The dates of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and the host city will be revealed tomorrow evening in a press conference in Lisbon.
RTP and the European Broadcasting Union will reveal the host city and dates for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 tomorrow evening from 18:30 CET. A total of four towns and cities across Portugal have bid to host next years contest as the Eurovision Song Contest heads to Portugal for the very first time. RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster has visited the four bidding cities assessing their ability to host the contest, with Lisbon the favourite and clear front runner to be announced as host city.
The cities bidding to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2018:
- Braga – Parque de Exposições de Braga – 3,000 Capacity – Bid takes into account the reconstruction of the venue which would upgrade the capacity of the venue to 15,000.
- Gondomar – Multiusos Gondomar Coração de Ouro – 8,000 Capacity
- Lisbon – MEO Arena – 20,000 Capacity – The front runner to host the competition, the venue has been put forward by the EBU as a venue for the contest.
- Santa Maria da Feira – Europarque – 11,000 Capacity – Was used in 2001 to host the final of the Portuguese selection process. The town lacks the required hotel capacity to host the contest, an issue that Braga and Gondomar also face.
A number of countries have already been provisionally confirmed as competing in Portugal next May. Furthermore a significant number have already indicated how they will be selecting their participating artist and songs, these countries are:
- Austria – Internal selection
- Belgium – Internal selection
- Cyprus – National selection
- Denmark – National selection
- Estonia – National selection
- Finland – National selection
- France – National selection
- Germany – National selection
- Latvia – Selection method not revealed
- Lithuania – National selection
- Malta – National selection
- Norway – National selection
- Poland – National selection
- Portugal – National selection
- Romania – National selection
- Russia – Internal selection
- Sweden – National selection
- Switzerland – National selection
Source: ESC Portugal