The officials of the Portuguese broadcaster RTP, held a press conference today and revealed he first details of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The most important announcements concerned the final number of competing countries in Lisbon and the slogan and logo of next year’s event.

The number of countries that will eventually compete in Lisbon next May will be 42 instead of 43, as initially reported, since the country of FYROM didn’t manage to solve its economic problems and find a way to pay its debt to EBU and had to withdraw from next year’s contest. After this development the final list of the countries to participate next May has as following:

Albania (RTSH)
Armenia (AMPTV)
Australia (SBS)
Austria (ORF)
Azerbaijan (ICTIMAI TV)
Belarus (BTRC)
Belgium (VRT)
Bulgaria (BNT)
Croatia (HRT)
Cyprus (CYBC)
Czech Republic (CT)
Denmark (DR)
Estonia (ERR)
Finland (YLE)
France (FT)
Germany (ARD/NDR)
Georgia (GPB)
Greece (ERT)
Hungary (MTVA)
Iceland (RÚV)
Ireland (RTE)
Israel (IPBC/KAN)
Italy (RAI)
Latvia (LTV)
Lithuania (LRT)
Malta (PBS)
Moldova (TRM)
Montenegro (RTCG)
The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
Norway (NRK)
Poland (TVP)
Portugal (RTP)
Romania (TVR)
Russia (C1R)
San Marino (RTV)
Serbia (RTS)
Slovenia (RTVSLO)
Spain (TVE)
Sweden (SVT)
Switzerland (SRG/SSR)
Ukraine (UA:PBC)
United Kingdom (BBC)

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Additionally, RTP revealed next year’s slogan, which will be “All Aboard” combined with a seashell as the Eurovision 2018 logo. The slogan symbolizes Portugal’s extroversion and open invitation to the whole world  and the shell its contact with the sea.

 

Europe is a collective of many, and this has also inspired RTP’s design team to introduce multiple logos for 2018, rather than a single image. The main logo depicting a shell comes with twelve other derivations.

 

May. Gonçalo Madaíl, Creative Manager of RTP said: “For centuries, Portugal explored the world by sea. Today, Lisbon is more and more the city of all colors, a great harbour of cultures and sounds that welcomes you all to come aboard!”

 

Jon Ola Sand,  European Broadcasting Union’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, commented on  all the presentation, that the preparations are going very well and he stated impressed by the way they (RTP) have moved, since its a difficult procedure and it’s its first time undertaking the event and they made a very good impression.

The 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be held next year in Lisbon on the 8,10 and 12 of May 2018.