Around The Continent #19

ARMENIA

The Armenian song for Eurovision 2020 “Chains on You” will be revamped and will include more ethnic motives.
Meanwhile, you can listen to the original version:

 

AUSTRIAB

The Austrian entry for Eurovision 2020Alive” by Vincent Bueno will be released on Thursday, the 5th of March 2020.

 

AZERBAIJAN

Yesterday, it was officially announced that Samira Efendi will represent Azerbaijan in Eurovision 2020. Samira’s song will be revealed until the 9th of March 2020.

Samira Efendi Azerbaijan 2020

At the moment, it’s known that the song was written and composed by a Dutch duo that was involved in the German entry for Eurovision 2013 (Cascada – Glorious).
The song would like to include some ethnic motives.

Like in last years, Azerbaijan selected its artist and song internally.
An international group of music experts, music producers, lyricists, composers, Rv industry representatives, and journalists voted and selected the act for Eurovision 2020.
5 singers were shortlisted for Azerbaijan in Eurovision 2020:
Samira Efendi, Riad Abdulov, Elvin Novruzov, Laman Dadasheva, and Jabrail Rasulo.

 

BELARUSB

The national final was held yesterday. 12 songs competed in the following running order:

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01 – NAPOLI – Dоn’t Let Me Down
02 – Sasha Zakharik – Rocky Road
03 – Anastasia Malaškevič – Invisible
04 – CHAKRAS – La-ley-la
05 – Nastya Glamozda – Burning Again
06 – Nastasea – Hello
07 – Yan Yarush – Fire
08 – Angelika Pushnova – True Love
09 – Darya Hmelnitskaya – On Fire
10 – AURA – Барані сваё
11 –Keisi – Chili Pepper
12 – VAL – Da Vidna

The winners were VAL who performed the song “Da Vidna

VAL - Da Vidna (Acoustic Version)

The full results of the selection can be shown in the following table:

Belarus 2020 results
You are invited to read our review right here

All the live performances from the show are here:

 

 

BULGARIA

Victoria Georgieva will release her song for Eurovision 2020 on Saturday the 7th of March 2020.

Victoria Georgieva Bulgaria 2020

CROATIAB

The national final “Dora 2020” will be held tonight (Saturday the 29th of February 2020).
16 artists will compete for representing Croatia in Eurovision 2020.
The running order will be:

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01 – Elis Lovrić – Jušto
02 – Bojan Jambrošić – Više od riječi
03– Edi Abazi – Coming home
04 – Zdenka Kovačićek – Love, Love, Love
05 – Alen Vitasović & B. Matija Čerina – Da se ne zatare
06 – Đana Smajo – One
07– Aklea Neon – Zovi ju mama
08 – Nikola Marjanović – Let’s forgive
09 – Lorenzo feat Dino Purić & Reper Iz Sobe – Vrati Se Iz Irske
10 – Marin Jurić Čivro – Naivno
11– Lorena Bućan – Drowning
12 – Indira – You Will Never Break My Heart
13 – Jure Brkljača – Hajde nazovi me
14 – Colonia – Zidina
15– Mia Negovetić – When it Comes to You
16 – Damir Kedžo – Divlji vjetre (Tuga u bojama jeseni)

Yesterday, HRT (The Croatian broadcaster) published snippets od the songs:

Netta Barzilai was invited to perform as a guest but she canceled her participation due to coronavirus that started to appear in Europe.

 

DENMARK

.Denmark will hold its national final “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020” on Saturday the 7th of March 2020.

Links for the digital platforms playlist:

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Spotify

AppleMusic

YouTube

Official Website

ESTONIAB

Estonia will broadcast the national final of “Eesti Laul 2020” tonight.
In the first round, 12 acts will participate. The decision will be determined by 50% jury voting and 50% public voting.
The top 3 finishers will advance for the super-final where the public voting will be the only factor in voting.
The competing acts (ordered by the running order) are:

#1. Inger – “Only Dream”


#2. Rasmus Rändvee – Young


#3. Stefan – By My Side

#4. Synne Valtri feat. Väliharf – Majakad

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

#6. Uku Suviste – What Love Is

#7. Shira – Out In Space

#8. Anett & Fredi – Write About Me

 

#9. Jaagup Tuisk – Beautiful Lie

 

#10. Traffic – Üks Kord Vee

#11. Egert Milder – Georgia (On My Mind)

 

#12. Laura Põldvere – Break Me

You are invited to read our semi-finals review:

Semi-final 1 review

Semi-final 2 review 

The full playlist (including eliminated acts) is available in different digital platforms:

Spotify

AppleMusic

Youtube

 

FINLAND

Finland will select its artist and song for Eurovision 2020 via “UMK”.
The national final will be held on Saturday the 7th of March 2020.
The running order was published:

Finland UMK 2020 running order

The selection results will include 50% international jury voting. One of the jury members will be Lucía Pérez that represented Spain in Eurovision 2011.

Here are some details about the performances:

Catharina Zühlke – The performance will be simple and full of emotions.

 

Erika Vikman – The focus will be on Erika‘s personality and attitude. It will have a happy atmosphere and colorful staging. Erika will wear pink and high heels.

Aksel Kankaanranta – The focus will be on the song and the singer. The performance will be very visual.

F3M – A big show with massive chirography is planned

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Sansa – The show will be intended for cameras. The singer will dance and sing at the same time.

Tika –  The performance will include augmented reality motives. Tika will have 2 dancers. At some point, Tika will sing while being lifted in the air.

 

GERMANYB

Germany will be represented by the singer Ben Dolic that will perform the song “Violent Thing”

Ben dolic Germany Eurovision 2020

Ben Dolic is a 22 yeard old. He was born in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia.
He started his singing career at the age of 12 when he participated in “Slovenia’s Got Talent” and made it to the semi-finals.
In 2016, the singer was a member of the group D Base. The band participated in the national selection of Slovenia in Eurovision 2016 but was eliminated in the semi-finals.
At the age of 18, Ben and his family moved to Switzerland where he started to learn the language of Dutch. In 2018, the singer participated in “The Voice of Germany” where he finished as a runner-up. Afterward, he went on a tour in Austria and Germany.

The song was written and composed by the team of  Boris Milanov. Boris is an Austrian – Bulgarian songwriter and producer. He has an impressive record in Eurovision after writing some of Eurovision top hits: Bulgaria 2016 (Poli Genova – “If Love Was A Crime”), Austria 2018 (Cesar Sampson – Ain’t Nobody Like You”), Bulgaria 2017 (Kristian Kostov – “Beautiful Mess”) and more.

 

GREECE

Greece will release its song for Eurovision 2020 on Sunday the 1st of March 2020. The song will be “Supergirl” and it will be performed by Stefania Liberakakis.

(Stefania Liberakakis

 

 

ICELANDB

Iceland will hold tonight its national selection “Söngvakeppnin 2020″. 5 artists will compete for representing the country in Eurovision 2020.
 The running order will be:

01 – Ísold & Helga –Meet Me Halfway

02 – Daði and Gagnamagnið – Think About Things

03 – Nína – Echo

04 – Iva – Oculis Videre

05 – DIMMA – Almyrkvi

 

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In the first round, the 5 artists will compete. The results of the first round will be determined by 50% jury voting and 50% public voting. Top 2 finishers will advance for “Super-final”. IN the superfinal, the public will determine the identity of the winner.

 

IRELAND

Ireland will publish its artist and song for Eurovision 2020 on Thursday the 5th of March 2020.

ISRAELB

Last Thursday, Israeli broadcaster “Kan” published the 4 competing songs in the national final “Hashir Haba La’Eurovision
The national final will include 4 acts, all of them will be performed by Eden Alene

Israel 2020 (Hashir Haba Le’Eurovision השיר הבא לאירוויזיון , Eurovision) #Playlist

#01 – Eden Alene – Savior In The Sound

#02 – Eden Alene – Roots

#03 – Eden Alene – Rakata

#04 – Eden Alene – Feker Libi

The national final will be held on Tuesday the 3rd of March 2020. The results will be determined by 50% public voting and 50% jury voting.

 

MOLDOVA

Tonight, Moldova will hold its national selection for Eurovision 2020: “O Melodie Pentru Europa”.

The running order will be as follows:

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 – Diana Rotaru – Dale Dale
09 – Pasha Parfeny – My Wine
10 – Live Beat – Love Me Now
11 – Valeria Pașa – It’s Time
12 – Maria Ciolac – Our Home
13 – Sasha Letty – Summer of Love
14 – Irina Kit – Chain Reaction
15 – Petronela Donciu & Andreea Portărescu – We Will Be Legends
16 – LANJERON – Hi Five
17 – Julia Ilienko feat. Mishel Dar – Tears
18 – Catarina Sandu – Die for You
19 – Alexandru Cibotaru – Cine Te-A Facut Să Plîngi
20 – Maxim Zavidia – Take Control

Geta Burlacu has withdrawn from the show for personal reasons

Geta Burlacu

You are invited to read our review right here

The full playlist (including eliminated acts) is available in different digital platforms:

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Spotify

 

AppleMusic

 

YouTube

Official Website

 

NORTH_MACEDONIAB

The song “You” by Vasil will be published until the 9th of March 2020.
The official video clip was filmed on last Wednesday.
Meanwhile, some lines from the lyrics were published:

“There is hope in people
not in society
not in systems
but in you & me”

North Macedonia 2020 video shot and lyrics

 

POLAND

Alicja Szemplińska will perform “Empires” for Poland in Eurovision 2020.
The singer was ranked first both in jury voting and both in the public voting.

Eurovision 2020 Alicja Szemplińska Will Sing Empires For Poland

 

PORTUGALB

Portugal will broadcast tonight the second semi-final of “Festival Da Canção 2020”.
8 artists will compete for 4 spots in the final.

You are invited to read our review of the festival songs right here:

The running order of the second semi-final will be:

Portugal 2020 semi2

01 – Dub.Io feat. +351 – Cegueira
02 – Luiz Caracol & Gus Liberdade – Dói-Me O País
03 – Judas – Cubismo Enviesado
04 – Kady – Diz Só
05 – Elisa Rodrigues – Não Volte Mais
06 – Cláudio Frank – Quero-te Abraçar
07 – Tomás Luzia – Mais Real Que O Amor
08 – Jimmy P. – Abensonhado

Links for the digital platforms playlist:

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Spotify

 

AppleMusic

 

YouTube

Official Website

 

ROMANIA

Romania will select a song for Roxen on Sunday the 1st of March 2020.
Roxen will perform 5 songs:

Roxen – Alcohol You

Roxen – Storm

Roxen – Colors

Roxen – Cherry Red

Roxen – Beautiful Disaster

You are invited to read our review right here

The final will include special guests:

Loreen (The winner of Eurovision 2012, Sweden)
Loreen
Ulrikke Brandstorp that will represent Norway in Eurovision 2020
Ulrikke Brandstorp

Sandro Nicolas that will represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2020
Sandro Nicolas

 

 

RUSSIA

Russia will reveal its artist and song for Eurovision 2020 in a few days.
At the moment, there are some rumored artists:
Zivert, Olga Buzova, and Alexander Panayotov.

SAN_MARINOB

An unofficial source claims that San Marion will be represented by the singer Senhit Zadik.

Senhit zadikn Marino 2011

Senhit is an Italian singer of Eritrean descent. She represented San Marino in Eurovision 2011 with the song “Stand By” but failed to qualify for the final.

 

SERBIA

Yesterday, Serbia held the first semi-final of “Beovizijia 2020“.
The participants of the first semi-final were:

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Milica Mišić – Kiša
Ivan Kurtić feat. Mistik Cello – Sabajle
Thea Devy – Sudnji Dan
Karizma – Ona Me Zna
Andrija Jo – Oči Meduze
Sanja Bogosavljević – Ne Puštam
Marko Marković – Kolači
Srđan Lazić – Duša i Telo
Neda Ukraden – Bomba
Amvon Duo i Bilja – Raj
Igor Simić – Ples Za Rastanak

The 6 qualifiers are:

EJO -Trag

Thea Devy – Sudnji Dan

Andrija Jo – Oči Meduze

Marko Marković – Kolači

Neda Ukraden – Bomba

Igor Simić – Ples Za Rastanak

Thereafter, the qualifiers were allocated to running order in the final:

serbia 2020 sf1 qualifiers and allocation in final

#3. Neda Ukraden – Bomba
#4. Andrija Jo – Oči Meduze
#5. Igor Simić – Ples Za Rastanak
#6. Thea Devy – Sudnji Dan
#7. EJO -Trag
#11. Marko Marković – Kolači

 

Tonight, Serbia will hold the second-semi final of “Beovizijia 2020“.
The running order of the second semi-final will  be:

beovizija 2020 sf2

LIFT – Samo Mi Kaži
Bane Mojićević – Cvet Sa Prokletija
Bora Dugić i Balkubano – Svadba Velika
Bojana Mašković – Kao Muzika
Naiva – Baš, Baš
Rocher Etno Bend – Samo Ti Umeš To
Lazar Živanović – Puklo je nebo
Ivana Jordan – Vila
Nenad Ćeranić – Veruj U Sebe
Hurricane – Hasta La Vista
Ana Milenković – Tajna
Milan Bujaković feat. Olivera Popović – Niti

Bora Dugić Bora Dugic won’t perform on stage due to illness. He will be replaced with another singer that will sing with Balkubano

You are invited to read our review of the national selection  right here

SLOVENIAB

Last Saturday, Slovenia chose its artist and song for Eurovision 2020 via the national selection EMA2020.
The country will be represented by Ana Soklic that will perform the song “Voda

Ana Soklič3

You can see the ranking of the contenders in the final right here:
(The left table presents the ranking in the first round, while the right table shows the results of the super-final)

Slovenia EMA 2020 results

SWEDEN

Tonight, Sweden will hold the “Anrda Chansen” (Eng: Second chance) round.
8 contenders who finished in 3rd-4th places in the semi-final, will get a chance to qualify for the final. The show will include 4 duels where the winner of each duel will qualify for the final. Therefore, the 8 contenders fight for 4 spots in the final.
The duels are:

 

Duel 1:

  • Anis Don Demina – Vem e som oss
  • Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron – Surface

Duel 2:

  • Malou Prytz – Ballerina
  • Paul Rey – Talking in My Sleep

Duel 3:

  • Felix Sandman – Boys with Emotions
  • Frida Öhrn – We Are One

Duel 4:

  • Mendez feat. Alvaro Estrella – Vamos amigos
  • Drängarna – Piga Och dräng

 

Next Saturday, Sweden will hold the final of “Melodifestivalen 2020”.
12 artists will participate in the final.
The results will be determined by 50% international jury voting and 50% public voting.
The international jury will include members from different 8 countries:
Austria, Australia, Armenia, France, Iceland, Israel, Malta, and The Netherlands

 

Links for the digital platforms playlist:

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Spotify

 

AppleMusic

 

Youtube

 

Official Site:

 

 

SWITZERLANDB

Switzerland will announce its artist and song for Eurovision 2020 on Wednesday the 4th of March 2020.
Meanwhile, the Swiss broadcaster SRF uploaded the following video, where some passerby listened to the song and reacted:

We can conclude that the chosen artist is a man with a high voice or a woman with a low voice. The song is probably an emotional ballad.
Moreover, the song includes lyrics of a foreign language.
The common languages in Switzerland are German, French and Italian.
However, the country has a minority of Romansh speakers, may it be the answer?

Swiss fandom raised speculation that the singer Gjon Muharremaj (as known as Gjon’s Tears) may represent the country in Eurovision 2020.

Gjon Muharremaj

The singer was born in Switzerland to a Kosovar father and Albanian mother.
The singer competed in “The Voice: la plus belle voix” (the French edition of the voice) where he was mentored by the singer Mika. Gjon made it to the semi-finals.
The speculated song may be “Repondez-moi” (Answer me).

Meanwhile, you can listen to one of his songs:

 

UNITED_KINGDOM

Last Thursday, the United Kingdom revealed the act for Eurovision 2020.
It will be James Newman with “My Last Breath

JAMES NEWMAN Eurovision 2020 UK

 

UKRAINEB

Last Saturday, the national selection “Vidbir 2020″ has come to an end.
The winners are Go_A that will perform the song “Соловей

May the Ukrainian participation be in a danger again?
The Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC is in deep financial trouble.
The Ministry for Culture, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Finance decided to fund UA:PBC so the participation won’t be canceled.

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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