National Finals 2021: Fifth Super Saturday


It’s become a classic on ET, 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.

Estonia – ERR, the Estonian broadcaster, will conclude the search for its entry for Rotterdam 2021 tonight, with the Grand Final of Eesti Laul, the national final. It will feature 12 songs and a Superfinal!

The country revealed late in 2020 the 24 songs taking part in this year’s Eesti Laul. The semifinals were held on February 18th and 20th with 6 acts making it out in each of them. Tonight’s show will be hosted by Karl-Erik Taukar and Tõnis Niinemets. This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Egert MilderFree Again
  2. Suured tüdrukudHeaven’s Not That Far Tonight
  3. Hans NaynaOne By One
  4. Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, SupernovaMa olen siin
  5. Karl KillingKiss Me
  6. Uku SuvisteThe Lucky One
  7. SissiTime
  8. Jüri PootsmannMagus melanhoolia
  9. RedelTartu
  10. Koit ToomeWe Could Have Been Beautiful
  11. Andrei Zevakin & PluutoWingman
  12. Kadri VoorandEnergy

In a first round of voting, the Top 3 with 50% televote and 50% juries will qualify to the final. Then the Superfinal is 100% televote!

The show starts at 18:30 CET and can be watched here.


Sweden – It’s the most anticipated National Final within the Eurovision Fandom and it resumes tonight with their infamous Andra Chasen round. Melodifestivalen is finally back!

Eight Acts will take to the stage at Stockholm’s Annexet hall and will compete for the chance to make the grand final on March 13th. The winner of each duel will reach the grand final. Each show will be hosted by Christer Björkman, for his last MF as a producer (after he took over in 2002 and lead Sweden to two victories) and guest co-hosts. Tonight, Shirley Clamp.

The duels for tonight are:

  1. Alvaro EstrellaBaila Baila VS LillasysterPretender
  2. Frida Green The Silence VS Paul ReyThe Missing Piece
  3. Eva Rydberg & Ewa RoosRena rama ding dong VS Clara KlingenströmBehöver inte dig idag
  4. Klara HammarströmBeat of Broken Hearts VS Efraim Leo Best of Me

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


Denmark – DR, the national broadcaster, will host the Grand Final of Melodi Grand Prix 2021, the national final! 8 acts compete for the chance to represent Denmark in Rotterdam!

Tonight’s show will be hosted at the DR Headquarters in Copenhagen by Tina Müller and Martin Brygmann.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Nanna Olivia“Hvileløse hjerter”
  2. Fyr & Flamme“Øve os på hinanden”
  3. Chief 1 & Thomas Buttenschøn“Højt over skyerne”
  4. Mike Tramp“Everything Is Alright”
  5. Claudia Campagnol“Abracadabra”
  6. The Cosmic Twins“Silver Bullet”
  7. Emma Nicoline“Står lige her”
  8. Jean Michel“Beautiful”

In a first round of voting, the Top 3 with 50% televote and 50% juries will qualify to the final. Then the Superfinal is 100% televote!

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


Italy – RAI, the national broadcaster, will conclude  San Remo 2021 tonight, a contest which will serve once more as a means to select the Italian act for Eurovision.

26 acts will take part, among them 2 recent Italian Eurovision acts, Francesca Michielin (16th in 2016 after she got second in SR) and Ermal Meta (5th in 2018 with Fabrizio Moro) and a few returnees, like Ghemon, Irama orLo Stato Sociale. The shows started February 2nd and we got a “Serata” each night this week.

Tonight’s show will be hosted by Karl-Erik Taukar and Tõnis Niinemets

Here’s the full line-up as tonight’s draw isn’t know yet:

  • Aiello“Ora”
  • Annalisa“Dieci”
  • Arisa“Potevi fare di più”
  • Bugo“E invece sì”
  • Colapesce & Dimartino“Musica leggerissima”
  • Coma_Cose“Fiamme negli occhi”
  • Ermal Meta“Un milione di cose da dirti”
  • Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo“Bianca luce nera”
  • Fasma“Parlami”
  • Francesca Michielin & Fedez“Chiamami per nome”
  • Francesco Renga“Quando trovo te”
  • Fulminacci“Santa Marinella”
  • Gaia“Cuore amaro”
  • Ghemon“Momento perfetto”
  • Gio Evan“Arnica”
  • Irama“La genesi del tuo colore”
  • La Rappresentante di Lista“Amare”
  • Lo Stato Sociale“Combat Pop”
  • Madame“Voce”
  • Malika Ayane“Ti piaci così”
  • Måneskin“Zitti e buoni”
  • Max Gazzè & La Trifluoperazina Monstery Band“Il farmacista”
  • Noemi“Glicine”
  • Orietta Berti“Quando ti sei innamorato”
  • Random“Torno a te”
  • Willie Peyote“Mai dire mai (La locura)”

Voting during the five evenings (first round):

  • First evening: demoscopic jury
  • Second evening: demoscopic jury
  • Third evening: music and singers of the Sanremo orchestra
  • Fourth evening: jury of the press room (TV, Radio and Web)
  • Fifth evening: Televote

Tonight, 3 superfinalists will be revealed based on all votes. The final results between the three will be determined by 34% televote, 33% jury of the press, 33% demoscopic jury. The official Eurovision site says, “expect the final result in the early hours of Sunday morning”…

The show starts at 21h00 CET and you can watch it here.


Portugal – RTP, the national broadcaster in charge of the national final, will host the Grand Final of  Festival da Canção 2021! 10 artists will battle the chance to represent Portugal in Rotterdam!

A total of six hosts will present the shows: 2 for each shows: Jorge Gabriel and Sonia Araujo (first semi-final); José Carlos Malato and Tânia Ribas de Oliveira (second semi-final); Filomena Cautela and Vasco Palmeirim (grand final). In the end, it’s Inês Lopes Gonçalves whom the people will see the most, as she’ll be the green host through all shows.

The Final will be hosted at the RTP studios in Lisbon. This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Karetus & Romeu BairosSaudade
  2. Joana AlegreJoana do Mar
  3. Fábia MaiaDia lindo
  4. ValériaNa mais profunda saudade
  5. Carolina DeslandesPor um triz
  6. NEEVDancing in The Stars
  7. Pedro GonçalvesNão vou ficar
  8. Sara AfonsoContramão
  9. EU.CLIDESVolte-face
  10. The Black Mamba Love Is On My Side

The show starts at 22:00 CET and you can watch it here.

1,290 thoughts on “National Finals 2021: Fifth Super Saturday

  1. A lot of talk about Madame and “Voce” : A very interesting artist and an eccentric song but I am not sure I enjoy the vocals tbh.

  2. Finally something new for Italy in esc if they go! But I do prefer BC from Finland in teh genre. If they go full punk in esc (Italian entries tend to look worse in esc than in SR because of the orchestra, but obviously this isn’t true for such a song), they can get televote with them (but lower than Hatari who were way more memorable) but juries can kill them as they did Hatari! Once more, can this take “some” votes from Iceland and Lithuania in the “it’s different” category (regardless of genre and aesthetics)?

  3. Listened to the final reprise and my opinion kind of improved. It is a very impactful and passionate live even for rock norms and that will make it memorable. The bridge is the strongest part but the chorus gets repetitive and tiring.
    I am not sure IF they (he?) to go to esc how they will fare.

  4. A surprising SR winner. Have demographics moved to younger ages there? It’s another case of performance outshining a ptretty basic song. Out of the 3 superfinalists, this would have the biggest potential in esc but I doubt ITA will trouble top 10 this year (when there’s already FIN)
    Ideal scenario is they decline and we get Irama or the Italo Empire of the Sun :P

  5. On MF – Clara and Paul are in the final. :) They and The Mamas have my top 3 songs there. These ones sound alive and kicking. Will the 3 ladies manage to upstet Mr. B’s plans again? He clearly wants them out of the picture. Everything is ready for Tusse’s and Dotter’s flimsy songs and vocals. Saade’s song would work better with an actual singer and a less pretentious stage presentation. The plot thickens. :)

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