It’s that time of year again!
Eurovision starts on the 8th May with the semi-finals, followed by the grand final on Saturday 12th May. Last year, Portugal won the contest for the first time. The Portuguese entry was head and shoulders above the rest of the field. In the Jury vote, 18 countries chose Portugal as their favourite, handing them 12 points. But also, they won the televote with 12 countries awarding Portugal their 12 points. What was great about the Portuguese entry last year, was they sung in Portuguese! In 2016 Ukraine won with a mixture of Ukrainian and English in their entry. So, could foreign languages be popular this year?
There are 43 entries for Eurovision this year, with Russia returning to the fold after not participating last year. As normal, there are two semi-finals where countries from across Europe (and let’s not forget those Aussies) will compete for their place in the Grand Final.
Portugal, as winners of the 2017 song contest are automatically entered into the Grand Final alongside the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy (as the main contributors of the Song contest).
As it is Portugal’s first-time hosting Eurovision, we can be sure to expect a fantastic night. There were 5 cities across Portugal that applied to host the show, but the winner was the capital Lisbon and the Altice Arena which is able to hold 20,000 spectators.
Who’s singing what??
As I wrote in the Eurovision blog last year, many do not sing in their native language, instead choosing to sing in English. This year however it’s looking like more nations are choosing to sing in their own language:
|Lithuania (partly in English, but has some Lithuanian in the song)|
|Estonia – Elina Nechayeva will be singing La Forza – in Italian. Not exactly the native language of Estonia, but hey, it’s a foreign language to us Brits!|
|Serbia – will include some phrases in the Torlakian dialect as well as Serbian|
|Denmark are singing mostly in English, besides a few Icelandic phrases|
Maybe this has something to do with Portugal winning the song contest last year, or these artists/ songs represented their country the best, but there will be a lot of foreign language songs for us Brits to enjoy this year.
We will keep you up to date with the Semi-Finals and of course the Grand Final! We’re already very excited here at Lingua Translations to see these countries perform in Portugal!