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Eurovision 2016: National Finals Begin Next Week


eurovision sweden 2016Eurovision 2016 – Now that 2015 is coming to an end we will soon be seeing the start of the Eurovision Selection Season. At the moment we already know the acts of eight countries but as we await the reveal of their songs, the National Finals will be starting next week when Albania choose on December 27th

The Acts that we already know will be performing in Stockholm next May are:

GeorgiaNika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitas
FYR MacedoniaKaliopi
MontenegroHighway
RussiaSergey Lazarev
Bosnia & HerzegovinaDalal Midhat Talakić, Fuad Backović-Deen and Ana Rucner
NetherlandsDouwe Bob
ArmeniaIveta Mukuchyan
CyprusMinus One

As well as Albania, who will be the first to choose their Eurovision Song (Unless they change it last minute like in 2015) January will see the following Countries choosing their entry

Belarus 22nd January
Malta 23rd January

Hungary will also start their selection process with the first two quarter finals taking place on January 23rd and 30th

You can see an updated Calendar of Eurovision National Selections on the Official Eurovision Website here

Which National Finals are you looking forward to the most in the coming months?

49 comments on “Eurovision 2016: National Finals Begin Next Week

  1. Can’t wait. :P

  2. As it is, from what we know in NF or chosen artists, the only country that I care for is Estonia :/

  3. There are also the 3 Belgian shows taking place on January 3,10 and 17.

  4. Good luck to everyone..Just wanted to say off-topic that I am very frustrated with supposedly liberal Slovenia today and their bigotry that’s all :-(

    • It was to be expected.I can’t understand why there should be a referendum when it comes to equality and human rights.A majority cannot decide on that.

    • Obviously the headline result is disappointing in Slovenia but there’s some positives in there too.

      First off the very fact that they were having the vote, and the fact they have a government who want to implement equality is good to see. Also the fact that many in the gov have vowed to fight on.

      Also while the initial figures show we got outvoted 2 to 1, the vast majority of Slovenes didn’t show up, and so likely didn’t care.

      Yes “don’t care” is not the most warming of endorsements we could have hoped for, but out of the voting population, only 22.7% voted against equality, the vast majority (77.3%) were either strongly in favour (13.1%) or didn’t mind either way (64.2%)

      For an Eastern European, Catholic, Slavic country that’s quite a good result. There is a stage in between hating us, and fully embracing us. Slovenia is clearly in that stage, yes they aren’t rushing out in their droves like in Ireland to give us equality, but at the same time, over 3/4 of the public aren’t voting against us either.

      We just need to give them time is all, eventually some of those No’s will move over into Abstain/Don’t care, and a lot of those Abstain/Don’t cares, will hopefully move over to Yes. When you think that the Slovenian Republic is only 25 years old, we’ve achieved quite a lot there since the fall of Communism. The vast majority of commonwealth countries have been independent for 60/70 years and there is a ton of hatred towards LGBT there, many even still criminalise it.

      For the moment, for such a young eastern catholic country, indifference, rather than hate, is a big welcome step.

  5. The 24(!)finalists in Lithuania:
    4 Roses
    Alice Way
    Baiba Skurstene-Serdiuke
    Berta Timinskaite
    Deividas Zygas
    Gabriele Grigolaityte-Vasha
    E.G.O.
    HIT
    Ieva Zasimauskaite
    Milda Martinkenaite
    Neringa Siaudikyte
    Saulene Chlevickaite
    Donatas Montvydas
    Istvan Kvik
    Lawreigna
    Ruslanas Kirilkinas
    Vlad Kalugin
    Behind the Moon
    Catrinah
    Egle Jakstyte
    Elena Jurgaityte
    Erica Jennings
    Jurgis Bruzga
    Petunija
    Ruta Sciogolevaite
    Ugne Smile
    Valdas Lacko
    Aiste Pilvelyte

  6. Greek band rumored to be internally selected by ERT :O

  7. So we will go into the new year only knowing 1 song, and even that song is likely to be extremely altered or even replaced altogether as in 2015.

    It means a crowded 3 months in the new year with 42 (maybe 43 if Albania switch) countries still to pick their songs in that time frame.

    Then add to the fact there is only 2 in January, and March is only really half a month (must be in by the 17th) that means February (4 weeks) and first half of March (2 weeks) in a 6 week timeframe, we will get almost all of the songs. Unless quite a few internally select and present in January.

  8. Firstly if I don’t have a chance before, would like to wish everyone here happy holidays or not, according to their religious orientation and religious preferences, am hoping 2016 will be a more interesting year in ESC. as in I would like to see a new country winning with a memorable song, but probably not to be, speaking for Spain, at least there will be a final, although I imagine it will still be full of Swedish-writer songs, or whether, with our new political situation, we may not even reach TVE /Eurovision, both in Spain or here in Catalonia , as a journalist it is very chaotic at the moment, in terms of Spanish representative for ESC it seems bets are on Xuso and a song, he is famous for this song in Spain and for his participation in “Tu cara me suena” (Google)

  9. Off Topic but Loïc Nottet win Danses Avec Les Stars in France

  10. I’ve not been around often since last summer, but that does not mean that I forgot about ET. Merry Christmas, everyone!

    Let’s accentuate the positive:

  11. Full versions of the Maltese songs have been revealed: http://www.tvm.com.mt/mt/eurovision/participants/

  12. Merry Christmas to those celebrating and happy holiday season everyone! :)

  13. Merry Christmas everyone!!! Have been very naughty this year and left all my present wrapping to the last minute! ;)

  14. Merry Christmas everyone. :)

  15. Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone :-) All the best for you and your loved ones :-)

  16. Merry Christmas Everyone! :)

  17. i bon nadal en català :-) i desde Catalunya! “regala petons” in Catalan = I send kisses as a present :-)

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