National selection season for Eurovision 2018 is now underway. Across Europe dozens of countries are choosing their entries for Lisbon. What has happened so far and what is coming up in the next week?
There are only a few months to go until the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and already artists from several countries have been chosen. Last weekend saw the first semi-final of the French national selection take place and earlier this week the finalists participating in national selections in Hungary, Norway and Ukraine were revealed. Alexander Rybak, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 is returning to the Norwegian national selection this year.
A special songwriting camp took place in Germany where the six artists in the running to represent Germany at Eurovision 2018 took up residency where they developed songs with composers and producers from around the world. One of the writers, Axel Ehnström, represented Finland in the contest in 2011, under the name Paradise Oscar.
What is coming up this weekend?
The second semi-final in the French national selection, featuring nine more acts, will be broadcast. You can follow all the latest news about Destination Eurovision on Facebook, Twitter and don’t forget to check out the official website as well as the official YouTube channel to hear clips of the songs.
Ten acts will perform during the first selection show of A Dal 2018, Hungary's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. You can find out more about the format on the official website of A Dal 2018.
Lithuania continues to hold the record for having the longest run of national selection shows for Eurovision. The second heat of the national selection in Lithuania will see six more qualifiers proceed to the final.
The Romanian national selection for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Selecția Națională, will begin with the first semi-final on Sunday 21st January. In total 60 entries will battle it out for the ticket to Lisbon and the opportunity to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Wednesday Weekly is your weekly guide to the national selections for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.