Things a warming up in the middle of  winter, as a total of 5 national selection shows take place today.  Moldova’s live auditions kick off today in seek for the country’s Eurovision 2020 act while  later in the evening we will watch the 1st semi final of Melodifestivalen in Sweden, the 4th semi final of Norway’s MGP,  the first semi final of Lithuania’s selection  (Pabandom iš naujo) and the first semi final of  The Next Star in Israel. Check out below each show’s details: 

Moldova – Live Auditions

The  live auditions of Moldova’s Eurovision 2020 candidates kick off today. The process begins at 14:00 CET and will be aired live on TRM2. In the show  36 candidates will be performing before a jury that will determine the next Eurovision represeetative.

The 36 act to perform in the national selection auditions are :

  1. Pelageya Stefoglo – Empathy
  2. Maria Ciolac Our home
  3. Viorela Moraru Remedy
  4. Dima Jelezoglo Do it slow
  5. LANJERON Hi Five
  6. Nicolae Untilă Call me please
  7. Vovian 10 minuni în Moldova
  8. Maxim Zavidia Take control
  9. Valentin Uzun si Irina Kovalsky Moldoviţa
  10. Diana Popa Believe me
  11. Danny Cruise My love
  12. Olea Roşu Alive
  13. Catarina Sandu Die for you
  14. Ray Barc I’m shy
  15. Tudor Bumbac Te-am vazut în vis pe tine
  16. Georgeta Burlacu Răspunde!
  17. Sasha Bognibov Big brother 
  18. Katerina S We are done 
  19. Sasha Letty Summer of love
  20. Live Beat Love me now 
  21. Valeria Paşa It’s time 
  22. Liusia Znamensky Love no more 
  23. Julia Ilienko ft. Mishel Dar Tears 
  24. Natalia Gordienko Prison 
  25. Petronela Donciu si Portărescu Andreea We will be legend 
  26. Carolina Rakoviţă Dancing in the sunrise 
  27. Angel Kiss My Own Queen 
  28. Angel Kiss – You are my dance 
  29. Lavinia Rusu Touch 
  30. Irina Kit Chain Reaction
  31. Alexandru Cibotaru Cine te-a facut să plîngi 
  32. Midone Denis Like a champion 
  33. Pasha Parfeny My wine 
  34. Lave Wildfire
  35. Diana Brescan Let’s go together 
  36. Diana Rotaru Dale dale 

Among the candidates we see a few Eurovision past participants such as  Natalia Gordienko (Loca – 2006 – 20th place) with Dimitris Kontopoulos and Philip Kirkorov behind her entry,  Pasha Parfeny (Lăutar – 2012 – 11th place) and Geta Burlacu (Α century of love – 2008 – 12th in the semi final ). Also we will see Midone Denis who represented Moldova at Junior Eurovision 2012.

Behind the song Die For You by Catarina Sandu is the greekswedish composer Dimitris Stassos  who had written the Greek ESC 2012 entry Aphrodisiac for Eleftheria Eleftheriou and the entry La noche es para mí for  Soraya (Spain 2009). Nikos Sophis, composer at past national selection entries in several countries,  is behind Maxim Zavidia’s entry , Take Control

The live auditions will begin at 14:00 CET and you can watch it HERE


Sweden – 1st Semi final

The Swedish national selection starts tonight as Melodifestivalen, kicks off with its first semi final. The show will take place at Saab Arena in Linköping, while host of the event will be  Lina HedlundLinnea Henriksson and David Sundin. In this evening’s 1st semi final we will see 7 acts compete for the two spots that lead directy to the final and two more to the second chance round.

The seven entries that will take the stage tonight are:

  1. The mamas – Move
  2. Suzi P – Moves
  3. Robin Bengtsson – Take a chance
  4. Malou Prytz – Ballerina
  5. OVÖ – Inga problem
  6. Sonja Aldén – Sluta aldrig gå
  7. Felix Sandman – Boys with emotions

In this semi final we see  the Swedish ESC 2017 representative Robin Bengtsson who represnted Sweden with his entry “I Can’t Go On” (5th place). In the same semi final we see Malou PrytzFelix Sandman and Sonja Aldén, all past Melodifestivalen participants. Additionally, The mamas were the backing vocalists of last year’s participation.

The voting process incuded two rounds, both in which only the public votes. In the first round the five acts with the most votes qualify to a second round of public voting. The first two acts in this seconsd round qualify directy to the final while the 3rd and 4th will compete in the second chance round.

You can watch the Melodifestivalen semi final show at 20:00 CET  HERE


Norway – 4th semi final show

The Norwegian national selection continues to unfold with the 4th semi final of the Melodi Grand Prix. The show will take place at H3 Arena in Fornebu and will be presented to us by Kåre Magnus BerghIngrid Gjessing Linhave and Ronny Brede Aase.

While a professional jury of experts has already selected 5 acts that have already prequalified to the final, the rest 5 spots in the final will be filled in by the winners of the five semi final rounds. After the first three semi final rounds for MGP 2020, the selection moves on to the 4th semi final round in order to determine one more MGP 2020 finalist . On stage will appear one more prequalified finalist, Ulrikke to perform her entry Attention.

The 4 contestants of the 4th MGP semi final (Western Norway), are the following:

Among the contestants we see Magnus Bokn and his entry Over The Sea composer of which is  Alexander Rybakwinner of Eurovision 2019  with his song Fairytale and Norway’s representative in ESC 2018 with the song That’s how you write a song (15th place). Additionally  Joakim With Steen aka JOWST represented Norway in 2017 with the song Grab the monent (10th place).

As in every semi final we will see the four acts compete in duels. The two winners from each duel will battle in a final  Gold Duel, from which the winer will win the ticket for the MGP final. .

The 4th Melodi Grand Prix 2020, begins at 19:50 CET and you can watch it HERE 


Lithuania – First semi final

The Lithuanian national selection after its qualifying round has reached its first semi final show of  Pabandom iš naujo. Host of the night are  Gabrielė Martirosian and Giedrius Masalskis, alongside with the country’s ESC 2018 representative, Ieva Zasimauskaitė.

The first set of 9 acts that had qualified from the qualifying rounds will compete in tonight’s semi final show:

  1. KaYra – Alligator
  2. Viktorija Miškūnaitė – The Ocean
  3. Baltos Varnos – Namų dvasia
  4. Rūta Loop – We Came from the Sun
  5. Gabrielius Vagelis – Tave čia randu
  6. THE ROOP – On Fire
  7. Kristina Jure – My Sound of Silence
  8. Alen Chicco – Somewhere Out There
  9. Aistė Pilvelytė – Unbreakable

From these nine only 4 will qualify to the final. The outcome will be determined by a jury (50%) made up by Darius UžkuraitisGerūta GriniūtėGiedrė KilčiauskienėVaidotas Stackevičius and Leon Somov, and by the publoc vote (50%) .

The first semi final show is set to start at 20:00 CET and you can watch it HERE 


Israel – First Semi final

The first semi final show of The Next Star in Israel will take place tonight in order to determien the first two finalists of the show, through which the country will be selecting its Eurovision 2020 act.

In today’s semi final show we will see the following 4 compete for the two spots:

  • Eden Alene
  • Ella-Lee Lahav
  • Lali Kolishkin
  • Ohad Shragai

The results will be influenced by public voting and the jury votes by a jury consisted of Static & Ben-El TavoriKeren PelesShiri Maimon (ESC Israel 2005) and Assaf Amdursky, while Harel Skaat (Israel 2010) was replace by Itay Levy.

The show begins at 20:15 CET and you can watch it live HERE