The Dutch national broadcaster, AVROTROS, has confirmed that they will be taking part in the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon next May.
AVROTROS confirmed their participation to ESCToday yesterday. There has been no announcement yet as to how the Dutch entry for 2018 will be selected. However, it is expected that an internal selection will be used once more. Rumours have already started circulated as to who the next representative will be. One rumoured artist, Alain Clark, stated two weeks after this year’s final that he would be willing to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The country has used internal selections since 2013, a choice which has proven very successful. Anouk became the first Dutch artist to qualify for the final since 2004, where she finished 9th with the song “Birds”. A year later, the Common Linnets finished second in the final with “Calm After the Storm”, which was the best result for the Netherlands since their last win in 1975. This year, the Netherlands were represented by O’G3NE, who finished 11th in the final with “Lights and Shadows”. Coincidentally, this was exactly the same position that the group finished in when they took part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 with the song “Adem in, adem uit”.
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 8th, 10th and 12th of May in Lisbon’s MEO Arena, following Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv. His song “Amar Pelos Dois” brought Portugal their first Eurovision victory in 49 attempts.
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The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on four occasions the latest being in 1975. The Netherlands struggled in the contest from 2000 onwards, between 2004 and 2013 the country only qualified twice for the final. The countries best result since 1975 occurred in 2014 when The Common Linnets finished 2nd in Copenhagen with a total of 238 points, 52 points behind Austria.