Eurovision 2018 is only two months away, so let’s take a look at some of the forty three countries competing this year.
Last week it was announced that Jessica Mauboy and her song “We Got Love” would be the entry for Australia’s third bid in the annual contest, which has been held every year since 1956, this year being the 63rd contest and it is being performed at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal and is the first time that the country is be hosting the event.
The first semi-final will take place on 8th of May with nineteen countries participating like Albania, Belarus, Belgium, Estonia, Iceland, Israel, Lithuania, Armenia, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland and F.Y.R.Macedonia (links for each countries songs included in their names). Two days later on the 10th of May will be songs by 18 more countries including Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, returning with their 2009 winner Alexander Rybak for Norway, Romania, a returning Russia (last in the contest in 2016), Serbia, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Sweden and Ukraine. Further clips for all 43 countries can be found at the Eurovision Youtube account.
The Grand Final on the 12th of May will also see the big six countries perform from England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and host country Portugal. Further acts who have sung in the contest before who are back again include The Netherlands contestant Waylon who was a part of the 2014 third placed act The Common Linnets, England’s SuRie who was a backing dancer and vocalist for Belgium in 2015, Bulgaria’s Equinox member Vlado was a backing vocalist for that country in 2017 and of course Australia’s Jessica Mauboy was the second semi-final interval act singing “Sea of Flags” in 2014.
SBS in Australia will again be televising the three finals and the hosts again this year are Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasy, while in America RuPaul Drag Race judges Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews will be hosting the final there for the Logo TV network.
Compiled and Written by music and chart historian Gavin Ryan.