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25
January
2020

Newsletter: Tickets, Draws and more National Selection Madness…

Newsletter: Tickets, Draws and more National Selection Madness…

The Week Ahead…

It’s a slightly calmer week for National finals this week, with heats airing tonight for Lithuania and Norway plus live auditions in Belarus the only major points of interest. But with February just around the corner, things are going to heat up quickly. Here’s what to look out for in the meantime…

Belarus will kick off the first stage of their national selection for Rotterdam on Monday, when 49 shortlisted hopefuls face the first round of live auditions. Participants include the ever-present Napoli, who has competed every year since 2014, Artem Mihalenko of the group 3+2 and former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Vitaly Voronko. Tragically, Daz Sampson does not appear to have made the cut this year…

From this intimidating event, 12 finalists will be selected for the televised Grand final, which will be broadcast at a later date.

Lithuania will continue their Eurovision journey with the third Semi Final of „Pabandom iš naujo!” 2020 on Saturday night. Participants in this heat will include perennial bridesmaid Aistė Pilvelytė, who has enlisted ‘Euphoria’ scribe Thomas G:son for the Sanna Nielsen-esque schlager banger Unbreakable, popular indie band THE ROOP with ‘On Fire‘ and KaYra with the quirkily Kate Nash-esque ‘Alligator‘.

The show will be available for live-streaming from 20.00 CET at lrt.lv

Norway will also press on with their extensive selection process on Saturday, as four more artists compete for a ticket to the Melodi Grand Prix final. These include former boyband member Alexandru with ‘Pink Jacket‘, The Voice of Norway winner Thomas Løseth with ‘Vertigo‘, popular country-rock outfit Sie Gubba with ‘Kjære Du‘ and newcomer Kristin Husøy with ‘Pray For Me‘. In addition, auto-qualified contender Akuvi will present her song ‘Som du er.’

The show will air from 18.50CET on NRK1

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21
January
2020

Eurovision Insight Podcast: A New Kid In Town

Eurovision Insight Podcast: A New Kid In Town
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More results from the weekend, more artists confirmed for Eurovision 2020, more National Final music being released, the pace of the Song Contest continues to build up.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: A New Kid In Town

This week’s news from the Eurovision Song Contest world; weekend results, 260 parties for Rotterdam, and a new Executive Supervisor. Ewan Spence and the team round up the latest news, dates, and thoughts for this year’s Song Contest.

More details on Eurovision In Concert, ESPreParty, London Eurovision Party, and this week’s Ne Party Pas, can be found at their respective websites.

Our Spotify playlists for Qualified Artists, Australian Artists, Estonia Artists, Lithuanian Artists, Sanremo Artists, and Swedish Artists.

As the National Finals for Eurovision 2020 continue, stay up to date with all the Song Contest news by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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18
January
2020

Newsletter: The Week Ahead in National Selections…

Newsletter: The Week Ahead in National Selections…

The Week Ahead…

The ever-exciting National Final season will continue to unfold this week, with preliminary heats scheduled in the following countries…

Czech Republic will open voting for their online national final on Monday (20/1), with songs expected to be published on the same day. The selected artists have already been announced, including last year’s participants Barbora Mochowa and Pam Rabbit, plus actress Olga Lounová, rapper Ben Cristovao and the intriguingly named group We All Poop. Keep an eye on Czech Republic’s official Eurovision YouTube channel for more information…

Lithuania will broadcast the second heat of national selection „Pabandom iš naujo!” 2020 on Saturday. This week’s participants will include Lithuanian X Factor winner Monique, electro-pop singer Ruta Loop and the comedy trio Twosome. Six of the twelve acts will qualify to the semi-finals in February. The show will be available for live-streaming from 20.00 CET at lrt.lv

Norway will also continue their search tonight, as four more acts compete for a single golden ticket to the Melodi Grand Prix Grand Final on 15th February. Rein Alexander, JÆGER, Tore Petterson and Kim Wigaard & Maria Mohn will perform, while Norway’s 2010 Eurovision artist Didrik Solli-Tangen will preview Out of Air, a duet with his brother Emil which is already pre-qualified for the Grand Final.

This week’s show will air at 18.50 CET on NRK1.

Slovenia will select two wildcard contestants to complete the lineup for EMA 2020 in a special selection show tonight at 20.00 CET. The show, dubbed EMA FREŠ, focuses on less established artists under the age of 26 years old. One wildcard will be selected by an expert jury, the other by public voting. The Grand Final of EMA 2020 proper will be held on 22 February 2020.

Tonight’s show will stream live on RTVSLO.

You can read more about this week’s news by signing up to the ESC Insight Newsletter. Read this week’s edition online here.

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14
January
2020

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Hello Orchestra, Where Have You Been?

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Hello Orchestra, Where Have You Been?
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The pace is picking up and we have the first small wave of National Selection results to go through, as well as the latest news about the Rotterdam 2020 show, dates and details from the broadcasts, and a look ahead to the various preview parties. This is the Eurovision news from the last week.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Hello Orchestra, Where Have You Been?

The latest news from the Eurovision Song Contest world; with the weekend results, the return of the orchestra, and our fashion director for Rotterdam 2020. Ewan Spence and the team round up the latest news, dates, and thoughts for this year’s Song Contest.

More details on Eurovision In Concert, ESPreParty, London Eurovision Party, andnext week’s Ne Party Pas, can be found at their respective websites.

Our Spotify playlists for Qualified Artists, Australian Artists, Estonia Artists, Lithuanian Artists, Sanremo Artists, and Swedish Artists.

As the National Finals for Eurovision 2020 continue, stay up to date with all the Song Contest news by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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11
January
2020

Newsletter: Let National Selection Silly Season Commence!

Newsletter: Let National Selection Silly Season Commence!

As well as keeping you to date with the major news announcements, the ESC Insight Newsletter will be previewing the National Finals each weekend until we have our song for Rotterdam. There’ll also be a playlist of tracks from the week… and let’s have a preview of that part of the newsletter now.

ESC Insight Weekly Playlist

As another National Selection season prepares to kick into high gear, Eurovision fans are about to be bombarded with so many potential entries, it may be difficult to keep track. Fortunately, we’ll be on hand with a weekly playlist to guide you through the best of the bunch…

Merilin Mälk – Miljon sammu (Estonia)

Estonia’s Eesti Laul selection doesn’t start airing until mid-February, but the competing songs have been available since last November. 18 year old Merilin Mälk has taken an early lead on YouTube and Spotify with Miljon sammu (A Million Steps).

An instantly radio-friendly midtempo pop number with a distinct feel of Swedish pop starlet Zara Larsson, this is a youthful and competitive effort that could perform very well for Estonia if chosen.

Samanta Tina – Still Breathing (Latvia)

Latvia’s 2015 heroine Aminata has penned a couple of songs for her home country’s national selection this year, including one for perennial runner-up Markus Riva.

However, her most striking effort has been reserved for Riga Diva Samanta Tina, who could easily return the Baltic nation to the finals with Still Breathing. The chorus hits hard, and the quirkily choreographed music video suggests plenty of scope for an interesting stage show in Rotterdam.

Gabrielius Vagelis – Tave Čia Randu (Lithuania)

Lithuania haven’t performed in their native tongue on the Eurovision stage since 2001, but that could be set to change in 2020 thanks to local star Gabrielius Vagelis, who has already amassed over half a million YouTube views for his heartfelt ballad Tave Čia Randu (trans: Here I Find You). 

Vagelis has not yet confirmed whether an English version is in the works, but Tave Čia Randu is already easily strong enough to stand on its own should it get through his home country’s famously idiosyncratic national selection.

Kim André Rysstad – Rainbow (Norway)

Fans of classic Eurovision power-balladry have their first anthem of 2020 thanks to Norway’s folk-rock veteran Kim André Rysstad. With crunching guitars, soaring vocals and only slightly baffling lyrics, this should be a big crowd pleaser to kick off Norway’s revamped national selection on Saturday.

Conan Osiris, Ana Moura & Branko – Vinte, Vinte (Portugal)

He may have failed to reach the finals in Tel Aviv, but Portugal’s 2019 representative Conan Osiris continues to forge his own musical path to great success, as evidenced by this beautiful collaboration with two of his country’s most popular stars, fado icon Ana Moura and DJ/Producer Branko – both of whom took centre stage at the Lisbon Contest back in 2018.

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10
January
2020

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Coinneach MacLeòid

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Coinneach MacLeòid
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We’ve had another visitor to the beautiful Île de Bezençon! Coinneach MacLeòid of Eurovision Choir 2019’s Scottish choir Alba joins us to talk about a formative mullet, late 80s video effects, Peak Schlager, singing ‘Spirit In The Sky‘ in Scots Gaelic with Keiino and the role of Going For Gold in European integration whilst commiserating over the Song Contest fortunes of Spain and the United Kindom.

There’s also a Philip Kirkorov/Alla Pugacheva anecdote that may be one of the most piquant ever to grace the Île de Bezençon customs desk. Plus, we talk about how Coinneach and the choir Alba came to represent Scotland as a brand new Eurovision nation.

Eurovision Castaways with Coinneach MacLeòid

What Eurovision songs will Coinneach MacLeòid, the self proclaimed ‘Beardy Viking from the Outer Hebrides’ bring to the Île de Bezençon, and will Ellie Chalkley allow them onto the island? Find out in our latest episode of Eurovision Castaways.

You should keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast to stay up to date with Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, and all the National Finals. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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