Portuguese broadcaster RTP, confirmed that there will officially be 42 nations competing in the Eurovision Song Contest when it is staged in Lisbon in May next year.
Many of the 42 had confirmed their participation over the past few months but some nations’ fates including Moldova, Russia and Macedonia were unknown or uncertain.
All of the Big Five nations (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK) will be back alongside host nation Portugal. Russia will return to Eurovision in 2018, following a year out due to unresolved tensions between them and the 2017 host nation Ukraine. Moldova will also return to Eurovision. Despite misgivings about finances, they’ll be hoping to go one better than their third place in 2017 for Sunstroke Project. Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina however were not able to sort out their debts in time to be able to compete next year.
The full list of competitors is below. Two countries have already chosen their representatives with Belgium picking Laura Groeseneken and Finland announcing earlier today that Saara Aalto is their pick for 2018. You can check out our Guide to Eurovision 2018 here.
Eurovision 2018 Participant Countries
France (Big Five)
Germany (Big Five)
Spain (Big Five)
United Kingdom (Big Five)
As well as confirming this year’s participants, RTP also revealed this year’s slogan will have a nautical theme: ‘All Aboard!’. The logo meanwhile is not just one image like in previous years but instead has a number of different elements associated with the seaside including a jellyfish, a sea shell, waves and seaweed.