Songwatch #3: More artists announced and release dates confirmed

This week we had updates for Cyprus, France, Greece and Malta!

It’s been a crazy busy week in the Eurovision world, with three countries selecting their entires for Rotterdam, and a number of updates for internal selections. Rather than focus on national final songs, we will continue to run down the list of artists with unconfirmed and unreleased songs.

This time last week, we knew we would be getting Spain’s entry “Universo”. Literally any other update or piece of news is therefore a bonus. This week also saw Georgia break their silence, and tease us of some details of what to expect from Tornike’s entry, which now has a name. Of course, we still have no idea when we’ll get to hear the song…

NOTE: Only confirmed artists will be featured in these updates.

Speaking of confirmed artists, Nathan, Tim, Julian and myself reacted to the internally-selected artists we have so far (excluding Stefania):

DISCUSSION: The internal selections of Eurovision 2020 so far // ESCXTRA.comDISCUSSION: The internal selections of Eurovision 2020 so far //

Now, onto the feature…

🇨🇾 Cyprus: Sandro – TBA

Announced: November 29th

Status: Song selected

Release date: TBA

Although CyBC still haven’t revealed the name of Sandro’s entry, or when it will be released, some more details have emerged this week. Last thing we knew, Sandro flew to Berlin last week to record the final of the two prospective entries for Rotterdam, having already recorded the first one. Just yesterday, CyBC confirmed the selection of Sandro’s entry by revealing that Australia Decides 2019 finalist Alfie Alcuri will be leading the songwriting team:

In addition, CyBC named Marvin Dietmann as the Artistic Director for Cyprus in Rotterdam. Marvin has previous experience at the Eurovision, having worked on the Austrian performances in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

 🇫🇷 France: Tom Leeb – TBA

Announced: 14th January

Status: Song selected

Release date: 16th February

Two weeks ago, Head of Delegation Alexandra Redde-Amiel revealed that the song has already been selected from over 100 submissions. She also revealed that Tom is currently putting the finishing touches on the track in the studio. Since then, French journalist Sébastien Barké announced that France Télévisions will reveal the French song for Rotterdam 2020 on Sunday 16th February. That means this time next week, we could have the French entry for Rotterdam!

🇬🇷 Greece: Stefania – “SUPERG!RL”

Announced: 3rd February

Status: Song selected

Release date: TBA

After much speculation, ERT has confirmed that the rumours are indeed true – Stefania will represent Greece in Rotterdam. This comes after speculation that the Junior Eurovision alum had been selected before Christmas and had put a number of songs forward to the broadcaster months ago. The selected song is called “SUPERG!RL”.

A release date for the song has not been confirmed, but the team behind it have been. The song was produced by Dimitris Kontopoulos & Arcade, who also wrote the song alongside Sharon Vaughn. On the fashion side, we also now know that renowned Greek fashion designer Celia Kritharioti will be designing Stefania’s stage outfit for the contest.

🇲🇹 Malta: Destiny – TBA

Announced: 8th February

Status: Unknown

Release date: TBA

Last night, Malta was one of the countries that had their selection shows to select their artist for Rotterdam. As the second season of X Factor Malta concluded, it was confirmed that Destiny won and will be representing Malta in Rotterdam. 

Although the artist was selected publicly, as with Michela last year, Destiny’s entry will be selected internally. This thus adds Malta to our Songwatch feature…

Confirmed entries so far

As for the other confirmed artists, there have been no public updates, so we’ll just keep a handy list for reference:

  • Albania: Arilena Ara – “Shaj”
  • Australia: Montaigne – “Don’t Break Me” (NEW)
  • Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Alive”
  • Belgium: Hooverphonic – TBA
  • Bulgaria: VICTORIA – TBA
  • Cyprus: Sandro – TBA
  • Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – “Kemama” (NEW)
  • Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – “Take Me As I Am”
  • Italy: Diodato – Fai rumore (NEW)
  • Latvia: Samanta Tīna – “Still Breathing” (NEW)
  • North Macedonia: Vasil – TBA
  • Spain: Blas Cantó – “Universo”
  • The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy – TBA

When will we get the entries selected through national finals?

Here’s when the countries who are not internally-selecting their songs will be selecting their entries:

  • 15 February: Armenia, Lithuania, Norway
  • 22 February: Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine
  • 29 February: Croatia, Estonia, Iceland
  • 1 March: Romania, Serbia
  • 3 March: Israel
  • 6 March: Belarus
  • 7 March: Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Sweden

And you can revisit the past editions of Songwatch below:

Did we miss anything? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our reactions to the news in the run up to Rotterdam!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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