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post May 15 2017, 02:08 PM
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In what's got to be one of the speediest turnarounds from the announcement of the winner, RTP have confirmed that Lisbon is our host city for 2018. I guess this means we need a new Green Room?
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post May 15 2017, 02:30 PM
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QUOTE(LexC♀ @ May 15 2017, 03:08 PM) *
In what's got to be one of the speediest turnarounds from the announcement of the winner, RTP have confirmed that Lisbon is our host city for 2018. I guess this means we need a new Green Room?


I love one article I've read

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The Portuguese national broadcaster has been given a booklet of information from the European Broadcasting Union, regarding the basic criteria of what is required for hosting the contest. The European Broadcasting Union according to the Director General has already suggested that the Meo Arena in Lisbon be used as the venue for the competition.


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Poor Portugal with no previous hosting experience kink.gif I doubt the Swedes needed such a booklet, they probably wrote it.
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post May 15 2017, 03:48 PM
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laugh.gif if one existed before 2013 and 2016 then it was no doubt shredded by SVT!!

Lisboa it is! We have an idea on dates so I don't I can get on booking.com before it's just hostels left
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post May 15 2017, 03:52 PM
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Could just book a free cancellation hotel for each week in May and just cancel three of them when dates are confirmed! biggrin.gif

I don't know if I'll go, though I love Portugal (depends how my finances are nearer the time), but I will book a hotel just in case.

I dread to think what Portugal will do with their AQ to the final, I'm not really expecting them to become a new powerhouse nation, so could be a Makemakes type disaster!


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QUOTE(gooddelta @ May 15 2017, 04:52 PM) *
I dread to think what Portugal will do with their AQ to the final, I'm not really expecting them to become a new powerhouse nation, so could be a Makemakes type disaster!


You know it is weird, a lot of the parallels with Austria as the host country are being born out. I guess they too won with a slightly "larger than life" singer (albeit in a different way) and hadn't counted on ever needing to have to throw together a Eurovision hosting any time soon. Will be interesting to see how they manage as I don't think they're counting on ever having to do this again!

I'm hoping that they at least use that AQ spot to go down in flames with one of their lovably weird numbers that they occasionally throw out (now just watch them completely change their entire selection method and pick a 100% contemporary pop song!) but odds are they'll show why they hadn't won in the previous 50+ years with their AQ spot.
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post May 15 2017, 05:00 PM
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QUOTE(gooddelta @ May 15 2017, 04:52 PM) *
I dread to think what Portugal will do with their AQ to the final, I'm not really expecting them to become a new powerhouse nation, so could be a Makemakes type disaster!


I touched on this with Lex yesterday, their previous best result was followed by a last place/nil points the year after and it wouldn't be a stretch for them to end up repeating that.

I'm interested in going for a few days, would be fun even if rehearsal tickets are all I managed to get in the mad rush.
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QUOTE(LexC♀ @ May 15 2017, 05:38 PM) *
You know it is weird, a lot of the parallels with Austria as the host country are being born out. I guess they too won with a slightly "larger than life" singer (albeit in a different way) and hadn't counted on ever needing to have to throw together a Eurovision hosting any time soon. Will be interesting to see how they manage as I don't think they're counting on ever having to do this again!

I'm hoping that they at least use that AQ spot to go down in flames with one of their lovably weird numbers that they occasionally throw out (now just watch them completely change their entire selection method and pick a 100% contemporary pop song!) but odds are they'll show why they hadn't won in the previous 50+ years with their AQ spot.


I would imagine it will be something that stands out like a sore thumb anyway, like most of their entries in the past 20 years!

I'm also interested to see how they host, I initially thought it could be fairly low budget/cheap looking in a way not seen since the Baltic efforts in the early 00s. But I don't think the broadcaster would ever live that down and standards have risen so much since that I'm sure they'll manage (or be heavily encouraged if it shapes up weakly and the EBU intervene) to pull something respectable out of the bag.
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post May 15 2017, 05:49 PM
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Yeah I can see this being much harder to get tickets for than Kiev, it's not been in this part of the continent for decades so thousands of Spanish and Portuguese fans have their first chance to see it next year.

Regarding accomodation, my hostel in Stockholm in 2016 cost something painful like 25 per night (booked in November the previous year when I got my ticket), whereas my private room in Kiev, booked around February/March, cost 6. Presumably Lisbon will be somewhere in between...
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post May 15 2017, 06:01 PM
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I really hope Portugal put a bit of a unique spin on things with hosting next year, I couldn't really call how they'll begin to approach this, but hopefully it should be a lot of fun. And I do expect them to go with something disastrous for the host entry but that will be part of the charm. Probably won't be as boring as the Makemakes but nothing that could be in any way competitive (let's see how wrong I am in 10 months).
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post May 15 2017, 06:56 PM
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I'm also going to do all that's in my power to do to go to Lisbon for next year although, as somebody pointed out above, it's likely to be a bit of a death match to actually get tickets. I might end up doing a bit of a Ryan style halfway deal and get tickets for the semis/the jury final but be back in the UK in time to catch the final on television since that means still feeling the vibe but a bit easier to get tickets.
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post May 16 2017, 07:12 AM
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Or you can get FREE tickets for the dress rehearsals if the paying ones will get sold out quickly. Same shit really. Although i want to be in the arena during the actual show one day <3

Yay a Buzzjack Lisboa meet up!!! Hopefully I will have moved to Spain by that time so it's easy to get there too yay
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post May 16 2017, 08:56 PM
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After loving Stockholm last year Lisbon is on the cards next year.
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post May 20 2017, 07:13 PM
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Off topic but the winner of Junior Eurovision 2015 is on BGT :') I'm sure Ryan will be happy.

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post May 20 2017, 07:50 PM
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I've already spread my excitement in the Junior Eurovision thread! heart.gif
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post Jun 22 2017, 10:04 PM
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So, the Eurovision DVD is out tomorrow...but it's 29.99 on Amazon and 33.99 on HMV, why on earth is it so expensive this year? It's usually no more than 15. Don't think I'll be bothering at that price.
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