The curtain comes up soon for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018! This colourful, over-the-top, cheesy and fabulous international music competition is broadcast across Europe, Asia and Australia to millions of fans and ironic supporters. The event will also be broadcast in the USA for the third time as each country battles it out to be crowned champions!
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Grand Final on Saturday 12th May is sure to be an evening of fun, excitement and perhaps questionable musical taste. We’re getting nervous already for the UK’s performer, SuRie! Explore the ballads, pop songs and other tuneful entries from some of the hopeful nations right here. Plus, join in our discussion of how Eurovision can add a melodious edge to your next EFL lesson.
History of the Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest has been entertaining music fans for over sixty years with thousands of great and not-so-great songs. A firm favourite across Europe, whether as genuine top musical entertainment, a guilty pleasure or an ironic farce, the show is watched by millions of viewers every year.
From the regular pop songs, dance numbers and traditional ballads to the outrageous and bizarre performances, crazy costumes and wacky lyrics, everything goes at Eurovision. We can’t wait to see what gems the competition produces this year!
The Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, which makes it one of the longest running TV shows in the world. With so many fabulous, cheesy and quirky songs to look forward to, we have prepared a short overview of the action in the run up to the final on Saturday 12th May.
The Eurovision Song Contest Spreads Around the Globe
This year the competition is being held in the Altice Arena, Lisbon. The Portuguese capital has been pushing the boat out with its preparations for the spectacular event.
The Eurovision Village will offer a hub of excitement throughout the contest with visitors able to enjoy all types of entertainment from live shows and DJs and special events and public viewing of the Eurovision performances.
Fans in America will also be pleased to hear that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has renewed its deal with Logo, part of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group. So this means that the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will be broadcast live in the United States for the third time. We bet our American visitors are over the moon!
Australia has also been invited to compete for the fourth year running and will battle it out in the first semi-final. So it seems Eurovision fever is spreading far and wide to cover most of the globe!
How Does Eurovision Work?
The 10 successful countries from each of the two semi-finals (on 8th May and 10th May) will join the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and reigning champions Portugal for the Grand Final on Saturday 12th May.
As well as checking out the location for this year’s event, we’ve also been keeping an eye on all the performers (or should that be an ear?) at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Voting
This year there are twice as many votes to count, making it less likely than ever before that a country will end up with ‘nil points’. Voting will be split between each country’s jury and all the votes from viewers in all the countries.
The juries and the public voters will award a set of points from one to eight then 10 and 12 for each of the top 10 places. Votes will then be combined and announced at the end, meaning the overall winner will be kept under wraps right until the end of the show for even more dramatic tension!
Viewers at home can vote up to 20 times for their favourite song, but they can’t vote for their own country. The lucky winner gets to host next year’s event!
Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Performers
UK – SuRie, Storm
SuRie will be performing the UK’s entry, Storm, which begins as an emotive piano ballad and turns into a pop song with a big chorus. This combination is perfect for Eurovision, so perhaps 2018 could be the UK’s year!
SuRie performed as a backing vocalist and dancer in 2015 and then returned as a Musical Director in 2017, so she has plenty of insider knowledge of Eurovision.
Italy – Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro – “Non mi avete fatto niente”
Italy’s entry “Non mi avete fatto niente” is performed by Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro. This song won at the Sanremo Music Festival. This tune is a little controversial as it has a dark subject matter being inspired by terrorism.
The song is also controversial because the chorus is copied from a previous song written by Febo. With a title that means ‘I didn’t do anything to you’, this slighty strange entry from Italy is certainly one to watch.
Czech Republic – Mikolas Josef – “Lie to Me”
A popular song and one of the favourites this year in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is the Czech Republic’s entry, Lie to Me by Mikolas Josef. This is an upbear pop song with a cheeky vibe.
Along with Bulgaria, Czech Republic one of the favourites to win the contest. Luckily for us in the UK, this song is entirely in English so we can enjoy it without any translation required!
Last Years Eurovision – the 2018 Winners Portugal
Last year’s winner was Portugal with the stunning song Amar Pelos Dois sung by Salvador Sobral.
In addition to Bulgaria and Czech Republic, other hot tips to win the Eurovision Song Contest crown in 2018 are Estonia and Australia (Jessica Mauboy). These are all impressive individual songs that have caught the attention of the critics and the bookies.
Eurovision in the EFL Classroom
The Eurovision Song Contest is a fun and light-hearted way to incorporate an advanced writing exercise into your next lesson. Students can discuss the contest and review some of the songs. This is an ideal time to get multimedia involved in your EFL teaching by viewing videos of the Eurovision entries readily available on the internet.
Students can watch the Eurovision 2018 songs, discuss them and write their own reviews to find their favourite songs – and give their top tips for the winner!
Check out our other posts about music in the EFL classroom, including how sound is connected with emotion.
Share your thoughts on Eurovision 2018
Will you be watching the Eurovision Song Contest 2018?
Who is your tip to win the contest this year?
American readers, will you be watching Eurovision?
How would you incorporate Eurovision into an EFL lesson?