Eurovision Song Contest, or simply called Eurovision, is a TV song competition that has been running since 1956. It is the longest-running annual international TV song competition. Eurovision is held primarily between members of European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In 2018, the 63th Eurovision takes place for the first time in Portugal, following the country’s first victory at the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. The grand final of Eurovision is to be held on 12 May 2018 in Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal.
In the 1950s, when European countries were still rebuilding after the World War II, the EBU search for ways of bringing together the countries of the EBU around a “light entertainment program”. An ad hoc committee formed by the EBU then came up with an idea of an international song contest where countries would participate in one television program to be transmitted simultaneously across all countries of the union. The competition was based upon the existing Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy, and was seen as a technological experiment in live television. The idea was approved and the first contest was held on spring 1956. Thus Eurovision is born.
This year, the slogan of Eurovision is “All Aboard!”. 43 countries participate in 2018 Eurovision by submitting an original song to be performed on live television and radio. Each country will then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the competition’s winning entry. The winner of the Eurovision is selected by a positional voting system. Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favorite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. 12 points are the maximum number of points that could be given. When a country receives 12 points, the presenter will announce it with “Douze points!”
If you are in Lisbon on 12 May, make sure to head to Altice Arena to watch the grand final of Eurovision live! If you are not in Lisbon that day, but your television provider is a member of EBU, make sure to stay tune for the broadcasting of the grand final. Even if you are not in Lisbon on 12 May and your television provider is not a member of EBU, no worries! You could still watch it on any streaming media that will broadcast the grand final of Eurovision!
All Aboard the 2018 Eurovision!