RTP will air two programs on Monday as the broadcaster takes viewers behind the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in May.
The Portuguese national broadcaster continues its embrace of the Eurovision Song Contest as it reveals plans for five hours of coverage of the Heads of Delegation meeting and all the preparations for this years competition. The shows which will be broadcast on RTP 1 will feature the competing countries, plans for May and the guests who will be taking to the stage in Lisbon.
From 11:00 to 13:15 CET Sónia Araújo and Jorge Gabriel will host the first program, while Tânia Ribas de Oliveira and José Pedro Vasconcelos will host the afternoon coverage. During both broadcasts Joana Teles will be accompanying the 42 delegations who have traveled to Portugal for the Heads of Delegation meeting.
A total of 43 countries will take part in the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. This includes Russia, as they return to the contest after a year break. The 43 participating countries are:
- Czech Republic
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
The official slogan for next year’s contest is “All Aboard!”, and was chosen to represent a celebration of Europe and music. The slogan was inspired by Lisbon’s longstanding history as an important global seaport and the importance of the ocean in Portugal’s history. The ocean has connected Portugal to the rest of the world for centuries, and this connectivity is intended to invite people from across the world to come together to celebrate music and Eurovision.
Source: ESC Portugal