Six countries have an automatic place in the 2018 Eurovision final. They are the “Big Five”, that is the five countries who most fund Eurovision and related stuff in the European Broadcasting Union, plus the hosts and reigning champs Portugal.
FRANCE Madame Monsieur “Mercy”
Three decades on from Mister Mister France take a more equitable gender stance by sending Madame Monsieur to Lisbon. Otherwise know as Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas, this duo were formed five years ago and released their first album in 2016.
GERMANY Michael Schulte “You Let Me Walk Alone”
Michael hails from Northern Schleswig-Holstein right up by the Danish border. He was third in the 2011 season of The Voice Germany and released his first album the year after.
ITALY Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro “Non mi avete fatto niente”
Two artists who combined for the San Remo festival this year and thus won the ticket to Lisbon. Albanian-born Ermal is primarily a songwriter, while Roman Fabrizio also works as a TV presenter.
PORTUGAL Cláudia Pascoal “O Jardim”
Defending Portugals Grand Prix (when did we think that would ever be a thing), Cláudia is from the Porto region and has competed in various Portuguese casting shows the last few years. She edged the 2018 national final by winning the televote after her main rival topped the jury vote.
SPAIN Alfred & Amaia “Tu Cancion”
Some of Spain’s most successful Eurovision entries of this century have come out of the Operación Triunfo casting show so it was maybe not a huge surprise when the format was resurrected. At the end of the process Catalan Alfred García Castillo was paired with Amaia Romero Arbizu from Pamplona.
UNITED KINGDOM SuRie “Storm”
Essex-born Susanna Marie Cork carries the hopes of the UK to Lisbon, having recently sung backing vocals for two very successful Belgian entries. At a recent Eurovision pre-party she seamlessly performed the French entry for Lisbon when the female vocalist was poorly.