Copenhagen 2014

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Semifinal line-ups announced

Semifinal line-ups announced

Follwoing their heats in the past three weeks, Hungarian broadcaster MTVA has now announced the line-ups for both semifinals of their selection format, A Dal 2014. The eightteen acts have been split up in two semis. The semifinals of A Dal will take place this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday. The line-ups have been determined randomly. You can see the line-ups below: Semifinal one (Saturday 15 February): Bogi – We All Depresszió – Csak A Zene Gigi Radics – Catch Me Group’N’Swing – Retikül Joni – Waterfall Leslie Szabó – Hogy Segíthetnék? Mystery Gang – Játssz Még Jazzgitár New Level Empire – The Last One Viktor Király – Running Out Of Time Semifinal two (Sunday 16 February): Dénes Pál – Brave New World Fool Moon – It Can’t Be Over Heni Dér – Ég Veled HoneyBeast – A Legnagyobb Hős Ibolya Oláh – Egy Percig Sztár Kállay-Saunders – Running Lilla Polyák – Karcolás Marge – Morning Light MuzikFabrik – This Is My Life In these semifinals, a total of eight acts will qualify for the final on 22 February. Per semifinal, the jury will select two acts. The other seven acts will then go into televoting, where another two songs will be picked to compete in the final.
Anne Igartiburu to host the show

Anne Igartiburu to host the show

Anne Igartiburu seems to be one of, if not the, favourite face of TVE for Eurovision. She has been spokesperson in various editions of the contest and has hosted the Spanish national final more than once (you may all remember her from the “incident” with John Cobra, for instance). This year she has once again been brought on board and will be in charge of the show, which has now been officially called “Mira quién va a Eurovision“. The show will be broadcast on Saturday, 22 February at 22:00 CET from Barcelona.    
First members of the jury revealed

First members of the jury revealed

TVE has revealed the first two members of the professional jury that will weigh for 50% of the result on the show to be aired on 22 February from Barcelona, and where Brequette, Jorge González, La Dama, Raúl and Ruth Lorenzo will be fighting for the right to represent Spain. The first two juries are David Bustamante and Merche. Neither one of them are strangers to the Eurovision scene. Bustamante was in the national final in 2002 and came third and then sang a duet with Pastora Soler on her song selection show. Merche was a jury in the show that selected Lucía Pérez to represent Spain in Düsseldorf. TVE will continue to reveal the names of the rest of the members of the jury in the coming days.
National final in March

National final in March

OGAE Greece have just published more information about the Greek national final (Ελληνικού Τελικού), as well as revealed the names of the four artists who will be taking part in this national selection. The four entrants in the Greek national final are going to be: Kostas Martakis Krystallia Josephine Freaky Fortune Kostas Martakis took part in the Greek national final back in 2008 with the song “Always And Forever”, when he finished second. Video clips for the four songs taking part in the national selection will be shot during this week, but the presentation of the songs will happen only a week before the actual national final is held. The Final will be held on 4th or the 5th of March.
ByeAlex reveals his top 8

ByeAlex reveals his top 8

Before A Dal has even started, but all the songs were available, last year’s Eurovision entrant for Hungary and this year’s digital commentator in A Dal, ByeAlex, has revealed his top 10. After seeing all the performances live, he has now announced his top eight songs (songs he wants to see in the final). This list has absolutely no influence on the actual results, this is only Alex’s personal opinion. According to Alex, he would like to see the following eight songs in the final (in no order): Viktor Király – Running Out Of Time Depresszió – Csak a zene Kállay Saunders – Running Bogi – We All Fool Moon – It Can’t Be Over Dénes Pál – Brave New World New Level Empire – The Last One Honeybeast – A legnagyobb hős Do you agree with Alex’s opinion? Who are your favourites?
10 National Final Participants Announced

10 National Final Participants Announced

RTP has just announced the 10 participants for this year’s Festival da Canção, which takes place over two shows next month. The lucky acts are: Rui Andrade – “Ao teu encontro” (Marc Paelinck) Suzy – “Quero ser tua (como a lua é do luar)” (Emanuel) Zana – “Nas asas da sorte” (Jan Van Dijk) Raquel Guerra –  “Sonhos roubados” (Nuno Feist) Catarina Pereira – “Mea culpa” (Andrej Babic) Madalena Trabuco – “Coração de filigrana” (Tozé Santos) Lara Afonso – “O teu segredo” (João Matos/Miguel Ferrador) Ricardo Alfonso – “Emoção” (Ricardo Alfonso/Luis Fernando/Rui Fingers) Carla Ribeiro – “Mais para dar” (Hélder Godinho) Ivo Lucas – “Eu vou” (João Só) Acts for the show were rumored last week (more here). Rui Andrade took part in the national final in 2011, whilst Catarina Pereira competed in 2010. Carla Ribeiro was a backing singer for Filipa in 2012, and also performed with Alex Panayi in last year’s Setubal Eurovision party which you can watch below:  
Running order decided

Running order decided

This afternoon LTV conducted a live draw to determine the running order for the final of Dziesma 2014. The results were as follows: 01 Ralfs Eilands and Valters Pūce – “Revelation” 02 Markus Riva – “Lights On” 03 Katrīna Bindere “Moment and Tomorrow” 04  Dons “Pēdējā vēstule” 05 Samanta Tīna “Stay” 06 Niko – “Here I Am Again” 07 MyRadiantU – “Going All the Way” 08 Olga and Līgo – “Saule riet” 09 Aminata Savadogo – “I Can Breathe” 10 Aarzemnieki – “Cake To Bake” 11 Eirošmits –  “If I Could (Get Away)” 12 Katrine Lukins – “You Are The Reason” Dziesma takes place on 22 February in Ventspils.
National final on the 22nd of February

National final on the 22nd of February

Only moments ago, the Spanish national broadcaster RTVE has announced their date of the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The Spanish final, where five acts will battle it out which one will get the golden ticket for the Eurovision Final in Copenhagen, will take place on the 22nd of February in Barcelona. The winner will be chosen in a combination of 50% jury voting, and 50% televoting. These five acts  are going to take part in the national final: Brequette – Run (Más) Jorge Gonzáles – Aunque se acabe el mundo La Dama – Estrella fugaz Raúl – Seguir sin ti Ruth Lorenzo – Dancing In The Rain
Wildcard round participants announced

Wildcard round participants announced

Germany has announced the ten names for their wildcard round, called the Clubkonzert. One of the ten acts will join the seven well known German acts in Cologne on 13 March. The list of ten artists: Ambre Vallet Bartosz Caroline Rose Cassie Greene Elaiza Max Krumm Melanie Schlüter Nicole Milik Simon Glöde Valentina The so-called Clubkonzert will take place 27 February in the Edelfettwerk in Hamburg. In the show, hosted by Barbara Schöneberger, one of the ten acts will join the line-up for the German national final.
Fourteen semifinalists for Böyük Səhnə announced

Fourteen semifinalists for Böyük Səhnə announced

Azerbaijan will selects its entrant for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest via Böyük Səhnə. The fourteen semifinalists for the show have now been announced. The fourteen semifinalists have all made it through preliminary rounds in the past weeks. Tonight, next week and the week after, the semifinals will take place. The list of artists can be found below: Fuad Asadov Safa Eldar Band Wave Dilara Kazimova Khana Hasanova Valeria Huseynzadeh (Rilaya) Elton Ibrahimov Samira Efendiyeva Aydin Eyvazzade Ayshebeyim Nagieva Lala Sultan Erkin Osmanli Hülya Ibadova Azad Shabanov The Azerbaijani semifinals will take place tonight, 16 and 23 February at 19:00 CET. The shows will be hosted by Husniye Magerramova and Tural Assadov.
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