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.