Today, it has been revealed that The Netherlands will participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. AVROTROS confirmed this in a statement to esctoday.com. While no additional selection details have been announced, it is extremely likely that AVROTROS will choose their 2018 entry internally.
The Netherlands at Eurovision
So far, The Netherlands have accumulated four Eurovision victories. The most recent of these occurred in 1975 with Teach-In’s Ding-a-Dong. Between 2005 and 2012, The Netherlands suffered a run of eight consecutive non-qualifications. Following a change in the selection process, the internally selected Anouk reversed this trend in 2013 with a top 10 finish in the final.
Since 2013, The Netherlands have only missed the final on one occasion. This occasion was in 2015 when Trijntje Oosterhuis finished 14th in the first semi-final with Walk Along. A year earlier, The Common Linnets came close to giving the Dutch their fifth Eurovision victory, placing second behind Conchita Wurst with what is considered one of the highest quality performances, both visually and musically, in the history of the contest.
A fourth final in five years
This year, former Junior Eurovision entrants OG3NE took to the adult Eurovision stage for their country. Lights and Shadows was received well and placed 11th in the final. This matched Douwe Bob’s result from the previous year.
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