After the longest wait in Eurovision history Portugal stormed to victory on 14 May 2017 at the 62nd ESC in Kiev. Salvador Sobral’s unique “Amar Pelos Dois” swept both the jury and public votes, earning Portugal the right to stage the contest in 2018.
Preparations began almost immediately after the Kiev contest and a number of different Portuguese cities are reportedly bidding for the right to stage the live shows. Lisbon is clearly the front-runner but, contrary to prior reports, has not yet has been confirmed as the host city. The dates for the live shows and the venue have yet to be finalised despite many rumours. Details will be published in the coming weeks.
No fan ticketing arrangements have yet been agreed but OGAE will be hoping to secure a access to tickets for its members. Demand is likely to be very high indeed. Fans are urged to join their local OGAE club in order to maximise their chances of participating in any fan ticketing arrangements.
OGAE International is already working with OGAE Portugal to prepare a range of activities to ensure that 2018 is another great Eurovision fan experience.