There will be 43 countries that will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Not all of these countries have selected their entry for the contest in Lisbon. Check out the list of participants for Eurovision 2018!
The first nation to pick their full act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is Albania. Just before Christmas 2017, Eugent Bushpepa won Festivali i Këngës 56 with the song ‘Mall’. He will now represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
A lot of internal selections for Lisbon
The trend of recent years will continue in 2018. Many public broadcasters have decided to make an internal selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, although we see more national finals than in the 2017 season. Seven countries already handpicked their artist in the last months of 2017! These nations are: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Finland, Georgia and The Netherlands.
The most recent news about internal selections, results or winners of national finals can be found here:
Full list of participants for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Below you can see all the chosen artists for Eurovision 2018 thus far. If the song is already available, you can listen to it by clicking on the songtitle. The clip will open in a new screen of your browser.
Albania – Eugent Bushpepa – Mall
Australia – Jessica Mauboy
Austria – Cesár Sampson – Nobody But You
Azerbaijan – Aisel
Belgium – Laura Groeseneken (SENNEK)
Finland – Saara Aalto
Georgia – Iriao
The Netherlands – Waylon
Returning artists to the Eurovision Song Contest
In 2018, we will see a couple of artists taking the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest again. This is not unique. The last time we had no returning artists in the contest was back in 2004.
Our own Jessica Mauboy already ‘represented’ Australia in 2014, because she took care of the interval act. Waylon was a part of The Common Linnets in that same year, and he then reached the silver medal on behalf of The Netherlands. Austria’s Cesár Sampson was a backing vocalist and dancer for Bulgaria in 2016, and off-stage vocalist in 2017.
Some artists are successful when they return to the contest, while others fail on their second (or third) attempt. Whether it is a wise choice or not, depends on the situation. We wrote about this topic in our Do’s and don’ts article for comeback-artists.