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SongHunt 2021 – Semi-Final 2

SongHunt 2021 – Semi-Final 2

SongHunt 2021 – Semi-Final 2

SongHunt 2021 – Semi-Final 2

The SongHunt continues!

Last week, three songs qualified directly to the final of SongHunt 2021, our quest to find the best non-winning song from the Eurovision national final season – and now it’s time for Semi-final 2.

You can read all about the format of SongHunt 2021 here!

Our chatters have had their say about this semi-final, and now it’s your turn. 12 songs are in the running, and you have three votes to give to your favourites.

The poll closes at 21:00 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries!



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SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

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SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

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 escgo! on Twitter

Meanwhile, our chatroom crew had their favourites in tonight's live viewings and votings: Koit in Estonia, Claudia's "Abracadabra" in Denmark, and now Sara Afonso with "Contramão" in Portugal.

Will one of "our" faves win a final tonight? We'll soon find out in #FdC2021!

These are the next three qualifiers in SongHunt 2021, our quest to find the most robbed #Eurovision national final song of the season!

Semi 3 launches tomorrow night - so stay tuned and get your voting fingers at the ready!

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SongHunt 2021 – Semi-Final 2

SongHunt 2021 – Semi-Final 1

SongHunt 2021 – Semi-Final 1

SongHunt 2021 – Semi-Final 1

Let the SongHunt begin!

It’s time for us to find the best non-winning song from the 2021 Eurovision national final season – and logically enough, our quest starts with Semi-final 1.

The SongHunt format is a little different this year. You can read all about the changes here!

Our chatters have had their say about this semi-final, and now it’s your turn. 12 songs are in the running, and you have three votes to give to your favourites.

The poll closes at 21:00 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries!



Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Meanwhile, our chatroom crew had their favourites in tonight's live viewings and votings: Koit in Estonia, Claudia's "Abracadabra" in Denmark, and now Sara Afonso with "Contramão" in Portugal.

Will one of "our" faves win a final tonight? We'll soon find out in #FdC2021!

These are the next three qualifiers in SongHunt 2021, our quest to find the most robbed #Eurovision national final song of the season!

Semi 3 launches tomorrow night - so stay tuned and get your voting fingers at the ready!

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Super Saturday entertains us with entries from Finland, Norway and Spain

Super Saturday entertains us with entries from Finland, Norway and Spain

Super Saturday entertains us with entries from Finland, Norway and Spain

Super Saturday entertains us with entries from Finland, Norway and Spain

There’s always at least one “Super Saturday” in every national final season, and even this more streamlined 2021 variant was no exception. Last night, fans were able to juggle streams for a good six hours as Finland, Norway and Spain selected their entries for Rotterdam and semi-finals took place in Estonia, Sweden and Portugal.

In Finland, a high-quality line-up in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021 was no obstacle to rockers Blind Channel, whose “Dark Side” won the international jury vote before absolutely obliterating the competition by receiving more than 50% of the televotes – a more than convincing victory!

In Norway, several rounds of voting whittled down the 12 contenders to two superfinalists – returning fan favourites KEiiNO, who famously won the televote when they represented the country in ESC 2019, and popular local artist TIX, whose songwriting credits include international hits like Ava Max’s “Sweet But Psycho”. In our chat, KEiiNO was our #1 of the night and TIX was our #12 – but the Norwegian public saw things differently and duly selected TIX’s “Fallen Angel” to represent them in Rotterdam!

Finally, we already knew that Spain would be represented by Blas Cantó as would have been the case in ESC 2020, but the question was which of his two songs would get the ticket. The answer is “Voy a quedarme”, and you can listen to it here:

The non-winning finalists from these shows get to participate in SongHunt 2021, our annual quest to find the best song of the season which begins tonight. You can read all about it right here – make sure you get involved!

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SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Meanwhile, our chatroom crew had their favourites in tonight's live viewings and votings: Koit in Estonia, Claudia's "Abracadabra" in Denmark, and now Sara Afonso with "Contramão" in Portugal.

Will one of "our" faves win a final tonight? We'll soon find out in #FdC2021!

These are the next three qualifiers in SongHunt 2021, our quest to find the most robbed #Eurovision national final song of the season!

Semi 3 launches tomorrow night - so stay tuned and get your voting fingers at the ready!

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SongHunt 2021 – Semi-Final 2

It’s time for SongHunt 2021!

It’s time for SongHunt 2021!

It’s time for SongHunt 2021!

We are delighted to introduce SongHunt 2021 – this year’s edition of our annual quest to find the most robbed losing national final song of the Eurovision season!

We’ve made a few changes this time. Just like the 2021 national final season, our SongHunt is a little more compact – but on the other hand, it’s more glamorous too!

Most notably, our #esc chat community will now play a bigger part, with a regular Sunday night viewing event followed by a vote that will count for 50% of the result. The familiar website poll will count for the other 50% – so if you’re a website reader but not a chatter, you can just stay tuned and vote in the weekly polls here as usual!

SongHunt 2021 will consist of four heats, a chat-only “Last Chance” round, and the grand final. You can see an overview of the format below:

As usual, we have been compiling our “master list” of how the chat voted on each national final show so far. This serves as the basis for qualification for each heat, and you can investigate the list right here! We will also be selecting some wildcards – editors’ choices – to reward those songs that perhaps didn’t get the love we thought they deserved.

The first heat will be launched this Sunday, 21 February, with an event in the chat at 21:00 CET. So be there and support your national final favourites!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

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SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Meanwhile, our chatroom crew had their favourites in tonight's live viewings and votings: Koit in Estonia, Claudia's "Abracadabra" in Denmark, and now Sara Afonso with "Contramão" in Portugal.

Will one of "our" faves win a final tonight? We'll soon find out in #FdC2021!

These are the next three qualifiers in SongHunt 2021, our quest to find the most robbed #Eurovision national final song of the season!

Semi 3 launches tomorrow night - so stay tuned and get your voting fingers at the ready!

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Albina gets the Croatian ticket to ESC 2021

Albina gets the Croatian ticket to ESC 2021

Albina gets the Croatian ticket to ESC 2021

Albina gets the Croatian ticket to ESC 2021

One of the good things about not being a leading Eurovision fan site is you don’t have to claim to be impartial. That’s not to say that escgo! would ever take a biased editorial line, but the fact is that we – this site’s authors and the #esc chat community that lies at our heart – do have certain favourites among the national final process. We’re suckers for Festivali i Këngës, we’ll religiously watch Romanian semi-finals (especially if they’re held in a salt mine)… and we are still delighted about Croatia’s decision a few years ago to revive Dora, the preselection format that gave us so many classics around the turn of the century in particular.

Songs from Dora 2019 and 2020 have reached the latter stages of our SongHunt competition – and we expect the same to be true this year, because some great entries were left in the dust as Albina Grčić stormed to victory in Dora 2021 this evening.

The votes of ten regional juries were combined 50-50 with a public vote to form the final result, and Albina’s “Tick-Tock” was a fairly comfortable winner in both. Our chat favourite, “Rijeka” by Nina Kraljić a.k.a. Alkonost of Balkan, had to settle for second place but will surely make a strong SongHunt showing this season. We’ll drink to that.

Congratulations to Albina, who will perform “Tick-Tock” in the second half of the first semi-final on 18 May. And the good news is that our SongHunt 2021 launches shortly, so those losing songs we enjoyed so much in the chat tonight will soon have their shot at redemption!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Meanwhile, our chatroom crew had their favourites in tonight's live viewings and votings: Koit in Estonia, Claudia's "Abracadabra" in Denmark, and now Sara Afonso with "Contramão" in Portugal.

Will one of "our" faves win a final tonight? We'll soon find out in #FdC2021!

These are the next three qualifiers in SongHunt 2021, our quest to find the most robbed #Eurovision national final song of the season!

Semi 3 launches tomorrow night - so stay tuned and get your voting fingers at the ready!

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The Roop’s living a celebration – and Go_A bring the noise

The Roop’s living a celebration – and Go_A bring the noise

The Roop’s living a celebration – and Go_A bring the noise

In an ESC week that also saw the first heat of Melodifestivalen in Sweden and further Norwegian action as part of Melodi Grand Prix, two new additions were made to the ESC 2021 line-up. To almost nobody’s surprise, The Roop, who would have represented Lithuania at the 2020 contest had it taken place, won the ticket to this year’s event with their song “Discoteque”.

As the defending champions, The Roop were granted a free pass to the final of Pabandom iš naujo 2021, where they comfortably saw off all opposition by winning both the jury vote and (especially) the public vote. Like “On Fire” last year, “Discoteque” and its accompanying stage routine are sure to be among the most talked-about packages as the 2021 season continues.

Having already been internally selected to represent Ukraine again, electro-folk group Go_A had submitted three songs for internal selection. Clips of those candidates were revealed a few days ago, and we now know the identity of the Ukrainian song for ESC 2021: “Shum” (“Noise”).

Earlier in the week, another bit of largely unsurprising news was revealed: The most optimistic scenario for the organisation of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, namely “ESC as usual” with a full arena, was ruled out in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and against the backdrop of restrictions and public opinion in the host country, the Netherlands.

The parameters of the remaining potential scenarios were also shifted and now read as follows:

While it’s easy to be cynical after almost a year of bad news, the fact that the powers-that-be are willing to entertain various scenarios and wait a little longer to see what happens is certainly to be welcomed. Realistically, though, it seems almost inevitable that ESC 2021 will have something of a “virtual” feel and it’s hard to imagine all of the delegations performing in Rotterdam in person. However, the prospect of some kind of audience – even if just local residents – to provide real cheers after each song is something that will be welcomed by those of us who are still scarred by the “canned applause” used so prominently in Vienna in 2015!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Meanwhile, our chatroom crew had their favourites in tonight's live viewings and votings: Koit in Estonia, Claudia's "Abracadabra" in Denmark, and now Sara Afonso with "Contramão" in Portugal.

Will one of "our" faves win a final tonight? We'll soon find out in #FdC2021!

These are the next three qualifiers in SongHunt 2021, our quest to find the most robbed #Eurovision national final song of the season!

Semi 3 launches tomorrow night - so stay tuned and get your voting fingers at the ready!

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France and Israel select – and news about SongHunt 2021!

France and Israel select – and news about SongHunt 2021!

France and Israel select – and news about SongHunt 2021!

France and Israel select – and news about SongHunt 2021!

“Voilà” by Barbara Pravi won last night’s French national final, Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez!, and will represent the Big Five country in the grand final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.

As well as the honour of being the favourite in our chatroom, Pravi won the expert jury vote and the public vote in France to seal a comfortable victory in the actual competition. Followers of Junior Eurovision will be familiar with Pravi’s work, even if they didn’t realise it before – she co-composed the last two French JESC entries, including the reigning champion “J’imagine” by Valentina.

Earlier in the week, Eden Alene became the first of several re-selected 2020 performers to have her own single-artist national final as Israel chose its entry. Three entries were in the running, and “Set Me Free” came out on top in what turned out to be a dominant public vote victory. Israel will perform in the second half of the first semi-final in Rotterdam (or the virtual equivalent thereof).

The non-winning songs from the French and Israeli finals, together with all of the other losing national finalists so far, will get their chance for revenge when we launch SongHunt 2021 in the second half of February!

Using a shorter format to reflect the scaled-back national final season this year, SongHunt is our annual competition to find the song that our chatters and website readers think was the most “robbed” and that really should have made it through to ESC proper. So stay tuned for that!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Meanwhile, our chatroom crew had their favourites in tonight's live viewings and votings: Koit in Estonia, Claudia's "Abracadabra" in Denmark, and now Sara Afonso with "Contramão" in Portugal.

Will one of "our" faves win a final tonight? We'll soon find out in #FdC2021!

These are the next three qualifiers in SongHunt 2021, our quest to find the most robbed #Eurovision national final song of the season!

Semi 3 launches tomorrow night - so stay tuned and get your voting fingers at the ready!

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SongHunt 2021: Full results

This page contains the full qualification list for SongHunt 2021 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.
[—] indicates that no one in the chat rated the songs in this show.

Red coloured titles are Eurovision entries (not eligible for SongHunt).
Green coloured titles are the songs that will enter the next heat according to the current standings.
Bold titles are songs that have already taken part in a SongHunt heat this year.
[EC] after the title indicates that the song reached a SongHunt heat as an editors’ choice.


 

    1. [8.50] KEiiNO – Monument (Norway)
    2. [8.46] Ilta – Kelle mä soitan (Finland)
    3. [8.15] Oskr – Lie (Finland)
    4. [7.81] Raylee – Hero (Norway)
    5. [7.81] Barbara Pravi – Voilà (France)
    6. [7.67] Imerika – I Can’t Escape (Norway)
    7. [7.62] Claudia Campagnol – Abracadabra (Denmark)
    8. [7.55] Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua (Finland)
    9. [7.45] Inis Neziri – Pendesë (Albania)
    10. [7.42] Emma Nicoline – Står lige her (Denmark)
    11. [7.29] Florent Abrashi – Vajzë (Albania)
    12. [7.26] Sara Afonso – Contramão (Portugal)
    13. [7.26] Anxhela Peristeri – Karma (Albania)
    14. [7.24] Nina Kraljić – Rijeka (Croatia)
    15. [7.22] Juliette Moraine – Pourvu qu’on m’aime (France)
    16. [7.10] EU.CLIDES – Volte-Face (Portugal)
    17. [7.04] Pedro Gonçalves – Não vou ficar (Portugal)
    18. [6.91] Blind Channel – Dark Side (Finland)
    19. [6.89] Gebrasy – Where’d You Wanna Go? (Lithuania)
    20. [6.85] Koit Toome – We Could Have Been Beautiful (Estonia)
    21. [6.84] NEEV – Dancing In The Stars (Portugal)
    22. [6.79] Valéria – Na mais profunda saudade (Portugal)
    23. [6.79] Sissi – Time (Estonia)
    24. [6.78] Blåsemafian feat. Hazel – Let Loose (Norway)
    25. [6.78] Titas & Benas – No (Lithuania)
    26. [6.76] Carolina Deslandes – Por um triz (Portugal)
    27. [6.76] Rosela Gjylbegu – Vashëzo (Albania)
    28. [6.71] Albina Grčić – Tick-Tock (Croatia)
    29. [6.60] Wendi Mancaku – Vesi i shpirtit tim (Albania)
    30. [6.58] Orgesa Zaimi – Valixhja e kujtimeve (Albania)
    31. [6.55] Suured tüdrukud – Heaven’s Not That Far Tonight (Estonia)
    32. [6.54] Aksel – Hurt (Finland)
    33. [6.53] Fyr & Flamme – Øve os på hinanden (Denmark)
    34. [6.53] Jorn – Faith Bloody Faith (Norway)
    35. [6.53] Xhesika Polo – Më mbron (Albania)
    36. [6.52] Ivo Linna, Robert Linna, Supernova – Ma olen siin (Estonia)
    37. [6.50] The Roop – Discoteque (Lithuania)
    38. [6.47] Eden Alene – Set Me Free (Israel)
    39. [6.43] Cambi – Zaljubljen (Croatia)
    40. [6.27] Atle Pettersen – World On Fire (Norway)
    41. [6.21] Uku Suviste – The Lucky One (Estonia)
    42. [6.19] Eden Alene – La La Love (Israel)
    43. [6.18] Joana Alegre – Joana do mar (Portugal)
    44. [6.17] KiiM – My Lonely Voice (Norway)
    45. [6.15] Emmy – Witch Woods (Norway)
    46. [6.12] Kaja Rode – Feel Again (Norway)
    47. [6.12] Sandi Cenov – Kriv (Croatia)
    48. [6.11] The Black Mamba – Love Is On My Side (Portugal)
    49. [6.10] Jean Michel – Beautiful (Denmark)
    50. [6.05] Kadri Voorand – Energy (Estonia)
    51. [6.03] Sardi Strugaj – Kam me t’ba me kajt (Albania)
    52. [6.02] Fábia Maia – Dia lindo (Portugal)
    53. [6.00] Blas Cantó – Voy a quedarme (Spain)
    54. [5.98] Andriamad – Alléluia (France)
    55. [5.95] Nanna Olivia – Hvileløse hjerter (Denmark)
    56. [5.80] Chief 1 & Thomas Buttenschøn – Højt over skyerne (Denmark)
    57. [5.77] Laura – Play (Finland)
    58. [5.76] Ella Orešković – Come This Way (Croatia)
    59. [5.75] Gigliola Haveriku – E lirë (Albania)
    60. [5.71] Beta Sudar – Ma zamisli (Croatia)
    61. [5.70] Filip Rudan – Blind (Croatia)
    62. [5.62] Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You (Finland) [EC]
    63. [5.61] LMK – Magique (France) [EC]
    64. [5.55] Evita Cololo – Be paslapčių (Lithuania)
    65. [5.53] Stavangerkameratene – Who I Am (Norway)
    66. [5.50] Jüri Pootsmann – Magus melanhoolia (Estonia)
    67. [5.50] Ali – Paris me dit (Yalla ya helo!) (France)
    68. [5.48] Philippine – Bah non (France)
    69. [5.45] Mia Negovetić – She’s Like A Dream (Croatia)
    70. [5.45] Bernarda Brunović – Colors (Croatia)
    71. [5.35] Karetus & Romeu Bairos – Saudade (Portugal)
    72. [5.33] Mirud – Nëse vdes (Albania)
    73. [5.30] Andrei Zevakin & Pluuto – Wingman (Estonia)
    74. [5.30] Festina Mejzini – Kush je ti dashuri (Albania)
    75. [5.29] Evi Reçi – Tjerr (Albania)
    76. [5.22] Terence James – Je t’emmènerai danser (France)
    77. [5.17] Céphaz – On a mangé le soleil (France)
    78. [5.16] Kamela Islamaj – Kujtimet s’kanë formë (Albania)
    79. [5.12] PONY X – Amour fou (France)
    80. [5.10] 21 Juin Le Duo – Peux-tu me dire? (France)
    81. [5.07] Karl Killing – Kiss Me (Estonia)
    82. [5.00] Era Rusi – Zjarri im (Albania)
    83. [4.96] Hans Nayna – One By One (Estonia)
    84. [4.93] Gjergj Kaçinari – Më jep jetë (Albania)
    85. [4.89] Rein Alexander – Eyes Wide Open (Norway)
    86. [4.88] Eden Alene – Ue La La (Israel)
    87. [4.86] ToMa – Ocean Of Love (Croatia)
    88. [4.82] Mike Tramp – Everything Is Alright (Denmark)
    89. [4.76] TIX – Fallen Angel (Norway)
    90. [4.75] Casanova – Tutti (France)
    91. [4.74] Kastro Zizo – Vallja e jetës (Albania)
    92. [4.69] Eric Vidović – Reci mi (Croatia)
    93. [4.62] Tony Cetinski and Kiki Rahimovski – Zapjevaj, sloboda je! (Croatia)
    94. [4.58] Amui – Maeva (France)
    95. [4.50] Egert Milder – Free Again (Estonia)
    96. [4.48] Brigita Vuco – Noći pijane (Croatia)
    97. [4.35] Ashley Colburn and Bojan Jambrošić – Share The Love (Croatia)
    98. [4.31] Voldemars Petersons – Never Fall For You Again (Lithuania)
    99. [4.31] Devis Xherahu – Peng (Albania)
    100. [4.30] Viktor Tahiraj – Nënë (Albania)
    101. [3.89] Martyna Jezepčikaitė – Thank You Very Much (Lithuania)
    102. [3.50] Blas Cantó – Memoria (Spain)
    103. [3.43] The Cosmic Twins – Silver Bullet (Denmark)
    104. [2.98] Redel – Tartu (Estonia)

 


Overview of the rounds:

Green coloured titles qualified directly for the next round.
Orange coloured titles qualified for the Last Chance round (to be announced later).

Semi-Final 1

  • Nina Kraljić – Rijeka (Croatia)
  • Florent Abrashi – Vajzë (Albania)
  • LMK – Magique (France)
  • Jessica Andersson – Horizon (Sweden)
  • KEiiNO – Monument (Norway)
  • Ilta – Kelle mä soitan (Finland)
  • Aistė Brokenleg – Home (Lithuania)
  • Oskr – Lie (Finland)
  • Imerika – I Can’t Escape (Norway)
  • Inis Neziri – Pendesë (Albania)
  • Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua (Finland)
  • Raylee – Hero (Norway)

Semi-Final 2

  • Blåsemafian feat. Hazel – Let Loose (Norway)
  • Rosela Gjylbegu – Vashëzo (Albania)
  • Gebrasy – Where’d You Wanna Go? (Lithuania)
  • Tess Merkel – Good Life (Sweden)
  • Orgesa Zaimi – Valixhja e kujtimeve (Albania)
  • Jorn – Faith Bloody Faith (Norway)
  • Aksel – Hurt (Finland)
  • Wendi Mancaku – Vesi i shpirtit tim (Albania)
  • Titas & Benas – No (Lithuania)
  • Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You (Finland)
  • Juliette Moraine – Pourvu qu’on m’aime (France)
  • Ketil Stokkan – My Life Is OK (Norway)
2021 begins here, with an Albanian winner: It’s Anxhela Peristeri

2021 begins here, with an Albanian winner: It’s Anxhela Peristeri

2021 begins here, with an Albanian winner: It’s Anxhela Peristeri

2021 begins here, with an Albanian winner: It’s Anxhela Peristeri

We are always grateful for Albania’s Festivali i Këngës, the traditional music event that also serves as the country’s selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Even in an ordinary year, it serves as the kick-off for the new Eurovision on-season and a nice bit of light in the winter darkness.

But this year more than ever, FiK 59 marked the moment at which we turn our back on the horror year of 2020 – in terms of world events above all, of course, but also as ESC fans with the cancellation of our beloved event for the first time ever – and look to the better times ahead in 2021.

ESC 2021 in Rotterdam might still look quite different to what we’re used to, of course, but at least it will happen. And that “the show must go on” mentality was present in Albania too, right from the moment it was announced that the national final would be held outdoors in order to prevent health risks and allow for social distancing. Even with pre-recorded performances, an outdoor national final in December was a brave choice, but it all worked well enough and served as a timely illustration of how a bit of imagination can help the Eurovision train to keep rolling.

And the winner? Well, in many quarters it was perceived as a two-way battle between Inis Neziri’s “Pendesë” (our chat’s favourite both on the semi-final night and tonight) and “Karma” by Anxhela Peristeri. In the end, Inis didn’t even make the podium – whereas “Karma” did indeed take the crown and will represent Albania in Amsterdam! Let the revamping begin.

So here you have it – officially the first ESC 2021 entry we know, and what a lovely Christmas present it is to now be thinking about 2021 and positive things to come. To each and every one of our readers, we wish you: Gëzuar festat!


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SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

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SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Meanwhile, our chatroom crew had their favourites in tonight's live viewings and votings: Koit in Estonia, Claudia's "Abracadabra" in Denmark, and now Sara Afonso with "Contramão" in Portugal.

Will one of "our" faves win a final tonight? We'll soon find out in #FdC2021!

These are the next three qualifiers in SongHunt 2021, our quest to find the most robbed #Eurovision national final song of the season!

Semi 3 launches tomorrow night - so stay tuned and get your voting fingers at the ready!

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At last, a Valentina wins Eurovision

At last, a Valentina wins Eurovision

At last, a Valentina wins Eurovision

At last, a Valentina wins Eurovision

France is the winner of the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest!

“J’imagine” by Valentina took a clear victory in the 18th running of the EBU’s song competition for under-16s, as its narrow lead after the jury phase was amplified by a huge win in the public online vote. Just like in the 2019 edition, the podium was completed by Kazakhstan in second place and Spain in third place.

JESC 2020 was something of a dry run for how the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam might look: Most (though not all) of the performances were recorded in the performers’ home countries on a predefined stage setup, and the “green room” was also virtual. While it obviously wasn’t a perfect situation and there remain some concerns about ensuring a level playing field in terms of vocals being performed live, it’s to the credit of the EBU and the broadcasters involved that the show had a remarkably seamless feel to it. Although the recent vaccine news gives rise to hopes that ESC 2021 can take place as close to “normal” as possible, at least we now have evidence that the various backup options outlined by the EBU – read about them here and here – can still result in a decent show, and that’s good news for all of us.

JESC 2020 also served as a warm-up for the new season for our #esc chat, and of course we voted along with the show. Not for the first time, our taste was a little out of touch with everyone else’s: Our chat favourite was Russia with an average score of 7.91 out of 10, followed by Belarus with 7.44 and the Netherlands with 7.22 (although the French winner was our fourth favourite, at least!).

The next major chat event will, of course, be the Albanian national final in the second half of December, so make sure to join us for the multiple night extravaganza that is Festivali i Këngës 59 – this year apparently taking place in the open air!

In the meantime, here’s the French JESC winner for you one more time. Félicitations!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

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SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
SongHunt: The History

SongHunt: The History

SongHunt, our format to find the most robbed national final song of the season, is starting to have quite a long history now. Here you can read all about it and enjoy the past winners!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Meanwhile, our chatroom crew had their favourites in tonight's live viewings and votings: Koit in Estonia, Claudia's "Abracadabra" in Denmark, and now Sara Afonso with "Contramão" in Portugal.

Will one of "our" faves win a final tonight? We'll soon find out in #FdC2021!

These are the next three qualifiers in SongHunt 2021, our quest to find the most robbed #Eurovision national final song of the season!

Semi 3 launches tomorrow night - so stay tuned and get your voting fingers at the ready!

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