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North Vision Song Contest 26
Inner Silence
NVSC 26 logo
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 27 October 2018
Semi-final 2 date 3 November 2018
Final date November 2018
Host
Venue Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Presenter(s) Sylvie Meis
Broadcaster AVROTROS
Opening act Semi-final 1: OG3NE, Maan and Pleun performing "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing"
Semi-final 2: TBA
Final: TBA
Interval act Semi-final 1: HAEVN performing their song "Mind Games"
Semi-final 2: TBA
Final: TBA
Participants
Entries 50
Returning Algeria Algeria
Flag of Armenia Armenia
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia
Flag of Greece Greece
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
Withdrawing Flag of Estonia Estonia
Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of Moldova Moldova
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Voting
System Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting
North Vision Song Contest
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North Vision Song Contest 26, often referred to as NVSC 26, will be the twenty-sixth edition of the North Vision Song Contest. The contest will be hosted in Rotterdam, as the Netherlands was the winning country of the twenty-fifth edition due to HAEVN's win with "Fortitude". The show will be hosted by television personality and model Sylvie Francoise Meis. As of 2 September 2018, fifty countries have confirmed their provisional participation in the contest, with seven countries confirming their return after a one-edition break: Armenia, Cyprus, Egypt, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom while Algeria and Slovakia confirmed a return after a two-edition break. Estonia, Germany, Moldova and Portugal withdrew from the contest.


Location

Bidding phase

Locations of the candidate cities. The chosen location is marked in red.
After the Netherlands accepted the hosting of the 26th edition, on 25 August 2018, the country announced that seven cities with a total of ten venues had applied: Amsterdam, Arnhem, Den Haag, Eindhoven, Heerenveen, Rotterdam and Tilburg. The only city that had two venues in the bidding phase was Rotterdam.

On 1 September 2018, AVROTROS announced along with the theme for the edition that the Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam was selected as the host venue for the edition.

Key   Template:If empty   Host venue

City Venue Capacity
Amsterdam Johan Cruijff Arena 55,346
Olympic Stadium Amsterdam 22,288
Ziggo Dome 17,000
Arnhem GelreDome 34,000
Den Haag Kyocera Stadium 15,000
Eindhoven Philips Stadion 36,500
Heerenveen Thialf 12,500
Rotterdam De Kuip 51,137
Ahoy Rotterdam Template:If empty 14,102
Tilburg Koning Willem II Stadion 14,637

Format

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place at Rotterdam City Hall on 3 September 2018, hosted by Kim-Lian van der Meij and Ewout Genemans. The first part of the draw determined in which semi-final the Big Six would have to vote. The second part of the draw decided in which half of the respective semi-finals each country would perform, with the exact running order determined by the producers of the show at a later date. Twenty countries will participate in both semi-finals, respectively. From each semi-final, ten countries will join the "Big 6" in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries will participate.

The thirty-five semi-finalists were allocated into six pots, based on their geographical place and cultural similarities. Drawing from different pots helps in reducing the chance of so-called neighbour voting and increasing suspense in the semi-finals. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.

The six pots were the following:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Participating countries

NVSC 26 SF Map.svg
     Countries in the first semi-final
     Countries voting in the first semi-final
     Countries in the second semi-final
     Countries voting in the second semi-final
49 countries participated in the edition. A total of 9 countries returned to the competition; Armenia, Cyprus, Egypt, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom returned after their one edition abscence while Algeria and Slovakia returned after being away for two editions.

5 countries withdrew from this edition. Germany withdrew from the first time since its debut in the 1st edition. Moldova withdrew from the competition due to changes within the country's broadcaster while Estonia cited the lack of interest and being in the Pre-Qualification Round as the reasons for their withdrawal. Norway was initially announced to withdraw from the edition due to missing the deadline, but the broadcaster was eventually allowed to participate with a fine.

Returning artists

John Mamann, who represented Portugal in the 8th edition along with Kika, was selected to represent Monaco this edition. Nina Sublatti returned to represent Georgia for the third time, this time with The Mins, after participating in the 15th and 21st editions. Bobi Andonov competed twice before, under the name Bobby Andonov; in the 6th and 12th editions. Ayree returns for Kazakhstan after previously representing the country in the 20th edition. Emina returned to the contest after representing Serbia in the 24th edition with Milica Todorović, this time participating for Turkey with Edis.

Results

Pre-Qualification Round

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Malta Malta Jane Doe "GoldRush"
02 Flag of Russia Russia RASA "Pod fonarem"
03 Flag of Monaco Monaco John Mamann "On s'en fout"
04 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Nina Petković "Dišem"
05 Flag of Romania Romania Raluka "Undone"
06 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Rachel Row "L Square"
07 Flag of Spain Spain Lola Indigo "Ya no quiero ná"
08 Flag of Georgia Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual"
09 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta"

Semi-final 1

Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Spain Spain Lola Indigo "Ya no quiero ná"
02 Flag of Belarus Belarus Sofi Lapina "Crystal Rainbows"
03 Flag of Turkey Turkey Edis feat. Emina "Güzelliğine"
04 Flag of Hungary Hungary Heni Dér "Meghalok"
05 Flag of Denmark Denmark Mattis "Loverboy"
06 Algeria Algeria Lynda "L'amour ne suffit pas"
07 Flag of Latvia Latvia VIŅA "Un nakts"
08 Flag of Belgium Belgium Sonnfjord "Lights"
09 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Bobi Andonov "Apartment"
10 Flag of Armenia Armenia Asmik Shiroyan "The Code"
11 Flag of Albania Albania JANEX "Mermaids"
12 Flag of Israel Israel Adi Bity "Khairo"
13 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein The Gardener & The Tree "Secret"
14 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Sound of Thieves "Freedom"
15 Flag of Finland Finland FELIN "Gossip"
16 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina The Loudest Silence "The Loudest Silence"
17 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Maeve "Martyr"
18 Flag of Italy Italy Nava "Ritual"
19 Flag of Georgia Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual"
20 Flag of Poland Poland Paulina Czapla "Twój talizman"

Semi-final 2

Andorra, France and the Netherlands will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of San Marino San Marino Eujenia "Ora"
02 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Fallgrapp feat. Juraj Benetin "Dym"
03 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Rachel Row "L Square"
04 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Brixtn "Tak mi to nedovol"
05 Flag of Norway Norway Ina Wroldsen "Mother"
06 Flag of Greece Greece KAYLYNN "The Dragging"
07 Flag of Morocco Morocco Imane El Halouat "I Will Be Waiting"
08 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine RIYA "Polyusy"
09 Iceland Iceland GDRN feat. Floni "Lætur mig"
10 Austria Austria KIDS N CATS "Germany"
11 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Nina Petković "Dišem"
12 Flag of Ireland Ireland LAOISE "You"
13 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta"
14 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania MILDA "Flag"
15 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Heidrik "Maria's Donkey"
16 Flag of Egypt Egypt Lara Scandar "Khalas khalas"
17 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Nyvinne "Spreco personale"
18 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Ayree "Munaitpa endi"
19 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Imset "Jadrava"
20 Flag of Croatia Croatia Nikolija "Nema limita"

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine RIYA "Polyusy"
02 Flag of Georgia Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual"
03 Flag of Greece Greece KAYLYNN "The Dragging"
04 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Rachel Row "L Square"
05 Flag of Sweden Sweden Normandie "White Flag"
06 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Sound of Thieves "Freedom"
07 Flag of Serbia Serbia Sara Jo "Lava"
08 Flag of Denmark Denmark Mattis "Loverboy"
09 Flag of Poland Poland Paulina Czapla "Twój talizman"
10 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Fallgrapp feat. Juraj Benetin "Dym"
11 Flag of Turkey Turkey Edis feat. Emina "Güzelliğine"
12 Austria Austria KIDS N CATS "Germany"
13 Flag of Andorra Andorra Siderland "Reina del misteri"
14 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Maeve "Martyr"
15 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Rosemary & Garlic "Blue Boy"
16 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta"
17 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Heidrik "Maria's Donkey"
18 Flag of Croatia Croatia Nikolija "Nema limita"
19 Flag of Morocco Morocco Imane El Halouat "I Will Be Waiting"
20 Flag of Finland Finland FELIN "Gossip"
21 Flag of France France Alma "La chute est lente"
22 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Bobi Andonov "Apartment"
23 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland BOY "Fear"
24 Flag of Norway Norway Ina Wroldsen "Mother"
25 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein The Gardener & The Tree "Secret"
26 Flag of Spain Spain Lola Indigo "Ya no quiero ná"

Other countries

Further information: List of countries in the North Vision Song Contest

Countries that are active members of the North Broadcasting Union (NBU) are also eligible to participate in the North Vision Song Contest. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members have been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. The following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active NBU members

  • Flag of Estonia Estonia: On 2 September 2018, ERR announced a withdrawal from the contest, making it the third time Estonia has withdrawn from the competition. The Head of Delegation cited a lack of interest, alongside participation in the pre-qualification round as the reasons behind the withdrawal.
  • Flag of Germany Germany: NDR published a statement announcing the country's withdrawal due to the sudden departure of the broadcaster's Head of Delegation.
  • Flag of Moldova Moldova: The country withdrew due to a restructuring of the broadcaster, including the changing of the nation's Head of Delegation.
  • The following countries failed to confirm or withdraw from edition and were fined by the NBU:

Associate NBU members

  • Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong: Hong Kong were invited by the NBU in the twentieth and twenty-first edition as part of a special anniversary. However, they have not participated since then and are very unlikely to return.

NBU non-members

  • Flag of Tunisia Tunisia: The country is not expected to return to the contest, since they have not participated since the sixteenth edition and lack a broadcaster with NBU membership.

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