Our day-by-day guide to all of the remaining Eurovision 2019 entry presentations

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 melodie pentru Europa, Melodi Grand Prix and Festival da Canção will take place in Iceland, Moldova, Norway and Portugal respectively. By the end of Saturday evening, we will know 23 of the 41 Eurovision entries heading to Tel Aviv!

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
🇨🇾 Cyprus

Next up is Tamta for Cyprus! Following an early leak of part of Replay on Sunday, CyBC uploaded a preview of the final version of the song on YouTube. Tuesday will be the day where we get to listen to the full song for the very first time!

Wednesday 6 March
🇬🇷 Greece

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 non-qualification in Lisbon.

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
🇦🇹 Austria

Up next is Austria, who will be represented by PAENDA and her “electro-ballad” Limits. The successor to last year’s bronze medallist Cesár Sampson will be unveiled on Friday and Austria will be hoping to make it six finals in a row in Tel Aviv!

Saturday 9 March
🇸🇪 Sweden

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
🇮🇱 Israel

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 ESCXTRA prediction is for Srbuk‘s entry to be presented on 8 March!

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 was presented one day before the deadline in 2017, with Miracle, Hour of the Wolf and Start A Fire all being presented on the Sunday deadline day. Only Aisel was an exception last year with X My Heart being presented in early March. Nevertheless, we predict this entry could arrive on 10 March.

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?

Last but not least, it’s current bookmakers’ favourites Russia! For the past two years, Julia Samoylova’s entries have been revealed at the last possible moment – on the Sunday deadline day. It was the same case for A Million Voices in 2015, whilst Shine was three days after the deadline in 2014. Sergey Lazarev‘s previous entry was revealed early by Russia’s standards (early March), however we expect they will stick with recent form and present their song on 10 March.

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!
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