Around The Continent 2021 – #3

“Around The Continent” is a series of posts where we will give you all the main news of the week.

According to the EBU , Eurovision 2021 won’t have a new semi-finals allocation draw.

The allocation of each country has 2 characteristics: Which semi-final will the country perform in, Which half of the show the country will perform in.

The allocation draw for semi-final 1 is:

First half: North Macedonia, Belarus, Lithuania, Sweden, Slovenia, Australia, Ireland, Russia
Second half: Norway, Cyprus, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Malta, Israel, Ukraine, Romania, Belgium

The allocation draw for semi-final 2 is:

First half: Austria, Moldova, Poland, San Mario, Serbia, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Estonia
Second half: Denmark, BulgariaSwitzerland, Finland, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Portugal, Albania

The partition of the 6 automatic qualifiers is (Which semi-final will they vote and broadcast) :

However, the EBU have just revealed another significant component in Eurovision 2021 formula:
All of the 41 countries will have to create ‘line-on-tap’ recording. The recording will be used in a case of traveling restrictions or if the participant will have to be in quarantine.

The recordings will be sent until the end of March 2021. The recording will take place in a studio setting in the relevant country. The recordings will take place in a real time, which means any editions of the it will be forbidden.
The Head of Delegation must be onsite during the 60-minute recording session of the permitted three takes and, either alone or together with someone who has the appropriate mandate, make the final decision on which take is selected.

The 26 competing songs were revealed on last Monday. You can find the full playlist here.
You can read our full review of the songs by clicking on the picture:

Victoria Georgieva was internally selected to represent the country, after Eurovision 2020 had been cancelled.

Yesterday, the singer released a new song called “Ugly Cry

According to the Bulgarian broadcaster BNT, the song is a potential song for Eurovision 2021

As we have reported before, the identity of Bulgaria‘s song for Eurovision 2021 will be revealed only in March 2021.

Damir Kedžo who should have represented Croatia at Eurovision 2020, after he had won “Dora 2020“, gave an interview to the Croatian news website DNEVNIK.

Damir said that he decided not to send a song for “Dora 2021″, following the decision of the Croatian broadcaster HRT to hold a national selection instead of internal selection.

The Estonian broadcaster ERR held interviews with the majority of “Eesti Laul 2021” participants.
The candidates leaked more details about their songs.

# 1. Egert Milder – “Free Again

“It’s the same style, but it’s a bigger song. It’s also a song that could be sung even more with the people. If” Georgia “was a personal experience of a particular country, those who might want to sing there also sang along. go or have been there, this time we will sing together about something we all know.
“We live in difficult times and the worries of the world are around us on a daily basis.” Free Again “is about wanting to be and feel free like we were when we were little children – we ran in the field and trampled on mudflats and there were no world worries in my little heads. to bring that feeling a little closer to people and at least dream of that period.”

# 2. Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”

“In general, this story does not differ much from the popular theme called love, which was also told in my story from last year. “He is talking about something that broke, but there is such a positive thought for things”

#3. Jüri Pootsmann – Magus Melanhoolia (Eng: Sweet Melancholy)

“So it stood on the shelf for quite a long time. We were wondering what to do with this song and the time of Estonian selection was coming. A ballad with a very strange twist. I haven’t placed it in any kind of box, but it is beautiful, slow, and at the same time also going hard. The story itself is more about self-awareness, pride, and presence.”

#4. Sissi – “Time”

“The main slogan is ‘I don’t want to waste any more time’ because it’s something we as people do insanely much. Largely because of the fears that hold us back and we don’t realize that time doesn’t What I said two seconds ago, because the moment no longer exists.
“There is less and less time, and instead of sitting in our fears and constantly thinking about what we want to achieve without daring to do it, we have to stop and just start walking towards the future because we never know, especially now. to which the world is moving.
When Andrei and I thought about what style we were doing, he said it must be a house-gospel. You can definitely dance and move”

# 5. Koit Toome- “We could have been beautiful”

“It’s a power ballad and I had to come out of the comfort zone. It required to make more effort than usual. I would just say that such a beautiful and heartfelt story. I was very touched by this story. It’s the kind of song I didn’t sing at all at first. I had to start going to the tuning again and learn to sing in order to sing the song in the studio at all”

#6. Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova – “Ma olen siin”

“It is a warm, heartfelt and memorable song. Such a timeless song in a good way. There’s nothing to do with any musical fashion trend.”

# 7. WIIRALT – “Tuuled” (Eng: The winds)

The member of the band Martin Saaremäg told he sent the song for “Eestli Laul 2021” without telling it to the other members of the band. He explained that he didn’t want to disappoint them in case the song wouldn’t have been selected.

# 8. Uku Haasma – “Kaos”

“The song is running, calm and then suddenly goes on fire. There’s a lot of versatile music to be expected. I’d never classify myself in a frame. It depends on how emotions are raging right now.
The message of this song is that when you’re in your cuddle, your head is completely silent and your heart is beating about once an hour. It’s the best feeling ever.”

#9. Alabama Watchdog – “Alabama Watchdog

“The story itself was in salt for a long time. The idea that maybe it would be worth sending it because we didn’t know what the reaction might be. But so far it has been positive. The keyword of our inspiration is the band Rage Against the Machine”

#10. Karl Killing – “Kiss Me”

“”Kiss Me” is a very intimate story for me. It’s a very close-to-heart story written about a certain emotion.This story made me feel hesitant. The song is about falling in love, but there’s both a negative and a positive aspect to it.

#11. Nika Merula – “Calm Down”

“It can be dedicated to the whole world, so listen, calm down and take it easy, life is beautiful.
“But in my case, my boyfriend made me so nervous that I had no choice but to either write a song or go hit him in the face. The first option seemed normal to me.
He noted that when he got all the feelings written, he still didn’t have a chorus in the story. I called Andrei Zevakini and he immediately understood what was going on and everything was fixed.
the song is rather feminine and something in the style of “50 Shades of Gray”. I can’t explain otherwise.”

#12. Kristin Kalnapenk – “Find a Way”

“The story is about world peace and where to find support. There’s a sentence that we can talk about things that scare us, but it doesn’t have to be negative. It can be positive, like the love or death that just comes with life. I also wanted to point out the little things that happen every day in life.”

#13. Heleza – 6

“This song was born out of my great love for French music. I went to live in France last year, I was there with Erasmus for six months, and I found so many insanely great artists to listen to.
When I came back to Estonia, I knew I had to take this opportunity to put those French words in the song. When I met Karl Killing [co-author of the song], The story was basically self-evident. I said that I want to tell a story and he said “don’t worry, I know exactly what to do”.
The simplest idea of ​​this song is that there are worries every day and it’s easy to remember old worries and remind yourself of all sorts of bad things, but you always have to remember that tomorrow is also the day”

# 14.  Kéa – Hypnotized

“I equate it with falling in love; you don’t fall in love with everyone, nor. Certain people and certain stories that remain in your ears, and you think that’s my story. This song didn’t have a melody or words yet. We got together in the studio and started thinking and developing quietly. Everyone thought and did it a bit at home, and that’s how these stories are born. It’s nice, fast, lively. Estonians need such a positive injection at the end of such an interesting year.”

# 15. Andrei Zevakin & Plouuto – “Wingman”

“”Wingman” was not really meant for “Eesti Laul”. For a long time, I wrote that I could do a story together. Our idea was to make a high-quality but also humorous story.
“Wingman” talks about how others can see the situation. It ‘s a quality song, but at the same time there is a spice of humor inside and you can make a great show with it”

# 16. Hans Nayna – “One By One”

Nayna is from Mauritius, but his girlfriend is from Estonia. The singer submitted 3 songs to “Eesti Laul 2021” and one of them was accepted.

“It’s a happy song, which in style includes euro-pop. The style is both new and made for me in the past, but rather blues style songs.”

# 17. Suured tüdrukud – “Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight”

“Our song will make everyone happy. We can’t be stopped for real, because we can’t stay still. I don’t think anyone can stand during this song written by Koit Toome. Then we have to work hard”

# 18. Redel – Tartu

The project Redek is very new and was named only last week . It includes Kristjan Oden kinnitas, and Indrek Vaheoja.

“We actually wanted to send a song to Eesti Laul last year, but then we didn’t get ready. But the words of this song were written by Indrek. The song concerns almost all Estonian cities. Tartu is simply more strongly represented in the chorus. I am from Tartu myself, that it is also a small homage to Tartu and, of course, to all other cities.”

# 19. Tuuli Rand – “Üks öö” (Eng: One night)

“This is a very positive and life-affirming song, which is extremely thematic.I am very, very pleased with the outcome”

# 20. Kadri Voorand – “Energy”

“Of course, this song is a love song, which is different. There is such an experience inside, maybe a painful note. But there is also a new expectation and the joy of discovering about oneself.
“I’d say maybe it’s a beautiful song just. From my sound language, I’d say it’s such a rather strong and powerful ballad. I’m not going to play anyone else there, I’m still myself”

# 21. Gram Of Fun – “Lost In A Dance”

“Our intention or message was a letter to yourself on an evening where you might want to give a little and compare yourself too much with others. The song was born online while all the band members were quarantined. “It was a very interesting experience”

# 22. Rahel – “Sunday Night”

“The song sounds very cheerful and kind of gospel-pop. But in terms of content, it’s quite personal.
Sunday evenings have been mentally difficult for his subject for a long time, and so is the support and hope of loved ones that came into the song”

# 23. Helen – “Nii Korgele” (Eng: “So high”)

“When I found out, we ate risotto with my family for dinner. I had lost those hopes and thought I didn’t have to save it this year, when the moment came that there was a picture of me on the TV screen, I just burst into tears”.
The song is about falling in love and how a person in love tries to deduce something from every little word and thing. All this feeling raises the tip of the toe so high. That’s what this feeling is about.”

#24 . Tanja – “Best Night Ever”

The singer hasn’t been interviewed yet

The singer Aksel should have represented Finland at Eurovision 2020.

According to an interview ha gave to the Finnish website “” , the singer didn’t submit a song for this year UMK. Therefore, he won’t represent Finland at Eurovision 2021

Ben Dolic was selected internally to represent Germany at Eurovision 2020.
On an Instagram post, the singer shared his feeling and explained why he will not send a song for Eurovision 2021.

It’s important to recall that the selection process in Germany including 2 panels (fans panel and expert jury panel) that examine plenty of songs without knowing who is the artist behind them.

Rumors in the fandom suggested that the festival of “Sanremo” will be postpones to April. According to those sources, the municipality of Sanremo requested postponing of the festival following the Covid-19 pandemic situation in Italy. They believe that the warm weather of April and waiting for vaccine will be helpful.

Festival di Sanremo - S2020 - Sanremo 2020, Claudio Fasulo sulla polemica  del regolamento Nuove Proposte - Video - RaiPlay

However, Claudio Fasulo (one of Rai directors) confirmed that the festival will be held on the beginning of March 2021:starting on the 2nd of March 2021 and ending on the 6th of March 2021

The Netherlands, which will be the host country of Eurovision 2021, will perform 23rd in the final running order. In fact, there allocation draw from Eurovision 2020 was reserved.

The selection process for Eurovision 2021 is still unknown. In fact, we even don’t know who will represent North Macedonia at Eurovision 2021.
However, on last Monday a photo of Borislav Milanov and Vasil Garvanliev was published.

Vasil was internally selected to represent North Macedonia at Eurovision 2020.
Borislav is a famous composer and writer that was behind several Eurovision songs:
Bulgaria 2020, Malta 2020, Germany 2020, Azerbaijan 2019, Malta 2018, Bulgaria 2018, Austria 2018, Bulgaria 2017 and more.
May the two of them working on an entry for Eurovision 2021? Only the time will tell.

 Stig Karlsen, the project manager of “Melodi Grand Prix 2021” was interviewed to the Norwegian website ESCNorge and revealed information about the upcoming Norwegian selection – “Melodi Grand Prix 2021”.

Slik blir MGP-finalen i Trondheim -
  1. Melodi Grand Prix 2021” will include 5 semi-finals and a grand final.
  2. In each semi-final, 4 artists will compete for one spot in the grand final. Each semi-final will consists of 3 battles until the winner is determined.
  3. The show will be held on Saturdays. The first semi-final will be held on the 16th of January 2020, while the grand final will be held on the 20th of February 2021
  4. The semi-finals won’t be region based anymore.
  5. 6 acts will be chosen internally to be automatic qualifiers for the final.
  6. Another act will qualify for the final as a wild-card from the semi-finals.
  7. Therefore, the grand final will include a line-up of 12 participants: 5 semi-finals winners, 1 wildcard and 6 automatic qualifiers.
  8. All the 6 shows will be held  H3 Arena, in Fornebu.
  9. The results of all the shows will be solely determined by public online voting.
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According to Stig Karlsen, we can expect for some surprises and a diverse genre line-up.
In addition, the technical issues will be improves so the voting will be robust .

As always, Portugal will select their artist and song for Eurovision via the Festival da Canção.
This year, 20 artists will compete in the national selection.
18 composers were chosen by the broadcaster. while the 2 others songs will come from a” free path” t o unknown artists.
The broadcaster will receive songs until the 25th of November 2020. Only Portugal citizens and Portuguese who don’t live in Portugal can submit a song.

The young singer Roxen was internally selected to represent Romania at Eurovision 2021.
She is already be working on several songs for the competition. It’s still unknown if the song will be selected in a televised national final or by the broadcaster.

Although the Russian broadcaster keeping the selection process in secret, we can reveal that Little Big band won’t get a free path to Eurovision 2021.

More relevant information was revealed on InstagramIlya Prusikin (one of the lead vocalists and the front-man of the band) has decided to answer fans questions on his Instagram page.
One of the questions was: “Were You internally selected for Eurovision 2021?”
The answer was: “No”. However, the band members will be working on several new songs that will submitted to the broadcaster later on.
Therefore, we can infer that Russia will internally select their act for Eurovision 2021. However, Little Big won’t get a free path for Eurovision 2021. So, there is a chance that we will see another artist carrying the Russian flag in Rotterdam.

According to the Swedish website Aftonbladet, we have 2 new names as rumored artists for “Melodifestivalen 2021“:

#1. Lova Drevstam

It will be the first participation of the singer in “Melodifestivalen“. The singer mostly sings in the Swedish language. Lately, she collaborated with Albin Johnsén (who have already participated in “Melodifestivalen”). According to Aftonbladet, Albin is the writer behind Lova‘s song for “Melodifestivalen 2021“.

# 2. Lova Sönnerbo

Lova may be a familiar name is the Eurovision fandom. She represented Sweden at the Junior Eurovision 2012 and ended in the 6th place with the song “Mitt Mod”

Recently, the singer has released the single “Lonely Ones

We would like to remind that other rumored artists are:
Arvingarna, Paul Rey, Eric Saade , The MamasJessica AnderssonAlvaro EstrellaKlara HammarströmDotterTusse Chiza SannexSam-E & Wahl.

While the only confirmed name is Julia Alfrida who won the golden ticket for “Melodifestivalen” via the competition  P4 Nästa 2020 

Go_A band were internally selected to represent Ukraine, after they had won the national selection in 2020.

An unofficial source claims that the following video is a snippet of one of the potential songs for Eurovision:

In addition, the band reveled that they found a new story they would like to tell in their song. Now they are looking for musical inspiration. Their song will have influences of folklore music

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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