Counting from the first Bulgarian heat on 1st October, this was already the 23rd week in the national final season for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. Over the week, a series of live shows were held and we now know another seven entries that will compete in Moscow.
The Israeli national final for Moscow was held on Monday. Noa & Mira Awad presented all four songs and in the end it was decided that the duo will perform the song There must be another way at the Eurovision Song Contest. This song was only the jury favourite, the favourite of the televoters was Will you dance with me.
The full version of the Azeri entry was finally presented on Tuesday. AySel & Arash have already presented Always in the national finals of Russia and Slovakia on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
- You can read more here.
The Russian national final for Moscow was held in Moscow on Saturday. 16 acts competed in the lengthy show and it was decided that Ukrainian singer Anastasiya Prikhodko, who was added to the line-up only shortly before the final, will get the chance to represent Russia on homeground. Her song is called Mamo and was performed in Russian and Ukrainian.
The last three spots in the finalof the Swedish national final for Moscow were filled on Saturday during the second chance round. From the eight competing acts, the televoters chose to give Sarah Dawn Finer and Caroline af Ugglas another chance. The international jury then decided to give its wildcard to Sofia with her song Alla.
The semi final and final of Beovizija 2009 were held on Saturday and Sunday respectively. After some confusion with the voting and two changes in the line-up, at the end of the national final it was decided that Marko Kon & Milan Nikolic will represent the country in 2009 with the song Cipela. The entry was the favourite of the jury but only seen in fourth place by the televoters.
- You can find the live report of the semi final here.
- You can find the complete results of the national final here.
- You can find the live report of the final here.
- You can find the complete results of the final here.
The Estonian national final for Moscow was held on Saturday. Ten acts competed in the show Eesti laul 2009 and eventually, Urban Symphony were chosen to represent Estonia in 2009 with the song Rändajad. The original favourite of the televoters, Laura, was already eliminated after the first round because of a low jury vote.
The Ukrainian national final was held on Sunday. 14 acts competed and after almost four hours it was announced that Svetlana Loboda will go to Moscow with her song Be my Valentine. She has to follow in the footsteps of Verka Serduchka and Ani Lorak, who gave the country two second places in a row.
After five semi finals, the national final was held in Slovakia. 16 acts competed and in the end it was decided that Kamil Mikulcík & Nela Pocisková will go to Moscow with their song Let' tmou, which was the favourite of both the jury and the televoters. Slovakia willtake part in the contest for the first time since 1998.
Week 24: A preview
|Tuesday, 10th March||Belgium||song presentation|
|Saturday, 14th March||Sweden||national final|
The latest seven songs chosen for Moscow: