Big Five Nations Draw Running Spots for Final

Six nations automatically qualify for the Eurovision final. This is the host nation Portugal and the so-called ‘Big Five’ nations; France, Spain, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom. Portugal, as hosts got to choose the slot they would perform in at the final and last month chose number 8 spot. Today the Big Five took part in the draw to find out which half of the final they would compete in.

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Eurovision Gets Political in 2018!

For the most part Eurovision is a celebration of a range of European identities, a chance for nations to express and showcase their national individuality and prowess. On a whole this is about celebrating the music and culture of these nations and usually sees widespread generic messages evoking peace, love and tolerance. Eurovision rules state that:

‘The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC [Eurovision Song Contest] as such or the EBU [European Broadcasting Union] into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC.’

However there have been moments in Eurovision’s history that have flouted this rule and has seen rising tensions between countries who are at odds with come to the fore and play out through the Contest. Continue reading

Alexander Rybak Tries His Hand at Some of this Year’s Eurovision Songs on the Violin!

Many Eurovision fans will know that the 2009 champ Alexander Rybak has returned to the Contest in 2018 with his song ‘That’s How You Write a Song’. However, those who don’t follow the Norwegian singer on social media may not realise that he has been posting videos of him accompanying many of this year’s songs with his own additional violin pieces. Continue reading

Claudia Pascoal- ‘O Jardim’ (Portugal) Lyrics

Claudia Pascoal has been selected to represent Portugal at Eurovision 2018. Check out the lyrics to her song ‘O Jardim’, along with an English translation! Continue reading

Eurovision World Cup 2018: Group E Results!

The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year in 2018. Group E saw Ieva Zasimauskaite, Claudia Pascoal, Benjamin Ingrosso, Lea Sirk and Netta Barzilai do battle for Lithuania, Portugal, Sweden, Slovenia and Israel respectively for the two spots in the next round. You’ve been voting since Thursday, the poll has now closed and now it’s time to reveal the results! Continue reading

Eurovision World Cup 2018: Group E!

The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year and we continue with the group round and move on to Group E. Group E consists of Sweden, Slovenia, Lithuania, Israel and Portugal. Take a look at their songs below and vote for your favourite in our poll! Continue reading

10 Things About…Claudia Pascoal!

Claudia Pascoal has been selected to represent Portugal at Eurovision 2018. Following in the footsteps of last year’s winner Salvador Sobral, she is hoping to emulate his success on her home turf. Find out more about the singer with our 10 Things About…Claudia Pascoal! Continue reading

Interval Acts Confirmed for Eurovision 2018!

Salvador SobralToday Portuguese broadcaster RTP revealed the names of the acts who will perform at the interval in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest when it takes place in Lisbon in May.

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Claudia Pascoal Wins Festival Da Cancao 2018!

Reigning Eurovision champions Portugal continued their title defence when their national selection competition Festival da Cancao aired its final episode last night. Fourteen acts had advanced to the final (Diogo Passoa withdrew during the week, and was replaced by Susana Travassos) but only one could go on to represent the nation at Eurovision 2018. In the end the opted for Claudia Pascoal who will sing ‘O Jardim’ in May.
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