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Episode 375

Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Sun, 2018-May-13 02:06 UTC
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With 400,273 views on Saturday, 12 May 2018 our article of the day is Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was the 63rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place for the first time in Portugal following the country's first victory at the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine with the song "Amar pelos dois", performed by Salvador Sobral. The contest was held at the Altice Arena in Lisbon and consisted of two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May and a final on 12 May 2018. The three live shows were hosted by Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah and Catarina Furtado.

Forty-three countries participated in the contest, equaling the record of the 2008 and 2011 editions. Russia returned after their absence from the previous edition, and for the first time since 2011, no country withdrew from the contest.

This edition of the contest marked the first time that Azerbaijan, Romania and Russia failed to qualify for the grand final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004. Also, no Caucasus countries are participating in the final for the first time since 2005.

The winner of the 2018 contest was Toy, sung by Netta from Israel. This is Israel's fourth victory in the Eurovision Song contest overall (after 1978, 1979 and 1998). This edition also saw Cyprus and the Czech Republic receive their best ranking since their debut, coming in 2nd and 6th place, respectively, while Portugal, the host country, came in last. This is the third instance of a host country coming in the bottom 5 since 2015.

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