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What’s in store on this Super Saturday

It’s the 11th March and that means we’re nearing the end of the national final season. But no need to worry, there’s enough in store today to keep you satisfied for a while! No less than six entries are to be selected or revealed today. We also cannot forget the revamp we’re getting of the United Kingdom entry. We already heard what Azerbaijan has on offer, but left today we have Serbia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. It’s a bit of a Nordic National Final day! Below we’ll sum up where you can find each of the selections, at what times and obviously including links to the livestreams.


  • When: 18:00 CET
  • What: Song reveal
  • Where: Probably on YouTube
  • Who: Tijana Bogićević

A while ago, Serbia internally selected Tijana Bogićević as their entrant for Kyiv. The 35-year old singer has been on the Eurovision stage before as Nina’s backing vocal in 2011. For 2017, they’ve opted for the song In Too Deep. The song has been written by Joacim Persson, Borislav Milanov, Johan Alkenas and Ann-Mari Linder. Part of that team has also been involved with Jana’s song for FYR Macedonia.
Expectations are high for Tijana. Since releasing an instrumental snippet, Serbia has climbed up to sixth place with bookmakers, just ahead of Australia and just behind Portugal. You can listen to the snippet below!

United Kingdom

  • When: 20:00 CET (YouTube at 21:00 CET)
  • What: Release of the new version
  • Where: BBC iPlayer
  • Who: Lucie Jones

We also have to include the United Kingdom in this list. The Big Five member selected Lucie Jones in one of the first national finals of the season. Never Give Up On You is her entry and a revamp was promised soon after the song won Eurovision: You Decide in January. Yesterday, BBC announced that the revamp will be revealed along with the official video. The video will be published on BBC iPlayer at 20:00 CET and it will be uploaded to YouTube an hour later.
You can listen to a small teaser of the new version below.


  • When: 20:00-22:30 CET
  • What: Eurovizijos final
  • Where: LRT
  • Who: Seven competitors who survived the mammoth process

Lithuania started ages ago with their national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Seven acts are left in the competition, with Fusedmarc as one of the favourites to win the ticket to Kyiv. Gytis Ivanauskas, also known as Lolita Zero, had been eliminated, but she has received a wildcard for tonight, so it will be interesting to see what she can do. Who will follow in Donny Montell’s footsteps? Can Lithuania score another top ten result with any of these seven entries?

  1. Paula – Let U Go
  2. Gabrielius Vagelis – Feel Myself Free
  3. Greta Zazza – Like I Love You
  4. Fusedmarc – Rain of Revolution
  5. Aistė Pilvelytė – I’m Like a Wolf
  6. Gytis Ivanauskas – Get Frighten
  7. Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė – Love Shadow

Check out a recap below!


  • When: 20:55-23:00 CET
  • What: Melodi Grand Prix 2017
  • Where: NRK 1
  • Who: Ten acts internally selected by NRK

In contrast to Lithuania, Norway like to keep it short. The Norwegians only need one night to select their entry for Eurovision. Ten acts have been picked by NRK to fight for the ticket to Kyiv. Former Eurovision entrant Åge Sten Nilsen is back with his new band Ammunition. Can he win the ticket again or will he lose out to early favourites Kristian Valen and Elin & The Woods?
For the first time, ten international juries will give their points in the Norwegian final. With juries giving points 1-8, 10 and 12 to their favourites, 580 points in total will be divided up between the songs by the international jury vote. The public will then also give a total of 580 points out to their favourite songs, decided by televote during the show. The four entries with the most points at this stage will go to the superfinal, called Gold Final. The international juries taking part in Melodi Grand Prix are Armenia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Check out the running order and a recap below!

  1. Ulrikke – Places
  2. Jenny Augusta – I Go Where You Go
  3. Rune Rudberg Band – Run Run Away
  4. Jowst feat. Aleksander Walmann – Grab the Moment
  5. Kristian Valen – You & I
  6. In Fusion – Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over
  7. Amina Sewali – Mesterverk
  8. Ammunition – Wrecking Crew
  9. Elin & The Woods – First Step in Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii)
  10. Ella – Mama’s Boy


  • When: 20:45-23:20 CET
  • What: Söngvakeppnin 2017 final
  • Where: RÚV1
  • Who: Seven acts who have qualified from one of the semis

After two semifinals, seven acts are left to compete for the Icelandic ticket to Ukraine. Six of them qualified directly and Hildur received a wildcard for the final with her Bammbaramm. It is expected that all entrants will perform their entries in English tonight. The big favourite for tonight is Svala with her song Paper. Can anyone beat her?
After a first round of voting, the top two entries will progress to a superfinal. We expect the winner to be known around 23:20 CET tonight, making Söngvakeppnin the last ending national final of the season.
Check out the list of entrants tonight below, as well as a recap!

  1. Aron Hannes Emilsson – Tonight
  2. Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir – Again
  3. Aron Brink – Hypnotised
  4. Hildur Kristin Stefánsdóttir – Bammbaramm
  5. Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson – Make Your Way Back Home
  6. Svala Björgvinsdóttir – Paper
  7. Daði Freyr Pétursson – Is This Love?


  • When: 20:00-22:00 CET
  • What: Melodifestivalen 2017 final
  • Where: SVT1
  • Who: Twelve qualifiers from four semis and Andra Chansen

Friens Arena will be the stage for undoubtedly one of the most popular national finals of the season. Melodifestivalen is entering the last of their six weeks and with former Eurovision winner Loreen (and obviously Charlotte Perrelli) being left out of the final, the field seems to be relatively open with Wiktoria as slight frontrunner in this national final.
The voting process is unchanged. The viewers and international juries will vote and the winner will be determined as the song with the most points. The international jury vote will be awarded first. These 11 juries will award points 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 to their favourite entries. A total of 473 points will be awarded by the juries.  The public vote is made up of several different methods; they can vote up to five times per song using the official Melodifestivalen app, or by the more traditional methods of telephone and SMS. This vote is then translated into a percentage of the available points, another 473.
This year’s international juries will then come from Armenia, Austria, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, Italy, Malta, Norway, Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine.
Check out the list of entries for tonight, as well as another recap!

  1. Ace Wilder – Wild Child
  2. Boris René – Her Kiss
  3. Lisa Ajax –  I Don’t Give A
  4. Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
  5. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia – En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)
  6. Anton Hagman – Kiss You Goodbye
  7. Mariette – A Million Years
  8. FO&O – Gotta Thing About You
  9. Nano – Hold On
  10. Wiktoria – As I Lay Me Down
  11. Benjamin Ingrosso – Good Lovin’
  12. Owe Thörnqvist – Boogieman Blues

The national final timetable for tonight

With such a busy night, our editor Danny Ni has come up with a schedule of tonight’s events. You can see that below. We’re curious to know what you’ll be watching tonight! And of course you can stay up to date with every national final right here on, as we’ll be guiding you through all of tonight’s shows.

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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