Albania will choose its artist and song via the “Festival I Kenges” competition. The national selection will include 2 semi-finals and final. Semi-final 1 will be held on Thursday the 19th of December 2019. Semi-final 2 will be held on Friday the 20th of December 2019. The final will be held on Sunday the 22nd of December 2019.
20 acts will compete for representing Albania in Eurovision 2020. On the previous post, the 20 candidates have been revealed:
- Albërie Hadërgjonaj
- Aldo Bardhi
- Arilena Ara
- Bojken Lako
- Devis Xherahu
- Eli Fara & Stresi
- Elvana Gjata
- Era Rusi
- Genc Tukiçi
- Kanita Suma
- Kamela Islamaj
- Kastro Zizo
- Olta Boka
- Renis Gjoka
- Robert Berisha
- Sara Bajraktari
- Tiri Gjoci
- Valon Shehu
- Wendi Mancaku
The songs will probably be revealed on Friday the 15th of November 2019. All the songs will be in the Albanian language, however, some of the composers may be from other countries. The number of acts that will qualify to the final remains unknown but unofficial origins tell that 14 songs will qualify to the final.
Armenia confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2020. The mechanism of choosing an artist and song haven’t been revealed yet. in 2017 and 2018, Armenia used “Depi Evratesil” as the mechanism of choosing as artist and song. In 2019, the artist was selected internally. Will Armenia change their selection process due to two years in a row of unqualifying to Eurovision final?
After a year of absence, Bulgaria is back to the Eurovision! The national broadcaster BNT reported that returning to the competition was made possible thanks to a sponsor. The sponsor will take the whole financial burden: participation fee, production of the song and music video, staging and the costs of flying and staying in The Netherlands in May 2020. The identity of the sponsor is unknown.
Moreover, BNT reported that the artist has been chosen. The identity of the artist will be revealed on Wednesday the 25th of November 2019:
Croatia will choose its artist and song via the “Dora” competition. Croatia has chosen an artist and song via the “Dora” competition in the years 1993-2011. In 2012,2013,2016-2018 the songs and artists have been chosen internally. In 2019, the “Dora” competition was back. 16 artists will compete in “Dora 2020″.
An artist that represented Croatia in The Eurovision is interested to participate in the Dora competition and represent Croatia once again: We are talking about Igor Cukrov that represented Croatia in Eurovision 2009 and finished in 18th place.
Finland will an artist and a song via “UMK” national selection. In contrast to 2018 and 2019 editions, in 2020 national selection more than one artist will compete. “UMK 2020” will be held on Saturday the 7th of March 2020. The submission period is open only for one week.
For years, Hungary has chosen an artist and a song via the “A Dal” competition. However, the 2020 edition will be held but won’t be used as a platform for choosing a representative and song for Eurovision 2020. The Hungarian broadcaster, MTVA, has published the rules for A Dal 2020 contest. Unlike previous years, the 2020 contest rules didn’t mention a thing regarding the winner’s honor to represent the country at Eurovision. It is still unclear if Hungary will participate in Eurovision 2020. One can observe that Hungary withdrew from Eurovision 2010 after they haven’t qualified for Eurovision 2009 final. May their failure in Eurovision 2019 lead to withdrawal in Eurovision 2020?
Ireland will choose its artist and song internally. The Irish Sun reported that the band “Rua” is one of the candidates to represent Ireland in Eurovision 2020. The Rua are three siblings: Roseanna, Alanna and Jonathan Brown. You may be familiar with their aunt Dana Rosemary Scallon who represented Ireland in Eurovision 1970 and won the contest:
The Rua band is active since 2011, here is one of their more successful songs- “Fight For What’s Right”:
Italy will choose an artist and a song via the “Sanremo” festival. The national selection will change compared to previous editions. The festival will last 5 days, starting from Tuesday the 4th of February 2020 and ending on Saturday the 8th of February 2020. 20 big artists will compete in the festival.
Here are the main rules of the format in each show:
First Show – 4th of February 2020
14 songs will compete on the first show. 0 of them are 10 of the big artists in which the voting will be based on a demographically selected people’s jury, however, none of them will be eliminated. Another 4 songs will be among the “Sanremo Giovani” (Newcomers artists). A demographically selected people’s jury will also vote for those 4 songs and only the top two of them will qualify to the Newcomers semi-final.
Second Show – 5th of February 2020
14 songs will compete on the first show. 10 of them are another 10 big artists in which the voting will be based on a demographically selected people’s jury, however, none of them will be eliminated. Another 4 songs will be among the “Sanremo Giovani” (Newcomers artists). A demographically selected people’s jury will also vote for those 4 songs and only the top two of them will qualify to the Newcomers semi-final.
Third Show – 6th of February 2020
All of the 20 artists will compete and perform a classic song from previous editions of the “Sanremo Festival“. The artists will perform together with guest artists, not necessarily Italian. The voting will be based on the Sanremo orchestra’s musicians and the backing vocalists. None of the 20 artists will be eliminated. The 4 Newcomers qualifiers from the two previous shows will perform their songs. The voting for them will be baes on 34% televoting, 33% press jury and 33% demographically selected people’s jury. Only 2 of them will qualify for the Newcomers Final.
Forth Show – 7th of February 2020
All of the 20 artists will compete and perform their entries. The voting for them will be based on 100% jury press however, none of them will be eliminated. The two Newcomers finalists will compete and perform their songs again. The voting for them will be baes on 34% televoting, 33% press jury and 33% demographically selected people’s jury. At the end of the show, the winner of the “Newcomers” category will be decided.
Fifth show – 8th of February 2020
The 20 big artists will participate and perform their songs. Only 3 of them will advance to the super final level. The top three will be determined by accumulated voting from the previous shows and voting on that show which will be determined by 34% televoting, 33% press jury and 33% demographically selected people’s jury. In the super final level, the voting will be again based on 34% televoting, 33% press jury and 33% demographically selected people’s jury.
The broadcaster reported that Eurovision 2020 hosts will be a woman and two men. The hosts will be revealed in December 2019 – January 2020.
Sanja Vučić who represented Serbia in Eurovision 2016 is now part of the band “Hurricane”. Sanja revealed on Twiter that they submitted a song to Serbia national broadcaster, in aim to represent Serbia in Eurovision 2020.
Another three artists rumored as “Melodifestivalen 2020” participants:
The first one is Eric Saade. Eric represented Sweden in Eurovision 2011 and ended in the 3rd place:
Eric was one of the hosts of “Melodifestivalen 2019″ and competed in “Melodifestivalen 2015” where he ended in 5th place and in “Melodifestivalen 2010″ where he ended in 3rd place.
The second rumored artist is Suzi P. Suzi is only 16 years old, but she has released some singles. Here is one of them:
The third rumored artist is Albin Johnsén. Albin is a rapper that has participated in “Melodifestivalen 2016“. He performed the song “Rik” together with the singer Mattias Andréasson. They didn’t qualify for the final.