Eurovision 2018: the season begins and more countries join in
EUROPE – First of September marks the new season for the Eurovision Song Contest since as of today all songs released and public heard are eligible for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and lots of countries launch their submissions for their national selections.
31 countries have confirmed participation in the contest with Greece being the latest on the list: Armenia, Greece, Germany, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic (most likely), Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Spain, The Netherlands, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, host country Portugal of course, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine.
This week Russian national broadcasters will decide also which of them will participate in the contest after the withdrawal last year which scrambled a bit the order in which each of the broadcaster participates in the event.
Albania, Croatia, Bulgaria are considered are next to announce their participation soon in public while there are still hopes for a potential Slovak republic. Turkey remains out of the contest for the time being and EBU is expecting around 40 countries to participate.
In a recent interview EBU’s Jon Ola Sand is expressing his high hopes for a great organisation in Portugal and explained that the broadcaster is gearing up preparations with forming the best possible core team. EBU’s official website recently said that the participant list for the 2018 Eurovision edition will be out sooner this year.
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