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Russia returns for Lisbon Eurovision

Staff Writer |
Russia will return to the Eurovision Song Contest as the global competition moves to Lisbon for the first time.

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The 63rd year of the much-loved musical event will be hosted by the Portuguese capital when it returns next May with entries from 42 countries.

An act from Russia is among the listed participants, after last year’s Eurovision host Ukraine barred the Russian representative, Yulia Samoylova, from travelling to the country.

Ukraine’s security services claimed that she had toured in Crimea after Russia’s 2014 annexation of that peninsula from Ukraine.

The spring event will mark a momentous year for Portugal after last year’s Eurovision victor, Salvador Sobral, gave the country its first win in 53 years in the contest.

It will also be a special year for Sweden, which will celebrate 60 years since its first appearance in the competition.

Paying tribute to this year’s host, the theme for the 2018 contest is “All Aboard” in recognition of Lisbon’s historical sea trade fame.

The slogan is accompanied by a new main logo of a blue and yellow sea shell, with 12 ocean-inspired derivations.

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