It hardly comes as a surprise, but Bulgarian broadcaster BNT will once again pick their artist for the Eurovision Song Contest internal. They will handpick their act for Lisbon.
The broadcaster openly discussed the possibility to have a national final in the future, but also openly told that this might cost them more money than they can afford. Thus, they will stick to the gameplan that gave them a lot of success in recent years.
The rules for our (internal) selection in 2018 just approved. Long story short – more of the same like this year. Details regarding the specifics and the deadlines to follow very soon. So get prepared #Eurovision
— BNT Eurovision 🇧🇬 (@bg_eurovision) November 8, 2017
The participation of Bulgaria was also in jeopardy, after broadcaster BNT had to look for another director. They will miss out on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Georgia, but will be able to take part as planned in Portugal at the ‘Main Event’.
Australia will pick their act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 through an internal selection again. However, broadcaster SBS does not rule out the possibility to host a national final in the future, they tell ESCDaily.com.
A spokesperson of SBS lets us know: “The 2018 artist will be chosen through an internal selection by SBS and Blink TV. Should we continue to secure an invitation to compete in Eurovision, we will explore other options for the future. Whether that will be 2019, or beyond.”
The idea of an Australian Melodifestivalen still stands
Paul Clarke, the Head of Delegation of Australia, told this website in Kiev that SBS is exploring the possibility to hold a national final. They would base such a national final format on the big Swedish preselection Melodifestivalen.
It now turns out that this dream was a long-term-plan. Organizing a national final for a country that has only managed to get into the Eurovision Song Contest so recently, is a tough job. Between Kiev in May and the upcoming preselection season in January, there simply was not enough time to do it.
And then there was also the lingering issue of Australia’s case-by-case participation. Broadcaster SBS still does not have full confirmation that they will be able to participate beyond Lisbon 2018.
Australia needs to be the Sweden of the south
There was not enough time to make this Australian dream reality towards the next contest in Lisbon. But what if Australia gets a permanent stay in the Eurovision Song Contest? Chances are we might have such a show in the (near) future.
The Australian delegation thinks they must be “the Sweden of the south”, to be able to get permanent access to the contest. Check out below what Paul Clarke said about the issue, back in May of this year.