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SongHunt 2019 – Heat 6

SongHunt 2019 – Heat 6

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 6.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows 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 read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

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Weekend round-up: From Estonia to Ester Peony

Estonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia and Romania all added their songs to ESC 2019 on this Super Saturday (and sleepy Sunday) weekend. Find out what we’ll be hearing in May with our weekend Eurovision national final round-up!

read more

Round-up: Czech friends, ‘rude Finns and more

Who says exciting things only happen on Super Saturday? It's been a busy working week in the world of Eurovision as the 2019 contest moves ever closer! On Monday, the Czech Republic completed its non-televised selection, with a public vote and a jury of recent ESC...

read more

New format, same old story? Reviewing the 2019 UK contenders

The BBC has revamped the format of its national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – but will this make a difference to the UK’s international fortunes, or does it just mean making the same mistakes in a different order? Martin takes a look at the three songs and six performers in the running.

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 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 5.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows 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 read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

Weekend round-up: Seven more countries select for Tel Aviv

Weekend round-up: Seven more countries select for Tel Aviv

We made it! The last Super Saturday of the 2019 national final season passed without too much stream-juggling stress, and we’re now in the home straight as far as the ESC 2019 selection process is concerned.

Saturday night began with Finland, where DJ Darude and vocalist Sebastian Rejman offered up three songs. The combined jury and televote opted overwhelmingly for “Look Away”, which is co-written by the two performers.

Iceland was one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the week, as fans waited to see if the usual superfinal of two songs would lead to anti-voting against controversial band Hatari. While their opponent in that head-to-head duel, Friðrik Ómar, did make up a lot of ground compared with his showing in the first round, it wasn’t enough to overcome the might of “Hatrið mun sigra” (“Hate Will Prevail”), which promises to be the kind of thing to feature on Eurovision clip shows for decades to come.

Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix kicked off with a slight delay as local hero Jakob Ingebrigtsen was in action in the European Athletics Indoor Championships. He won the 3,000 metres as expected, and the Norwegian final was no less of a procession, as bookmakers’ favourites KEiiNO scored a comfortable televoting victory in each of the superfinal rounds – the only obstacle coming when the international juries appeared to be less keen. Once they were out of the way, though, there was no stopping “Spirit In The Sky”.

The final in Moldova ticked away in the background with a useful YouTube stream helping those of us who were trying to juggle all the shows. Despite being comprehensively beaten in the televote, jury support means that Anna Odobescu will fly the Moldovan flag in Tel Aviv with the dramatic “Stay”.

And as always, Portugal brought up the rear, keeping us entertained into the small hours of the morning with the 2019 edition of Festival da Canção. It was another triumph for the pre-favourite, as Conan Osíris won over the juries this time having failed to do so in the semi-final. Together with a televote victory, that was easily enough to give “Telemóveis” (“Mobile Phones”) the ticket to represent last year’s host nation.

Georgia gave us a pleasant surprise on Sunday evening when it transpired that the final of Georgian Idol would also include the songs in contention to be the Eurovision entry. Oto Nemsadze will seek to return the Caucasian nation to the ESC grand final for the first time since 2016 with his version of “Sul tsin tare” (“Go Ahead”).

And Serbia completed another busy weekend with the final of Beovizija 2019. Although Nevena Božović only placed third with the public vote, she had already built up a sufficient lead with the juries that her “Kruna” (“Crown”) could no longer be caught. Having narrowly failed to reach the ESC grand final in 2013 as a member of Moje 3, Božović will be hoping her luck is considerably better in Tel Aviv this May.

Alongside the raft of internal selection reveals still awaiting us, there are just two national finals left this year: the jury-only show in Belarus on Thursday night and, of course, the final of Melodifestivalen on Saturday. Stay tuned to our social media where we’ll be sharing a few highlights from the Stockholm experience – and don’t forget to join us in the #esc chat to enjoy the shows together and vote on the songs!

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Weekend round-up: From Estonia to Ester Peony

Estonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia and Romania all added their songs to ESC 2019 on this Super Saturday (and sleepy Sunday) weekend. Find out what we’ll be hearing in May with our weekend Eurovision national final round-up!

read more

Round-up: Czech friends, ‘rude Finns and more

Who says exciting things only happen on Super Saturday? It's been a busy working week in the world of Eurovision as the 2019 contest moves ever closer! On Monday, the Czech Republic completed its non-televised selection, with a public vote and a jury of recent ESC...

read more

New format, same old story? Reviewing the 2019 UK contenders

The BBC has revamped the format of its national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – but will this make a difference to the UK’s international fortunes, or does it just mean making the same mistakes in a different order? Martin takes a look at the three songs and six performers in the running.

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 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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SongHunt 2019 – Heat 4

SongHunt 2019 – Heat 4

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 4.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows 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 read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

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Weekend round-up: From Estonia to Ester Peony

Estonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia and Romania all added their songs to ESC 2019 on this Super Saturday (and sleepy Sunday) weekend. Find out what we’ll be hearing in May with our weekend Eurovision national final round-up!

read more

Round-up: Czech friends, ‘rude Finns and more

Who says exciting things only happen on Super Saturday? It's been a busy working week in the world of Eurovision as the 2019 contest moves ever closer! On Monday, the Czech Republic completed its non-televised selection, with a public vote and a jury of recent ESC...

read more

New format, same old story? Reviewing the 2019 UK contenders

The BBC has revamped the format of its national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – but will this make a difference to the UK’s international fortunes, or does it just mean making the same mistakes in a different order? Martin takes a look at the three songs and six performers in the running.

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

Load more tweets...

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 3.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows 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 read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

Weekend round-up: Joci Pápai, jury politics and ginormous props

Weekend round-up: Joci Pápai, jury politics and ginormous props

“Super” Saturday, you say? There were only six streams to juggle this week – child’s play compared with last Saturday night! Nevertheless, it was a busy few hours in the Eurovision world and in our #esc chat.

Of course, the weekend technically began on Friday already with the final in Germany; you can read our news article here and Felix’s personal take on the unexpectedly vociferous reaction to S!sters’ victory here.

First up on Saturday was Ukraine. First up in terms of start time, at least – no other broadcaster is so capable of stretching a six-song final into nearly four hours of television. It wouldn’t be a Ukrainian final without a healthy dose of drama, and this time it was the jurors’ veiled (and not-so-veiled) attacks on the participants with a Russian background or a career in Russia. ESC 2016 winner Jamala was particularly pointed in her questioning of eventual winner Maruv, to the extent that it still isn’t clear whether “Siren Song” will actually be the Ukrainian entry in Tel Aviv despite taking victory last night thanks to first place with the televote (and second place with the jury, despite their criticisms). Rumours and counter-rumours abound, but it seems like Maruv is being asked to abandon her upcoming tour and promotional activities in Russia if she wants the Ukrainian ticket to ESC. Which begs the question: Why invite artists to take part in your national final if you know they have a Russian career that might render them ineligible? Unless you’re trying to score some cheap points on national television – but that would be a terribly cynical interpretation of the situation.

After several weeks of heats and semi-finals, A Dal 2019 came to an end with the usual jury-determined superfinal of four entries that went forward to the public vote. After representing Hungary in Kyiv two years ago, Joci Pápai finds himself making a quick return to the competition this year with “Az én apám” (“My Father”). No violinists or folk dancers though – yet.

It’s rare for our #esc chat to have the same taste as a country’s public and jury vote, but we weren’t far off when it came to Denmark. Our favourites were “League Of Light” by Julie & Nina (essentially S!sters’ Greenlandic cousin) and “Love Is Forever” by Leonora (essentially the offspring of Zoë’s “Quel filou” and “Loin d’ici“). Those two also ended up topping the Danish poll – the only difference being that Leonora took a narrow victory in the end, whereas we would rather have seen Julie & Nina in Tel Aviv – but a chat score of 6.50 for “Love Is Forever” makes it one of our higher-ranked winners of the 2019 season. Quite how they intend to transport her giant chair all the way from Denmark to Israel is another matter.

It’s unfortunate for Lithuania that they tend to get lost in the mix a little on busy Super Saturday nights, but at least their final continued after the others so we could all tune in for the results. Having withdrawn one of her two finalists to give the other one a better chance, poor Monika Marija landed in second place behind the jury and televote favourite on the night, “Run With The Lions” by Jurijus. Co-songwriter Ashley Hicklin has a Eurovision pedigree encompassing both Tom Dice and Axel Hirsoux, so quite what that means for Lithuania’s chances on the Tel Aviv scoreboard is anyone’s guess!

And with that, dear Eurovision friends, another busy weekend of national final action comes to an end. No Sunday night show for us all to recover with this week, so instead we have a few days to recharge our batteries before the Serbian semi-finals on Wednesday and Thursday. Don’t forget to join us in the #esc chat for them and all of next weekend’s shows!

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Weekend round-up: From Estonia to Ester Peony

Estonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia and Romania all added their songs to ESC 2019 on this Super Saturday (and sleepy Sunday) weekend. Find out what we’ll be hearing in May with our weekend Eurovision national final round-up!

read more

Round-up: Czech friends, ‘rude Finns and more

Who says exciting things only happen on Super Saturday? It's been a busy working week in the world of Eurovision as the 2019 contest moves ever closer! On Monday, the Czech Republic completed its non-televised selection, with a public vote and a jury of recent ESC...

read more

New format, same old story? Reviewing the 2019 UK contenders

The BBC has revamped the format of its national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – but will this make a difference to the UK’s international fortunes, or does it just mean making the same mistakes in a different order? Martin takes a look at the three songs and six performers in the running.

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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A confident result: It’s S!sters for Germany!

A confident result: It’s S!sters for Germany!

Causing headaches for typographers all around the continent, the duo S!sters (NB. not actually sisters) won tonight’s German final with the song “Sister”.

The non-siblings proved to be the favourite of the televoters and the expert jury alike, with a low score from the international fan jury insufficient to dislodge them from top spot overall.

Although initial fan reaction to “Sister” appears to be mixed, it was at least our third-favourite in the chat on the night, with a pretty strong average score of 6.78 out of 10. However, our chatters would have preferred Aly Ryan (6.83) or especially Lilly Among Clouds (7.27) to be going home with the ticket to Tel Aviv.

We’ll have some in-depth reaction to the German result in the next few days, but for now, as we gear ourselves up for tomorrow’s Super Saturday onslaught, sit back and enjoy the song!

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Weekend round-up: From Estonia to Ester Peony

Estonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia and Romania all added their songs to ESC 2019 on this Super Saturday (and sleepy Sunday) weekend. Find out what we’ll be hearing in May with our weekend Eurovision national final round-up!

read more

Round-up: Czech friends, ‘rude Finns and more

Who says exciting things only happen on Super Saturday? It's been a busy working week in the world of Eurovision as the 2019 contest moves ever closer! On Monday, the Czech Republic completed its non-televised selection, with a public vote and a jury of recent ESC...

read more

New format, same old story? Reviewing the 2019 UK contenders

The BBC has revamped the format of its national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – but will this make a difference to the UK’s international fortunes, or does it just mean making the same mistakes in a different order? Martin takes a look at the three songs and six performers in the running.

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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Weekend round-up: From Estonia to Ester Peony

Weekend round-up: From Estonia to Ester Peony

There’s no such thing as a quiet Saturday during the Eurovision national final season, but there’s always one week when things get particularly hectic – and in 2019, that was last night. While six countries held semi-finals on the way to deciding their entry for this year’s contest, there were no fewer than four finals for fans to choose between. Like everyone in the online ESC fan community, we set up shop in our #esc chat all night long, juggling the various webstreams and voting on as many of the songs as possible along the way. It was a lot of fun, but it’s easy to lose sight of what actually happened. So who’s heading to Tel Aviv in May?

Thanks to timezones and scheduling, the first part of the Eesti Laul final in Estonia was free from clashes with other finals. Our favourite in the chat was the old-school charm of “Soovide puu” by Sandra Nurmsalu, which failed to reach the superfinal (that never happens to a chat fave). Instead, the superfinal was an all-male affair. Stefan (“Without You”) and Uku Suviste (“Pretty Little Liar”) put up a decent fight, but despite the jury’s best efforts to prevent him from making the final three in the first place, the televote fell head over heels in love with Swedish import Victor Crone and his song “Storm”.

With two finals beginning at 20 CET, there was a decision to make, and most of our chatters went with Croatia and the return of the legendary national final format Dora. (We’re nostalgic like that.) A lot of the fansphere seemed indifferent to it, but we really enjoyed the Croatian final, sending no fewer than six (!) songs from it into the next heat of our SongHunt. Our chat favourite, “Indigo” by Domenica, was largely ignored by the juries and televoters alike – but despite the cheesy performance involving a huge pair of wings (songwriter Jacques Houdek not being known for understatement), we were quite fond of the eventual winner too. “The Dream”, performed by teenager Roko Blažević, will be hoping to make it three qualifications out of four for Croatia since the country’s return to ESC in 2016.

Poor Raiven. She keeps getting so close to representing Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest, and the ticket keeps getting snatched away from her at the last minute. Following a painfully close second place in 2016 and a slightly more distant third in 2017, this year broadcaster RTV Slovenija tried to make things as easy as possible by sending her song “Kaos” – also our chat’s favourite, albeit on a countback – into a televote-only head-to-head with “Sebi” (“Oneself”) by Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl, an incredibly introverted piece of electropop that felt more like a losing Portuguese semi-finalist than something that would come from Slovenia. So of course the Slovenian public duly gave Zala and Gašper a landslide victory. Raiven, if you’re interested, we hear the San Marino entry can be yours for the right price…

The fourth final of the night, Latvia, fell through the gaps in our chat somewhat because of the schedule clash. That’s a shame, because the first years of the Supernova format were a real favourite of ours, particularly when the heats took place on a quiet Sunday night after a heavy weekend of national final action (and with the now-legendary Rīgas Bebrs interludes). In keeping with doing things on the quiet this year, Latvia went and made an interesting choice for ESC 2019, the calm and unassuming “That Night” by Carousel – which feels like the kind of song that could land just about anywhere on the scoreboard.

Speaking of Sunday shows after a busy Super Saturday, the weekend concluded with the national final in Romania. Having been preceded by two semi-finals, there was a wide assumption that this would be a head-to-head duel between Laura Bretan and Bella Santiago, with the former in pole position – though with a system where each of the six jurors had the same weighting as the entire televote (!), anything was possible. And so it proved, as Laura and Bella had to give way to Ester Peony and “On A Sunday”, a song all about the day when Romania holds its national finals. Despite finishing just 8th in the televote, Ester had the jurors firmly on her side, so she is the person tasked with returning Romania to the ESC grand final following their first ever non-qualification last year.

And now we get to breathe for a few days, go on a crash diet to recover from all the wine and crisps we consume every single Super Saturday, and reconvene on Friday for the national final in Germany – always a very watchable bit of television. Why not join us in the #esc chat and share the moment with us?

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Weekend round-up: From Estonia to Ester Peony

Estonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia and Romania all added their songs to ESC 2019 on this Super Saturday (and sleepy Sunday) weekend. Find out what we’ll be hearing in May with our weekend Eurovision national final round-up!

read more

Round-up: Czech friends, ‘rude Finns and more

Who says exciting things only happen on Super Saturday? It's been a busy working week in the world of Eurovision as the 2019 contest moves ever closer! On Monday, the Czech Republic completed its non-televised selection, with a public vote and a jury of recent ESC...

read more

New format, same old story? Reviewing the 2019 UK contenders

The BBC has revamped the format of its national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – but will this make a difference to the UK’s international fortunes, or does it just mean making the same mistakes in a different order? Martin takes a look at the three songs and six performers in the running.

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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Weekend round-up: The UK, Australia and Montenegro have decided – and Italy too?

Weekend round-up: The UK, Australia and Montenegro have decided – and Italy too?

On a busy weekend of action in the world of Eurovision, we have three new additions to the ESC 2019 line-up – and a Sanremo winner that, as usual, may or may not represent Italy.

The United Kingdom held a national final with a new format – read more about it here. After being whittled down by the jury, the three remaining candidates went into battle for the public’s affections. Only the winner was announced: 21-year-old Michael Rice and the big ballad with the even bigger key change, “Bigger Than Us”. The fans in attendance may have had their EU flags confiscated on their way in to Friday night’s venue, but as one of the “big five”, the UK flag will definitely be flying on the grand final scoreboard in Tel Aviv.

On the other side of the world, Australia held a national final for the first time to select its fifth ESC entry. There were generally felt to be three clear favourites: indie-pop band Sheppard, Kate Miller-Heidke with her alternative operatic vocal stylings, and electro-poppers Electric Fields. Those three were indeed the favourites of the professional jury and the public vote alike – and there was no doubt about the winner, as “Zero Gravity” by Kate Miller-Heidke took the crown with both demographics. Now all they have to do is raise the funds to transport her dress to Israel.

Having got up early in the morning for Australia, viewers in Europe recharged their batteries in time for the five-song final in Montenegro – which was won by the only English-language song in the line-up, “Heaven” by D-mol (or D-Moll, or whichever variation of their name will eventually be settled on).

And finally on Saturday night, we saw the traditional late finish to Italy‘s Sanremo Festival, which sometimes – but by no means always – provides their ESC entry. Despite the audience all but rioting when Loredana Bertè failed to reach the top three, the show was eventually allowed to continue. In the end, this year’s winner was “Soldi” (“Money”) by Mahmood, and despite initial claims that he had accepted, at time of writing it remains to be seen if he will take the song to Tel Aviv as the Italian entry – or, indeed, whether he will accept the job of Italian representative at all.

Now we look forward to next weekend and possibly the busiest Super Saturday of them all, with finals in Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia and Latvia as well as semi-finals in six (!) other countries. As always, you’re very welcome to join us in the #esc chat to watch and rate the songs and juggle all the webstreams with us!

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Weekend round-up: From Estonia to Ester Peony

Estonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia and Romania all added their songs to ESC 2019 on this Super Saturday (and sleepy Sunday) weekend. Find out what we’ll be hearing in May with our weekend Eurovision national final round-up!

read more

Round-up: Czech friends, ‘rude Finns and more

Who says exciting things only happen on Super Saturday? It's been a busy working week in the world of Eurovision as the 2019 contest moves ever closer! On Monday, the Czech Republic completed its non-televised selection, with a public vote and a jury of recent ESC...

read more

New format, same old story? Reviewing the 2019 UK contenders

The BBC has revamped the format of its national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – but will this make a difference to the UK’s international fortunes, or does it just mean making the same mistakes in a different order? Martin takes a look at the three songs and six performers in the running.

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

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"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

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SongHunt 2019 – Heat 1

SongHunt 2019 – Heat 1

Let the SongHunt begin!

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

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows 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 read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

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Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

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"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

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SongHunt 2019 is launched!

SongHunt 2019 is launched!

We are proud to announce the return of SongHunt – our competition to find the best non-winning Eurovision national final song of the season – for its fifth edition!

Who will follow in the footsteps of MNTHA, The Hardkiss, Instinct and Dora Gaitanovici to take the SongHunt title for 2019? Once again, the 96 most popular national final songs from around Europe according to our chatters and editors will take part in eight heats, followed by four quarter-finals, two semi-finals, the grand final and an exciting superfinal. The superfinal takes place in our #esc chat, and all of the other stages will be held as online polls in which you can vote and support your favourites.

The first heat of SongHunt 2019 will be launched on Sunday 3 February and, like last year, the competition will run until the week after ESC 2019.

How does it work again?

  • 12 songs participate in each heat. 9 of them are the chatters’ favourites from the national finals (and we do mean finals), with the remaining 3 songs being carefully selected by our editors.
  • The 9 chatters’ favourites come from the top 9 of a rolling chart containing all the entries from all 2019 national finals, sorted by the average scores that they achieved in the votings in our #esc chatroom during the respective live shows.
  • The 3 editors’ choices can come from any stage of a national preselection. In other words, they might be songs that got knocked out in a country’s preliminary rounds, or they could be finalists that polarised our chatters, so they got a lower average mark despite being loved by some people. The only restriction is that no winners of national finals get to compete in SongHunt. The aim is to find the best national final song that didn’t make it to ESC!

What do you need to do?

  • Simply join the chat and take part in the live voting for each national final show! Even if your scores for the heats and semi-finals don’t get counted for the rolling SongHunt chart, they might have an influence on our editors’ choices – we’ll be keeping a close eye on those chat favourites that were “robbed”. And, of course, your votes in each country’s final will be included in the calculation for SongHunt.
  • If your favourite in a heat or semi-final doesn’t reach that country’s national final or gets ignored by the other chatters, don’t despair! You can still help it to reach the SongHunt polls by suggesting it in a private message to MartinF or FelixK in the chat. There are no guarantees, but if you draw our attention to a song, we might well take it into consideration for our editors’ choice.

And that’s all for now! Join us in the chat as the 2019 national final season starts to heat up – and don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the first heat of SongHunt 2019 when it launches this Sunday.

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Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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Round-up: Czech friends, ‘rude Finns and more

Round-up: Czech friends, ‘rude Finns and more

Who says exciting things only happen on Super Saturday? It’s been a busy working week in the world of Eurovision as the 2019 contest moves ever closer!

On Monday, the Czech Republic completed its non-televised selection, with a public vote and a jury of recent ESC participants choosing their favourite from eight contenders. The band Lake Malawi, led by singer Albert Černý, finished second in the televote but took overall victory thanks to a good chunk of jury love. Their song “Friend Of A Friend” will duly represent the Czechs in Tel Aviv in May – and for all the final was conducted entirely online, you can get a feel for Lake Malawi as live performers with this “unplugged” version of the song:

In other internal selections, we learned that Austria will seek to maintain its good recent record in the contest with the electropop singer Paenda and “Limits” – though we won’t get to hear the song until much later in the season – while Macedonia, still trading as “FYR Macedonia” for Eurovision purposes despite the recent legislation on their new country name, announced the return of their 2008 representative Tamara Todevska in solo form for the 2019 edition.

Perhaps most excitingly of all, Finland announced that they will be repeating last year’s national final format (one artist, three songs) and that the artist in question will be none other than Darude, responsible for one of the biggest club hits of the early 21st century with “Sandstorm”. All three of the songs in the final on March 2nd are expected to feature Sebastian Rejman on vocals. Some evil genius on the internet almost immediately came up with the perfect mashup to celebrate Darude’s arrival in the pantheon of Finnish entrants – we love it.

The 2019 season continues to gather pace with tonight’s first Estonian semi-final, followed by a whole clutch of shows on Saturday night – including the first heat of Melodifestivalen. Don’t forget you can join us in the #esc chat to watch the shows together and give your votes and thoughts!

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Who says exciting things only happen on Super Saturday? It's been a busy working week in the world of Eurovision as the 2019 contest moves ever closer! On Monday, the Czech Republic completed its non-televised selection, with a public vote and a jury of recent ESC...

read more

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Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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