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Eurovision Song Contest

Andres Putting (EBU)

The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) continues to captivate audiences around the world, offering EBU Members a cost-effective primetime Saturday night show, and two Semi-Finals, with guaranteed mass viewing. 

No other brand compares. An estimated audience of 189 million viewers watched the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest which was broadcast live in the 42 participating countries and across the world via YouTube. Viewers in the United States also saw the Grand Final live for the second year running on LogoTV.

Over 63 years, the Eurovision Song Contest has grown to become the world's biggest live music event: the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded in Europe’s collective culture and now seen across the globe.

2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv

Israel will host the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv after Netta Barzilai gave her country its 4th win in Lisbon in May with "Toy". 41 EBU Members and Associates will take part. The three live shows will take place at Tel Aviv Expo on 12, 14, 16 May 2019 under the theme "Dare to Dream".

2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon

Following Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv at the 62nd Eurovison Song Contest with the song “Amar Pelos Dois” (Love For Two), the 2018 competition was held in Portugal for the very first time. The city chosen to host the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest was the country’s capital and largest city, Lisbon. Sobral’s win was the country’s first in their 53 years of competing. 2018 also marked Portugal’s 50th appearance in the Contest. 

43 countries took part in 2018 competition, equaling the record set in Belgrade in 2008 and Dusseldorf in 2011.





Production status

Live event

2018: First Semi-Final: 120 minutes approx. Second Semi-final: 120 minutes approx. Final:195 minutes approx.

English and French, with provision for commentary positions at the event

2018: 8, 10 and 12 May

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