The Netherlands: AVROTROS confirms internal selection; announcement in due course

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Dutch national broadcaster AVROTROS has confirmed to ESCToday that The Netherlands will yet again opt for an internal selection in order to select its Eurovision act and entry for Lisbon, as has been the case in recent years.

Last August AVROTROS confirmed to ESCToday that The Netherlands will participate at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Hereafter there has been a great mediatic frenzy on whom could be the next Dutch Eurovision act.

There has been much speculation and debate on who will represent the Netherlands at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Dutch media is having a field day speculating about the possible potential candidates.

Many names are in the bag rumoured to be the next Dutch Eurovision act:  Maan, Romy Monteiro, Shirma Rouse, Sharon Dorson, Alain Clarke, Ilse DeLange (The Common Linnets), Boris, Eva Simons , Dotan…etc.

The Dutch national broadcaster, AVROTROS, has confirmed to ESCToday that it will select the 2018 Dutch Eurovision act and entry internally, and that it hasn’t set a date for the announcement yet, but expects to reveal the 2018 Dutch Eurovision hopeful within a month. Hence we will hear from the Netherlands in due course!

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).

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.

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May in Lisbon, Portugal.

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