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25
July
2017

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2018 IN LISBON ON MAY 8, 10, 12

PORTUGAL – During a press conference this afternoon RTP and the European Broadcasting Union revealed Lisbon as the official host city of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest which will take place on May 8 (First Semi Final), May 10 (Second Semi Final) and May 12 (Grand Final). It has also been announced that the national selection Festival da Canção, will be hosted in the first capital of the country, up in the north in the city of Guimarães.

Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said “We are very pleased to announce that RTP will be hosting the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Both the City and the venue have presented exemplary proposals, and we look forward to working together to make Portugal’s first ever Eurovision the most exciting one yet. We would like to congratulate RTP on their professional and detailed assessments of all the bids.”

Gonçalo Reis, the CEO of RTP, said “Hosting the Eurovision 2018 is a great opportunity for Portugal, Lisbon, the entertainment industry, and RTP. We look forward to organizing an event that will show our creative capabilities.”

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22
July
2017

Valentina and Jimmie return to San Marino for summer fest

SAN MARINO – Every Thursday up to August 31st, San Marino is celebrating summer with festivities around gastronomy, music and culture. Piazza della Libertà is the place to be in San Marino, the Italian micro state and Eurovision allure has covered the area: this week Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson performed. After representing San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 the two artists returned to San Marino performing popular American music of the 60s and the 70s. You can watch the video report here.

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20
July
2017

RTE cost for Eurovision 2017 revealed and brings reactions

THESUN.IE REPORTS / IRELAND – A massive 331,482 Euros was spent by RTE on this year’s Eurovision flop with the singer, backing vocalists and tour manager spending two weeks in Kiev, the Irish Sun can reveal. The broadcaster sent a team 16 people to Ukraine including ex-Hometown star Brendan Murray who represented the nation. And we can also reveal Louis Walsh, who used to manage the lad’s former band, was paid for his service as a consultant.

Brendan, 20, was attempting to get us into final for the first time since 2013 but the entry, Dying to Try, did not hit the right notes. The Galway heartthrob was pipped by Bulgaria, Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Romania, Norway, Austria and The Netherlands. The total cost will come to more than €331k, according to the response to our Freedom of Information request.

The broadcaster stated: “RTE incurred a cost of approximately €331,482 in delivering Eurovision Song Contest television programming to Irish audiences. However, please note that as the RTE annual accounts for 2017 are not yet been finalised, that these costs do not include charges for RTE labour and support costs, as these will only be finalised once the annual accounts have been completed.”

An RTE spokeswoman added: “This compares with last year’s figure of €337,000. “Along with the participation fee the overall figure includes artist and designer fees, the cost of staging the performance including full dress rehearsals, graphics, props, pyrotechnics, costumes, choreography, postcard filming and song recording.”

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