Lisbon 2018's Eurovision staging made the artistic choice to remove the LED wall. Elaine O'Neill looks at the history of physical props and virtual scenery, the impact of RTPs choice, and the positive impact on the Song Contest.
Female artists at Eurovision must walk a fine line to ensure they appear acceptable to the televoting audience. They must be confident but not too confident, sexy but not too sexy, funny but not too funny. Lisa-Jayne Lewis explores the way that societal biases about femininity affect results and reactions at Eurovision.
It is no secret that Julia Samoylova, this year’s Russian artist, is a wheelchair user. Vienna 2015 showed that the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest do not always plan appropriately in terms of accessibility for disabled persons. John Egan has explored some of the key venue features to see if Lisbon 2018 has done any better.