PORTUGAL – The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It will take place for the first time in Portugal, at the MEO Arena in Lisbon, following the country’s first victory at the 2017 contest in Kiev with the song “Amar pelos dois”, performed by Salvador Sobral. The contest will consist of two semi-finals and a final scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May 2018.
Russia is expected to return after withdrawing from the 2017 edition, following the ban of their representative Yulia Samoylova from entering Ukraine. As of 14 August 2017, twenty seven countries have confirmed their intention to participate in the contest after the official announcements from Serbia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
In the meantime Bosnia and Herzegovina is unlikely to participate once again due to financial reasons. Mystery remains the participation of Israel, despite their announcement for auditions for the talent show Next Star through which the country usually selects its representative.
Recently there were information about the RTP plans for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest which you can read below