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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 with guaranteed mass viewing. 

No other brand compares. An estimated audience of 200 million viewers watched the Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest which was broadcast live in the 42 participating countries and in China, Kazakhstan and Kosovo. Viewers in the United States also saw the Grand Final live for the second year running on LogoTV.

For 62 years, the Eurovision Song Contest has been Europe’s favourite TV show: the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded in Europe’s collective culture.

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 will be held in Portugal for the very first time. The city chosen to host the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in 2018 is the country’s capital and largest city, Lisbon. Sobral’s win was the country’s first in their 53 years of competing. 2018 will also mark Portugal’s 50th appearance in the Contest. 

43 countries will take part in the 2018 competition, equaling the record set in Belgrade in 2008 and Dusseldorf in 2011. The national representative artists will perform live on Tuesday 8, Thursday 10, and during the Grand Final held on Saturday 12 May 2018.

2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv

26 countries took part in the Grand Final of the world’s longest running annual television music competition, hosted by EBU Member UA:PBC on Saturday 13 May in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The 26 finalists performed live in front of an audience of  nearly 10,000 inside the International Exhibition Centre in the Ukrainian capital. In total, 42 EBU Members competed in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. 16 nations were knocked out in two Semi-Finals held on 9 and 11 May.




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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