Tel Aviv 2019

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

🇮🇸 Iceland – Söngvakeppnin 2019

Show: Söngvakeppnin – Semi-Final 2

When: 20:45– 23:05 (CET)

Where to watch: RÚV or their official stream.

It has been two weeks since semi-final two sent two more acts through to the final. “BUT MR WRITER MAN SIR”, I hear you saying. “THERE ARE FIVE ACTS IN THE FINAL”. Well, Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen was lucky enough to get the wild card spot, so the math checks out. Yes, it really did take them two weeks to get ten down to five, but let’s look past that..The songs could each be changed to whatever language the artists preferred, but two have have remained in Icelandic and those same two happen to be the biggest favourites here. Euroband’s Friðrik Ómar will be climbing into his sweatpants to take on the wholesome anti-capitalistic BDSM techno group, Hatari. But one can never count out Iceland’s second most well know Björk, Hera, who is ready to do more than just provide backing vocals to other acts.

Two rounds here. In round one, votes from the international jury panel will be combined with those of the televoters to determine the top TWO, who move on to round two. Once there, it’s all up to the televoters, BUT the scores from round one carry over. The running order for the songs (along with links to the Icelandic semi-final versions) participating tonight is:

  1. Friðrik Ómar“Love On The Brain” “Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?”
  2. Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen“Mama Said”
  3. Tara Mobee“Fighting for Love”
  4. Hera Björk“Moving On”
  5. Hatari“Hatrið mun sigra”

🇳🇴 Norway – Melodi Grand Prix 2019

Show: Melodi Grand Prix – Final

When: 20:55 – 23:15 CET

Where to watch: NRK 1 or the online live stream.

Time for Melodi Grand Prix!…Didn’t we already do this last week? Why yes we did, but this time it’s happening in NORWAY! We are still no closer to finding out what terrible thing Mørland did in his early youth, but he’s put all that (and Debrah) behind him for his big MGP comeback. This time with a song fully in Norwegian. Also back is 2015’s MGP runner-up Erlend Bratland, who has brought something a bit slower this time around. But there’s one act in particular to look out for tonight as last year’s finalists Tom Hugo and Alexandra Rotan (hint: the one that wasn’t Stella in Stella&Alexandra) have teamed up with joik rapper JHF Fred Buljo to put together KEiiNO and bring you one of the big fan favourites this year: “Spirit in the Sky”.

There are more rounds to this than an average Street Fighter tournament, so get ready! The results in round one will be determined by a 50/50 combination of public votes and international jury votes. The top four move on to round two, the gold final, where they will be divided into two pairs to duel it out once again. This time, only the public at home gets to vote. The winners of both pairs then go against each other in the gold duel, taking with them their previous received votes. Finally the winner of that final duel gets crowned the winner of MGP 2019! You can listen to all the songs here. The actual running order for tonight is the following:

  1. Chris Medina – “We Try”
  2. D’Sound – “Mr. Unicorn”
  3. Mørland – “En livredd mann”
  4. Anna-Lisa Kumoji – “Holla”
  5. Erlend Bratland – “Sing for You”
  6. Ingrid Berg Mehus – “Feel”
  7. Hank von Hell – “Fake It”
  8. Carina Dahl – “Hold Me Down”
  9. Adrian Jørgensen – “The Bubble”
  10. KEiiNO – “Spirit in the Sky”

🇵🇹 Portugal – Festival da Canção

Show: Festival da Canção – Final

When: 22:00– 01:30 (CET)

Where to watch: RTP or their official livestream (alternatively here).

And if your nerves are still intact after all the excitement above AND you have some coffee left in that pot, then what better way to spend the rest of your eternity night than by watching the final of Festival da Canção. Last week’s results made it even more clear that the public and the juries are NOT seeing eye to eye this year. Conan Osíris and his merry band of weird noise makers remain the big fan favourites, but he will need to impress a new set of jury members to improve his score and actually stand a chance. Giving him a run for his money are NBC and Matay, both of whom won their respective semi-final.

The results are made up of a 50/50 split between public televotes and jury votes. This time the regional juries. The televotes have been open since the beginning of the week so most of them should be based on the semi-final performances. The the full list of songs competing tonight in the correct running order (along with links to the semi-final performances) is written down below:

  1. Calema“A Dois”
  2. Mariana Bragada“Mar doce”
  3. Matay“Perfeito”
  4. Surma“Pugna”
  5. NBC“Igual a ti”
  6. Madrepaz“Mundo a mudar”
  7. Conan Osíris“Telemóveis”
  8. Ana Cláudia“Inércia”

And that takes us to the end of our last nerve-wrecking Super-Saturday! Which show will you be tuning in to? Who do you think will win Söngvakeppnin. What about UMK and MG? FDC and OMPE? OMG WTH BBQ ROFLWAFFL??

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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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