It has been announced that Lisbon will host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The Portuguese capital and the country’s largest city will be the home of the annual singing extravaganza after singer Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv this year, which marked the first time Portugal have triumphed in the competition.

He scored a record high of 758 points performing the tender ballad Amar Pelos Dois, a song written by his sister Luísa.

Lisbon to host 2018 Eurovision after Salvador Sobral’s victory this year

Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said: “We are very pleased to announce that RTP will be hosting the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

“The city has presented an exemplary proposal, and we look forward to working together to make Portugal’s first ever Eurovision the most exciting one yet. We would like to congratulate RTP on their professional and detailed assessments of all the bids.”

Portuguese public television Radiotelevisao Portuguesa, the host broadcaster, announced on Tuesday that the 2018 edition will take place at a riverside entertainment complex in Lisbon.

The semi-finals of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 8 and 10 with the grand final being held on Saturday May 12.