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05
December
2017

Lisbon reveals their stage design for 2018

Lisbon reveals their stage design for 2018

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.”

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05
December
2017

Spain brings back old selection system hoping for a better result

Spain brings back old selection system hoping for a better result

Spain 2017 - Final Dress Rehearsal

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:

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30
November
2017

Unfair Eurovision ticket system sold out first batch of tickets within 30 minutes

Unfair Eurovision ticket system sold out first batch of tickets within 30 minutes

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.

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30
November
2017

Ready for public ticket sale – tomorrow it kicks off

Ready for public ticket sale – tomorrow it kicks off

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:

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28
November
2017

Melodifestivalen 2018 participants presented

Melodifestivalen 2018 participants presented

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
  1. Renaida – All The Feels
  2. Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off
  3. Edward Bloom – Livet Pa En Pinne
  4. John Lundvik – My Turn
  5. Kikky Danielson – Osby Tennesse
  6. Sigrid Bernson – Patrick Swayze
  7. Kamferdrops – Solen Levar Var Hos Dig
  • Semi-final 2 – Gothenburg, Scandinavium
  1. Ida Redig – Allting Som Vi Sa
  2. Jonas Gardell – Det Finns En Vag
  3. Margaret – In My Cabana
  4. Liamoo – Last Breath
  5. Samir & Viktor – Stuffla
  6. Mimi Werner – Songburning
  7. Stiko Par Larsson – Titta Vi Flyger
  • Semi-final 3 – Malmö, Malmö Arena
  1. Martin Almgren – A bitter Lullaby
  2. Dotter – Cry
  3. Moncho – Cuba Libre
  4. Mendez – Everyday
  5. Kalle Mordeus & Orsa – Min Drom
  6. Jessica Anderson – Party voice
  7. Barbi Escobar – Stark
  • Semi-final 4 – Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven Center
  1. Felica Olson – Break That Chain
  2. Felix Sandman – Every Single Day
  3. Mariette – For you
  4. Rolandz – Fuldans
  5. Emmi Christennson – Icarus
  6. Elias Abbas – Mitt Paradis
  7. 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.

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26
November
2017

Deen releases new song Imena Mi Mog

Deen releases new song Imena Mi Mog

Fuad Backović Deen, who represented Bosnia and Herzegovina twice at the Eurovision Song Contest, has released a new song yesterday. The title of the song is Imena Mi Mog, which in English means I Swear By My Own Name.

Deen’s new song is his first release since he represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at 2016 Eurovision in Stockholm. The message of Imena MiMog is that all the citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina are equal regardless their ethnicity and religion. Following this statement Deen is singing about how we all are the same before the God no matter if we are dirty or clean, happy or unhappy, sinless or sinful. It is a kind of a symbolic gesture that the song has been released yesterday – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Statehood Day – as a peaceful coexistence between persons with different backgrounds is a necessary condition for survival of the Balkan country.

The video for Imena Mi Mog has been directed by Vedad Jašarević, who is also the man behind the video for the Bosnian Eurovision entry Ljubav Je from 2016. It is a sort of a postcard showing some of the most beautiful and famous places in the city of Sarajevo. Almir Ajanović, who sponsored Bosnia and Herzegovina’s participation in the contest in 2016 wrote the music and the lyrics for the song.

Deen at the Eurovision Song Contest

In 2004 Deen represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at 2004 Eurovision in Istanbul with the song In The Disco. Deen finished 9th with 91 points automatically earning Bosnia and Herzegovina the honour of participating in the final of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.
Deen represented his country for the second time at 2016 Eurovision in Stockholm. Together with Dalal Midhat-Talakić, Ana Rucner and Jala Brat he performed the song Ljubav Je in the first semi-final, but failed to qualify for the final. It was the first time since the introduction of the semis in 2004 that Bosnia failed to qualify.

You can listen to Deen’s new song in the video bellow: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XEvKuI2VnQ4

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