Today, during a press conference held in Budapest’s Akvárium Klub Hungarian broadcaster MTVA has presented the 30 participating acts in the country’s Eurovision national selection show A Dal.
More than 350 songs had been submitted to A Dal 2018 (just slightly falling short of last year’s more than 370). From them, a pre-jury consisting of music and television professionals have finally determined the thirty lucky acts, who can perform during the live shows, and have a chance to get the Eurovision ticket to Lisbon.
Among the participants we can find some familiar names from previous editions of A Dal like Viktor Király, Leander Kills, Reni Tolvai or Tamás Vastag, but we will see many newcomers performing too. Another interesting fact is that Roland Gulyás’s song “Hypnotized” has been written by Hungary’s 2013 Eurovision entrant Alex Márta, or as we all know him, ByeAlex.
Here is the full list of the thirty acts:
01. Andy Road – Turn the Lights On
02. AWS – Viszlát nyár
03. Ceasefire X – Satellite
04. Gergely Dánielfy – Azt mondtad
05. Fourtissimo – Kisnyuszi a kalapban
06. Roland Gulyás – Hypnotized
07. Ham ko Ham – Bármerre jársz
08. Gábor Heincz “Biga” – Good Vibez
09. Cintia Horváth – Journey
10. Tamás Horváth – Meggyfa
11. Viktor Király – Budapest Girl
12. Gabi Knoll – Nobody to Die For
13. Leander Kills – Nem szól harang
14. Living Room – Kirakat élet
15. Maszkura és a Tücsökraj – Nagybetűs szavak
16. Mayalina – Nekem te
17. Nemzenekar – Waiting
18. Nene zenekar – Mese a királyról
19. Noémo – Levegőt
20. Nova Prospect – Vigyázó
21. Peet Project – Run Around
22. Odett Polgár– Aranyhal
23. SativuS – Lusta lány
24. Zsolt Süle– Zőld a május
25. Nikoletta Szőke, Attila Kökény, and Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – Életre kel
26. #yeahla feat. Viki Eszes – Yellow Feet
27. The Matter – Broken Palms
28. Reni Tolvai– Everest
29. Tamás Vastag – Ne hagyj reményt
30. YesYes – I Let You Run Away
During the press conference the jury members for the live shows were also announced: Károly Frenreisz (rock musician), Miklós Both (songwriter), Judit Schell (actress) and Misi Mező (singer-guitarist) will judge the songs.
It was also revealed that Krisztina Rátonyi and Freddie will be this year’s hosts of the show, after commentating on Eurovision in Kyiv last May.
A Dal 2018 will once again consist of six live shows:
1st Heat – 20 January
2nd Heat – 27 January
3rd Heat – 3 February
Semi Final 1 – 10 February
Semi Final 2 – 17 February
Grand Final – 24 February
Who would you like to see representing Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon? Let us know in the comments!
Meanwhile enjoy the performance of Origo, last year’s Hungarian entry.
This year's stage is inspired by the hull of a ship
We might be six months away but Portugal have been working hard to prepare for their first ever Eurovision hosting. Today they have announced the stage that the acts will perform on in May next year.
The stage for 2018 has been revealed today. Inspired by the hull of a ship next year’s stage reflects Portugal’s history and culture. The stage for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest has been designed by no other than Florian Wieder, Eurovision fans might know this name as he has been responsible for several Eurovision stage designs including the most recent staging in Kyiv earlier this year.
His inspiration for the stage came from four simple points: Navigation; The Sea; The Ships and The Maps. Weider believes these to be the four key points linked to Portgual’s history.
“The rich history of the Portuguese as a maritime nation reflects, without any boundaries, all of the values that make the Eurovision Song Contest unique today. Portugal and especially Lisbon are historic melting pots enriched by the impressions of newly discovered cultures that were brought back to the home port. This is mainly due to the Portuguese sailor men, who traveled the seas with courage and outstanding skills of navigation,” said Florian Wieder, Stage Designer for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
The stage designer added that the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take the viewer on an expedition through many different cultures in Europe and around the world. A journey through the high seas of music that pursues to discover, connect and ultimately unite the nations. Believing Portugal to be the navigator and the compass, united Europe with music.
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest agreed, adding; “As with the logos and slogan for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, the stage design draws from the inspiration of Portugal’s history and of the Ocean very well. It will create a very distinctive look and feel for this year’s performers, and we look forward to seeing this intricate and modern set up in action next May.”
RTVE has announced that the 2018 Spanish representative for the Eurovision Song Contest will be the winner of Operación Triunfo’s new season. This method was used from 2002 until 2004 and guaranteed Spain a place within the competition’s top 10 three times in a row. Something which hasn’t happened since 2012.
RTVE, the official Spanish broadcaster, certainly doesn’t want to be accused again of lack of transparency or even of being the main reason of bringing bad results to the country in the Eurovision Song Contest. With this being said, the broadcaster has announced that the 2018 Spanish representative will be selected out of an old method which proved to be successful in the early 2000s.
Operación Triunfo, the most successful talent show in the country, will be the platform to select the candidate that will represent Spain in Lisbon. The broadcaster is confident that this choice will bring better results for the country as the talent show provides the contestants with lessons, training and practice in their live performances which will be an added boost and hopefully will improve their abilities on the big stage.
The talent show debuted in 2002 and its winner – Rosa López – was chosen to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest. Rosa’s Europe’s a Living Celebration finished at number 7 with a total amount of 81 points marking Spain’s best result in the competition since then.
Last year, Spanish Eurovision fans were unhappy with the way RTVE carried the country’s national final and accused the broadcaster of corruption. Manel Navarro was Spain’s 2017 representative and unlike Rosa López, his song Do It For Your Lover failed to surprise the viewers which translated in the country ranking last in the competition. You can remind yourself of his performance below:
More than 30,000 queued in to try to get tickets today, but only a few got the chance as it sold out within 30 minutes. The official ticket master, Blueticket, is being criticised for choosing an unfair method to allocate who could buy.
It’s all gone. The first bunch of tickets made available for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon are sold out. It took the fans less than 30 minutes to buy all of the available ones, but many were unsatisfied with the way Blueticket – the official ticketing website – handled the task.
Early this morning, Blueticket’s main page was replaced by a queueing system that would – at 11AM CET – randomly assign a number to each visitor, which didn’t take into consideration if someone was waiting for five hours or five minutes. The method has outraged many fans who made sure to raise their opinions on the company’s Facebook page.
“I think that you should change the system of giving the number in a random way. I’ve been waiting since 9:30am CET and I got 6,674. Other people who wait, for example, 10 minutes got 300…”
On top of that, after the tickets were gone, many fans were still queued in to get one. That left them confused on whether they should still be waiting or not: “What a terrible and inefficient ticketing system. I’m sitting here like an idiot and the website still says I’m on queue. You could at least update the website”, a fan wrote on their Facebook page. Blueticket’s main page was only updated roughly an hour after the sold out announcement.
Tickets for the golden circle along with its premium version – which includes early entry access plus a backstage tour – were the first ones to go followed by the main standing area.
During the first phase today, only standing tickets were made available, but on December 20th, when the second wave of tickets is put available for the final, all sort of tickets will be up for sale. Prices will vary between 35€ and 299€.
After the allocation draw – in January of 2018 – tickets for the two semi-finals will also be made available along with further waves that will be announced soon.
Fans have been able to purchase their tickets the past few days, though the demand has been a lot higher than the packages available. Tomorrow the first batch of tickets will be released through the public ticket sale. A good portion of patience might be your best friend.
As expected, the tickets available for the OGAE fan clubs were less than the actual demand. Around 5,000 fans asked for one of the fan club ticket packages. Only 1500 were available. That leaves 3,500, plus the fans not registeret in OGAE clubs to try their luck through the public ticket sale – together with the general public.
Ticket sale is often a stress factor for many. It is not uncommon that the system goes down or that some experience various errors, so patience will probably be needed tomorrow when the first part of the public tickets go on sale. Only tickets for the Grand Final will be released tomorrow. Tickets for the two semi-finals will be released later.
You should buy your tickets through the official provider BlueTicket. The system opens at 11.00 CET.
Preliminary seating plan
Altice Arena (Former MEO arena) can host up to 20,000 in full capacity. For Eurovision we expect a maximum of 15,000, but no exact number has been mentioned.
The blue area is the fanzone /standing area
The light grey area at the stage is the Golden circle area
Tickets will be available in a big U shape around the stage
Portugal is hosting the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest as Salvador Sobral won the 2017 edition of the contest with the song Amar Pelos Dois. In the video below you can see an alternative edition of that one as a fan tries to get to the very soul of that song:
Welcome back to former Eurovision artists Kikki Danielsson and Jessica Andersson. Months of speculations finally came to an end today as the participants for the 2018 Swedish national selection were presented today.
Melodifestivalen have fans all around the world. The Swedish national selection is for many Eurovision fans bigger than Christmas and New Years Eve. No matter if you share this obsession or not, it is hard to deny that its existence is a big part of Eurovision.
Today, the participants who take part in the 2018 edition were presented at a press conference. As often seen before, the line-up includes new talents as well as experienced artists. Some of them are very familiar faces to Eurovision followers, and others are hoping to become just that.
Over four regular heats, and one second chance heat, starting in Karlstad on the 3rd of February 2018, the participants will fight for spots in the final, which takes place in Friends Arena on the 10th of March.
2018 Melodifestivalen participants
(Not in performing order)
Semi-final 1 – Karlstad, Löfbergs Arena
Renaida – All The Feels
Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off
Edward Bloom – Livet Pa En Pinne
John Lundvik – My Turn
Kikky Danielson – Osby Tennesse
Sigrid Bernson – Patrick Swayze
Kamferdrops – Solen Levar Var Hos Dig
Semi-final 2 – Gothenburg, Scandinavium
Ida Redig – Allting Som Vi Sa
Jonas Gardell – Det Finns En Vag
Margaret – In My Cabana
Liamoo – Last Breath
Samir & Viktor – Stuffla
Mimi Werner – Songburning
Stiko Par Larsson – Titta Vi Flyger
Semi-final 3 – Malmö, Malmö Arena
Martin Almgren – A bitter Lullaby
Dotter – Cry
Moncho – Cuba Libre
Mendez – Everyday
Kalle Mordeus & Orsa – Min Drom
Jessica Anderson – Party voice
Barbi Escobar – Stark
Semi-final 4 – Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven Center
Felica Olson – Break That Chain
Felix Sandman – Every Single Day
Mariette – For you
Rolandz – Fuldans
Emmi Christennson – Icarus
Elias Abbas – Mitt Paradis
Olivia – Never Learn
Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest
With six wins, Sweden is one of the most succesful Eurovision countries – they are only one victory away from matching Ireland’s seven wins. Since Ireland’s last victory in 1996, Sweden have won three times, in 1999, 2012 and 2015. And where Ireland have missed the final seven times including the last four years, Sweden have only been left out once, in 2010.
In 2017, Sweden was represented by Robin Bengtsson. With 344 points he came fifth with the song I Can’t Go On. In the video below you can enjoy that entry in a special multi cam edition.