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Montenegro: National final after 10 years

According to vijesti.me, one of the biggest news sites in Montenegro, festival like national final will select the representative for Lisbon. Director of RTCG, Mr Mićunović, stated that five songs will compete and the winner will be decided by public vote solely. The date for Montevizija is set for February 17th. The call for songs will be opened in November, …

Albania: Festivali i Këngës set for December 23rd

We can hardly believe it either, but it seems that the national final season will be well and truly in full swing in two months time! Albania, traditionally one of the first countries to select their entries for Eurovision, will not break with that tradition for 2018. Festivali i Këngës, the long-standing singing competition in the Balkan country, will once …

San Marino announces open call for entries

At a press conference earlier today, San Marino’s Eurovision team announced that their entry for Eurovision 2018 will be determined by an open Internet call. In the casting call (which you can watch here), they emphasize their search for any and all genres. The press conference made clear that San Marino are interested in entries from artists with any level …

JESC: Belarus to host 2018 contest

In an unusual announcement, the EBU have announced that Belarus will host the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In recent years the winner of the previous year’s contest is offered first refusal to host, today it has been announced that the winner of the 2017 contest will not get to host the contest (unless Belarus win). This news isn’t going …

[UPDATE] San Marino: 2018 press conference set for Tuesday

This article has been updated. The original article follows, with the update below. Following the semi-finals in Kyiv, we exclusively revealed that all was not well for the San Marino camp and Eurovision, with the director general of SMRTV Carlo Romeo stating that “there is no place for microstates in this contest”. This followed a third consecutive non-qualification for the …

France: Return to national selection in 2018

While France’s recent history in the contest has been varied and unique, perhaps moreso than any other competing nation, the Big 5 country has struggled for form in the contest, having finished in the top ten just twice in the past 15 years. However, recent choices have turned it around somewhat, with Amir’s 6th place in Stockholm and Alma’s 12th …

Hungary confirms A Dal details

Hungary’s national broadcaster MTVA has confirmed that A Dal is returning for 2018, and has now revealed the all-important dates for next year’s competition! The competition, which has fast become one of the highlights of the selection calendar, will kick off on January 20th 2018 with the first of three heats of ten songs each. Following three weekends of heats, …

Eurovision 2018: More countries confirm selection plans

As we approach the dark nights of the Eurovision national final season, countries across the continent have been gearing up their preparations for the upcoming contest in Lisbon. Casting and submission calls have been thrown open in recent days by a number of broadcaster which means we are not too far away from hearing the first potential entries of the …

Hungary and Serbia confirm national finals

Lots of fans were on pins and needles regarding Hungary’s participation in Lisbon, but the news finally came in today as MTVA, the Hungarian national broadcaster, confirmed that they will be present in Portugal and that, once agian, their representative will be chosen via national final – A Dal. Since its introduction in 2012, Hungary has qualified on every occasion and …

Hungary: MTVA silence on participation

A recent slice of worrying news for Eurovision fans has forums and Facebook groups buzzing with rumours after the Hungarian broadcaster MTVA refused to confirm their intentions for Eurovision 2018. In a blog post on the ESC Hungary website, the broadcaster states that all information regarding participation would be revealed with the full list of Eurovision participants in November, bucking …

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