Can #YOU believe it? We are already at the penultimate weekend of the national selection season, but what a bumper few weeks we are expecting, with 24 songs still to come for this year’s contest. Tonight will see five of these songs confirmed as the selection processes hot up across Europe. There’s also the small matter of Andra Chansen in Sweden, with the final four additions to the Melodifestivalen line-up set to be confirmed tonight.
So what’s exactly in store for us across Europe tonight? Let’s take a look at the six shows to watch out for…
FINLAND – Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2019 (20:00 CET)
Finland went for the bold step of selecting superstar DJ and internet legend Darude at the end of January, bringing Finnish performer Sebastian Rejman along for the ride on vocal duties. Now, with their three potential Eurovision entries revealed, it’s time for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2019, once again hosted by Krista Siegfrids.
The three entries in the running to represent Finland are;
- Release Me
- Look Away
Which song will the international juries and televoters of Finland go for, and more importantly, how will these songs look and feel live? Tune in tonight to find out!
ICELAND – Söngvakeppnin Final (20:30 CET)
It’s been an eventful year in Iceland already, with the frenzy whipped up by Hatari and the plagiarism allegations levelled against former Eurovision entrant Friðrik Ómar. Ómar is joined by another former participant, Hera Björk, as five acts prepare to battle for the Icelandic ticket to Tel Aviv.
- Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?
- Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen – Mama Said
- Tara Mobee – Fighting for Love
- Hera Björk – Moving On
- Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra
The two songs with the highest votes after a combination of jury voting and televoting will qualify for the Superfinal, with a head-to-head shootout between the top two songs with the Icelandic public to decide which act should make it to Eurovision 2019.
MOLDOVA – O melodie pentru Europa 2019 (20:15 CET)
Originally pencilled in as a two-night event, Moldova have instead decided to go for quality over quantity and moved their national selection “O melodie pentru Europa” to a Saturday night. Ten acts will take part in the competition to determine DoReDoS’ successor in the contest, with jury and televoting combining to decide which act should go to Tel Aviv.
- Aurel Chirtoacă – La cinema
- Vera Țurcanu – Cold
- Marcela Scripcaru – Meteor
- Siaj – Olimp
- Maxim Zavidia – I Will Not Surrender
- Diana Brescan – Lies
- Tinna Gi – Virus
- Lemonique – Gravity
- Anna Odobescu – Stay
- Che-MD ft. Elizaveta Ivasiuk – Sub Pământ
Romanian contestant Ester Peony, DoReDoS and Moldova 2009 participant Nelly Ciobanu are all expected to perform as part of the interval act.
NORWAY – Melodi Grand Prix 2019 (20:55 CET)
One of the most hotly anticipated selections this year, a vast array of styles will greet the Norwegian public in tonight’s Melodi Grand Prix. There are a number of favourites with a lot of Eurovision fans, but which of the ten acts will triumph in the show this evening?
The ten participants are;
- Chris Medina – We Try
- D’Sound – Mr. Unicorn
- Mørland – En livredd mann
- Anna-Lisa Kumoji – Holla
- Erlend Bratland – Sing for You
- Ingrid Berg Mehus – Feel
- Hank von Hell – Fake It
- Carina Dahl – Hold Me Down
- Adrian Jørgensen – The Bubble
- KEiiNO – Spirit in the Sky
In traditional MGP style, a combination of jury and televoting will decide which four acts will make it through to the ‘Gold Final’ where the Norwegian public alone will decide which act will go on to represent them in Eurovision 2019. Eurovision 2018 participants and ESC winning artists Alexander Rybak and Netta Barzilai are also scheduled to perform during the show.
PORTUGAL – Festival da Canção Final (22:00 CET)
Portugal’s authentic, charming smörgåsbord of songs has endeared FdC to a new crowd this year, and the hype for the final is stronger than ever before. Eight acts have made it through to the live final from Portimão, where the show will be hosted by Vasco Palmeirim and Eurovision 2018 co-host Filomena Cautela.
- Calema – A Dois
- Mariana Bragada – Mar doce
- Matay – Perfeito
- Surma – Pugna
- NBC – Igual a ti
- Madrepaz – Mundo a mudar
- Conan Osíris – Telemóveis
- Ana Cláudia – Inércia
A combination of jury and televoting will be used to decide which act should represent Portugal in Tel Aviv!
SWEDEN – Melodifestivalen Andra Chansen (20:00 CET)
Sweden’s perennial favourite Melodifestivalen has reached its Andra Chansen stage this weekend, with the show coming live from the Rosvalla Nyköping Eventcenter in Nyköping. As is tradition, the eight songs that finished third or fourth in their respective semi-finals have been paired into duels, with the winner of each duel going to the final in Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm next weekend.
The duels have been decided as follows;
Duel 1: Andreas Johnson – Army of Us vs. Anna Bergendahl – Ashes to Ashes
Duel 2: Vlad Reiser – Nakna i regnet vs. Nano – Chasing Rivers
Duel 3: Martin Stenmarck – Låt skiten brinna vs. Lisa Ajax – Torn
Duel 4: Rebecka Karlsson – Who I Am vs. Arvingarna – I Do
Once again, Sarah Dawn Finer, Kodjo Akolor, Marika Carlsson and Eric Saade will host the show, with televoting alone deciding which act will win each duel and reach next weekend’s grand final.
#YOU can follow the Swedish second chance round in our forum thread HERE.
Which show(s) will #YOU be watching tonight? Let us know on our forum, in the comments section below or on social media!