Selection Weekend: Hungary and Romania kick off their 2018 search

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As more and more shows are set to kick off over the coming days and weeks, we’ve compiled a list of this weekend’s shows set to air across Europe and beyond with some more information about each event.

This weekend sees a total of 5 shows taking place; whilst 3 countries will be continuing their search, 2 nations are set to begin their Eurovision journey to find their next representatives at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

It’s a weekend filled with heats and semi-finals. Let’s have a look at which shows will be airing over the next 2 days!

Saturday shows

We begin with the first day of the weekend, in which 3 shows will be airing across the continent. Which show will you be watching?

Lithuania: Eurovizija 2018 – 20:00 CET (21:00 local time)

The Baltic nation continues their search this evening with the second heat of the Lithuanian national selection, Eurovizija 2018.

In total, 12 artists will be competing in tonight’s show, hoping to earn their place in the next stage of the competition.

Six acts will qualify in the selection, each of whom will be determined via a combined 50/50 public-jury vote. They will join last week’s 6 qualifiers, with more set to advance in the coming weeks of the competition.

Hungary: A Dal 2018 – 20:30 CET

The search is on to find Hungary’s next representative at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest as the country’s selection kicks off this evening.

With the first heat of A Dal to air tonight, a total of 10 acts will be competing in this evening’s competition, 6 of which will proceed to the semi-final stage.

The first 5 qualifiers will be determined by a 50/50 televote and jury vote, whilst the sixth and final qualifier will be decided purely by a public vote.

In total, 18 artists will advance from the heat stage of A Dal and compete in the semi-finals of the Hungarian national selection.

According to our poll, Gabi Knoll and her entry Nobody to die for is your favourite of tonight’s show. Will she advance from the first A Dal heat?

France: Destination Eurovision 2018 – 20:55 CET

One semi-final down, one more to go! Tonight sees the second semi-final of the highly anticipated Destination Eurovision 2018 show taking place in France.

The remaining 9 artists will be performing for a place in the final of the selection next week, however only 4 spots remaining.

The final 4 qualifiers will be determined via a combined French and International jury panel, with the top acts of the night advancing to the final next Saturday.

Eight artists will be competing to represent France at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in next week’s grand final.

According to our poll, you’re most looking forward to hearing the full version of June The Girl’s song, Same. We’ll see if June The Girl advances in this evening’s semi-final.

Continuing into Sunday

It doesn’t end there, as a further 2 shows will air the following night. Semi-finals and duels are set to take place; let’s look into which countries will start and continue their Eurovision search.

Israel: The Next Star – 20:00 CET (21:00 local time)

Moving on to another night of duels in Israel’s The Next Star this evening, as a further 6 artists will be competing for the right to represent the nation at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Whilst 6 artists will perform, only 5 will advance to the next part of the competition.

The artists will be split into 3 initial duels at the start, where the first 3 qualifiers will be determined. The remaining 3 artists will compete in one final duel, however one act will be eliminated from the selection.

Sunday’s qualifiers will join last week’s top 5 acts and will continue their journey in the competition.

Romania: Selecția Națională 2018 – 20:00 CET (21:00 local time)

Romania is set to kick off their search for their Eurovision representative on Sunday, with the first semi-final of the country’s national selection taking place.

Twelve artists will be competing in tonight’s semi-final show, however only 3 spots are open in the final of the competition, meaning that we’ll say goodbye to 9 acts in the first show.

The 3 finalists will be determined via the jury panel, who will judge and assess each of the entries by the performance they see onstage.

In total, 15 artists will compete in the Selecția Națională 2018 final on the 25 February, with the remaining finalists to be decided in the four semi-finals to follow.

Which show are you most forward to watching this weekend? Let us know!

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