North Vision Song Contest 26
Inner Silence
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Semi-final 1 date 20 October 2018
Semi-final 2 date 27 October 2018
Final date TBA 2018
Venue Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Presenter(s) Sylvie Meis
Broadcaster AVROTROS
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
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.


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


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

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     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.


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.

Country Artist Song Selection Process
First half
Algeria Algeria Lynda "L'amour ne suffit pas" Algerian Music Festival 4
Flag of Armenia Armenia Asmik Shiroyan "The Code" NorthYergy 01
Flag of Belarus Belarus Sofi Lapina "Crystal Rainbows" Northfest 26
Flag of Belgium Belgium Internal selection
Flag of Denmark Denmark Mattis "Loverboy" Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 21
Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Bobi Andonov "Apartment" Makedonska superdzvezda
Flag of Hungary Hungary Heni Dér "Meghalok" Internal selection
Flag of Latvia Latvia TBA
Flag of Spain Spain Lola Indigo "Ya no quiero ná" Internal selection
Flag of Turkey Turkey Turkish Popstar 17
Second half
Flag of Albania Albania TBA 20 September 2018 TBA 20 September 2018 Internal selection
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina The Loudest Silence "The Loudest Silence" BH Vision 15
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Sound of Thieves "Freedom" Internal selection
Flag of Finland Finland FELIN "Gossip" Suomalaisen Musiikin Kilpailu 26
Flag of Georgia Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual" Internal selection
Flag of Israel Israel Adi Bity "Khairo" A song for Adi Bity
Flag of Italy Italy TBA
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein TBA
Flag of Poland Poland Polish Top Of The Top 16
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom North Vision: Your Decision 26

Semi-final 2

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

Country Artist Song Selection Process
First half
Austria Austria National selection
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Rachel Row "L Square" Internal selection
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Brixtn "Tak mi to nedovol" Internal selection
Iceland Iceland Ferðinn til Hollands 26
Flag of Greece Greece KAYLYNN "The Dragging" Internal selection
Flag of Morocco Morocco Imane El Halouat "I Will Be Waiting" Internal selection
Flag of Norway Norway TBA
Flag of San Marino San Marino Eujenia "Ora" Festival dei Castelli 6
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia TBA
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine PNV 16
Second half
Flag of Croatia Croatia Internal selection
Flag of Egypt Egypt Lara Scandar "Khalas Khalas" Internal selection
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Heidrik "Maria's Donkey" Sangur vár til NVSC 26
Flag of Ireland Ireland LAOISE Emerald Festival 2
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan TBA
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta" Internal selection
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania MILDA "Flag" Internal selection
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg National selection
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Nina Petković "Dišem" Internal selection
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Imset "Jadrava" Internal selection

Grand Final

Country Artist Song Selection Process
Flag of Andorra Andorra Made in Andorra 9
Flag of France France Destination Northvision 26
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Rosemary & Garlic "Blue Boy" Noordvisie Song Festival 08
Flag of Serbia Serbia Sara Jo "Lava" Internal selection
Flag of Sweden Sweden Fantasifestivalen 26
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland BOY "Fear" Internal selection

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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