PORTUGAL – The Portuguese national broadcaster RTP is planning to stage one of the cheapest Eurovision Song Contests in recent history without comprising the quality of the event. The price tag of some recent editions have ranged between 25 and 40 million euros.
RTP’s Chairman, Gonçalo Reis, noted that the show in Lisbon next May will focus on showcasing the contemporary and modern image of Portugal including its culture of inclusion, tolerance and positivity.
“The contest will be a mobilising project for all creative industries, both for Lisbon and for Portugal as a whole, and will allow the country to continue to build its image on the international stage”, Mr Reis said. RTP noted that the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be “one of the most interesting ever”.
Portugal will continue to select its entry for the show through the Festival de Canção national final, which will likely be staged outside of Lisbon for at least the next four years.
The upcoming national final will be held in Guimarães, marking the first time the show will be staged outside of the capital since 2001. The semis will take place on February 18 and 25, while the grand final on March 4.
Portugal will take part in Eurovision next year for the 50th time and for the first time on home soil.
MOLDOVA – Brand new song and video by Sunstroke Project. After their recent tour in Turkey the amazing guys are back and bring us new song which is available in this post. Watch the Sun Gets Down video clip and just start dancing.
ALBANIA – Albanian national broadcaster announced that Festivali I Këngës is going to take place on December 21-23 and will have two semi finals and a final. Adi Krasta, well know journalist in the country will host the show. It will be the 56th edition of the national music festival, which Albania uses to select also its Eurovision representative and song. Submissions for Festivali I Këngës will commence on November 2nd and will close 8 days later on November 10th.
AZERBAIJAN – Emil Kadirov seems to have stated that he is negotiating with Ictimai the representation of Azerbaijan in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. As far as we know the Azeri national broadcaster is already in contact with various male and female artists for this and they are about to take an early decision this year (at least regarding the singer). Emil is a baritone and participated the judges in the The Voice of Russia back in 2015.
MONTENEGRO – The UK X-Factor Six Chair Challenge concluded and the big news is that Slavko Kazelic, the 2017 Montenegrin representative proceeds to the next phase. He is not alone though. The Dutch NF participant Berget Lewis is also qualified. Unlike Slavko, Jon Lilygreen (Cyprus 2010) didn’t make it to the next phase.
LATVIA – The hot Latvian singer Markus Riva is the new host of the LatviaN X-Factor. He might not made it to the Eurovision stage despite his four time efforts but now he is hosting the big talent show inland. He is not the only Eurostar in the show as Intars Busulis (Latvia 2009) will be member of the jury panel. Besides the hosting job, Markus is also the face of Coca Cola in Latvia having his portrait on the cans of the most distribute refreshment in the world. Markus is now 31 years old and somehow we will see him also soon in Eurovision, don’t you think so, too?
FYR MACEDONIA – It’s been 10 years since the death of Those Paroeski, the 2004 representative of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He died in a car crash on Zagreb–Lipovac A3 highway, near Nova Gradiška in Croatia at the age of 26.
ARMENIA – Iveta Mukuchyan surprised the jury panel at the blind auditions of the Voice of Armenia and dropped in singing a song. The Voice of Germany was Iveta’s first talent show experience back in 2012 where she managed to go to the live shows but eliminated the sing-off challenge by Freaky T.
RUSSIA – Members of Girl Groups come and go and Serebro is no exception from this. It has been confirmed that Polina Favorskaya (member from 2014-2017) has left the group. Still Elena Temnikova remains one of the top pop singers in the country and she hasn’t kept as a secret, her desire to go back to Eurovision stage soon!
UNITED KINGDOM – Britain is seeking to counter a cold war-style “information war” by investing in a range of projects, from “rebranding” Ukraine to influencing Russian speakers in Baltic states.
The UK’s efforts have included hiring M&C Saatchi – the advertising agency synonymous with Tory election campaigns – to run a project with the Foreign Office to rehabilitate Britain’s ally Ukraine, including using social media to target viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted by Kiev this summer.
The Foreign Office is also funding nascent programmes to identify how Britain can influence Russian-speaking minorities in Baltic states – regarded as a potential flashpoint between Nato and a resurgent Russia. Another initiative will invite Russian journalists to “themed tours” of the UK. You can find out more here.
SAN MARINO – SMRTV just announced a press conference for October 17th where a revolutionary project will be announced for their participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This ends up the speculations for the withdrawing from the contest after the complaints the state broadcaster had the past years from the EBU.
The press conference will take place in Rome!
SMRTV is the last of small nations broadcasters remaining in the game of big countries who can afford luxury and prestigious singers and performers and the issue of the voting will also remain a key issue for them.
But it’s not only San Marino who has issues with the voting. Turkey has the same problem and remember that Austria withdrew in the recent years due to the use of the 100% public voting system.
Davide Gasperoni the President of San Marino RTV, Carlo Romeo the Director General of San Marino RTV and Head of Delegation Alessandro Capicchioni will attend the press conference in Rome on October 17th.
BELARUS – With an exciting and surprising move the European Broadcasting Union announced today that Belarusian capital, Minsk, will host again the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. This will be the second time after a successful hosting and amazing show back in 2010.
BTRC bid for the hosting as the EBU removed the rule for asking the winner of Junior Eurovision of the current year to host the next edition aiming to give more time to the host broadcaster for a better hosting and also removing the pressure from the children.
Some might say that Belarus is giving attention to hosting this event instead of focusing in senior Eurovision winning but what most European don’t realise or know is that music for children is a key element in the education of the young Belarusians and the government gives extra emphasis on that.
This year Tbilisi, Georgia will host the 2017 Junior Eurovision edition on November 26th with an innovating tele voting which will start even before the show commence. This will be a great test for the future editions of the contest which suffers from lack of TV ratings.
Belarus is not only participating in the contest since the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 but also has two victories sin 2005 and 2007 although there were many years after that Belarusian entries truly deserved to win again.
Congratulations to the dedicated BTRC ESC/JESC team for keeping up with their amazing work
PORTUGAL – Originally named Atlantico Arena for the needs of EXPO 1998, the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest venue has now a new name. In a special ceremony the currently named MEO arena (as it was re-named in 2013) is now named Altice Arena. Altice is a Dutch telecommunications company which will use the arena for promotional reasons as well. An arena which have hosted in the past big events and international artist concerts. With a capacity of 20,000 auditors it has been selected (fairly) the suitable venue for the next Eurovision Song Contest edition.