Tonight: Second 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: 8 shows including 3 finals!

HungaryA Dal, the Hungarian selection show, resumes tonight with 9 artists performing in the first semi-final, 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 nine performers tonight are (not the draw yet):

  • DENIZ – Ide várnak vissza
  • Petruska – Help Me Out of Here
  • Acoustic Planet –Nyári zápor
  • Konyha– Százszor visszajátszott
  • SNK – Posztolj
  • The Middletonz – Roses
  • The Sign – Ő
  • Vavra Bence – Szótlanság
  • yesyes – Incomplete

The rules from the former years apply. The nine acts will present live their respective song and the jury members will comment and grade them. 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!

Watch Semi 1 live here from 19:30 (CET).

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

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 Andreas Johnson (3rd in MF 2006 and 2nd in MF 2007 among other participations), Oscar Enestad (former FO&O who did MF in 2017), Liamoo (MF 2018) and Margaret (MF 2018).

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Andreas Johnson – Army Of Us
  2. Malou Prytz – I Do Me
  3. Oscar Enestad – I Love It
  4. Jan Malmsjö – Leva livet
  5. Vlad Reiser – Nakna i regnet
  6. Hanna Ferm & Liamoo – Hold You
  7. Margaret – Tempo

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.

Lithuania – This is week 5 of the impossible to follow Lithuanian National Final. So after 4 heats that presented the songs, tonight we start the semi-finals. There will be two semi-finals of 12 songs. All of tonight’s entries have already performed before, with the juries having voted during that performance.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Twosome – 1000
  2. Emilija Gogolytė – Riddle
  3. Migloko – Rožės
  4. Jurgis Brūzga – CTRL ALT DELETE
  5. Cheri – Again
  6. Glossarium – Anyone
  7. Justina Budaitė-Junà – Strength of a woman
  8. Lukas Bartaška – River of hope
  9. Saulės Kliošas – Laiko mašina
  10. Henry & Tommy Modric – Neverpart
  11. Edgaras Lubys – To the sky
  12. Monika Marija – Light on

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

Italy – Italian broadcaster, RAI, will conclude the annual San Remo festival which historically chooses Italy’s Eurovision entry. This is the last of the 5 nights (with no semi-finals this year). 24 entries will be presented for the last time. The winner is likely to be sent to Tel Aviv!

This is tonight’s line-up:

  • Achille Lauro – Rolls Royce (1st participation)
  • Anna Tatangelo – Le nostre anime di notte (8th participation)
  • Arisa – Mi sento bene (5th participation)
  • Boombadash – Per un milione (1st participation)
  • Daniele Silvestri – Argento vivo (6th participation)
  • Einar – Parole nuove (1st participation – San Remo Giovani winner)
  • Enrico Nigiotti – Nonno Hollywood (2nd participation)
  • Ex-Otago – Solo una canzone (1st participation)
  • Francesco Renga – Aspetto che torni (8th participation)
  • Shade & Federica Carta – Senza farlo apposta (1st participation for both)
  • Ghemon – Rose viola (1st participation)
  • Il Volo – Musica che resta (2nd participation)
  • Irama – La ragazza con il cuore di latta (2nd participation)
  • Loredana Bertè – Cosa ti aspetti da me (11th participation)
  • Mahmood – Soldi (2nd participation – San Remo Giovani winner)
  • Motta – Dov’è l’Italia (1st participation)
  • Negrita – I ragazzi stanno bene (2nd participation)
  • Nek – Mi farò trovare pronto (4th participation)
  • Nino D’Angelo & Livio Cori – Un’altra luce (6th participation / first participation)
  • Paola Turci – L’ultimo ostacolo (11th participation)
  • Patty Pravo & Briga – Un po’ come la vita (9th participation / first participation)
  • Simone Cristicchi – Abbi cura di me (5th participation)
  • Ultimo – I tuoi particolari (2nd participation)
  • Zen Circus – L’amore è una dittatura (1st participation)

So there are 22 artists joined by the 2 “young” category winners, Einar and Mahmood. A few new comers join some long-time returnees like Loredana and Paola! A lot of songs are already available online, on the artists’ official youtube page for instance. You can check more information on the artists on Rai’s official site.

There will be four nights during the week, with all artists presenting their songs, and the final will be this Saturday, to join the fun of a second Super Saturday! That’s when we’ll know who wins San Remo 2019. Recently, the winner was asked to go to Eurovision and it’s now considered an actual national final, even if it’s a much older contest with its own history separate from the European contest.

Iceland – RÚV, the national broadcaster, is launching Söngvakeppnin 2019, the national final, tonight.  The first semi-final will feature 5 songs competing for 2 tickets to the final, to take place on March 2. You can still listen to the songs here. The hosts tonight will be Fannar Sveinsson and Benedikt Valsson.

This is a smaller format than usual, with only 10 qualified to Söngvakeppnin 2019. After a few changes were announced, the semi-finals will now feature 5 songs which will all be performed live. 2 of them will go through to the final (50% jury and 50% televote). However, the jury can save with a wild card a 5th finalist.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra
  2. Hera Björk – Eitt andartak
  3. Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen – Ég á mig sjálf
  4. Þórdís Imsland – Nú og hér
  5. Daníel Óliver – Samt ekki

The show starts at 20:45 CET and can be watched here.

Australia – The very first national selection by Australia takes place tomorrow morning. The You Decide selection show will be broadcast from the the Gold Coast to pick their entrant. The show will be hosted by Myf Warhurst, and comedian Joel Creasey.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Ella Hoper – Data dust
  2. Electric Field – 2000 and whatever
  3. Mark Vincent – This is not the end
  4. Aydan – Dust
  5. Courtney Act – Fight for love
  6. Leea Nanos – Set me free
  7. Sheppard – On my way
  8. Alfie Arcuri – To myself
  9. Kate Miller-Heidke – Zero gravity
  10. Tania Doko – Piece of me

All of the jury performances are now online if you want to watch them in advance here: https://www.sbs.com.au/programs/eurovision. The public voting is now open. The winner will be chosen by a mix of 50% televoting and 50% jury votes. The jury will be made up of:

  • Christer Bjorkman – Producer, head of Melodifestivalen
  • Fifa Rikkobono, Music consultant
  • Milli Petriella – Directors of the Australian Legal Association (APRA)
  • Josh Martin – SBS entertainment program editor
  • Paul Clark – Head of the Australian delegation.

The show starts at 10:30 CET and can be watched here, but also on Twitter or YouTube.

Montenegro – Broadcaster RTCG is running a national selection of 5 again this year, Montevizija 2019. The final will be held tonight at the Hilton Podgorica hotel. There will be two round of votes, with a Superfinal between the Top 2.

The Montevizija line-up is:

  1. D-Moll – Heaven
  2. Andrea Demirović – Ja sam ti san
  3. Monika Knezović – Nepogrješiva
  4. Ivana Popović-Martinović – Nevinost
  5. Nina Petković – Uzmi ili ostavi

The system is a bit weird. A first round of vote between the 5 entries will consist of four juries:

  • Televote
  • Radio jury
  • International jury
  • Montenegrin artists

In the second round, with only the two best from the first round, it’s 100% televoting that makes the final decision.

The show starts at 21:00 CET and can be watched here.

Ukraine – UA:PBC, the broadcaster in charge of Ukraine’s participation in Eurovision 2019, will launch its national final, Vidbir 2019, tonight. There will be two semi-finals of 8 artists with only 3 tickets for the grand final! The decision is 50% jury (Jamala, Verka & Yevhen Filatov) and 50% televote, who often disagree in Ukraine!

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. The Hypnotunez – Hey!
  2. Letay – Myla moya
  3. Vera Kekelia – Wow!
  4. TseShow – Hate!
  5. Yuko – Galyna guliala
  6. Maruv – Siren song
  7. Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Houston
  8. Bahroma – Nazavzhdy-Navsegda

The show starts at 18:00 CET and can be watched here.

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  1. Yuko was a bit overrated imo. The song falls flat and she was out of breath towards the end. 6/10
    Bahroma have another “The Sign (A Dal)” case. Excellent stage presentation quite boring song (and annoying beat) but I think I prefer them to Yuko so they would be my 4th of last night tied with The Hypnotunez with 7-/10

  2. Anyone know if there’s any truth in the rumour of Margaret now representing Poland in 2019?
    Tempo is the best song of the NF season so far. It could definitely win for Poland

  3. International star + catchy upbeat song + Poland’s diaspora = potential winner
    Can’t argue with Maths

    • And juries marking her down = Lower top 10 (see DNK last year)

      • I don’t think so, the EBU want to appeal to a wider mainstream audience.
        In 2018 juries had Israel 3rd and Cyprus 5th.
        Definitely still underrated but high enough for them to take their rightful place as the top 2 after the televote.
        Heck in 2018 they even had Moldova in the top 10!

        • Well, how to put it mildly. Margaret has the stage charisma of an ant? You can’t compare her to Eleni or Netta. She can’t move, she lacks star quality and stage awareness.

      • And in Junior Eurovision juries put Poland 7th out of 20, which is roughly equivalent to 9th out of 26, and the public vote was still big enough to push them to the top with a far inferior song to some of the others.

        • It aint’t happening as with 42 countries participating in ESC the gap from jury points to fill in with televoting is even larger

          • It’s equally weighted 50/50. The number of countries is relevant. 42 jury votes are offset by 42 televotes.

            In fact the more countries in the final the more power diaspora has. if 10% of your population is from a specific diaspora, if there’s 5 songs that doesn’t really matter as the other 90% are concentrated into 5 songs so an average song would get 8%. But with 26 songs, 10% all to one entry can put it in a high position easily as an average song would get about 3.5%

            • Should have said 18% in the 5 country example

            • It is not 42 televotes though. More or less 20 countries with Polish diaspora? While we know that 41 juries will nul Margaret :P (same story as POL 16)

            • Come on they won’t null her. They gave Moldova a Top 10. Even big bad Russia came Top 5, and that was with 21 juries giving Sergey a 0

            • She is nowhere near Sergey as a performer and I didn’t see a clever stage show as Moldova’s yesterday in MF. She did try to imitate the video clip aesthetics that doomed Benjamin last year. Not wise ;)

            • The dress was certainly in contention for Barbara Dex as well, Albania breathed a temproary sigh of relief when she didn’t even make Andra. They’ve already got Australia to content with in that field lol

            • Surprise : I like Australia this year. Kitsch but not offensive :P

            • It’s certainly in the better half so far, but that’s really not saying much lol

          • Should have said 18% in the 5 country example.

  4. So overall, I would say :
    1. Maruv : 8++/10
    2. Tsesho : 8/10
    3. BSB : 7/10
    4. The Hypnotunez : 7-/10
    5. Bahroma : 7-/10
    6. Vera Kekelia : 6/10
    7. Yuko : 6/10
    8. Letay : 5/10

    Very good show and production values, Ukraine! Kudos, once again!

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