Tel Aviv 2019

Tonight: Finland, Moldova, Iceland, Norway and Portugal pick their entries

Another week, another Saturday. Nothing but mind-blowing facts here, we know. Tonight has a few shows in store for you. And by a few, we of course mean MANY. Yes, the last big Super-Saturday awaits us. Not the last Saturday with a national final, just the last one offering us actual choices. And forget semis, heats and thousand-hour-long preliminary rounds, everything matters tonight and (almost) every show leads to a new entry. Let’s just the run through them all!

🇫🇮 Finland – Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2019

Show: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu – Final

When: 20:00 – 21:30 CET (And also a preshow from 19:00 to 20:00 CET)

Where to Watch: YLE TV2 or the livestream.

We start things off with Finland! Continuing on with the format from last year, this year’s final only has three songs and one Krista Siegfried. The favourite to win according to both the fans and the odds seems to be Darude. But don’t be too certain, because Darude is definitely close behind and has a SOLID shot at winning too. If however people are feeling especially adventurous during tonight’s voting, then we really can’t rule out Darude as a dark horse either. Really, your guess is as good as ours!

As you already might have gathered, all three entries will be performed by Darude (feat. Sebastian Rejman). It’s just a matter of picking the song. And in charge of that are both the televoters and the juries, making it a perfect 50/50 split between both. For a list of the songs being performed tonight (and links to the studio versions), check down below:

  1. Darude (feat. Sebastian Rejman)“Release Me”
  2. Darude (feat. Sebastian Rejman)“Superman”
  3. Darude (feat. Sebastian Rejman)“Look Away”

🇸🇪 Sweden – Melodifestivalen

Show: Melodifestivalen — Andra Chansen (second chance)

When: 20:00 – 21.30 (CET)

Where to watch:  SVT or their official livestream.

We know the winners and we know the losers. Now it’s time to make the ones in-between duel each other. No, nobody has to take 10 paces back while holding a poorly designed gun, the weapon of choice here is songs. If you think this is a pointless endeavour, then consider the fact that Benjamin Ingrosso’s very own cheerleader, Felix Sandman, finished second in the final last year, despite not making it directly to the final. So each act here stands a chance in the final and it’s a case of old vs new as previous Swedish Eurovision entrants take on artists still hoping to get their first shot at the big show. The early favourites in their respective duels seem to be Anna Bergendahl, Nano, Lisa Ajax and Arvingarna. But a good performance here or there may change everything….

It’s all quite simple, really. The eight competing entries have been paired up into four different duels to fight it out for the last four remaining spots in the final. The winner of each duel will be determined by the usual combination of app votes and televotes. For a list of duels taking place tonight as well as links to the semi-final performances of each song, just see down below:

Duel 1

  1. Andreas Johnson“Army of Us”
  2. Anna Bergendahl“Ashes to Ashes”

Duel 2

  1. Vlad Reiser“Nakna i regnet”
  2. Nano“Chasing Rivers”

Duel 3

  1. Martin Stenmarck “Låt skiten brinna”
  2. Lisa Ajax“Torn”

Duel 4

  1. Rebecka Karlsson“Who I Am”
  2. Arvingarna“I Do”

🇲🇩 Moldova – O Melodie Pentru Europa 2019

Show: O Melodie Pentru Europa – Final

When: 20:15 – 22:15 CET

Where to watch: TRM Moldova 1 or their livestream.

Moldova initially started with 26 songs, but after a round of live-auditions and countless face-palms, the jury decided that ten acts were QUITE enough. Minimalism is the name of the game here, the shorter your song title, the shorter your odds at winning the show! Is it best to “Stay” out of the way of an incoming “Meteor” propelled forward by “Gravity” to avoid getting a “(O)limp)“, or will “Lies” about a “Virus” outbreak cause everyone to get “Cold” feet? …That made so much more sense when I started writing it. Okay forget all that! With neither the Epix Sax Guy nor Filip Kirkorov nearby to work their magic, the prize really is anyone’s to take.

The overall format seems largely unchanged from the past few years, the number of acts just keeps dwindling down. The overall winner will be known by combining both the jury scores and the ones given by the public through televoting. An equal 50/50 split as with most of these national finals. To the best of our knowledge, the running order for tonight should look a little something like this:

  1. Aurel Chirtoacă“La cinema”
  2. Vera Țurcanu“Cold”
  3. Marcela Scripcaru“Meteor”
  4. Siaj“Olimp”
  5. Maxim Zavidia“I Will Not Surrender”
  6. Diana Brescan“Lies”
  7. Tinna Gi“Virus”
  8. Lemonique“Gravity”
  9. Anna Odobescu“Stay”
  10. Che-MD feat. Elizaveta Ivasiuk“Sub Pământ”

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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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