LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The curtain goes up Saturday on the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The hugely popular international event is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, an alliance of public service broadcasters.
Here is a look at what the show is and how it works.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The dancing gorilla is gone, the extravagant stage effects have been put away and the kitsch is conspicuously absent.
The Eurovision Song Contest, now 63 years old, has learned to dress sensibly. Lisbon may be the place where Europe's annual music extravaganza grows up.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Rehearsals are underway for the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest, which kicks off this weekend in Portugal and ends with the final in Lisbon on May 12.
The annual event's official curtain raising is on Sunday, with a parade of artists from 43 countries taking part.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral is going back on the road, five months after his heart transplant.
The 28-year-old singer says in a post on his Facebook page Monday that he will play seven concerts in Portugal and Spain between May 26 and July 28.
Sobral is also reportedly working on his second album, which is expected to be released by the end of the year.
Eurovision winner Sobral shares post-transplant performance
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral has given fans a performance of sorts for the first time since his heart transplant.
A video clip of the 28-year-old Portuguese singer covering part of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" was posted on his Facebook page Tuesday.
It's not clear when or where Sobral made the solo recording that shows him picking out piano chords and singing in English. His representatives didn't reply to inquiries.
Eurovision winner Sobral has successful heart transplant
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral has left a Portuguese hospital after a successful heart transplant.
The Santa Cruz Hospital near Lisbon says the 28-year-old Portuguese singer made a "very satisfactory" recovery from the transplant he underwent in December. But the hospital statement on Friday says Sobral's activities will be limited for the time being.
Russia returns as Lisbon hosts Eurovision Song Contest
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The organizers of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest say performers from 42 countries will take part, including Russia which missed this year's event amid 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.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Organizers say next year's Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
Portugal will be hosting the annual event for the first time after Salvador Sobral, the singer representing the country this year, won the 2017 contest.
Sobral clinched Portugal's maiden victory with a gentle, soulful ballad and a subdued, no-frills performance that broke with the contest's tradition of glitter and gaudiness.