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25
January
2020

Lithuania: The last set of six acts go through to the Pabandom Iš Naujo 2020 semi finals

Lithuania: The last set of six acts go through to the Pabandom Iš Naujo 2020 semi finals

The Roop

This week saw the third and last week of the initial rounds of the Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 to find Lithuania’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 to be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in May.

In the last two weeks, twelve acts proceeded to next week’s semi final stage and they were joined by six more acts tonight.

Contents

  • 1 The Hosts
  • 2 The Judges
  • 3 The Songs
  • 4 The Results

The Hosts

The pair with the greatest job in Europe at this time, Giedrius Masalskis and Gabrielė Martirosianaitė returned with help from, past Lithuanian representative Ieva Zasimauskaité joining them in the green room. Gabrielė was in a black pant suit like dress, whereas Giedrius had white trousers and a black jacket. Ieva was in a tan coloured suit tonight.

The Judges

The silver haired fox Ramūnas Zilnys, returned to offer his opinion. In an unusual move this week he actually cracked a smile. Joining the talent finder was Jievaras Jasinskis singer and composer of the Eurovision favourite “In Culto” group, one of the most famous producers In Lithuania and LATGA representative Leonas Somovas, ex Eurovision participant Monika Linkytė and music agency producer Vaidas Stackevičius.

The Songs

The Backs – Fully

It appears that the Mamas from Sweden are not the only previous years backing singers vying for Eurovision glory as its claimed The Backs were the backing singers for Jurijus last year. Justina isn’t in the group so not sure if this is totally true. Anyway a well sung song , dressed all in black with Trilby hats, was a decent choreographered number with pleasant singing.

Bernardas – Dad, Don’t Be Mad at Me

Accompanied by a female cello player this was a heartfelt song  dedicated to Bernardas’s father,. He played the piano on the song with lyrics that meant a lot t him but perhaps it is too personal for Eurovision. You will either love it or think it’s too corny.

Justina Žukauskaitė – Breathe In

Justina returns and she’s been doing her homework. This is a moody easy on the ear song which she perfoms really well without any bells or whistles. This needs s few listens but its very good indeed in a Melanie Martinez kind of fashion.

Rokas Povilius –  Vilnius Calling

This is a great song for all students who once had to live in a bedsit. If not that’s what is sounds like and it’s actually very good and moody. Quite Elton John like to be honest and its also original despite being not original at all. Moody and atmospheric. Oddly it was inspired by LT United,s We Are The Winners.

KaYra – Alligator

This has just the right amount of novelty without heading into satire. In fact this would be a very good entry for Lithuania. Hardly ground breaking but the song has a catchy hook and begs repeated listening. This week more than six songs deserve to go through. What a pity they hadn’t been interspersed in the last two weeks groups.

Lukas Bartaška – Where Is That Change?

Lukas has a very soulful voice in the style of Mick Hucknell of Simply Red fame. The backing singers were also very good and the message is excellent. Unfortunately the melody of this song was hugely disappointing and totally wastes Lukas’s voice.

Evgenya Redko – Far

This is a bit more like it with a song that wouldn’t be out of place in the R and B charts. In her white costume, Evgenya is very influenced by Jennifer Lopez and actually has better songs than this submission. Nonetheless this is very modern and seems a little out of place in this years contest.

Ruslanas Kirilkinas – Soldier’s Heart

This song is very much from the era of Modern Talking and F.R David, very nineteen eighties. There is a mid tempo dance beat and Ruslanas is here to sing as good as he always does in his flashy black suit. Shame it belongs in a prior decade.

Nombeko Augustė – Reikia man

Nombeko  is another singer with a terrific voice let down by the song. This is a soulful little song which should get another turn due to the fabulous singing, but she is way better than the material she’s been given to work with.

Vitalijus Špokaitis – Nemušk savęs

This song has a sunny beach feel about it and could easily have been Spain or Portugal’s entry this year. This is another that would have gone to the semis in the last two weeks but with so many better ones this week it may just miss out. If it gets through though that’ll be just fine. The English translation is Don’t Kill Yourself. The staging was a bit of playing silly buggers.

Aistė Pilvelytė – Unbreakable

Can we just send this song and be done with it. Poor Aistė has been trying to represent Lithuania since before Eurovision was even invented and its her time this year. The judges described the song as old-fashioned which makes you wonder if they’ve been listening to any of the other entries this year. Also fans will be able to vote for a Swedish song without having to vote for Sweden. This probably won’t win Eurovision but who knows, euro trash for sure and it needs to be in Rotterdam.Written of course by Euphoria’s Thomas G:Son.

THE ROOP – On Fire

Lithuania have kept the only song that could make in roads into the charts with this Maroon 5 influenced song, to the end of the show. This is a catchy little song definintely destined for the semi finals and probably the final, but since we have Aistė they may need to be happy with second place. There also was a bit too much nonsense going on with this performance too.

The Results

JuryPublicTotalPosition
The Backs2796Qualifier
Bernardas0669
Justina Žukauskaitė11211
Rokas Povilius65115Qualifier
KaYra78153Qualifier
Lukas Bartaška00012
Evgenya Redko104144Qualifier
Ruslanas Kirilkinas4378
Nombeko Augustė6287
Vitalijus Špokaitis30310
Aistė Pilvelytė810182Qualifier
THE ROOP1212241Qualifier

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25
January
2020

Kristin Husøy wins semi final three of Norsk Melodi Grand Prix

Kristin Husøy wins semi final three of Norsk Melodi Grand Prix

Kristin Husoy

Tonight we went to Central Norway as we discovered four more acts competing to represent the Nordic nation at this years Eurovision Song Contest. After three rounds of battles Kristin Husøy was declared the victor of tonight’s show.

Two weeks of exciting and intense shows has made Norway’s 2020 Melodi Grand Prix a talking point on the National Final circuit.  Last week saw Musical theatre star Rein Alexander take the second spot in the final with a rousing performance of his haunting EDM song One Last Time.

This week we continue the semi final format of two duels and a Gold duel to finally declare tonight’s winner.

Duel 1

Alexandru Vs Sie Gubba

Country band Sie Gubba won the first duel of the night with a light and heartfelt performance of their country pop song Kjaere Du. While the band is obviously accomplished performers, the song is just slightly underwhelming and feels like it would have done well at the contest 30 years ago, also the staging for the song is non-existent that unfortunately brings nothing to the performance.

Duel 2

Thomas Loseth & Erica Norwich Vs Kristin Husoy

Kristin wins this duel, and unsurprisingly, a great singer with a soulful and funky song.  Kristin performs the heck out of the song and the staging is interesting, if a little dated, she starts by being backlight and the screen is black and white before turning to colour as she struts around the stage while 4 backing singers do a great job of supporting her. It was definitely the most contemporary song on offer tonight.

Gold Duel

Sie Gubba Vs Kristin Husoy

It was quite a predictable night in Norway as Kristin Husøy won against Duel 1 winners Sie Gubba after a second performance that cemented her continuation in the national selection.

Kristin Husoy now joins Raylee and Rein Alexander along with the five pre-qualified finalists and three more acts to be determined in the Grand Final on February 15th.

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24
January
2020

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020 – and the qualifiers are…

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020 – and the qualifiers are…

Ben & Tan

Ben & Tan, Kenny Duerlund and Sander Sanchez. These three regional winners are still in the run to represent Denmark at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Two wildcards are still to be selected

Nine acts competed in the pre-qualification round, or semi-final it is also called. The songs have been played on local radio stations and have been available for online listening. Voting took place on DR’s website.

The nine acts were divided into three regions, East, South and North. People could only vote for the three songs available to their area. At 12:00 CET today voting ended, and the result just revealed. Besides the three winners, two wildcards will be announced as well. They have been picked by a special jury and will together with the five pre-selected ones be revealed on the 31st of January.

All ten acts will compete in this year’s Danish Melodi Grand Prix final on the 7th of March. The winner will represent Denmark at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Qualifiers

  • Winner of region East: Ben & Tan – Yes
  • Winner of region South: Kenny Duerlund – Forget It All
  • Winner of region North: Sander Sanchez – Screens
  • Wildcard will be announced later
  • Wildcard will be announced later

This year’s Danish final will take place in Royal Arena in Copenhagen. The show will be hosted by the two actors Hella Joof and Rasmus Bjerg.

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21
January
2020

Finland : Six acts announced to compete in UMK 2020

Finland : Six acts announced to compete in UMK 2020

Erika Vikman

After failing to qualify with Norma John and Blackbird in 2017, Finnish Television decided to internally select Saara Aalto and Darude the following years. With disappointing results there too, this year they have decided to return to UMK.

UMK stands for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu and is the show that Finland will bring back this year. This will be the ninth time Finland has chosen their Eurovision entry using this platform.

A few moments ago YLE announced the artists who will participate in the UMK 2020 in the hope of representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam in May. The acts were announced by Mikko Silvennoinen and Krista Siegfrids, who represented the country in 2013 with Marry Me.

The acts selected are:

TIKA – I Let My Heart Break

Erika Vikman – Cicciolina

Aksel Kankaanranta – Looking Back

F3M – Bananas

Sansa– Lover View

Catharina Zühlke  – Eternity

Catharina placed 2nd in 2017  with the song Perfect Villain.

The songs will start to become available to listen to, one at a time on the YLE UMK site this Friday until the following Friday.

The UMK final will be held in Helsinki on March 7 2020.

Below is the last winner of UMK from 2017

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20
January
2020

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020: 9 semi-finalists available – voting procedure explained

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020: 9 semi-finalists available – voting procedure explained

DMGP 2020 Nine semi-finalists

Five songs are automatically qualified for this year’s Danish final. Another five will be chosen via a semi-final heat taking place on radio and online where people only can vote for the three songs available for that area.

DR has nine P4 radio districts. These nine districts has been put together three and three to form three areas; South, East and North. Each of these areas will have three songs each – and will pick one of them to the final. Their population can’t vote in other area groups. Besides the three area winners, a DR jury will select two wildcards among the remaining six songs. The five songs will take part in the final on the 7th of March – a final in which, they will be up against five more songs that has been prequalified for the final.

Sounds complicated? It actually is, but let’s simplify it by using me as a example. I live in the North area group. Three out of these nine semi-finalists are up for election in my area. I can listen to all nine semi-finalists, but only vote for the three assigned to my area. I can vote until Friday the 24th of January at 12:00 CET. Later the same day, the three winners will be announced – and two wildcards picked among the six that didn’t make it.

The songs

All nine songs are available on DR’s website and on Spotify – and the three songs in each area will be played on radio in that area through this week. You can vote from later today on the song in your area via DR’s frontpage.

South Area:

Jamie TalbotBye Bye Heaven (Written by Tom Oehler, Hampus Eurenius og Aron Blom)
Kenny Duerlund Forget It All (Written by Henrik Tala, Mila Falls, Patrick Jean og Kenny Duerlund)
Nick Jones2 AM (Written by Jon Hällgren, Lukas Hällgren, Hampus Eurenius og George Keller)

East Area:

SamSaraFor You (Written by Lars ‘Chief 1’ Pedersen, Remee, Kwamie Liv og Sara Amalie Gerup)
Søren OkholmImpossible Dreamers (Written by Tobias Stigaard Stenkjær, Peter Jantzen, Nanna Supriya Wedel og Søren Fynbo Okholm)
Ben & TanYes (Written by Emil Adler Lei, Jimmy Jansson og Linnea Deb)

North Area:

EmilVille ønske jeg havde kendt dig (Written by Esben Svane, Emil Vestergaard Klausen, Gavyn Matthew Bailey og Tim Schou)
Sander SanchezScreens (Written by Jonas Thander, Liam Craig og Christopher Wortley)
MieLou We Could Be So Beautiful (Written by Thomas Reil, Jeppe Reil, Bruce R. F. Smith og Eric Lumiere)

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20
January
2020

ESCZ 2020: Czech songs officially released

ESCZ 2020: Czech songs officially released

7 Finalists of ESCZ 2020 and Mikolas Josef

Today, the songs in the run to represent the Czech Republic at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest were released. 7 entries are fighting for the honour. Voting is done online – and an international jury will help out too.

Last week the Czech broadcaster Česká Televize held a press conference where they presented their seven hopefuls for Rotterdam. But only one of them can get the precious ticket to represent this central European country in May in the Netherlands.

All songs are available in the official Eurovision APP – and is expected to all come on YouTube later today.

Online and jury voting

Now when all the seven songs are out, the official voting is open. It works exactly the same way as it did in the past two years. Everyone can download the official Eurovision app and vote for one of the seven songs. While the votes of people from the Czech Republic counts for 50 % of the overall result, the votes from abroad will be combined to form one international juror. The other international jurors will be some of the previous Eurovision representatives from all over Europe. The international jury is the second half of the result. Unlike most of the national finals and Eurovision Song Contest, Czech Republic don’t use the percentage of public votes received when distributing the votes. They use points according to the position in the TOP 7 of jury voting or Czech online voting. The points distributed are 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 3 and 2. The song with the highest score in total is then declared as the winner. In case of a tie, the position in online voting decides the winner.

Participants and songs

Link to the songs on YouTube are added to the songtitles (They will open in a new tab). We’ll update as they become available.

Barbora Mochowa – White & Black Holes

If you followed last year’s edition of the Czech national final, then you have to remember Barbora Mochowa. She amazed the international jury with her dream pop song True Colors, but did not appeal to the Czech audience and ended up on a tied second place. If the ties were broken according to the new rules, she would have been awarded a fourth position. This year she brings another song in this musical style, so we will see if she will be more lucky on her second attempt with the song White & Black Holes.

Pam Rabbit – Get Up

As well as Barbora Mochowa, also Pam Rabbit was one of last year’s contestants. But besides that and her third place overall with a song Easy to Believe, she has her Eurovision experience from Lisbon in 2018 where she took part as a backing vocalist for Mikolas Josef. This year Pam comes back with an indie-pop song called Get Up.

Karelll – At Least We’ve Tried

A newbie in the Czech national selection and also the Czech music scene is Karelll. He is not only a singer but also a songwriter and those triple L in his stage name are not only coincidence and mistake in spelling. Karelll is actually a third Karel in his family, so that’s why he decided to type it like that. He has a few songs on his YouTube channel already and his Eurovision song called At Least We’ve Tried is a usual organic pop.

Olga Lounová – Dark Water

Olga Lounová is the most experienced artists among the Czech set of finalists. Every year she has around 180 performances which summed up make at this time already over 1500 concerts and theatre appearances in total. She is not only a singer, but also an actress and a musical theatre singer-actress. And still, that’s not all, because Olga is also a rally car driver. Let’s say that Olga Lounová is a woman of many talents, so trying her shot at Eurovision may be a good idea. Especially after her work on the upcoming album with the US team. Dark Water is an emo-pop ballad with piano and orchestra.

Elis Mraz & Čis T. – Wanna Be Like

The only duo in the national final is Elis Mraz and Čis T. Elis is a Czech singer who got famous after competing in The Voice of Czech and Slovakia where she made it to the live shows. She always liked to use her ukulele, which she may put also into her Eurovision song Wanna Be Like, which is reggaeton. But she approached Čis T., who is a Slovak rapper, to join her on this song. And see the result in the official video. Do you think it is one of the songs we will hear at EuroClub in Rotterdam no matter the final result in ESCZ 2020?

Benny Cristo – Kemama

Ben Cristovao decided to use a more international friendly form of his name – Benny Cristo – for the 2020 edition of the Czech national final. Along with Olga, Benny is also a well-known name among the final seven. He started his career in Czech and Slovak Idol in 2009 so this year it’s already over 10 years he is at the Czech and Slovak music scene. And he has on his account some hits with millions of views on YouTube. Benny Cristo comes to the Czech national final ESCZ with a song called Kemama which is in the genre of afro-pop.

We All Poop – All The Blood

If Benny and Olga are well known back home, We All Poop are on the other side of this scale. This 4-piece male group was formed shortly before they submitted a song to the Czech online selection. They say that their song is “a coincidence punk-pop”, so we all may be afraid of All The Blood, as their song is called. We already saw some new acts to win the national finals over well-experienced artists so everything is possible.

Who is your favourite to win the Czech national final Eurovision Song CZ? Last year, the Czech Republic was represented by a group Lake Malawi, who ended in 11th place in the grand final.

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