Around The Continent #9



The two semi-finals of “Festivali I Këngës 58”  have been occurred.
The voting was based on Albanian jury alongside with 3 international jurors:

#1. Christer Björkman, a Swedish singer and TV producer who is Melodifestivalen producer since 2002 and one of the producers of Eurovision Song Contest for years.

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#2. Felix Bergsson the head of the Icelandic Eurovision Delegation

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#3. Dimitris Kontopoulos, a Greek Eurovision songwriter (he was one of the writers of the following songs: Belarus 2007, Ukraine 2008, Greece 2009, Azerbaijan 2013, Russia 2014, Russia 2016, Greece 2017, Azerbaijan 2018 and Russia 2019)

Dimitris Kontopoulos

The first semi-final has been held on Thursday. It included 10 of the songs in the running order:

#1. Bojken Lako – “Malaseen” (She left me unseen)
#2. Kanita Suma – “Ankth” (Anxiety)
#3. Devis Xherahu – “Bisedoj me serenatën” (Talking with serenade)
#4. Aldo Bardhi – “Melodi”
#5. Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros” (Colour Me)
#6.  Nadia & Genc Tukiçi – “Ju flet Tirana” (Tirana is Calling)
#7. Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër” (Air)
#8. Elvana Gjata – “Me tana” (With all)
#9. Renis Gjoka – “Loja” (The Game)
#10. Albërie Hadërgjonaj –  “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua” (Where to find someone to love)

The qualifiers are:

#1. Bojken Lako – “Malaseen” (She left me unseen)
#5. Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros” (Colour Me)
#7. Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër” (Air)
#8. Elvana Gjata – “Me tana” (With all)
#10. Albërie Hadërgjonaj –  “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua” (Where to find someone to love)

The eliminated acts were:

#2. Kanita Suma – “Ankth” (Anxiety)
#3. Devis Xherahu – “Bisedoj me serenatën” (Talking with serenade)
#4. Aldo Bardhi – “Melodi”
#6. Nadia & Genc Tukiçi – “Ju flet Tirana” (Tirana is Calling)
#9. Renis Gjoka – “Loja” (The Game)


The second semi-final has been held on Friday. It included 10 of the songs in the running order:

#1. Robert Berisha – “Ajo Nuk është unë” (She is not me)
#2. Wendi Mancaku – “Ende” (Still)
#3. Kastro Zizo  – “Asaj” (Her)
#4. Tiri Gjoci – “Me gotën bosh” (With an Empty Glass)
#5. Era Rusi – “Eja Merre” (Come and Get It)
#6. Olta Boka – “Botë për dy” (A World For Two)
#7. Valon Shehu – “Kutia e Pandorës” (Pandora’s box)
#8. Arilena Ara – “Shaj” (Swear)
#9. Eli Fara & Stresi – “Bohem” (Boheme)
#10. Gena – “Shqiponja e lirë” (Free Eagle)

The qualifiers are:

#1. Robert Berisha – “Ajo Nuk është unë” (She is not me)
#4. Tiri Gjoci – “Me gotën bosh” (With an Empty Glass)
#5. Era Rusi – “Eja Merre” (Come and Get It)
#6. Olta Boka – “Botë për dy” (A World For Two)
#7. Valon Shehu – “Kutia e Pandorës” (Pandora’s box)
#8. Arilena Ara – “Shaj” (Swear)
#10. Gena – “Shqiponja e lirë” (Free Eagle)

The eliminated acts were:

#2. Wendi Mancaku – “Ende” (Still)
#3. Kastro Zizo  – “Asaj” (Her)
#9. Eli Fara & Stresi – “Bohem” (Boheme)

The final of “Festivali i Këngës 58” will be held tomorrow, Sunday the 22nd of December 2019. It will include 12 acts: 7 from semi-final 2 and 5 from semi-final 1:

# Bojken Lako – “Malaseen” (She left me unseen)


# Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros” (Colour Me)


# Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër” (Air)


# Elvana Gjata – “Me tana” (With all)


# Albërie Hadërgjonaj –  “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua” (Where to find someone to love)


# Robert Berisha – “Ajo Nuk është unë” (She is not me)

# Tiri Gjoci – “Me gotën bosh” (With an Empty Glass)


# Era Rusi – “Eja Merre” (Come and Get It)

# Olta Boka – “Botë për dy” (A World For Two)

# Valon Shehu – “Kutia e Pandorës” (Pandora’s box)

# Arilena Ara – “Shaj” (Swear)

# Gena – “Shqiponja e lirë” (Free Eagle)





The full line up of “Australia Decides 2020” had been revealed through the last weeks.
Running order and full details haven’t been published, however, the competing artists and some of their entries names are known:

#1. Vanessa Amorosi will perform one of her latest album songs. You can read a reduced review of her album that was written by me right here

#2. Casey Devonan will perform the song “Proud”

#3. Mich Tambo will perform the song?

#4. iOTA will perform the song?

#5. Didirri will perform the song?

#6. Montaigne will perform the song?

#7. Jack Vidgen will perform the song “I’m king’ I’m Queen”

#8. Diana Rouvas will perform the song “Can We Make Heaven?

#9. Jordan-Ravi will perform the song “Pushing Stars

#10. Jaguar Jonze will perform the song “Rabbit Hole




The period for submission of songs will be closed on the 31st of December 2019. Kamil Show mentioned that he is still searching for the right song and show a  great interest in competing in “Depi Erartesil 2020

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Another rumored artist is the singer Sona Rubenyan, a 26 years old Armenian Pop singer

Sona Rubenyan




HRTV (The Croatian Broadcaster) will publish the 16 competing artists of “Dora 2020” (The national selection of Croatia for Eurovision 2020) until the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, a picture of the trophy for the winner was published:

Dora 2020




Although the majority of us suspected that another up-tempo song is coming from Cyprus, a post on Twitter quoted Sandro Nicolas (Cyprus representative for Eurovision 2020) saying that his song will be in a style of Lewis Capaldi, Shawn Mendes, and James Arthur. 

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The fifth week of the live shows came to an end. 6 candidates participated in the show, but only 5 of them qualified for the next level, the semi-finals. In the 4th time in a row, Tornike Kipiani ended as the winner of the night with 29.09%. The bottom two candidates were Mariam Shengelia and Davit Rusadze. At the end of the show, Mariam Shengelia was eliminated.
The videos of the performances of that night are available here:

Barbara Samkharadze

Davit Rusadze

Mariam Gogiberidze

Mariam Shengelia

Tamar Kakalashvili

Tornike Kipiani




The candidates that qualified for the next level from these week episodes are:

Hahertzelim (77%)

Oren Etinger (85%)

Eden Shabi (72%)

Lital David (46%, saved by the hosts)

Zion Huri (77%)

Yossi Asher (51%, saved by the hosts)

Noy Halperin (72%)

Ron Peretz (81%)

Lidor Ben Atiya (70%)

Linoy Akela (41%, saved by the hosts)

Shir Argi (88%)

Shiran Avayu (92%)

The auditions level is behind us and 60 candidates have qualified for the next level. In the next level, that will start today (21st of December 2019). Only 20 among them will continue to the successor level.





The 8 artists that will participate in “Sanremo Giovani 2020” (The festival for unknown Italian artists) were announced. They will compete in “New Proposals Category”. However, according to the regulation of RAI (The Italian Broadcaster), none of them will have the chance to win the festival “Sanremo 2020” and therefore, none of them will represent Italy in Eurovision 2020.
The 8 artists are:




LTV (The Latvian Broadcaster) has received 126 songs for Supernova 2020. The broadcaster has shortlisted it to 28 optional songs. The songs were judged in the first round by the jury, listening only to the songs they submitted, without any information about the writers, singers, and composers.
Next week, the 28 selected songs will face another selection process. In January 2020, the selected songs for Supernova 2020 will be uploaded to the Supernova Youtube channel.
At the moment, the format of Supernova 2020 is still unknown. The existence of semi-finals is uncertain. However, the public may be involved in choosing semi-finalists.
Supernova 2020 final will be held on Saturday the 8th of February 2020.

Latvian media reports that  two optional participants may be two finalists of Supernova 2019: Edgars Kreilis

Aivo Oskis

Aivo Oskis has probably submitted his latest song “Dive Deep“:




Lithuania will choose an artist and a song via their traditional national selection – “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020″. Usually, the selection includes more than 6 shows and sometimes lasts for two months. However, LRT (The Lithuanian broadcaster) confirmed that the 2020 edition will be shorter than usual.
The broadcaster hasn’t revealed any official information about the participants of “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020”. However. thanks to the Lithuanian news website 15min, we are eligible to report some confirmes and rumored artist that will participate in the Lithuanian selection:

#1. Monika Pundziūtė – she is best known for winning “X Factor Lithuania” in 2015. Monika (as known as Monique) main characteristics are her special unique voice and the emotional vibes she puts in.

Monique has released 2 albums so far. You can watch the video clip for her new song

Monique participation was confirmed by her. She will perform a power ballad called “Make Me Human” that was composed by Vytautas Bikus who composed Ieva Zasimauskaitė‘s song for Eurovision 2018, “When We’re Old“.

#2. THE ROOP – a Lithuanian band that has already competed in the national selection. Their last attempt was in 2018 when they performed the song “Yes, I Do“. They came 3rd in the final. The band confirmed their participation in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020”.


#3. Tiramisu – a Lithuanian band that has participated in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2019”. The band was eliminated in the “Heat” level. They performed “The Smell of Your Eyes

The band tends to blend modern music with classical elements. In “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020” they will sing the bilingual song “Release” that has been already released:


#4. Rūta Loop – a Lithuanian singer that has already competed in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2018”. Then, she performed the song “Positive thoughts” and was eliminated in the second semi-final of the competition. The singer confirmed her participation in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020”.


#5. Aiste Pilvelyte will probably try her luck in the 12th attempt in  “Eurovizijos Atranka”. Aiste is well known in the fandom. The last time when the Pop singer participated in the competition was in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2017“. Then hse performed the song “I’m Like a Wolf” and ended in the 2nd place in the final. Aiste Pilvelyte participation wasn’t confirmed, but she said that it would be a mistake not to take part in the competition.

#6. Alen Chicco that has participated in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2019“, will comeback is 2020. Alen is a unique singer that has a passion for representing his country in Eurovision. His songs tend to include topics like sexual identity and being faithful to yourself.  Last year, he performed “Your Cure” and ended in 5th place in the final

Lately, the singer has released a new song called “Humana

#7. The band’s Twosome will come back to the third attempt in a row. The band confirmed their participation in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020“. Last year, they performed the song “1000” and were eliminated in the semi-finals. Paulius Šinkūnas, the lead singer of the band confirmed the band’s participation and said that the song will be entertaining and will include the words “I’m Lithuanian”.


#8. Ruslanas Kirilkinas – a Lithuanian singer has confirmed his participation in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020”:

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The singer has participated in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2016“. and performed “Ilgiuosi“. He finished in the 6th place in the final of the “Eurovizijos Atranka 2016“.


#9. Gabrielius Vagelisa Lithuanian singer has confirmed he will participate in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020”. May he sing the song that he has released a few days ago?

#10. The singer Donata Virbilaitė that competed last year as a member of the group “BingBang“, will compete in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020″ but as a solo singer. Last year, the BingBang group performed “Doing The Loop” and were eliminated in the “Heat” levels.
In “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020″, Donata Virbilaitė will sing “Made The Wax”. In an interview, she revealed that the idea for staging already exists and that her song contains some Retro elements.

#11. Dominykas Vaitiekūnas has also confirmed his participation in “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020″. He is a Lithuanian singer and actor. Dominykas Vaitiekūnas will appear in the competition as the character Vitalijus Špokaitis. He will perform a song with a strong message in the language of Lithuanian. The song will be  “Nemušk savęs” (Eng: “Don’t Kill Yourself). The song hasn’t been released yet, but meanwhile, you can watch another song of him:

#12. Monika Marija – the excellent singer will come back to “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020″.She competed in the national selection on a few occasions. The last time was in 2019 when she participated with two songs. She qualified for the final with the two of them. However, she has chosen to compete with only one of them in order to increase her chance to win. Eventually, Monika finished as a runner-up.
In “Eurovizijos Atranka 2020″, she will perform a ballad called “One Fast




RTV SLO (The Slovenian Broadcaster) has revealed the 10 established artists that will participate in EMA 2020.
The 10 established artists and their songs are:

#Ana Soklič – Voda (Eng: water)
#Božidar Wolfand Wolf – Maybe Someday
#Gaja Prestor – Verjamem Vase (Eng: I believe in you)
#Imset – Femme Fatale
#InMate – The Salt
#Klara Jazbec – Stop The World
#Lina Kuduzović – Man Like U
#Manca Berlec – Večnost (Eng: Eternity)
#Simon Vadnjal – Nisi sam (Eng: You’re Not Alone)
#Tinkara Kovač – Forever

EMA 2020 - 10 established

Among these artists, we can find at least 4 familiar names:

Tinkara Kovač won EMA 2014 with 69.69% of the votes. She represented Slovenia in Eurovision 2014. She came with an original amazing song and excellent performance but ended only in 25th place in the final


Lina Kuduzović represented Slovenia in Junior Eurovision 2015 and ended in 3rd place, the best achievement of Slovenia in Eurovision and Junior Eurovision together.

:“InMate participated in EMA 2019 and performed “ATMA

Božidar Wolfand participated in 1986 Yugoslavian national final and ended in 16th place in the national selection


Another 2 artists will get a wildcard and will join “EMA 2020″. The 2 wildcards will be given to  2 young musicians out of 10 that participate in “EMA FRES 2020“:

EMA FRES 2020 - finalists

EMA 2020 final will be held on the 22nd of February 2020. 12 songs will be included in the line-up of the night. In the beginning, all 12 artists will perform. Professional jury will pick only 2 of them. Afterward, the Slovenian public will vote for their winner among two 2 super-finalists.



The Swiss Broadcaster SRG SSR organized an internal selection for Eurovision 2020. The Broadcaster has received 515 songs. An audience consists of 100 members and a jury of 21 international music experts judge the songs. Eventually, a decision of 50% audience and 50% international jury will determine who will fly the swiss flag in Eurovision 2020.
A few days ago, the international jury was revealed. It includes 21 members and among them some popular Eurovision Related, such as:

#1. Tinkara Kovač who represented Slovenia in Eurovision 2014 (25th place in the final) and will compete in EMA 2020 (Slovenia national selection for Eurovision 2020)

tinkara kovač

#2. Ovidiu Jacobsen who represented Romania as part of a duet in Eurovision 2010 (3rd place in the final) and Eurovision 2014 (12th place in the final)

Ovidiu Jacobsen.jpg

#3. Ruth Lorenzo who represented Spain in Eurovision 2014 and ended in 10th place in the final

Ruth Lorenzo

#4. Helga Möller who was a member of the group that represented Iceland in Eurovision 1986

Helga Möller

#5. Alexey Gross who participated in the Belarussian selection for Eurovision in  few occasions

Alexey Gross



Ukranian media reports about 2 optional entries for Vidbir 2020 (The Ukrainian selection for Eurovision 2020):

On i Ona – Вода (Eng: water)


FO SHO – BLCK SQR (Black Square)


Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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