🇧🇦 It is no surprise from Sarajevo: BHRT, the national broadcaster of Bosnia & Herzegovina, confirmed that they will not be broadcasting any of the three shows of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Portugal. The reason is that the national broadcaster cannot pay to air the shows.
🇩🇪 Germany’s Soundcheck Third shoot concluded and we have once again some no surprise results from the NDR experts. Israel wins the overall voting with France winning the first show, Cyprus winning the second show and Sweden the third show and actually the voting of all second semi final participating entries. Professional and public jury agreed once again. The show is hosted by Alina Stiegler and Stefan Spiegel and professionals / experts gave their view on the songs: Germany’s commentator Peter Urban and radio host Thomas Mohr, we also heard from Levina, drag queen Olivia Jones among others.
🇷🇺 Julia Samoylova has revealed new details about how her performance of “I Won’t Break” will be staged in Lisbon: “My most basic dress, in which I will perform in my room, will be very interesting, it will not just be a dress, but a part of the scenery.”
🇺🇦 Mélovin has given hints of what we can expect from his performance of “Under the Ladder” at Eurovision 2018: “Some moments will be completely different. And it seems to me that the viewer is very surprised. There will be a technological show.”
🇱🇻 Ilze Jansone the Latvian Head of Delegation revealed that LTV will air three live special shows, titled “Eirovīzijas formula” in which first of all the broadcaster will pose the question to the viewers whether the country should participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, whether the choice for 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was the right one and of course analysing the results of the two semi finals and the grand final. Magnuss Eriņš will host the shows.
🇮🇸 The third episode of the Icelandic preview show Alla leið, aired last night on RUV with Denmark’s Rasmussen topping the scoreboard. Serbia and Moldova followed in the leaderboard of the show.
🇦🇹 ORF is set to hold Cesár Sampson’s ‘Farewell Party’ on April 25, as the singer sets off for the Eurovision Song Contest. The show will feature Cesár performing “Nobody but You” live for the assembled audience and commentator Andi Knoll.
🇫🇮 The staging for “Monsters” by Saara Aalto has been completely reworked ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest. Saara Aalroo says: “Absolutely amazing, pretty soon I dream beside the Eurovision Song Contest! That I’ve been waiting for so many years. Now it is like still the last exercises and changing arrangements before the Lisbon calls. It seems that the renewed proposal is all great, so I feel calm and confident.” Producer Annsi Autio adds: “We’ve done a lot of work to get the most spectacular and suitable show for the songs. Now we can really go to the finish line and rank as high as possible on the left side of the scoreboard.”
🇵🇹 Portuguese national broadcaster, host broadcaster of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest plans special TV shows for this year’s edition. The extensive coverage will include the following programs:
Todos a Bordo – Diário (April 28-11 May at 22:00 CET)
Hélder Reis, Tiago Góes Ferreira and Joana Martins hosting daily preeparation highlights
Todos a Bordo – Compacto (May 6-11 – 13:00 CET)
Cerimónia de Abertura “Blue Carpet” (May 6, 16:30 to 21:00 CET)
A Praça e Agora Nós – Todos a Bordo (May 7-11, 11-15:00 CET, 16-18:30 CET)
Sónia Araújo, Jorge Gabriel, Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and Herman José live from EuroVillage
Vanessa Oliveira, Joana Teles and Rita Belinha live from the venue
Todos a Bordo – Grande Final (May 12 – 11-18:00 CET)
5 para a Meia-Noite: Bastidores (May 8 & 10 from 11:30 CET)
Inês Lopes Gonçalves redaction show, live from the Terreiro do Paço directly after the two semi-finals.
Concertos e Tributos – Todos a Bordo (May 5-11, end of the night)