Nov 07, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Organizers of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest say performers from 42 countries will take part – and that includes Russia – which missed this year’s event – because of a diplomatic spat with host Ukraine.

The contest is being held in the Portuguese capital Lisbon for the first time –  after Salvador Sobral’s gentle ballad gave Portugal its first win in 53 years of competing.

The Eurovision final will be held on May 12th – with the semifinals taking place on the previous Tuesday and Thursday – at an entertainment complex alongside the River Tagus.

Sweden won with ABBA’s “Waterloo” in 1974 – and that country will be providing an entry for the 60th time.

The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest is being organized by the European Broadcasting Union and Portuguese public broadcaster Radiotelevisao Portuguesa.

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