HUNGARY – Hungarian national broadcaster kicks off the 2018 edition of A Dal. Starting on January 20th, 20 participants will fight for the ticket to Lisbon. The final of A Dal is set for February 24th. Submissions due on November 15th.
GREECE – The joke of the year is called Greek national final. After the back and forward statement of ERT that submissions are 16 after all and not 20 (which came in order to correct us) a new submission has been revealed: it’s the one by the 1981 Greek Eurovision entrant Yannis Dimitras. His song is titled “Ta paidia tis Athinas” (Athens kids or something like that). So far the way the Greek selection is clearly moving back to the “good” old 90s selections full of indifferent acts.
PORTUGAL – On November 7th at 16:30 CET, Portuguese national broadcaster will hold a press conference to report to the press the progress for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest preparations. It’s going to be an exciting event and oikotimes.com will be on the spot for live updates.
ISRAEL – Three participants competed in the second episode of The Next Star Israel which was smaller in duration. Gal Yaakoni (92%), Hagar Yefet (78%) and Chen Aharoni (94%) participated and qualified. Chen got the biggest qualification score. Chen is not unknown to the Europeans as he participated in the 2011 KDAM edition and made all the Israeli Europeans super excited.
ITALY – Vincenzo Cantiello, the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner is one of the qualifiers in the audition phase of RAI for the 2018 Sanremo Festival newcomer category. 646 songs submitted in this category and 8 will proceed to the festival (six from the auditions and two from AreaSanremo Contest).
MONTENEGRO – RTCG announced the date for the national final. On February 17th we will find out who will represent the country in Lisbon. There will be 5 songs in the national final chosen by five expert jury members. It is the first time Montenegro decides through national selection in years!