Tonight: Third Super Saturday of 2018

Just like last year, we will witness Super Saturdays with many shows happening all at once. Instead of opening all threads, hard to follow for everyone, we decided to have just one thread for all shows to follow live so we can all discuss them together. Tonight: 9 shows with one final!

Hungary –  A Dal sees the second semifinal take place this evening and we’ll know which acts will go into Hungary’s national final. Nine acts are taking part tonight but only 4 can progress through to the grand finale.

The hosts of tonight’s show will be Kriszta Rátonyi and Eurovision 2016’s Freddie. So the line-up for tonight’s second heat are:

  1. AWS – Viszlát nyár
  2. Ceasefire X – Satellites
  3. Cintia Horváth & Tomi Balogh – Journey (Break your chains)
  4. Tamás Horváth – Meggyfa
  5. Viktor Király  – Budapest girl
  6. Odett – Aranyhal
  7. Nikoletta Szőke, Attila Kökény and Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – Életre kel
  8. Tamás Vastag – Ne hagyj reményt
  9. yesyes – I let you run away

The rules from the former years apply. The nibe acts will present live their respective song and the jury members will comment and grade them. The juries are Judit Schell, Misi Mező, Károly Frenreisz and Miklós Both. A fifth grade from online apps will be added. The Top 3 from these grades qualify straight away to the semifinals. A fourth act is saved by 100% televote as a wildcard. Three heats, 18 semifinalists split in two sets of 9 and then 8 finalists at the very end of this long national final that’s now a classic of esc season!

The show starts at 20:30 (CET) and can be watched here.

Sweden – It’s the most anticipated National Final within the Eurovision Fandom and it resume tonight with their second of the four semi finals. Melodifestivalen is finally back!

Seven Acts will take to the stage at the Malmö Arena in Malmö and will compete for the chance to make the grand final on March 10th. The top two will reach the grand final and the acts that come third and fourth will proceed onto the Second Chance round. This week we see the return of Mendez and Kalle Moraeus who both took part in MF before, while Jessica even won it in 2003.

The semi-finalists for tonight are:

  1. Martin Almgren –  A bitter lullaby
  2. Barbi Escobar – Stark
  3. Moncho – Cuba Libre
  4. Jessica Andersson – Party voice
  5. Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän – Min dröm
  6. Dotter – Cry
  7. Mendez – Everyday

It’s 100% televote tonight. The first round eliminates the bottom 2 entries. The second round sees 5 entries battling for the four qualifying places, two “direkt til finalen” and two to “andra chasen”. How much do we learn Swedish in MF, really?

The show starts at 20:00 (CET) and can be watched here.

lithuaniaLithuania – This is week 6 of the impossible to follow Lithuanian National Final. So based on what we gathered online, we have 12 songs competing tonight with only 6 making it through. All of tonight’s entries have already performed before in the first four heats. Tuesday, with the juries having voted during that performance.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Živilė Gedvilaitė – Melody
  2. Audrius Petrauskas – In my bones
  3. Agnė Michalenkovaitė – Going on
  4. Saulės Kliošas – Įkvėpk ir nepaleisk (Man gaila)
  5. Greta Zazza – Broken Shadows
  6. Ruta Loop – Positive Thoughts
  7. Marija – This Love
  8. The Roop – Yes, I do
  9. Elizabeth Olshey – Bejausmis
  10. Monika Marija – The truth
  11. Gabrielius Vagelis – The distant
  12. Ieva Zasimauskaitė – When we’re old

The show will be broadcasted on LRT tonight at 20:00 (CET) and can be watched here.

LatviaSupernova, the Latvian National Final, resumes tonight. It is now a Saturday show and it will  feature from now on three semis each with 7 songs. Only 2 songs will qualify to the Final, to be held on February the 24th. The show will be hosted by Dagmāra Legante and Justs Sirmais (Eurovision 2016).

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Jenny May – Soledad
  2. Ed Rallidae  – What I had with you
  3. Katrine Lukins – Running red lights
  4. Lauris Valters  – Lovers bliss
  5. MIONIA – You
  6. Kris and Oz – Morning flight
  7. Laura Rizzotto – Funny girl

It will be a 50% jury and 50% televote decision. The show starts at 20:25 (CET) and can be watched here.

Estonia – The iconic Estonian national final, Eesti Laul, which won the Frida for Best NF in 2016, starts tonight. This is the second semifinal out of 2 and it will feature 10 songs with half of them winning a ticket for the Final, to be held on March the 3rd. The show will be hosted by Kristel Aaslaid and Martin Veisman.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar – Sky
  2. Evestus – Welcome to my world
  3. Frankie Animal – (Can’t keep calling) Misty
  4. Girls In Pearls – Spellbound
  5. Indrek Ventmann – Tempel
  6. Karl-Kristjan & Karl Killing (feat. WATEVA) – Young
  7. Marju Länik – Täna otsuseid ei tee
  8. Metsakutsu – Koplifornia
  9. Nika – Knock knock
  10. Rolf Roosalu – Show a little love

As usual with Estonia, the two semifinals have all songs pre-recorded with artists doing playback. However, there is a live show with artists on all around discussing their performances and songs, with interviews with the hosts. All performances will be uploaded very quickly on ERR’s Youtube page. It will be a 50% jury and 50% televote decision.

The show starts at 20:35 (CET) and can be watched here.

Ukraine – More and more watched out for, especially since it lead to victory in 2016, Vidbir, the Ukrainian national final will resume tonight. This is the second semifinal out of 2 and it will feature 9 songs with only a third winning a ticket for the Final, to be held on February the 24th.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Ingret – Save my planet
  2. Melovin – Under the ladder
  3. Julinova – Hto ya?
  4. Tayanna – Lelya
  5. Kadnay – Beat of the universe
  6. Yurcash – Stop killing love
  7. Mountain Breeze – I see you
  8. Illaria – Syla
  9. Dilemma – Na party

It will be a 50% jury and 50% televote decision. The show starts at 18:00 (CET) and can be watched here.

Iceland – The small and cozy Icelandic final, Songvakeppnin, will also resume onight. This is the second semifinal out of 2 and it will feature 6 songs with only half winning a ticket for the Final, to be held on the 10th of March. The semis will be held in the Háskólabíó conference hall whereas the final will be held in the Laugardalshöll arena of Reykjavik.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Aron Hannes – Golddigger
  2. Rakel Pálsdóttir – Óskin mín
  3. Stefanía Svavarsdóttir, Agnes Marinósdóttir & Regína Lilja Magnúsdóttir – Svaka stuð
  4. Þórir Geir Guðmundsson & Gyða Margrét Kristjánsdóttir – Brosa
  5. Dagur Sigurðarson – Í stormi
  6. Áttan – Hér með þér

In the semi, songs will be in Icelandic but many will change to English in the final if selected. It will be a 50% jury and 50% televote decision. The show starts at 20:45 (CET) and can be watched here.

Slovenia – After all these NF returning tonight, we have one that’s actually starting tonight! The famous Evrovizijska Melodija, known by esc fans as EMA, is back in Slovenia and it kicks off with a semifinal. All songs will compete in the semifinal, with only half qualifying to the final.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Anabel – Pozitiva
  2. Tanja Ribič – Ljudje
  3. KiNG FOO – Žive sanje
  4. Ina Shai – V nebo
  5. Indigo – Vesna
  6. ManuElla – Glas
  7. MILA – Svoboda
  8. Orter – Kraljica
  9. Lara Kadis – Zdaj sem tu
  10. BQL – Ptica
  11. Proper – Ukraden cvet
  12. Nika Zorjan – Uspavanka – Lullaby
  13. Marina Martensson – Blizu
  14. Nuška Drašček – Ne zapusti me zdaj
  15. Gregor Ravnik – Zdaj je čas
  16. Lea Sirk – Ne, hvala!

In the semis, 16 songs will compete for one of the 8 tickets available for the final set to take place in a week. Juries will pick 4 entries, then televote gets to pick 4 more. The show starts at 20:00 (CET) and can be watched here.

Montenegro – Last, but by no means least, we have one final tonight, and it’s in Montenegro as RTCG, the national broadcaster, hosts Montevizija. Five songs will compete in a 2 hour show for the chance to represent Montenegro in the upcoming contest. The show will be hosted by ? at the Podgorica Hilton Hotel in Podgorica.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Nina Petković – Dišem
  2. Vanja Radovanović – Inje
  3. Ivana Popović Martinović – Poljupci
  4. Katarina Bogićević – Neželjena
  5. Lorena Janković – Dušu mi daj

Guest stars for tonight’s show are Slavko (20147), Knez (2015) and Eugent Bušpepa (Albania 2018). The decision is 100% televote tonight. The show starts at 20:00 (CET) and can be watched here.

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  1. Marju Länik – Täna otsuseid ei tee

    We begin with a song that never stood a chance. Even though these Estonian-language sing-a-long songs are always pleasant to me, they will never make it past the semis. Besides the obvious facelift, she looked good on stage. I loved the earrings. She missed a lot of notes though, and that’s a shame, although it was less horrifying in a song like this than say in a song with long held notes.

    Rolf Roosalu – Show a Little Love

    One of the worst things about the neverending attempts by Rolf Roosalu is that one of these years will probably be his year, and that will be a scary year. That being said, this retro-boogie song wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed the beat and the aesthetic portrayed on stage. It didn’t seem too campy, which is often a problem with these kinds of songs.

    Frankie Animal – (Can’t Keep Calling) Misty

    This is very sultry. She’s fucking the camera with her eyes, and it’s very effective. The dark lighting and the constant tilting of the head were all good choices. Her vocals are perfect for this kind of song too. Very effective.

    Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar – Sky

    The mirror gimmick has been kinda done to death, and it seems completely unnecessary as a gimmick in this song. This kind of saccharine song gets to me, especially right now. Because the lyrics are bittersweet and kinda hit home. Their vocals are gorgeous, and this is a much better Gerli Padar than we saw a decade ago.

    Indrek Ventmann – Tempel

    This might be the most interesting staging so far this year. While I don’t definitely know what this song is about, I have a good idea based on the staging, which had a lot of distractions he was ignoring. There were some vocal issues but nothing more than a few bum notes that could have been fixed in future performances. It’s sad that this didn’t qualify because this was great.

    Evestus – Welcome to My World

    While the song itself isn’t bad, the staging is all over the place, and while it could have been bad enough to be a trainwreck, it is still distracting. That’s all I really have to say about Evestus.

    Karl-Kristjan & Karl Killing (feat. WATEVA) – Young

    This feels like an attempt at doing better than Whogaux & Karl-Krisjan (feat. Maian) with the genre, but it’s not. Whogaux’s song was awesome and fun and had an innocence that translated on stage as personable. This comes across a bit fake and like its grasping for youth.

    Metsakutsu – Koplifornia

    Her vocals were awesome, and I would listen to her do a song all day and all night. On the other hand, I didn’t really care all that much for his vocals or stage presence. So… there we go. He sunk the act.

    Girls In Pearls – Spellbound

    I love the song, but the performance was so low energy. While the song shouldn’t be a lot of fun and games on stage, it deserved something a little more than what it got.

    Nika – Knock knock

    Why are the dancers’ mouths covered? That’s… not normal. Her vocals are awful, although they match the song in that way. It’s awful too.

  2. Vidbir Semi 1:

    Constantine – Misto

    He’s not vocally incompetent, but I don’t like his voice. I also don’t like the melody of the song, which seems pretty messy and soupy, if that makes sense. It’s like each word melts into the next and there never feels like actual pauses when he’s singing. I also kept waiting for something to be done with the gimmick at the beginning of the song, and nothing ever was. Meh.

    Serhiy Babkin – Kriz tvoyi ochi

    On the other hand, I really, really like his voice. I find the yarn imagery strange, though they may make sense if I knew the lyrics to the song. The white outfit and background with the read yarn read as insane asylum patient to me, which I don’t think he was going for. The song is very lovely, and I would listen to this again. I approve!

    LAUD – Waiting

    This song feel a little dated (a la 2015 dated, not like it belongs in the 1990s). However, he has great control of his voice, and I think this is the smartest light show of the first three. I understand the appeal of it, but I’m going to reserve my final judgment for the final (because it advancing gives me that luxury).

    Kazka – Dyva

    I love the music underlying this entry, but I hate a lot of the faux mysticality on display: the smoke at the bottom of the stage, the focus on the instrumentalist when it is prominently displayed in the backing track, etc. I also hate her Little Red Riding Hood dress. Overall, I think it’s a lovely entry though.

    The VYO – N’ga-N’ga

    I don’t understand the random attempt at a reggae revival in this year’s nfs. Like, this is the 4th or 5th reggae-style song in nfs this year, isn’t it? I hated the bright yellow lighting with the bright yellow suit. When I saw the thumbnail of him on Youtube, I thought he was in blackface because the light washed him out so much. When I saw him in the opening, I realized what it was. It sounds like a lot of people liked this song, but they didn’t want to vote for it.

    Kozak System – Mamai

    I love the ska sounds in this entry, but his accent while singing is so strong that I can’t understand what he is saying, and I feel like the lyrics were kinda important to the feel of this song. I think I remember somebody comparing this song to Koza Mostra, and while they are performing the same genre, the performance styles are very different.

    Vilna – Forest Song

    After listening to the song, I think I like the song, but I don’t like Vilna. But maybe it’s the other way around. I don’t know. It’s so strange that I can’t pinpoint it. Either way, they aren’t really a great match. It sounds like her voice cannot keep the mystical sound in her voice consistent. So sometimes, it goes from this really mystical sound to pop diva, and it really bothers me.

    Pur:Pur – Fire

    From the smooth watery sounds of “We Do Change,” we now have “Fire.” One of the things that has to be said is that the lead singer of the band has one of the best voices. She always sounds so great. In their staging, they managed to make the Vidbir stage look much bigger than it actually is, which is kinda an accomplishment. Even though this was weaker than “We Do Change,” it was definitely top 3 of the night and should be in the final.

    The Erised – “Heroes”

    First and foremost, I hate the band name. I’ve despised it since I first heard of them back in 2016, and it has always prevented me from really being a fan of them. I’m going to try to set that aside for Eurovision, but ugh. Why does she look like an office lady that had a hook up after work and had to rush out and left half her clothes behind? I don’t understand this band. It especially doesn’t make sense because the other two look like they belong on the stage together, and then she doesn’t… The song was kinda standard and not memorable, especially when I’m so focused on her outfit, which makes no sense in context.

  3. Vidbir Semi 2:

    Ingret – Save My Planet

    I really like Ingret for her energy and strange balance between innocence and anger, but I do not like the song, which is messy and would have been better with a bit more fine-tuning. I feel like this is a good introduction for her to the nf, and she could come back with something a bit more polished and do really well. So I hope to see more of her in the coming years.

    Melovin – Under the Ladder

    I think that Melovin is a very charismatic performer, and I get the appeal of his songs. Unfortunately, they really don’t do much for me. He’s vocally very strong, and I like the energy on stage. The performance could do better without the piano, which felt like a strange choice overall. I don’t think this would be a bad choice for Eurovision but not necessarily an exciting one.

    Julinoza – Hto Ya?

    I really don’t like the wire Christmas tree on her head, but she is totally the type of artist I follow outside of the national final season. The change of pacing and the atmospheric without hitting you over the head with “atmosphere” was really nice. Her voice isn’t perfect, but it’s within the range where it could clearly be improved to being great, and I really enjoyed this overall.

    Tayanna – Lelya

    This is a much more likeable version of Tayanna than the one presented with that big ballad last year. It looks like she’s actually having fun and enjoying herself for one. One thing about her though is that she has crazy eyes, and I think that makes the performance so much more entertaining. I like the stage presentation of the song overall, from the flowy dresses to the interaction with the backing singers.

    Kadnay – Beat of the Universe

    With all of the three big artists that advanced to the final, it’s nice that they all came back with songs that were better than their last attempts. That’s so uncommon. This feels like its just a performance at a concert with the energy and the interaction between the members of the band. This actually was very energetic and gave a great energy.

    Yurcash – Stop Killing Love

    I’m not a big fan of the Jesus imagery that the lead singer gives off in this performance, where instead of a crown of thorns, it is a microphone of thorns. Otherwise, the song is likeable but not amazing. I do like that they thought through the backrounds and visuals of the performance to the point of using different backgrounds and light shows for each mood. The ending was so melodramatic though. lol

    Mountain Breeze – I See You

    The singer has a really clear voice, and the band seems to be very likeable. This is the no name act that would have qualified had there not been so many big names in the semi. I hope they come back with a better song though because this one was very MoR.

    Illaria – Syla

    This song is very heavy in Ukrainian folk influences, and I like the song. I find the song very DahkaBrahka in that it modernizes folk music without making it unrecognizable as folk music, and Illaria has a very good voice. I’m actually surprised that this one only got 5th place because it seems very made for Ukrainian Eurovision, but maybe that was the downfall of the piece? It didn’t always feel very authentic.

    Dilemma – Na Party

    I’m glad that Dilemma got to represent this particularly brand of crazy Ukrainian pop on the national final stage because I don’t think anybody else from this genre has made a go. Best illustrated by Vremya i Steklo, this genre is at its best when the visuals presented with the songs are quick visual surprises surrounded by visuals normally within expectations. It also excels when it seems very self-aware of the strangeness being presented. And I think this is where this one really fails. It doesn’t seem that self-aware that what is being presented is supposed to be both fun and humorous. Instead, Dilemma seems to be focusing on fun and thinking the colorful and strange visuals being presented should be automatically accepted. There are better ways at going about this genre, but I’m glad this was here.

  4. Songvakeppnin semi 1:

    Þórunn Antonía – Ég mun skína

    I’m impressed she can keep such clean vocals with all those acrobatics. That being said, the song is thoroughly MoR, and the live performance was more a distraction than an enhancement to the song. I could easily forget she was singing while watching that stage show.

    Tómas og Sólborg – Ég og þú

    Ouch. Some of the vocals in this were very much off tune. The song is also a huge snore. My goodness. I can’t remember a thing about this except the missed notes.

    Ari Ólafsson – Heim

    It’s kinda scary that this is more interesting that the duet that performed before him. It’s a very typical ballad with a lad that has a lovely but unremarkable voice. I listened to 18 Vidbir songs and never felt fatigued doing it, but I’m three songs into Songvakeppnin, and I’m ready to pass out.

    Heimilistónar – Kúst og fæjó

    This made me giggle. I love the gender-inverted retro staging, especially the two male backing singers that are made to swing and dance like female backing singers used to have to do on stage. The staging for this is so smart and likeable. The song is very typical for that retro tv genre, but the performance is so great.

    Fókus hópurinn – Aldrei gefast upp

    It’s giving me PTSD flashbacks of Switzerland 2006.

    Guðmundur Þórarinsson – Litir

    It was cute, but I am definitely not a fan of the couple at a bench dance performances.

  5. Songvakeppnin Semi 2:

    Aron Hannes – Golddigger

    Why does Songvakeppnin always feature a 90s or early 00s pop song that becomes a favorite after the semis? Like, it’s bad. Really bad.

    Rakel Pálsdóttir – Óskin mín

    This is cute and well sung, but it feels like a lullaby, and the stage design doesn’t help that at all.

    Stefanía, Agnes og Regína – Svaka stuð

    The presentation of this one just reminds me how smart Heimilistónar’s presentation was. While this is a different era, it overplays it and instead of being a nod to the era or trying to embody, it seems to parody the era. The song is MoR too.

    Þórir Geir & Gyða Margrét – Brosa

    This was a cute singalong song with okay but not interesting staging. I get they were trying to make it look like people hanging out together, but it doesn’t quite work like planned.

    Dagur Sigurðsson – Í stormi

    Meh. There’s not even much to critique about this performance. Bland singer, bland background and bland song.

    Áttan – Hér með þér

    Oh. That didn’t translate well live at all. And the choreography is even more confusing.

  6. I was going to comment on Montevizija, but after watching two performances, they did the whole show in playback, and what is the point of that in a Eurovision pre-selection.

  7. Belarus will go here since there isn’t really an article for it:

    Adagio – Ty i ja

    A little late in trying to copy Il Volo, and the song is such a dirge that I don’t know what they expected. What a terrible song to open the show too…

    Alekseev – Forever

    After hearing that the live performance was awful, I expected far worse than I got. Yes, he’s vocally weak, and the gimmick he has going on isn’t even that impressive. But it was made to sound like this was a trainwreck when it isn’t. It’s just weak.

    Shuma – Chmarki

    Very clearly the strongest act in the national final and one that should have been chosen to represent the country. It doesn’t help that the visuals of the entry were also more impressive than the winner’s visuals. Everything about this was all-around better, and it performed right after the song it’s going to be forever directly compared to.

    NAPOLI – Chasing Rushes

    Just seeing that Napoli was performing was almost enough for me to put it in my nf insanity playlist before it started, and it ended up in my nf insanity playlist. It makes no sense.

    Anastasiya Malashkevich – World on Fire

    Anastasiya still can’t really sing all that well. I don’t know who she knows that keeps giving her these opportunities and jury favor, but they need to stop.

    Gunesh – I Won’t Cry

    I remember when Gunesh was the joke entry of Belarus, but then she went on to represent Belarus in that attempt at Turkvision (does that still even go on?), and all the people that used to mock her just seemed to stop. However, has she really improved all that much. This is still not a good entry.

    Radiovolna – Subway Lines

    I’m surprised this did so terribly with the televote, as it is decently performed both visually and vocally. While the song may not be exciting, it is far from bad.

    Alen Hit – I Don’t Care

    The gimmicks in this one were stupid, but of the mid-tempo pop boppers, this is the most listenable of them.

    Lexy Weaver – Ain’t You

    Her vocals are weak, and I don’t care for the song. There’s not much else to say about this one.

    Kirill Good – Deja Vu

    I actually really like this song and performance. It’s not an outstanding performance or song, but it’s good enough to be legitimately enjoyable and has good vibes.

    Overall, the nf this year is much weaker than it has been in the past two or so years, where there was a definite and noticeable upward trend. However, with the exceptions of the probable fixing for Alekseev’s win, it is far from the 2012-2014 era in which pretty much every song was bad.

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