Around The Continent 2021 – #13

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

 Vincent Bueno (Austria representative for Eurovision 2021) has posted the following post on his Instagram page:

recorded his Eurovision 2021 song in Zürich, SwitzerlandPele Loriano From Switzerland is the a producer as well as a backing vocalist

Pele Loriano isn’t a stranger to the Eurovision scene: He was one of the writers of “Run With The Lions” by Jurij (Lithuania 2019) and one of the producers of the Swiss national selection in the past.
An additional producer of the song is Jonas Thander from Sweden.
The British Ashley Hicklin wrote the lyrics and composed the song.
However, for the staging, there is a person from Austria in charge: Marvin Dietman who designed the staging for Austria at Eurovision 2014+2018.
The is likely to be released only at the beginning of March 2021.

According to Infe Azerbaijan, The national broadcaster has narrowed the list of songs to only 8 songs. The song for Eurovision 2021 will be chosen by a reference group behind closed doors.

We came across several submitted song for Belarus at Eurovision 2021. The deadline is the end of January 2021. We could have seen the following submissions

Aura – Свет жыве каханнем
PAVLONIMy dreams come true 
Danny Shark & Emtiar & Bridgy Kiss N’ Gun
Chakras – Waterfall 
Katya Ocean & Daz Sampson (UK 2006) – Give You Love 
Natali Domini – I Reach Out To You
Vadim Simonov – ”Svet lyubvi

Meanwhile, Napoli (Olga Shimanskaya) who has participated in the national selection for 7 years in a row, said she didn’t submit a song this year. The reason is her political position against violence,regarding the protests in Belarus this year.

Belarus: Napoli "I had a dream that I should choose Let's come together" -  escYOUnited

In February, Victoria will release the EP “A Little Dramatic” that will include 5 songs.

One of the songs among them will be the Bulgarian entry for Eurovision 2021.
In the coming weeks, Victoria will release the songs on her YouTube channel
It is possible that all of the songs have been written in the song writing camp.
One potential song has already been reveled – “Ugly Cry

Victoria will shed more light on the selection process today, where she will be interviewed on “Denyat zapochava s Georgi Lubenov” program on BNT 1 channel.

According to Barbara Kolar (one of “Dora 2021 hosts), “Dora 2021” will have a new method of voting comparing “Dora 2020“.

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In fact, we will get something similar to the “Melodifestivalen” voting method.
Each juror will have to rank his/her top acts (Lets say top 10 in the scale of 1-8, 10 ,12 points). Therefore each juror will have 58 points to give. For example, if 10 juror will take part, the jury voting will be summed to 580 points. The public voting will be translated in percentages regrading the amount of points all the jury gave together (in our example). Therefore, if an artist will get 10% of the public voting, he/she will receive from the public 58 points.
The winner will be the artists with the highest combined results.
The method meant to decrease the probability of a tie between 2 or more artists.

Elena Tsagrinou posted an official announcement about the date when the song will be revealed : on Wednesday the 24th of February 2021.

The song will be “El Diablo” (Eng: “The Devil“) and it about falling in love with someone as bad as El Diablo. it was composed and produced by Jimmy Thornfeld, Laurell Barker, Oxa, and Thomas Stengaard

The Danish broadcaster announced the hosts of the national selection and some more details.
Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021” will be held on Saturday the 6th of March 2021 at 20:00 (Denmark time)
The show has been moved to studio 5 in DR Byen, which will give a more cozy and intimate atmosphere.The hosts of the show will be Martin Brygmann and Tina Müller 

image source: DR

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the show will be held without live audience.

8 songs will be included in the line-up of “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021“.
The Songs and artists will be published regularly in the radio programs ‘P3 Buffeten‘, ‘Formiddag på 4’eren‘ and ‘P4 Play‘ on Wednesday, the 10th of February until 14:00 (Denmark Time) , where all songs and artists will be revealed together on

On stage, all artists are backed by DR’s 15 – man Grand Prix Orchestra under the direction of conductor Peter Düring.

Tonight at 21:05, France will hold their national selection.
12 songs will be performed in the national selection (The running order hasn’t been revealed yet):

  1. 21 Juin Le Duo – Peux-Tu Me Dire?
  2. Ali – Paris Me Dit (Yalla Ya Helo!)
  3. Amui – Maeva
  4. Andriamad – Alléluia
  5. Barbara Pravi – Voilà
  6. Casanova – Tutti
  7. Cephaz – On A Mangé Le Soleil
  8. Juliette Moraine – Pourvu Qu’on M’Aime
  9. LMK – Magique
  10. Philippine – Bah Non
  11. Poney X – Amour Fou
  12. Terence James – Je T’Emmènerai Danser

The results will be determined by 2 rounds of voting:

First Round – All of the 12 artists will perform their songs. The top 7 artists will advance for the second round (a kind of “Super-final”). The jury panel will have an option to give a wild-card to another artist , so the second-round will consist of 8 acts.

Second Round – The results will be determined by jury voting and public voting.
The jury panel will include 10 persons:

Marie Myriam who won Eurovision 1977 for France,
Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence,
France 2001 representative Natasha St Pier, 
Elodie Gossuin who was miss France 2001 and was the spokesperson for France at Eurovision for several years,
The singer Chimène Badi who participated in 2019 national selection,
The singer André Manoukian
Jean-Paul Gaultier a French designer who will also design the staging for the selected act
The actress Michelle Bernier
The singer and actor Agustin Galiana,
Eurovision 2016 rep Amir Hadad who would be the president of the jury

You can find the playlist in the different digital platforms




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RUV (Iceland’s national broadcaster) revealed the date when  Daði og Gagnamagnið  will release their song for Eurovision 2021: On Saturday the 13th of March 2021

RUV will be broadcasting special mini episodes about the history about Daði og Gagnamagnið on February 27th,March 6th and premier the song on March 13th.

Lesley Roy started working on the final recordings and get prepared for the video clip of her Eurovision 2021 entry

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where she was asked on Twitter about the date of release, she said it will be probably on the first week of March 2021 with possibility to be postpones to the second week of March 2021

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On last Monday, the Israeli broadcaster held the national selection “Hashir Shelanu La’Eurovision 2021”. 3 songs were included in the line-up.

In the show, the composers and writers behind the songs have been revealed.
The winning song is “Set Me Free“. It was composed and written by Ido Netzer, Amit Mordechai, Noam Zlatin and Ron Carmi

“Set Me Free” won the national selection with a huge gap:

The discussion about the presence of live audience in “Festival Sanremo 2021″ hasn’t been determined yet. The Italian government introduced new restrictions that are valid until the the 5th of March 2021. The restrictions prohibit holding television productions with live audience.

Amadeus the creative director and main host of “Sanremo 2021” seems to be unsatisfied.
According to local media reports ,he threatened to quit the show if live audience won’t be allowed.

Nevertheless, the British supermodel  Naomi Campbell was confirmed to co-host the first night of the festival .

Naomi Campbell interview: 'There's always work to be done' - CNN Style

The Latvian broadcaster LTV will broadcast a special TV show where we can follow Samanta Tina journey for Eurovision 2020+2021. The program will be aired on Friday the 12th of February 2021.
However, it is still unknown whether the song will be revealed on that date or will it be released only later on.

Last Saturday, Lithuania held the second heat of  “Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021“.
10 artists competed for 5 spots in the semi-final. The 5 qualifiers were:

Gebrasy – Where’d You Wanna Go?” (winner of the heat)

Gabrielius Vagelis – “My Guy” (2nd place)

Evita Cololo – “Be paslapčių” (3rd place)

 Nobertas – “Man In Need” (4th place)

Aistė Brokenleg – ‘Home’ (5th place)

In addition, The Roop gave their live performance for “Discoteque“:

Tonight at 20:00 CET, the 10 heats qualifiers will compete in the semi-final. 5 among them will qualify tor the final.
The final will include 6 competitors: The Roop (automatic qualifiers and 5 semi-final qualifiers).
The running order for tonight’s show is:

#1. Be U- Love Yourself

#2. Aistė Brokenleg – Home

#3. Gabrielius Vagelis – My Guy

#4. Voldemars Petersons – Never Fall For You Again

#5. Norbertas – Man in Need

#6. Evita Cololo – Be paslapčių

#7. Titas & Benas – No.

#8. Martyna Jezepčikaitė – Thank you Very Much

#9. Milita Daikerytė – Shadows

#10. Gebrasy – Where’d you wanna go?

Meanwhile, you can read our interview with Gebrasy

The national broadcaster TRM has finally confirmed what we all knew: Natalia Gordienko will represent the country at Eurovision 2021.

The team behind Gordienko in Eurovision 2020 was the Dream Team, including Dimitris KontopoulosPhilipp Kirkorov and Fokas Evangelinos

According to an interview Natalia and according to the Pavelzingan , the song for Eurovision 2021 will be a rhythmic dance bop that reminds “Siren Song” by the Ukrainian singer Maruv.
The song will be about sex and youth people.

The song will be released on Monday the 8th of March 2021

Vasil Garvanliev will represent the country at Eurovision 2021. The deadline for songs submission was closed this week.
Meanwhile, the singer released a song named “Sudbina“:

On social media, the singer claimed the song is one of the potential songs for Eurovision 2021

Last Saturday, Norway held the second semi-final of “Melodi Grand Prix 2021“. 4 artists competed for one spot in the final. The winner of the night was Raylee with the song “Hero

Tonight, at 19:50 CET, NRK will hold the third semi-final of “Melodi Grand Prix 2021
4 artists will compete for only one spot in the final:

 Dinaye ‘Own Yourself’

Big Daddy Karsten – ‘Smile

Emmy – ‘Witch Woods’

Ole Hart z ‘Vi er Norge’

 The automatic qualifier Kaja Rode will perform her song ‘Feel Again live

You can watch our reaction video here:

The official page Eurovision Poland (Eurowizja TVP) published the following post on their Facebook:

According to local media rumors, there are 2 lead candidates for representing Poland at Eurovision 2021:

Krystian Ochman - kim jest zwycięzca The Voice of Poland 11? Jego głos  wywołuje ciarki! -

Krystian Ochman and Alicja Szemplińska. The both of them won “The Voice of Poland” in the past. Alicja Szemplińska should have represented Poland at Eurovision 2020 with the song “Empires”

It’s still unknown who will be the artist or artists to represent Russia at Eurovision 2021.
However, there is a possibility that the Little Big band (who should have represented the country at Eurovision 2020) will represent Russia at Eurovision 2021.

The band published the following picture on social media, where we can see them working in the recording studio on a new song with the American DJ Dillon Francis

May they work on Eurovision 2021 song?

It’s official: The Slovenian broadcaster RTV SLO will hold a special edition of “EMA 2021” on Saturday the 27th of February 2021

However, the accurate format of “EMA 2021″ hasn’t been revealed yet:

First of all, we know that the Slovenian broadcaster RTV SLO has received a record number of 191 songs for Eurovision 2021.
The Slovenian broadcaster, in cooperation with the performer and expert committee have narrowed the list of songs.
At the end of the process (before the show itself) , 1-5 songs will be shortlisted for Eurovision 2021.

Therefore, “EMA 2021” can be a show where the final song will be revealed or a national selection show where the public/jury/ public and jury will vote for their favorite song.
However, a certain thing is that the broadcaster will celebrate 60 years of participation of Slovenia at Eurovision Song Contest. The first participation was back in 1961, under the name of Yugoslavia:
Ljiljana Petrović – Neke Davne Zvezde

The Spanish broadcaster RTVE confirmed details about the national selection this year.
Blas Cantó will represent the country at Eurovision 2021

The national selection will be held in February 2021. Blas will perform 2 different songs (in 2 different genres). The results will be determined only by the public voting.

Following the Covid-19 social distancing, SVT will allow only 6 performed on the stage in each performance.
Meanwhile, you can have a reminder about the hosts:

and watch the official trailer:

According to UA:PBC (The Ukrainian broadcaster) and according to the Twitter account “Ukraine at Eurovision”, the Ukrainian song this year will be selected by jury panel.

The band will have to submit at least 2 different songs. Each jury member will rank the songs separately. The song with the highest amount of points will be the song for Eurovision 2021.
The selection will be internal, therefore it will not be broadcasted on the TV.

The 5 members at the jury panel are:

 (the winner of Eurovision 2016)
Ruslan Kvinta (music producer)
Evgeny Filatov (member of Maneken band)
Dmytro Khorkin (member of UA:PBC)
Yaroslav Lodygin (member of UA:PBC)

The jury panel will rank the songs on the day after the songs will be submitted for the broadcaster.
Nevertheless, the results of the jury voting will be revealed only on the 10th of March 2021.
Although the band wanted to reveal their Eurovision song in February 2021.
That will make Ukraine to be one of the last countries to reveal their song for Eurovision this year.

Talking about their new entry for Rotterdam, the band were quested “Friends, finally! Official information regarding this year’s selection! All year we worked, experimented, looked for inspiration sometimes in quite unpredictable places and circumstances, and it was a unique experience we will remember for a lifetime! We are grateful to everyone who supported us during this interesting, but quite difficult period, because you can’t even imagine the scale of responsibility the feeling that was pressured from the moment we were declared representatives from Ukraine! It made us work on ourselves, although sometimes it prevented us from creating our hearts! Now the word for the jury. Let’s wait a little longer. We will definitely show everything we have done in a year. Keep calm and be patient”

Have we already heard a potential song for Eurovision 2021?
There is a possibility that one of the submitted songs will be the band new song “ШУМ

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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