North Vision Song Contest 26
Inner Silence
NVSC 26 logo.png
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.png Armenia
Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus
Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
Flag of North Macedonia.png North Macedonia
Flag of Greece.png Greece
Flag of Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom
Withdrawing Flag of Estonia.png Estonia
Flag of Germany.png Germany
Flag of Moldova.png Moldova
Flag of Portugal.png 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.png 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

     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 returned 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. KAYLYNN represented Greece for the second time, after failing to qualify in the 19th edition.

Results

Pre-Qualification Round

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Malta.png Malta Jane Doe "GoldRush" 8 90
02 Flag of Russia.png Russia RASA "Pod fonarem" 7 97
03 Flag of Monaco.png Monaco John Mamann "On s'en fout" 9 80
04 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro Nina Petković "Dišem" 5 114
05 Flag of Romania.png Romania Raluka "Undone" 6 106
06 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Rachel Row "L Square" 4 115
07 Flag of Spain.png Spain Lola Indigo "Ya no quiero ná" 2 126
08 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual" 3 125
09 Flag of Lebanon.png 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.png Spain Lola Indigo "Ya no quiero ná" 5 195
02 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Sofi Lapina "Crystal Rainbows" 16 93
03 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey Edis feat. Emina "Güzelliğine" 9 144
04 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Heni Dér "Meghalok" 14 109
05 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark Mattis "Loverboy" 1 217
06 Algeria Algeria Lynda "L'amour ne suffit pas" 12 122
07 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia VIŅA "Un nakts" 17 83
08 Flag of Belgium.png Belgium Sonnfjord "Lights" 15 96
09 Flag of North Macedonia.png North Macedonia Bobi Andonov "Apartment" 6 188
10 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia Asmik Shiroyan "The Code" 20 62
11 Flag of Albania.png Albania JANEX "Mermaids" 18 80
12 Flag of Israel.png Israel Adi Bity "Khairo" 19 66
13 Flag of Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein The Gardener & The Tree "Secret" 4 195
14 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus Sound of Thieves "Freedom" 2 206
15 Flag of Finland.png Finland FELIN "Gossip" 3 198
16 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina The Loudest Silence "The Loudest Silence" 13 114
17 Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Maeve "Martyr" 10 135
18 Flag of Italy.png Italy Nava "Ritual" 11 123
19 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual" 7 150
20 Flag of Poland.png 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.png San Marino Eujenia "Ora" 20 35
02 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia Fallgrapp feat. Juraj Benetin "Dym" 8 160
03 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Rachel Row "L Square" 3 189
04 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Brixtn "Tak mi to nedovol" 15 107
05 Flag of Norway.png Norway Ina Wroldsen "Mother" 5 175
06 Flag of Greece.png Greece KAYLYNN "The Dragging" 7 165
07 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco Imane El Halouat "I Will Be Waiting" 6 173
08 Flag of Ukraine.png 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.png Montenegro Nina Petković "Dišem" 12 127
12 Flag of Ireland.png Ireland LAOISE "You" 19 44
13 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta" 9 159
14 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania MILDA "Flag" 13 125
15 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands Heidrik "Maria's Donkey" 1 232
16 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Lara Scandar "Khalas khalas" 16 98
17 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Nyvinne "Spreco personale" 14 115
18 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Ayree "Munaitpa endi" 11 137
19 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia Imset "Jadrava" 18 65
20 Flag of Croatia.png Croatia Nikolija "Nema limita" 10 152

Final

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

Non-qualifier results

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

Voting grids

Semi-final 1

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

Semi-final 2

Semi-final 2
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe 118 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 120
2 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 110 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe 102
3 Austria Austria 106 Flag of Greece.png Greece 99
4 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco 95 Flag of Norway.png Norway 91
5 Flag of Norway.png Norway 79 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon 81
6 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon 78 Flag of Croatia.png Croatia 80
7 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 78 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 78
8 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 72 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 78
9 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 72 Austria Austria 75
10 Flag of Croatia.png Croatia 66 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro 74
11 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech R. 62 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco 74
12 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg 62 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 71
13 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt 58 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 65
14 Flag of Greece.png Greece 58 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg 50
15 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro 53 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech R. 45
16 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 52 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt 40
17 Iceland Iceland 48 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 39
18 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 26 Iceland Iceland 34
19 Flag of Ireland.png Ireland 22 Flag of Ireland.png Ireland 22
20 Flag of San Marino.png San Marino 19 Flag of San Marino.png San Marino 16

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
3 Greece Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Norway
Morocco Egypt, France, Lebanon
2 Austria Kazakhstan, Slovenia
Croatia Greece, Ukraine
Lithuania Bulgaria, Slovakia
Norway Lithuania, San Marino
1 Bulgaria Montenegro
Czech Republic Austria
Egypt Ireland
Faroe Islands Netherlands
Kazakhstan Faroe Islands
Lebanon Iceland
Luxembourg Andorra
Slovakia Morocco
Ukraine Croatia
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Bulgaria Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Ukraine
Faroe Islands Austria, Iceland, Lebanon, Slovenia
3 Ukraine Egypt, Lithuania, Norway
2 Austria Czech Republic, Morocco
Egypt Ireland, Netherlands
Morocco France, Slovakia
1 Croatia Greece
Czech Republic Andorra
Kazakhstan Faroe Islands
Lebanon Croatia
Lithuania Bulgaria
Norway San Marino

Final

Final
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 186 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 194
2 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 179 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 163
3 Flag of Macedonia.png North M. 163 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia 156
4 Flag of Croatia.png Croatia 157 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 152
5 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra 127 Flag of Macedonia.png North M. 147
6 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia 126 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe 145
7 Flag of Spain.png Spain 125 Flag of Spain.png Spain 133
8 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey 123 Flag of Finland.png Finland 130
9 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco 123 Flag of Norway.png Norway 127
10 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 122 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco 127
11 Flag of Norway.png Norway 120 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 120
12 Austria Austria 119 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 107
13 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 115 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey 106
14 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon 110 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon 105
15 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 109 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 102
16 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe 106 Flag of Greece.png Greece 100
17 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus 105 Flag of Croatia.png Croatia 98
18 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia 94 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus 84
19 Flag of Finland.png Finland 93 Flag of United Kingdom.svg UK 81
20 Flag of Greece.png Greece 89 Flag of France.png France 81
21 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 83 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia 81
22 Flag of Poland.png Poland 82 Flag of Poland.png Poland 79
23 Flag of United Kingdom.svg UK 79 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra 76
24 Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands 66 Flag of Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein 74
25 Flag of Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein 61 Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands 67
26 Flag of France.png France 38 Austria Austria 65

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 Serbia Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Malta
Slovakia Egypt, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco
Ukraine Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Spain
3 Faroe Islands Armenia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine
Finland Austria, Slovakia, Turkey
Morocco Cyprus, Denmark, Liechtenstein
Spain Montenegro, Norway, United Kingdom
Sweden Czech Republic, Macedonia, Slovenia
2 Bulgaria Georgia, Sweden
Croatia Greece, Russia
France Algeria, Bulgaria
Lebanon Albania, Ireland
Liechtenstein Israel, Switzerland
Macedonia Belgium, Romania
Norway Andorra, Lithuania
United Kingdom Faroe Islands, Finland
1 Andorra Poland
Cyprus Luxembourg
Denmark Serbia
Netherlands Monaco
Poland Netherlands
Switzerland France
Turkey San Marino
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6 Sweden Albania, Faroe Islands, France, Israel, Serbia, Switzerland
5 Andorra Czech Republic, Georgia, Latvia, Monaco, San Marino
4 Croatia Bosnia & Herzegovina, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Russia
Macedonia Montenegro, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine
Ukraine Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland
3 Faroe Islands Austria, Iceland, Lebanon
Lebanon Algeria, Croatia, Turkey
Morocco Cyprus, Finland, Netherlands
Spain Macedonia, Norway, United Kingdom
2 Austria Kazakhstan, Slovenia
Bulgaria Italy, Luxembourg
Greece Hungary, Spain
Turkey Belgium, Morocco
United Kingdom Ireland, Slovakia
1 Denmark Andorra
Finland Armenia
Georgia Greece
Serbia Malta
Slovakia Egypt

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.png 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.png 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.png 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.svg 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.png 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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