Tonight: First Super Saturday of 2019

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: 4 shows but no finals yet!

HungaryA Dal, the Hungarian selection show, resumes tonight with ten artists performing in Heat 3, hoping to progress through to the semi-final stage. Freddie (Hungary, 2016) will host. Jury members are Bogi Dallos, Miklós, Misi Mező, Lilla Vincze and Feró Nagy.

The ten performers tonight are (not the draw yet):

  • Kyra – Maradj még
  • Leander Kills – Hazavágyom
  • Mocsok 1 Kölykök – Egyszer
  • Monyo Project – Run Baby Run
  • Nagy Bogi – Holnap
  • Pápai Joci – Az én apám
  • Petruska – Help Me Out of Here
  • Ruby Harlem – Forró
  • Salvus – Barát
  • USNK – Posztolj

The rules from the former years apply. The ten 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 5 from these grades qualify straight away to the semifinals. A sixth 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!

Watch Heat 3 live here from 19:30 (CET).

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

Seven Acts will take to the stage at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg 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 Anna Bergendahl (Eurovision 2010), Nanon (MF runner-up in 2017), Arja Saijonmaa (MF runner-up in 1987, participant in 2005) and Wictoria (MF 2016 fourth and MF 2017 sixth). The semi-finalists for tonight are:

  1. Nano – Chasing Rivers
  2. High 15 – No Drama
  3. Wiktoria – Not With Me
  4. Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina – Mina bränder
  5. Arja Saijonmaa – Mina fyra årstider
  6. Mohombi – Hello
  7. Anna Bergendahl – Ashes To Ashes

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 4 of the impossible to follow Lithuanian National Final. So based on what we gathered online, we have 11 more songs competing tonight with only 6 making it through. All of tonight’s entries have already performed before, on January 23rd, with the juries having voted during that performance.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Valerija Iljinaitė – Scars Are Beautiful (2pts from juries)
  2. Indrė Juodeikienė – Bad Option (1pt from juries)
  3. Alen Chicco – Your Cure (4pts from juries)
  4. Queens of Roses – Runaway (tied, 7pts from juries)
  5. Živilė Gedvilaitė – Learn from Your Love (tied, 7pts from juries)
  6. Elizabeth Olshey – Never Enough (Of Your Love) (0pt from juries)
  7. Gabrielė Rybko – Lay It Down (3pts from juries)
  8. Saulės Kliošas – Laiko mašina (10pts from juries)
  9. Soliaris – Song of My Life (tied, 7pts from juries)
  10. Monika Marija – Light On (12pts from juries)
  11. Henry & Tommy Modric – Neverpart (8pts from juries)

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

Latvia – LTV will resume the country’s national final tonight, Supernova 2019. There will be two semi-finals with 8 songs each and 4 will qualify to the final. You can still watch their auditions on the official Supernova’s Youtube page.

Supernova first posted all auditions on their Youtuge page, and we could decide who we wanted through. Then LTV have revealed the 16 who qualified. Now they were drawn into two semi-finals of 8 acts with 4 tickets to the grand final, hosted in a month.

The show will be hosted by Dagmar Legant and Ketija Schoenberg. Tonight’s line-up is (not the draw yet):

  • Adriana Miglāne – Scared of Love
  • Carousel – That Night
  • Double Faced Eels – Fire
  • Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens – Tautasdziesma
  • Kristiāna Bumbiere – Remedy
  • Kristīne Pastare – Smaragdi Un Pelni
  • Laika Upe – Listen to the Way that I Breathe
  • Markus Riva – You Make Me So Crazy

The show starts at 20:25 CET and you may watch live here. It’ll be 50% jury and 50% televote tonight. The jury members are DJ Rudd, Linda Leen, Ralf Eiland and  Artis Dvarionas. The final will be held on February 16th!

Estonia – ERR, the national broadcaster, is already resuming Eesti Laul 2019, the national final, tonight.  The second semi-final will feature 12 more songs competing for 6 tickets to the final, to take place on February 16. You can still listen to the songs here.

Out of 216 entries, 24 qualified to Eesti Laul 2019. After a few changes were announced, the semi-finals will now feature 12 songs which will all be performed live. 6 of them will go through to the final (50% jury and 50% televote). Eesti Laul 2019’s Grand Final takes place on 16 February 2019, at the Saku Suurhall, Tallinn.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. I’ll Do It My Way – Synne Valtri
  2. Strong – Sissi
  3. Wo sind die Katzen? – Kaia Tamm
  4. Kaks miinust – Iseloomad
  5. Parmumäng – Cätlin Mägi & Jaan Pehk
  6. Milline päev – Lumevärv ft. INGA
  7. Pretty Little Liar – Uku Suviste
  8. Cold Love – Kerli Kivilaan
  9. Follow Me Back – Around The Sun
  10. Halleluja – Lacy Jay
  11. Kui isegi kaotan – Grete Paia
  12. Believe – Kadiah

To check the first semi-final’s performances, you may do so here. If you can’t wait, ERR released a gallery from the rehearsals. The show starts at 18:00 CET and can be watched here.

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  1. Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina: The song wouldn’t be out of place in a German carnival party. It is energetic but rather silly. Mostly flat vocals from the lady. 4/12

    Arja Saijonmaa: The song isn’t exactly state of the art but the intro is very beautiful and the chorus is insanely catchy and uplifting. Arja also was the first artist that looked natural on stage/belonged onto a stage. 7/12

    Mohombi: He is good at what he is doing … if you are into this kind of thing. I am not and find it terribly boring. 5/12

    Anna: I really like ‘Ashes to Ashes’ but both her stylist and the stage director need to fired … now! Another problem is that Anna seems to find it difficult to engage with the camera/the audience in a positive way. 8/12

    Eric has grown into a real cutie. :)

  2. The last time ESC was in Israel TOP 5 was:

    1. Sweden
    2. Iceland
    3. Germany
    4. Croatia
    5. Israel

    It is interesting how chaos was in German NF that year when Corina May was disqualified and Surpriz got a chance.they were 3rd at ESC..

    Maybe smth similar happens in Germany again.. :D

  3. Missed Melodifestivalen last night while watching Six Nations. Just watched the performances, here are my thoughts:

    Nano – Chasing Rivers

    I loved Nano’s style and “Hold On” was my favourite of 2017. However, “Chasing Rivers” lacks what “Hold On” had – an accessible chorus and stage presentation. I feel like Nano himself doesn’t look comfortable singing this song, and it distracts from the presentation. The lighting was too dark and took away from a powerful contrast between Nano and his “younger self”. I still like the gospel elements and it is a nice catchy, modern tune, but I don’t think this will be a contender for the win or probably not even Top 5 in MF.

    High 15 – No Drama

    Annoying song and annoying performance. Repetitive and weak chorus that tries to be a Fifth Harmony version of something like “Busy Doin Nothin” but ends up falling flat. This probably had potential as an idea but just didn’t come up to anything on stage.

    Wiktoria – Not With Me

    I think its’ a nice RnB ballad, and obviously Wiktoria herself is great. I think she is the right girl for this type of sensual ballad, although she tries too much in the end and it distracts from a pretty good performance all around. I’m not the biggest fan of it in general but I think its’ nice, probably a bit less of a catchy version of “Undo”. The rain is incredibly corny but it is memorable. Depending on the rest of the field, this could be a contender imo, given the Swedish public loves her, and its’ an obvious jury favourite.

    Zeana ft. Anis Dom Demina – Mina Brander

    I actually liked this. Its’ a catchy tune in the vein of “La Venda” or even “Shuffla” from last year. He adds a nice element to the song and despite Zeana’s questionable vocals, I feel like they work well together. Zeana reminds me a lot of Ledina Celo from ALB 05. Disappointed they didn’t get to Andra Chansen.

    Arja Saijonmaa – Mina Fyra Arstider

    Its’ a really beautiful start, very Balkan-like. Its’ got a nice melody to it but I find after it while it gets kind of drab and a bit corny with the whole people surrounding the globe. I think its’ a fine entry but nothing that should go past the SF imo.

    Mohombi – Hello

    It has a really promising start and build. Mohobi is a charismatic performer and the effects with the LED do enhance the performance. I have a huge problem with the chorus, which is too simple and feels very disjointed from the rest of the song. I do see why this went Direkt till Final, and it will do well in the Televote, but I don’t think this is a contender for the win.

    Anna Bergendahl – Ashes to Ashes

    Its’ a nice country pop song and Anna sells it well I think. Her vocals are great and its’ a memorable setting around her. The problem is I find the song not to be that special honestly; it seems like moreso an album song that everyone appreciates, and not a standout. I also find the fact she is not centred behind her immediate background very annoying for some reason, but that’s just me lol. I think this makes it to the Final from Andra Chansen but won’t be a contender for the win as some people were hyping it up to be pre-live shows.

    Overall a very meh, and somewhat disappointing SF…I like Ashes to Ashes the best but it won’t win…I think Wiktoria in the right combo of songs in the Final is a potential winner, but definitely not an ESC winner.

    Final Rankings:

    1. Anna Bergendahl – Ashes to Ashes
    2. Wiktoria – Not With Me
    3. Mohombi – Hello
    4. Zeana ft. Anis Dom Demina – Mina Brander
    5. Nano – Chasing Rivers
    6. Arja Saijonmaa – Mina Fyra Arstider
    7. High 15 – No Drama

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