By Laman Ismayilova
The date and venue of the next Eurovision Song Contest have been revealed.
The Semi-Finals of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 8 and 10 with the Grand Final due to be held on May 12, eurovision.tv reported.
The song contest will be held at the MEO Arena with the capacity of up to 20, 000 people.
As of 28 July 2017, twenty countries have confirmed their intention to participate in the contest.
Notably, Portugal is hosting the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest following Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv this year, scoring a record high 758 points performing Amar Pelos Dois, a song written by his sister Luísa.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe, located on Portugal’s Atlantic Coast with a population of over 2.7 million people. The city fought off strong competition from 4 others to host the world’s most exciting musical event, which reaches over 180 million viewers.
Forty-three countries participated in the Eurovision 2017 that took place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, following Ukraine's victory at the 2016 contest in Stockholm with the song "1944", performed by Jamala.
Diana represented Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Skeletons" finishing in 14th place.
The song, Skeletons, performed by Dihaj, told the story of a strong woman who is passionate about a bad guy. The performance featured a chalk board behind singer DiHaj. She wrote a text on this board during her act. At the end of the song, the walls came down.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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