A number of countries returned to national selections to choose their entry for Eurovision 2018. However, 14 still decided to stick with behind-the-scenes negotiations and internally select their song.
Whether it’s for financial reasons or to give the broadcaster more control over the final finished product, there’s good reason to internally select as it’s given countries a lot of recent success.
Bulgaria will be hoping that this year’s internal selection will improve upon their fourth and second place finishes of their last two efforts and finally give them the crown. Belgium will also be hoping to at least replicate the double 4th place finishes of their previous two internal selections in 2015 and 2017.
Australia, Russia, The Netherlands and Azerbaijan also have an overall great track record of internal selections, often entering the top ten. FYR Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Ireland, Austria and Georgia will all be hoping that their own internal selections will get them similarly great results.
Indeed, the current favourite with the bookies is Israel’s internally selected song “Toy” by Netta Barzilai.
However, statistics aren’t in such a favour of an internally selected victory. Of the last ten winners only two songs have come through an internal selection — “Running Scared” in 2011 (although like Netta, Ell & Nikki both had to get through a gruelling selection process to be chosen as Azerbaijan’s representatives) and Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like A Phoenix” in 2014.
Do you think the pendulum could swing in the other direction this year? We want to know which of the 14 internally selected songs in this year’s contest is the best and has the potential to go onto win the entire thing.
Note that although Netta was chosen to be Israel’s singer through a (marathon) selection process, we’ve included her in this poll as the song itself was chosen internally and the Israeli public had no say in choosing it. Similarly, while Waylon presented five possible Eurovision 2018 songs there was no public vote and “Outlaw In ‘Em” was chosen by Waylon himself.
So without further ado, listen to all 14 songs below and then vote in our poll. As usual you can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote once! And don’t forget to comment down below once you’re done.