Around The Continent #15

ARMENIAB

Last Tuesday,  the Armenian broadcaster revealed the participants of “Depi Evratesil 2020″ (The Armenian selection for Eurovision 2020).
12 artists will take part in the national final what will be held on the 15th of February 2020. The songs will be available next week

Armenia 2020 participants

The participants are:

Athena Manoukian –  Armenian-Greek singer who participated in the national selection of Greece for Junior Eurovision 2008. Moreover, she participated in “The X-Factor Uk 2018”.

Athena Manoukian

TOKIONINE (David Badalya) – The singer was one of the writers of “Walking Out” (Armenia 2019 song)

TOKIONINE (David Badalya)

ERNA

ERNA

Miriam Baghdassarian – an Armenian – Canadian singer that participated in the French-Canadian version of “The Voice”. She finished as a runner-up.

Miriam Baghdassarian

Agop ⠀

Agop

Karina Evn

Karina Evn

Vladimir Arzumanyan –  The singer represented Armenia in Junior Eurovision 2010 and won the contest.

Vladimir Arzumanyan

Music Hayk

Music Hayk

Artur Aleq

Artur Aleq

Gabriel Jeeg

Gabriel Jeeg 2

EVA Rida

EVA Rida

Sergey & Nikolay Arutyunov

Sergey & Nikolay Arutyunov

 

AUSTRALIA

All of the 10 competing songs were released.  The Australian national final will be held on next Saturday, the 8th of February 2020.

Australia Decides 2020 – Gold Coast, Eurovision

Montaigne – Don’t Break Me
Mitch Tambo – Together
Vanessa Amorosi – Lessons Of Love
Jaguar Jonze – Rabbit Hole
Didirri – Raw Stuff
Jordan-Ravi – Pushing Stars
iOTA – Life
Jack Vidgen – I Am King I Am Queen
Casey Donovan – Proud
Diana Rouvas – Can We Make Heaven

The full playlist is available in different digital platforms:

Youtube

AppleMusic

Spotify

 

AZERBAIJANB

Azerbaijan’s media reports that one of the following artists may represent the country in Eurovision 2020:
Azerbaijan 2020 rumored artists

Leman Dadasheva
Leman Dadasheva

Murad Arif
Murad Arif

Rauf & Faik
Rauf & Faik

Samira Efendiyeva
Samira Efendiyeva

 

 

BELARUS

Last Tuesday, The Belarussian broadcaster BTRC has chosen the 12 finalists of the national selection among 49 songs that had been shortlisted before.
The Belarusian national finals will take place on Friday the  28th of February 2020.
Belarus 2020 Running Order.png

Afterward, the running order of the show has been allocated:
1. NAPOLI — Don’t Let Me Down

2. Sasha Zakharik — Rocky Road

3. Anastasiya Malashkevich — Invisible

4. CHAKRAS — La-ley-la

5. Anastasiya Glamozda — Burning Again

6. Anastasiya Razvadоvskaya — Hello

7. Yan Yarosh — Fire

8. Angelika Pushnova — True Love

9. Darya Hmelnitskaya — On Fire

10. AURA — Barani svajo

11. KeySi — Chili Pepper

12. VAL — Da vidna

The full playlist is available in different digital platforms:

Spotify

AppleMusic

YouTube

 

BELGIUMB

Hooverphonic will release their song for Eurovision on Saturday the 29th of  February 2020.

CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Republic will hold a special live stream on Monday the 3rd of February 2020 where the winner of the national selection will be announced. The identity of the winner will be determined by a combination of 50% international public voting and 50% international jury voting (former Eurovision representatives).
The public voting is still open on the Eurovision app.

The competing acts are:
Barbora Mochowa – White & Black Holes
Benny Cristo – Kemama
Elis Mraz feat. Čis T – Wanna Be Like
Karelll – At Least We’ve Tried
Olga Lounová – Dark Water
Pam Rabbit – Get Up
We All Poop – All the Blood (Positive Song Actually)

The full playlist is available in different digital platforms:

YouTube

AppleMusic

Spotify

 

 

DENMARKB

Denmark has revealed the 10 songs that will compete in the national selection for Eurovision 2020: “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020“. The final will be held on Saturday, the 7th of Match 2020.
5 among the songs were per-qualified and the other 5 qualified for the final via  “P4 Sjælland” competition.

#1. Benjamin Kissi – Faith (Pre-qualified)

 

#2. Sys Bjerre – Honestly (Pre-qualified)

 

#3. Sander Sanchez – Screens (Northern semi final qualifier)

 

#4. Maja Og De Sarte Sjæle – Den eneste goth i Vejle (Pre-qualified)

#5. Kenny Duerlund– Forget it All  (Southern semi-final qualifier)

 

#6. Jasmin Rose feat. RoxorLoops – Human (Pre-qualified)

 

#7.  Jamie Talbot – Bye Bye Heaven  (Jury wild card from semi-finals)

#8.Isam B – Bølger (Pre-qualified)

 

#9. Emil – Ville ønske jeg havde kendt dig (Jury wild card from semi-finals)

 

#10. BEN & TAN – Yes  (Eastern semi-final qualifier)

 

FINLAND

The 6 acts of “UMK 2020” (The Finnish national selection for Eurovision 2020) have been released gradually over the last days.

Finland 2020 participants

The full playlist is available in different digital platforms:

Spotify

AppleMusic

YouTube

 

GEORGIAB

Georgian media reports that the country has already chosen the act for Eurovision 2020.
Tornike Kipiani will perform the song “Take Me As I Am“.
The song will an electro-rock with dubstep elements. Tornike will have 3 backing vocalists on stage. The song was written and composed by Tornike Kipiani.
The song will be released in February 2020.

Tornike Kipianiis - Eurovision 2020 Georgia

 

IRELAND

ThisIsPopBaby will be responsible for Ireland staging in Eurovision 2020.
Philly McMahon (The head of ThisIsPopBaby) has leaked that Ireland will be represented by a song associated with LGBT issues.

ISRAELB

At the moment, 8 candidates left in the race for representing Israel In Eurovision 2020:

Until Monday, 4 candidates among them will be eliminated.
The competition will include 2 semi-finals. From each semi-final, 2 candidates will qualify for the final and the other two will be eliminated.

In the first semi-final, the 4 competing artists will be
Eden Alena, Ohad Shragai, Lali Lokishkin, and Ela Lee Lahav. They will compete on Saturday the 1st of February 2020.

In the second semi-final, the 4 competing artists will be
Moran Aharoni, Or Amrami Brokman, Raviv Kaner, and Gaya Shaki. They will compete on Saturday the 2nd of February 2020.


The grand final will be held on Tuesday the 4th of February 2020.
4 candidates will face each other in 2 duels. The winner of every duel will qualify for the super final. Another spot in the super final will be given as a wild card from the jury to one of the losers of the 2 duels.

At the end of the night, the winner will be announced as the representative of Israel in Eurovision 2020.

On Tuesday the 3rd of March 2020, Israel Broadcaster Kan will hold a special national selection, where the winner of “Hakochav Haba Le’Eurovision” will be performing 4 songs. One of them will be the act of Israel for Eurovision 2020.
The decision will be made as a combination of 3 components:
professional jury = 65%
public voting = 30%
local jury areas = 5%

 

ITALY

“Sanremo” festival will be broadcasted this week. It will include 5 shows, starting on Tuesday the 4th of February 2020 and ending on Saturday the 8th of February 2020.
24 artists will compete for representing Italy in Eurovision 2020 :

Italy Sanremo 2020 participants

Here are the main rules of the format in each show:

First Show – 4th of February 2020

16 songs will compete on the first show. 12 of them are 12 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

16 songs will compete on the first show. 12 of them are another 12 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 24 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 24 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 24 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 competing acts (which haven’t been released) are:

Enrico Nigiotti – Baciami adesso
Irene Grandi – Finalmente io
Pinguini Tattici Nucleari – Ringo Starr
Francesco Gabbani – Viceversa
Junior Cally – No grazie
Michele Zarrillo – Nell’estasi o nel fango
Raphael Gualazzi – Carioca
Giordana Angi – Come mia madre
Diodato – Fai rumore
Anastasio – Rosso di rabbia
Elettra Miura Lamborghini – Musica (E il resto scompare)
Marco Masini – Il confronto
Levante – Tikibombom
Achille Lauro – Me ne frego
Paolo Jannacci – Voglio parlarti adesso
Piero Pelù – Gigante
Elodie – Andromeda
Francesco Sàrcina e Le Vibrazioni – Dov’è
Riki – Lo sappiamo entrambi
Rancore – Eden
Morgan e BUGO – Sincero
Alberto Urso – Il sole a est
Tiziana Tosca Donati – Ho amato tutto
Rita Pavone – Niente (Resilienza 74)

 

LATVIAB

Latvia will hold the national selection “Supernova 2020” on Saturday the 8th of February 2020.
The competing acts are:

Supernova 2020 finalists

01 – Seleste – Like Me

02 – DRIKSNA – Stay

03 – Katrīna Bindere – I Will Break Your Heart

04 – Edgars Kreilis – Tridymite

05 – Katrīna Dimanta – Heart Beats

06 – Miks Dukurs – I’m Falling For You

07 – ANNNA – Polyester

08 – Bad Habits – Sail With You

09 – Samanta Tīna – Still Breathing

The official promo has been published

 

LITHUANIA

Tonight (the 1st of February 2020), the first semi-final of the Lithuanian selection will be held.  9 artists will compete for 4 spots in the final.
You can read my review of the first semi-final right here.

#1. KaYra – Alligator (3rd place in Heat 3)

 

#2. Viktorija Miškūnaitė – The Ocean (4th place in Heat 2)

 

#3. Baltos varnos – Namų dvasia (2nd place in Heat 1)

 

#4. Rūta Loop – We Came From Sun (3rd place in Heat 2)

 

#5. Gabrielius Vagelis – Tave čia randu (4th place in Heat 1)

 

#6. The Roop – On Fire (Winner of Heat 3)

 

#7.  Kristina Jure – My Sound of Silence (2nd place in Heat 2)

 

#8. Alen Chicco – Somewhere Out There (5th place in Hear 2)

 

#9.  Aistė Pilvelytė – Unbreakable (2nd place in Heat 3)

 

 

MALTAB

6 candidates left in the race for representing Malta in Eurovision 2020. They all compete in the second season of X-Factor Malta.
The 6 remaining artists are
3 groups: Bloodline, F.A.I.T.H, Yazmin & James
2 girls: Destiny Chukunyere, Justine Shorfid
1 boy: Kyle Cutajar

Next Saturday, the 8th of February 2020, the grand final of X-Factor Malta will be held. 4 candidates will take part. Each of them will perform an original song which the artist intends to perform if he/she/they represent the country.

MOLDOVA

TRM will hold a second round of auditions today at 13:00 C.E.T (15:00 at Moldova).
A professional jury will evaluate the acts by the following criteria: melodic line, the originality of the song, the vocal performance, and the actual interpretation.
The staging and clothing aren’t be required.

The competing songs are:
Alexandru Cibotaru – Cine Te-A Făcut Să Plângi
Angel Kiss – My Own Queen
Angel Kiss – You Are My Dance
Carolina Racoviță – Dancing In The Sunrise
Catarina Sandu – Die For You
Danny Cruise – My Love
Denis Midone – Like A Champion
Diana Brescan – Let’s Go Together
Diana RotaHi-Fivele Dale
Diana Popa – Believe Me
Dima Jelezoglo – Do It Slow
Georgeta Burlacu – Răspunde
Irina Kit – Chain Rection
Julia Ilienko ft. Mishel Dar – Tears
Katerina S – We Are Done
LANJERON – Hi-Five
Lave – Wildfire
Lavinia Rusu – Touch
Liusia Znamensky – Love No More
Live Beat – Love Me Now
Maria Ciolac – Our Home
Maxim Zavidia – Take Control
Natalia Gordienko – Prison
Nicolae Untilă – Call Me Please
Olea Roșu – Alive
Pasha Parfeni – My Wine
Pelageya Stefoglo – Empathy
Petronela Donciu & Portărescu Andreea – We Will Be Legend
Ray Bark – I’m Shy
Sasha Bognibov – Big brother
Sasha Letty – Summer Of Love
Tudor Bumbac – Te-Am Văzut în Vis Pe Tine
Valentin Uzun & Irina Kovalsky – Moldovița
Valeria Pașa – It’s Time
Viorela Moraru – Remedy
Vovian – 10 Minuni în Moldova

The full playlist is available in different digital platforms:

YouTube

AppleMusic

Spotify

 

NORWAYB

Tonight, the 1st of February 202, Norway will broadcast the 4th semi-final. The 4 participants are from Eastern-Norway. They will face each other in duels until 1 winner will be announced and qualify for the final.
The 4 semi-finalists are:

#1. Hege Bjerk – Pang

(written by Martin Bjerkreim, Trygve Stakkeland and,Hege Bjerkreim)

#2. Magnus Bokn – Over The Sea

(Written by Alexander Rybak, Joakim With Steen and, Magnus Bokn)

 

#3. Oda Loves You – Love Who We Love

(written by Magnus Bertelsen and, Oda Evjen Gjøvåg)

 

#4. Nordic Tenors – In This Special Place

(Written by Einar Kristiansen Five and, Jan-Tore Saltnes)

The automatic qualifier that was published this week is

Ulrikke Brandstorp – Attention 

One of the writers of the song is Morland that represented Norway in Eurovision 2015 and competed in MGP 2019.

Last week’s semi-final winner is Kristin Husøy – Pray for Me

 

POLAND

The first semi-final of “Szansa Na Sukces ” will be aired (not live) on Sunday the 2nd of February 2020. 7 artists will compete for one spot on the final. They all will perform a song by the “ABBA” band. the contenders are:

Patryk Skoczyński
Emilia Sanecka
Julia & Wiktoria Szlachta
Kasia Dereń
Amelia Andryszczyk
Sargis Davtyan
Maja Hyży

 

ROMANIAB

Romania will select an artist for Eurovision 2020 internally.  However, there will be a national final where the selected artist will perform 5 songs. The selected song will be the Romanian act for Eurovision 2020.
The announcement about the selected artist will be on Saturday the 29th of February 2020.
The national final will be broadcasted on Sunday the 1st of March 2020.

Meanwhile, the Romanian media suggest that one of the shortlisted artists is the singer  Elena Alexandra Apostoleanu (as known as Inna). She is 33 years old singer-songwriter of the genre Pop and Electro Dance. So Far, the singer has released 6 studio albums.
She is active since 2008.

Inna Elena Alexandra Apostoleanu

here is one of her song from the latest album:

 

RUSSIA

Dima Bilan who represented the country in Eurovision 2006 (2nd place in the final) and Eurovision 2008 (winner) may come back for a third attempt.
The singer has canceled planned concerts in February and March, saying that he will be a part of an international project. In recent interviews, the singer mentioned he would like to represent Russia in Eurovision once again.

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SWEDENB

Tonight, the first semi-final of “Melodifestivalen 2020” will be broadcasted.
7 artists will compete for 2 spots in the final.

Sweden 2020 (Melodifestivalen, Eurovision) #Playlist 300x300

The format of the show will be:
1winner + 2nd place – will qualify directly for the final
3rd + 4th places – will ger another chance to qualify on the 29th of February 2020
5th+ 6th+ 7th – will be eliminated

The competing acts of  tonight are:

melodifestivalen 2020 Semi final1

01 – The Mamas – Move
02 – Suzi P – Moves
03 – Robin Bengtsson – Take a Chance
04 – Malou Prytz – Ballerina
05 – OVÖ – Inga problem
06 – Sonja Aldén – Sluta aldrig gå
07 – Felix Sandman – Boys with Emotions

Listen to the songs snippets HERE

 

SPAIN

Last Thursday, Spain released the song for Eurovision 2020.
Blas Canto’
will perform “Universo” (Eng: Universe)

 

UKRAINEB

The first semi-final of “Vidbir 2020” will be held on next Saturday, the 8th of February 2020.
At the moment, 11 among the 16 songs were released.

The full playlist is available in different digital platforms:

Spotify

AppleMusic

YouTube

 

eurovision 2020 Logo

Last Tuesday, the semi-finals allocation drew was held.
The 35 semi-finalists were allocated into 2 semi-finals. Moreover, each country has been allocated into one of the 2 halves of the show where it will perform in.
You can read my full analysis of the allocation, regarding history voting patterns right here 

Eurovision 2020 semi final 1 allocationEurovision 2020 semi final 2 allocationeurovision 2020 allocation of 6 finalists

I live in Israel and watch Eurovision since the early 2000s. I work as a mathematician but have a big interest in singing, music, and writing

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