victory) are gone. With the new voting system, it is very unlikely that Luxembourg is successful. Small countries are somewhat more troubled now". Luxembourg last participated in 1993.[73]
  •  Slovakia – Eríka Rusnáková, press spokesperson of the Slovak broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), confirmed on 11 September 2017 to Czech Eurovision website Eurocontest.cz that the country would not participate in the 2018 contest.[74]
  •  Turkey – On 12 July 2017, Sertab Erener, who won for Turkey in 2003, announced on an Instagram live chat that Turkey would return and wished luck to the next representative.[75] maNga, the 2010 Turkish representatives,[76] and Hadise, the 2009 Turkish representative, also expressed their interests for Turkey returning to the contest. Despite these statements, on 7 August 2017, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Bekir Bozdağ, issued a statement saying that there were no plans for a return.[77] The same day, TRT confirmed their non-participation in the 2018 contest.[78]

Associate EBU members[edit]

  •  KazakhstanKhabar Agency became an associate member of the EBU on 1 January 2016, opening up the possibility of future participation.[79] They broadcast all the shows in 2017. Furthermore, the winner of the Turkvision Song Contest 2014, Zhanar Dugalova, said she would be interested in representing Kazakhstan in the contest.[80] However, on 25 September, Khabar Agency told Esctoday that: "We have no information about Kazakshtan’s participation in Eurovision 2018 yet", maintaining the possibility of the country being invited by the EBU, as it is entirely at the EBU's discretion to extend an invitation like in the case of Australia.[81] The EBU however, chose not to invite Kazakhstan, as seen in the list of participants.[82] On 22 December 2017, it was claimed that Channel 31 had finalised negotiations with the EBU, allowing Kazakhstan to debut in 2019,[83] however, on 23 December 2017, the EBU told Esctoday that: "Channel 31 Kazakhstan has indeed expressed interest in becoming a Member of the EBU and hence participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. However, since Channel 31 is outside the European Broadcasting Area and is also not a member of the Council of Europe, it is not eligible to become an active Member of the EBU".[84]

Non-EBU members[edit]

  •  Kosovo – Kosovar media reported that RTK was hopeful that they would debut in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal. In an article published by RTK the Director of Television at the Kosovar broadcaster stated that he had received the support of national broadcasters across the Balkans to participate in the competition. However, both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia had opposed such participation.[85] The EBU then sent a letter to RTK explaining that Kosovo cannot participate in the ESC, because it is not a UN member and it is not a fully recognised state.[86]
  •  Liechtenstein – On 1 September 2017, 1 FL TV, the national broadcaster of the Principality of Liechtenstein confirmed that the country would not debut in 2018.[87] However, on 4 November 2017, 1 FL TV announced that they are planning a debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.[88]

Broadcasts[edit]

The European Broadcasting Union provided international live streams of both semi-finals and the grand final through their official YouTube channel with no commentary. 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.[89][90][91]

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 [citation needed]
 Armenia All shows Armenia 1, Public Radio of Armenia Avet Barseghyan and Felix Khachatryan [hy] [92]
 Australia All shows SBS Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey [93]
 Austria All shows ORF eins Andi Knoll [citation needed]
 Azerbaijan All shows İTV Azer Suleymanli [citation needed]
 Belarus All shows Belarus-1, Belarus 24 Evgeny Perlin [citation needed]
 Belgium All shows één Dutch: Peter Van de Veire [94]
All shows[h] La Une French: Jean-Louis Lahaye [fr] and Maureen Louys [95]
 Bulgaria All shows BNT 1 Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev [citation needed]
 Croatia All shows HRT 1, HR 2 Duško Ćurlić [96][97][98]
 Cyprus All shows CyBC Costas Constantinou and Vaso Komninou [99]
 Czech Republic Semi-finals ČT2 Libor Bouček [cs] [citation needed]
Final ČT1
 Denmark All shows DR1 Ole Tøpholm [100]
 Estonia All shows ETV Estonian: Marko Reikop [101]
ETV+ Russian: Aleksandr Hobotov and Julia Kalenda [102]
SF1/Final Raadio 2 Estonian: Mart Juur and Andrus Kivirähk [103]
 Finland SF1/Final Yle TV2 Finnish: Mikko Silvennoinen [104]
SF2 Finnish: Mikko Silvennoinen and Saara Aalto
All shows Yle TV2 and Yle X3M Swedish: Eva Frantz [fi] and Johan Lindroos
Semi-finals Yle Radio Suomi Finnish: Anna Keränen
Final Finnish: Anna Keränen, Aija Puurtinen [fi] and Sami Sykkö [fi]
 France Semi-finals France 4 Christophe Willem and André Manoukian [105][106]
Final France 2 Stéphane Bern, Christophe Willem and Alma
 Georgia All shows 1TV Demetre Ergemlidze [107]
 Germany All shows One Peter Urban [108][109]
Final Das Erste, Deutsche Welle
 Greece All shows ERT2, ERT HD Alexandros Lizardos and Daphne Skalioni [110]
Deftero Programma, Voice of Greece Dimitris Meidanis [111]
 Hungary All shows Duna Krisztina Rátonyi and Freddie [112]
 Iceland All shows RÚV Gísli Marteinn Baldursson [citation needed]
 Ireland Semi-finals RTÉ2 Marty Whelan [citation needed][113]
Final RTÉ One
SF2 RTÉ Radio 1 Neil Doherty and Zbyszek Zalinski [citation needed]
Final RTÉ 2fm
 Israel SF1 Kan 11, Kan 88 Asaf Liberman [he] and Shir Reuven [he] [citation needed]
SF2 Itai Herman [he] and Goel Pinto [he] [citation needed]
Final Erez Tal and Idit Hershkowitz [citation needed]
 Italy Semi-finals Rai 4 Carolina Di Domenico and Saverio Raimondo [it] [61]
Final Rai 1 Serena Rossi and Federico Russo [114]
Rai Radio 2 Carolina Di Domenico and Ema Stokholma [it]
 Latvia Semi-finals LTV Toms Grēviņš [lv] [115]
Final Toms Grēviņš and Magnuss Eriņš
 Lithuania All shows LRT, LRT Radijas Darius Užkuraitis [lt] and Gerūta Griniūtė [116]
 Macedonia All shows MRT 1, MRT 2 Karolina Petkovska [117][118][non-primary source needed]
 Malta Un­known TVM [citation needed] [119][better source needed]
 Moldova Un­known TRM [citation needed] [120][better source needed]
 Montenegro All shows TVCG 1, TVCG SAT Dražen Bauković and Tijana Mišković [121]
 Netherlands All shows NPO 1 Jan Smit and Cornald Maas [122]
 Norway All shows NRK1 Olav Viksmo-Slettan [123]
Final NRK3 Ronny Brede Aase [no], Silje Nordnes [no] and Markus Neby [no] [124]
NRK P1 Ole-Christian Øen [125]
 Poland All shows TVP1, TVP Polonia Artur Orzech [126]
 Portugal All shows RTP1, RTP África, RTP Internacional Hélder Reis [pt] and Nuno Galopim [citation needed]
Final Antena 1, RDP África, RDP Internacional Noémia Gonçalves, António Macedo [pt] and Tozé Brito [pt] [127][128][129]
 Romania All shows TVR 1, TVR HD, TVRi Liliana Ștefan and Radu Andrei Tudor [130]
 Russia All shows[i] Channel One Yana Churikova and Yuriy Aksyuta [ru] [131]
 San Marino All shows San Marino RTV, Radio San Marino Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo [132]
 Serbia SF1 RTS1, RTS HD, RTS SAT, RTS Planeta Silvana Grujić and Tamara Petković [133][134][135]
SF2/Final Duška Vučinić
 Slovenia Semi-finals TV SLO 2 Andrej Hofer [sl] [136][137][138][139]
Final TV SLO 1
 Spain Semi-finals La 2 Tony Aguilar and Julia Varela [140][141]
Final La 1
 Sweden All shows SVT1 Sanna Nielsen and Edward af Sillén [142]
  Switzerland Semi-finals SRF zwei German: Sven Epiney [143]
Final SRF 1
SF2 RTS Deux French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner [144][better source needed]
Final RTS Un [citation needed]
Semi-finals RSI La 2 Italian: Clarissa Tami [it] [145]
Final RSI La 1
 Ukraine All shows STB Serhiy Prytula [146]
SF1 UA:First Timur Miroshnychenko and Mariya Yaremchuk [147]
SF2 Timur Miroshnychenko and Alyosha
Final Timur Miroshnychenko and Jamala
 United Kingdom Semi-finals BBC Four Scott Mills and Rylan Clark-Neal [148]
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 [j]
 Kazakhstan All shows Khabar TV Diana Snegina and Kaldybek Zhaysanbay [151]
 Kosovo All shows RTK Alma Bektashi [sq] and Agron Krasniqi [152]
 Slovakia Final Rádio FM Daniel Baláž [sk], Pavol Hubinák, Juraj Malíček [sk], Ela Tolstová and Celeste Buckingham [153]
 United States Final Logo TV English: Ross Mathews and Shangela [154]
WJFD-FM English: Ewan Spence and Lisa-Jayne Lewis [155]
Portuguese: Ana Filipa Rosa

Incidents[edit]

Accusations of cultural appropriation[edit]

Following eventual winner Netta Barzilai's performance of her song "Toy", critics of the song accused Barzilai 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.[156][157][158]

The topic was debated on British morning show Good Morning Britain on 14 May 2018 in response,[159] with television presenters Trisha Goddard and Piers Morgan defending Barzilai 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".[160]

Belarusian song submission[edit]

On 10 January 2018, it had emerged on Russian social media site VK that Ukrainian singer 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.[161] Six artists threatened to withdraw from the selection if it were allowed to compete,[162] with Sofi Lapina actually doing so.[163] 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.[164] 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.[165] 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.[166]

Czech rehearsal injuries[edit]

On 29 April 2018, during the first rehearsal of the Czech Republic's performance, singer Mikolas Josef reportedly sustained injuries to his back while rehearsing and was subsequently taken to hospital. The singer updated his fans on 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 stated that he would, however, "perform no matter what".[167] Josef performed in the first semi-final on 8 May with a slightly altered performance, owing to his injuries, and ultimately finished sixth in the final, achieving the Czech Republic's best result to date. He was also the second Czech contestant to qualify for the final, the other being Gabriela Gunčíková in 2016.

China’s Mango TV censorship[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.[168] Albania was skipped 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.[169] In addition, the LGBT flag and tattoos on other performers were also blurred out from the broadcast.[170] As a result, the EBU has 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 grand final in the country.[150][171] A spokesperson for the broadcaster's owner Hunan TV said they "weren't aware" of the edits made to the programme.[172] Ireland's representative, Ryan O'Shaughnessy told the BBC in an interview, "they haven't taken this lightly and I think it's a move in the right direction, so I'm happy about it."[170]

United Kingdom stage invasion[edit]

The performance of SuRie, representing 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."[why?][173][174] The man, later identified as 'Dr ACactivism', a political activist from London,[175] climbed into a camera run to get access to the stage.[176] SuRie was able to complete her performance, and after the song the broadcast cut to an unscheduled interview in the green room.[177][178] The EBU offered SuRie and her team the opportunity to perform again, but she declined.[173] SuRie later revealed that she had suffered several bruises on her right hand.[179] 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 grand final performance with the previous evening's jury show performance.[180] However, the British national broadcaster BBC uploaded the original Saturday performance, including the stage invasion, to their 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.[181] The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award, Composers Award, and Press Award.[182] 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.[183][184][185]

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.

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

Official album[edit]

Cover art of the official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Lisbon 2018 is the official compilation album of the contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by Universal Music Group digitally on 6 April 2018 and physically on 20 April 2018.[186] The album features all 43 participating entries, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify for the grand final.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[187] 14
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[188] 22
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[189] 2
Irish Compilation Albums (IRMA)[190] 3
Greek Albums (IFPI)[191] 9

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Contains two lines in Lithuanian
  2. ^ a b Contains several words in Hebrew
  3. ^ a b Although the lyrics are in English, the Spanish title 'Fuego' is repeated throughout the song.
  4. ^ a b Contains some phrases in the Torlakian dialect.[63]
  5. ^ a b Contains a phrase repeated twice in Icelandic[64]
  6. ^ Although the title is in English, the song itself is entirely in Georgian.
  7. ^ a b Contains a phrase in Portuguese
  8. ^ The second semi-final 90-minute-delayed while the first semi-final and the grand final aired live.[citation needed]
  9. ^ Channel One aired the first semi-final on a 90-minute delay while the second semi-final and the grand final was aired live.
  10. ^ Mango TV, an online video streaming platform, was initially scheduled to transmit all three shows in China.[149] After showing the first semi-final on a nine-hour delay the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) terminated their agreement with Mango TV and banned the service from transmitting the second semi-final and grand final in China due to its censorship of the first semi-final.[150]

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