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SongHunt 2020 – Heat 4

SongHunt 2020 – Heat 4

The SongHunt continues!

After Heat 3 last week, our quest to find the best song from the 2020 national final season now continues with Heat 4.

As usual, each heat features 12 songs: nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows as voted for in the #esc chat, and three editors’ choices. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday. A video playlist with the participating songs can be found below the poll in case you need a reminder.



Want to know more? You can see the full qualification list for SongHunt 2020 here!

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Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

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The View from San Francisco: Another Summer Night

In the second part of her ESC 2019 review, Shi looks at the differing arcs of the returning artists, what made Duncan’s winning reprise so special – and the delegations that made things unnecessarily hard for themselves…

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After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

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Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

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Who's up in this week's SongHunt heat? It's:

Simon Vadnjal 🇸🇮
Katrīna Dimanta 🇱🇻
Blasted 🇵🇹
Klara Jazbec 🇸🇮
Jakob Karlberg 🇸🇪
Mariliis Jõgeva 🇪🇪
Khayat 🇺🇦
Lina Kuduzović 🇸🇮
Moniqué 🇱🇹
Magnus Bokn 🇳🇴
Krutь 🇺🇦
Imset 🇸🇮

Vote for your three favourites now!

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Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

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SongHunt 2020 – Heat 3

SongHunt 2020 – Heat 3

The SongHunt continues!

After Heat 2 last week, our quest to find the best song from the 2020 national final season now continues with Heat 3.

As usual, each heat features 12 songs: nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows as voted for in the #esc chat, and three editors’ choices. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday. A video playlist with the participating songs can be found below the poll in case you need a reminder.



Want to know more? You can see the full qualification list for SongHunt 2020 here!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Join the Chat!

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Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

read more

The View from San Francisco: Another Summer Night

In the second part of her ESC 2019 review, Shi looks at the differing arcs of the returning artists, what made Duncan’s winning reprise so special – and the delegations that made things unnecessarily hard for themselves…

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more

Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Who's up in this week's SongHunt heat? It's:

Simon Vadnjal 🇸🇮
Katrīna Dimanta 🇱🇻
Blasted 🇵🇹
Klara Jazbec 🇸🇮
Jakob Karlberg 🇸🇪
Mariliis Jõgeva 🇪🇪
Khayat 🇺🇦
Lina Kuduzović 🇸🇮
Moniqué 🇱🇹
Magnus Bokn 🇳🇴
Krutь 🇺🇦
Imset 🇸🇮

Vote for your three favourites now!

https://t.co/AUoLaFXMKe

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

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SongHunt 2020 – Heat 1

SongHunt 2020 – Heat 1

Let the SongHunt begin!

It’s time for us to find the best song from the 2020 Eurovision national final season – and logically enough, our quest starts with Heat 1.

As usual, each heat features 12 songs: nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows as voted for in the #esc chat, and three editors’ choices. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



Want to know more? You can see the full qualification list for SongHunt 2020 here!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Join the Chat!

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Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

read more

The View from San Francisco: Another Summer Night

In the second part of her ESC 2019 review, Shi looks at the differing arcs of the returning artists, what made Duncan’s winning reprise so special – and the delegations that made things unnecessarily hard for themselves…

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more

Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Who's up in this week's SongHunt heat? It's:

Simon Vadnjal 🇸🇮
Katrīna Dimanta 🇱🇻
Blasted 🇵🇹
Klara Jazbec 🇸🇮
Jakob Karlberg 🇸🇪
Mariliis Jõgeva 🇪🇪
Khayat 🇺🇦
Lina Kuduzović 🇸🇮
Moniqué 🇱🇹
Magnus Bokn 🇳🇴
Krutь 🇺🇦
Imset 🇸🇮

Vote for your three favourites now!

https://t.co/AUoLaFXMKe

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

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The allocation draw for ESC 2020

The allocation draw for ESC 2020

It’s that time of year again! Never mind the Albanian final or the slow trickle of news about internal selections – the allocation draw for the forthcoming ESC is when we really know the on-season is underway, even if (as always) there’s only so much we can really learn from the outcome at this early stage.

This afternoon saw the allocation draw for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest taking place at the City Hall in Rotterdam. As in recent years, the countries had previously been divided into “pots” based on their voting history with the aim of ensuring a balanced spread across the two semi-finals. To allow the delegations to make their travel plans based on the preliminary rehearsal schedule, the participating countries were also assigned to either the first or second half of the respective show.

We also discovered that, with an uneven number of countries (41) taking part this year, the first semi-final will have 17 entries and the second will be notionally more competitive with 18.

The draw was as follows:

SEMI-FINAL 1 SEMI-FINAL 2
First half First half
Australia
Belarus
Ireland
Lithuania
North Macedonia
Russia
Slovenia
Sweden
Austria
Czech Republic
Estonia
Greece
Iceland
Moldova
Poland
San Marino
Serbia
Second half Second half
Azerbaijan
Belgium
Croatia
Cyprus
Israel
Malta
Norway
Romania
Ukraine
Albania
Armenia
Bulgaria
Denmark
Finland
Georgia
Latvia
Portugal
Switzerland

The “big five” countries and the Netherlands, who are already qualified for the grand final, were also assigned to the semi-finals that they are required to broadcast and vote in:

Germany, Italy and the Netherlands will vote in the first semi-final on Tuesday 12 May.
France, Spain and the United Kingdom will vote in the second semi-final on Thursday 14 May.

As has been the case since ESC 2013, the exact order of performance will be decided by the producers once all the entries have been chosen, the aim being to create a varied and interesting running order.

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Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

read more

The View from San Francisco: Another Summer Night

In the second part of her ESC 2019 review, Shi looks at the differing arcs of the returning artists, what made Duncan’s winning reprise so special – and the delegations that made things unnecessarily hard for themselves…

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more

Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Who's up in this week's SongHunt heat? It's:

Simon Vadnjal 🇸🇮
Katrīna Dimanta 🇱🇻
Blasted 🇵🇹
Klara Jazbec 🇸🇮
Jakob Karlberg 🇸🇪
Mariliis Jõgeva 🇪🇪
Khayat 🇺🇦
Lina Kuduzović 🇸🇮
Moniqué 🇱🇹
Magnus Bokn 🇳🇴
Krutь 🇺🇦
Imset 🇸🇮

Vote for your three favourites now!

https://t.co/AUoLaFXMKe

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

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Arilena Ara wins the Albanian ticket to ESC 2020!

Arilena Ara wins the Albanian ticket to ESC 2020!

She already won Albanian X Factor a few years ago, and now Arilena Ara will represent her country at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam!

The 58th edition of Festivali i Këngës served as the Albanian preselection for ESC 2020, as well as our traditional pre-Christmas warm-up into the new season. Over several nights and in the reliable company of the RTSH orchestra and neverending advert breaks, our chatters in the #esc chat also reconvened for the new year and flexed their voting fingers as usual.

Their favourite was also the overall favourite of the jury, and so the first entry chosen for the first Eurovision Song Contest of the new decade is “Shaj” by Arilena Ara – written by the team behind last year’s North Macedonian outperformer “Proud”, among many other things.

A certain section of online fandom will forever claim that runner-up Elvana Gjata’s “Me tana” was robbed – and indeed, as the full jury results published by broadcaster RTSH show, all three of the foreign jurors had Elvana in first place. The two Albanian jury members chose to vote her down, however, paving the way for Arilena’s victory.

See what you think of the Albanian choice below – the crowd in the hall certainly seemed to enjoy it!

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Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

read more

The View from San Francisco: Another Summer Night

In the second part of her ESC 2019 review, Shi looks at the differing arcs of the returning artists, what made Duncan’s winning reprise so special – and the delegations that made things unnecessarily hard for themselves…

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more

Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Who's up in this week's SongHunt heat? It's:

Simon Vadnjal 🇸🇮
Katrīna Dimanta 🇱🇻
Blasted 🇵🇹
Klara Jazbec 🇸🇮
Jakob Karlberg 🇸🇪
Mariliis Jõgeva 🇪🇪
Khayat 🇺🇦
Lina Kuduzović 🇸🇮
Moniqué 🇱🇹
Magnus Bokn 🇳🇴
Krutь 🇺🇦
Imset 🇸🇮

Vote for your three favourites now!

https://t.co/AUoLaFXMKe

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

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SongHunt 2020: Full results

SongHunt 2020: Full results

This page contains the full qualification list for SongHunt 2020 based on our votes in the chat, plus an overview of the heats and later rounds.

The number in brackets is the average score from the chat voting.

Red coloured titles are Eurovision entries (banned from entering SongHunt).
Green coloured titles are the songs that will enter the next heat according to the current standings.
Grey coloured titles are ineligible due to the national final format but are included here for completeness.
Bold titles are songs that have already taken part in a SongHunt heat.
[EC] after the title indicates that the song reached a SongHunt heat as an editors’ choice.
[SC] after the title indicates that the song was also given a second chance in Heat 8 having previously been eliminated.

[—] indicates that no one in the chat rated the songs in this show.


 

    1. [8.40] The Roop – On Fire (Lithuania)
    2. [8.40] KaYra – Alligator (Lithuania)
    3. [7.91] Ulrikke Brandstorp – Attention (Norway)
    4. [7.78] Arilena Ara – Shaj (Albania)
    5. [7.67] Sara Bajraktari – Ajër (Albania)
    6. [7.53] Ana Soklič – Voda (Slovenia)
    7. [7.33] Albert Černý – Lucy (Poland)
    8. [7.12] Olga Lounová – Dark Water (Czech Republic)
    9. [7.06] Tone Damli – Hurts Sometimes (Norway)
    10. [6.97] Go-A – Solovey (Ukraine)
    11. [6.95] Jaguar Jonze – Rabbit Hole (Australia)
    12. [6.92] Klara Jazbec – Stop The World (Slovenia)
    13. [6.91] Didrik & Emil – Out Of Air (Norway)
    14. [6.90] ANNNA – Polyester (Latvia)
    15. [6.74] Barbora Mochowa – White & Black Holes (Czech Republic)
    16. [6.72] Olta Boka – Botë per dy (Albania)
    17. [6.67] Imset – Femme Fatale (Slovenia)
    18. [6.65] Vanessa Amorosi – Lessons Of Love (Australia)
    19. [6.62] We All Poop – All The Blood (Positive Song Actually) (Czech Republic)
    20. [6.59] Krutь – 99 (Ukraine)
    21. [6.53] Karelll – At Least We’ve Tried (Czech Republic)
    22. [6.47] Raylee – Wild (Norway)
    23. [6.44] TOKIONINE – Save Me (Armenia)
    24. [6.44] Elvana Gjata – Me tana (Albania)
    25. [6.33] Athena Manoukian – Chains On You (Armenia)
    26. [6.31] Akuvi – Som du er (Norway)
    27. [6.31] Miks Dukurs – I’m Falling For You (Latvia)
    28. [6.23] Diana Rouvas – Can We Make Heaven (Australia)
    29. [6.20] Monika Marija – If I Leave (Lithuania)
    30. [6.19] Kristin Husøy – Pray For Me (Norway)
    31. [6.17] Kamela Islamaj – Më ngjyros (Albania)
    32. [6.16] Albërie Hadërgjonaj – Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua (Albania)
    33. [6.14] Edgars Kreilis – Tridymite (Latvia)
    34. [6.11] Lina Kuduzović – Man Like U (Slovenia)
    35. [6.06] Tiri Gjoci – Me gotën bosh (Albania)
    36. [6.05] Didirri – Raw Stuff (Australia)
    37. [6.00] Meandi – DRIP (Lithuania)
    38. [6.00] Moniqué – Make Me Human (Lithuania)
    39. [5.95] Montaigne – Don’t Break Me (Australia)
    40. [5.94] Era Rusi – Eja merre (Albania)
    41. [5.92] Khayat – Call For Love (Ukraine)
    42. [5.85] Katrīna Dimanta – Heart Beats (Latvia)
    43. [5.83] Alicja Szemplińska – Empires (Poland)
    44. [5.82] Simon Vadnjal – Nisi sam (Slovenia)
    45. [5.78] Magnus Bokn – Over The Sea (Norway)
    46. [5.67] Jordan-Ravi – Pushing Stars (Australia)
    47. [5.60] Rūta Loop – We Came From The Sun (Lithuania)
    48. [5.60] Katrīna Bindere – I Will Break Your Heart (Latvia)
    49. [5.50] Valon Shehu – Kutia e Pandorës (Albania)
    50. [5.47] Elis Mraz feat. Čis T – Wanna Be Like (Czech Republic)
    51. [5.43] Kasia Dereń – Count On Me (Poland)
    52. [5.42] Saška – Še kar lovim tvoj nasmeh (Slovenia)
    53. [5.40] Casey Donovan – Proud (Australia)
    54. [5.34] Tinkara Kovač – Forever (Slovenia)
    55. [5.33] Liza Vassilieva – I Am Gay (Norway)
    56. [5.29] Miriam Baghdasaryan – Run Away (Armenia)
    57. [5.17] Manca Berlec – Večnost (Slovenia)
    58. [5.14] Vladimir Arzumanyan – What’s Going On Mama (Armenia)
    59. [5.14] Arthur Aleq – Heaven (Armenia)
    60. [4.97] Parvani Violet – Cupid (Slovenia)
    61. [4.89] David Axelrod – Horizon (Ukraine)
    62. [4.78] Seleste – Like Me (Latvia)
    63. [4.69] Bojken Lako – Malassen (Albania)
    64. [4.68] Pam Rabbit – Get Up (Czech Republic)
    65. [4.59] Benny Cristo – Kemama (Czech Republic)
    66. [4.53] Sondrey – Take My Time (Norway)
    67. [4.44] Gaja Prestor – Verjamem vase (Slovenia)
    68. [4.44] Rein Alexander – One Last Time (Norway)
    69. [4.40] Aistė Pilvelytė – Unbreakable (Lithuania)
    70. [4.35] Robert Berisha – Ajo nuk është unë (Albania)
    71. [4.33] Hayk Music – What It Is To Be In Love (Armenia)
    72. [4.25] Samanta Tīna – Still Breathing (Latvia)
    73. [4.08] Mitch Tambo – Together (Australia)
    74. [4.06] iOTA – Life (Australia)
    75. [4.00] Božidar Wolfand “Wolf” – Maybe Someday (Slovenia)
    76. [4.00] INMATE – The Salt (Slovenia)
    77. [3.81] Gena – Shqiponja e lirë (Albania)
    78. [3.80] The Backs – Fully (Lithuania)
    79. [3.78] Agop – Butterflies (Armenia)
    80. [3.75] Tvorchi – Bonfire (Ukraine)
    81. [3.60] DRIKSNA – Stay (Latvia)
    82. [3.53] Jack Vidgen – I Am King I Am Queen (Australia)
    83. [3.50] Karina EVN – Why? (Armenia)
    84. [3.36] Jerry Heil – Vegan (Ukraine)
    85. [3.36] Sergey & Nikolay Harutyunov – Ha, Take A Step (Armenia)
    86. [3.29] Gabriel Jeeg – It’s Your Turn (Armenia)
    87. [3.14] Bad Habits – Sail With You (Latvia)
    88. [3.08] EVA Rida – No Love (Armenia)
    89. [2.57] ERNA – Life Faces (Armenia)

 

The heats

Heat 1

  • Sara Bajraktari – Ajër (Albania)
  • Olga Lounová – Dark Water (Czech Republic)
  • Barbora Mochowa – White & Black Holes (Czech Republic)
  • Olta Boka – Botë per dy (Albania)
  • We All Poop – All The Blood (Positive Song Actually) (Czech Republic)
  • Karelll – At Least We’ve Tried (Czech Republic)
  • Elvana Gjata – Me tana (Albania)
  • Kamela Islamaj – Më ngjyros (Albania)
  • Albërie Hadërgjonaj – Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua (Albania)
  • Baltos Varnos – Namų dvasia (Lithuania)
  • Hege Bjerk – Pang (Norway)
  • Sonja Aldén – Sluta aldrig gå (Sweden)

Heat 2

  • Jaguar Jonze – Rabbit Hole (Australia)
  • ANNNA – Polyester (Latvia)
  • Vanessa Amorosi – Lessons Of Love (Australia)
  • Miks Dukurs – I’m Falling For You (Latvia)
  • Diana Rouvas – Can We Make Heaven (Australia)
  • Edgars Kreilis – Tridymite (Latvia)
  • Tiri Gjoci – Me gotën bosh (Albania)
  • Didirri – Raw Stuff (Australia)
  • Era Rusi – Eja merre (Albania)
  • Elin & The Woods – We Are As One (Norway)
  • Klara Hammarström – Nobody (Sweden)
  • Katya Chilly – Pich (Ukraine)

Heat 3

  • KaYra – Alligator (Lithuania)
  • Tone Damli – Hurts Sometimes (Norway)
  • Didrik & Emil – Out Of Air (Norway)
  • Raylee – Wild (Norway)
  • TOKIONINE – Save Me (Armenia)
  • Akuvi – Som du er (Norway)
  • Monika Marija – If I Leave (Lithuania)
  • Kristin Husøy – Pray For Me (Norway)
  • Meandi – DRIP (Lithuania)
  • Renate – Videomäng (Estonia)
  • Faith Kakembo – Crying Rivers (Sweden)
  • Matti Matt – Dreyma (Iceland)
Eurovision 2020: It could have been anywhere, but it’s Rotterdam!

Eurovision 2020: It could have been anywhere, but it’s Rotterdam!

After a bidding process lasting many months and amid near-endless speculation, it was announced today that the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the Ahoy arena and conference centre in Rotterdam on 12, 14 and 16 May.

The Netherlands’ second-largest city with a population of over 600,000 and a key part of the vast Randstad economic region, Rotterdam had been in a tightly-fought battle with the other city remaining in the bidding process, Maastricht. The latter was seen as an unlikely candidate on account of its relative lack of hotel rooms and other facilities, but the fact that it made it to the final two was enough to make some people suspect the bid was destined for success – a contest in perhaps the most “European-branded” of all cities at a time of upheaval for the old continent. However, logistics and common sense appear to have prevailed in the end, and Rotterdam 2020 it is.

Of course, many eagle-eyed fans had spotted the official ESC website apparently leaking Rotterdam as the winning bid on Wednesday night, including this image:

Someone behind the scenes moved quickly to create a dummy page for Maastricht too, in an attempt to cover their tracks – but you can’t get anything past Eurovision fans, you know…

Ticketing information, the identity of the hosts and all the rest of the details on ESC 2020 will follow later in the year.

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Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

read more

The View from San Francisco: Another Summer Night

In the second part of her ESC 2019 review, Shi looks at the differing arcs of the returning artists, what made Duncan’s winning reprise so special – and the delegations that made things unnecessarily hard for themselves…

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more

Five milestones in Eurovision history

The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself – but not at the Eurovision Song Contest. We take a look at five milestones in ESC history that changed the nature of the competition.

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Who's up in this week's SongHunt heat? It's:

Simon Vadnjal 🇸🇮
Katrīna Dimanta 🇱🇻
Blasted 🇵🇹
Klara Jazbec 🇸🇮
Jakob Karlberg 🇸🇪
Mariliis Jõgeva 🇪🇪
Khayat 🇺🇦
Lina Kuduzović 🇸🇮
Moniqué 🇱🇹
Magnus Bokn 🇳🇴
Krutь 🇺🇦
Imset 🇸🇮

Vote for your three favourites now!

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Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

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“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti wins SongHunt 2019

“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti wins SongHunt 2019

SongHunt 2019, our season-long poll series to find the best non-winning national final song of the year, has come to an end: “Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti, from the Albanian preselection Festivali i Këngës, has won the grand final!

Based on the votes of our chatters in the #esc chat and supplemented by our editors’ choices, a total of 96 songs took part in the eight SongHunt heats between January and March, followed by four quarter-finals and two semi-finals. The 12-song final was open for the two weeks during and after ESC 2019 itself, and over the past week we have been eliminating one song every day until we got to tonight’s six superfinalists.

In a special event in the chat, our chatters voted in three rounds. Firstly, they chose their favourite of the three lowest-scoring songs from the public vote, which resulted in “Tower Of Babylon” by Lorena Bućan going forward to the next round (with Battista Acquaviva‘s “Passiò” and Electric Fields‘ “2000 And Whatever” dropping out). Next, the four remaining songs were whittled down to two, which meant we said goodbye to Lorena Bućan as well as “En livredd mann” by Mørland.

This resulted in a final head-to-head between Artemisa & Febi and Aly Ryan‘s “Wear Your Love”. In a clear and unequivocal verdict, “Dua te besoj” took the victory and was duly crowned the winner of SongHunt 2019!

It duly follows in the footsteps of “Nefelibata” by MNTHA (2015), “Helpless” by The Hardkiss (2016), “Petale” by Instinct (2017) and “Fără tine” by Dora Gaitanovici (2018) to become our fifth annual SongHunt winner! You can check out the full results of the entire SongHunt 2019 season if you want to see how we got from FiK to here.

And to conclude, here’s the reprise of the winning song and performance. Many congratulations to Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti and thanks to everyone who voted in our chat and on our website during all the rounds – we look forward to seeing which songs become our favourites when SongHunt rolls around again in 2020!

 

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Here’s another fine mess EBU’ve gotten us into…

Here’s another fine mess EBU’ve gotten us into…

As the EU elections begin around the continent, the European Broadcasting Union last night provided some voting drama of its own with the announcement – as already suspected by many fans – that the substitute jury result it calculated for Belarus in the grand final was completely wrong and has been revised. The result: Changes to the final scoreboard, with Sweden replacing Norway in the top five, and North Macedonia denied its rightful moment in the spotlight as the jury winner.

We have questions.

  • How come this was allowed to happen in the first place, considering it was screamingly obvious to everyone watching on Saturday night that something weird was going on when the Belarusian votes went almost exclusively to countries at the bottom end of the scoreboard?
  • At the very least, did the fact that Belarus’s 12 points went to a country that otherwise received no points from any other jury not raise any alerts, given that the entire point of the aggregated vote is that it reflects how other countries voted?
  • What’s the point of the juries voting 24 hours before the public, on a completely different set of performances, if that time isn’t used to verify their results correctly?
  • Is the idea of devising an artificial aggregated result to replace a disqualified jury really the best one anyway? Surely it’d be possible to either find a new set of people in Belarus to vote in the final, or to simply use an alternative jury – a representative sample from various parts of the continent, people from a non-participating country, former Eurovision winners, whatever. Anything seems preferable to adding points to the scoreboard that are literally made up.
  • Since we now also know that multiple jurors messed up their individual rankings by putting their favourite song in last place and vice versa – and not for the first time – isn’t it time the EBU and Digame introduced more checks and balances, from on-site scrutineers to manual confirmations when the results are submitted by each country? How hard is it to get this right?
  • How will this affect the betting markets? At time of writing, Betfair are digging in their heels when it comes to paying out on the revised results – which is understandable since, in theory, it also requires them to demand money back from those who won it e.g. on Norway finishing in the top five. However, the argument they’re using is that, under their terms and conditions, more than 72 hours have passed since the original result so the affected markets can’t be resettled. Since we all knew there was something fishy about the Belarusian jury result the instant it was announced, how come it’s taken the EBU so long to fess up?
  • And perhaps most concerningly of all… what if this happens again, but next time the identity of the winner changes?

What a mess. It’s not quite enough to ruin the aftertaste of a fun and dramatic Eurovision grand final, but for the sake of the contest’s integrity, it really needs to be something that is never repeated.

 

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SongHunt 2019 – The Final!

SongHunt 2019 – The Final!

It’s time to crown the winner of SongHunt 2019!

What’s the best non-winning song of the 2019 national final season? Over the past weeks and months, we have narrowed down our favourites from the national pre-selections to just twelve songs – and now it’s time to pick the very best.

Unlike the previous rounds, in our final you can only vote for one song – but here’s the important part: You can vote again after 24 hours have passed since your last vote. So don’t forget to keep coming back day after day and supporting your favourite(s)!

The voting period will be open for two weeks. All twelve songs will participate in the first week – then, starting on Sunday 19 May, one entry will be eliminated at 21:00 CET every night (naturally, the one with the fewest votes at that point). That will leave us with six songs in our super-final on Saturday 25 May, which we will celebrate with a group viewing in our #esc chat and a final vote before the results are revealed – so don’t forget to join us then too.

And now all that remains is for you to vote! A video playlist can be found below the poll if you need a reminder – or you can read our introduction article about all twelve finalists. Happy listening, and happy voting!



Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

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Simon Vadnjal 🇸🇮
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Jakob Karlberg 🇸🇪
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Khayat 🇺🇦
Lina Kuduzović 🇸🇮
Moniqué 🇱🇹
Magnus Bokn 🇳🇴
Krutь 🇺🇦
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Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

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The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with the first semi-final.

Each semi-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous round, drawn at random, and the top six in each semi-final will qualify for the final stage. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday. A playlist with all the entries of this round will be added soon.


Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.