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A little bit of History: Eurovillage and Altice Arena

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 8, 2018 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you know what's the real and historical meaning of the locations of Eurovision 2018? We will tell you!


The Eurovillage place is one of the most important points of the city of Lisbon. The Commerce Square is perhaps the most central point of the city and one of the largest squares in Europe with about 36,000 m².

In 1511, King D. Manuel the first transferred his residence from the Castle of St. George to this place by the river. It was the site of the palace of the kings of Portugal for about two centuries and therefore also has the name Terreiro do Paço. Palace means Residence of king; Terreiro means a wide land space. Unfortunately, everything was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755 and so the prime minister of that time made the square as the fundamental element of its restructuring.

It was for a long time the noble entrance of Lisbon, and on the marble steps of the Cais das Colunas, coming from the river, landed and were received heads of state and other prominent figures as the Queen of England.

In the center of the square is the equestrian statue D. José, erected in 1775. On the north side of the square is the Triumphal Arch of Augusta Street, the entrance to Baixa. As the center of the city, many historical events took place there. The 1st of February 1908, King D. Carlos and his son, the Royal Prince D. Luis Filipe were assassinated when they passed in the square. On October 5, 1910, in a square next to the Terreiro was proclaimed the Republic.


Terreiro do Paço (1662), by Dirk Stoop



The Altice Arena will host the Eurovision shows. The arena has had several names since its creation and there they have passed Madonna, Il Divo or Bruno Mars. The Pavilion of Utopia as it was called initially, came to be called Atlantic and then MEO Arena. But this important place of Lisbon is celebrating together with its surrounding area 20 years of existence!

The EXPO'98, 1998 World Exposition, whose theme was "The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future", hosted pavilions and representatives from around the world. The area chosen to house the site was the eastern boundary of the city along the Tagus River. Several pavilions have been built, some of which remain at the service of the inhabitants and visitors, integrated in the now designated Nations Park, standing out the Oceanarium (the largest aquarium in the World with the reproduction of 5 distinct oceans and numerous species of mammals and fishes ). Architecturally, the Expo revolutionized this part of the city and influenced the strategies of urban requalification of the Portuguese panorama.


Pedro Mensurado/Global Imagens


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Semi final 1

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

No spoilers! The first semifinal is tonight at 8, Portuguese time. We won't tell you anything but you need to know that this show will be your typical ESC program but with a taste of this beautiful country! Portugal and it's Art, Nature, Culture, Flavours and Sounds!

Don't miss it! 

But these are the performances that we think will reach the final, according to the performances and how people react in the rehearsal:

- Azerbaijan 

- Czech Republic

- Lithuania

- Israel

- Estonia

- Cyprus 

We think that probably some countries will also be in the final:

- Albania

- Finland

- Greece

And because this is a really tough semi final, it seems like a final, we think that Switzerland, Bulgaria or Belarus can fill the final spot!


Spain, Portugal and UK will perform tonight.

Have fun!


International Conference EUROVISIONS is back

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 7, 2018 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As promised a couple of months ago, the International Conference - EUROVISIONS Perspectives from the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, will take place in Lisbon in the next 3 days. The conference will take place at the OGAE EURO CAFE - Club MoMe placed at Av. 24 de Julho, 68;(Santos).

Those interested only need to go there since the admission is free. 

On the first day, a ROUNDTABLE will take place about Gender (de)constructions in Song Contests; KEYNOTE SPEAKER and PILAR GUILLÉN MARCO will be talking about their researchers.

Tomorrow, It's the day for the YOUNG ACADEMICS - SCIENCE SLAM; with Dr. Eurovision, Irving Wolther (Germany). 

On May 9th, the debate will be about Professionals’ Expertise and after, conferences by KEYNOTE SPEAKER and DEAN VULETIC.


To know more about the event, visit: https://eurovisionsconfere.wixsite.com/eurovisions








The many faces of OT

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 4, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It is a difficult task to list all the talent shows of singers that have been broadcast on television throughout the world. It is still no less difficult to list all the artists who have participated in Eurovision and who became popular from a talent show. But it is very easy to say what has been the most successful program on the Iberian Peninsula, at least, the one that has contributed the most artists to Eurovision. O.T: Operación Triunfo in Spain and Operação Triunfo in Portugal!


Even not all the contestants got the Eurovision passport through O.T. it was partly because of it that they became popular.


Portugal and Spain

In Portugal, the show was never that popular, but it will be the 5th time that a participant of O.T. will took part in Eurovision. First was Sofia Vitoria, the winner of OT2. She became 15th in the semifinal, in 2004. One year later, Rui Drummond (6th at OT1) joined Luciana Abreu and got 17th in the semifinal. From OT3, Vânia Fernandes was 2nd in the semifinal and 13th in the final of 2008 but the 12th place of the same edition, Filipa Sousa, placed 13th in the semifinal of 2012. It is not a case of big succes!

Spain where the show couldn’t be that popular, the program was used to choose directly their representative for 4 times. First with Rosa Lopez. A national phenomenon and the first production of the show. Rosa placed 7th singing the popular “Europe’s living a celebration”. Beth went to Riga one year later and became 8th, even she was not the winner of O.T. The same happened with the runner-up Ramón that placed 10th, in 2004.

But the 4th edition of O.T. (when the format didn’t belong to TVE) also gave two former ESC artists: Soraya and Edurne. Soraya was the runner up and Edurne 6th, but at Eurovision they didn’t get good results.



O.T. across Europe

The original Spanish format had a lot of versions around the World. For example, in Russia, Fabrika Zvyozd, gave to Eurovision the winner of the second season Polina Gagarina, the 3rd place Elena Temnikova (former Serebro) and the 4th place Yulia Savicheva; from the 6th season, the winner Dmitriy Koldun and from the 7th, the also winner of the show Anastasiya Prikhodko. The 8th season included Natalia Podolskaya.

In Greece, Kalomoira was the winner of the 2nd edition; From Operacija Trijumf ( the edition of the region of former Yugoslavia) a young Vukašin Brajić got the 2nd place, the same edition in where Igor Cukrov also took part placing 7th.


This year

This time, Isaura (with Claudia Pascoal) will go on stage as the last son of O.T. Portugal. She placed 8thin it’s last edition. Claudia became popular through the world known talent show The Voice in the Portuguese edition.

From Spain, Amaia (winner of this year’s edition) and Alfred (4th) are the big hopes! Since the Russian former O.T. Polina Gagarina achieved the best classification ever (2nd), will the Spanish duo “Almaia” or Isaura win?

In Spain, the original format will comeback next september or october. If it will be used for selecting the next Eurovision star stills a doubt!

Who are the portuguese singers?

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

They are the musical hosts of this year's edition and were chosen to represent the host country through the legendary Festival da Canção.

This is, of course, the first time that Portugal skipped the semifinals. Let us introduce Claúdia Pascoal and Isaura!



1. In 2010, Cláudia participated in talent show Ídolos, and in 2013 she participated in the first season of talent show Factor X.

2. On TV , in 2014, Cláudia auditioned to present talk show Curto Circuito on SIC Radical, and ended up in third place.

3. In 2017, she participated on the fifth season of talent show The Voice Portugal and was eliminated just before the final.

4. In 2013 she did a support video singing the hymn of the election campaign for his cousin who was the candidate for the mayor of the town.

5. Isaura the composer invited her to perform the song because she had the perfect voice for it.

6. Pascoal is also one of the most famous trademarks and companies of Cod Fish (the national plate), without realation to it, Cláudia has a tatoo on his arm representing a Cod Fish.

7. Isaura is the composer of the song and placed 8th in the last edition of Operação Triunfo in 2010.

8. In 2015, Isaura released her first EP "Serendipity".

9. "O Jardim" it's her first song in portuguese, a tribute to her grandmother. It reached the portuguese iTunes chart days before winning the national final.

10. Her fisr album Human will be released soon.