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North Vision Song Contest 26
Inner Silence
NVSC 26 logo
Dates
PQR date 15 September 2018
Semi-final 1 date 27 October 2018
Semi-final 2 date 3 November 2018
Final date 1 December 2018
Host
Venue Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Presenter(s) Sylvie Meis
Broadcaster AVROTROS
Opening act Semi-final 1: OG3NE, Maan and Pleun performing "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing"
Semi-final 2: N/A
Final: Sieneke performing "Ik Ben Verliefd (Sha-la-lie)"
Interval act Semi-final 1: HAEVN performing their song "Mind Games"
Semi-final 2: Raffaëla performing "Chocolatte"
Final: Noble performing "Back to Black"
Participants
Entries 50
Returning Algeria Algeria
Flag of Armenia Armenia
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Macedonia North 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
Voting
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
Null points None
Winner Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
"Polyusy"
North Vision Song Contest
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North Vision Song Contest 26, often referred to as NVSC 26, was the twenty-sixth edition of the North Vision Song Contest. The contest was hosted in Rotterdam, as the Netherlands were the winning country of the twenty-fifth edition due to HAEVN's win with "Fortitude". The show was hosted by television personality and model Sylvie Francoise Meis.

Fifty countries participated 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.


Location

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

Format

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

NVSC 26 SF Map.svg
     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. Ayree returns for Kazakhstan after previously representing the country in the 20th edition. Emina returned to the contest after representing Serbia in the 24th edition with Milica Todorović, this time participating for Turkey with Edis, himself a returnee from the 13th edition.

Results

Pre-Qualification Round

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Malta Malta Jane Doe "GoldRush" 8 90
02 Flag of Russia Russia RASA "Pod fonarem" 7 97
03 Flag of Monaco Monaco John Mamann "On s'en fout" 9 80
04 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Nina Petković "Dišem" 5 114
05 Flag of Romania Romania Raluka "Undone" 6 106
06 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Rachel Row "L Square" 4 115
07 Flag of Spain Spain Lola Indigo "Ya no quiero ná" 2 126
08 Flag of Georgia Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual" 3 125
09 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta" 1 137

Semi-final 1

Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Spain Spain Lola Indigo "Ya no quiero ná" 5 195
02 Flag of Belarus Belarus Sofi Lapina "Crystal Rainbows" 16 93
03 Flag of Turkey Turkey Edis feat. Emina "Güzelliğine" 9 144
04 Flag of Hungary Hungary Heni Dér "Meghalok" 14 109
05 Flag of Denmark Denmark Mattis "Loverboy" 1 217
06 Algeria Algeria Lynda "L'amour ne suffit pas" 12 122
07 Flag of Latvia Latvia VIŅA "Un nakts" 17 83
08 Flag of Belgium Belgium Sonnfjord "Lights" 15 96
09 Flag of Macedonia North Macedonia Bobi Andonov "Apartment" 6 188
10 Flag of Armenia Armenia Asmik Shiroyan "The Code" 20 62
11 Flag of Albania Albania JANEX "Mermaids" 18 80
12 Flag of Israel Israel Adi Bity "Khairo" 19 66
13 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein The Gardener & The Tree "Secret" 4 195
14 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Sound of Thieves "Freedom" 2 206
15 Flag of Finland Finland FELIN "Gossip" 3 198
16 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina The Loudest Silence "The Loudest Silence" 13 114
17 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Maeve "Martyr" 10 135
18 Flag of Italy Italy Nava "Ritual" 11 123
19 Flag of Georgia Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual" 7 150
20 Flag of Poland Poland Paulina Czapla "Twój talizman" 8 150

Semi-final 2

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

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of San Marino San Marino Eujenia "Ora" 20 35
02 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Fallgrapp feat. Juraj Benetin "Dym" 8 160
03 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Rachel Row "L Square" 3 189
04 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Brixtn "Tak mi to nedovol" 15 107
05 Flag of Norway Norway Ina Wroldsen "Mother" 5 175
06 Flag of Greece Greece KAYLYNN "The Dragging" 7 165
07 Flag of Morocco Morocco Imane El Halouat "I Will Be Waiting" 6 173
08 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Riya "Polyusy" 2 205
09 Iceland Iceland GDRN feat. Floni "Lætur mig" 17 82
10 Austria Austria KIDS N CATS "Germany" 4 181
11 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Nina Petković "Dišem" 12 127
12 Flag of Ireland Ireland LAOISE "You" 19 44
13 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta" 9 159
14 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania MILDA "Flag" 13 125
15 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Heidrik "Maria's Donkey" 1 232
16 Flag of Egypt Egypt Lara Scandar "Khalas khalas" 16 98
17 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Nyvinne "Spreco personale" 14 115
18 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Ayree "Munaitpa endi" 11 137
19 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Imset "Jadrava" 18 65
20 Flag of Croatia Croatia Nikolija "Nema limita" 10 152

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Riya "Polyusy" 1 392
02 Flag of Georgia Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual" 21 177
03 Flag of Greece Greece KAYLYNN "The Dragging" 18 199
04 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Rachel Row "L Square" 15 217
05 Flag of Sweden Sweden Normandie "White Flag" 2 342
06 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Sound of Thieves "Freedom" 19 189
07 Flag of Serbia Serbia Sara Jo "Lava" 4 282
08 Flag of Denmark Denmark Mattis "Loverboy" 11 235
09 Flag of Poland Poland Paulina Czapla "Twój talizman" 22 161
10 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Fallgrapp feat. Juraj Benetin "Dym" 16 216
11 Flag of Turkey Turkey Edis feat. Emina "Güzelliğine" 12 232
12 Austria Austria KIDS N CATS "Germany" 20 188
13 Flag of Andorra Andorra Siderland "Reina del misteri" 17 203
14 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Maeve "Martyr" 23 160
15 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Rosemary & Garlic "Blue Boy" 25 133
16 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta" 14 220
17 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Heidrik "Maria's Donkey" 7 252
18 Flag of Croatia Croatia Nikolija "Nema limita" 6 255
19 Flag of Morocco Morocco Imane El Halouat "I Will Be Waiting" 8 250
20 Flag of Finland Finland FELIN "Gossip" 13 230
21 Flag of France France Alma "La chute est lente" 26 119
22 Flag of Macedonia North Macedonia Bobi Andonov "Apartment" 3 318
23 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland BOY "Fear" 10 242
24 Flag of Norway Norway Ina Wroldsen "Mother" 9 247
25 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein The Gardener & The Tree "Secret" 24 135
26 Flag of Spain Spain Lola Indigo "Ya no quiero ná" 5 264

Non-qualifier results

Place Country Semi-final Place Points Percentage
27 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 11 137 5.03%
28 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 12 127 4.66%
29 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 13 125 4.59%
30 Flag of Italy Italy 11 123 4.51%
31 Algeria Algeria 12 122 4.48%
32 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 14 115 4.22%
33 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 114 4.18%
34 Flag of Hungary Hungary 14 109 4.00%
35 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 15 107 3.93%
36 Flag of Egypt Egypt 16 98 3.60%
37 Flag of Belgium Belgium 15 96 3.52%
38 Flag of Belarus Belarus 16 93 3.41%
39 Flag of Latvia Latvia 17 83 3.04%
40 Iceland Iceland 17 82 3.01%
41 Flag of Albania Albania 18 80 2.93%
42 Flag of Israel Israel 19 66 2.42%
43 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 18 65 2.38%
44 Flag of Armenia Armenia 20 62 2.27%
45 Flag of Ireland Ireland 19 44 1.61%
46 Flag of San Marino San Marino 20 35 1.28%
47 Flag of Romania Romania N/A
48 Flag of Russia Russia
49 Flag of Malta Malta
50 Flag of Monaco Monaco

Voting grids

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Macedonia North Macedonia 110 Flag of Denmark Denmark 122
2 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 104 Flag of Finland Finland 110
3 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 104 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 95
4 Flag of Spain Spain 99 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 91
5 Flag of Denmark Denmark 92 Flag of Spain Spain 86
6 Flag of Georgia Georgia 85 Flag of Poland Poland 82
7 Flag of Finland Finland 76 Flag of Macedonia North Macedonia 78
8 Flag of Poland Poland 66 Flag of Turkey Turkey 77
9 Algeria Algeria 64 Flag of United Kingdom UK 72
10 Flag of Turkey Turkey 61 Flag of Italy Italy 69
11 Flag of United Kingdom UK 59 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 58
12 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 56 Algeria Algeria 58
13 Flag of Italy Italy 53 Flag of Georgia Georgia 57
14 Flag of Hungary Hungary 52 Flag of Hungary Hungary 57
15 Flag of Belarus Belarus 50 Flag of Latvia Latvia 51
16 Flag of Belgium Belgium 47 Flag of Belgium Belgium 49
17 Flag of Albania Albania 44 Flag of Belarus Belarus 38
18 Flag of Israel Israel 41 Flag of Albania Albania 36
19 Flag of Armenia Armenia 39 Flag of Israel Israel 25
20 Flag of Latvia Latvia 32 Flag of Armenia Armenia 23

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country in the first semi-final.

Countries in bold represent those awarded full 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to a specified entrant.

Jury
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Denmark Georgia, Italy, Liechtenstein, Serbia
Liechtenstein Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cyprus, Israel, Switzerland
3 Turkey Belgium, Macedonia, Poland
2 Cyprus Denmark, Hungary
Finland Belarus, Turkey
Hungary Algeria, Latvia
Macedonia Spain, Sweden
1 Albania Armenia
Algeria Albania
Spain United Kingdom
United Kingdom Finland
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Macedonia Belgium, Serbia, Spain, Sweden
3 Liechtenstein Cyprus, Latvia, Switzerland
2 Bosnia & Herzegovina Armenia, Turkey
Georgia Albania, Israel
Spain Macedonia, United Kingdom
Turkey Belarus, Poland
1 Armenia Georgia
Denmark Liechtenstein
Finland Denmark
Hungary Bosnia & Herzegovina
Israel Algeria
Italy Finland
Latvia Italy
Poland Hungary

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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