There was worry across the Eurovision community following San Marino’s announcement after the 2017 Contest that they would have to have a serious look at how they participated in the future. Rumours were rife that they may pull out of the Contest following claims that it is difficult for micro states like San Marino to qualify for the final. Earlier this evening the Sammarinese broadcaster SMRTV not only confirmed that they would be returning in 2018, but that they will host a Europe wide talent casting process to select their act and song.
Recently it has been rare that France have had a national selection contest for Eurovision. Between 2008 and 2013 and again since 2015 they have opted to select their act through an internal selection process. This has given them a fairly good success rate with Alma finishing twelfth, and Amir especially coming in sixth place, their best result in the last fifteen years. Today however French broadcaster France 2 revealed that they will air multiple episodes of a new show Destination Eurovision to select their artist and song for Eurovision 2018.
Last month the Maltese broadcaster revealed a list of 30 artists and songs that they had selected for the next round of their national selection for Eurovision 2018. Today, they have gone one step closer and have shortened the list to the 16 songs that will compete at the live MESC 2018 show in Jan/Feb. Read on for the full list of contenders.
39 countries have confirmed their participation Eurovision 2018. Among them are Albania and Israel who announced this week their intentions to compete in the Contest in Lisbon in May next year.
Late last week Laura Groeseneken was selected as Belgium’s 2018 Eurovision participant. The singer revealed in an interview that part of the reason she was interested in competing was due to the beauty of this year’s winning song ‘Amar Pelos Dois’ by Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral. In homage to the song she has done her own version in English. Check it out:
And so it begins, the first in a long line of artist announcements for Eurovision 2018. Flemish broadcaster VRT (who take it year about with French speaking broadcaster RTBF to choose the Belgian Eurovision entry) have got in there early and are the first to announce their artist for the Contest. It will be Laura Groeseneken who will represent then nation at Eurovision which this year will take place in Lisbon.
Sweden’s Eurovision selection competition Melodifestivalen is one of the most anticipated events in the Eurovision calendar. Spanning over six weeks and six major Swedish cities, the competition is a celebration of Schlager, a coup d’etat of kitsch and just downright fun. Today the details for the 2018 edition were revealed.
Balkan nation Bosnia Herzegovina took a Eurovision hiatus in 2017 with the national broadcaster citing financial restraints as the reason for pulling out. Fans were hoping that this would be a one year thing but in an announcement this week BHRT revealed that they would not be returning to Eurovision for the 2018 edition.