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Tonight: Third Super Saturday of 2020


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.

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

Seven Acts will take to the stage at the Coop Norrbotten Arena in Luleå and will compete for the chance to make the grand final on March 7th. The top two will reach the grand final and the acts that come third and fourth will proceed onto the Second Chance round. This is tonight’s running-order:

  1. MarietteShout It Out
  2. Albin JohnsenLivet börjar nu
  3. DrängarnaPiga och dräng
  4. Amanda AasaLate
  5. Anis Don DeminaVem är som oss
  6. Faith KakemboCrying Rivers
  7. MohombiWinners

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.

 


Norway – This year’s Melodi Grand Prix concludes at last! It featured 5 semi-finals in order to celebrate the 60 years of Norway’s participation in Eurovision. The grand final imitates the old format of ten songs battling for a chance to move on to the next stage.

The hosts are Kåre Magnus Bergh, Ingrid Gjessing Linhave and Ronny Brede Aase for this final hosted in Trondheim. The 10 acts taking part for North Norway are:

  1. Raylee Wild
  2. Didrik & Emil Out Of Air
  3. Magnus Bokn Over The Sea
  4. Akuvi Som du her
  5. Kristin Husøy – Pray For Me
  6. Rein Alexander One Last Time
  7. Tone Damli Hurts Sometimes
  8. Sondrey Take My Time
  9. Ulrikke BrandstorpAttention
  10. Liza Vassilieva – I Am Gay

It’s 100% public vote tonight, through an app where you can vote up to three times per round. In the first round, the Top 4 qualifies to the next round. Then the Top 4 is split in two two duels. The winners of each duel then face each other in the Gold Duel that will decide the winner. The show starts at 19:50 CET and you can watch it here.

 


Lithuania – This year’s Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 concludes tonight with the grand final, after 3 heats and 2 semis. 8 acts are taking partwith a vote split with 50% jury and 50% televote. In case of a tie, the jury’s favorite wins it.

The hosts are Gabrielė Martirosian and Giedrius Masalskis and Eurovision 2018 artist Ieva Zasimauskaitė. This is tonight’s running order:

  1. Aistė PilvelytėUnbreakable
  2. Rūta LoopWe Came From The Sun
  3. KaYraAlligator
  4. Monika MarijaIf I Leave
  5. MeandiDrip
  6. THE ROOPOn Fire
  7. The BacksFully
  8. MoniquéMake Me Human

The show starts at 20:00 CET and you can watch it here.

 


UkraineUA:PBC, the broadcaster in charge of Vidbir 2020, the national final, will resume the process of selecting the entry for Rotterdam with the second semi-final out of two! Once more, Sergey Prytula will host. Tonight, 8 entries will perform with only 3 qualifying for the final thanks to a 50% split between juries and televote. The three juries are: Andriy Danylko (Ukraine in 2007), Tina Karol (Ukraine 2006) and Vitaliy Drozdov (producer).

Here is tonight’s running order:

  1. MOONZOO feat. F.M.F. SureMaze
  2. FO SHOBLCK SQR
  3. Elina IvashchenkoGet Up
  4. Oleksandr PoriadynskyiSavior
  5. GARNAWho We Are?
  6. KHAYATCall For Love
  7. David AxelrodHorizon
  8. TVORCHIBonfire

The show starts at 18:00 CET (and will be one of the later ones to end!) and you can watch it here.

 


Iceland – RÚV, the national broadcaster in charge of Söngvakeppnin 2020, the national final, will resume the search for Hatari’s succession. The hard rock band got 10th last year in Icelandic! This is the second semi-final out of 2. Five artists will participate and only two will qualify to the Final, to be held in Laugardalshöll on February 29th. A 5th wildcard can be added by a jury.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Daði FreyrGagnamagnið (Think About Things)
  2. Hildur ValaFellibylur
  3. IvaOculis Videre (Oculis Videre)
  4. NínaEkkó (Echo)
  5. Matti MattDreyma

Most titles came with an English one, hinting at a probable language switch. In Iceland, you have to participate in Icelandic in the semi-finals, but you can chose whichever language you want in the final, so that Icelandic people know which version you would send to Eurovision if chosen.

The show starts at 20:45 CET and you can watch it here.

 


Estonia – ERR, the national broadcaster, will resume Eesti Laul, the national final that will be used to select the entry for Rotterdam, with the second out of two semi-finals. Twelve entries compete and half of them will qualify to the final, to be held on 29th February 2020.

178 entires were received by the broadcaster. Foreign songwriters were also eligible for the first time but with a different (25 Euros for a song in Estonian and 50 Euros for songs in other languages). ERR’s panel selected 24, which were drawn in two semi-finals.

The show will be hosted by Karl-Erik Taukar and Tõnis Niinemets. This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. ViineridKapa Kohi-LA
  2. JanetHingeland
  3. Uku SuvisteWhere Love Is
  4. IngerOnly Dream
  5. Merilin MälkMilkon Sammu
  6. German & ViolinaHeart Winder
  7. Jaagup TuiskBeautiful Lie
  8. Ziggy WildLean On Me
  9. Uudo SeppI’m Sorry I Messed Up
  10. TrafficÜks kord veel
  11. SHIRAOut In Space
  12. Mariliis JõgevUnistustes

In a first round of voting, the Top 4 with 50% televote and 50% juries will qualify to the final. 2 more entries among the remaining 8 will be picked by televote only.

The show starts at 19:00 CET and can be watched here.

 


Armenia – AMPTV, the national broadcaster, will host Depi Evratesil 2020, the national final that will select the entry for Rotterdam! 12 acts (out of 53 recieved) will compete in order to get the ticket for Eurovision 2020!

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. AgopButterflies
  2. Karina EVNWhy?
  3. Hayk MusicWhat It Is To Be In Love
  4. ERNALife Faces
  5. EVA RidaNo Love
  6. Athena ManoukianChains On You
  7. Gabriel JeegIt’s Your Turn
  8. Sergey & Nikolay ArutyunovHa, Take A Step
  9. Miriam BaghdasaryanRun Away
  10. Vladimir ArzumanyanWhat’s Going On Mama
  11. Arthur AleqHeaven
  12. TOKIONINESave Me

The show starts at 19:00 CET and can be watched here as well as on YouTube.

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  1. The Ukrainian resuits were good; they would have been very good, had Fo Sho reached the fnal instead of ‘Horizon’. A very ggod final awaits us next week.

  2. Thoughts on MF SF3:

    Mariette was so-so…it feels like a very weak entry but she gives life to it. Mohombi was alright, better than the snippet, but fairly basic. It was the best staging and camera work so far in Melfest. Drangarna were fun. Anis is fine but it’s very corny, the melody is a rip-off, and he clearly struggles in the chorus. Faith wasn’t great, Albin/Amanda were both solid but doomed from the start.

    3 semis in and it’s pretty clear “Boys with Emotions” is still the best entry we’ve seen (and the most MF winner potential oddly enough even if it’s in AC), although “Talking in my Sleep” isn’t far behind imo. I feel “Kingdom Come” isn’t strong enough as a song to win the juries over. It’s all on Hanna Ferm now?

    • Albin/Amanda were my faves lol but would be around 9th and 10th out of the 21 acts so far in MF 2020 :o a very bad heat, where the only two established acts in the bubble Q with songs by G:son and Jimmy respectively ;)

  3. can someone give Garna a good song? She’s a killer performer but the song’s subpar

  4. Speaking of composer all over a NF, here’s Karl-Ander Reismann in Estonia, he wrote: “Only Dream” by Inger, “Young” by Rasmus Rändvee, “Out in Space” by Shira and “By My Side” by Stefan. Two direct Q and two televote Q… all four in the final!

  5. Honorable mention this song and performance in astrong Eesti Laul semi:

  6. I think Jaguup Tuisk, SHIRA and Synne Valtri could be in the super final…

  7. About the national selections still under way:

    Sweden made the two very obvious choices based on song+staging. I liked what Mariette brought for the first time after a while. Mohombi is very hot but he needs to improve his singing and I am guessing the rip-off of “Dum tek tek” for the intro is what fans referred to when they said “it sounds like a turkish entry of the 2000s”. Faith had no song whatsoever to speak of, I really wonder why they wasted good staging ideas and a plum spot in the running order for that one.

    Eesti Laul and Vidbir further prove how terribly weak and disappointing they are this year. Jaagup Tuisk has the obvious package to win in terms of song and singing but he really should lose that lame dancer. I really don’t care about any of the other finalists apart from Egbert who managed to lift a song I don’t much care for with a very confident performance.

    In Ukraine, despite having a high tolerance for thick east european accents (for example Samantha Tina’s enunciation barely bothered me), Khayat’s singing is too much even for me. Plus I don’t think he is charismatic enough to pull off such a song. It’s a pity because the song in itself really stands out (just like Go_a in the other semi whose performer had similar problems). Tvorchi on the other hand had a very confident performance, but where do ukrainian televoters and jury really think they will end up with such a non-existent la-la-la song? David Axelrod joins Jerry Heil as a finalist we would never expect to see in past editions of Vidbir.

    Over in Iceland, Iva with “Oculis Videre” will be a worthy successor to Hatari in terms of a very sui generis entry that will stand out but probably run against a ceiling in its support as it crams way too many influences in one song (celtic folk+gregorian chant+opera). Contrary to other entries, it really does give viewers something to talk about. I think I agree with those that think the staging should be more dreamy and Rändajad-like and less ominous than it is. Daði gives us a very hipsterish and quite irrelevent presentation of a late ’70s funk number and even the outfits are a déjà vu from his previous NF effort. Good for him for doing his own thing but I don’t think it’s enough. Nina is a competent performer but should really try a less eurovision-y song next time.

  8. As for Benny Cristo’s live in Ukraine: This song reminds me of what teenage british holiday-makers were listening to in Ayia Napa clubs 15 years ago. Very cheap and tacky and somebody should tell him that his look and outfit is ridiculously young for his age. I doubt that this will even find enough televoting support to make it to the final.

  9. Just checked vidbir hopefuls.. Khayat did not impress me much, there are some parts I really like in his song (instrumental) but I think overall package it is not strong

  10. On ISL 2 :

    1. Hildur Vala – Fellibylur : 8.5/10
    One of season’s gems!
    2. Íva – Oculis videre : 7.5/10
    The song itself has its flaws but what elevates this to heavenly levels is the haunting backing vocals
    3. Daði Freyr – Gagnamagnið : 7++/10
    Quirky, fun and distinctive. Nothing great musically for sure
    4. Nína – “Ekkó : 6/10
    Harmless
    5. Matti Matt – Dreyma : 5/10
    Forgettable

    I can’t believe the wildcard didn’t get to a great song such as Fellibylur

  11. Vidbir 2 :

    1. Khayat : 8/10
    2. FoSo : 8/10
    3. Tvorchi 7++/10
    4. Moonzoo ft F.M.F. Sure 7/10
    ———————————————-
    5. Oleksandr Poriadynskyi 5/10
    6. Garna 5/10
    7. Elina Ivashchenko 5/10
    8. David Axelrod 3.5/10

    Both Vegan and Horizon in a Final sound awful. Krutь is overrated as well.
    Personally I would have preferred Katya Chilly, FoSho and probably Cloudless but with a different singer!

  12. Vidbir 2020 is a disappointment compared to last year. I showed my bf some songs and he called them “košmar” (nightmare). The one I liked most – “Tam, kudy ya ydu” – got kicked out already, so I’m rooting for Krutь and Go-A in the final, but I’m not that enthusiastic about them.

  13. Eesti Laul 2 :

    1. Jaagup Tuisk 7/10 Q
    2. Shira 7/10 Q
    3. Traffic 7-/10/10 Q
    4. Uudo Sepp 6.5/10 Q
    5. Uku Suviste 5/10 Q
    6. Inger 5/10 Q
    7. Ziggy Wild 5/10
    8. German & Violina 4-/10
    9. Merilin Mälk 3+/10
    10. Mariliis Jõgeva 3+/10
    11. Janet 3/10
    12. Viinerid 2/10

    Seems like I agree with the qualifiers same as in semi 1 with the exception of Rasmus getting Reval’s spot. But even if I find results fair this is the worst Eesti Laul EVER! (Who could’ve thought the average of all 24 EL hopefuls would be at 4.75 !!!?)

    In the Final I support Anett & Fredi but that doesn’t say much…

  14. And Finally MF 3

    Weak on every level. Mariette is a seasoned performer bringing to life boring songs. Mohombi isn’t. I doubt SVT believes in him either given his very uninspired stage show. Faith was sweet and I could support her entry more but those lyrics were cringey
    Amanda is the only other thing worth mentioning here, even if she got totally lost in MF bubble.

    1. Mariette 6/10
    2. Amanda Aasa 6/10
    3. Faith Kakembo 5/10
    4. Mohombi 5-/10
    5. Drängarna 4/10
    6. Anis Don Demina 3/10
    7. Albin Johnsén 3/10

    Dotter is winning this. Mark my words!

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