We are only two months ahead of the Eurovision first semifinal and the countdown in Lisbon continues. Preparations in Lisbon are in vain and the team behind the contest is working around the clock to create an unforgettable contest.

Salvador Sobral brought the first Eurovision Song Contest win to Portugal in 2017 with “Amar Pelos Doi”s and gave the country the opportunity to host the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. The design for the 2018 competition began that night, just after the victory of Portugal in Kiev.

João Nuno Nogueira, Executive Producer of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, stated:

“… as long as we have winds and oceans, we will not stop. Once upon a time, the Portuguese pilgrims have discovered the cosmos.” It is now time for people to discover Portugal. as it is now in Lisbon, where everything will be the next month of May. For Lisbon, RTP and, on behalf of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 production team, let me welcome all broadcasters, a new modernity “ .

RTP officials gather new ideas and new perspectives to the Eurovision Song Contest as well as experienced professionals who have worked in previous versions of the contest. Today, through Eurovision.tv website, we met the professionals behind the scenes.

Here is the core Team:

  • Executive Producer – João Nuno Nogueira (Ultimately responsible for the entire show and executive contact within RTP and the EBU as well as the project’s leader)
  • Deputy Executive Producer / TV Producer – Paulo Resende (Leads the project production team)
  • Deputy Executive Producer / Show Producer – Carla Bugalho (Head of Delegation for Portugal in Vienna 2015 and Kyivv 2017. Responsible for the television event and all the content of the shows)
  • Head of Events and Logistics – Maria Ferreira (Responsible for the events around the Eurovision Song Contest as well as all issues related to logistics)
  • Heads of Production – Ola Melzig and Tobias Åberg (Ola was Head of Production in Kyiv 2017, he has been involved in Eurovision since 2000. Tobias was Head of Production in Stockholm 2016). Both are responsible for the technical structure and implementation of the contest and the shows.
  • Line Producer – Luís Filipe Vieira (Responsible for budget management)
  • Head of Security – Alexandre Coimbra (Intendant of PSP, Public Security Police)
  • Head of Accreditation – José Pinto da Fonseca (International Production Team at RTP)
  • Commercial Manager – Cristina Viegas (Head of Commercial department at RTP)
  • Head of Marketing and Communication – Marina Ramos (Head of Marketing and Communication at RTP. Responsible for Communication and Marketing of the event)
  • Head of Press – Ana Loureiro (Media Partnerships at RTP. Responsible for Press)

The creative Team:

  • Creative Manager – Gonçalo Madaíl (Deputy Head of Programs at RTP and responsible for national selection Festival da Canção)
  • Art Director – Nicolau Tudela (Art Director at RTP)
  • Set Designer – Florian Wieder (Designed the stage for Dusseldorf 2011, Baku 2012, Vienna 2015 and Kyiv 2017)

Carla Bugalho, Deputy Executive Producer, declared:

“Eurovision in Portugal is a real emotion for the first time and we hope everyone will enjoy it as much as we do”.

The International Team:

While 70% of the Eurovision Song Contest team 2018 comes from Portugal, there are people from more than 12 countries working for the event, including Ukraine, Belgium, Sweden and the United States. This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will feature more than 700 people, including about 400 volunteers.

Next week, Lisbon will welcome the heads of delegations from the 43 participating countries. The annual meeting in the host city is an important milestone for Eurovision Song Contest design.