Around The Continent – Post #3



RTSH (Albanian Broadcaster) is considering the use of the international jury in “Festival I Kengs 58”. Moreover, there is an option that one of the composers of a specific song is from Greece.



The national selection will be held on Saturday the 8th of February 2020. 10 artists will take part in “Australia Decides“. On last Thursday, SBS (Australian Broadcaster) has revealed two of the artists who will compete in the national selection this year.

The first confirmed artist is Casey Donovan:

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Casey is an Australian singer, songwriter, actress, theatre actress, and author. She is 31 years old who is best known for winning the second season of “Australian Idol” in 2004. So far, She has released 2 studio albums. In 2004, she received Indigenous Awards for Best Album. Here is one of here famous songs:

Casey performed as an opening act of Australia national selection last year. She sang “Tonight Again” by Guy Sebastian (Australia song in Eurovision 2015):

Casey will sing her song “Proud” on the national selection show. Will Casey Donovan represent Austalia in Eurovision 2020?

The second confirmed artist is Vanessa Amorosi:

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Vanessa is an Australian singer-songwriter. She is 38 yeard old who rose to fame in 1999 with releasing her debut single “Have a Look”. She is well known as a versatile singer who covers various genres of music: Rock, Pop, Gospel, Jazz, and Blues. Vanessa had the honor to perform live on Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games. Here is her performance to her song “Heroes Live Forever”:


Vanessa has released 5 studio albums so far. After releasing her fourth album, she moved to live in the US. Recently she moved back to Australia. On September 2019, she released a new single “Hello Me”:

Vanessa will perform in the national selection one of the songs from her new album “Back To Love”. will Vanessa represent Australia in Eurovision 2020?





Armenia will select an artist and a song for Eurovision Song Contest via “Depi Evratesil 2020“. Armenia used the mechanism of “Depi Evratesil” for selecting an artist in Eurovision 2017 and selecting a song and an artist in Eurovision 2018. The Submission deadline is the 31st of December 2019. The format will include performances of the national final songs and duets with Armenian famous artists. The final show will be held in February 2020 – March 2020.

One of the artists who consider participating is Emmy Bejanyan who represented Armenia in Eurovision 2011 and failed to qualify to the Grand Final:

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Bulgaria will reveal the artist who will represent them on the 25th of November 2019. The Reported artist is Victoria Georgieva:

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Croatia will choose an artist and s song via the “Dora” competition. The show will be held on Saturday the 29th of February 2020.


Czech Republic


Czech Republic Broadcaster decided to cancel the televised national final. The main reason is the resignation of their head of Eurovision Delegation. The Broadcaster is planning to move the TV format show to the selection of 2021. Instead of it, On the 6th of January 2020, will be held the press conference and finalists announcement. On the 13th of January 2020, songs and music videos will be published and the voting will start. On the 26th of January 2020, the voting will be ended. The reveling of the winner of the national selection will be at the end of January 2020 – February 2020. 8 acts will participate in the national final.



The Estonian Broadcaster ERR has received 178 songs for Eesti Laul 2020 (Estonian national selection) competition. 76 of the songs are in Estonian language ane 102 songs are in other languages (such as English). 14 music experts are defined as a jury and will choose 24 songs out 178 to compete in  Eesti Laul 2020 semi-finals. 12 songs will compete in each semi-final. The first semi-final will be held on the 13th of February 2020. The competing acts in the first semi-final will be revealed on the TV show “Ringvaade” on the 13th of November 2020. The second semi-final will be held on the 15th of February 2020. The competing acts in the first semi-final will be revealed on the TV show “Ringvaade” on the 14th of November 2020.

The format of last year has been updated: In each semi-final will participate 12 artists. The voting will include two rounds. On the first round, televoting and a jury will pick 8 songs to continue. On the second round, televoting will determine which 6 songs out of 8 will qualify for the final. The final will include two rounds: On the first round, televoting and a jury will determine the top 3 songs. In the second round (“superfinal”), 3 songs will compete and the winner will be decided only by televoting.



Georgia will choose an artist via the “Georgia Pop Idol” competition. At the moment, 10 candidates are left at the competition. The song will be chosen internally.



The current rumor tells that the Greek- American pop star Kalomira may represent Greece in Eurovision 2020.

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Kalomira isn’t stranger to the Eurovision stage. she has already represented Greece in Eurovision 2008. In 2008, she sang “My secret combination” and ended in 3rd place in the final:




Israel will choose an artist via “The Rising Star” (“Ha’cochan Haba Le’Erovision”). The first episode will be aired on Saturday the 23rd of November. However, most of the episodes are being recorded already . The song will be decided later on by a reduced national selection where the winner of “The Rising Star” will perform 3-5 songs.



The 20 participants of “Sanremo Giovani” have been revealed. However, we have to recall that none of them will represent Italy in Eurovision due to the Italian Broadcaster decision. The names of the 20 newcomers artists and songs have been revealed:

Ainè – Van Gogh
Avincola – Un Rider
Devil A – Disordine
Eugenio in via di Gioia – Tsunami
Fadi – Due Noi
Fasma – Per Sentirmi Vivo
Federica Abbate – I sogni prima di morire
Giulia Mutti – Romanzo Cattivo
Jefeo – Un due tre stella
Leo Gassman – Va Bene Così
Libero – La Casa del Vento
Marco Sentieri – Billy Blu
Mike Baker -Stupido
Nico Arezzo – Volo
Nova – Resta
Raim – Labirinto
Rèclame – Il viaggio di ritorno
Samuel Pietrasanta – E dove sarai tu
Shari – Stella
Thomas – Ne 80



Moldova National Broadcaster TRM confirmed the participation of Moldova in Eurovision 2020. However, Moldova won’t hold and national selection this year. An artist and a song will be chosen internally. The reason may be financial.



The Montengroian Broadcaster RTCG has decided has confirmed that Montenegro withdrawn from Eurovision 2020. The main reason is due to financial issues. It won’t be the first time that Montenegro doesn’t participate in Eurovision. in 2010 and 2011, Montenegro didn’t participate due to financial reasons.


North Macedonia


The rumored artist for representing North Macedonia in Eurovision 2020 is  Vasil Garvanliev.

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Vasil isn’t stranger to the Eurovision stage since he was one of the backing vocalists of Tamara Todevska (North Macedonia 2019 representative).

Here is Vasil’s new song “Patuvam” (Eng: “I’m Traveling”):



The names of the 5 automatic qualifiers of the “Melodi Grand Prix 2020″ will be revealed on the 3rd of January 2020. The national selection will include 5 semi-finals, the semi-finals will be held on Saturdays, starting from the 11th of January 2020 and ending on the 8th of February 2020. In each semi-final, 4 artists will participate and only 2 of them will qualify to the final. The songs of each semi-final will be published on the day before the relevant show. The voting will be based only on televoting.



On last Monday, the online competition “EMA FRES” has started. 6 artists competed in 3 duels. On the first duel, Stella won over Pia Nina. On the second duel, The duo Younite won over Solution. On the third duel, Martina won overAstrid in Avantgarden. However, only 2 artists can qualify to the next level. One of them was chosen by the public and the other was chosen by the jury. Eventually, the 2 qualifiers are Stella and Younite.  In the next week, another 6 young artists will compete for another 2 spots on the next level. The demo versions of the 3 winners of the week can be heard here.



The only artist that has been officially confirmed for the show is Amanda Aasa that won P4 Nästa wildcard

More names of participants are revealed. The rumored artists so far are:

The MamasJohn Lundvik‘s backing singers in Eurovision 2019


Victor Crone, a Swedish singer who represented Estonia in Eurovision 2019. after he  set foot for Estonia, Victor has decided to try again, this time for Sweden and return to The Melodifestivalen stage for the first time since 2015

Hanna Ferm who competed in Melodifestivalen 2019 together with Liamoo

Jakoc Karlberg who conquered the Swedish music chart in 2015:

Eric Saade who 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

Suzi P – Suzi is only 16 years old, but she has released some singles. Here is one of them:

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:


Carola – The Swedish singer has won The Melodifestivalen 3 times: 1983,1991 and 2006. Carola was the winner of Eurovision 1991 and finished on Top 5 in the years 1983 and 2006. Carola denied participation in the Melodifestivalen. however, she had a meeting with SVT (The Swedish National Broadcaster).

Linda Bengtzing who has participated six times in the Melodifestivalen (2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016). Linda is well known for her appearance at Melodifestivalen 2016 where she performed “Killer Girl” with a shaved head:

Frida Öhrn has participated in the competitions of 2004, 2009 and 2013. All her participations were as a part of a group. In 2009 and 2013, she was part of the “Cookies ‘N’ Beans” female trio. In 2004, she performed as part of the pop trio LaRoxx. Frida will compete as a solo artist this year.

Paul Rey is a Swedish soul-pop singer who is best known for his version of “California Dreaming” feat. Snoop Dog. It will be his first participation in the Melodifestivalen

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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