Cláudia Pascoal has been drawn to perform 8th in the final of the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Cláudia will represent Portugal on home ground with the song “O Jardim”.
The running order draw for the host country of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has taken place this afternoon in Lisbon, during the Head of Delegation meeting. The draw sees the host country randomly pick one of running order slots in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, this ensures that the shows producers are unable to influence where they place Portugal in the show. The draw was overseen by Jan Bors, the Head of Delegation for the Czech Republic.
The eighth slot in the final has seen mixed results over the last few years. Both songs performing in that slot in the last two contests have managed to reach the top 10. Twenty years ago, Dana International performed eighth during the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 and gave Israel their third and last victory to date.
Results from running order slot 8 in the past ten years:
– 2017 – Hungary – 8th
– 2016 – Bulgaria – 4th
– 2015 – Serbia – 10th
– 2014 – Montenegro – 19th
– 2013 – Belarus – 16th
– 2012 – Cyprus – 16th
– 2011 – Estonia – 24th
– 2010 – Serbia – 13th
– 2009 – Greece – 7th
– 2008 – Finland – 22nd
During the Head of Delegation meeting, the final versions of all 43 competing entries in this year’s contest will be presented. Also, details about the three shows and organisation of the contest will be revealed.
A total of 43 countries are competing in the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. The contest is being held in Portugal for the first time after Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv last year with “Amar pelos dois”. Russia is returning to the contest after a year of absence. This is the first contest since 2011 to have no withdrawing countries.