Following this year’s cancellation of Eurovision 2020, the Swedish broadcaster, SVT, is airing an alternative Eurovision program. Within this schedule the first round of the special show Inför ESC was broadcasted the weekend selecting the top ESC 2020 entries.  

Last Saturday night SVT aired the first show of   Inför ESC during which the audience had the chance to votes for the qualifying countries for the second final show. The show was hosted by  Christer Björkman and the comedian David Sundin.

Once all votes were counted the 19 countries with the most votes qualified to Thursday’s final round where they will be joining the Big 5 countries and the host ESC 2020 nation.

Here are the entries that made it to the next round:

  1. Azerbaijan (Efendi – Cleopatra)
  2. United Kingdom (James Newman – My Last Breath)
  3. Denmark (Ben & Tan – Yes)
  4. Estonia (Uku Suviste – What Love Is)
  5. Australia (Montaigne – Don’t Break Me)
  6. Lithuania (The Roop – On Fire)
  7. The Netherlands (Jeangu Macrooy – Grow)
  8. Spain (Blas Cantó – Universo)
  9. Poland (Alicja – Empires)
  10. Germany (Ben Dolic – Violent Things)
  11. Belgium (Hooverphonic – Release Me)
  12. Iceland  (Daði & Gagnamagnið – Think About Things)
  13. Norway (Ulrikke – Attention)
  14. Ireland (Lesley Roy – Story Of My Life)
  15. France (Tom Leeb – Mon Alliée)
  16. Malta (Destiny – All Of My Love)
  17. Finland (Aksel Kankaanranta – Looking Back)
  18. Bulgaria (Victoria – Tears Getting Sober)
  19. Georgia (Tornike Kipiani – Take Me As I Am)
  20. Greece (Stefania – Supergirl)
  21. Switzerland (Gjon’s Tears – Répondez-moi)
  22. Austria (Vincent Bueno – Alive)
  23. Israel (Eden Alene – Feker Libi)
  24. Italia (Diodato – Fai Rumore)
  25. Russia (Little Big – Uno)

The next round is set for this Thursday during which we will this year’s Sweden’s Eurovision 2020 acts, The Mamas, perform live their ESC entry, Move.