Tel Aviv 2019

Tonight: Melodifestivalen, Eesti Laul and much much more!

Happy Super-Saturday, everyone! Days like these are pretty much just Christmas for all of us Eurovision fans. And there are a LOT of presents waiting to be unwrapped this week so let’s just go through them all one by one, shall we?

🇪🇪 Estonia – Eesti Laul

Show: Eesti Laul – Semi-Final 2

When: 18:00 – 21:15 CET (with a “short” 30 minute break in the middle from 20:00-20:30 CET)

Where to Watch: ETV or their official online livestream

We already have six in the final, but we need six more. So it only makes sense for Estonia to continue their national final process with Eesti Laul’s semi-final TWO. While the first semi had names more familiar to long time fans, there are still plenty of songs and artists to root for here. Especially if you like cats! At the very least, we can be sure that Ani Lorak will be cheering on Uku Suviste, who just came back from a successful stint in the Russian verion of The Voice.

A 50/50 split between the public televotes and jury votes will decide four acts to send through in round one of voting. Two more follow in round two, this time without the jury having any say in it. You can find all the entries here and the running order down below:

  1. Sünne Valtri – “I’ll Do It My Way”
  2. Iseloomad – “Kaks miinust”
  3. Lumevärv feat. INGA – “Milline päev”
  4. Sissi – “Strong”
  5. Cätlin Mägi & Jaan Pehk – “Parmumäng”
  6. Kadiah – “Believe”
  7. Kaia Tamm – “Wo sind die Katzen?”
  8. Kerli Kivilaan – “Cold Love”
  9. Grete Paia – “Kui isegi kaotan”
  10. Lacy Jay – “Halleluja”
  11. Around the Sun – “Follow Me Back”
  12. Uku Suviste –“Pretty Little Liar”

🇬🇪 Georgia – Georgia Idol

Show: Georgia Idol – 2nd Live Show

When: 19:00 – 21:15 CET

Where to watch: GPB or the online stream.

Georgia continues the search for their next Eurovision entrant with the second live show of Georgian Idol. This bright and shining star is unfortunately out of the running, but eight hopefuls still remain, waiting to be whittled down to just six after this week’s show:

  • Ikako Aleksidze
  • Liza Kalandadze
  • Dima Kobeshavidze
  • Tamar Lechkapiani
  • Oto Nemsadze
  • Giorgi Nakashidze
  • Giorgi Pruidze
  • Nini Tsnobiladze

🇭🇺 Hungary – A Dal 2019

Show: A Dal – Heat 3

When: 19:30 – 21:40 CET

Where to watch: Duna, Duna World or one of the online live stream.

Hungary has reached the final stage of the heats. Six spots are still open in the semi-finals and ten more songs await their judgement in front of an increasingly more annoyed-looking panel of judges as well as the public, who acts as the fifth judge. Their combined scores help determine five qualifiers, with one more making it through in a special round of voting only meant for the televoters.

But with fan favourites like 2017’s Eurovision entrant
Joci Pápai and last year’s A Dal finalist Leander Kills stepping up, will the judges and the televoters see eye to eye? Or will it be another surprising set of results? Only one way to find out ! You can listen to the entries here. The actual running order for tonight will be revealed as the show goes along, but the acts taking part are:

  • Bogi Nagy – “Holnap”
  • Joci Pápai – “Az én apám”
  • Kyra – “Maradj még”
  • Leander Kills – “Hazavágyom”
  • Mocsok 1 Kölykök – “Egyszer”
  • Monyo Project – “Run Baby Run”
  • Petruska – “Help Me Out Of Here”
  • Ruby Harlem – “Forró”
  • Salvus – “Barát”
  • USNK – “Posztolj”

🇸🇪 Sweden – Melodifestivalen

Show: Melodifestivalen — Semi-Final 1

When: 20:00 – 21.30 (CET)

Where to watch:  SVT or their official livestream.

The yearly Swedish festival of glitz, glamour and confetti (oh so much confetti) kicks off tonight with the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen. Free from David Lindgren and novelty acts, this year’s contest is shaping up to be a strong one. We already get the Melodifestivalen 2016 and 2017 finalist Wiktoria, 2017’s runner up and manbun aficionado Nano, and 2010’s Swedish entrant Anna Bergendahl in the very first show.

The app voting has been retooled somewhat, but the format remains the same. After two rounds of voting, the top two (as voted by the public) move on directly to the final, while the acts that came 3rd and 4th get a second chance in…well, the Second Chance round after all the semi-finals are done. You can listen to the one-minute-long snippets here and see the full list of performers in the correct running order down below:

  1. Nano – “Chasing Rivers”
  2. High15 – “No Drama”
  3. Wiktoria – “Not with Me”
  4. Zeana feat. Anis don Demina – “Mina bränder”
  5. Arja Saijonmaa – “Mina fyra årstider”
  6. Mohombi – “Hello”
  7. Anna Bergendahl – “Ashes to Ashes”

🇱🇹 Lithuania – Eurovizijos

Show: Eurovizijos Atranka — Heat 4

When: 20:00– 22:00 (CET)

Where to watch: LRT Lituanica, LRT Televizija HD or live from LRT’s official page.

We have come to expect anything – and we do mean ANYTHING from Euroviziojos at this point and that certainly won’t change tonight. Finishing off the round of heats, 11 more acts step up and try to claim a spot in the semi-finals. Notable among them is Monika Marija, who already made it through last week’s heat. Whether she will do the same here, remains to be seen. If she does however end up in the final with BOTH of her entries, we hope she has a spare twin ready.

Because there are about a hundred more of these to get through, the show has been pre-recorded and we already know how the judges voted. It’s now up to the televoters to make up the other 50% of the result and send through six more acts so the next round can finally begin. Here is the the full line-up and the running order for tonight:

  1. Valerija Iljinaitė – “Scars Are Beautiful”
  2. Indrė Juodeikienė – “Bad Option”
  3. Alen Chicco – “Your Cure”
  4. Queens of Roses – “Runaway”
  5. Živilė Gedvilaitė – “Learn from Your Love”
  6. Elizabeth Olshey – “Never Enough (Of Your Love)”
  7. Gabrielė Rybko – “Lay It Down”
  8. Saulės Kliošas – “Laiko mašina”
  9. Soliaris – “Song of My Life”
  10. Monika Marija – “Light On”
  11. Henry & Tommy Modric – “Neverpart”

🇱🇻 Latvia – Supernova 2019

Show: Supernova – Semi Final 2

When: 20:25 – 22:40 CET

Where to watch: LTV or the online live stream.

Latvia continues their search for the right entry with the second round of semi-finals. There is plenty to keep an eye out for here as cashing in his lifetime Supernova membership card is none other than Markus Riva. Look even closer and you might even find a certain Riga Beaver disguised as a human being under the alias of Kozmens.

Four already made it through last week and four more will join them in the final after tonight. Same 50/50 split jury and public vote system we have come to expect from most national finals. You can listen to the competing entries here. The actual running order for tonight will be revealed as the show goes along, but the artists and songs taking part are:

  • Adriana Miglāne – “Scared of Love”
  • Carousel – “That Night”
  • Double Faced Eels – “Fire”
  • Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens – “Tautasdziesma”
  • Kristiāna – “Remedy”
  • Laika Upe – “Listen to the Way that I Breathe”
  • Markus Riva – “You Make Me So Crazy”
  • Peress – “Smaragdi un pelni”

So much to watch, so little time. Which show will you be tuning in to? If the answer is ALL of them, then please send picture of your set-up and/or cloning instructions!

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Rigmo Kannike

When not busy haunting various online chat rooms as his criminal alter ego, PeterP, Rigmo enjoys long walks on the beach and rooting for the absolute worst national final songs.
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