In just ten days time, we will reach the deadline for all entries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 to be submitted! Yes, that means that we should get 23 new entries in just 10 days… unless a country chooses to present their song after the deadline of course. Nevertheless, we’ve created a guide of what to expect when for the rest of this Eurovision national final season!
Saturday 2 March
🇫🇮 Finland, 🇮🇸 Iceland, 🇲🇩 Moldova, 🇳🇴 Norway and 🇵🇹 Portugal
This is the final Super Saturday of the 2019 Eurovision national final season with five selections reaching their conclusion. We already know that Darude will be representing Finland and his song will be selected via UMK.
Meanwhile, Söngvakeppnin, O
Sunday 3 March
🇬🇪 Georgia and 🇷🇸 Serbia
Two more national selections reach their conclusion on Sunday. In Georgia, the final of Georgian Idol takes place after months of competition. Over in Serbia, we’ll have the 12 Beovizija finalists competing for the Balkan nation’s ticket to Tel Aviv.
Monday 4 March
🇲🇰 North Macedonia
Following the reveal of Eliot’s Wake Up for Belgium today, North Macedonia is expected to be the second nation to reveal an internally selected entry. Tamara Todevska will be returning to Eurovision for her country following her appearance in 2008. However, this time she will be performing her entry Proud as a solo artist!
Tuesday 5 March
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Wednesday 6 March
We’ll be travelling to Cyprus’ neighbours Greece the following day. Katerine Duska will present her “mid-tempo pop” entry Better Love which she has been recording in London over the past few weeks. ERT will be hoping the entry will be enough to return Greece to the Eurovision final after Yianna Terzi’s
Thursday 7 March
🇧🇾 Belarus, 🇸🇲 San Marino, 🇨🇭 Switzerland and 🇳🇱 The Netherlands
Thursday is scheduled to be the busiest day of the final week of the 2019 Eurovision national final season. We will certainly be presented the entries from San Marino and The Netherlands who are being represented by Serhat and Duncan Laurence respectively.
Switzerland will be making their entry announcement on Thursday and it is widely expected that we will be presented with the entry itself at the same time. Finally, the penultimate televised national final will take place in Belarus. Whilst details regarding the date of the final are scarce, several sources now claim this to be the date of Eurofest.
Friday 8 March
Up next is Austria, who will be represented by
Saturday 9 March
The final national final of the season will take place next Saturday, and it will be Sweden‘s Melodifestivalen! The odds suggest it will be a tight race between Bishara, Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO and John Lundvik. Whoever wins the Swedish ticket, they will be hoping for a better result in the televoting than they achieved in Lisbon.
Sunday 10 March
Next Sunday is deadline day and Israel have announced that their home entry for Tel Aviv will be presented on this day. Kobi Marimi was victorious in their lengthy HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion selection, and he will be performing the song Home in Tel Aviv. At this point, the heads of delegations will officially hand in their chosen entries.
To be confirmed
🇦🇲 Armenia, 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan, 🇮🇪 Ireland, 🇲🇹 Malta, 🇵🇱 Poland and 🇷🇺 Russia
We are still awaiting exact dates from six nations who are internally selecting their song for Tel Aviv. Using previous years as a guide, we’ve attempted to estimate when we might be presented with these six entries!
Armenia has historically been one of the last nations to present their entry. For example, Fly With Me was prevented seven days after the deadline in 2017. Face the Shadow arrived three days before the deadline on the Sunday in 2015, with Not Alone coming two days early in 2014. Therefore, assuming that AMPTV is on track this year, our
Neighbours Azerbaijan have already revealed that their entry will be presented between 7 March and 10 March which is certainly not out of the ordinary for the 2012 hosts. Skeletons
For the past two years, Ireland has favoured the last Friday before the deadline to present their entries. This is understandable, as it ties in with the New Music Fridays scheme in the music industry. Nicky Byrne was the complete opposite in 2016, with a mid-January song release. Nevertheless, we predict Ireland will present their song on 8 March.
It’s very rare for Malta to internally select their song, with Ira Losco’s Walk on Water the only example in recent memory. Walk on Water was presented one day after the Sunday deadline in 2016. Going by this alone, we predict Malta may present their song for Michela Pace on 11 March. Indeed, this would make the small island the final nation to reveal their song!
There is little data to go off for Poland too. Donatan & Cleo were a unique situation in 2014, with their song chosen after being a major hit in the country. Therefore, it was available immediately after the duo was announced as their hope for Copenhagen. In the Name of Love was released six days before the deadline in 2015, but there is no sign that an entry presentation is expected that early this time. Perhaps 8 March could also be the day for Tulia‘s entry reveal?
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