It’s a big night tonight as three countries select their songs for Eurovision, and we have national selection action in no less than TEN countries! It’s certainly going to be a busy one, and a lot of devoted Eurovision fans are going to have to make some tough choices, but don’t worry, we’ll be covering all of the action right here.

First of all, we have devoted live blogs for the finals in Denmark, Switzerland and the Sanremo final in Italy, as well as the second heat of Melodifestivalen in Sweden (these links will go live just before the shows begin). However if you’re looking for your Euro action elsewhere this evening (namely the heats in Ukraine, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Iceland or Finland), then here is where you want to be.

Our live bloggers will be covering these events in the blog below, so if you’re struggling to keep up with all the action, you can find it all in the one handy place. Just so you’re thoroughly prepared for everything that’s going on, here is a rundown of tonight’s shows:

Ukraine (semi-final 2)

It’s the second semifinal in Ukraine tonight. Last week we saw Jamala landslide the televote and qualify through to the final with The Hardness and Brunettes Shoot Blondes. Another three songs will qualify tonight from the nine we will see. The running order for tonight’s show is as follows:

  1. Arkadiy Voytyuk: “Vse v topi”
  2. Alloise: “Crown”
  3. Japanda: “Anime”
  4. NuAngels: “Higher”
  5. Pur:Pur: “We Do Change”
  6. Peaks of Kings: “Last Hope”
  7. Viktoria Petryk: “Overload”
  8. Pringles: “Easy to Love”
  9. SunSay: “Love Manifest”

The show begins at 18:00 CET and can be viewed on the NTU website.

Hungary (semi-final 1)

A Dal 2016 continues tonight with its first semi-final  Nine songs that qualified from the previous three heats will be performed, of which four will progress to the final: three from the first round (jury and public voting) and one from the second round (public voting). Here are the songs of the first semi-final, in alphabetical order:

  • Benji – Kötéltánc
  • B The First – You Told Me You Loved Me
  • Gergő Oláh – Győz a jó
  • Kállay Saunders Band – Who We Are
  • Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi – Hold On To
  • Mushu – Uncle Tom
  • Petruska – Trouble in My Mind
  • Reni Tolvai – Fire
  • Szilvia Agárdi – It Is Love

The show begins at 19:40 CET and can be viewed on MediaKlikk’s stream of Duna TV.

Finland (semi-final 2)

Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (let’s just go with UMK) continues tonight with its second semi-final. Six songs will be performed, of which three will progress to the final. Here’s the running order:

  1. Attention 2 – Ready For The Show
  2. Cristal Snow – Love Is Blind
  3. Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom – Good Enough
  4. Rafaela Truda – Rise Up
  5. Ylona – Blazing Fire
  6. Mikael Saari – On It Goes

The show begins at 20:00 CET and can be viewed on YLE’s website. If you want to familiarise yourself with the competing songs beforehand, we have reviewed all of them and given our predictions here.

Lithuania (show 6)

Lithuania’s mammoth selection process Eurovizija 2016 continues tonight, and will do for quite some time as it has been extended right up until the weekend before submission deadline, with the final taking place on Saturday 12 March. Tonight, the singers with songs category will be whittled down further by televoting, a Lithuanian jury and international jurors, and the two big favourites Donny and Ruta will be performing their songs. Here are the songs competing in tonight’s show:

  1. Valdas Lacko – Stay tonight
  2. Catrinah – Be free
  3. Ištvan Kvik & Ellada – Please don’t cry
  4. Donny Montell – I’ve been waiting for this night
  5. Eglė Jakštytė – Let me show you
  6. Erica Jennings – Leading me home
  7. Petunija – Tomorrow
  8. Rūta Ščiogolevaitė – United

Tune in via the live webcast at 20:00 CET.

Estonia (semi-final 1)

Tonight, Estonia kicks off their national selection for Eurovision 2016. Ten acts will compete in the first semi-final of Eesti Laul, and five of them will qualify for the big final on 5th of March. The qualifiers will be determined by the combination of jury votes and televoting. Here’s the running order:

  1. The Jingles – Love A Little Bit
  2. Würffel – I’m Facing North
  3. Mick Pedaja – Seis
  4. Indrek Ventmann – Hispaania tüdruk
  5. Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid – Immortality
  6. Kéa – Lonely Boy
  7. Kati Laev & Noorkuu – Kaugel sinust
  8. Zebra Island – How Many Times
  9. Laura – Supersonic
  10. Windy Beach – Salty Wounds

The show begins at 20:35 CET and can be viewed on ERR’s official website. Preview tonight’s songs and see what our editors think right here.

Iceland (semi-final 2)

Three songs qualified to the final last week, three more will qualify tonight. So we’ll see six in next week’s final. Or seven – they always reserve the right to put a wildcard through, and usually do. The six contenders in tonight’s semifinal are:

  1. Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir and Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson – Spring yfir heiminn
  2. Erna Mist and Magnús Thorlacius – Ólötuð orð
  3. Helgi Valur Ásgeirsson – Óvær
  4. Elísabet Ormslev – Á ný
  5. Pálmí Gunnarsson – Ég leiði þig heim
  6. Alda Dís Arnardóttir – Augnablik

The show is the last one to begin tonight (although thanks to the small matter of Sanremo, not nearly the last one to finish) with a starting time of 21:00 CET. You can watch the action live via RÚV’s website here and if you want to preview the songs, here are our reviews.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20165:15 pm

Let’s start watching the second semi-final of the Ukrainian National selection together! Number 1: Arkadiy Voytyuk: “Vse v topi”!


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20165:21 pm

Very cheerful song! All in Ukrainian language. The jury’s opinion: Meladze “High-level and positive performance, one of the best songs you will hear today”, Ruslana “I like your song a lot and I think this song is very european”, Verka “I don’t see this song at ESC, but it’s a nice song and I wish you good luck”.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20165:25 pm
2: Alloise “Crown”. This singer writes soundtracks for American movies, so she is already famous. The song is about a strong woman. Alloise says that she wants Ukraine to be represented as “strong woman” at ESC this year.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20165:32 pm

Not my cup of tea, although she is good vocally. The jury’s opinion: Ruslana “Even if you don’t go to Eurovision, your project is still very successful and has a big future: a dancing part could have been more exotic”; Verka “Very stylish and beautiful, good lyrics, I will vote for you”; Meladze “You should be more active on stage, but the rest is good”.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20165:51 pm

3: Japanda: “Anime” – the girls say that the are the victims of fashion, panda is their lucky charm and they are very vivid personalities”. Well, this is truly extraordinary or even weird I’d say;)


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20165:57 pm

Jury’s opinion on Japanda: Meladze “the girls for sure want to prove that it’s possible to win Eurovision without a good song and perfect vocals”; Ruslana “I like weird things on stage, such as animals and so on”; Verka “you are definitely different from anyone else and I like that you have your own face”.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20166:01 pm

4: NuAngels: “Higher” – the girls slightly changed the name of their group for foreigners to be able to pronounce it better. They say they want to win Eurovision. Their song was written by a famous Swedish songwriter.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20166:09 pm

I personally like the song a lot! Well-done! This band is very experienced and is a very strong candidate for Eurovision. The jury’s opinion: Verka “Very suitable song for the contest. Perfect!”; Meladze “I see the great job of your producer, and I can see that you were working hard on your performance, but I think you still have to work on some kind of unexpected final of your performance”; Ruslana “I see that this song was specifically written for Eurovision and prepared for Eurovision, totally Eurovision format. Besides, I like your voices. I wish you could put something Ukrainian into this song”.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20166:13 pm
5: Pur:Pur: “We Do Change”. It’s a young band, who has never been in rotation on Radio or TV, so they are surprised they were selected and think that they have a strong chance to represent Ukraine.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20166:21 pm

I don’t think that song 5 has good chances to get noticed at Eurovision stage. Jury’s opinion: Ruslana “I like that you are very modest on stage, it reminds me Ireland 2009. I like that you are original and different”; Verka “I think it’s a very pleasant and beautiful song, but I think that slow songs are dangerous and risky to take to Eurovision”; Meladze “I think that this is absolutely gorgeous! This song could be a perfect soundtrack for some kind of Hollywood movie. I don’t even understand how you can write music of such a high level by yourself”.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20166:27 pm

6: Peaks of Kings “Last Hope” – Meladze thinks that this guy is a future big star and pop-idols. This is the second performance of their life. Absolutely unknown and new group. I think this is quite something for such a young and unexperienced band!


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20166:33 pm

Jury: Meladze “You will have a big future”; Verka “It was strong and funny at the same time”; Ruslana “You are exclusive and creative. I fish it was even more powerful and energetic”.


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20166:42 pm

HUNGARY:

Welcome to the first semi-final of A Dal 2016! Nine songs will be performed tonight and four of them will advance to the grand final.


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20166:47 pm

HUNGARY:

And now we see the jury members of the selection: Pierrot, Zséda, Károly Frenreisz and Miklós Both.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20166:53 pm
6: Viktoria Petryk: “Overload”. The sister of the performing girl has won Junior Eurovision and Viktorya took 2 place at JESC 2008, now she goes for an Adult one to win it! I like this song!


Nathan Waddell
February 13, 20166:57 pm

We are getting ready to go live for Melodifestivalen over here! Come join Matteo and I for a load of Swedish fun!


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20166:57 pm

HUNGARY:

Song #1: Reni Tolvai – “Fire”: I really like this song, it was an explosive opening to the show. Her vocals were pretty good and it was a strong confident performance. I would give this 9/10


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20166:58 pm

HUNGARY:

And the total jury score for “Fire” – 28 with 5 points from the public making it a total of 33 points!


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20167:02 pm

HUNGARY:

Song #2: Petruska – “Trouble in My Mind”: I’m not really impressed with this song – it was a nice attempt but nothing really special. I can’t see it doing well in Eurovision if it was selected. I would give it 4/10.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20167:03 pm

Jury: Verka “The only good thing about this song is that it is fast, but it is not original at all”; Meladze “You have a lot of fans and people will vote for you. You are vocally very strong. You need to relax, you are full of stamps. You should find a better song”; Ruslana: “You need to be original, be yourself, not someone else”.


Peter Dunwoody
February 13, 20167:05 pm

FINLAND

Good evening all! UMK is just kicking off in Finland – 6 songs fighting for 3 spots. It’s a Krista-less show tonight as she’s otherwise engaged…


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20167:06 pm

HUNGARY

Jury results for “Trouble in My Mind”: 9 points from all the juries making it a total of 36 points!


Katarina Ilanković
February 13, 20167:07 pm

Estonia:


The show isn’t starting for another thirty minutes,but you can watch live coverage from the backstage here: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1YpKkPbLRjyGj


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20167:07 pm

7: Pringles: “Easy to Love” – simple students that met each other in the university and decided to create a band. Not bad, but nothing special, as for me.


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20167:07 pm

HUNGARY:

And the total jury score for “Fire” – 28 points with 5 points from the public making it a total of 33 points!


Peter Dunwoody
February 13, 20167:11 pm

FINLAND

1. Attention 2 – Ready for the show

So these two girls look about 12. Apparently they represented Finland in Nordic Junior – they still look eligible. This is a lively start to the show but it really puts me in mind of a JESC performance. A bit too colourful for me! The vocals start off solidly but go off track a little as the song progresses…

Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20167:12 pm

HUNGARY

Song #3: Szilvia Agárdi – “It Is Love”: It was a really good song, however she needs to work a bit on her vocals. She looked quite awkward on stage as well. I would give it 7/10.


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20167:13 pm

UKRAINE

Jury: Meladze “Stylish, modern and good in general, but now you look quite nervous on stage. Don’t like the black color of your costumes”; Ruslana “Trendy song, good song, but it lacks something Ukrainian”; Verka “You are nice guys, but I think that this song is not for Eurovision. Well-done, but not for this contest”.


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20167:15 pm

HUNGARY

Results for “It Is Love”: 32 points from the juries and 7 points from the public!


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20167:17 pm

UKRAINE

9: SunSay: “Love Manifest” – this singer never wanted to go to Eurovision and never watched it, but it’s an experiment for him and absolutely new to him. He doesn’t have a mega-show, but has a nice song.


Peter Dunwoody
February 13, 20167:19 pm

FINLAND

2. Cristal Snow – Love is blind
So apparently Cristal is a drag queen performing out of drag but still using his drag name. Hmm. Anyway the song has a very anthemic chorus but his vocal are poor. Very effective key change with gospely backing vocals including a very self-indulgent backing singer. Ok it started off ropey but ended very strongly indeed.


Sophie Haustein
February 13, 20167:21 pm

We’re live in Switzerland as well. Follow our live blog here!


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20167:22 pm

HUNGARY

Song #4: B The First – “You Told Me You Loved Me”: Both the song and the singer sounded weird to me. His vocals were quite annoying at some points. I don’t think this type of songs would do well in Eurovision. Maybe it just needs someone else to sing it. I would give it 3/10.


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20167:25 pm

HUNGARY

Results for “You Told Me You Loved Me”: 29 points from the jury and 6 points from the public!


Yassia Naumenko
February 13, 20167:26 pm

UKRAINE:

I like this guy and his song. Sounds good! The Jury: Ruslana “It was really cool! You live with your music, I like your style”; Verka “Good song for Ukraine, and good song for Europe. I’ m sure you will get to the final”; Meladze “I’m not your judge, I’m a musician like you. Thank you for having you here today!”


Peter Dunwoody
February 13, 20167:29 pm

FINLAND

3. Annica & Kimmo – Good Enough
Ok so this is one of my favourite national final songs of the season so far but the performance (involving mirrors) is just much much too static. The two singers are never in the same shot and it’s just too cold. The vocals are below par too. I just hope the song is strong enough to see it through as these are things that can be fixed.


Peter Dunwoody
February 13, 20167:33 pm

FINLAND

4. Rafaela Truda – Rise Up

Now this is very strong and I was not expecting it! It’s basically an Ariana Grande song but Rafaela can pull it off. Great uptempo pop package, great stage show. Probably will qualify and I had written this off.


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20167:34 pm

HUNGARY:

Song #5: Gergő Oláh – “Győz a jó”: This song didn’t start off so great, but it turned out to be good actually. I prefer the chorus than its verses and the violin part is great too. I would give this 6/10.
Results: 35 points from the jury and 7 points from the public!


Katarina Ilanković
February 13, 20167:36 pm

We are live in Estonia!


Peter Dunwoody
February 13, 20167:41 pm

FINLAND

5. Ylona – Blazing Fire
This is quite David Guetta but a David Guetta ballad. I like the sound but it’s quite boring for the first 2 minutes with Ylona stood in a cage. Then at the last chorus there is a great pyro moment as the cage falls apart. Very effective on screen. Could possibly have saved it.


Nick van Lith
February 13, 20167:42 pm

Italy

We are almost live in Italia! The ‘Anteprima’ show, which is the preview for Sanremo is almost finished. I’ll be guiding you through the show here. See you there!


Peter Dunwoody
February 13, 20167:47 pm

FINLAND

6. Mikael Saari – On It Goes
So after Mikael’s near miss 3 years ago this is one of the favourites. The title is appropriate here…not much of a song here, just an excuse for vocal acrobatics (admittedly he’s a great singer but still) and bombastic orchestration. It will qualify but if it wins in such a high quality field it would be criminal.


Katarina Ilanković
February 13, 20167:50 pm

ESTONIA

Song #1: The Jingles – Love A Little Bit
The performance is as simple as the song, and it gets really boring after the first minute or so. It will be a huge surprise if they qualify. I like the red background though.


Dimitris Ioannou
February 13, 20167:52 pm

Hungary

Song #6: Benji – “Kötéltánc”: A really interesting and cute song. Benji’s vocals were pretty good and the staging was also nice. I would give it 6/10.

Results: 27 points from the jury and 6 points from the public!

    Peter Dunwoody
    February 13, 20167:56 pm

    So FINLAND was a strong field but not where I thought it would be. I’m calling Cristal, Mikael and Rafaela as the three qualifiers. Kimmo and Annica sadly seem like they’re going to be edged out.


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20167:57 pm

    ESTONIA

    Song #2: Würffel – I’m Facing North
    This song is one of my favourites tonight, and thankfully Würffel didn’t disappoint me. The singer’s vocals were great, and even though her dance moves are a bit awkward, I really liked the performance. Hopefully we will see them in the final again.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:00 pm

    ICELAND
    It’s almost time for SF2 at Söngvakeppnin in Iceland – we are glued to http://www.ruv.is/ruv/beint and Wiv is live at Háskólabíó, so follow our twitter and instagram for live updates from her 🙂


    Dimitris Ioannou
    February 13, 20168:01 pm

    Hungary

    Song #7: Kállay Saunders Band – “Who We Are”: The song is pretty good, really powerful in the chorus. It is one of my favorites so far. However, he seems to be struggling on those high notes. But with work, it can certainly be improved. I think I prefer “Running” over this a bit though. I would give it 8/10.
    Results: 33 points from the jury and 8 points from the public!


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20168:04 pm

    ESTONIA

    Song #3: Mick Pedaja – Seis
    This is the best staging so far, it’s really mysterious, just like the song itself. I also loved Mick’s vocals, it sounded even better than the studio version! I would be really surprised if he failed to qualify.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:04 pm

    ICELAND
    So far it is the usual faff and a look at artists prepping in the grænn room.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:08 pm

    ICELAND
    All the entries are preceded by a look at the artists in the natural habitat, answering either/or questions, and in the case of Þórdís and Guðmundur, cooking. So we get to see how lovely Icelanders’ kitchens are and note how they are all offensively good looking.


    Peter Dunwoody
    February 13, 20168:10 pm

    FINLAND

    In the non-shock of the night, Mikael Saari is the first qualifier.


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20168:10 pm

    ESTONIA

    Song #4: Indrek Ventmann – Hispaania tüdruk
    What a cheerful and uplifting performance! It reminded me of Daniel Levi last year, and even though I disliked the studio version of Indrek’s song, I find it surprisingly good now. I could imagine this qualifying.


    Dimitris Ioannou
    February 13, 20168:11 pm

    Hungary

    Song #8: Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi – “Hold On To”: I really love this song – it’s really calm and cool and something different from the other songs. I also like the stage performance and Böbe’s vocals. It would be interesting if this won. I would give it 9/10.
    Results: 29 points from the jury and 6 points from the public!


    Peter Dunwoody
    February 13, 20168:12 pm

    FINLAND

    Wow!! Annica and Kimmo are through! As is Cristal Snow.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:12 pm

    ICELAND

    1. Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir and Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson – Spring yfir heiminn
    That’s “Spring all over the world” if I´m allowed to translate anyway, they may have other ideas if they get through to the final and sing it in English (as finalists are allowed to do should they choose).
    It is a decent effort and well received, very similar in style to the rap-meets-mid-tempo-ballad stuff that littered the charts in the wake of Eminem and Dido some seven years ago. So all fresh for Eurovision in 2016. It also features that snare riff that has littered every hip-pop song in the last two years, but it all hangs together quite nicely and Þórdís certainly has a good voice.


    Dimitris Ioannou
    February 13, 20168:13 pm

    Hungary

    So far, we have two sure qualifiers: Petruska and Gergő Oláh! Will Mushu manage to be the third qualifier or will Kállay Saunders Band be our third qualifier from the first round? We’ll know it soon!


    Peter Dunwoody
    February 13, 20168:15 pm

    FINLAND

    To sum up, the three acts through to the final are
    Cristal Snow
    Mikael Saari
    Annica and Kimmo
    It’s shaping up to be a strong final!


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20168:17 pm

    ESTONIA

    Song #5: Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid – Immortality
    I loved this performance, maybe using an actual cartoon was risky, but it definitely paid off. Kristel’s vocals weren’t as good as I expected them to be though. Nonetheless, I am sure we will hear this song in the final.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:19 pm

    ICELAND
    2. Erna Mist and Magnús Thorlacius – Ólötuð orð
    Three minutes of Icelandicness, and I mean that in the real sense not the Söngvakeppnin sense. A quaint, old-fashioned folk duet that could be from any year 1965 onwards, but sits marvellously among this selection. Vocally very smooth.


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20168:21 pm

    ESTONIA

    We now get to know the jury members.


    Dimitris Ioannou
    February 13, 20168:23 pm

    Hungary

    Song #9: Mushu – “Uncle Tom”: I weirdly like this song. It has something that makes it likeable. I think it might be my favorite along with “Fire” and “Hold On To”. It’s just so catchy. I would give it 9/10.

    Results: 32 points from the jury and 7 points from the public!


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:23 pm

    ICELAND
    3. Helgi Valur Ásgeirsson – Óvær
    An óvær is an infestation. My first concern is the one on his face ö- his makeup, which is pinky purple and glittery to compliment his jacket, but ends up looking a little more like he’s been caught up on a late night scuffle in the stræti.
    The golden spangly trousers are too much. The song is not enough.


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20168:26 pm

    ESTONIA

    Song #6: Kéa – Lonely Boy
    This song does nothing for me. Unfortunately, the performance isn’t much better either. Kéa’s vocals are great, but ‘Lonely Boy’ is just forgettable.


    Dimitris Ioannou
    February 13, 20168:26 pm

    Hungary

    And the three qualifiers from the first round’s jury and public voting are:
    Petruska – “Trouble in My Mind” with 43 points
    Gergő Oláh – “Győz a jó” with 42 points
    Kállay Saunders Band – “Who We Are” with 41 points


    Dimitris Ioannou
    February 13, 20168:28 pm

    Hungary

    The voting for the second round is now open! One more song will make it to the final. And now it’s time for tonight’s interval.


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20168:33 pm

    ESTONIA

    Song #7: Kati Laev & Noorkuu – Kaugel sinust
    Another song I used to find boring, but Kati’s vocals were so on point! The dark staging fits ‘Kaugel sinust’ perfectly, and to be honest, I am in love with her clothes. Now I really hope this song will qualify.


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20168:39 pm

    ESTONIA

    Song #8: Zebra Island – How Many Times
    After praising Kati’s clothing choice, I guess I have to comment on this horrible green costume. The vocals are great, but this song is quite forgettable, and I can’t see it qualifying.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:41 pm

    ICELAND
    4. Elísabet Ormslev – Á ný
    “Again” is the second song written by Greta Salome featuring in this year’s Söngvakeppnin, following her self-performed effort last weekend. Elísabet gets the stage for this one, a drum and piano driven slow ballad. Quite atmospheric and well-performed, but it is not spine-tingly as a successful song of this ilk needs to be, so it might end up being some people’s toilet-break song. The middle-eight has more substance and the final choruses try to take advantage of this, but don’t quite make it.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:42 pm

    ICELAND
    Say hæhæ to the artists in the green room with our Wiv on our insta.


    Dimitris Ioannou
    February 13, 20168:44 pm

    Hungary

    And the fourth qualifier from the first semi-final is Mushu with “Uncle Tom”! Congratulations. Now we know all the qualifiers from this semi-final. Hope you enjoyed watching the show with us, good night!


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20168:46 pm

    ESTONIA

    Song #9: Laura – Supersonic
    Oh no, they scrapped the beginning of the song! Thankfully, it didn’t do much damage and Laura’s vocals were fabulous. Her costume reminds me a lot of Electro Velvet though… She will definitely qualify, and probably be there in the superfinal too. She is also my personal favourite tonight.


    Yassia Naumenko
    February 13, 20168:46 pm

    UKRAINE

    Results from the Jury:
    1 – Japanda;
    2 – Viktoriya Petryk;
    3 – Peaks of Kings;
    4 – Arkadiy Voytyuk;
    5 – Pringles;
    6 – Alloise;
    7 – NuAngels;
    8 – Pur:Pur;
    9 – SunSay! – The BEST!


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:48 pm

    ICELAND
    5. Pálmí Gunnarsson – Ég leiði þig heim
    Icelandic Eurovision legend, Pálmi has a very sweet but rather dreary (timeless) ballad, with acoustic guitar and gentle orchestral background.
    The song translates to “I’ll guide/bring/lead you home.” (I’m trying my best!) so you get the gist.
    The song stops, rather than ends, but I didn’t mind.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:52 pm

    ICELAND
    3. Helgi Valur Ásgeirsson – Óvær
    Translated literally, an óvær is an infestation. My first concern is the one on his face ö- his makeup, which is pinky purple and glittery to compliment his jacket, but ends up looking a little more like he’s been caught up on a late night scuffle in the stræti.
    The golden spangly trousers are too much. The song is not enough.


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20168:52 pm

    ESTONIA

    Song #10: Windy Beach – Salty Wounds
    This is one of my least favourite songs in the whole selection. The performance was nice though, and her vocals were pretty good. And we have another nominee for the ‘Weirdest costume of Eesti Laul 2016’ award.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20168:54 pm

    ICELAND
    6. Alda Dís Arnardóttir – Augnablik
    Here we have the compulsory appearance of a song entitled augnablik. Alda has perhaps the most impressive vocal we have heard on this stage today, but the song is rather too middle-of-the-road.


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20169:01 pm

    ESTONIA

    The interval act – opera version of ‘Goodbye To Yesterday’ music video. I quite like this, better than usually boring interval acts.


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20169:05 pm

    ESTONIA

    Jury qualifiers: Würffel, Mick Pedaja, Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid, Kéa and Laura


    Yassia Naumenko
    February 13, 20169:06 pm

    Televotes:

    1 – Japanda;
    2 – Alloise;
    3 – Peaks of Kings;
    4 – Viktoriya Petryk;
    5 – Pringles;
    6 – Arkadiy Voytyuk;
    7 – Pur:Pur;
    8 – NuAngels;
    9 – SunSay!
    Last 3 entries proceed to the final!!! (Pur:Pur; NuAngels; SunSay)

    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20169:07 pm

    ICELAND
    ultimahora – There’s 20% off washing machines at Olmsson’s!


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20169:12 pm

    ESTONIA

    Recap of the semi-final 2 participants now.


    Katarina Ilanković
    February 13, 20169:16 pm

    ESTONIA

    The qualifiers are: Mick Pedaja, Laura, Kati Laev & Noorkuu, Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid, Kéa.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20169:28 pm

    ICELAND
    A montage of normals singing “Is it True?” ending with a shot of actual Yohanna with her little kid, following by Pollapönk on stage, so it must be almost results time in Reykjavík.


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20169:42 pm

    ICELAND
    Qualifiers from tonight are:
    Alda Dís Arnardóttir – Augnablik
    Elísabet Ormslev – Á ný
    Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir and Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson – Spring yfir heiminn


    Simon Wells
    February 13, 20169:59 pm

    ICELAND
    RÚV reserve the right to award a wildcard to the final, so it can be six or seven making it through. But our Wiv has cornered RÚV head honcho who confirms there won´t be one in 2016, so just your six finalists this year. Góða nðtt!

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