Around The Continent #17

ARMENIA

Armenia will hold the national selection “Depi Evratesil 2020“. 12 artists will compete for the opportunity to represent the country in Eurovision 2020.

Armenian Depi Evratesil 2020 Songs Are Here!

The running order of the national selection has been revealed:

01 – Agop – Butterflies
02 – Karina EVN – Why?
03 – Hayk Music – What It Is To Be In Love
04 – ERNA Tamazyan – Life Faces
05 – EVA Rida – No Love
06 – Athena Manoukian – Chains On You
07 – Gabriel Jeeg – It’s Your Turn
08 – Sergey and Nickolay Arutyunov – Ha, Take a Step
09 – Miriam Baghdassarian – Run Away
10 – Vladimir Arzumanyan – What’s Going On Mama
11 – Arthur Aleq – Heaven
12 – TOKIONINE – Save Me

The results will be determined by a combination of 50% jury voting and 50% public voting. The jury will include 9 members.

 

You can read our review right here

The full playlist is available on our YouTube channel

YouTube

 

You can watch snippets from the rehearsals in the following video:

 

AUSTRALIAB

Last Saturday, Australia chose the singer and the song for Eurovision 2020.
Montaigne will represent the country with the song “Don’t Break Me” :

 

AUSTRIA

Vincent Bueno will release his song for Eurovision 2020 on Wednesday the 4th of March 2020. The song is named “Alive” and it will be uptempo.

Vincent Bueno2

 

BELGIUMB

Hooverphonic band will release their song for Eurovision 2020 on Monday the 17th of February 2020.

Hooverphonic

 

BULGARIA

Victoria Georgieva has 2 final songs for Eurovision 2020. She will decide which song to pick. Victoria will release the song between 6th-8th of Match 2020.

Victoria Georgieva

 

CROATIAB

HRT (The Croatian broadcaster) revealed that “Dora 2020” songs won’t be released before the national final. HRT will only public snippets of the 16 competing songs.
The national final will be held on Saturday the 29th of February 2020.

The Israeli writer and composer Doron Medalie, who was among the writers and composers of “Toy” (Isreal song for Eurovision 2018, performed by Netta), wrote and composed one of the songs in “Dora 2020“.  The song was co-written and composed by Doron Medalie and Branimir Mihaljević.  Branimir wrote Croatia songs for Eurovision 2010+2018).

Doron Medalie

The song “You will never break my heart” will be performed by Indira Levak, the former lead singer of the dance band Colonia that will also compete in “Dora 2020”.

Indira

Meanwhile, you can watch a video that shows the preparation for the show:

 

CYPRUS

Sandro Nicolas (Alessandro Rütten ) will perform a song named “Running” in Eurovision 2020.

sandro nicolas3

sandro nicolas Running

One of the composers of the song is Alfie Arcuri who competed in the national selection of Australia in 2019.

Alfie Arcuri feat. Meeks - Same (Acoustic Version)

 

CZECH_REPUBLICB

Benny Cristo will represent the Czech Republic with the song “Kemama”.
The singer mentioned that the song will be revamped in Eurovision 2020.

Benny Cristo - Kemama - Eurovision 2020 Czech

 

ESTONIA

Yesterday, Estonia held the first semi-final of “Eesti Laul 2020“. 12 acts competed for 6 spots in the final. The results have been determined by a combination of 50% jury voting and 50% public voting.
The 6 qualifiers were:

Anett & Fredi – Write About Me


Rasmus Rändvee
 – Young


Egert Milder
 – Georgia (On My Mind)

Synne Valtri feat. Väliharf – Majakad

 

Stefan – By My Side

Laura Põldvere – Break Me

Tomorrow evening, Estonia will hold the second semi-final of “Eesti Laul 2020”.
Another 12 artists will compote for 6 additional spots in the final.
The competing acts by running order will be:

#1 – Viinerid – Kapa-Kohi LA

#2 – Janet – Hingelind

#3 – Uku Suviste – What Love Is

#4 – INGER – Only Dream

#5 – Merilin Mälk – Miljon Sammu

#6 – German & Violina – Heart Winder

#7 – Jaagup Tuisk – Beautiful Lie

 

#8 – Ziggy Wild – Lean On Me

 

#9 – Uudo Sepp – I’m Sorry. I Messed Up

 

#10 – Traffic – Üks Kord Veel

11 – Shira – Out In Space

12 – Mariliis Jõgeva – Unistustes

You can our review for “Eesti Laul 2020”- semi-final 2 here

 

FRANCEB

Tom Leeb will release his song for Eurovision 2020 on Sunday, the 6th of February 2020.

 

ICELAND

Last Saturday, Iceland held the first semi-final of  “Söngvakeppnin 2020″. The results were determined by 50% public voting and 50% jury voting.
Two artists qualified for the final (among 5 participants):

DIMMA – Almyrkvi

Ísold & Helga – Klukkan tifar

Tomorrow, Iceland will broadcast the second semi-final, with the following line-up:

Iceland Söngvakeppnin 2020 semi2

01 – Daði and Gagnamagnið – Gagnamagnið / Think About Things

02 – Hildur Vala – Fellibylur

03 – Iva – Oculis Videre / Oculis Videre

04 – Nína – Ekkó / Echo

05 – Matti Matt – Dreyma

You can read our review right here

 

ISRAELB

The Israeli broadcaster “KAN” has received 248 songs for Eurovision 2020.
A special committee has chosen 4 among them to compete in the national final.
The national final will be held on the 3rd of March 2020. Eden Alene will perform 4 songs in the final.

Eden Alenaa
Yesterday, Israel’s media revealed details about the 4 competing songs.
The songs themselves will be released on Thursday the 27th od February 2020.

 

Israel 2020 4 final songs for Eurovision 2020

The songs details are:

#1. Roots (Lyrics and melody by Stav Beger and Nathan Goshen)
Stav Beger was one of the writers and composers of “Toy” that was performed by Netta who won Eurovision 2018.

#2. Feker libi (“my true love” in Amharic). The song was composed and written by Idan Raichel and Doron Medalie. Doron Medalie was one of the writers and composers of “Toy” that was performed by Netta who won Eurovision 2018

#3.  Savior in the Sound (Ori Avni, Talia Londoner, and Oren Emanuel)

#4. Rakata (Gal Joe Cohen, Zlil Kalifi, Eyal Ishay, and Eran Kashi)

 

ITALY

The singer Diodato won the festival “Sanremo 2020” and confirmed he will represent Italy in Eurovision 2020. He will perform “Fai Rumore” (Eng: Make Noise)

Diodato_- Fai_Rumore

 

LATVIAB

Last Saturday, Latvia held the final selection “Supernova 2020“. The singer Samanta Tina won the competition and will represent Latvia with the song “Still Breathing“.
On an interview for LTV (The Latvian broadcaster)  Samanta mentioned that she feels ready for Eurovision 2020 and therefore won’t change the production of the staging of the song.

Samanta Tīna Still Breating Eurovision 2020

Samanta Tina will perform her song on the final of Lithuania’s national selection that will be held tomorrow.

 

LITHUANIA

Lithuania will hold tomorrow the final of the national selection. 8 artists will compete in the final. The results will be determined by 50% public voting and 50% jury voting.
The running order will be:

Lithuania 2020 finalists

01 – Aistė Pilvelytė – Unbreakable
02 – Rūta Loop – We Came From The Sun
03 – KaYra – Alligator
04 – Monika Marija – If I Leave
05 – Meandi – DRIP
06 – THE ROOP – On Fire
07 – The Backs – Fully
08 – Monique – Make Me Human

You can read our review  right here

The playlist is available in different digital platforms (the qualifiers are the first 8 songs in the playlist):

YouTube

AppleMusic

Spotify

 

MALTAB

Malta will be represented by “X-Factor Malta 2” winner: Destiny

Eurovision 2020 It's Destiny For Malta! - X-FACTOR

Her song will be released in March 2020.

MOLDOVA

20 artists will participate in the Moldovian national final that will take place on Saturday the 29th of February 2020.
The running order will be:

01 – Denis Midone – Like A Champion
02 – Natalia Gordienco – Prison
03 – Geta Burlacu – Răspunde
04 – Viorela Moraru – Remedy
05 – Valentin Uzun and Irina Kovalsky – Moldoviţa
06 – Lavinia Rusu – Touch
07– Dima Jelezoglo – Do It Slow
08 – Dianna Rotaru – Dale Dale
09 – Pasha Parfeni – My Wine
10 – Live Beat – Love Me Now
11 – Valeria Paşa – It’s Time
12 – Maria Ciolac – Our Home
13 – Sasha Letty – Summer Of Love
14– Irina Kit – Chain Reaction
15 – Petronela Donciu and Andreea Portărescu – We Will Be Legend
16 – Lanjeron – Hi-Five
17 – Julia Ilienko ft. Dar Mishel – Tears
18 – Catarina Sandu – Die For You
19 – Alexandru Cibotaru – Cine Te-a Făcut Să Plângi
20 – Maxim Zavidia – Take Control

You can listen to the finalists on our YouTube channel

YouTube

 

NORTH_MACEDONIAB

Vasil who will represent North Macedonia in Eurovision 2020, announced that his song for Eurovision 2020 will be named  “You”

 

 

NORWAY

Norway will broadcast tomorrow the final of “Melodi Grand Prix 2020“.
10 artists will compete in final in the following running order:

Norway 2020 finalists

01 – Raylee – Wild
02 – Didrik & Emil Solli-Tangen – Out of Air
03 – Magnus Bokn – Over The Sea
04 – Akuvi – Som Du Er
05 – Kristin Husøy – Pray For Me
06 – Rein Alexander – One Last Time
07 – Tone Damli – Hurts Sometimes
08 – Sondrey – Take My Time
09 – Ulrikke Brandstorp – Attention
10 – Liza Vassilieva – I Am Gay

The final will include 3 rounds of voting. In each one of them, the results will be determined only by the public voting:

#1. In the first round, all the 10 songs will compete. The top 4 songs will continue to the next round.

#2. In the second round, the 4 songs will be split into 2 duels. The winner of every duel will qualify for the next round.

#3. The third round will be the “Super-final”. 2 artists will compete for representing Norway in Eurovision 2020.

NRK has also revealed the spokespersons to reveal the results:

  • Central Norway: Margaret Berger (Norway 2013 Representative)
  • South Norway: Tom Hugo (Norway 2019 Representative 2019 as part of KEiiNO)
  • West Norway: Bjørn Johan Muri (Norsk Melodi Grand Prix 2010 4th Place)
  • East Norway: Åge Sten Nilsen (Norway 2015 Representative as part of WigWam)
  • North Norway: Agnete (Norway 2016 Representative)

The playlist is available in different digital platforms (The first 10 songs in the playlist are the grand final participants):

Spotify

AppleMusic

YouTube

 

You can read our review right here

 

POLANDB

Poland will hold the third and last semi-final of  “Szansa na sukces” on Sunday the 16th of February 2020.
7 artists will compete for one spot in the final. One of the contenders is Albert Černý who represented the Czech Republic in Eurovision 2019 as a member of the group “Lake Malawi“.
They will sing cover versions of “The Beatles” songs:

Marek Kaliszuk –  “Help!”
Nick Sinckler –  “Can’t Buy Me Love”
Basia Gąsienica Giewont –   “Love Me Do”
Albert Černý – “Please Please Me”
Norbert Legieć – “She Loves You”
Marzena Ryt –  “Twist and Shout”
Adrian Makar – “A Hard Day’s Night”

So far, 2 artists have qualified for the final:

Kasia Dereń

Alicja Szemplińska

Moreover, the Polish broadcaster has decided to change the rules of the selection:

#1. 4 artists will participate in the final: the winner of each semi-final and another artist that will receive a wild-card form the jury.

#2. The requirement for the artists to be citizens or residents of Poland has been removed. It seems that the rule was updated due to the participation of the Czech singer Albert Černý who doesn’t live in Poland.

#3. In the final, the winner will be determined by a combination of jury voting and public voting.

#4. Each finalist will perform 2 songs in the final: A cover of Eurovision song (the songs will be chosen by the show’s producers) and an original song that the contender intends for Eurovision 2020.

 

PORTUGAL

Next Saturday (the 22nd of February 2020) the first semi-final of  “Festival da Canção 2020″ will be held.
8 candidates will compete for 4 spots in the fina. The results will be determined by 50% jury voting and 50% public voting.
The running order was revealed:
Festival da Canção 2020 Semi final 1 running order

01 – MEERA – Copo De Gin

02 – Filipe Sambado – Gerebera Amarela do Sul

03 – Ian Mucznick – O Dia De Amanhã

04 – Bárbara Tinoco – Passe-Partout

05 – Blasted – Rebellion

06 – Elisa – Medo De Sentir

07 – J.Jazz – Agora

08 – Throes + The Shine – Movimento

 

ROMANIA

The Romanian broadcaster TVR announced that the young singer Roxen will represent Romania in Eurovision 2020.

Roxen Romania 2

Roxen is 20 years old. She discovered her passion for music at the age of seven. Her music genre can be described as Deep House. She is influenced by singers like Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa.
The singer is active since 2019. So far, Roxen has released 2 singles.

“You Don’t Love Me”

The song became a huge hit in  Romania, France, the United States, Russia, and Spain.
In Romania, it reached the 3rd place in the Top 100 chart.

“Ce-ți cântă dragostea”

The single was released in November 2019 and peaked at number 32 in Romania.

Romania will hold a reduced national selection on Sunday, the 1st of March 2020.
In the national selection, Roxan will perform 5 songs. One of them will be the Romanian entry for Eurovision 2020.
On the 21st of February 2020, the 5 competing songs will be released.
One of the intended acts maybe her song “Ce-ți cântă dragostea”

SERBIAB

The national selection “Beovizija 2020” will be hosted by 4 people:

SWEDEN

Last Saturday, 2 artists from the second semi-final qualified for the final:

Anna Bergendahl – Kingdom Come

Dotter – Bulletproof

Sweden 2020 - Melodifestivalen SF2 Dotter Anna

tomorrow night, another 7 artists will compete for 2 spots in the final:

#1. Mariette – Shout it Out

Mariette – Shout it Out

#2. Albin Johnsen – Livet Börjar Nu

Albin Johnsen – Livet börjar nu

#3. Drängarna – Piga och dräng

Drängarna – Piga och dräng

#4. Amanda Aasa – Late

Amanda Aasa – Late

#5. Anis Don Demina – Vem är som oss

Anis Don Demina – Vem är som oss

#6.  Faith Kakembo – Crying Rivers

Faith Kakembo2

#7.  Mohombi – Winners

Mohombi2

You can read about the artists, composers and the songs lyrics here:

The song snippets available on the SVT website

Melodifestivalen 2020 The Second Semi-Final Snippets Available Now

SWITZERLANDB

Switzerland will reveal the song and the artist for Eurovision 2020, on Wednesday the 4th of Match 2020:

 

NETHERLANDS

Jeangu Macrooy will release his song for Eurovision 2020 on Wednesday the 4th of March 2020.

Jeangu Macrooy2

 

UKRAINEB

Last Saturday, Ukraine held the first semi-final of “Vidbir 2020”. 8 artists participated in the first semi-final and only 3 qualified for the final:

Krutь – 99

Go_A – Соловей

 

Jerry Heil – Vegan

Tomorrow evening, the second semi-final of “Vidbir 2020” will be held.
The 8 competing acts will be:

01 – Moonzoo feat. F.M.F. Sure – Maze

02 – Fo Sho – Blck Sqr

03 – Elina Ivashchenko  – Get Up

04 – Oleksandr Poriadynskyi – Savior

05 – Garna – Who We Are?

06 – Khayat – Call For Love

07 – David Axelrod – Horizon

08 – Tvorchi – Bonfire

You can read our review of the second semi-final right here

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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