As the deadline of song-submission getting closer, more and more countries start their selections. This week, Greece chose its entry; Ireland will choose; Romania will kick off its selection process, meanwhile Estonia, Hungary and Sweden continue their selections.
Yesterday, Greece decided, and the night brought luck to Koza Mostra feat. Agathonas, therefore they are going to wave the Greek flag in Malmö in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
On Friday (22 February) – Ireland will select its entry for the contest in Eurosong 2013 on The Late Late Show. The representative will be chosen by 50/50 televote-jury combined system. You can find the five songs that will compete in the Irish selection here.
The line-up will be the following:
- Kasey – Kiss me there
- Inchequin – Son kez / The last time
- Aimée Fitzpatrick – Crashing down
- ZoeAlexis Bohorquez – Fire
- Ryan Dolan – Only love survives
Two countries are going to air their semi-finals both on Saturday and Sunday (23 and 24 February) :
Romania will kick off its selection on 23 February and continues it on the following evening. 16 songs will be performed during both nights, the six most voted song will qualify from both semi-finals to the Grand Final, which will be held on 9 March.
Romania is going to use a system of 50/50 televote-jury combination. You can listen to the Romanian line-up here – you can also find the running order of the selection.
Hungary shortlisted from 30 to 18 songs during the last three Saturdays. A total of 18 songs will be heard in both semi-finals (9 in each).
The jury panel will be saving its 2 favourites, and then, the viewers will be able to save two more songs out of the seven remaining acts. The running order of the semi-finals will be posted later on esctoday.com.
You can find which 18 songs qualified to the semi-finals here. After the weekend, we will know which 8 songs will be in the final night, which will be held on 2 March.
Two more countries are going to stage semi-finals on Saturday (23 February):
The Swedish selection, Melodifestivalen, will see its last heat. 8 songs will be competing during the evening. Two more songs will qualify directly to the Stockholm final which will be held on 9 March. The third and fourth placed songs will get another chance in the Second Chance round, which is going to be staged in Karlstad, on 2 March. You will be able to watch Melodifestivalen on SVT1, SVT World, SVT HD and online as well. The snippets of each song will be made public on Thursday.
The line-up in the fourst round of Swedish selection will be the following:
- Army of Lovers – Rockin’ the ride
(Alexander Bard, Henrik Wikstrom, Per QX, Andreas Ohrn, Jean-Pierre Barda)
- Lucia Pinera – Must be love
(Peter Kvint, Jonas Myrin)
- Robin Stjernberg – You
(Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas)
- Sylvia Vrethammar – Trivialiter
(Thomas G:son, Calle Kindbom, Mats Tarnfors)
- Ralf Gyllenhammar – Bed on fire
(Ralf Gyllenhammar, David Wilhelmsson)
- Therese Fredenwall – Breaking the silence
(Terese Fredenwall, Simon Petren)
- Behrang Miri – Jalla dansa salwa
(Behrang Miri, Anderz Wrethov, Firas Razak Tuma, Tacfarinas Yamoun)
- Ulrik Munther – Tell the world I’m here
(Peter Bostrom, Thomas G:son, Ulrik Munther)
Six songs qualified to the final so far, and four more will be joining in the next two weeks.
Estonia will also stage the second semi-final of its selection process, Eesti Laul. 10 songs will be performed in Estonia during the evening, of which 5 will qualify to the final that is going to be held on 2 March in Tallinn. Estonia will use a 50/50 televote-jury system when deciding the five qualifiers. The five winners will join last week’s qualifiers. You can listen all songs and their lyrics on the broadcaster’s site. Of course, you will be able to watch the show on the Estonian Broadcaster’s stream online.
These songs will be fighting in Estonia on Saturday:
- Liisi Koikson ja Söörömöö – Üle vee
- Birgit Õigemeel – Et uus saaks alguse
- Tenfold Rabbit – Balance of water & stone
- Liis Lemsalu – Uhhuu
- Marie Vaigla – Maybe
- Facelift Deer – Dance
- Rolf Roosalu – With u
- Flank – Missing light
- Neogeen – Lune sournoise
- Põhja-Tallinn – Meil on aega veel
Stay tuned for all the links, results of the weekend’s selections!