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Own Eurovision Song Contest 50
Welcome to Russia!
Daydream
Oesc50.png
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 28 July 2018
Semi-final 2 date 4 August 2018
Final date 27 August 2018
Host
Venue Tatneft Arena
Kazan, Russia
Presenter(s) Oleg Miami
Broadcaster RTR
Opening act "Uhodi" by Sonya
Interval act "Komanda" by Polina Gagarina, Egor Creed and Dj SMASH
Participants
Entries 45
Debuting None
Returning Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary
Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia
Macedonia.png Macedonia
Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco
Flag of Poland.svg Poland
Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia
Withdrawing Flag of Albania.svg Albania
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria
Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia
Flag of Malta.svg Malta
Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania
Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
Voting
System Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Winner Flag of Poland.svg Poland
"Kaktus"
Own Eurovision Song Contest
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 50, often referred to as OESC #50, is the 50th edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. The edition took place in Kazan, Russia, after they won in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 49, edition held in Turku, Finland.

Forty-five countries have confirmed their participation in the competition. The 50th edition will see Egypt, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Morocco, Poland and Serbia returning in the contest, while Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Malta, Lithuania, San Marino and Ukraine have decided to withdraw.

The 50th edition consisted of three shows, including two semi-finals, which took place on 28 July and 4 August 2018 and a grand final, which took place on 27 August 2018. The motto of this edition is "Daydream".

After a tense voting process, Poland won the contest for the fifth time, with Bovska's song "Kaktus". Last time Poland won was in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 44, edition held in Milan, Italy. Poland received a total amount of 160 points, winning by a margin of only one point. The runner-up of this edition was Turkey. Third place went to Czech Republic, fourth place went to Luxembourg, while the fifth place went to Lebanon and the sixth place went to the Georgia. Turkey and Lebanon received their best place in the competition, since their debut.

From the countries that were automatically qualified in the Grand Final only Czech Republic and Luxembourg managed to place in the top 10. United Kingdom finished in the 14th place, Finland placed 16th, while the host country, Russia finished in the 17th place and Montenegro placed 24th out of 26 countries that were in the Grand Final.

Location

For more details on the host country, see Russia.

Venue

Tatneft Arena is a multi-purpose sports and events venue located in Kazan, Russia. The capacity of the arena is 10,000 and was opened in 2005. It’s one of the biggest and most well-equipped ice palaces in Russia and Europe. The facility was inaugurated during Kazan’s 1,000th anniversary celebrations.

The venue has two fully-featured ice rinks, each having independently operating infrastructure, general use facilities (locker rooms, makeup rooms, judges rooms, etc.), press centre and medical station. The venue also features a variety of dining options including coffee bars, café and restaurant.

In July-August 2015, the Tatneft Arena Ice Palace played host to the Opening/Closing Ceremonies of the 16th FINA World Championships. The Opening Ceremony’s official show, Pilgrim, was staged at the venue on a day-to-day basis during eight days.

Bidding Phase

Own Eurovision Song Contest 50 is located in Russia
Kaliningrad
Kazan
Novosibirsk
Sochi
Locations of the candidate cities.

After Russia's victory in Turku, Finland, the head of the delegation stated that the 50th edition would be held in Russia, but the host city is yet to be decided.

A total of four cities have been selected as the candidates to host the contest: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Novosibirsk and Sochi. Roston-on-Don had declared its interest in hosting the contest, but did not submit a formal bid.

The basic requirements to select a host city are the following:

  • A suitable venue that can accommodate around 10,000 spectators.
  • The Green Room should be located in the arena or as near it as possible.
  • A press centre with a specific size had to be made available at the venue.
  • A good distribution of hotel rooms, at different price categories, able to accommodate at least 2,000 delegates, accredited journalists and spectators.
  • The host city had to be near a major airport.
City Venue Capacity Notes
Kaliningrad Kaliningrad Stadium 45,000 Hosted four games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Kazan Tatneft Arena 10,400 Hosted the annual Türkvizyon Song Contest 2014.
Novosibirsk Ice Sports Palace Sibir 7,400 Used for hockey matches.
Sochi Bolshoy Ice Dome 12,000 Used for concerts and other events.

Host city

Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. With a population of 1.243.500, it is the sixth most populous city in Russia. Kazan is one of the largest religious, economic, political, scientific, educational, cultural and sports centers in Russia. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia, about 715 kilometres east from Moscow. The Kazan Kremlin is a World Heritage Site.

The Millennium of Kazan was celebrated in 2005.

In April 2009, the Russian Patent Office granted Kazan the right to brand itself as the "Third Capital" of Russia. In 2009 it was chosen as the "Sports capital of Russia" and it still is referred to as such. In 2011, here was held the European Weightlifting Championships.The city hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade, 2014 World Fencing Championships, the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, and is one of the host cities for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and,for the first time in Russia, the official stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship under the auspices of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Also Kazan has held the World Wushu Championships.In 2018, Kazan became one of the cities where the 2018 FIFA World Cup was held.

In 2015, 2.1 million tourists visited Kazan, a 20% increase in comparison with 2014. 1.5 million tourists visited the Kazan Kremlin in 2015, and one million visited the city's hotel and entertainment complex with an aquapark called "Kazan Riviera".

Format

Semi-final Allocation Draw

The Semi-final Allocation Draw took place on July 16, 2018. The thirty-nine semi-finalists had been allocated into six pots, based on historical voting patterns. Drawing from different pots helps to reduce the chance of so-called "bloc voting" and increase suspense in the semi-finals.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

From these pots, 19 countries were allocated to compete in the first semifinal and 20 countries in the second semifinal. Czech Republic, Finland and Montenegro will vote in the first semi-final, while Luxembourg, Russia and the United Kingdom will vote in the second semi-final. All the Big 6 countries were allocated to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.

Results

Semi-final 1

Nineteen countries will participate in the first semi-final. Czech Republic, Finland and Montenegro voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Mimoza "Big Girls Cry" 13 61
02 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Esther Veen "Undress & Unfold" 7 84
03 Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta" 9 75
04 Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova Angel!na "Mad Mad World" 5 92
05 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Wild Youth "Lose Control" 14 61
06 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco K'lma "Warda ala warda" 17 38
07 Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Lena Kovačević "Cafe" 16 44
08 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria Mennel "Je pars mais je t'aime" 3 95
09 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Ekat Bork "The World is Dancing" 6 84
10 Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands Sawdust & Rust "Caroline" 15 45
11 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Elvira Pitzner "Perfect" 11 67
12 Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual" 4 93
13 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Nathalie Saba "Snow" 10 72
14 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan Sima Nasirova "Eshq" 8 76
15 Macedonia.png Macedonia Lozano "Kilometri" 18 37
16 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Röyksopp feat. Robyn "Do It Again" 2 100
17 Flag of Poland.svg Poland Bovska "Kaktus" 1 123
18 Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Liechtenstein Freedo feat. Gabriella Vixen "Keep Your Love on Me" 12 63
19 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia Emma Drobna "Remember" 19 24

Semi-final 2

Twenty countries will participate in the second semi-final. Luxembourg, Russia and United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Luina "Hey Yo!" 1 125
02 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey "Nenni" 2 123
03 Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Sasha "Je danse" 15 53
04 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia Amaya "Concrete" 13 55
05 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Dana Sokolova "Razvedi nebo" 19 48
06 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Alvaro Soler "La cintura" 17 53
07 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Blanche "Wrong Turn" 12 60
08 Flag of Austria.svg Austria Poptracker feat. ArianA "Hold" 14 54
09 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Annalisa "Il mondo prima di te" 6 78
10 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Zsa Zsa & Vanna "Tragom tvojih tragova" 5 79
11 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Katerina Lioliou "Afti ti fora" 9 72
12 Flag of Romania.svg Romania Serena "Safari" 3 93
13 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Wellhello "Senki nem véd meg" 20 32
14 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Namika feat. Black M "Je ne parle pas français" 11 64
15 Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra Crystal Fighters "Boomin' in Your Jeep" 16 53
16 Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia Suzy Meliqyan "Patrast em" 18 51
17 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Natalia Podolskaya "Ni mnogo ni malo" 7 75
18 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Dotter "Heatwave" 8 75
19 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Magnea "Lucky" 10 66
20 Flag of Israel.svg Israel Adi Bity "Khairo" 4 83

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Zsa Zsa & Vanna "Tragom tvojih tragova" 23 74
02 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Alice on the Roof "Malade" 4 128
03 Flag of Finland.svg Finland Cyan Kicks "Gasoline" 16 94
04 Flag of United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Sophie "Ponyboy" 14 97
05 Flag of Israel.svg Israel Adi Bity "Khairo" 18 93
06 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria Mennel "Je pars mais je t'aime" 15 94
07 Flag of Russia.svg Russia Ezi "Redemption" 17 94
08 Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegro Morana "Čas onaj kad se rodih" 24 73
09 Flag of Romania.svg Romania Serena "Safari" 21 80
10 Flag of Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Vesna feat. Terezie Kovalová "Světlonoš" 3 133
11 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Ekat Bork "The World is Dancing" 19 91
12 Flag of Poland.svg Poland Bovska "Kaktus" 1 160
13 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan Sima Nasirova "Eshq" 10 105
14 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Magnea "Lucky" 20 89
15 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Katerina Lioliou "Afti ti fora" 26 48
16 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Nathalie Saba "Snow" 22 77
17 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Esther Veen "Undress & Unfold" 25 62
18 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Natalia Podolskaya "Ni mnogo ni malo" 7 110
19 Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova Angel!na "Mad Mad World" 11 100
20 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Luina "Hey Yo!" 9 107
21 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Röyksopp feat. Robyn "Do It Again" 8 107
22 Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual" 6 114
23 Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta" 5 123
24 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Dotter "Heatwave" 12 99
25 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey "Nenni" 2 159
26 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Annalisa "Il mondo prima di te" 13 99

Scoreboards

Semifinal 1

Voting results Semi-Final 1
Kosovo.png Netherlands.png Lebanon.png Moldova.png Ireland.png Morocco.png Serbia.png Algeria.png Switzerland.png Faroe Islands.png Denmark.png Georgia.png Egypt.png Azerbaijan.png Macedonia.png Norway.png Poland.png Liechtenstein.png Slovakia.png Czech Republic.png Finland.png Montenegro.png Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Kosovo 6 4 10 1 2 3 10 10 2 2 1 10 61 13
Netherlands 7 8 4 10 6 2 4 12 5 8 7 4 7 84 7
Lebanon 2 3 5 6 10 6 12 3 10 6 12 75 9
Moldova 12 12 3 2 6 10 1 1 3 10 12 6 5 5 4 92 5
Ireland 10 7 3 4 5 2 8 8 4 5 5 61 14
Morocco 1 8 5 1 8 10 2 3 38 17
Serbia 4 8 1 4 4 8 2 1 1 4 6 1 44 16
Algeria 8 7 5 7 1 10 12 3 7 10 1 10 7 7 95 3
Switzerland 5 6 5 3 12 3 6 6 8 10 7 2 8 3 84 6
Faroe Islands 1 10 10 2 4 1 1 12 4 45 15
Denmark 1 2 12 8 5 8 7 5 7 12 67 11
Georgia 2 10 5 5 8 5 3 4 5 2 12 6 5 7 12 2 93 4
Egypt 3 2 12 1 6 7 6 1 7 8 4 1 8 6 72 10
Azerbaijan 4 3 8 10 3 10 8 1 2 3 6 3 4 3 8 76 8
Macedonia 2 6 12 4 8 5 37 18
Norway 5 6 7 8 7 7 1 12 10 2 5 12 6 12 100 2
Poland 4 8 1 12 7 12 12 12 5 3 7 12 4 3 5 6 10 123 1
Liechtenstein 3 6 7 7 4 7 3 4 10 2 8 2 63 12
Slovakia 6 4 2 2 6 3 1 24 19

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the first semi-final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Flag of Poland.svg Poland Algeria, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Switzerland
3 Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Netherlands
Flag of Norway.svg Norway Faroe Islands, Montenegro, Poland
2 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Lebanon, Slovakia
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia Finland, Norway
Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Liechtenste, Rest of the World
1 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria Georgia
Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Ireland
Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands Czech Republic
Macedonia.png Macedonia Denmark
Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Egypt
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Morocco

Semifinal 2

Voting results Semi-Final 2
Kazakhstan.png Turkey.png Monaco.png Slovenia.png Latvia.png Spain.png Belgium.png Austria.png Italy.png Croatia.png Greece.png Romania.png Hungary.png Germany.png Andorra.png Armenia.png Belarus.png Sweden.png Iceland.png Israel.png Luxembourg.png Russia.png United Kingdom.png Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Kazakhstan 6 8 12 10 7 3 5 12 3 10 3 8 7 4 10 5 7 1 4 125 1
Turkey 10 10 8 6 1 4 12 2 8 6 12 5 3 4 12 10 10 123 2
Monaco 2 7 3 7 4 12 1 5 6 6 53 15
Slovenia 4 7 6 6 7 3 8 1 7 6 55 13
Latvia 3 10 2 2 5 6 6 2 12 48 19
Spain 1 2 5 8 10 4 5 8 10 53 17
Belgium 3 4 8 3 4 2 10 12 8 6 60 12
Austria 5 6 1 5 5 8 6 3 7 3 5 54 14
Italy 1 3 1 2 12 2 6 4 8 12 12 1 5 7 2 78 6
Croatia 6 4 7 10 12 12 8 10 8 2 79 5
Greece 12 8 3 6 7 1 7 2 7 12 7 72 9
Romania 8 2 7 12 2 1 8 8 5 10 1 4 7 3 2 4 8 1 93 3
Hungary 8 5 12 3 1 1 2 32 20
Germany 7 1 5 4 10 7 1 5 6 2 6 1 4 5 64 11
Andorra 2 10 4 6 6 6 4 3 12 53 16
Armenia 6 7 6 8 7 2 1 4 1 5 1 3 51 18
Belarus 5 2 12 10 12 7 10 2 3 2 7 3 75 7
Sweden 4 10 5 1 10 12 4 8 12 3 6 75 8
Iceland 12 8 4 2 10 8 10 4 8 66 10
Israel 12 4 3 4 5 3 10 5 1 5 3 10 7 2 3 1 5 83 4

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the second semi-final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Armenia, Austria, Sweden
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Andorra, Greece, Luxembourg
2 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Belgium, Italy
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Belarus, Germany
Flag of Greece.svg Greece Turkey, United Kingdom
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Croatia, Slovenia
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Hungary, Israel
1 Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra Russia
Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Iceland
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Spain
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Monaco
Flag of Israel.svg Israel Kazakhstan
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Rest of the World
Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Romania
Flag of Romania.svg Romania Latvia

Grand Final

Voting results Grand Final
Croatia.png Luxembourg.png Finland.png United Kingdom.png Israel.png Algeria.png Russia.png Montenegro.png Romania.png Czech Republic.png Switzerland.png Poland.png Azerbaijan.png Iceland.png Greece.png Egypt.png Netherlands.png Belarus.png Moldova.png Kazakhstan.png Norway.png Georgia.png Lebanon.png Sweden.png Turkey.png Italy.png Kosovo.png Ireland.png Morocco.png Serbia.png Faroe Islands.png Denmark.png Macedonia.png Liechtenstein.png Slovakia.png Monaco.png Slovenia.png Latvia.png Spain.png Belgium.png Austria.png Hungary.png Germany.png Andorra.png Armenia.png Points Place
Contestants Croatia 12 12 6 7 2 3 8 1 5 4 2 12 74 23
Luxembourg 7 6 2 7 12 4 1 2 7 10 3 4 12 6 8 8 12 10 7 128 4
Finland 8 5 5 3 2 3 5 3 12 3 6 7 4 5 10 7 6 94 16
UnitedKingdom 4 8 5 3 2 4 6 8 3 8 12 10 7 7 3 4 3 97 14
Israel 6 3 10 10 8 5 1 12 7 2 1 1 6 10 1 10 93 18
Algeria 1 4 8 6 5 5 4 1 1 3 4 3 2 5 8 2 5 1 6 8 12 94 15
Russia 6 6 10 7 6 6 6 7 1 5 3 4 6 5 12 4 94 17
Montenegro 8 10 4 2 4 12 1 10 6 12 4 73 24
Romania 3 4 4 2 5 2 8 3 4 10 5 5 6 10 2 7 80 21
Czech Republic 2 10 3 2 10 10 12 4 6 8 3 10 10 5 3 5 3 4 3 2 8 10 133 3
Switzerland 5 3 12 10 2 12 1 6 8 7 1 1 2 5 8 1 3 4 91 19
Poland 5 6 10 12 7 12 6 8 2 10 12 7 3 7 10 6 2 12 1 10 8 4 1 160 1
Azerbaijan 10 6 7 5 10 2 5 10 7 1 6 6 8 1 7 6 5 2 1 105 10
Iceland 8 3 8 12 8 1 4 10 4 1 3 8 6 3 10 89 20
Greece 7 1 2 12 1 2 7 8 3 5 48 26
Egypt 8 7 5 1 8 12 2 2 2 4 4 6 1 5 6 4 77 22
Netherlands 3 4 1 4 1 3 6 7 8 3 8 7 4 3 62 25
Belarus 2 7 8 7 6 1 7 3 5 8 5 10 5 3 7 2 5 12 7 110 7
Moldova 7 4 2 3 2 12 7 2 10 4 6 2 2 6 10 2 6 10 3 100 11
Kazakhstan 10 2 1 1 8 4 10 1 10 12 4 1 3 5 12 12 7 1 3 107 9
Norway 4 3 5 7 1 7 12 2 7 2 12 8 1 7 7 4 8 4 3 1 2 107 8
Georgia 12 6 6 2 6 10 5 4 7 12 12 5 1 2 6 10 8 114 6
Lebanon 1 10 1 2 4 1 8 5 6 12 4 12 10 7 12 3 7 10 8 123 5
Sweden 5 10 4 8 8 5 4 3 6 5 10 3 12 6 2 2 6 99 22
Turkey 12 12 7 12 1 5 8 3 7 3 1 5 6 4 4 12 10 4 2 5 12 7 5 12 159 2
Italy 1 5 8 12 7 8 10 7 12 8 8 5 8 99 13
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals.

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the Grand Final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Andorra, Belgium, Croatia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, United Kingdom
4 Flag of Poland.svg Poland Algeria, Moldova, Serbia, Switzerland
3 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Germany, Israel, Russia
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia Belarus, Finland, Norway
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Latvia, Slovenia, Turkey
Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Italy, Liechtenstein, Sweden
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro
2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Denmark, Greece
Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegro Georgia, Monaco
Flag of Norway.svg Norway Kazakhstan, Poland
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Czech Republic, Iceland
1 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria Armenia
Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Austria
Flag of Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Azerbaijan
Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Ireland
Flag of Finland.svg Finland Egypt
Flag of Greece.svg Greece Faroe Islands
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Netherlands
Flag of Israel.svg Israel Lebanon
Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova Romania
Flag of Russia.svg Russia Spain
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Slovakia
Flag of United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Morocco

Other countries

Eligibility for potential participation in the Own Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active OEBU membership that would be able to broadcast the 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.

  • Flag of Albania.svg Albania: On 22 June 2018, the albanian broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina: On 22 June 2018 the broadcaster announced that Bosnia and Herzegovina will not return in the competition.
  • Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria: On 19 June 2018 the broadcaster BNR announced its withdrawal.
  • Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus: On 19 June 2018 It was announced by the broadcaster RIK that Cyprus will not return to the competition.
  • Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia : On 4 March 2018 the broadcaster ERR announced its withdrawal.
  • Flag of France.svg France: On 22 June 2018 the french broadcaster announced that France will not return in the competition.
  • Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania: On 22 June 2018 the broadcaster LRT announced its withdrawal.
  • Flag of Malta.svg Malta : On 4 March 2018 the broadcaster PBS announced its withdrawal.
  • Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal: On 12 July 2018 the portuguese broadcaster announced it will not participate in the 50th edition.
  • Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino : On 4 March 2018 the broadcaster SMTV announced its withdrawal.
  • Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine : On 2 July 2018 the ukrainian broadcaster announced its withdrawal due to economic issues, a return in the next edition is very likely.

Controversies

Slovenia's representative

Though Slovenia have selected via a National Selection their entry "Arabia" by Joker, it was announced on June 13, 2018, that Joker has withdrew from the contest and another representative will be selected internal.

UK's representative

Though UK announced that they have selected Meadowlark, it was announced on June 14, 2018, that the band has withdrew from the competition. Another representative was selected.

See also

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