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Salvador is OK

Posted by eurovision on top on December 10, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

"It has been evolving all very well," said the doctor who operated singer Salvador Sobral on Friday afternoon. Miguel Abecasis was speaking to journalists at a press conference that took place this Saturday at 18.00. in the Santa Cruz Hospital in Carnaxide, where the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is recovering.

On waking up, Salvador Sobral, 27, "thanked the team," said the cardiothoracic surgeon. "And he said it with a good voice," added José Pedro Neves, director of cardiothoracic surgery at the Hospital Center of Western Lisbon. The press conference took place less than 24 hours after the intervention. "I can say that Salvador is very excited, very well-disposed," said the doctor Miguel Abecasis, who operated the interpreter of Amar Pelos Dois. The intervention took the "normal" time, about 4 hours.

"He has been waiting for many months, been hospitalized for many months, surrounded by cardiologists, a huge team, there were several clinical decisions in the management of this patient and yesterday it was time to have your heart and Dr. Miguel [Abecassis] proceeded to surgery, "said the director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery department of this hospital, the same where, 31 years ago, Eva Pinto became the first person to receive a heart transplant in Portugal.

The news that a compatible heart existed was received "naturally," the clinician said. "We were talking to him, he realized the difficulties of this type of procedure, so he was very well prepared." The heart failure of Salvador Sobral led the singer to say goodbye to the stage on September 8. At the end of that month he was hospitalized, waiting for a compatible organ.

"It could have been earlier, it could have been later. It was now because only now the conditions all came together," said Miguel Abecasis.

Between the time it is known that a heart is available and the decision to proceed to surgery measures "between 4 to 6 hours," said the surgeon. The time required to assess compatibility with the receiver. In this case, Salvador Sobral.

Details about the donor do not exist. "Impossible," he said firmly, Jose Pedro Neves. The identity will remain anonymous.

Physicians at the press conference: José Pedro Neves, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Service of the West Lisbon Hospital Center José Manuel Correia, Clinical Director of the same Center, and Miguel Abecasis, Head of Service, the surgeon who operated Salvador Sobral.

The singer said "three things" to the doctor before the operation: "[He asked me] If I was in shape, to which I replied yes, if we could put music and I asked what music he wanted, he said classical music; who sensitized me a lot, wished me luck, "revealed Miguel Abecasis.

Interned in intensive care, there is a period of convalescence. "There are a lot of cautions to take in these first two weeks. It is a long recovery that will again involve a number of professionals," said the surgeon.

The medication will accompany the life of Salvador, but, although cautious, Miguel Abecasis, affirms that "if everything goes well, it will fall in the group of 85% that, at the age of five, has a normal life." For now, it remains in the Hospital of Santa Cruz, with no date of exit.

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Lisbon 2018: the stage

Posted by eurovision on top on December 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

The inspiration for the stage of Eurovision 2018 was presented today allong with it four points of inspiration

Florian Wieder explained that the stage for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest has been inspired by four key points linked to Portugal's culture and history: Navigation, The Sea, The Ships, The Maps.

Navigation: The flag of Portugal features an armillary sphere. The armillary sphere is also featured in Portuguese heraldry, associated with the Portuguese discoveries during the Age of Exploration. For this reason the armillary sphere becomes the visual key element in the design concept.

The Sea: The sea gives us a sense of freedom and clarity making it one of the most peaceful places on earth. The design of the stage shows a modern interpretation of a sweeping wave and its organic shape.

The Ships: The Portuguese have been masters in crafting ships since the ancient times. They were able to explore the world because of this outstanding skill. The structure of the stage is inspired by these pieces of boatbuilding art.

The Maps: A map is a diagrammatic representation of land and sea. The radial lines of a map spread out in different directions to connect all of these places. Lisbon becomes the centre where all of the lines come together.


Lisbon 2018 - tickets on sale 30th november

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on November 18, 2017 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (4)

Yesterday the EBU and the Portuguese national broadcaster RTP announced that at the end of November the first tickets for the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon will go on sale.

They will be on sale on the website and also at known places, so the information of the RTP. We assume that the known places in Portugal will be the music store FNAC and the El Corte Ingles, places where usually concert tickets are sold.

The ticket sale is one more important or even the most important step (for fans) in the preparation of the biggest music event, which for the first time is organized by Portugal.

But even being the first time in the Eurovision history having Portugal organizing this big show, the EBU is very satisfied with the quality and speed the RTP and the city of Lisbon are working.

There also some first rumors about the venues for the Euroclub and so far it looks like that it will be close to the sea, with different areas and some open air areas. But actually still nothing is 100 % confirmed.

Almost 6 months to go and the preparations are running quite well, fast and to dos are on track.

It took more than 50 years for Portugal to win, but it seems like they had the deep “saudade” to host and are very engaged and proud.

Eurovision on top will like always check out the most important updates and inform you.

ESC2018: All Aboard

Posted by eurovision on top on November 7, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

RTP is giving a new press conference at the Ocenario of Lisbon, very close to the venue, the now called Altice Arena.

All Aboard will be the main theme. Simplicity an authenticity are the main goal of the entire concept reflecting the tolerance and the interculturality of the city of Lisbon. Lisbon was always connected to the Sea and the Oceans and the portuguese connected the whole world by sailing!

RTP will be responsible for the graphic design, visual identity, concept, artistic performances (opening, interval acts, moments of the votings) and postcards. 

So as the WEB SUMMIT that is happening now, the Parque das Nações will attend the Venue (Altice Arena) and the press centre for 500 persons

The Eurovision Village, as announced before, will be located at the Terreiro do Paço (Praça do Comércio) in the Dowtown, and will be opened everyday from 15:00 to 23:00 - 4th to 13th May.

The Eurovision Club will be located in a place facing the river - no names were announced. 

The red carpet will be the BLUE Carpet at the Museum of Electricity/MAAT where the Welcome reception will happen. 

First round of Tickets will be available this month!

42 countries will be participating in the contest:

  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Australia (SBS)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Azerbaijan (ICTIMAI TV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (VRT)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CYBC)
  • Czech Republic (CT)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (FT)
  • Germany (ARD/NDR)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTVA)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTE)
  • Israel (IPBC/KAN)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Poland (TVP)
  • Portugal (RTP)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (C1R)
  • San Marino (RTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTVSLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG/SSR)
  • Ukraine (UA/BC)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)
12 icons will be the image of ESC 2018 based on the 12 poems of "Oh Mar" from Fernando Pessoa - the most famous writer from Lisbon.

43 in Lisbon 2018

Posted by eurovision on top on October 21, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Today the RTP program that addresses subjects directed to the viewer has been about Eurovision 2018. Jorge Wemans made this approach due to the multiple requests of the viewers about the next edition of the Festival da Canção and the Eurovision Song Contest to take place respectively in March and May of next year.

About the chosen city and about the venue it was said to be 800 tons of material that will be transported to the Altice Arena which has the capacity to accommodate 20 thousand people standing. The new named Altice Arena will be the Arena of ESC 2018 in the new modern "centre" of Lisbon, in the northern part of the portuguese capital. The host city will have to meet requirements such as the proximity of hospitals and accessibility such as airports with severall connections in Europe. 

As already announced by Gonçalo Reis at the Jornal Economico it was said that at this phase of budget and planning the staff believes that they will make the cheapest Eurovision Song Contest in recent years. The big announcement was that 43 countries will take place in Lisbon and that from dozens of persons working on it, sonn it will be hundreds, from technicians to volunteers that will be recruited soon. 

Countries might be (without any specific order):

  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Finland
  4. Iceland
  5. Norway
  6. Belgium
  7. Serbia
  8. Malta
  9. Germany
  10. Switzerland
  11. Poland
  12. France
  13. Latvia
  14. Estonia
  15. Romania
  16. Portugal
  17. Ireland
  18. Azerbaijan
  19. Lithuania
  20. Austria
  21. The Netherlands
  22. Georgia
  23. Israel
  24. Hungary
  25. San Marino
  26. Armenia
  27. Moldova
  28. Cyprus
  29. Ukraine
  30. Australia
  31. Belarus
  32. Spain
  33. Greece
  34. Croatia
  35. United Kingdom
  36. Italy
  37. Slovenia
  38. Bulgaria
  39. Montenegro
  40. Czech Republic
  41. Albani
  42. Russia
  43. FYR Macedonia
It was also revealed that the postcards will be filmed in different parts of the country with the participants. It will be done by the Tourism of Portugal in order to promote the country.