Today, EBU announced that FYR Macedonia will join the party in Lisbon, Portugal anyway. News about tickets was also released. Will you be trying to get tickets?
First they were out due to depth to the European Broadcasting Union, but it seems a deal has been made as today it was announced that the country will take part in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This means that the total number of participants is up to 43.
The first tickets for Lisbon 2018 will be put on sale on the 30th of November, and is available to purchase through Blueticket.pt. As for the price range, they will go from 35 euros to 299 euro. Last year, the prices were set between 8 and 500 euros.
1700 tickets have already been allocated to the fans. They can be purchased through the OGAE fanclubs. Most of the remaining tickets will be for the public sale. After the first bunch of tickets on the 30th of November, more will go on sale in the beginning of 2018, and after the semi-final allocation draw. Be aware that it is often seen that the public ticket system goes down, or otherwise ends in chaos. Be prepared for patience on the 30th of November.
UNITED KINGDOM – BBC conformed that national selection show Eurovision: You Decide 2018 will take place in Brighton Dome on February 7th with host Mel Giedroyc and 2015 Eurovision winner from Sweden, Måns Zelmerlöw. There will be six finalists. BBC informs about the procedure: “Culminating a huge national song search for the Eurovision Song Contest, six shortlisted acts will be battling it out to be our next UK representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, alongside some special guest performances. The six contestants will take to the stage in a bid to impress the viewers at home, with an expert panel close by to offer their thoughts on how the songs could look and sound on the stage in Lisbon, Portugal.”
AUSTRALIA – Same sex marriage referendum ended up with a public approval of 61.6% and now the parliament should issue the bill to make it legal. Various Eurovision stars praised the Aussies’ decision. Delta Goodrem (JESC 2015 composer) said “Crying with happiness?”, Isaiah Firebrace (Australia 2017) posted a rainbow emoticon on Twitter and Anja Nissen (Denmark 2017) stated “One word… Yes”. Dustin the Turkey (Ireland 2008) said: “Thinking of me good pals Skippy & Emu tonight.” Australia’s spokesperson Lee Lin Chinn said: “As a newsreader for a public broadcaster I’m meant to have zero opinions so I’ll just say this… GOOD! ABOUT TIME! SUCKED IN OPPOSING VIEW!” There were very positive posts also from Sara Aalto (Finland 2018), Myf Warhurst (Australian commentator), Julia Zemiro (SBS commentator 2009-2016) and Joel Creasey (SBS commentator).
One word… YES!!!! 🏳️🌈 #pride #lgbt #yes #equality
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SWEDEN – Norwegian electropop star Kamferdrops, comedy legend Jonas Gardell, Swedish Idol act Renaida Braun and folk singer Kalle Moraeus are the latest rumoured names for the 2018 Melodifestivalen edition according to the one and only, Aftonbladet. Kamferdrops is the stage name of upcoming Norwegian musician Heidi Musum. Jonas Gardell is a hugely successful and popular Swedish comedian, author and playwright. Renaida is known from her participation last year in Swedish Idol and Kalle is a successful Swedish folk musician. Regarding Alcazar, Aftonbladet reports that they still don’t have the song they want to enter Melodifestivalen 2018 (yet!)
SPAIN – Ainhoa Cantalapiedra, winner of Spain’s second season of Operación Triunfo said that she would love to go to Eurovision but she claims the procedure inside TVE is not transparent. More specifically she said: “I would love to try again and represent Spain at Eurovision but only when everything is more transparent.” The singer approached this year’s situation and ended up defending Manel Navarro from the critics who, for her, was part of a set up: “It was not fair to watch the poor guy being surrounded by negativity because Spain’s format isn’t transparent enough.”
FINLAND / POLAND – Norma John who represented Finland this year in Kyiv and missed the final although it was one of the fans favourite (even for the trophy) are collaborating with Kasia Mos, also participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. They are going to Poland this December and record a duet with Kasia Mos which will be released on January 18th.
dear friends! Thank you for following and thank you for your patience. It's been a long time since #blackbird and we've been writing dozens of new songs hoping to get something released for you guys to listen. It's been a hard process trying to figure out the way to publish stuff. Which song, with who, how, etc etc. Originally the plan was to have our next single out there in the beginning of summer but then things really turned complicated. We felt that everything depended on other people and we lost track a bit. But thanks to your support and love, we got back. Stronger than ever🔥❤ finally, good things are happening. We're gonna go to Poland on december and gonna record a duet (all three of us;) with the lovely @kasiamos_official and it's gonna be released of course❤ Our next single is going to be released on January 18 and it's gonna be epic, we're soooo happy and can't wait!!!! Stay tuned!! Love you guys!!!!❤❤ never give up and always believe in yourself💯💯😎peace out!!!☮️💟 #normajohn #newmusic #newsingle #duet #kasiamos #staytuned #soexcited #single #music
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EBU – European Broadcasting Union declared that there will be no tolerance and will not allow any use of the Nagorno Karabakh in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, since Armeniann participant Michael Grigoryan (Misha) is from the disputed region (just like 2010 JESC winner, Vladimir Arzumanyan). Since internationally, this region is recognised as Azeri territory any Armenian statement in the show will be penalised, just as happened with Iveta and her flag show off during the screening of the Green Room in Stockholm.
GREECE – Today’s drama episode from Greece has a statement by the composer of Areti Ketime’s song. Mr Dimtris Karras claims that there is a going to be a song leak the coming days and warns those trying to disqualifying Areti’s entry that ERT has declared none of the songs will be disqualified if the songs leak.
SAN MARINO – Margaret, Egine, Berget and Syuzanna Melqonyan are bidding for San Marino as their bids found in the platform of the 1in360 marathon selection are fake and re uploaded few hours alter. The mess started to clear up. Margaret’s entry was indeed fake and removed from the platform. But there are a lot of rumours regarding fake submissions such as those of: Ben Woodward, Yola Dinis, Maxine Swaby. It’s clear now that the effort for an international selection for San Marino is a mess.
EUROVISION.TV REPORTS / SWITZERLAND – A record high of 43 countries will participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R Macedonia) joins the line up for next May. A date for the first wave of ticket sales for the event has also been revealed as 30th November.
The EBU and Macedonian Radio Television (MRT) are pleased to announce that MRT will now participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This follows the lifting of sanctions imposed for non-payment of debt. MRT will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest for the 18th time.
Those purchasing tickets when the first wave goes on sale now have the opportunity to see the highest number of participants in 7 years.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said “The EBU and MRT have worked quickly to find a resolution on this matter together, which ensures that MRT are able to join us in the Eurovision Song Contest once again, and we are pleased to announce that this has now been possible. This means we will have a record-equaling number of countries participating in Lisbon, and we are very confident that those who are successful in purchasing tickets will enjoy their Eurovision experience next year.”
As announced today, the first wave of tickets for the Grand Final will be released on November 30th. Tickets will be available to purchase priced at various levels between 35 and 299 Euros, from 11:00 CET on the ticketing website https://www.blueticket.pt/.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be made up of 43 countries after all. The EBU has confirmed that FYR Macedonia has been added to the participation list, now that their debts to the broadcasting organisation have been paid.
The EBU and Macedonian Radio Television (MRT) are pleased to announce that MRT will now participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This follows the lifting of sanctions imposed for non-payment of debt. MRT will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest for the 18th time. The number of participants in the 2018 competition equals the record set in Belgrade in 2008 and Düsseldorf in 2011.
We have 43! F.Y.R. Macedonia joins the line up for #Eurovision 2018, giving Lisbon a joint record number of participating countries! pic.twitter.com/N16f4m1Edf
— Eurovision (@Eurovision) 17 november 2017
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said “The EBU and MRT have worked quickly to find a resolution on this matter together, which ensures that MRT are able to join us in the Eurovision Song Contest once again, and we are pleased to announce that this has now been possible. This means we will have a record-equalling number of countries participating in Lisbon, and we are very confident that those are successful in purchasing tickets will enjoy their Eurovision experience next year.”
With FYR Macedonia on board as well, Lisbon now has a joint record number of participating countries in the history of the contest. Six nations out of the forty-three participating countries have a direct place in the final (the big 5 and host country Portugal). The other 37 countries will have to qualify from the two semi finals, in which twenty tickets for the final will be handed out.
Tickets go on sale
The first wave of tickets for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest go on sale on Thursday 30th November at 11:00 CET. Tickets for the Grand Final, including the two rehearsals, are available for purchase in the first wave of sales which is set to begin on 30th November. Tickets will be priced at various levels between €35 and €299, from 11:00 CET from official ticketing website BlueTicket.pt.
Tickets for the remaining shows, including the Semi-Finals, will be on sale in further waves in January 2018 after the Semi-Final Allocation Draw. The ticketing page on Eurovision.tv will be updated with further information about future ticket releases.
If anyone was in doubt, the UK’s National Selection, Eurovision: You Decide will return for 2018. Eurovision Fan and Presenter of the show Mel Giedroyc will be joined by 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw. The show will take place in Brighton in February.
The BBC made the official announcement on their Eurovision media today, that the 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw will help in the process to select next years representative. Måns had previously eluded to the fact that he wanted to get more involved in the UK Selection Process, and now he has landed a gig on the main show.
He is no stranger to hosting large events, he has hosted both Melodifestivalen and Eurovision itself. The latter a successful show which won the Rose D’or 2016 for Entertainment show.
The national selection arena will furthermore not be a new venue for Eurovision fans, the Brighton Dome. Back in 1974 the concert hall was used as the backdrop for that years contest, a seminal year as not only was this the year Sweden first won the contest, but they also won with a group that would go on to make chart history all over the world, ABBA.
It therefore seems poignant that not only is the UK Selection show set against this backdrop, but that they have asked a Swedish star to front the show. The show will be broadcast on the 7th of February 2018 on BBC Two. Tickets are now on sale available at the Dome’ website for £30.
In the video below, take a look at Måns Zelmerlöw’s Eurovision winning entry from 2015:
In a 90-minute show, six songs will be performed by competing artists in Brighton, to represent the United Kingdom at the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The performers will take the stage to impress both the viewers at home and a professional jury.
After each performance, a panel of experts will provide their critique about the songs and the artists. They will especially give their view on how the songs could translate to the Eurovision stage in Portugal. The winner will be revealed on the night after the results from the live public vote have been combined with the results from the professional jury. The six competing songs and artists will be revealed to the public in January 2018.
Måns Zelmerlöw will host the show
Joining the BBC Eurovision family, 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw will co-host the show alongside Mel Giedroyc. “I’m really, really looking forward to hosting Eurovision: You Decide together with Mel this year,” said Mäns. “I’m sure we’ll have a great show and I would love to see the UK achieve a great result in Eurovision 2018. I can’t wait to be part of the You Decide journey and make both You Decide as well as the Eurovision Finals, a part of every UK home.”
Mel Giedroyc said: “My favourite time of year has come round again! I can’t wait to hear the songs and meet the artists. And what a thrill to host proceedings with THE hero of my time. Måns Zelmerlöw all live from the Brighton Dome. It will be a night to remember!”
Guy Freeman from the BBC: “We are so happy to be able to bring the show to such an iconic Eurovision venue. It will be the perfect home for what is shaping up to be a very exciting contest.”
Tune in on the 7th of February
BBC Two will broadcast Eurovision: You Decide 2018 on Wednesday 7th February. The Brighton Dome, the site of ABBA’s 1974 win with Waterloo, is the venue for the final. Tickets for the show are now on sale – via the Brighton Dome website.