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.”