Super Saturday #3 – Your Guide through Valentine’s Day in the Eurovision world!

Hey guys! Well, it’s coming up to that time again – where it’s time for several countries to continue (or conclude) their journey in selecting their Eurovision entry for 2015! And who knew that so many countries could be having so many NFs at the same time…although to be honest, that isn’t exactly new here, and if you’re a regular reader of ESC Views, you’ll know that all too well! But we’re going to give you a rough guide through Valentine’s Day’s events! Of course, Serbia is going to select its artist and song on Sunday, but we will be providing a different article for that particular National Final. Right, so let’s get on with it!!

Country #1: Iceland

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Iceland’s National Final (Söngvakeppni 2015) will be one of two national finals in which the actual artist and song will be selected. The competition has already been through two weeks of semi-finals and has seen some fairly outlandish voting, in which fan favourites Erna Hrönn and Regina Ósk being knocked out in the semis. However, six songs were selected by the public to progress to the final of Söngvakeppnin, with an seventh song being given the jury’s wildcard. These seven songs are, along with a video of their performance:

The show will be taking place in the Háskólabíó and will be presented by regulars Ranghildur Steinnun Jónsdóttir, Guðrún Dís Emilsdóttir and Salka Sól Eyfeld. You should be able to watch Söngvakeppnin at this link here and should be on around 8:00 p.m. GMT/ 9:00 p.m. CET. If not, this post will be updated later on with the correct details! Personally, it seems like Iceland has a tough choice on its hands tomorrow night! Will they continue with the outlandish voting, or will they vote in the will of the fans? We’ll just have to wait and see!

Country #2: Italy

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Italy’s “national final” has been going on all week this week, as the Sanremo Music Festival has been taking place. Featuring former Eurovision stars as Emma Marrone, Lara Fabian, Nina Zilli and Conchita Wurst, Sanremo has been an NF that many Eurovision fans have been paying close attention to! The winner will be selected from the “Campioni” section of competing artists and, as a result of that, the artist themselves can decide which song will be sung on Italy’s behalf on May 23rd. The 20 competing artists competing to become the next Italian representative are:

  • Nina Zilli
  • Il Volo
  • Annalisa Scarrone (better known as Annalisa)
  • Lorenzo Fragola
  • Irene Grandi
  • Nek
  • Moreno
  • Alex Britti
  • Chiara Galiazzo
  • Nesli
  • Malika Ayane
  • Gianluca Grigniani
  • Marco Masini
  • Grazia di Michele & Mauro Coruzzi
  • Dear Jack
  • Bianca Atzei

The show will be streamed live on Eurovision.tv at 20:50 CET/19:50 p.m. GMT, and you can find the link to the stream here. The shows will be hosted by Emma Marrone, Arisa, Carlo Conti and Rocío Muñoz Morales. Personally, I haven’t been listening to Sanremo too much over this past week, but knowing that Sanremo has produced some of Italy’s best placing artists to date, I can tell that the quality of the show will be spectacular. Who will win though? You’ll have to stay tuned to ESC Views to find out!

Country #3: Sweden

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Sweden’s National Final – Melodifestivalen – has been one of the most watched National Finals in recent history. With the huge fandom starting to grow even bigger, the Swedes have had to take measures to ensure everyone’s happy….somehow, by dropping the number of competing entries? The logic is yet to be found. This week, the show will be hitting some familiar territory as it moves down to Malmö, where Eurovision 2013 was held – and where Robin Stjernberg first performed in the competition! The full songs won’t be released until closer to the show, but the 30-second clips of the songs in rehearsals in this second semi-final are already released, which you can watch here. The competing artists and songs in this ‘deltävling’ are:

  • Linus Svenning – “Forever Starts Today”
  • Emelie Irewald – “Där och då med dig”
  • Samir & Viktor – “Groupie”
  • Neverstore – “If I Was God For One Day”
  • Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen – “Nonetheless”
  • Magnus Carlsson – “Möt mig i Gamla stan”
  • Mariette – “Don’t Stop Believing”

Looking at this line up, I can already spot former MelFest contestants Linus Svenning and Magnus Carlsson..perhaps they could be the next people to join Eric and Jessika in the final? Of course, we will have to wait and watch the second semi-final to see what will go on in Malmö. Presented by ESC favourite Sanna Nielsen and Robin Paulsson, the show will be broadcast on SVT Play, roughly at around 8:00 CET. So who will make it directly into the final, and who will have to make it to the Andra Chansen to fight for their place in the final? Well, Lewis will have a proper review waiting for you after the show, so stay tuned to ESC Views for that!

Country #4: Estonia

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Fans this year have really taken to Eesti Laul – Estonia’s Eurovision selection – and with one semi-final already over with, it’s time for the second batch of contestants to take to the stage. In this batch of artists, we have fan favourites, a group that has various time signatures in their song, and the wife of the Prime Minister! Only in Estonia..the artists taking part in this semi-final are, along with a performance of the song:

This National Final will be presented by Helen Sürje and Indrek Vaheoja, and you should be able to watch Eesti Laul as it’s streamed onto your computer via this link. The show will be broadcast at 21:35 EET (which is 20:35 CET/19:35 GMT). So which five songs do you think will qualify from this semi-final? Feel free to let us know by commenting below!

Country #5: Lithuania

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So in Lithuania, they like to do things just a little differently. Yes, they love being so different that they are to select the song BEFORE the artist…and I really am confused by that. To be honest, all I know of the Lithuanian selection is that Mia, Vaidas Baumila and Monika Linkytė are competing to be Lithuania’s next Eurovision representatives…these names should ring bells for you guys, as these three artists finished in 2nd, 3rd AND 4th place last year respectively, after Vilija managed to beat them all off while she was looking for “ATTENTION!”…..I apologise….anyway, the three songs that are in the running to be Lithuania’s Eurovision song are, with a performance of each song:

Now, I don’t know about you, but in my opinion, Lithuania might be onto something with Monika, so if they pick the best song, I have a feeling Monika could be one to look out for on the wider stage. Vaidas and Mia are also fantastic singers, but in my personal opinion, Monika is a much better singer..so, the show will be hosted by Audrius Giržadas and Simona Nainė and you can watch the show via streaming at this website. The show will be broadcast at 21:00 EET, which is 20:00 CET/ 19:00 GMT…so which song will be selected to represent Lithuania, in your opinion? Well, we’ll have to wait and see!!

Country #6: Finland

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Continuing with country number 6, and Finland is continuing its search to find the next winner of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK). In its fourth year, UMK has brought Finland some relative success, qualifying from the semis twice in a row..perhaps these next hopefuls could do the same? This week is the second semi-final in UMK and the public alone will decide which three of the six competing artists will go to the final. The six artists competing in the second semi-final are:

  • Opera Skaala – “Heart of Light”
  • Eeverest – “Love It All Away”
  • Jouni Aslak – “Lions and Lambs”
  • Otto Ivar – “Truth or Dare”
  • Siru – “Mustelmat”
  • Shava – “Ostarilla”

After listening to a couple of the studio versions of the songs on the absolutely fabulous ESC Radio, I can say that this particular semi-final in UMK would be one to watch out for! Held in Helsinki and hosted by Rakel Liekki and Roope Salminen, the second semi of UMK will be broadcast via this link and should be on 21:00 EET, which is on 20:00 CET/19:00 GMT. Who will qualify tomorrow night in Finland? Who do you want to see go to the final? Well let us know by commenting below!!

Country #7: Hungary

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And finally, we come to Hungary, who is entering into the first semi-final of its national selection A Dal! The fourth outing of A Dal, the country has seen recent success with the songs its sending to Eurovision, coming within the top 10 twice in four attempts. Fingers crossed that this year can replicate the good fortune of ByeAlex and András! So, the participants in this year’s first semi-final of A Dal are:

  • Ádam Szabó – “Give Me Your Love”
  • Boggie – “Wars For Nothing”
  • Karmapolis – “Time is Now”
  • New Level Empire – “Homelights”
  • Pankastic! – “Kicsi a világ, de nagy világ”
  • Spoon – “Keep Marching On”
  • Timi Antal – “Woke Up This Way”
  • Vera Tóth – “Gyémánt”
  • Zoltán Mujahid – “Beside You”

As you can see, some of the fan favourites and songs that have received much media presence recently are taking part in this semi-final. Artists such as Boggie, Spoon and – maybe New Level Empire – might do well tomorrow night, as they have a big presence in Hungary’s national selection! But will they do so? Well you’ll just have to watch the show which is hosted by Csilla Tatár, and is to be broadcast on this link, at 20:25 CET, which is 19:25 GMT. So who will qualify, in your opinion? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

So, we’ve finally made it through the rough guide! So which National Final will you be watching tomorrow? Will you be a Söngvakeppnin fan tomorrow night, or will you be watching A Dal? Will you be watching MelFest or Sanremo? And who do you think will do well in each NF? Feel free to tell us what you think by commenting below!

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