Lisbon 2018: Everything you need to know about the upcoming ESC!

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This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in the Altice Arena in Lisbon. The shows will take place in May; with Semi final one on May 8th, Semi final two on May 10th and the Grand Final on May 12th. It is still months away, but we cannot wait for Eurovision 2018 to happen!

Portugal’s state broadcaster RTP will cover both the hosting logistics and the TV production of the 63rd edition of the show. The city of Lisbon will take care of the festivities for attending delegations, press and fans.

No less than 43 countries will compete in Eurovision 2018. Russia will return to the competition and for the first time since 2011, no country withdrew from the contest. Which also means that Australia joins the competition again!

43 participating countries means an equaling of the record set in 2008 and 2011. You can find selection details of all the participating countries HERE. This is also the page you need to visit to get a full overview of the list of participants for Eurovision 2018.


If you are looking for the latest news when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, you are at the right place. How are the preparations for the contest going? Who are the presenters of the contest? And where will the Euroclub be located? Check out the latest news through these most recent news articles about the preparations for Lisbon 2018:


Broadcaster RTP chose four well known Portuguese television personalities and actresses to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Catarina Furtado, Silvia Alberto, Filomena Cautela and Daniela Ruah, have all been confirmed as the presenters of Eurovision 2018. Below you can read more about these four women and what they have done on television thus far:

Catarina Furtado

Catarina Furtado was a TV presenter and actress for several years, after which she developed many projects related to empowerment. According to a study by Marktest in 2017, Catarina was considered the most credible person in Portugal. Catarina has been a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador since 2000. In 2012 she founded the NGO Corações Com Coroa (Hearts With Crown) to create awareness about women’s rights and female empowerment.

Silvia Alberto

Sílvia Alberto was born in 1981 and had her television debut in Clube Disney (The Disney Club) when she was 19 years old. Moving over to a private channel, SIC, she worked as a reporter and hosted Idols in 2003 and 2004. Sílvia went back to RTP in 2006 to host several talent shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, Masterchef, Top Chef and Portugal’s Got Talent. In 2008 she made her debut as a Festival da Canção host and has been presenting it ever since. She was also the RTP Eurovision Song Contest commentator in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Filomena Cautela

Filomena Cautela started her acting career in the theatre in the year 2000. In 2004 she made her debut in the cinema and in 2005 she was cast as a presenter by MTV Portugal. Among other projects she was the Green Room presenter on the Portuguese national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, Festival da Canção in 2017, and was the Portuguese jury spokesperson in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Daniela Ruah

Daniela Ruah was born in Boston MA, on 2nd December 1983. At the age of five, her family moved to Portugal and at sixteen she began her acting career. Daniela starred in George Lucas’ movie Red Tails. She currently portrays Special Agent Kensi Blye on CBS’s hit show NCIS: Los Angeles, which attracts a weekly average of 11 million viewers.


Altice Arena Eurovision 2018The venue of the liveshows will be the Altice Arena, which was names MEO Arena up to 2017. This multi-purpose arena was built for the Expo ’98 and has a capacity of 20,000 attendees, making it the largest indoor venue in Portugal and among the largest in Europe. Furthermore, it is conveniently located in the heart of the modern Parque das Nações riverside district in the northeast of Lisbon. Metro also connects it to the nearby international airport and by train (Oriente Station) to the rest of the country and Europe.

The Terreiro do Paço will serve as the EuroVillage. On this big square, many Eurovision festivities will take place during the two weeks of the contest. Augusta Street, with the sight of the Triumphal Arch, would host the opening ceremony.

The Euroclub will be located in the club LUSt in Rio, which is located in the Cais do Sodré neighbourhood of Lisbon. However, the exact location has not been announced yet. The EuroClub is a social space for delegations, officials, artists and performers, journalists, and some of the fans. It is a place to party, have fun and unwind after a hard working day.