Moving on to day 9 of our 10 Days of Confirmations as we fly on over to Western Europe. The Dutch broadcaster, AVROTROS, has confirmed to ESCToday that the Netherlands will compete in the forthcoming 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon!
It is more than likely that the Dutch will once again opt for an internal selection in order to select their Eurovision act and entry for Portugal as has been the case in recent years.
In 2017, the Netherlands went internal and selected OG3NE to fly the Dutch flag in Kyiv with their entry Lights and shadows. The Dutch trio placed 11th in the Grand Final in Ukraine.
Many names have been circulating the press in recent years regarding potential Dutch candidates for Eurovision, but who would you like to see representing the nation in Lisbon? Let us know your suggestions in the poll below!
The Netherlands in Eurovision
The Netherlands has won the Eurovision Song Contest 4 times and is one of the founding members of the competition, having debuted in 1956.
The Dutch have only made it to the Top 5 of the scoreboard 10 times in their 61 year old history in the contest including 4 victories (1957, 1959, 1969 and 1975), one 2nd place (2014), one third place (1974), two 4th places (1972 and 1998) and two 5th places (1980 and 1987).
The country has hosted the competition 4 times; Hilversum (1958) Amsterdam (1970), The Hague (1976 and 1980).
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May in Lisbon, Portugal.
The deadline for broadcasters to officially apply for Eurovision 2018 concludes by mid September. Hereafter, countries have a grace period to confirm their participation or withdraw their application without a penalty.
The final list of the 2018 Eurovision participating countries is expected to be released by the EBU later during the year.