The Netherlands’ song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be revealed on March 10th.
When speaking to the Dutch media, Eurovision artist Waylon revealed that his song for the contest will be revealed on March 10th as part of his new album “The World Can Wait”. The singer will start his tour, which is called the same name as his album, on 12th April, and end on 30th September. He will perform on 30 different stages throughout the tour.
The Netherlands announced that Waylon would represent the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest back in November of last year. Waylon (born Willem Bijkerk) first came to public attention after he finished second on the first season of Holland’s Got Talent in 2008. He previously represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 as one half of The Common Linnets with Ilse deLange. The duo finished second with “Calm After the Storm”, the highest placing for the Netherlands since their last win in 1975 with “Ding-A-Dong” by Teach-In. He left The Common Linnets soon after the Eurovision and returned to his solo career. He has been a coach on The Voice of Holland for the past two years.
The Netherlands will participate in one of the two semi-finals of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on the 8th or 10th May, in the hope of qualifying for the grand final on Saturday 12th May.
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.