Gonçalo Reis, chairman of Portuguese broadcaster RTP’s board of directors, has revealed that Portugal is aiming to host the cheapest Eurovision yet when the contest comes to Lisbon next May.
Mr Reis, speaking to Portuguese newspaper Jornal Económico, promised that next year’s Eurovision will be far more cost-efficient than recent editions of the contest, which have cost anywhere from 25 to 40 million euros. Yet despite this cost cut, Mr Reis has also promised that RTP will also “develop one of the most interesting Eurovision(s) ever”.
Reis also confirmed that the contest will be used as an important opportunity to showcase contemporary Portugal to the world, and will “convey the image of a contemporary Portugal, a Portugal open to the world, a culture of inclusion, a culture of tolerance, a positive culture”. The contest will be “a mobilising project for all creative industries”, both for Lisbon and for Portugal as a whole, and will allow the country to continue to build its image on an international stage.
Mr Reis also spoke briefly about the future of Portugal’s Eurovision selection show Festival de Canção, explaining that RTP will aim to host at least the next four editions of the festival outside of the country’s capital city, Lisbon. He claimed that this will be an opportunity to promote some of Portugal’s many other cities. It is for this reason that the 2018 edition of the show will be held in the city of Guimarães, moving production away from Lisbon for the first time since 2001.
The semi-finals for the 2018 edition of Festival de Canção will take place on the 18th and 25th February, whilst the final will take place on 4th March.
2018 will mark Portugal’s 50th appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest, and will be their first time hosting the event. They earned the right to host the contest following Salvador Sobral’s victory at the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. His song, “Amar Pelos Dois”, earned a convincing win in May, scoring 758 points.
Source: Jornal Económico